Sports briefs: Local teen advances at USTA Nationals tourney
Billy Griffith, a Bee Boys Tennis All-Star this past season as a Clovis West High sophomore, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 16-year-old division of the 2012 USTA National Championships with a straight-sets win Wednesday in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Griffith beat Catalin Mateas of Braintree, Mass., and next faces Henrik Wiersholm of Kirkland, Wash.
The 15th-seeded Griffith, after a first-round bye, has swept through his first four opponents. Wiersholm is seeded 12th.
Fresno wins in Australia
The Greater Fresno Baseball 15-and-under team beat the Sydney Sky Blue Roos 7-3 at the 31st World Boys Baseball Tournament in Sydney, Australia.
Benny Apolinar of Sunnyside High struck out eight and did not allow an earned run while pitching a complete game. Ryan Machado of Memorial scored twice and Drew Engelman, also of Memorial, had two hits, including a three-run triple.
Local boxer’s loss gets overturned by commission
The California State Athletic Commission overturned a pro boxing loss suffered by Luis Villagomez of Aleman Boxing Fresno, instead declaring his May bout with San Francisco’s Denis Madriz to be a no-contest.
Madriz was awarded a TKO when Villagomez was cut and the ringside doctor stopped the fight with 2 seconds left in the third round. The referee had ruled the cut was caused by a legal punch, but replays reviewed by the commission showed Madriz delivered an unintentional headbutt.
Villagomez is to box Tuesday at Table Mountain Casino on the undercard of the Christy Martin/Mia St. John main event.