Jackets record 11th win in row
In Rome, Ga., the Augusta GreenJackets held on to beat the Rome Braves 7-6 on Wednesday afternoon for their 11th consecutive South Atlantic League victory.
It is the most wins in a row for a GreenJackets team since 2007 when it won 12 in a row to open the season.
The record is 16 wins in a row, set by the 1991 Augusta Pirates.
Rome was down 7-5 going to the bottom of the ninth inning. With two outs, Felix Marte tripled, then scored on Jacob Dunnington’s wild pitch to cut it to 7-6.
After Jose Peraza singled, Dunnington struck out Eric Garcia to end the game.
Ben Turner had three RBI and Trevor Brown had two for Augusta.
Turner had a run-scoring single in the fourth inning and a two-run single in the fifth for the GreenJackets (27-18), who begin a road series tonight in Greensboro.
Ramsey ousted in the first round
In Charleston, S.C., former Evans resident Ashlan Ramsey lost her first-round match in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Country Club of Charleston.
Ramsey, of Milledgeville, Ga., was eliminated, 2-up, by Emily Tubert, of Burbank, Calif.
Medalist Yumi Matsubara, of Japan, won her opening match, 2 and 1, over Bianca Maria Fabrizo, of Italy.
The second round and round of 16 matches will be played today, followed by the quarterfinals on Friday, semifinals on Saturday and the final on Sunday.
Augustan part of victorious team
In Greenville, S.C., Augusta’s Mike Jeschke helped Georgia win the Southern Zone Championship at the Westside Aquatic Complex.
Georgia beat teams from Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
The team won the boys title by more than 130 points.
Oden signs deal with Miami Heat
Nearly four years after he last played, Greg Oden is officially back in the NBA.
The former No. 1 overall pick from Ohio State signed his contract with the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat on Wednesday, the last in a series of formalities that needed to be completed before the team could finally announce the move.
Oden announced late last week that he was accepting Miami’s offer, one that will pay him about $1 million this coming year and includes a $1.1 million player option for the 2014-15 season.
Heat President Pat Riley said Wednesday that the team will take a cautious approach with Oden, who has been through a cartilage-repair procedure three times.
UEFA suspends pair of referees
UEFA says it has suspended two football referees from Armenia while it prosecutes them for match-fixing.
The European football body says referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant Hovhannes Avagyan, who admitted to compromising a Europa League match for a betting scam, have been suspended until their cases are heard on Aug. 22.
• In Bangkok, Neymar scored his first goal in a Barcelona shirt on Wednesday, helping his new team beat Thailand 7-1 in a preseason friendly.
The Brazil striker scored the team’s opening goal in the 11th minute.