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Minor League Baseball

Jackets’ defense sets mark in win

A 19-year-old pitcher lost a no-hit bid and an 18-year-old record was broken in the Augusta GreenJackets 2-1 extra-inning road win over the Lexington Legends on Tuesday night.

GreenJackets teenager Clayton Blackburn took a no-hitter into the seventh before giving up a two-out double. The San Francisco Giants 16th-round pick struck out nine and walked one but missed out on a win after reliever Steven Neff gave up a game-tying homer in the eighth.

But Mark Minicozzi homered in the top of the 11th to break the tie. Reliever Keith Bilodeau sealed the win despite giving up two walks.

Augusta, which snapped a three-game skid, broke a South Atlantic League record by posting its eighth consecutive game without committing an error. The previous record of seven was held by the 1994 Charleston (W. Va.) Wheelers.

Golf

Lady Jags given $5,500 donation

The Augusta State women’s golf team was presented a $5,500 check from the Women’s Golf Committee of the school’s annual Alumni and Friends Lauderdale Golf Tournament.

The gift was presented at a reception May 24 at the Maxwell Alumni House.

This year’s donation almost doubled the committee’s previous gift of $3,000, and coach Kory Thompson said this is a great sign of how the community is banding together to support women’s sports.

G.A.M.E.S. Awards

Banquet will be held Thursday

The Augusta Sports Council will hold the 21st annual G.A.M.E.S. Awards banquet Thursday at the Augusta Marriott.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner and the program starts at 7. Tickets are $40 for sports council members and $45 for non-members.

Tables of 10 are also available. For more information or to make a reservation, call (706) 722-8326 ext. 231.

Basketball

Ex-Josey star to join staff at Rice

Rice University head women’s basketball coach Greg Williams announced that longtime WNBA star and former Josey standout Taj McWilliams-Franklin will join his staff as an assistant coach after the conclusion of the WNBA season.

McWilliams-Franklin, who is currently with the Minnesota Lynx, is a 14-year veteran and a six-time All-Star.

• Butler is leaving the Horizon League and joining the Atlantic 10 sooner than expected.

The school announced Tuesday that it would begin playing in the A-10 this fall, one year sooner than originally planned.

School officials say the two leagues were able to accommodate a quicker move.

Football

Owens released by indoor squad

Terrell Owens has been released by the Allen Wranglers and lost his ownership stake in the Indoor Football League team.

The team says Owens didn’t plan to play in two upcoming road games with possible playoff implications. The six-time Pro Bowl receiver also was a no-show for a scheduled appearance at a local children’s hospital with other players and coaches.

Wranglers owner Jon Frankel said in a statement Tuesday that the team couldn’t keep a player like Owens when fans were noticing and commenting about a “lack of effort both on and off the field.”

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