Minor League Baseball
Jackets fail to hold lead again
In Lexington, N.C., the Augusta GreenJackets had a lead for the fifth consecutive game. And for the fifth time in a row, they couldn’t hold it.
Augusta led 3-2 before the Lexington Legends scored five runs in the fifth inning en route to a 9-5 victory on Wednesday night.
Brett Krill had three RBI for Augusta – two on a homer in the second inning and the other on an RBI groundout in the sixth.
Waters headed to U.S. Amateur
In Atlanta, former Greenbrier golfer Chris Waters qualified for the U.S. Amateur on Wednesday at Piedmont Driving Club.
Waters, an Athens, Ga., resident, shot 67-69–136 to tie for fourth place.
The top six finishers earned spots in the U.S. Amateur, scheduled for Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo, Aug. 13-19.
Georgia Tech golfer Oliver Schniederjans, of Powder Springs, Ga., was the medalist at 67-65–132.
Of the other area players in the qualifier, Brian Carter (69-71–140) tied for 11th place, Dykes Harbin (70-71–141) tied for 14th, Lee Knox (73-73–146) tied for 29th, Davis Parker (75-74–149) tied for 41st, Chase Parker (70-80–150) tied for 46th and Jacob Tilton (75-82–157) tied for 59th.
• In Orlando, Fla., both area golfers on the east team in the American Junior Golf Association’s Wyndham Cup lost their matches, and their east team lost the lead on Wednesday at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.
North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith, who started his day by appearing on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive show, teamed with fellow South Carolinian Cody Proveaux in the morning foursomes matches, losing 5 and 4 to the west’s Connor Black and Scott Scheffler.
Also in the foursomes, Augusta’s Greyson Sigg and Parker Derby lost 2 and 1 to Brad Dahlke and Sam Burns.
NeSmith and Sigg didn’t play in the afternoon mixed four-ball matches.
The west leads the matches, which conclude today, 15½ to 14½.
• In Savannah, Ga., Augusta’s Laura Coble shot her second consecutive even-par 72 at Deer Creek course at The Landings to take over the lead in the 83rd Georgia Women’s Amateur State Championship.
Coble, who trailed first-round leader Brenda Pictor by a shot after Day 1, now has a six-shot lead over of 21-year-old Kathryn Fowler, (77-73).
Pictor shot 80 and is tied for third place, seven shots behind Coble, along with 17-year-old Katy Harris (76-75).
Augusta’s Mary Helen McElreath is tied for 18th place after rounds of 82-83.
The final round is today.
Multiplayer deal features 3 teams
The Charlotte Hornets, Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a multiplayer trade sending 7-foot center Robin Lopez and forward Hakim Warrick from Phoenix to New Orleans, while moving forward Wesley Johnson and a first-round draft pick from Minnesota to Phoenix, a person familiar with the deal said.
The deal also sends guard Jerome Dyson and retiring center Brad Miller’s $5.1 million contract from New Orleans to Minnesota, allowing the Timberwolves to clear space under the NBA’s salary cap.
Minnesota also will receive two second-round draft picks from New Orleans, while the Hornets will receive cash.
• Shooting guard Alexey Shved is the latest European addition to the Minnesota Timberwolves.