California beats Japan for titleCalifornia returned the Little League World Series title to the United States with the type of victory even the big-leaguers dream about. Nick Pratto singled in the winning run with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the boys from Huntington Beach a 2-1 victory yesterday over Hamamatsu City, Japan, and a championship in South Williamsport, Pa. With runners on first and second, an error by Japan's shortstop on what could have been an inning-ending double play loaded the bases for California. After a force play at the plate, the 12-year-old Pratto smacked a solid liner to center off reliever Kazuto Takakura that brought pinch runner Eric Anderson home with the winning run.


Liberty loses to Chicago

Cappie Pondexter missed a three-pointer with 1 second remaining after Chicago's Epiphanny Prince hit a three with 31 seconds left to give the host Sky a 74-73 victory over the Liberty. Sylvia Fowles and Erin Thorn scored 17 points each to lead the Sky (14-15), and Prince finished with 10 points. Plenette Pierson scored 19 points, Nicole Powell had 15 and Pondexter 14 for the Liberty (16-13). Kia Vaughn added 12 points. After opening a 70-60 lead, the Sky went scoreless for 5:34 as the Liberty scored 11 consecutive points to take a 71-70 lead on Essence Carson's reverse layup. Tamera Young's free throw tied the score and Pondexter hit a jumper with 50 seconds to play to put the Liberty up 73-71.


Lincicome wins Canadian Open

Brittany Lincicome sank a par putt on the 18th hole in a driving rain to win the Canadian Women's Open in Mirabel, Quebec, by one stroke. Lincicome closed with a 2-under-par 70 to edge defending champion Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis, claiming her fifth LPGA Tour victory and second this year.


Keselowski makes Bristol 3rd win

Brad Keselowski moved a step closer to making the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by winning Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. It is Keselowski's third victory of the season, and his second since breaking his ankle in a crash while testing earlier this month. Keselowski has been on a tear since the injury. He won at Pocono, finished second at Watkins Glen, third at Michigan and has now won Bristol. Martin Truex Jr. finished second and Jeff Gordon was third.


Bolt disqualified at worlds

Usain Bolt had a false start and straight elimination from the world championships in Daegu, South Korea, in a race he has regally reigned over for three years. Bolt jumped the gun and was led away from the track before Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake won gold ahead of American rival Walter Dix. Blake won his first 100 title with a slow time of 9.92. Dix took silver in 10.08 and Kim Collins of Saint Kitts and Nevis was third in 10.09.

-- AP

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