Grosse Pointe Blanked at Little League WS
South Williamsport, Pa. — Little League rules impose a limit of 85 pitches, a number that can make it tough to throw a no-hitter. Grant Holman of Chula Vista, Calif., didn’t have any problems Friday.
Holman struck out 13 and became the first player to toss a no-hitter in the Little League World Series since the rule was put in place in 2007, leading Chula Vista into the second round with a 3-0 victory over Grosse Pointe, Mich.
With his seven innings of work, Holman also became the first pitcher since 1979 to throw an extra-inning no-hitter in the LLWS.
Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 166 pounds, the 13-year-old Holman outdueled Grosse Pointe’s Chad Lorkowski — another stout young pitcher at 6-3 and 219 pounds. The 12-year-old Lorkowski struck out 12 in six innings but exhausted his 85-pitch allotment. He walked two batters and hit another.
In the international bracket, Tokyo beat Brno, Czech Republic, 7-3, and Taoyuan, Taiwan, routed Ottawa, Ontario, 10-2. Taiwan and Japan will face each other Sunday, while the Canadians will take on the Czechs today.
Ex-MLB Player Guilty in Sex Assault Case
Hastings, Mich. — Former major league outfielder Chad Curtis faces up to 15 years in prison after a jury in West Michigan found him guilty Friday on charges that he inappropriately touched three teenage girls.
Curtis, 44, was convicted of six counts of criminal sexual conduct and will be sentenced Sept. 26 in Barry County.
Curtis was accused of touching two 15-year-old girls last year when he was a volunteer weight-room strength trainer at an area high school. A 16-year-old girl later told authorities that he touched and fondled her in 2011.
Between 1992 and 2001, Curtis played for the then-California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. He won two World Series rings with the Yankees.
Europe Leads Solheim Cup
Parker, Colo. — Europe took an important step Friday toward winning the Solheim Cup on American soil.
Carlota Ciganda salvaged a par after a ruling that took about 30 minutes as she and Suzann Pettersen rallied to win a key fourballs match that staked Europe to a 5-3 lead. Stacy Lewis was on the losing end of that match. She got into a heated discussion with a rules official as a long day at Colorado Golf Club was winding down.
Pettersen and Caroline Hedwall won both their matches for Europe.
Michelle Wie displayed a solid short game and Cristie Kerr came to life with her putter to help the Americans keep it close.
It’s the second straight time that Europe has led after the opening day, winning in 2011 in Ireland. It has never won the Solheim Cup away from home.
Rookie Leads Wyndham
Greensboro, n.c. — PGA Tour rookie Patrick Reed shot a 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over John Huh after the second round of the Wyndham Championship.
With his wife, Justine, serving as his caddie, Reed had an 11-under 129 total at Sedgefield.
Perry Lead Champions Event
Endicott, n.y. — Kenny Perry shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
Perry sank a birdie putt at No. 18 to move ahead of brothers Brad and Bart Bryant and Joel Edwards.
Nadal Beats Federer, Djokovic Upset
Mason, Ohio — Rafael Nadal rallied for a vintage win over rival Roger Federer, reaching the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open on Friday night.
Nadal’s 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory left him 21-10 against Federer, including wins in all three of their matches this season.
It completed a day of upsets in the men’s bracket.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic lost to top-ranked American John Isner. Djokovic has never won Cincinnati, losing in the final four times. It’s the last one Djokovic needs to become the first player with titles in all nine Masters events.
No. 2 Andy Murray also lost, beaten in two sets by Tomas Berdych. Berdych will play Nadal in the semifinals, while Isner takes on Juan Martin del Potro.
Top-ranked Serena Williams moved on in the women’s bracket.