USA men finish fourth at FINA World Cup

Stanford swimmers named to Canadian Pan Pacific team

The USA men's national water polo team made the most of its two victories during the FINA World Cup, finishing fourth in the tournament after dropping a 12-8 decision to Spain in the third-place game Sunday in Oradea, Romania.

A 2-2 record in group play got the Americans, who were outscored 69-55 in Cup competition, to the semifinals. A loss to Croatia on Saturday sent them to the third-place contest.

Stanford grad and four-time All-American Tony Azevedo, fellow Cardinal grad Thomas Hopkins and Olympic Club of San Francisco's Tommy Corcoran each scored a goal as Team USA concluded its major competition for the year.

The women's national team competes in the FINA World Cup beginning Aug. 17 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Spain scored the game's first three goals and never looked back, though the U.S. was able to climb within at 6-5 early in the third period.

The U.S. was 4-of-12 on power plays while Spain converted four of eight.

In the semifinal loss, Azevedo scored all three of his goals in the third period to bring the Americans within reach, but Croatia turned back the rally and went on to win, 11-9.

Azevedo scored with 10 seconds left in the third period to bring the U.S. within 8-7 entering the final period. Ryan Bailey tied the match for the Americans with 5:15 remaining to play.

Croatia responded with three unanswered goals to take control and advance to the championship match.

The United States converted two of six power plays while Croatia took advantage on six of its 10 power plays.

Men's swimming

Stanford grads Paul Kornfeld and Tobias Oriwol were joined by Cardinal sophomore Matt Swanston as Swimming Canada officially announced its team for the Pan Pacific Championships, which begin August 18th at the William Woolett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.

"This is really exciting young team and a great group of veterans who will be the back bone of this team," national coach and CEO of Swimming Canada Pierre Lafontaine said. "This will be a strong meet and will be really exciting with the all the top countries."

At the last Pan Pacific Championships, Canada collected seven medals; two gold, three silver, and two bronze.

"It's going to a great way for us to evaluate where we're at two years before the Olympics," Lafontaine said.

FISU Baseball

Cal State Fullerton's Nick Ramirez singled in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the United States National Collegiate Team an 8-7 victory over Chinese Taipei on Sunday in group play of the World University Baseball Championships in Tokyo.

Ramirez's hit ended a game that lasted two minutes shy of four hours. Oregon's Scott McGough pitched the final inning for the win.

The U.S. meets Canada on Monday before quarterfinal action begins on Tuesday. Both the Americans and Canadians bring a 2-0 record into the contest. Canada edged Chinese Taipei, 3-2, earlier in the week.

Stanford left-hander Brett Mooneyham is one six Pac-10 players competing for the United States.

In Managua, Nicaragua on Saturday, Joe DeMers, Adam Haseley and Kiko Garcia combined to throw a perfect game as the USA Baseball 14-Under national team defeated Brazil, 6-0, to capture the Bronze medal at the COPABE Pan Am 'A' 14U Championships at Dennis Martinez Stadium.

The perfect game is the second in Team USA 14U history, following Jimmy Wallace's in 2008 against Guatemala. It was also the fourth no-hitter in Team USA history, and the second in Nicaragua.

DeMers, a Martinez resident, started and worked 6 1/3 innings, needing 70 pitches to record 19 outs, 10 of which were strikeouts. Haseley (Windermere, Fla.) came on with one out in the seventh and he then gave way to Garcia (Chula Vista), who threw three pitches and got the final out of the game.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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