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Sports log: Japan wins Little League World Series

BASEBALL

Ryusei Hirooka lined a decisive two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning, Shunpei Takagi hit two solo home runs, and Tokyo beat Chula Vista (Calif.), 6-4, in South Williamsport, Pa., to win the Little League World Series. It was the 14th championship game and ninth title for Japan, which was making its fourth straight appearance in the title game. Giancarlo Cortez had a two-run single and Grant Holman an RBI single for Chula Vista . . . Chad Knight slammed two home runs and drove in seven runs but it wasn’t enough as Westport (Conn.) fell to Mexico, 15-14, in the third-place game at the Little League World Series. The game featured a World Series-record nine home runs. Harry Azadian added a three-run homer and Matt Brown and Matt Stone had solo shots for Connecticut . . . The parents and girlfriend of slain Australian Chris Lane shared a minute’s silence at home plate of his former ballpark in suburban Melbourne as the city’s baseball community gathered to offer their support and show their respect at a memorial game in his honor. Lane, a 22-year-old student at East Central University, was shot in the back and killed last week in Duncan, Okla.

BASKETBALL

Sun set franchise record for losses

Kelsey Griffin led the Connecticut Sun with 22 points while Tina Charles had 18, but it wasn’t enough to stop the New York Liberty from escaping Uncasville, Conn., with a 74-66 victory. Plenette Pierson scored 18 points for the Liberty (11-16), who kept their playoff hopes alive. The Sun (7-19) set a franchise record for losses in a season . . . Shenise Johnson had 17 points as the San Antonio Silver Stars held on for a 70-64 victory over the visiting Seattle Storm . . . Candace Parker scored with 5.7 seconds remaining in the second overtime, lifting the host Los Angeles Sparks to a 90-88 comeback victory over the Tulsa Shock. Parker finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds . . . Jeremy Lin said he’s looking forward to pairing up with the Houston Rockets’ newly acquired star, Dwight Howard. Lin told reporters on a visit to Beijing that he saw a natural affinity in the pair’s affection for the pick-and-roll game.

SOCCER

Shift in season for Qatar World Cup?

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter expects his executive committee to decide soon on a switch that will shift the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to another season to avoid the searing summer heat. Blatter told the Associated Press that an Oct. 3-4 meeting in Zurich should approve the change, and begin consultation on the best time for Qatar to host the tournament. Blatter also expects a reply within days from Russia, the 2018 World Cup host, clarifying its law prohibiting gay ‘‘propaganda.’’ FIFA wants to know how the law would apply during its events . . . Playing without the injured Lionel Messi, Barcelona needed Adriano’s 44th minute strike Sunday to beat host Malaga, 1-0. Neymar went on as a substitute for the third straight game for Barcelona in the second half . . . Fraizer Campbell scored twice to send Cardiff to its first topflight victory in more than 50 years, stunning Manchester City, 3-2. Cardiff is in England’s top division for the first time since the 1961-62 season, gaining promotion in May.

MISCELLANY

Armstrong, British newspaper settle

British newspaper The Sunday Times has reached a settlement with Lance Armstrong after suing the disgraced cyclist to recover damages from a libel settlement. The terms were not disclosed. The paper paid Armstrong about $470,000 in 2006 to settle a case after printing claims that he took performance-enhancing drugs . . . American Tejay van Garderen won the USA Pro Challenge in Denver, finishing 1 minute, 30 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Mathias Frank . . . Sidney Crosby was one of the first players to arrive for Hockey Canada’s Olympic orientation camp that runs through Tuesday. A total of 46 players are set to attend the camp in Calgary, but none will take the ice due to high insurance costs . . . Behind four goals from John Grant , the Chesapeake Bayhawks beat the Charlotte Hounds, 10-9, to win the Major League Lacrosse Championship in Chester, Pa. . . . US Olympic short track medalist Simon Cho received a two-year suspension from the International Skating Union after admitting he tampered with the skates of a Canadian rival . . . Game On Dude cruised to a 8½-length victory in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar. It was the largest winning margin in the race’s 23-year history, bettering the 5½ lengths that Skimming won by in 2001 . . . Royal Delta routed four opponents at Saratoga, drawing away in the stretch to win the Personal Ensign Invitational by 4½ lengths . . . Marion Bartoli, the 28-year-old Frenchwoman who retired suddenly from tennis after a loss in Cincinnati, left the door to a comeback open, saying during a news conference in Manhattan “It’s pretty hard to say I would never come back.’’ . . . Orlando Duque of Columbia won the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series event at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, piling up 497.2 points. An estimated 25,000 spectators were in attendance.

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