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MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2012

TENNIS

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Yankees magic number down to 2

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Brandon Laird comes up big in victory over Lehigh Valley.

YANKEES

IRONPIGS

Barre’s leading RBI guy, and suddenly, he was stranding them there. Until it really counted. That’s when Brandon Laird By PAUL SOKOLOSKI picked up his intensity, and pulled psokoloski@timesleader.com the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre YanALLENTOWN -- Something kees to the brink of a division title. Laird socked a go-ahead, two-run seemed strange. Runners were reaching scoring single in the top of the seventh inposition for Scranton/Wilkes- ning Sunday, then scored in the

H.S. GOLF

Someone different will rule tourney

ninth inning as the Yankees put away a 6-2 victory over Lehigh Valley with a three-run ninth inning. “First two at-bats I was kind of frustrated,� Laird said. But he left Lehigh Valley livid in the clutch. With the Yankees down a run with two outs and runners at second and third in the seventh, Laird

lined an 0-2 pitch into center field for a 3-2 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lead. “I knew I could probably come up with a big opportunity,� said Laird, who drove home his 86th and 87th runs of the season with his go-ahead blow. “I shortened my swing and

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

TKO from Tokyo

The U.S. Open, the final major of the tennis season, starts today in New York. By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer

By DAVE ROSENGRANT drosengrant@timesleader.com

See GOLF, Page 5B

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Serena Williams has already won two Wimbledon titles and two gold medals this year.

Serena’s long year nears end

See YANKEES, Page 5B

Brandon Matthews, now playing at Temple, won every Tryba Invitational since 2007.

When the Tryba Preseason Invitational begins today with a 9 a.m. shotgun start at Fox Hill Country Club, a new champion is guaranteed to be crowned. For the first time since 2007, someone other than Inside Pittston ArTeam-by-team ea’s Brandon capsules, Matthews Page 5B will walk away with a victory. Now, that the Patriot great is at Temple to continue his athletic and academic career, Pittston Area coach Len Benfante is hoping his personal streak continues this afternoon. It would also be a fitting end to a successful career for Benfante, who is in his final season after leading the team for 23 years. Ryan Tracy and Chris Lynch are two Patriots who have legitimate chances of winning the event and extending their coach’s stretch. Tracy is one of the top golfers in the Wyoming Valley Conference, while Lynch has posted solid scores early on for his team. “I was thinking about packing it in after Brandon but these seniors made it easy to come back,� Benfante said. “It would be really special if they were to do that. To go out on a note like that would be a thrill. I would really love to see one of the kids do that that would be great.� There will be stiff competition for the PA duo, including Holy Redeemer’s Mariano Medico and Chase Makowski, who both are coming off appearances in a national tournament in North Carolina and are two of the elite in the league. Coughlin’s Shamus Gartley, who was a regional qualifier in 2010 and Wyoming Valley West’s Chris McCue are two other favorites and Fox Hill is their home course. In the team competition, Holy Redeemer is a strong favorite to claim its third straight tournament title. Coughlin has been playing well to open the season and, along with Wyom-

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Tokyo’s Noriatsu Osaka, right, celebrates with Satoru Aoyama, left, after hitting a two-run home run against Goodlettsville, Tenn., in the fifth inning of the Little League World Series championship game in South Williamsport Sunday.

Slugger smacks three homers for Japan

By GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Arms outstretched in the air with a smile from ear-to-ear, Noriatsu Osaka couldn’t contain his glee. Neither could his teammates from Tokyo after Osaka’s third home run of the game put an exclamation point on Japan’s 12-2 victory over Tennessee in five innings in the Little League World Series title game Sunday. The 12-year-old Osaka added a triple for good measure, too, to top off his 4-

for-4 afternoon. In a symbolic gesture, Japan’s players jogged the traditional postgame victory lap carrying the flags for both their home country and the United States. “We had such a great time in Pennsylvania and we really played a good game today. It was kind of a, ‘Thanks,�’ Osaka said through an interpreter. Starter Kotaro Kiyomiya struck out eight in four innings and added an RBI single for Japan. The game ended in the fifth after Osaka’s third homer made it a 10-run game.

“We thought we played the best in the tournament so far, especially to win by the 10-run rule in the finals,� said 12-yearold Rintaro Hirano, who homered in the fourth to make it 10-1. A day after pounding out a 24-16 win over California in the U.S. title game, the Goodlettsville, Tenn., sluggers could only muster two hits — solo shots by Brock Myers and Lorenzo Butler. It was a bittersweet final game for two teams that grew close during their two See SERIES, Page 5B

NEW YORK — Champion at Wimbledon in both singles and doubles. Winner again at the All England Club in both events, four weeks later at the London Olympics. Nobody would blame Serena Williams if she felt worn down by this year’s jam-packed tennis calendar. She doesn’t see it that way, though — even with TV the grind of Coverage the U.S. Open loom1 p.m., ESPN2 7 p.m., ESPN2 ing. “I look forward to this,� Williams said. “It’s almost as like a launching pad for what I want to do for the rest of the hard-court season.� In a way, yes, Monday’s start of the year’s last Grand Slam actually marks something of a new beginning — the kickoff of a sixmonth stretch on the hard courts that winds down at the 2013 Australian Open. Call it mental gymnastics, a creative way of looking at things or whatever else might apply. What can’t be denied is that in an Olympic year, the U.S. Open — considered the toughest test in tennis even under normal circumstances — is essentially the season’s fifth major. “A lot of them,� Jim Courier said, “are running on fumes.� Indeed, many top players have had to double down on their fitness and find new, creative ways of organizing their schedules to get ready for what they hope will be a two-week grind in the fishSee OPEN, Page 5B

NFL

T.O. tweets he’s ‘no longer’ with Seahawks

“I’m no longer a Seahawk. I THANK the organization 4 the opportunity, I’m truly blessed beyond belief.�

Terrell Owens on Twitter

an contracts terminated, while Seattle waived/injured defensive NFL roundup, back Roy Lewis (knee), tight end RENTON, Wash. — Terrell Page 4B Cameron Morrah (toe), defensive Owens’ NFL return lasted less than tackle Pep Levingston (knee) and three weeks. Owens was released by the Seattle Sea- linebacker Jamison Konz (shoulder). Owens signed a one-year deal with Seattle hawks on Sunday, part of the league-mandated roster reductions from 90 to 75 play- (No. 22 in APPro32) on Aug. 7, following a sterling workout that had coaches and Seaers. The 38-year-old posted a message on his hawks staff raving about how good he Twitter account shortly before 11 a.m. PDT looked for having not played an NFL game in that he had been released and the Seahawks more than 18 months. He signed just before Seattle’s first preseamade the move official later in the afterson game and made his debut in the second noon. “I’m no longer a Seahawk. I THANK the week against Denver. But his preseason performance was more organization 4 the opportunity, I’m truly blessed beyond belief. My FAITH is intact & notable for the passes he dropped than anyAP PHOTO thing he caught. will NOT waiver.� Owens dropped a potential 46-yard touch- Terrell Owens announced on his Twitter account Sunday Owens wasn’t the only veteran to get cut by the Seahawks. Offensive linemen Deuce down against Denver on a perfect throw morning that he had been released by the Seattle Sehawks. Lutui and Alex Barron both had their veter- from Matt Flynn. By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer

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