Konan Tomori had a homer and three RBIs and Ryusuke Ikeda struck out out five and allowed just four singles over three innings to lift Japan to a 4-1 win over Waipahu, Hawaii in Sunday's finale of the Little League World Series. Hawaii, which had scored 29 runs over its previous three games, managed just four hits in the loss, which ended the run of five straight World Series titles for the United States.

With Sunday's final-round 67 at The Barclays, Tiger Woods has qualified for this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, which starts Friday at TPC Boston. Woods needed to finish with a high enough round to jump from 112th in the world into the top 100 to qualify for the tournament, and his final round score should be enough to make it possible. (He finished The Barclays with a 7-under 277.) Woods has won the Deutsche Bank Championship once and finished second twice.
 

On Thursday at Yankee Stadium, Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner talked to the media for the first time since his father's death in July. In addition to reminiscing about the late Yankees owner, Hank offered a comment that might provide some bulletin-board material in Boston: "We'd like to win the division, but I think we can be rest assured we're going to get to the playoffs." The Yankees are tied with the Rays for first in the AL East and are 5½ games ahead of the Red Sox in the wild card race.

 

 Forbes magazine compiled a ranking of NFL teams by their value, and the Patriots are third at $1.4 billion, behind only the top-ranked Cowboys ($1.8 billion) and the Redskins ($1.6 billion). The magazine praises the Pats as one of the best-run teams on and off the field, and notes that team sponsorship revenues are up again this season. And speaking of sports teams' financial information, the fallout continues after the leak of documents detailing some baseball teams' expenses and income.

Tiger Woods met the media Wednesday, just two days after his divorce to Elin Nordegren was finalized. The world's No. 1 ranked golfer was asked about Nordegren's comments in this week's People Magazine. In the People interview, Nordegren said that she "has been through hell" over the last 10 months and was "blindsided" when she learned about Woods' multiple martial infidelities.

 

Giving her first interview since breaking up with husband Tiger Woods, Elin Nordegren told People Magazine said she was blindsided by the news of Woods’ infidelity and that the ordeal has led to weight and hair loss.

 

“Absolute shock and disbelief,” he said. “I felt stupid as moroe things were revealed. How could I have not known anything?”

 

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez offered only compliments when asked about Tom Brady's comments from Monday that the Patriots star hates the Jets. After calling the question a "setup," Sanchez smiled and said: "I love the Patriots. I love Tom." Added Sanchez: “[Brady’s comment] doesn’t matter. It’s neither here nor there. We respect the heck out of them.

Major League Baseball is investigating how detailed financial information on teams was leaked to the media. The data shows that the Pirates are still profitable despite 18 losing seasons, and it details how much lower-echelon teams receive in profit-sharing. Also in the news, Sammy Sosa emerged from seclusion in Miami and talked about how the Cubs painted him to be "a monster" during their fallout in 2005.

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren have issued the following statement:

 

Lou Piniella made an emotional farewell to baseball Sunday, managing his final game with the Cubs as he leaves early to tend to his ailing mother. Around the web, the previaling opinion is that baseball will miss the fiery and controversial Piniella. For more on that story, plus other news, videos, trivia and more, check out Monday's Morning Mashup.