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The Caribbean’s hopes for a victory in the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series, hinge on Aruba’s Little League team who play their first game on August 18, 2011 (Est). ESPN 2 Caribbean will broadcast the game live at 5pm Est and rebroadcast at 10pm Est and will provide coverage throughout the tournament, August 18-28, 2011.
 
The Aruba North team forms Oranjestad, qualified to represent the Caribbean by defeating Elrod Hendricks West from St. Thomas and winning the Caribbean Qualifying tournament in St. Thomas on July 16. Their first game in the LLWS will be against the Japanese team from Hamamastu City, Shizuoka, Japan.
    Twenty-six male beginning tennis players received a free morning of clinics, demonstrations, prizes and give-ways, and lunch during the USTA F.L. (Fun League) Tennis Blast, held recently, at the tennis facility located at Coral Reef Park in the Village of Palmetto Bay, Fla.

    "The morning started out with a 30-minute clinic put on by Babolat representative Richard Mennig and Steve Hanssen, our men's league coordinator," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Miami area Cathy Nordlund. "They tried out the different Babolat racquets and Richard explained the importance of understanding the basic trade-offs between power and control in relation to string tension. All this was very informative to the beginner players."

    Players were assigned a court and played some friendly round-robin tennis, rotating every 20 minutes to play and meet different people. The group had lunch at the Park Cafe, where they learned more about USTA League opportunities and programs for beginner players. Participants received goodies and gear, including t-shirts, and two Babolat tennis bags were raffled.
Orlando repeated at the 14-Intermediate champion, and Gainesville, Jacksonville and Broward County also earned berths to the USTA Jr. Team Tennis Nationals during the USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis 18-U & 14-U Summer Section Championship, held July 29-31, 2011, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.
 
The Summer Section Championships is a national qualifier, with the winning divisional teams advancing to represent Florida at the USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships. The 2011 USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships will be held in Surprise, Ariz., on Oct. 20-23 (14 and under division) and Oct. 27-30 (18 and under division) at The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex.
 
"The Florida Summer Section Championships always brings out the highest levels of competition with berths to nationals on the line," said USTA Florida Team Tennis Coordinator Michelle Willis. "Congratulations to the Orlando, Gainesville, Jacksonville and Broward County teams for surviving the 90 degree temperatures and supporting their teams all season through local play to make it to the sectional and nationals."
The NASL has named Fort Lauderdale Strikers forward Brian Shriver Offensive Player of the Week. Shriver scored two goals in the Strikers 3-0 win against FC Edmonton on Saturday night at Lockhart Stadium.

“Brian had a very good week of training and the game was a reward for that,” said Head Coach Daryl Shore. “His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball when he was in good spots and he took his chances well. He deserved this honor this past week.”
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