Minor League Baseball


GreenJackets lose third in row

In Asheville, N.C., the Augusta GreenJackets dropped their third consecutive game, falling to the Asheville Tourists 5-1 on Thursday night at McCormick Field.

Augusta starter Kyle Crick (3-6) gave up five hits and all five runs in 4⅓ innings.

Asheville starer Chris Jensen went 8⅓ innings, giving up seven hits but only one run while striking out six.

Augusta (8-7 in the second half of the South Atlantic League) scored its run in the ninth inning on Garrett Buechele’s sacrifice fly. It scored Shawn Payne, who opened the inning with a single.




Georgia native dies at age 92

Jimmy Bivins, a Georgia-born heavyweight boxer in the 1940s and 1950s who defeated some of the greatest fighters of his time, has died. He was 92.

Bivins died of complications from pneumonia early Wednesday at an East Cleveland nursing home, according to his family.

Bivins, who was born in Dry Branch, Ga., retired from boxing in 1955 after more than 100 professional fights. He never was able to compete for a world title, but he was once ranked as the No. 1 contender in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions.

Bivins had winning bouts with world champions Archie Moore, Ezzard Charles, Gus Lesnevich, Melio Bettina, Anton Christoforidis and Teddy Yarosz.

He also went the distance with Joe Louis and fought Jersey Joe Walcott to a split-decision.

Bivins met seven Hall of Famers, beating four, and 11 world champions, defeating eight, according to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.



Beckham must sit out one game

David Beckham’s actions near the end of the Galaxy’s loss last weekend to San Jose will cost him a game.

Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee announced Thursday the star midfielder has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed sum for “confrontational and provocative behavior” during and after L.A.’s 4-3 defeat Saturday night at Stanford Stadium.

The committee, in a release, said it “considered his conduct unacceptable and detrimental to the League’s public image.”

Head coach Bruce Arena was fined an undisclosed amount for his criticism of referee Hilario Grajeda after the match.

Beckham, impatient as Sam Cronin sat in front of San Jose’s goal after a stoppage-time scrum in the box, twice booted balls at the Earthquakes midfielder and Grajeda, who was standing next to Cronin. The second struck Cronin and then Grajeda, who gave Beckham a yellow card.



Attorney General OK with decision

Nevada’s state attorney general found nothing illegal or criminal in Manny Pacquiao’s controversial split-decision loss to Timothy Bradley in a welterweight title fight in June in Las Vegas, according to a letter made public this week.



Silver Stars top Fever on road

In Indianapolis, Becky Hammon scored 19 points to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars past the Indiana Fever 88-72.

Jia Perkins scored 17 points and Sophia Young had 15 points the Silver Stars.