Sand Gnats jump on Jackets early
In Savannah, Ga., the Savannah Sand Gnats struck early against the Augusta GreenJackets and cruised to a 9-4 victory on Friday night.
Savannah scored all of its runs in the first three innings, with two in the first, four in the second and three in the third.
Joseph Rapp had three hits – all singles – and three RBI for Augusta (15-15). He had a two-run single in the third and an RBI single in the fifth.
The teams will play a doubleheader today to make up for Thursday’s rainout.
Mobley among Georgia winners
In Columbia, Carter Mobley helped Georgia take a commanding lead after the first round of the 38th annual Georgia-South Carolina Junior Challenge Match.
Mobley, of Waynesboro, Ga., beat Michael McKee, of Ware Shoals, 1-up at Forest Lake Club.
It was one of six Georgia victories in the eight matches, giving the visiting team a 6½ to 1½ lead.
Aiken’s Alex Handy lost his match, 2-up, to Atlanta’s Will Duma.
There will be another eight matches in today’s final round.
Georgia leads the series 22-13-2.
Unbridled’s Song dies at age 20
Unbridled’s Song, the son of 1990 Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled who went on to capture a Breeders’ Cup race and become a prolific sire, died Friday. He was 20.
Taylor Made Stallions, in Lexington, Ky., where the horse stood his entire career, said in a statement a large and inoperable mass was discovered in his sinus cavities and around the optic nerves. The horse began showing acute neurological symptoms Thursday and was euthanized.
Unbridled’s Song sired 730 winners from more than 1,000 starters, the farm said.
Second seed out with a bad back
A day after Roger Federer lost at the Swiss Open in Gstaad citing back pains, Stanislas Wawrinka retired from his quarterfinal match Friday with the same injury.
The second-seeded Wawrinka stopped after a medical timeout more than 2 hours into his match with Feliciano Lopez, who was leading 6-4, 2-6, 4-3.
The 10th-ranked Wawrinka has won only five matches – all against players outside the top 50 – in seven visits since reaching the 2005 final of his home tournament.
Sled Dog Racing
Yukon Quest to go up on payout
There will be a higher payout for next year’s Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, officials said.
The race’s two top officials, one in Alaska and the other in Canada, announced that the race’s total purse will be a minimum of $115,000, up from $100,000 this year.
While it’s an increase, it’s still short of the $150,000 paid out in 2012, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. The low payout this year was blamed on difficulties in fundraising and finding sponsors.
“We are happy to commit to an increased minimum purse for the 2014 race,” Kerynn Fisher, president of the race’s Alaska board, said in a statement. “The purse, as well as operational costs of running the race, are raised through sponsorship and fundraising.
The purse amount could be revised if there is an increase in sponsorships and fundraising.