The Washington Post
Injured player’s family is suing Little League
The family of a Utah boy who suffered fractures of his skull and cheekbone when he fell roughly six feet from a bunk bed onto a hard floor two days before Little League World Series games began is suing Little League Baseball and the manufacturer of the bed.
Easton Oliverson, 12, of Saint George, Utah, also had bleeding on the brain from the Aug. 15 fall in a dormitory for players competing in the Williamsport, Pa., tournament. Since then, the outfielder/pitcher for the Snow Canyon Little League team from Santa Clara, Utah, has had multiple surgeries and has been treated for a staph infection, according to his family’s Instagram postings.
“He’s not doing well. The more recent development, after a third craniotomy, is seizures. It’s been a long road,” Ken Fulginiti, the attorney representing the family, told the Associated Press.
Fulginiti and Little League did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Nancy and Jace Oliverson, the boy’s parents, are seeking at least $50,000 in damages on a count of negligence and at least another $50,000 on a count of strict liability, according to Ksl.com, which obtained a copy of the lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia County’s Court of Common Pleas.
— Cindy Boren
Breanna Stewart scored 22 points and Alyssa Thomas had 14 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in her debut for the United States, which beat Belgium, 87-72, in its World Cup opener in Sydney.
Jewell Loyd also scored 14 points for the shorthanded U.S. team, which was still missing Las Vegas Aces players A’ja Wilson, Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plum.
They were on their way to Australia after celebrating the franchise’s first WNBA championship with a parade Tuesday. The trio are expected to be in Sydney on Friday.
Connecticut Sun players Thomas and Brionna Jones arrived in Australia about 30 hours before tip-off.
This team is very different from the one that won a third straight gold in Spain in 2018. Sue Bird is retired, and Diana Taurasi is out as well. Brittney Griner, who would have been on this team, is in a Russian jail after being convicted of drug possession last month in a politically charged case and sentenced to nine years in prison. The U.S. government is trying to secure her release. . . .
Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball is scheduled to have surgery on his left knee next week for the second time in less than a year and figures to miss the start of the season. The Bulls said Ball will undergo an arthroscopic debridement in Los Angeles. He will be reevaluated in four to six weeks.
Ukraine finally lost a game at Hampden Park in Glasgow, beaten, 3-0, by Scotland, which moved atop their Nations League group.
The teams returned to the place where Ukraine won a World Cup playoff in June, though neither will go to the tournament in Qatar in November because Wales advanced from their knockout bracket.
Scotland dominated play and wasted good scoring chances before captain John Mcginn struck in the 70th minute with a low shot after using his strength to shrug off defender Valeriy
Substitute Lyndon Dykes padded the lead with a pair of headers from corners in the 80th and 87th. . . .
Germany will be without captain Manuel Neuer and midfielder Leon Goretzka for Nations League matches against Hungary and England because of positive coronavirus tests. . . .
Soccer fans who run onto the field or use objects such as smoke bombs and pyrotechnics at English Premier League matches will receive automatic bans from clubs for a minimum of a year.
Top-flight teams agreed to introduce the sanction with immediate effect at a league shareholders’ meeting, as part of measures to tackle increased antisocial behavior at matches.
Jalen Hill, who played basketball at UCLA for three seasons until he left last year for personal reasons, died, according to his family and the university. He was 22.
His family posted on Instagram that Hill died after he went missing in Costa Rica. No further details were provided.