Jackets prevail, earn series split
In Charleston, S.C., the Augusta GreenJackets jumped on the RiverDogs early with three runs in the first inning on a bases-clearing double by right fielder Charles Jones and never trailed en route to an 8-5 win Monday.
Augusta’s Andrew Cain extended the early lead with a homer in the second inning, and Jones sent another long ball over the wall in the third inning, staking the GreenJackets to a 5-1 lead. Jones and Cain were two of four Augusta players with two hits each, including Eric Sim and Stephen Branca.
Jorge Bucardo earned the win in relief for the GreenJackets (11-11), who split the four-game series.
Dante Bichette, Jr., homered for the RiverDogs.
Sharapova hurt, out of tourney
In Stanford, Calif., Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week’s Bank of the West Classic at Stanford because of a left hip injury suffered during Wimbledon.
Tournament director Kim Hall said in a statement Monday that organizers “are disappointed for our fans.” Sharapova announced on her website Saturday that she had hired Jimmy Connors as her new coach, one day after she parted ways with Thomas Hogstedt.
8 will join Hall in South Carolina
In Columbia, late tennis coach Arlo Elkins, ex-shortstop Drew Meyer and two-time Super Bowl punter Max Runager head up the latest group of people named to the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
The school announced the class of eight Monday. The group will be inducted September 12th.
Elkins was women’s tennis coach from 1983-2012 and led the team to 17 consecutive NCAA appearances. He died in March 2012.
Meyer played for the Gamecocks from 2000 through 2002 and was a first-round pick of the Texas Rangers.
Runager punted for the Philadelphia Eagles, who reached the Super Bowl in 1980, and the title-winning San Francisco 49ers in 1984.
Others honored are softball’s Megan Matthews, track’s Charmaine Howell, baseball’s Chris Boyle and football’s Dave DeCamilla and the late Jake Bodkin.
Men’s College Basketball
Hairston facing ‘consequences’
North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Monday that leading scorer P.J. Hairston will face “serious consequences” after being arrested last month on a drug charge during a traffic stop.
“P.J. and I have had several discussions already and he knows he has made serious mistakes and there will be serious consequences as a result,” Williams said. According to records, the Yukon was one of two vehicles driven by Hairston and linked to Haydn Patrick “Fats” Thomas, a Durham man facing pending drug charges.
Atlanta falls on road as stars sit
In Seattle, Wash., Tanisha Wright scored 13 of her 21 points in the second half and Camille Little added 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Storm rallied to beat the shorthanded Dream on Sunday night.
Rookie Alex Bentley scored 16 and Erika de Souza had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta (10-3), which only had eight players available without Angel McCoughtry (strained Achilles, 19.8 points per game), Sancho Lyttle (foot, 14.3) and Tiffany Hayes (knee, 10.8).