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United States beat Japan in Pacific Nations Cup

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.

Big Unit cherishes time with Mariners

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.

Sox swipe much needed pair from division-leading Pippins

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.

Sox dump Pippins

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.

Mariners hang on to defeat Tigers in 12 innings

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.

Brewster’s Smith transferring to Gonzaga

Chandler Smith, who led Brewster High to the 2013 WIAA Class 1A state championship, is transferring to Gonzaga. She will not be eligible to play until the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Bolt and Farah under spotlight

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.

Djokovic, Williams head elite fields for U.S. Open

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).

Bardet wins 18th stage of Tour de France, Froome leads

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.

Activists urge not to award 2022 Games to Beijing

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.

Baker rejoins Wild defense

WENATCHEE -- The Wenatchee Wild, preparing for their first season as members of the British Columbia Hockey League, are pleased to announce the return of Ben Baker for his second season with the team.

Top American drops out of Tour de France

German Simon Geschke won the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, as American Tejay van Garderen abandoned the event due to illness.

Bills’ Goodwin wins silver at Pan Am Games

TORONTO — National Football League speedster Marquise Goodwin turned heads at the Pan American Games by winning a silver medal in men’s long jump on Wednesday.

Djokovic, Williams head elite fields for U.S. Open

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.