Long Beach, Philippines reach Little League finalRyan...

Long Beach, Philippines reach Little League final

Ryan Beaver broke up a no-hit bid, won a game and moved his team into the championship game of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.


The 12-year-old shortstop hit a ball the opposite way just inside the right-field foul pole to break up Adam Famoso's no-hit bid in the top of the sixth inning yesterday and Long Beach, Calif., beat Hamilton Square, N.J., 1-0, in the U.S. bracket championship game. It was Beaver's fourth home run of the tournament.

Long Beach will play Zamboanga City, Philippines, tomorrow for the title. Zamboango City, behind the pitching of Robert Placious, defeated Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 5-1, in the international division championship game.


Before yesterday's loss, Santo Domingo scored 61 runs in three games, including an 8-1 win over the Philippines. Their top six hitters were batting .647 and had a slugging percentage of 1.267, with 12 home runs.

College basketball

North Carolina State forward Bryant Feggins, who suffered nerve damage after being shot this spring, won't return to the Wolfpack basketball team before January, coach Les Robinson said. Feggins, who missed last season after injuring his left knee, isn't enrolled this semester. Robinson said the 6-foot-6, 238-pound Feggins fell behind in four courses because of the April shooting incident in Greensboro. Feggins, who averaged 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds during his sophomore season two years ago, was in good academic standing before the injury, Robinson said.

* Arizona State junior forward Jamal Faulkner was sentenced to 30 days in jail in Mesa, Ariz., for failing to meet terms of probation imposed in a fraud conviction and could be forced to withdraw from the university. Faulkner was the Pac-10's Freshman of the Year in 1990-91, when he averaged 15.4 points and 6.2 rebounds. But his production fell to 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds last season.

* Former Iowa State guard Skip McCoy has registered for classes at New Mexico State, apparently intending to play for the Aggies. NMSU coach Neil McCarthy declined to comment on McCoy's status, but confirmed through a spokesman that McCoy registered for fall classes. After playing in 33 of Iowa State's 34 games last season, McCoy was expected to challenge for a starting position this year.

* A prosecutor said criminal charges will be filed against three former Ball State players for allegedly making thousands of dollars in long-distance telephone calls and billing them to the university. Elizabeth Costello, a deputy Delaware County (Ind.) prosecutor handling the case, said she had not determined whether felony or misdemeanor charges would be filed against Paris McCurdy, Marcus Johnson and Curtis Kidd.

* Nevada-Las Vegas officials say standout player J. R. Rider's eligibility apparently will not be affected by a $15,000 loan from a sports agent to Rider's roommate. Athletic director Jim Weaver said he and UNLV officials have found no NCAA violations with the loan.

Pro basketball


Charles Barkley and a man with whom he scuffled on a Milwaukee sidewalk after a game agreed to abandon civil suits against each other, their lawyers said. Barkley's lawyer, James J. Dries, said the matter was resolved without his client paying anything to James R. McCarthy, who accused Barkley of punching him Dec. 22. Had Barkley paid anything, it might expose him to civil suits by other people trying to provoke altercations, Dries said. Barkley, now with the Phoenix Suns, was with the Philadelphia 76ers when, after a Dec. 22 game with the Milwaukee Bucks, McCarthy said he was punched in the face outside a tavern. A Circuit Court jury acquitted Barkley of battery and disorderly conduct.


Top seed Stefan Edberg of Sweden and unheralded Carsten Arriens of Germany won second-round matches and reached the quarterfinals of the $265,000 Hamlet Cup in Commack, N.Y. Edberg, the world's second-ranked player and defending U.S. Open champion, defeated Jimmy Arias, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. Arriens, who entered this tournament ranked 307th, surprised eighth seed Brad Gilbert, ranked 22nd, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4).

* Fifth seed Jana Novotna, after losing a difficult second set to Ann Grossman, withdrew because of leg cramps in their second-round match at the Mazda Tennis Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. Grossman prevailed over Novotna, ranked 10th in the world, to move into the quarterfinals against third seed Conchita Martinez. The score was 4-6, 6-4 and then 4-2 in the third set when Novotna pulled out.

* American Marianne Werdel upset top seed Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia, 7-5 7-6 (7-3), to reach the quarterfinals of the $255,000 OTB International in Schenectady, N.Y. On the men's side, Australian Jamie Morgan, 21, upset seventh seed Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands, 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-3).

* Top seed Thomas Muster of Austria defeated David Prinosil of Germany, 6-1, 6-0, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Croatian Open in Zagreb.



An International America's Cup Class yacht skippered by American John Bertrand sailed to victory today in all three of its races in the Merit Cup World Yacht Match Race series off Zushi, Japan. A yacht skippered by Chris Dickson of New Zealand and Frenchman Marc Pajot won one race and lost one. A yacht captained by Australian Peter Gilmour lost all three of its races in the round-robin competition on a 1.2-mile course in Kotsubo Harbor. Racing continues through Sunday.


Defending champion Gene Stus won six of eight games in the first round of match play and held a 92-pin lead over Teata Semiz in the Ebonite PBA Senior Championship in Cheektowaga, N.Y. Stus, the Senior Tour's leading money-winner, knocked down 8,789 pins over 38 games. Jim Brown of Columbia tied for 65th with 6,138; he earned $840.


A leading Colombian soccer commentator was hospitalized in critical condition in Bogota after gunmen shot him seven times, police and hospital spokesmen said. Two gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire at Luis Fernando Munera, 35, as he drove his car into the apartment complex where he lives in the northwestern city of Medellin on Wednesday night.