Jackets strike early in victory
In Asheville, N.C., a strong outing by starter Adalberto Mejia and a big second inning helped the Augusta GreenJackets beat the Asheville Tourists 4-3 on Friday night and snap a two-game skid.
Mejia (6-5) went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out five.
After Kyle Vazquez pitched a perfect eighth, Cody Hall retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his league-leading 14th save of the season.
The GreenJackets sent nine batters to the plate in the second and scored on Jeff Arnold’s RBI double, Kelby Tomlinson’s bases-loaded walk, a groundout by Jose Flores and Shawn Payne’s RBI single.
• Former USC Aiken pitcher Gary Lee has been named to the roster for the Frontier League All-Star Game.
Lee, who plays for the Washington Wild Things, is 3-3 with a 2.27 ERA. He has 20 strikeouts in six appearances.
The All-Star Game is July 11 in Normal, Ill., the home of the Normal CornBelters.
Allen decides to play for the Heat
Ray Allen is signing with the Miami Heat.
Allen told the Heat on Friday night that he has decided to leave the Boston Celtics and join the reigning NBA champions.
Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted the news just after 9:30 p.m., and Allen’s decision was subsequently confirmed by his agent, James Tanner.
• The Philadelphia 76ers have used the amnesty clause to cut veteran forward Elton Brand and will get about $18 million in salary cap relief for next season.
• The New York Knicks found their point guard to team with Jeremy Lin – or perhaps even replace him.
Jason Kidd is leaving the Dallas Mavericks to sign with the Knicks, according to multiple reports.
Crowell to start classes Monday
Former Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell, who is transferring to Alabama State University after being dismissed from the team by Bulldogs coach Mark Richt, will begin classes at the Montgomery school on Monday.
Pending the outcome of his court case on three weapons charges, Crowell will play for the Hornets this fall.
“The court system is the court system,” Alabama State coach Reggie Barlow said. “That will be worked out over there (in Athens). As far as us, he left Georgia in good academic standing. We know he’s a young man who has made some mistakes and has learned from them and we’re going to give him a chance to restore his credibility.”
Barlow believes the Hornets are getting a very special player.
“Well, that’s an understatement,” said Barlow, a former NFL wide receiver. “If you’ve got eyes you’ve seen him. He can play. He’d be a great player on any level.”
Track and Field
Gay tops Gatlin in 100 rematch
In Saint-Denis, France, Tyson Gay beat Justin Gatlin in the 100 meters at the Diamond League Areva meet Friday, 12 days after losing to the 2004 Olympic champion in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Oregon.
Gay dipped across the line in 9.99 seconds, 0.04 ahead of Gatlin. European champion Christophe Lemaitre, of France, was third in 10.08.
Gay won three gold medals in the 2007 world championships.