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.

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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.

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