South Caroline is down to its last chance at the Little League World Series, but that has not been a problem in the past for these 11- and 12-year-olds. The team from Preston, Md., on the Eastern Shore lost to Redmond, Wash., 8-3, in its second game of round robin play in South Williamsport, Pa., last night.

South Caroline will have to defeat Richmond, Tex. -- which has won both of its games -- tomorrow at 3 p.m. to have a chance of advancing to the U.S. semifinals Wednesday and Thursday. South Caroline staved off elimination games in its district tournament and its state tournament in July, and again in the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Conn., last week.

"We can still control our own fate," South Caroline Manager Curtis Payne said. "We're not going to worry about any scenarios."

South Caroline scored twice in the bottom of the second when Dan LaNeve doubled in Chad Hicks and then scored on a pair of throwing errors on that play. After Kyle Henselman led off the third inning with a home run for Redmond, Hicks had an RBI double in the bottom of the inning to put South Caroline up 3-1.

After Redmond tied the game in the top of the fifth and had a runner on second, South Caroline intentionally walked Henselman. The next batter, Steven Thompson, hit a three-run homer, completing a five-run inning. Redmond added two more runs in the top of the sixth.

"They ripped the ball," Payne said.

South Caroline is the fifth Maryland team to have made it to the World Series, the last being Brunswick in 1986. None reached the championship game.

* COURTS: Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph was questioned by police, and his brother was arrested after three men were shot inside a bar early yesterday near Marion, Ind.

Zach Randolph was questioned because he witnessed the shootings, detective Terry Sollars said. He cooperated and was released.

Police arrested Randolph's 22-year-old brother, Roger, on three counts of criminal recklessness. He is being held pending an initial court appearance today.

Zach Randolph could not be reached to comment yesterday.

The shootings occurred about 2 a.m. at Sinbad's Lounge where Randolph, a native of nearby Marion, went with relatives and one of his business managers, Sollars said.

An argument developed with others in the bar, and someone opened fire, injuring Phillip Corthen Jr., 30, Travis A. Wilson, 25, and Terry Hill, 29, all of Muncie, Ind. None of the injuries was life threatening.

* SOCCER: Defending champion Arsenal rallied past Middlesbrough, 5-3, matching a 25-year-old record of 42 league games without a loss in the top tier of English soccer.

Arsenal, which scored three goals in 11 minutes, went unbeaten last season in 38 Premier League games and in its final two games the previous season.

The latest victory equaled a record set by Nottingham Forest in the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons. Arsenal opened the scoring at home in the 25th minute on Thierry Henry's first goal of the season. But Joseph-Desire Job, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Franck Queudrue scored for Middlesbrough . . .

Fiorentina, Atalanta, Messina and Livorno won their first-round matches of the Italian Cup, stepping closer to qualification for the next round.

* LACROSSE: Goalie Greg Cattrano made 19 saves as the Philadelphia Barrage defeated Boston, 13-11, in the Major League Lacrosse title game before 8,279 at Boston University's Nickerson Field.

The Barrage won the title after winning just one game last year.

Steve Dusseau (Georgetown) scored a team-high three goals for the top-seeded Cannons.

* TENNIS: Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport won her fourth consecutive championship, defeating second-seeded Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-2, in the Western and Southern Women's Open final in Mason, Ohio. Davenport has won 18 consecutive matches. . . .

Elena Bovina withstood a late-match surge by Denisa Chladkova to advance to the second round of the Pilot Pen with a 6-0, 7-5 victory in New Haven, Conn.

Unseeded Tatiana Golovin and Claudine Schaul also advanced to the second round.

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