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SEATTLE — SENT: 750 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. — By Janie McCauley. SENT: 750 words, photos.

Little League


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — New bat rules aimed at keeping the ball in play and pitchers safer are having another effect at the Little League World Series: fewer home runs. Until this season, bats were frequently made from reinforced carbon fiber polymer. The problem was that as they were used over time, the bats actually sent balls farther and at higher speeds — sometimes called the trampoline effect. In 2017, a whopping 61 homers were hit across the tournament and the U.S. champs from Lufkin, Texas, hit 11 by themselves. Under a new bat performance standard from USA Baseball, bats in 2018 are now built to act more like the wooden bats used in the majors — less ping and less pop. Only 10 home runs had been hit in 21 games as the LLWS reached its midpoint Monday night, with no team accounting for more than one. By Tommy Butler. SENT: 600 words, photos.




HOUSTON — Nearly 11 months from his most recent NFL game, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt isn't hiding his eagerness to get back on the field. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year hasn't played since he suffered a broken left leg against Kansas City in Week 5 last season. The prior year, he missed the final 13 games of the 2016 season with a back injury that required surgery. With his recent string of injuries, Watt said he has one major objective if coach Bill O'Brien lets him play in the team's dress-rehearsal game against the Rams in Los Angeles on Saturday night. "I want to come out healthy," Watt said. "I want to be able to go on the field and then come back off the field." SENT: 720 words, photos.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Orlando Scandrick was on a plane headed home for a last-minute visit with his family when the Kansas City Chiefs played the Atlanta Falcons in their second preseason game last week. He didn't get to see another shaky performance by their secondary until reporting to his new team. Now the veteran cornerback who spent nearly a decade with the Dallas Cowboys and was recently cut loose by the Washington Redskins will try to help patch it up. The Chiefs signed the 31-year-old Scandrick over the weekend in the hopes he can stabilize one of their biggest areas of need. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.


— FBC--LSU-INGRAM — Authorities in Dallas say LSU offensive lineman Ed Ingram was arrested on sexual assault charges in early August, around the same time the projected starter was suspended from the Tigers' football program for an unspecified violation of team rules. SENT: 160 words.

— FBC--TEXAS TECH-PLAYER ARREST — Texas Tech running back Da'Leon Ward has been arrested on a theft charge. SENT: 130 words.




NEW YORK — Las Vegas Aces center A'ja Wilson was the unanimous choice as Associated Press WNBA rookie of the year. She averaged 20.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks to help the Aces to 14 wins this season. She was joined on the all-rookie team by Chicago's Diamond DeShields, Indiana's Kelsey Mitchell, Dallas' Azura Stevens, New York's Kia Nurse and Washington's Ariel Atkins. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 620 words, photos.




Nebraska comes into the volleyball season with eight newcomers on its 15-woman roster, and it would be easy for coach John Cook to look at this as a rebuilding year. Not happening. The Huskers finished last season 32-4 and are on a 19-match winning streak. They're led by senior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke, named the most outstanding player of the NCAA Championships in 2015 and 2017, and senior libero Kenzie Maloney. The other returning starter is sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins. The recruiting class of five freshmen is led by Nicklin Hames of Knoxville, Tennessee, the top-rated setter and No. 4 player overall, according to The top transfer is sophomore outside hitter Lexi Sun, a 2017 All-Big 12 pick for Texas. By Eric Olson. SENT: 680 words, photos.


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