Tri-County wins easily in Babe Ruth 14 tournament

Janek Luksza went 3 for 3 and drove in a pair of runs as Tri-County beat Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 11-1 in five innings in the last day of pool play in the Babe Ruth 14 World Series at Westfield, Massachusetts.

Tri-County took an early lead with four runs in the bottom of the first, paced by RBI singles from Cameron Godbois and Wyatt Williamson.

Godbois, the Tri-County starter, went the distance allowing just a fifth-inning run on a pair of hits while striking out five and walking none.

Godbois went 2 for 3 at the plate with a pair of RBI, while Charlie Morton added a pair of singles and scored twice.

Tri-County advances to play in the single-elimination portion of the tournament and will play Janesville, Wisconsin at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Janesville, Wisconsin held on to beat Portland 3-0 in the final day of pool play at Westfield, Massachusetts.

Portland starter Jackson Villani went 41/3 innings, allowing all three runs on five hits.

Luke Hill, Liam Niles, Ike Kiely and Brian Riley each had hits for Portland.

Portland did not advance out of pool play.


WESTERN & SOUTHERN: Top-seeded Serena Williams withdrew from the Cincinnati tournament with a shoulder injury.

Williams, the tournament’s two-time defending champion, withdrew Monday after a morning practice session, according to tournament officials.

She accepted a wild-card berth in the tournament last week after being upset in the third round of the Olympics.

The withdrawal gives second-seeded Angelique Kerber an opportunity to earn the WTA No. 1 ranking if she were to win the W&S title.

Williams has been ranked No. 1 for 183 consecutive weeks and 306 overall.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Tennessee guard Diamond DeShields’ supreme confidence took a major hit during a 2015-16 season she calls a “huge disappointment.” Now the North Carolina transfer has it back and wants to help the Lady Volunteers reclaim their status as national contenders.

Tennessee went 22-14 last season to set a school record for losses, though a surprising NCAA tournament run ended one step shy of the Final Four.

“I definitely want to be player of the year – SEC and national player of the year,” DeShields said.

FOOTBALL: Johnny Jefferson, one of Baylor’s two returning 1,000-yard rushers, has sore ribs from a car accident after already being out of practice because of a foot injury.

“He’ll be out for a while,” acting head coach Jim Grobe said after practice Monday.

Jefferson’s foot was stepped on early in preseason practice, and he was already sidelined before the car accident Thursday.


NHL: Forward Jimmy Vesey is sticking with his plan to become a free agent Tuesday.

Vesey’s agent, Peter Fish, said college hockey’s top player won’t rush into signing his first contract.

Vesey was selected by Nashville in the third round of the 2012 draft and last season won the Hobey Baker during his senior year at Harvard.

The New York Islanders signed goaltender Christopher Gibson, 23, to a one-year, two-way contract.

Veteran forward Antoine Vermette agreed to a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks. Vermette has scored 471 points in 910 NHL games with four franchises.