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Flash to face Philadelphia

The Western New York Flash will play the Philadelphia Independence in the Women's Professional Soccer championship game next Saturday in Rochester.

On Saturday, the Independence defeated the Boca Raton, Fla.-based magicJack, 2-0, in the league's semifinal that featured nine members of the U.S. national team. The game was scoreless after the first half, but a quick goal from Tasha Kai broke the stalemate in the 46th minute. Amy Rodriguez added another tally in the 81st minute to seal the deal.

Player-coach Abby Wambach of magicJack had two chances in the second half, nearly tying the game two minutes after Kai's goal and later sending a header off the crossbar in the 65th minute.


Rypien laid to rest

Nearly 1,000 people remembered Rick Rypien on Saturday in the Blairmore, Alberta arena where the Winnipeg Jets forward played his minor hockey. Just days after the 27-year-old tough guy died suddenly on Monday in his Crowsnest Pass, Alberta home, a large crowd turned out on a bright, sunny day at Albert Stella Arena for Rypien's funeral.

Rypien, who struggled with depression, last played with the Vancouver Canucks.


Georgia advances at LLWS

Jake Fromm homered and had four RBIs Saturday for Warner Robins, Ga., in a 6-3 win over Rapid City, S.D., at the Little League World Series. South Dakota was eliminated from contention.

Also Saturday, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, eliminated Oranjestad, Aruba, with a 20-3 victory. Chin-Hao Yang led a 19-hit attack, going for 4 for 4 with three runs.

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, eliminated Rotterdam, Netherlands, with a 4-2 win Saturday night.

From News Staff and wire service reports