Minor League Baseball


Tourists ease past Jackets in opener

In Asheville, N.C., the Tourists struck for five runs in the seventh inning to break open a close game and beat Augusta 9-3 on Wednesday night.

Carlos Martinez had two hits and three RBI for the winners in Game 1 of a four-game set.

Augusta scored all of its runs on two-out RBI singles by Johnny Monell (in the fourth inning), Juan Perez (in the sixth) and Ehire Adrianza (in the eighth).

Augusta starter Eric Surkamp (5-4) took the loss. He gave up three runs in five innings, striking out eight.


Gregory, Krywulycz make Public Links

Augusta State men's golf coach Josh Gregory and Jaguar senior Mitch Krywulycz will join Evans' Jordan Johnstun in next week's U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Norman, Okla.

Gregory was the medalist in a sectional qualifier at Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C., and Krywulycz finished second.

Gregory shot 6-under 136 for the 36 holes and Krywulycz shot 141.

Johnstun, a former Georgia Southern golfer, had previously qualified for the Public Links.

- In Newnan, Ga., 15-year-old Mariah Stackhouse , of Riverdale, shares the first-round lead in the Yamaha Georgia Women's Open.

Stackhouse shot 4-under-par 68, as did current PGA Junior champion Kendall Wright , of Suwanee.

Laura Coble is tied for 22nd after 78. Fellow Augustan Mary Helen McElreath is tied for 37th after 85. The final round will be played today at Cannongate at Summer Grove.


Minor league would offer Vick contract

Michael Vick has a place in minor league football if he doesn't head back to the NFL.

The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, whose federal sentence for dogfighting ends July 20, would we welcomed by The Minor Football League, consisting of professional teams in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

The president and founder of the MFL, Richard Myles , said the league is willing to give him a place to play while the NFL decides his fate.

College Basketball

Tennessee coach receives pay raise

Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl signed a one-year contract extension that will also boost his total salary from $1.7 million to $1.9 million for the 2009-10 season.

In addition to his salary, Pearl will be paid a $500,000 retention bonus that he was already due to receive this year for staying five seasons with the Volunteers.


Blackhawks will bring back winger

The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with left wing Kris Versteeg on a three-year contract, effectively ending a free agent signing headache that prompted a grievance from the NHL Players' Association.

The NHLPA filed the grievance this week, saying the Blackhawks had missed the deadline for delivering qualifying offers to restricted free agents, including Versteeg.

- Claude Lemieux has announced his retirement again, ending his 21-year NHL career.

The 44-year-old forward came back from a five-year retirement in December to sign with the San Jose Sharks, where he had one assist in 18 games last season.

World Series of Poker

Officials cool off angry card players

In Las Vegas, tournament officials had to add eight tables inside the modified conference room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino where the tournament was being held to accommodate all the players.

On Monday, tournament officials faced hundreds of angry players who were turned away from the $10,000 buy-in event because it was sold out.



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