CAL RIPKEN WORLD SERIES FIELD HALF FILLED: Five of the 10 berths for the Cal Ripken 12-and-under Major/60 World Series to be held Aug. 9 to 16 at the Hammond Optimist Youth Sports Complex have been filled as of Saturday.
In addition to hosts, the HOYS Bulldogs, and Northern Indiana champion, the Crown Point Bulldogs, regional champions Quincy, Mass. (New England Regional), El Dorado, Ark. (Southwest Regional) and Oahu, Hawaii (Pacific Southwest Regional) have all advanced.
Three other regionals are due to be decided today, including the Ohio Valley Regional in Vincennse where Griffith has gone 3-0 in pool play and entered the single-elimination bracket as the No. 3 seed. Griffith was due to play the winner of the Green County, Ky., (No. 6) vs. Muncie (No. 11) game at 8 p.m. Saturday for a chance to advance to the semifinal round today.
SCHIERHOLTZ'S HR IN 9TH LIFTS CUBS OVER GIANTS: Nate Schierholtz homered off former teammate Sergio Romo with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Cubs to a 1-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.
Dropped to sixth in the Cubs' order after batting cleanup a night earlier in the club's first game after trading Alfonso Soriano, Schierholtz worked a full count off Romo (3-6) before hitting a towering blast into the right field stands to hand Romo his second blown save in as many games.
Starlin Castro added two hits for Chicago, which is 18-13 in its last 31 games.
Pedro Strop (1-0) pitched one inning for the win and Kevin Gregg worked the ninth for his 21st save to complete the five-hitter.
Madison Bumgarner pitched eight shutout innings for San Francisco, who have lost six of seven and are a season-high 11 games under .500.
RAILCATS FALL AT ST. PAUL: Mike Masasaro had the lone RBI for the RailCats in a 6-1 loss at St Paul on Saturday night.
The Saints scored three runs in the first inning and never relinquished the lead. Morgan Coombs picked up the loss, allowing five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.
PACERS ACQUIRE SCOLA: The Pacers have bolstered their front-line depth with the acquisition of Luis Scola from the Phoenix Suns.
The Pacers sent forward Gerald Green, center Miles Plumlee and a lottery-protected first-round draft pick to the rebuilding Suns.
Scola, a 6-foot-9 forward from Argentina, played his first five NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets before coming to Phoenix a year ago when the Suns submitted the winning bid under the league's amnesty rule. He appeared in all 82 games for the Suns, averaging 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds.
WITH RENEWED LOVE FOR GAME, DONOVAN GIVES U.S. SPARK: Landon Donovan's self-imposed sabbatical did wonders for him. Did wonders for the U.S. men, too.
The Americans are playing Panama today in the Gold Cup final in Chicago largely because of Donovan. Re-energized after a four-month break last winter, Donovan is playing perhaps the best soccer of his career. He has five goals and seven assists in the tournament, and has had a hand in a goal in each of the Americans' first five games.
Donovan said he's enjoyed the tournament "tremendously." And coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he's been very pleased with the role Donovan has played — on and off the field. He's taken an active role with the many young players, something that will be even more critical with Klinsmann suspended for the final today.
SNEDEKER TAKES CANADIAN OPEN LEAD: Hunter Mahan gave up the lead in the Canadian Open when his wife went into labor, and Brandt Snedeker grabbed the top spot a few hours later Saturday.
Mahan was 13 under after two rounds when he got a call saying wife Kandi had gone into labor with their first child. The American rushed to the airport for a flight to Texas.
Snedeker had a 9-under 63 at Glen Abbey to take the lead after the rain-delayed third round.
HAWKINS CAMP AT NOLL THIS WEEK: Former Valparaiso University player and current IUN Northwest head men's basketball coach Jason Hawkins will hold a basketball camp for boys and girls aged 5 to 14 from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday at Bishop Noll Institute. Cost is $75. For details, call (219) 743-1033, or email email@example.com.
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North Newton is looking for a junior high football assistant coach. Anyone interested should email Aaron Sauter at firstname.lastname@example.org. ... Cam Weaver scored for the Houston Dynamo and Mike Magee scored two minutes later for the Fire as the teams played to a 1-1 tie Saturday night. ... Gabriella Then won the U.S. Girls' Junior, spoiling Lakareber Abe's bid to become the first black female individual champion in U.S. Golf Association history. ... Bernhard Langer seized a three-shot lead after the third round of the Senior British Open, mastering Royal Birkdale with superb links play for a 4-under 66. ... The Colts put Pat Angerer and defensive end Fili Moala on the physically unable to perform list Saturday. Neither will be available to practice when the Colts hold their first training camp practice today. ... Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore the ACL in his right knee during practice and could miss the season. ... Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated his hip in practice and will be sidelined indefinitely with what coach John Harbaugh called "a serious injury."