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--SUZUKI GETS 4,000TH HIT BETWEEN MLB AND JAPAN
Ichiro Suzuki slashed a single the opposite way with his unique swing for the 4,000th hit of a career split between Japan and the major leagues.
--TOP SEED SARA ERRANI FALLS AT NEW HAVEN OPEN
Top-seeded Sara Errani lost to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-1 at the New Haven Open. Errani, ranked No. 5 in the world, became the fifth of the tournament's eight seeds to lose in the first two rounds of the final WTA tuneup before next week's U.S. Open.
--FIFA'S VALCKE HOPES FOR CHANGES IN WORLD CUP BIDDING PROCESS
FIFA's secretary general has floated an idea for a possible change to the World Cup bidding process in response to a spate of challenges in organizing next year's tournament in Brazil, which he says has "clearly" proven more difficult than in prior host nations.
--2006 CHAMPION SHARAPOVA WITHDRAWS FROM US OPEN WITH RIGHT SHOULDER INJURY
Maria Sharapova pulled out of the U.S. Open on Wednesday because of a right shoulder injury. The U.S. Tennis Association announced the withdrawal of the 2006 champion, who has played only one match on tour since her second-round loss at Wimbledon in June.
--KIWIS TAKE 4-1 LEAD IN LOUIS VUITTON CUP FINALS
Skipper Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand completed a pair of near-flawless races, overpowering Italy's Luna Rossa to take a 4-1 lead in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals.
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