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Kings Among Kids This is getting to be a familiar sight in Williamsport, Pa.: a team from Japan celebrating the Little League World Series championship. The boys from Tokyo rallied in the final on Sunday to beat Chula Vista, Calif., 6--4; the game ended when Japan snuffed out a rally by turning a slick double play. This is Japan's second straight title, its third in four years and ninth overall. The U.S. (33) and Taiwan (17) are the only nations with more.

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Four Grand Standing Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki took a well-deserved bow on Aug. 21 after stroking the 2,722nd hit of his major league career—which, when added to the 1,278 he had in Japan from 1992 to 2000, gave him 4,000 as a professional. (Only Pete Rose and Ty Cobb have had more hits at the highest levels of pro ball.) As for those who think facing subpar competition in Japan helped Ichiro, 39, inflate his stats, remember this: His MLB hits total—he was up to 2,725 at week's end—is the highest ever for any player in his first 13 seasons.

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Bridge Jumper Myles Turner of Trinity High in Euless, Texas, launched from the top of the key in the Under Armour Elite 24 last Saturday. The game took place under the Brooklyn Bridge in what's left of an abandoned tobacco warehouse. Two dozen of the nation's top high school players were chosen to participate, and the biggest news came at halftime, when point guard Emmanuel Mudiay of Prime Prep Academy in Fort Worth, Texas, announced he was snubbing Kentucky to play for Larry Brown at SMU.