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Slam by Houck powers Augusta

In Asheville, N.C., Shayne Houck’s grand slam broke open a tight game and the Augusta GreenJackets went on to beat the Asheville Tourists 10-5 on Friday night.

Augusta trailed 5-4 after five innings. That didn’t last long as the GreenJackets struck for five runs in the sixth, with Houck’s homer being the big blow.

Stephen Branca also had a homer and three RBI for Augusta (4-4 second half, 42-35 overall).

Asheville is also 42-35 overall, and 4-5 in the second half of the South Atlantic League.


GRU to reveal its baseball coach

Georgia Regents University’s new baseball coach will be introduced at a news conference Monday, according to athletic director Clint Bryant.

It will take place at 2 p.m. in the ballroom of the Jaguar Student Activities Center.

The Jaguars have been without a head coach since May 8, when former head coach Chris Cooper was reassigned as head strength and conditioning coach.


USA Hockey tabs Poile as the GM

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile will fill the same position for the 2014 U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team.

USA Hockey announced the selection Friday. Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero will serve as associate general manager and former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will be director of player personnel.

They were to be formally introduced today at a news conference, when USA Hockey announces its head coach for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Poile was an associate general manager for the 2010 U.S. team that won a silver medal.


FIFA boss makes pledge to Brazil

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has responded to protesters criticizing the high cost of staging the World Cup in Brazil by pledging to give at least $100 million from profits back to the country.

Soccer’s governing body gave South Africa $100 million for development projects after the 2010 World Cup but had not previously said it would establish a similar “social fund” after the 2014 tournament to Brazil.

Now, in Rio de Janeiro, Blatter says “an amount like that or even higher will be possible to have here.”

The Confederations Cup, a World Cup warmup event, has been marred by protesters denouncing billions of dollars spent to host the World Cup, money some say should be going toward improving public services.

• North Korea will compete in the four-nation Women’s East Asian Cup in July and play South Korea in soccer for the first time since 2009.

The South Korea Football Association says on its Web site that North Korea has agreed to participate, and the rivals are to play in Seoul on July 21.

The match comes after the Koreas scrapped what would have been their first high-level talks in years over a protocol dispute in early June.

The Korean Peninsula is technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce.

The competition runs from July 20-28 and includes China and Japan.

• In Istanbul, Turkey rallied to beat Australia 2-1 in their final Group C match at the Under-20 World Cup to join group winner Colombia in the knockout stage.

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