Branca sparks Jackets to win
In Greensboro, N.C., Stephen Branca’s two-run double highlighted a five-run seventh inning as the Augusta GreenJackets beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 7-2 on Thursday night.
Augusta starter Joe Biagini gave up two runs in seven innings of work to improve to 4-1.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the GreenJackets (31-28).
Hornets select football coach
Aiken has named former McCormick High coach Brian Neal as its new football coach, according to media reports.
This past season, Neal led the Chiefs to the Class A, Division II state championship game and was The Augusta Chronicle’s South Carolina All-Area football coach of the year.
Neal replaces Carey Johnson as the Hornets head coach. Johnson stepped aside from the position but is still the athletic director.
Invitational set for Warren Road
The Garden City Classic Boxing Invitational will be held beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday at Warren Road Community Center at 300 Warren Road.
The event expects to have 20 bouts with 60 athletes competing on a district level.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 12. Proceeds from the event will benefit Greubel’s Fighters’ Fund.
“The primary purpose of this event is to keep kids off the street and showcase our talented kids from Augusta,” said Marciano Diaz, coach of Greubel’s and Diaz’s Boxing Team.
“We wanted to bring back boxing to Augusta and hopefully make this event an annual national event where kids come from all different states and bring their best to compete in our Garden City Classic Boxing Tournament.”
Rees moved up to Irish starter
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said that senior Tommy Rees will enter this season as the team’s starting quarterback.
Kelly’s announcement at an event in Grand Rapids, Mich., quickly cleared up any questions about the position in the wake of the news that last season’s starter, Everett Golson, no longer is enrolled at the school. Golson’s departure was academic-related, a source confirmed to ESPN.
• Kentucky’s receiving corps is down two players with the departures of DeMarcus Sweat and Bookie Cobbins, who had hoped to play more as sophomores in the Wildcats’ new Air Raid offense.
Spokesman Tony Neely confirmed the players’ departure on Thursday. Neely gave no reasons for the exits.
• A federal judge on threw out the governor’s lawsuit against the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State related to Jerry Sandusky, calling his argument “a Hail Mary pass” that easily warranted dismissal.
U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane’s decision put an early end to the antitrust lawsuit Gov. Tom Corbett filed in January in which he sought to overturn a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban, scholarship limits and other penalties.
• The NCAA is expected to announce its decision regarding an infractions case against Mississippi State’s football program this morning.
• Houston running back Charles Sims says he is leaving the Cougars, but is undecided about whether he’ll transfer or enter the NFL supplemental draft.