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Minor League Baseball

Rain washes out Augusta’s game

The Augusta GreenJackets game was postponed Tuesday due to rain and will be made up later in the season.

The GreenJackets and Savannah Sand Gnats will conclude their series with one game at 12:05 p.m. today.

The early start is for Super Splash Day, a chance for children to play water games and cool off at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Tuesday’s game will be made up as part of an Aug. 16 doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m. The teams will play five games in their final series of the season together.

College Basketball

Clemson recruit to have surgery

Jaron Blossomgame, one of Clemson’s leading hopes for better basketball times, had more surgery on his injured left leg in a procedure he believes will speed up his recovery for next season.

The school said Tuesday that the 6-foot-7 Blossomgame underwent a second operation on his left leg after sustaining a compound fracture during workout while in high school in April 2012. Blossomgame sat out last season for the Tigers as a medical redshirt.

Blossomgame said in a statement he expected the latest procedure will “jump start” the healing process and get him to full-speed by the time the season starts in November.

Blossomgame was the highest-rated player in Clemson’s 2012 recruiting class. He is from Alpharetta, Ga., and averaged 25 points a game as a senior at Chattahoochee High near Atlanta.

Auto Racing

Bobby Labonte’s streak will end

Bobby Labonte’s consecutive start streak will come to an end at 704 races.

Labonte is not entered to race this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, which will bring an end to the second-longest active starts streak in NASCAR behind Jeff Gordon’s 705 starts.

Labonte confirmed his status on a chat with fans on the JTG Daugherty Racing Web site. The team will use AJ Allmendinger.

Labonte has not missed a start since he began racing full-time in the Cup Series in 1993.

Football

Manziel avoided 2012 suspension

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel faced a
season-long suspension before his Heisman-winning campaign last season, but Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said he helped get the penalty overturned because his star was taking other penalties seriously.

Manziel confirmed in a Texas Monthly interview multiple media reports that he was suspended for the entire 2012 season for his role in a bar fight last summer when he was found with a fake ID.

Sumlin, however, wrote a letter in support of Manziel’s appeal of the suspension.

Michael Fee, the lawyer for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez Tuesday denied media reports that an arrest warrant had been prepared for the Bristol, Conn., native under investigation for a possible role in the slaying of Odin Lloyd last week.

Also on Tuesday, Attle­boro District Court magistrate Mark E. Sturdy issued a statement Tuesday saying that all records related to the shooting death of Lloyd will be impounded.

Maurice Jones-Drew will not be charged in connection with an alleged bar fight in May, the State Attorney’s Office of Florida said Tuesday.

Jones-Drew had been accused of punching a bouncer at a restaurant/bar in St. Augustine.


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