Minor League Baseball


Thomas’ double sparks Jackets

In Savannah, Ga., the Augusta GreenJackets edged the Savannah Sand Gnats 1-0 in a game that had just six hits – three by each team.

The biggest hit came off the bat of Augusta first baseman Ben Thomas, whose double in the first inning scored Shawn Payne, who had walked.

Thomas had two of Augusta’s three hits.

Augusta starter Kyle Crick (3-4) went six innings, allowing two hits and striking out eight.

Three Augusta relievers – Steven Neff, Jacob Dunnington and Cody Hall – all pitched one inning of scoreless ball.

Hall pitched the ninth, earning his 12th save.



Larry, Brisson tied at Goshen

Augusta’s Kenny Larry is off to another strong start in this week’s Regions Bank Amateur Series event.

Larry shot even-par 72 on Saturday to share the first round lead in the senior division of the Goshen Golf Classic.

Larry, who won last week at Persimmon Hill Golf Club for his record-extending 20th career senior victory, is tied for the lead with Jim Brisson, of North Augusta.

There is also a tie at the top in the regular division. Chase Epting and Jacob Tilton opened with 74s.

Ryan McCook and Drew Braithwaite had 76s and Gene Thomas and David Hogan shot 77s.

Larry and Brisson will have plenty of challengers today in the senior division – eight players are within three shots of the lead.

Tommy Carpenter and Glen Hurt had 73, Owen Chivers, Chuck Withers, Bruce Hottle and Robert Samuels shot 74 and Billy Rangos and Rob Bissell had 75s.

The final round is today.



Roddick claims Eastbourne title

In Eastourne, England, Andy Roddick won the Eastbourne Championships, beating defending champion Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-2 in the final.

Roddick entered the event as a wild card after losing his opening match at Queen’s Club last week, a defeat that stretched his losing streak to six matches dating to mid-March.

It’s his 31st career title, ending a 16-month drought.

• The blue clay that made Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic feel, well, blue at last month’s Madrid Open is going away.

In a posting on the tour’s Web site Saturday, ATP President Brad Drewett said he decided blue clay courts will not be allowed at tour events next season.

He says that while the new color, in place of the traditional red clay, “may have offered better visibility on television, there were clearly issues with the quality of the courts in Madrid this year, which were not acceptable.”

The ATP gave the Madrid tournament permission to test out the blue courts in 2012. After losses, Nadal and Djokovic said they didn’t like the way the courts played and vowed not to return in 2013 unless a change was made.


Horse Racing

Mare runs streak to 22 wins in row

In Ascot, England, Black Caviar won a thrilling Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot by a short head to extend her unbeaten record to 22 races in her first run outside her native Australia.

The Peter Moody-trained mare went off as the 1-6 favorite but was pressured by 5-1 shot Moonlight Cloud in a tense finish in front of Queen Elizabeth II.

Restiadargent finished third.


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