WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) _ In addition to everything else that’s new at the Little League World Series, the field now has ″breakaway bases.″
The bases were designed to give way if a player slides incorrectly.
The bases have come detached a number of times so far during the tournament. After the rubber bottom is cleaned off, the base is reattached to grommets.
A study by the Institute for Preventative Sports Medicine said breakaway bases reduced injuries 96 percent and related health care costs 99 percent.
″The impact on safety for Little League baseball players is immense,″ said Roger Hall of Elizabethtown, Pa., inventor of the Rogers breakaway base used this week.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - D.A. Points of Pekin, Ill., had six birdies in a 1-under-par 71 Thursday as he grabbed a share of the second-round lead in the 17th annual PGA Junior Championship.
Points is tied at 146 with Justin Roof of Conway, S.C., as the tournament headed into today’s final round on the Champion course at PGA National Golf Club.
First-round leader Greg Robertson of Roswell, N.M., had an 11 on the par-4 16th and finished with an 81 for a 153 total.
Kenneth Campas of Tucson, Ariz., is third after a 75 for 148.
In the girls flight, Kellee Booth of Coto de Caza, Calif., a winner of six junior tournaments this year, had the low round of the tournament, a 70, for 143. Booth had four birdies on the front nine, and is the only player under par after two rounds.
Eunice Choi of San Clemente, Calif., is second at 73-147, followed by USGA Girls’ Junior champion Jamie Koizumi of Kauilau-Kona, Hawaii, at 72-148.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Jazz player Mike Brown has been ordered to pay nearly $93,000 in overdue child support and $200,000 in future child support to the mother of his daughter.
Third District Judge Timothy Hanson ordered Brown to pay $1,800 a month for the support of a 9-year-old Washington, D.C., girl conceived in a previous relationship. Brown has since married and has one son.
The judge also ordered Brown to pay back support for the girl from 1986 to present. In addition, Hanson ordered Brown to immediately set up some sort of account that will yield $20,000 a year for four years to the girl when she starts college.
Support payments ordered by the judge are more than double what the Utah Jazz center wanted to pay. Brown urged Hanson not to make him pay past child support, and offered to pay $826 per month for the child.
Brown argued in a written brief that his professional career is shorter than most people’s; the girl’s mother, a secretary, makes a reasonable living; and he has a family of his own to care for.
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - Cuba battered Guatemala 12-1 on Thursday to remain the only unbeaten team in the World Junior Baseball Championships.
The United States and Canada also scored lopsided wins in the 20-nation tournament.
Guatemala suffered a horrible day, losing 18-1 to Canada before falling to Cuba in a game stopped after 4 1-2 innings because of the score differential. Cuba is now 6-0 in Group A.
The victory was Canada’s fourth against three defeats in Group A, leaving it a chance to qualify for the championship round.
The United States romped to a 24-2 victory over Italy, improving its record to 5-2 in Group B.
In other games, it was Nicaragua over Costa Rica 4-1; Panama 10, Argentina 4; Holland 16, Ecuador 3; Australia 19, Bahamas 1, and Venezuela 12, Peru 0.
The top four finishers in each 10-team group advance to the second round.