GreenJackets’ run ends at 11
In Greensboro, N.C., the Augusta GreenJackets’ winning streak ended at 11 games on Thursday night, one short of tying the second-longest streak in franchise history.
In the first game of a four-game series, the Greensboro Grasshoppers scored five runs in the eighth inning to beat Augusta 6-1 in the South Atlantic League game.
The GreenJackets fell behind 1-0 in the first inning. It stayed that way until Augusta tied it in the seventh inning on Eliezer Zambrano’s RBI single.
Greensboro, which had 12 hits, then put it away in the eighth inning with five unearned runs following a fielding error on Joe Rapp. Blake Barber hit a two-run homer and Cameron Flynn added a three-run shot.
Augusta was limited to four hits, two by Travious Relaford, the No. 9 hitter.
Six are at top in Missouri event
In Springfield, Mo., former North Carolina State golfer Matt Hill shot 6-under-par 66 to join a logjam at the top of the Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Classic leaderboard.
Hill is trying to salvage a disappointing season. He’s made just $23,592 in 14 starts with his best finish being a tie for 15th place.
He’s tied for the lead at Highland Springs Country Club with Andy Winings, J.J. Killeen, James Nitties, Cliff Kresge and Brett Stegmair.
Aiken native Matt Hendrix opened with 70 and Augusta’s Scott Parel had 74.
• In Charleston, S.C., NCAA champion Annie Park won two matches in the U.S. Women’s Amateur on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals.
The 17-year-old Park, a Levittown, N.Y., resident who will be a sophomore at Southern California, beat Brittany Fan 2 and 1 in the morning.
In the third round, she edged Kelly Shon, of Port Washington, N.Y., 1-up at the Country Club of Charleston.
Park will face Yueer Cindy Feng, of Orlando, Fla. Feng beat Casie Cathrea, of Livermore, Calif., 1-up.
Groups are vying to buy the Devils
A person familiar with the negotiations says several groups are vying to buy the financially strapped New Jersey Devils, and a deal should be completed by the start of the NHL season.
The source spoke to The Associated Press Thursday and requested anonymity because the negotiations between Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek and the groups are still active.
Williams signs with Portland
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed veteran free agent guard Mo Williams.
Williams has played 10 seasons in the NBA with stops in Milwaukee, Cleveland, the Clippers and Utah, averaging 13.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5 assists. He will wear No. 7, Brandon Roy’s former number, for the Trail Blazers.
Serena breezes in Rogers Cup
In Toronto, top-seeded Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals, beating 13th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens 6-0, 6-3.
Williams, coming off a tournament victory 2½ weeks ago in the Swedish Open, set up a match today against Magdalena Rybarikova.
Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli retired because of an abdominal injury early in the second set of her match against Rybarikova.
Rybarikova led 7-6 (5), 1-0 when the Bartoli stopped playing.