Jackets’ bullpen struggles again
In Lexington, Ky., the Augusta GreenJackets were let down by the bullpen again Monday night.
A day after Augusta’s relievers squandered two one-run leads over the final three innings in a loss to Savannah, the bullpen spoiled a strong start by Joe Biagini in a 10-inning, 4-3 loss to the Legends.
Biagini left with a 2-0 lead after tossing seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out four. However, the Legends scored two runs in the eighth off Derek Law to tie the game.
Augusta reclaimed the lead in the ninth on an RBI double by Garrett Buechele, only to see Law give up a game-tying home run to Matt Duffy in the bottom half.
In the bottom of the 10th, Jordan Scott’s one-out single drove home Chris Epps for the game-winning run, sending the GreenJackets to their third loss in a row.
Injured Clarke to sit out U.S. Open
British Open champion Darren Clarke has withdrawn from next month’s U.S. Open because of a groin injury.
The 43-year-old said the problem that had bothered him for several weeks is still troubling him. Clarke hasn’t made a cut this year.
• In Walton Heath, England, Alex Noren qualified for the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year, while past and present European Ryder Cup captains Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal failed to do so.
Noren shot rounds of 67 and 68 in the 36-hole tournament Monday. He joined Marc Warren (70, 65) as the leading players of the 11 qualifiers at Walton Heath.
The other qualifiers were: Gregory Bourdy, Raphael Jacquelin, Lee Slatterym, Matthew Baldwin, Matteo Manassero, Soren Kjeldsen, Mikko Illonen, George Coetzee and Peter Lawrie.
• Phil Mickelson says he has joined one of the five groups trying to buy the San Diego Padres from John Moores, the team’s majority owner for the past 18 years.
Procedure done on Fish’s heart
Mardy Fish, the top-ranked U.S. player, recently had a medical procedure to correct a heart problem.
Fish hasn’t played since late March after being diagnosed with fatigue. He told USA Today he had a procedure called cardiac catheter ablation Wednesday to deal with misfiring electrical pulses in his heart.
Doctors described his condition as a form of arrhythmia. It started afflicting him in February, he said.
• In Athens, Ga., Steve Johnson, of Southern Cal, won his second consecutive NCAA men’s singles title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory Monday over Kentucky’s Eric Quigley.
Stanford’s Nicole Gibbs rallied to beat teammate Mallory Burdette 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the women’s final.
Greyhounds take national crown
In Foxborough, Mass., top-seeded Loyola of Maryland beat Maryland 9-3 to win the NCAA men’s lacrosse title behind Eric Lusby’s four goals. Lusby set a record with 17 goals in the tournament.
The Greyhounds captured their first national lacrosse championship and finished the season at 18-1. Maryland (12-6) lost the title game for the second consecutive year.
Dario’s Indy prize tops $2.4 million
Dario Franchitti earned $2,474,280 from an overall purse of $13,285,815 for his win in the Indianapolis 500.
The four-time series champion became just the 10th driver to win the event at least three times.