The closest thing to a home team at the Little League World Series is headed for the final of the U.S. bracket. And Lewisberry can expect a full house when it goes for the title.
Lefthander Adam Cramer struck out 13 in five innings, and the undefeated Pennsylvania team beat Pearland, Texas, 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Cramer threw 87 pitchers, allowed three hits and got only two outs other than by strikeout — a fly ball and a comeback grounder. Jaden Henline moved over from shortstop and got three more strikeouts in the sixth, escaping a bases-loaded threat.
Pearland will play Bonita, Calif., on Thursday for a spot in the U.S. title game against Lewisberry. The winner of that game Saturday will face the International bracket winner for the World Series title a day later.
... Tokyo got down to its final strike before tying it in the bottom of the sixth inning with a single, then rallied again to overcome a two-run deficit in the eighth for a 5-4 victory over Venezuela on Wednesday and a berth in the International bracket title game at the Little League World Series.
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Favor Hamilton writes memoir
Former U.S. Olympian and University of Wisconsin track star Suzy Favor Hamilton said she will release a memoir next month that will touch on the mental health issues that compelled her to lead a double life as a Las Vegas call girl.
Favor Hamilton told her Twitter followers that the book, "Fast Girl," will go on sale Sept. 14. She tweeted that she's "so excited to finally share my story with you next month."
A blurb on publisher HarperCollins' website says the book will recount how manic depression and bipolar disorder drove Favor Hamilton to excel as an athlete. It will also explain how medication exacerbated her mania and made her become hypersexual, giving her a newfound strength and a desire that drove her to secretly become a $600-an-hour Las Vegas escort known as Kelly.
The blurb also promised that Favor Hamilton will discuss how she contemplated suicide after word of her secret life was revealed on The Smoking Gun website in 2012 and how she finally got the right medical help.
Xavier to honor Lauren Hill
The schools that helped Lauren Hill realize her dream of scoring a basket in a college game will honor her with a season-opening event in November.
Xavier will host the "Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic" on the court where she scored her first basket a year ago. The Mount St. Joseph University freshman died from brain cancer in April. Her public memorial also was held at Xavier's Cintas Center.
Hill played her first game against Hiram College on Nov. 2. Hiram will visit again as part of a Nov. 14 doubleheader.
... Lou Tsioropoulos, a member of Kentucky's 1951 NCAA national championship team and the unbeaten 1953-54 squad who went on to win two NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, died. He was 84.
AROUND THE HORN
Hockey: Ron "Chico" Maki, a member of the Blackhawks 1961 Stanley Cup champions, died. He was 76. The right wing spent 15 seasons with the Blackhawks (1961-76), playing in three All-Star Games. ... Veteran forward Sergei Gustov, who played for Tampa Bay and Dallas, received a six-month ban from the Russian Hockey Federation for an unspecified "breach of anti-doping rules." The 40-year-old Gusev spent four seasons in the NHL between 1997 and 2001, first in Dallas and then in Tampa Bay, playing 89 games and scoring four goals and 10 assists.
Soccer: Los Angeles Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant said he will retire after the season. The 34-year-old Dunivant has played for San Jose, the New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC and the Galaxy during his 13-year career. Only Landon Donovan has won more titles in MLS history than the five-time champion.