SACRAMENTO — The United States posted a confidence-boosting 23-18 win over Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament in Sacramento on Friday. Less than three months before the same two teams clash at the World Cup, where they are in the same group, the United States survived late pressure to record their first win of the tournament.
PHOENIX — Clearly, Randy Johnson is no longer the glowering giant who seemed to be perpetually brooding over some perceived slight — such as any opponent who had the audacity to step to the plate with a bat in his hand.
WENATCHEE — Two hits, so what? No one ever said baseball made sense and the Wenatchee AppleSox reiterated that again on Saturday. The Sox mustered just two base knocks but the latter of those came in the form of a bases loaded two-out double by second baseman Kyle Vanderkin in the sixth inning, sealing Wenatchee’s 4-2 comeback win over the Yakima Valley Pippins at Paul Thomas Sr. Field.
WENATCHEE – Hometown fans were able to view Tyler Burch’s continual transition from legion ball to the West Coast League Friday. Burch, a recent Eastmont High School graduate, just finished his duties with the Apple Valley Packers and earned the starting nod for the Wenatchee AppleSox. Other than a few minor control problems, Burch looked right at home at Paul Thomas Sr. Field, tossing six plus quality innings in a convincing 11-4 win over the Yakima Valley Pippins.
DETROIT — Mike Zunino rolled his eyes in frustration over his failure. Twice he had tried to bunt the go-ahead run to second base in the top of the 12th inning, and twice he couldn’t do the job with foul balls on both attempts.
LONDON — Usain Bolt’s suspect hip and Mo Farah’s status as the golden boy of British athletics will come under scrutiny when both return to London’s Olympic stadium this weekend. The two-day so-called Anniversary Games, which incorporates a Diamond League meeting, features a glittering cast but six-times Olympic gold medalist Bolt is the undoubted top of the bill when he goes in the 100m on Friday.
LEXINGTON, Kent. — Wimbledon champions and world number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams head the field for the men’s and women’s events at this year’s U.S. Open, the United States Tennis Association announced on Wednesday. Djokovic, who has reached the U.S. Open final five times and won the title in 2011, tops an elite list that includes other former champions in Roger Federer (2004-08), Rafa Nadal (2010, 2013), Andy Murray (2012).
ST. JEAN DE MARIENNE, France — France’s Romain Bardet of AG2r-La Mondiale won the 18th stage of the Tour de France, a 186.5-km trek from Gap on Thursday. His compatriot Pierre Rolland was second for the Europcar team with Colombian Winner Anacona of Movistar finishing third.
BEIJING, China — A group of rights activists have called on the International Olympic Committee not to award the 2022 winter Games to Beijing saying China’s human rights record had worsened since the 2008 Olympics in the Chinese capital. Chinese, Uighur, Mongolian and Tibetan activists said in an open letter to the IOC it should not “make the same mistake” by awarding the Olympics to Beijing as there was no improvement of human rights in the country since.
NEW YORK — Wimbledon champions and world No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams head the field for the men’s and women’s events at this year’s U.S. Open, the United States Tennis Association announced on Wednesday.