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The 2015 World Cup of Softball has been going on for four days thus far, and things have started to come into focus before Sunday’s final slate of games.
Not surprisingly, the United States national team is on the verge of capturing the No. 1 seed. The Americans are 5-0 thus far and got a huge win over Japan, which suffered its first loss of the tournament, on Thursday.
Those two teams are still on pace to meet one more time in the title game, as they have six times in the past nine years.
Before Team USA and Japan get there, though, they and six other teams have business to take care of Friday at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, California. Here’s a recap of the action, as well as a look at the updated standings as games go final.
Mexico def. Puerto Rico, 4-2
A big sixth inning gave Mexico a critical 4-2 win over Puerto Rico in Friday’s opening game at the World Cup of Softball.
For the first five innings, Puerto Rico appeared to be on cruise control. The team took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third thanks to a wild pitch from Cheyanne Tarango and an error by catcher Sashel Palacios. Puerto Rico pitchers allowed one hit through five innings.
In the sixth inning, momentum completely changed. Mexico got consecutive doubles from Adriana Perez and Alyssa Villalpando to make it a 2-1 game before the next hitter, Koral Costa, launched a go-ahead home run.
Mexico would tack on an additional run in the seventh on a leadoff home run from Sierra Rodriguez to pad the lead. Starting pitcher Tarango would close the door on Puerto Rico in the bottom of the seventh, pulling off a complete-game three-hitter to even her team’s record at 3-3.
The loss drops Puerto Rico’s record to 3-3 while also giving Mexico an advantage in the standings because of this head-to-head win. That could end up being critical for seeding on the final day of action, though there is still one more day to go before then.
Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd. Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the end of her bid for a fourth consecutive major title – and for the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam. Stomping her foot after misses, alternately screaming in delight or despair, even wagging her finger at fans who booed her, the No. 1-seeded Williams overcame a surprisingly staunch challenge from 59th-ranked Heather Watson and emerged with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 victory in the third round Friday.
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If you’re one person, or a family, living with one fridge, those lonely items are likely destined for the trash, contributing to the 40 percent of food that ends up being wasted every year. Operating under the “take a penny, leave a penny” philosophy, people are installing community refrigerators in countries around the world, bringing the sharing economy ethos to bear on the issue. In the United States and abroad, food waste has become a sort of culinary darling du jour, with top chefs like Dan Barber hosting dinners utilizing ingredients that would otherwise be tossed.
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A pedestrian was hit by a tour bus in Manhattan Friday afternoon.
The accident happened at Sixth Avenue and West 4th Street just before 1:50 p.m., CBS2 reported.
Police said a 50-year-old male pedestrian was injured and taken to Bellevue Hospital Center in critical condition, but was later upgraded to stable condition.
Police told WCBS the man’s leg was pinned under the bus.
The pedestrian was struck while in the crosswalk as the bus was turning left onto Sixth Avenue from West 4th Street, police said.
Stay with CBS New York for more on this developing story.
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