Cal Ripken World Series
D.R. pitcher throws no-no; Md. team out
In one of the all-time best pitching performances seen at the Cal Ripken World Series, the Dominican Republic's Leudy Santana struck out 14 batters en route to a no-hitter in his team's 1-0 victory over Mexico in Friday's International semifinal matchup at Cal Sr.'s Yard. The performance was validation for Santana, who struck out 16 hitters in the Dominican team's earlier pool play contest with Mexico on Monday but lost when the reigning champs scored four runs on three hits in a 4-0 victory. As in the earlier contest between the two teams, Gerardo Duarte was on the mound for Mexico on Friday, and he nearly matched his Dominican counterpart's performance, allowing just two hits, striking out eight and issuing two walks.
With the victory, the Dominican Republic ended the tournament for defending champion Mexico and moved on to play Japan, a 10-1 winner over Korea in Friday's other International semifinal. In Friday's first American semifinal matchup at the Cal Ripken World Series, the Ohio Valley squad from Lexington, Ky., topped the Maryland team from Charles County, 11-5, at Cal Sr.'s Yard.
With its victory, Lexington moves into the U.S. championship game today against Pacific Southwest representative Oahu, Hawaii, which won Friday's other semifinal game, 9-1, over Mid-Atlantic representative Clifton Park, N.Y.
—Randy McRoberts and Dewey Fox, The Aegis
Kizer, U.S. beat Australia, advance to title game
Maryland women's basketball senior Lynetta Kizer scored seven points and had eight rebounds as Team USA held off Australia (4-1), 79-67, to advance to the gold medal game Sunday in the Women's World University Games final in Shenzhen, China. The Americans will play Taiwan (5-0), who beat Sweden (3-2), 71-70, in overtime. Team USA and Team Taiwan will take the court Sunday at 9:30a.m.
More women's basketball: Fourth-year Terps assistant coach Tina Langley was promoted to associate head coach. Langley serves as the program's recruiting coordinator.
Johnson: Harper likely to sit for rest of Double-A season
Bryce Harper was placed on the seven-day disabled list at Double-A Harrisburg after a visit to the doctor confirmed a right hamstring strain suffered Thursday night. Manager Davey Johnson suggested before the move that Harper will not play again this minor league season, which ends Sept.5. "I'm not going to worry a whole lot about Bryce Harper down there with a slightly pulled hammy," Johnson said. "It's the end of the season. He probably won't play the rest of the year. There's only a few days left. Don't take a chance of aggravating that into more a serious injury." Harper, the 2010 first overall pick and the consensus top prospect in baseball, left Thursday's game after pulling up lame while running into third base from first on a single. Two teammates helped Harper off the field as he put no weight on his right leg.
—Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
Capra wins in 1st round of U.S. Open Wild Card Playoff
No. 5-seeded Beatrice Capra of Ellicott City beat No. 4 seed Ahsha Rolle, 6-1, 6-4, on Friday in the first round of the U.S. Open Wild Card Playoff at the Junior Champions Tennis Training Center at College Park. She plays next in the semifinals today at 4p.m. against top-seeded Julia Cohen of Philadelphia. "I didn't know much about her game but tried to keep my balls high and heavy because I know she likes to slice a lot," the Duke-bound Capra said. "I didn't get a wild card into qualifying at the Open, so if I win here I go to the Open; if I don't, I start college in two days. So it's really a win-win for me just to be here." Capra won this event last year to earn a wild-card berth in the main draw at the U.S. Open, where she went on to win two rounds before falling to Maria Sharapova.
July earns unanimous decision against Chisholm
Venroy July (8-0), who works as a corporate lawyer at the downtown law firm of Hogan Lovells, came out swinging against Willy Chisolm (6-13) and never let up, winning by unanimous decision in a United Boxers cruiserweight bout at Du Burns Arena. All three judges scored the night's first six-round fight the same: 60-54. In the main event, Charm City product James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson (15-0) turned Jose Angel Roman (11-33-5) thoroughly dominated all six rounds in a unanimous victory. In a tightly contested middleweight bout, Sherman "Tank" Artis (2-0) beat Lee Snow (0-1). Two judges scored the fight in favor of Artis, and the third scored it a tie. Both fighters are from Baltimore. Baltimore's "Slick" Nick Kisner (10-0, 5 KOs) scored a unanimous win over Rayshawn Myers (4-10, 3 KOs) in a cruiserweight fight. Baltimore native Emanuel "Transformer" Taylor (14-0, 10 KOs) knocked out Lenwood Dozier (6-3-1) 2:25 into the third round in a junior welterweight fight. In one of the more lopsided fights, supermiddleweight Maxell "The General" Taylor (16-3-1, 8 KOs) weathered Willis "The Prophet" Lockett's (12-12-5) early attacks and earned a knockout because of excessive holding early in the fourth period.
—From Sun staff and news services