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Minor League Baseball

Homer by Jones powers Jackets

In Charleston, S.C., Charles Jones’ three-run home run lifted the Augusta GreenJackets to a 4-1 victory over the Charleston RiverDogs on Friday night.

Jones’ homer came in the third inning and put Augusta up 4-0.

GreenJackets starter Chris Stratton (7-3) picked up the win. He went six innings, allowing six hits and one run while striking out seven.

Augusta (37-30) has won five of its past six games.

Golf

Parel in hunt at Web.com event

In Wichita, Kan., Augusta’s Scott Parel had eight birdies and shot 5-under-par 66 to move into contention in the Web.com Tour’s Air Castle Classic.

Parel, who opened with 69, is tied for fourth place at 7-under 135.

He’s three shots of the lead held by Nathan Tyler, who had 65 on Friday.

Aiken’s Kevin Kisner had 69 on Friday and is tied for 24th place at 139.

• In Gordonsville, Va., Bruce Woodall birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff against Mikel Martinson to win the eGolf Tour’s Spring Creek Classic.

Woodall and Martinson had finished the 54 holes of regulation at 12-under-par 204 with Woodall closing with 2-under 70 and Martinson 69. Woodall earned $16,000.

Former Augusta State golfer Tarik Can, who started the day tied for second place, struggled to 79 and finished in a tie for 27th place.

Because of darkness on Thursday, not all the field completed their second rounds that day.

After they did so on Friday, Augusta’s Rob Bennett (72-73–145) and former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz (73-72–145) missed the cut by a shot.

• In Saint-Omer, France, England’s Robert Dinwiddie shot 5-under-par 66 for a share of the lead with South Africa’s Tjaart Van der Walt after the second round of the European Tour’s Najeti Hotels Open.

Dinwiddie and Van der Walt are at 4-under 138 at Aa Saint-Omer Golf Club.

England’s Chris Hanson and Simon Wakefield were a stroke back along with France’s Victor Rio. Hanson and Wakefield shot 68, and Riu had 71.

WNBA

Dream turn back Storm, now 5-1

In Atlanta, Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points and Jasmine Thomas added 13 to lead the Atlanta Dream over the Seattle Storm 68-59 on Friday night.

McCoughtry, last season’s leading scorer in the WNBA, also had team highs with nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals to help as the Dream improve to 5-1.

Tennis

Federer records a ‘double bagel’

In Halle, Germany, Roger Federer cruised past Mischa Zverev 6-0, 6-0 to reach the Gerry Weber Open semifinals, recording his second career double bagel and teaching a painful lesson to a player trying to serve and volley on grass.

The third-ranked Federer needed only 39 minutes to defeat the 156th-ranked Zverev. Federer got his first blanking against Gaston Gaudio at the 2005 Masters Cup in Shanghai.

While noting he’d rather win 6-1, 6-2, Federer said it never crossed his mind to give Zverev a game. He said the only time he lost 6-0, 6-0 was his first match, at age 8.

• In London, two-time former champion Andy Murray edged Benjamin Becker 6-4, 7-6 (3) to reach the semifinals at Queen’s Club.

The top-seeded Murray will play fourth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a repeat of the 2011 final.


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