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Injured player’s family is suing Little League

- — From news services and staff reports

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

BASKETBALL

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.

SOCCER

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

Bondar.

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.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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.

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