An Iowa team advanced to the Little League Softball World Series semifinals Tuesday by beating an opponent forced into the tiebreaker after it was accused of deliberately losing a game.
The Central Iowa team beat South Snohomish, Wash., 3-2 in a rematch ordered by the tournament after it said it received reports that some teams "did not play with the effort and spirit appropriate" for Little League play.
"I wouldn't say vindicated. I would say that the two teams should have been playing for this spot played, and the better team won," said Chris Chadd, the president of Central Iowa Little League. "It's just an ecstatic feeling."
The dispute arose after the Washington team was no-hit Monday in Portland, Ore., by a team from Salisbury, N.C. The loss created a three-way tie for the PoolB title, meaning that Washington and North Carolina would advance to the semifinals and the Polk City, Iowa, team would not.
Chadd, who was back in Iowa on Monday, said he was hearing from Iowa coach Charlie Husak that some of Washington's top hitters were bunting rather than swinging away, and that the West squad wasn't using its top pitcher to start the game in order to not have to face Polk City in the title game.
Spieth player of year
Jordan Spieth already can count on one award as player of the year. Spieth clinched the points-based PGA of America player of the year. Winning the Masters and U.S. Open gave him a 50-point bonus for capturing two majors in one year.
Even if PGA champion Jason Day were to win all four FedEx Cup playoff events, he would not have enough points to catch Spieth.
Majors are worth 30 points, and Spieth has two other PGA Tour victories (Valspar Championship, John Deere Classic) each worth 10 points.
He is assured of finishing no worse than second on the PGA Tour money list, pushing his total to 149 points. That doesn't include points from the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average. Spieth leads by a comfortable margin.
Henderson earns card
Two days after Canadian teen Brooke Henderson won on the LPGA Tour, she won the right to be a member. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said he has granted membership immediately to the 17-year-old Henderson. She won the Cambia Portland Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA victory. The LPGA Tour has a minimum age requirement of 18. Whan denied Henderson's request for a waiver last year. He had only granted two exceptions to the rule — Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson, mainly because both had already won.
AROUND THE HORN
NBA: Kiki VanDeWeghe was promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations for the NBA. VanDeWeghe had been serving as senior vice president of basketball operations.
…76ers center Joel Embiid underwent bone-graft surgery to repair the navicular bone in his right foot.
College basketball: Defending national champion Duke and fellow Final Four participant Kentucky will meet in one game of the State Farm Champions Classic on Nov. 16 while Michigan State faces Kansas in the other.
WNBA: Riquna Williams had 18 points and six assists to help the Tulsa Shock beat the Phoenix Mercury 74-59.