Mo'Ne Davis of Philadelphia will pitch Friday in the Little League World Series, the first American girl to appear since 2004, writes Philly Daily News columnist Jenice Armstrong, who also says Davis, 13, dreams of playing basketball at UConn on a scholarship.

Jon Lester is 3-0 since being traded from the Red Sox to the A's, but as most predicted this deal is working for both. Yoenis Cespedes is providing much needed power for the Red Sox, though he did leave Wednesday's game with a right-hand contusion. ... The Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon is Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 a.m. to midnight. On Tuesday at Fenway, the Red Sox say Talia Quagliaroli, 14, of South Windsor, will sing "God Bless America" during the game. Her brother, Luciano, was a patient at Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic. ... The owners meet Thursday to decide who will replace Bud Selig as MLB commissioner. Selig wants Rob Manfred, the league's chief operating officer. Red Sox chairman Tom Werner is a candidate.

UConn linebacker Danny Lansanah is looking good in Tampa Bay's camp and projected to make the roster, according to PewterReport.com, which covers the NFL team. ... Everett Golson, suspended from school last fall for academic reasons, was named the starting QB for Notre Dame. He started in 2012. ... Adam Rainaud, an assistant pro at Black Hall Club, won the Connecticut PGA Championship. ... As they say, the apple does not fall far from the tree: Montclair State University has named Jared Holowaty its baseball coach. He was acting head coach last season. Holowaty played for his father, Bill, at Eastern Connecticut. ... The NBA schedule is out: LeBron James and the Cavs open at home Oct. 30 vs. Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks.

Frank Longobardi and his daughter Kristen, who have raised $21,000 on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation of New England, are running in the Falmouth Road Race Sunday as part of the foundation's Joints in Motion team. Frank, managing partner in the Glastonbury office of CohnReznick LLP, is on the national board of directors for the Arthritis Foundation. ... Congrats to our own Tom Yantz, headed into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in the same year the The Courant celebrates its 250th anniversary. No, he hasn't been around that long, but almost 40 years.

jotterbein@courant.com