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World stomps U.S. in Futures game

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chin-Lung Hu is known for his slick fielding at shortstop more than a big bat. The Los Angeles Dodgers' prospect showed Sunday he can hit a little too.

Hu had a pair of RBI hits and stole a base to lead the World team to a 7-2 victory over the U.S. team in the All-Star Futures game.

"I want to be able to do both," Hu said. "I'm not a power hitter. I'm a good opposite field hitter. I'm not an A-Rod who's going to hit 40, 50, 60 homers."

The Double-A shortstop from Taiwan showed off some of his talents for former Giants great Juan Marichal's World team that featured players from 11 countries and territories.

He hit an RBI double off Tampa Bay's Jeff Niemann in the first inning, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Seattle's Wladimir Balentien to give the World team a 2-0 lead. Hu added an RBI single in the third off Yankees prospect Joba Chamberlain to make it 3-0.

Cincinnati's Joey Votto hit a solo homer against Boston's Clay Buchholz in the sixth inning and Houston's James Van Ostrand added one in the seventh against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw to make it 6-2.

"I took a good swing and got a good pitch to hit," Votto said. "It was a fun day. I had a good time. I just had an awesome time playing with all these guys. I love playing with these guys. Playing against the U.S. team was just fun. Great stadium and the fans were awesome."

Arizona's Justin Upton, whose older brother B.J. played in the game in 2004 and '05, hit a solo homer in the third off Fautino De Los Santos of the White Sox for the first run for Dave Winfield's U.S. team.

Texas' John Whittleman added a solo shot in the fifth against Deolis Guerra of the New York Mets. Guerra, who turned 18 in April, was the youngest player in the game.

• NFL -- Former NFL lineman and broadcaster Bill Maas was released from jail after his arrest on drug possession and weapons charges during a roadside check.

Maas and passenger Sarah Murphy were released Sunday and ordered to return to court Aug. 21, jail officials said.

The two were arrested Friday after authorities stopped Maas' sport utility vehicle along Illinois Route 116. They asked to search the vehicle after Maas appeared nervous, officials said. The search uncovered a .22-caliber revolver, 5 grams of suspected marijuana, 6 grams of suspected cocaine and 28 pills of Ecstasy, police said.

The 45-year-old Maas was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a weapon. Murphy was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, jail officials said.

• AUTO RACING -- Just call Scott Dixon the new king of Watkins Glen International.

Dixon held off Sam Hornish Jr., series leader Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti over the final 14 laps and won the Watkins Glen Grand Prix, pulling away at the end by 6.2 seconds for his third straight victory at the 3.4-mile, 11-turn natural road course in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

It was the first win of the season for Dixon, who has four runner-up finishes for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, and seventh of his career. He took advantage of a mistake by pole sitter Helio Castroneves, who led the first 19 laps and seemed to be the man to beat before crashing.

• COLLEGE GOLF -- Clemson rising junior Phillip Mollica won the North-South Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2 with an 8-6 victory over Ray Sheedy IV, becoming the first Clemson golfer to win the event.

Mollica dominated the match as he jumped to a 5-up lead after the morning 18 holes. The Anderson native had five birdies and two bogeys in the first 18 holes.

It was the second win for Mollica in a major amateur event.

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