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Parades celebrate Little League teams from Chicago, Philadelphia

Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West All Stars, the U.S. Little League champions, autographed T-shirts and posters before boarding trolley buses for a parade in their honor. Meanwhile, there was a parade in Philadelphia for the Taney Dragons team.


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Little League Baseball

Parades celebrate teams from Chicago, Philadelphia

Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West All Stars, the U.S. Little League champions, autographed T-shirts and posters Wednesday before boarding trolley buses for a parade in their honor.

“I didn’t know it was going to be like this,” outfielder Darion Radcliff said as he posed for photos. “I feel like a celebrity.”

The all-black team united Chicago, which is among the nation’s most segregated big cities. Last weekend’s televised games were the most-watched telecasts in the Chicago market, with 623,900 viewers Saturday and 810,500 on Sunday.

Likewise, Philadelphia had a parade downtown for the Taney Dragons team that won two games before being eliminated in the Little League World Series.

Standout pitcher Mo’ne Davis, a 13-year-old girl, recently was on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

After the parade, she told WPVI-TV: “A lot of people were here. I didn’t think that many people would be here, but it was nice.”

Soccer

Arsenal extends streak

Alexis Sanchez scored his first Arsenal goal, and the Gunners from London beat Besiktas of Turkey 1-0 to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage for the 17th consecutive season.

In London, Sanchez scored in first-half injury time to put Arsenal ahead after a 0-0 first leg last week in the home-and-home, total-goals series. The Chilean forward was acquired last month from Barcelona of Spain for $60 million.

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud will be sidelined for about four months after surgery to repair a broken left leg; he was injured in an English Premier League match Saturday.

Galaxy wins MLS match

Landon Donovan had a goal and two assists to help the host Los Angeles Galaxy beat D.C. United 4-1 in a Major League Soccer match.

WNBA

Diggins earns award

Skylar Diggins, a second-year guard for the Tulsa Shock, is the league’s most improved player.

The former Notre Dame standout got 29 of a possible 38 votes from a media panel.

Diggins, the third player drafted in 2013, averaged 8.5 points as a rookie and 20.1 this season.

ELSEWHERE

• The investigation into the Aug. 9 racing incident involving NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr., 20, is “still ongoing,” a spokeswoman with the Ontario County (N.Y) Sheriff’s office said.

At Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, a sprint car driven by Stewart struck and killed Ward, a 20-year-old driver from Port Leyden, N.Y., who left his car and was on the track gesturing at Stewart while the race was under caution. Earlier, their cars collided on the track.

• Boxer Jermain Taylor, 36, was freed on $25,000 bond after police detained the former middleweight champion in the shooting of his cousin at Taylor’s home near Little Rock, Ark.

Taylor pleaded not guilty to preliminary charges of domestic battery and aggravated assault in the shooting of Tyrone Hinton, who was hospitalized in serious condition.

• German cyclist John Degenkolb of Team Giant-Shimano won the fifth stage of the Spanish Vuelta, his second straight stage victory.

Australian Michael Matthews of the Orica GreenEdge team retained the overall lead.

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