World Baseball Classic: The United States defeats Japan 2-1 late Tuesday night for the right to play Puerto Rico on Wednesday for the title.
los angeles» Brandon Crawford scored the tiebreaking run when Nobuhiro Matsuda bobbled Adam Jones’ grounder to third in the eighth inning, and the United States reached the championship game of the World Baseball Classic for the first time by beating Japan 2-1 on Tuesday night at rainy Dodger Stadium.
Andrew McCutchen drove in an early run for the U.S., which will play Puerto Rico for the title Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands 4-3 in 11 innings Monday.
The World Baseball Classic final has been played in the U.S. in each of its four editions, but the host team had never made it.
The Americans reached the semifinals only once, in 2009. But this allstar-laden roster has won two straight elimination games to earn the chance for its first crown.
Despite the United States’ victory, Nolan Arenado’s offense continues to be nonexistent.
The Rockies’ third baseman went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts against Japan. He is batting .000 for the tournament.
Paris doesn’t want 2028 Games
B london» The Paris bid team is fine with an unprecedented double vote on Olympic hosts, as long as the French capital is awarded the 2024 Games.
With Paris and Los Angeles the remaining 2024 bidders, IOC president Thomas Bach raised the prospect of one city getting 2024 and the other taking 2028.
“We can’t accept ‘28,” Paris bid cochairman Tony Estanguet said. “It’s not possible.”
Estanguet, a three-time Olympic champion canoeist who became a member of the International Olympic Committee, is trying to end Paris’ run of three losing bids.
Vigen promoted on Wyoming staff
B laramie» Wyoming offensive coordinator Brent Vigen is being elevated to the position of associate coach.
Vigen took over as Wyoming’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2014. He will retain those duties while assuming the associate head coach position.
TCU reaches NIT semifinals
B fort worth, texas» Vlad Brodziansky scored 20 points, Kenrich Williams had the first triple-double in TCU history and the Horned Frogs rolled over Richmond 86-68 to win their bracket of the NIT and advance to the semifinals for the first time.
Williams had 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for TCU.
• Ben Lammers scored 20 points to lead Georgia Tech over Ole Miss 7466 and earn a spot in the Final Four.
• Dion Rogers scored 28 points, Ryan Harris added 21 and Texas Wesleyan defeated Life University 86-76 to win its second NAIA title.
Rhoades returning to VCU hoops
B richmond, va.» Rice coach Mike Rhoades is returning to VCU to become the Rams’ head coach.
The 44-year-old Rhoades spent five years as an assistant to Shaka Smart at VCU. He replaces Will Wade, who resigned to take the same position at LSU.
• Texas A&M freshman standout Robert Williams said he is returning for another season in college.
The 6-foot-9 Williams, projected by many to be a lottery pick in June’s NBA draft, averaged 11.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season.
Spainer let evil “run wild”
B harrisburg, pa.» The failure of Penn State’s former president to report child molestation accusations against Jerry Sandusky allowed evil to “run wild,” prosecutors said at the start of Graham Spanier’s trial. A defense attorney accused prosecutors of trying to “criminalize a judgment call.”
Spanier faces felony charges of child endangerment and conspiracy for how he handled a 2001 report that the former assistant football coach had abused a boy in a team shower.