Table Tennis


Augustan takes the over-50 title

In Grand Rapids, Mich., Augusta’s Peng Xin won the men’s over-50 singles title on Wednesday on the final day of the U.S. Open.

Xin, a former Augusta College table tennis coach, beat Michael Veillette.

Earlier in the week, in the over-60 class, Xin won the hardbat round robin title and finished second in singles.


Minor League Baseball

Tourists handle sloppy Jackets

In Asheville, N.C., the Asheville Tourists took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Augusta GreenJackets, winning 8-4 on Wednesday night.

The GreenJackets committed three errors, had three wild pitches and a balk while dropping to 8-6 in the second half of the South Atlantic League season.

Shawn Payne hit a three-run homer for Augusta in the ninth.



Lakers land Nash for 4 draft picks

Steve Nash’s agent Bill Duffy says the two-time MVP point guard is going to the Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns.

The 38-year-old Nash, who spent the past eight seasons with the Suns, was a free agent but a sign-and-trade agreement was necessary for the Lakers to afford him.

He agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract.

In return, the Suns get four draft picks – first rounders in 2013 and 2015 and second rounders in 2013 and 2014.

• Restricted free agent guard Eric Gordon has agreed to a four-year deal with the Suns worth about $58 million, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.

The New Orleans Hornets have the right to match the deal and keep Gordon.


College Football

Coach will file for bankruptcy

Arkansas coach John L. Smith is making plans to declare bankruptcy after several of his land deals went bust in Kentucky.

“There have been some sleepless nights trying to get this resolved,” Smith said. “There comes a point in time where you say ‘Enough is enough,’ and I want it cleaned up and whatever we have to do, we have to do.”



Wild sign pair of top free agents

The Minnesota Wild, a starless team in need of a big-time jolt, landed not one but both of the NHL’s top prizes in free agency, signing forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter on Wednesday.

Each deal is for 13 years and $98 million.


Auto Racing

Test driver loses eye after crash

In Cambridgeshire, England, Formula One test driver Maria de Villota lost her right eye after a crash in testing for the Marussia team.

Marussia said Wednesday the 32-year-old was in a critical but stable condition in a hospital after the accident at an English airfield a day earlier.


Horse Racing

Baffert wins 5th Swaps Stakes

In Inglewood, Calif., Blueskiesnrainbows defeated Nonios by three-quarters of a length to win the $150,000 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park, giving trainer Bob Baffert his record fifth victory in the Grade 2 race for 3-year-olds.