Augusta comes up short on road
In Kannapolis, N.C., Mike Marjama had four hits and drove in a run as the Kannapolis Intimidators cooled off the Augusta GreenJackets with an 8-6 win Monday night.
Yoandy Barroso and Kale Kiser had two RBI apiece for the Intimidators, who snapped the GreenJackets’ three-game winning streak.
Joseph Rapp hit a three-run homer for Augusta in the opener of the three-game series.
Palace Malice to run in Jim Dandy
Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice is gearing up for his next big race, the $600,000 Grade I Jim Dandy Stakes on July 27.
Following his win in the Belmont Stakes, the colt has now moved from Belmont Park to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Dogwood president Cot Campbell said.
“He worked a half mile by himself on Sunday, going in a spritely 49:2, and looked good doing it,” Campbell said in a news release. “Actually, (trainer) Todd Pletcher put him back in work shortly after the Belmont, or he was going to tear the barn down.
“The big objective is the Midsummer Derby – the $1 million Grade I Travers Stakes – on Aug. 24. It is a mile and a quarter, and the Jim Dandy is a mile and an eighth.”
Campbell said he is pointing the horse toward a fall race at Belmont and then the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 if all goes well.
Ex-Tiger claims Web.com event
In Newburgh, Ind., former Clemson golfer Ben Martin two-putted for par on the first playoff hole Monday to win the Web.com Tour’s United Leasing Championship.
It was Martin’s first career victory.
Martin drew the leadoff spot in a four-man playoff and played the 18th hole perfectly. A 3-wood into the fairway was followed by a 6-iron on the green and two putts for a par-4 that was good enough to beat Joe Affrunti, Ashley Hall and Billy Hurley.
The four were tied at 11-under 277 following the end of regulation play Sunday but a nearly four-hour rain delay didn’t leave them enough daylight for the overtime session.
• In Harris, Mich., former Augusta State golfer Garrett Phillips tied for third place at the Symetra Tour’s Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club.
Phillips shot 1-over-par 73 on Sunday and finished at 1-under 215 in the 54-hole tournament.
Kim Kaufman defeated Mitsuki Katahira in a playoff to get the win on the LPGA development tour.
• Stephanie Bennett, of Appling, tied for 15th in last week’s Georgia Top 60 Women’s Classic at Green Island Country Club after posting rounds of 82-73.
Deal to use NHL players in near
There is still no deal to send NHL players to next year’s Olympics. But all signs point in that direction, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says “things are moving along.”
Bettman, union leader Donald Fehr and International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel met for more than five hours Monday at league headquarters to work out a deal that would allow NHL players to compete in Sochi. This would be the fifth Olympics for the NHL.
Bettman called Monday’s session a “constructive meeting,” adding there are still “some I’s to dot and T’s to cross.”
He adds: “I think it’s fair to say that we’re not quite ready to announce it’s done.”