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Minor League Baseball

Shorebirds edge Jackets in ninth

In Salisbury, Md., Jason Esposito scored the game-winner in the ninth inning on a bizarre play as Delmarva edged Augusta 6-5 on Thursday night.

With one out and Esposito on third base and Christopher Marlowe pitching, Glynn Davis struck out swinging, but the ball got away.

Catcher Joe Staley’s throw to first completed the strikeout with Esposito breaking for the plate simultaneously.

Garrett Buechele’s return throw home was late and Esposito scored.

Shawn Payne had two hits and RBI for the GreenJackets, who needed a victory to reach the .500 mark.

NBA

Howard is bound for Lakers now

A four-team trade that would send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers is complete, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

A source with direct knowledge of the talks said the Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams.

In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers No. 1 draft pick Moe Harkless, a source told ESPN.com.

Golf

Poole, Norlander stay in the hunt

In Ninety Six, S.C., Aiken’s Stephen Poole and former Augusta State golfer Henrik Norlander are in the chase for the title after 36 holes of the eGolf Tour’s Grand Harbor Open.

Poole is tied for fourth place and Norlander is seventh in the event, which is using two par-72 courses in Ninety Six – Patriot Golf Club and Golf Club at Star Fort.

Poole shot 2-under-par 70 at Star Fort on Thursday after an opening 63 at Patriot Golf Club. He’s at 11-under 133, or three shots behind co-leaders Ryan Nelson and Seamus Power.

Norlander is in seventh place at 134 after rounds of 66 at Patriot Golf Club and 68 at Star Fort.

Gator Todd, whose father is former NFL quarterback Richard Todd, is in third pace after 67-65–132.

The other area golfer to make the cut is former Augusta State star Major Manning, who had 70 on Thursday and is at 137.

Augusta’s Brad Arrington shot 71-69–140 and missed the cut by a shot. Also missing the cut was former Jaguar Mitch Krywulycz, who had
76-66–142.

High School Basketball

Lady Hawks star is out for season

Washington County girls star Allisha Gray has torn her ACL, MCL and meniscus and will miss her senior season, she confirmed Thursday.

The Lady Hawk was injured while training in Colorado with the USA Women’s U18 National Team. The squad was preparing for a trip to Puerto Rico for the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

Gray will have surgery, but doesn’t know when.

“I’m done,” she said about her high school career. “But I’m holding up fine.”

Besides taking honors as The Augusta Chronicle’s Georgia girls basketball player of the year this past season, Gray was also named the Gatorade Georgia Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

A five-star prospect, Gray is ranked No. 7 for her class by HoopGurlz, which is on ESPN.com. She is already committed to the University of North Carolina.

“They still want me,” she said about the Tar Heels.


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