- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Iowa team advanced to the Little League Softball World Series semifinals Tuesday by beating a team forced into a tiebreaker after it was accused of deliberately losing a game.

The Central Iowa team beat South Snohomish Washington 3-2 in a rematch ordered by the tournament after receiving reports that some teams “did not play with the effort and spirit appropriate” for Little League play.

The dispute arose after the Washington team was no-hit Monday by a team from Salisbury, North Carolina. The loss created a three-way tie for the Pool B title, meaning that Washington and North Carolina would advance to the semifinals and the Polk City, Iowa, team would not.

Chris Chadd, the president of the Central Iowa Little League, told the Des Moines Register he believed the Washington team basically “threw the game.” He said he thought Washington was trying to avoid a rematch with Iowa in the semifinals.

Instead, Snohomish was forced to face the Iowans in Tuesday’s tiebreaker. Pitcher Mikayla Houge had 11 strikeouts for Iowa, which held onto the lead from the third inning on to earn a spot in a semifinal game set for later Tuesday.

Officials from both Washington and Iowa did not respond to emailed requests for comment from the Associated Press.


BOSTON (AP) - The last-place Boston Red Sox shook up their front office on Tuesday night, hiring Dave Dombrowski as the new president of baseball operations and saying goodbye to general manager Ben Cherington.

Dombrowski joins the Red Sox - his fifth major league club - immediately. The team said in a news release during its game against the Cleveland Indians that Cherington “declined the opportunity to continue as General Manager, but has agreed to assist Mr. Dombrowski during the transition.”

Dombrowski built a World Series champion with the Florida Marlins and took Detroit to the Series twice, winning four straight AL Central titles in 14 years in the Tigers’ front office. But with Detroit playing below .500, he was let go two weeks ago - shortly after the Red Sox announced that president and CEO Larry Lucchino would step away from the club at the end of the season.

Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy is slated to take over the business of the ballclub, with Dombrowski running the baseball side.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - This time, no clubs for Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson. Just a pair of famous diamonds.

The golfers each threw out a ceremonial first pitch at a major league game on Tuesday night. They spent much of the day trash-talking on Twitter, finally arriving at a bet of a $5,000 to the major winner with the best result at the ballpark.

Speaking before his pitch at Wrigley Field, Johnson said he was more nervous about leading the crowd in the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.

The Twitter accounts for the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs also got into the act. The Rangers said Masters and U.S. Open winner Spieth threw “a hard strike,” and the Cubs posted that British Open champion Johnson “registered 95 on the radar gun.”


BEIJING (AP) - Sebastian Coe has won a four-year term as president of the governing body for track and field, beating Sergei Bubka in an election Wednesday and given the mandate to restore the image of the IAAF amid a doping controversy.

The 58-year-old Coe won the election by 115 votes to 92 and will replace Lamine Diack, who stood down after 16 years.

Coe, a two-time Olympic champion and chairman of the London 2012 organizing committee, reportedly traveled 700,000 kilometers (435,000 miles) during the campaign and, unlike Bubka, had only nominated for the top job without the fallback option of vice-president, meaning he would have lost influence within the IAAF if he’d lost the poll.

“In the best traditions of everything we both believe in our sport, it was fought according to sound judgment throughout,” said Coe, who described his election as the second-most momentous event of his life after the birth of his children.

Ukraine pole vault great Bubka, a former Olympic and world championship gold medalist and long-time world-record holder, retained his position as a vice president in a subsequent poll.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is recovering after undergoing surgery for the second time on his right foot, this time a bone graft procedure.

Embiid had two existing screws replaced on Tuesday and a bone graft of the site was done using bone from his hip.

The 7-footer from Kansas was the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. He missed his entire rookie season after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot in June 2014.

The team announced in June he suffered a setback in his recovery.

While Embiid likely will miss another season, orthopedic surgeon Martin O’Malley says the “bone’s integrity was even better than expected and has been put in a great position to support full recovery.”

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