Jackets get win over RiverDogs
In Charleston, S.C., Adalberto Mejia, the reigning South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week, allowed three runs in six innings as the Augusta GreenJackets beat the Charleston RiverDogs 6-3 on Friday night.
Mejia (9-7) gave up eight hits and had two strikeouts as the GreenJackets won for the fourth time in five games.
Jeff Arnold had two RBI for Augusta.
Dante Bichette Jr. homered for Charleston.
Thunder Jam set to be held today
Carolina Dragway will play host to Carolina Thunder Jam beginning at 7 p.m. today.
The biggest names in motorsports entertainment roll into Jackson for one night of excitement starring the Grave Digger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle monster trucks, the “Spirit of Alabama” jet dragster, the “Chevy Rebellion” wheelstander and much more.
Adult tickets are $20 and children 12 and under are $10. The pit party is included with the price of admission.
Tickets are available at the gate. Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. Parking is free with admission.
Serena loses her cool during loss
In Mason, Ohio, Serena Williams lost her cool and her 19-match winning streak at the Western & Southern Open. Sister Venus did much better, reaching the semifinals for the first time this season.
Serena Williams fell to Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 on Friday.
After losing a game in the second set, she threw her racket at the ground, picked it up and slammed it on the court again.
Venus Williams advanced by winning a three-set match for the third time in the tournament.
On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro won in straight sets.
• Rafael Nadal won’t rush his return from a knee injury.
The third-ranked player says “I have to listen (to the doctors) and be patient, and I will come back when my knee is well.”
Tendinitis in his left knee has kept Nadal from playing since he lost in the second round at Wimbledon in June.
Landers could go for 800 at home
Andy Landers could break the 800-win plateau at Georgia Stegeman Coliseum this November.
Landers is five wins shy of No. 800 and the Lady Bulldogs play their first five games of the 2012-13 season at home, according the schedule released Friday.
Georgia opens the season against Rutgers on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. Its next three games are against Presbyterian, South Carolina State and Belmont. Game No. 5, which could be the clincher, will be on Nov. 20 against Savannah State.
Dempsey will not return to Fulham
United States international Clint Dempsey has refused to play for Fulham and is seeking a transfer to a Champions League team, the Premier League club’s coach Martin Jol said Friday.
Dempsey was linked to Liverpool in July after Reds coach Brendan Rodgers admitted during a preseason tour of the U.S. and Canada that the Merseyside club had inquired about him.
However, no deal was forthcoming from Liverpool’s U.S. owners, the Fenway Sports Group.
– From staff and wire reports