U.S. softball team in playoffs

Published September 3, 2006

BEIJING - Alicia Hollowell pitched a one-hitter Saturday to lead the undefeated U.S. team past South Africa 10-0 in five innings and into the playoffs of the world softball championships.

Hollowell struck out six batters for the top-seeded United States (7-0), which faces second-seeded Australia today.

Caitlin Lowe went 3-for-4 with three stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI for the U.S. team. The only hit off Hollowell came in the fourth inning.

"It was nice to finally be in the field," said Hollowell, who pitched for the first time in the tournament.

OTHER GAMES: Shanel Garofalo's third-inning triple powered Italy past Britain 3-0. The win gave Italy the last playoff spot in its round-robin Pool A, joining the United States, Canada and China.


Italy's first game since World Cup ends in tie

World Cup champion Italy was held to a 1-1 tie by Lithuania during qualifying for the 2008 European Championship.

The World Cup trophy was paraded around the field at San Paolo Stadium in Naples before kickoff of the opener but the celebrations quickly turned silent when Lithuania captain Tomas Danilevicius scored in the 21st minute.

Italy equalized at 30 minutes when Antonio Cassano controlled the ball with his chest and slid it across to Filippo Inzaghi, who only had to tap in from 3 yards.

MORE QUALIFYING: World Cup runnerup France cruised to a 3-0 victory at Georgia while England outplayed Andorra 5-0, with Peter Crouch taking his scoring record to 10 goals in his past nine games. Spain brushed aside Liechtenstein 4-0 behind David Villa's two goals. A deflected shot from Lukas Podolski enabled Germany to edge Ireland 1-0. The Czech Republic needed a last-minute winner for a 2-1 victory over Wales, and a goal by Joris Mathijsen helped the Netherlands down Luxembourg 1-0.

MLS: Real Salt Lake and Real Madrid reached a 10-year agreement that includes the joint training of young players and games between the teams every other year. Real Madrid will help build a soccer academy in Salt Lake City for up to 200 players. Salt Lake will send players each February to train at Madrid's facilities in Spain.


BOXING: Clinton Woods survived a ninth-round battering to keep his IBF light-heavyweight title after a split decision over Glencoffe Johnson in Bolton, England. On the same card, Souleymane Mbaye knocked down Raul Balbi twice before stopping Balbi in the fourth round to capture the vacant WBA light-welterweight title.

CYCLING: Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhastan won the eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta in Lugo, Spain. Janez Brajkovic of Slovenia kept his overall lead.

HORSES: Premium Tap gained the lead in a hard-fought stretch duel with Second of June and pulled off a huge upset in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. ... Brother Derek's return to racing ended in defeat when he finished fourth in the $106,300 El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar, Calif. Cindago defeated Bob and John by a half-length to win the 1-mile race for 3-year-olds. ... Straight Faced edged out Villainage by half a length to win the $150,000 Affirmed Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, one of six races for 2-year-olds in the Juvenile Showcase at Calder Race Course in Miami.

TRACK AND FIELD: The United States and Russia split the 10 events at the Russia's Challenge meet, but the U.S. team won 98.5-93.5 at the one-day meet in Moscow. Olympic 200-meter champion Shawn Crawford won the 100 meters in 10.15 seconds, and Stephanie Durst won the women's 100 in 11.28.

USF VOLLEYBALL: The Bulls picked up their second win of the season, overpowering Texas-El Paso for the three-game sweep (30-28, 30-19, 30-16) in the Best Western Invitational in Tampa. USF faces Towson at 6 tonight for the championship. Both teams are undefeated in the tournament.