Minor League Baseball
Jackets ride big inning to victory
In Asheville, N.C., the Augusta GreenJackets exploded for nine runs in the fourth inning and rolled past the Asheville Tourists 11-3 on Saturday night.
Stephen Branca and Trevor Brown had two-run doubles in the fourth inning as Augusta sent 13 batters to the plate.
Augusta’s Shayne Houck homered in the ninth inning for his second homer in as many nights.
The GreenJackets pounded out 15 hits, including five for extra bases. In addition to Houck’s homer and Branca and Brown’s doubles, Matt Duffy and Alberto Robles had doubles.
Branca, Duffy, Brown and Robles had two RBI nights for Augusta, which moved over the .500 mark in the second half of the South Atlantic League season at 5-4.
4 Vandy players kicked off team
Vanderbilt has dismissed four football players from the team and kicked them off campus while Nashville police investigate whether a sex crime occurred in a campus dormitory.
The school’s public affairs department announced – none of whom it named – were suspended from the team.
The university issued another release Saturday morning indicating they’re removed from the team and on interim suspension from the university “effective immediately, pending further investigation and/or a hearing.”
School officials say the players can’t return to campus “without explicit permission” from the school’s office of student conduct and academic integrity.
• Five-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown, of Chesapeake, Va., committed to Virginia on Saturday.
Brown picked Virginia over finalists Virginia Tech and Clemson. He eliminated Florida State and Alabama from consideration late this week.
Avalanche have options in draft
The Colorado Avalanche own the top pick in the NHL Draft and a whole lot of options.
Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones, Jonathan Drouin and Aleksander Barkov, to name a few. They are the top candidates to go first today at the Prudential Center.
Colorado won the draft lottery and has flirted with the idea of picking a puck-moving defenseman in Jones. But it appears the Avalanche are leaning toward choosing a forward, perhaps the 17-year-old MacKinnon.
There is plenty of talent available, and this draft pool has already been touted as the best in a decade.
• Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton has informed general manager Peter Chiarelli that he plans on testing unrestricted free agency and won’t be signing a contract with Boston.
Horton is coming off a regular season in which he registered 22 points in 43 games but found his game in the postseason, where he had seven goals and 12 assists in 22 games during the Bruins’ run to the Stanley Cup Finals. He was also a plus-20, which led the NHL playoffs.
Upset in stakes race for fillies
In New York, Starformer pulled a 15-1 upset in the $200,000 New York Stakes for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.
Edgar Prado was aboard for trainer Bill Mott as the 5-year-old, third for most of the race, took command in the final furlong and held off Lady of Shamrock by 1¾ lengths. The time was 2:00.33 for 1¼ miles on the firm turf course.