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Jackets pull out win, avert sweep

In Savannah, Ga., Joseph Rapp and Trevor Brown had RBI singles in the 12th inning, and the Augusta GreenJakcets avoided a four-game sweep with a 3-1 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats on Sunday.

Justin Schumer started and threw five shutout innings for the GreenJackets. He allowed six hits and had one strikeout.

Ian Gardeck (1-1) pitched the 11th and got the win. Derek Law had a scoreless 12th to earn his third save.

Hunter Carnevale (0-1) took the loss for Savannah, which is 8-3 against Augusta this season.

The GreenJackets return home tonight to open a three-game series with the Hickory Crawdads. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

College

Christie plans to speak to Rutgers

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to speak with Rutgers officials about a report that the athletic director hired to clean up the school’s scandal-scarred program quit as Tennessee’s women’s volleyball coach 16 years ago after her players complained she ruled through humiliation, fear and emotional abuse.

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak says the governor is aware of the report about Julie Hermann in The Star-Ledger, but wants to get more details before commenting.

“He’s not going to make any judgments at this time,” Drewniak said in an e-mail Sunday.

The Star-Ledger reported that Tennessee players wrote the mentality cruelty they suffered when Hermann was coach was unbearable, adding she called them “whores, alcoholics and learning disabled.”

Hermann was hired May 15 to replace the ousted Tim Pernetti, who was let go after basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for abusive behavior.

Softball

Gators advance to World Series

In Gainesville, Fla., Taylor Schwarz hit a two-out RBI double in the fourth inning as Florida secured a trip to the Women’s College World Series with a 1-0 victory over Alabama-Birmingham.

The Gators punched a ticket to Oklahoma City for the fifth time in school history.

• In Tempe, Ariz., Arizona State will be making its 11th trip to the Women’s College World Series after beating Kentucky 5-2 on Sunday in the Tempe Super Regional.

• In Eugene, Ore., Nebraska defeated Oregon 4-2 in the deciding Game 3 to advance to the Women’s College World Series for the first time since 2002.

The Ducks forced a third game with a 4-3 win earlier in the day.

Cycling

Nibali cruises to Giro d’Italia title

In Brescia, Italy, Vincenzo Nibali coasted to the Giro d’Italia title in the final stage of the three-week classic Sunday, while Mark Cavendish won the 21st leg in a sprint finish for his fifth victory in this year’s race.

For Nibali, an Italian with the Astana team, the title cemented his status in an elite group of current riders considered capable of winning Grand Tours, along with Alberto Contador, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins.

Nibali took the overall lead after the seventh stage, never gave it up, and padded his lead by winning the final two mountain stages in dominating fashion.

Rigoberto Uran finished second overall and Cadel Evans, the 2011 Tour de France winner, was third, 4:43 and 5:52 behind Nibali, respectively.


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