Minor League Baseball


Jackets' games vs. Tourists postponed

Rain interrupted the Augusta GreenJackets' series with the Asheville Tourists for the second day in a row.

Sunday's game and the conclusion of Saturday's game, which was suspended because of rain, were postponed.

The teams will try to complete Saturday's game at 5:35 p.m. today. A seven-inning game will follow. The fourth game of the series will be made up when the teams play in Augusta next week.

The Tourists lead the suspended game 3-1 in the top of the fourth inning. Augusta's Ehire Adrianza is at the plate with two runners on base and two outs.


Safety complaints wipe out Giro times

In Milan, Mark Cavendish won the ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia in a sprint, but the times didn't count in the overall standings because riders -- prodded by Lance Armstrong -- staged a protest over safety midway through race.

Danilo Di Luca held onto the overall leader's pink jersey.

"We saw in the first lap that the course wasn't safe," Di Luca said. "There were cars parked in the middle of the road, traffic islands and tram lines."

Cavendish clocked 4 hours, 16 minutes, 13 seconds over the 102.5-mile leg that sent riders on 11 laps through cobble-stoned streets in the center of Milan. All 190 riders were given the same time as the winner.

The peleton came to a stop midway through the stage and Di Luca made an announcement to fans with a microphone.

"We're sorry, but the course is too dangerous," said Di Luca, with Armstrong beside him.

Di Luca holds a 13-second lead over Thomas Lovkvist in the overall standings. Armstrong is 25th overall, 4:39 behind Di Luca.


Coaches protest pension changes

The executive director of the NFL coaches association is upset with the way the league has handled a change in assistant coaches' leaguewide pension plan.

The owners voted in March to make the pension, the 401(k) and the current supplemental retirement plan nonmandatory for the clubs. The change in the pension led to the retirement of two longtime Indianapolis Colts coaches last week.

"We're most miffed that this happened with absolutely no advanced warning and that they were even discussing it," Larry Kennan said Sunday. "If you ask any of the owners, coaches are really important to them. But we weren't important enough to keep in the loop."

The Atlanta Falcons are among nine teams that have opted out of the program, Kennan said.

College Lacrosse

Duke, Virginia reach national semifinals

In Annapolis, Md., Ned Crotty had two goals and six assists as third-seeded Duke held off North Carolina 12-11 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament.

Duke (15-3) will face second-seeded Syracuse on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass.

Earlier, Steele Stanwick scored two goals and had five assists to help top-seeded Virginia rout Johns Hopkins 19-8. The Cavaliers (15-2) face Cornell on Saturday.

Track and Field

Bolt breaks record in return to action

In Manchester, England, Usain Bolt ran the world's fastest 150 meters to win a soggy street sprint that marked his return to competition after a car crash left him requiring minor foot surgery.

The triple Olympic champion ran down Manchester's main thoroughfare in windy conditions, finishing in 14.35 seconds to break Donovan Bailey 's 12-year-old world best of 14.99 in the rarely run 150. Italy's Pietro Mennea ran a hand-timed 14.8 in 1983.

Marlon Devonish of Britain was second with 15.07, followed by Ivory Williams of the U.S. and Britain's Rikki Fifton in the four-man race.

Debbie McKenzie Ferguson of the Bahamas won the women's race in 16.54.



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