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Minor League Baseball

Legends rally to topple Jackets

In Lexington, Ky., Mark Donato hit a three-run homer to highlight a four-run seventh inning as the Lexington Legends rallied to beat the Augusta GreenJackets 6-3 on Tuesday night in the opening game of a four-game series.

The win pulled Lexington with 11/2 games of the first-place GreenJackets in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division.

Andrew Cain doubled in a run in the second and homered in the fifth to lead the GreenJackets.

Colleges

Lady Jags coach signs six players

Georgia Regents Uni-versity women’s basketball coach Nate Teymer has signed six players for the upcoming season – freshmen guards Marissa Mandeldove and Tavia Sykes, three juniors Kelsey Fynaardt (center), Whitney Rohrbach (guard), and Lonna Turner (forward) and senior center Dericka Griffis.

• GRU middle blocker/right side Jenna Keeler and USC Aiken outside hitter Ashley Diedrich have been named to the preseason All-Peach Belt Conference team.

• GRU athletes, coaches, and administrators will visit the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, part of the Georgia Regents Health System, today at 1:30 p.m.

The group will hand out toys, decorate arts and crafts for the children’s rooms and sign autographs for patients and families.

• USC Aiken athletics will hold Pacer Fandemonium from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the convocation center.

Fans will have a chance to meet players from the school’s teams. Team autograph tables will also be set up. Pizza and soft drinks will be available for those in attendance.

Admission is free.

Little League Baseball

Tennessee team is knocked out

In South Williamsport, Pa., Austin Oh drove in two runs to cap a six-run third inning in leading Sammamish, Wash., to a 6-5 win over Nashville, Tenn., in a Little League World Series elimination game Tuesday night.

Jose Gonzalez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to cap a four-run rally in the final at-bat, lifting Aguadulce, Panama, to an 8-7 win over Taoyuan, Taiwan, in an elimination game.

Lukas Hlouch hit a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning for Brno, Czech Republic, in a 5-3 win over Grosse Pointe, Mich., in a consolation game.

Track and Field

Runners: Kisses were no protest

In Moscow, quick kisses exchanged by four Russian female sprinters, exuberant after winning a relay race at the world championships in Moscow, have set off a flurry of speculation that they were protesting Russia’s new controversial law against gays.

But two of the athletes insisted Tuesday that was not the case.

Kseniya Ryzhova, one of the 4 x 400-meter relay winners, said: “The storm of emotions going through us was incredible. And if we, accidentally, while congratulating each other, touched lips, excuse me. We think the whole fuss is more of a sick fantasy not grounded in anything.”

Cycling

Swiss rider wins challenge stage

In Breckenridge, Colo., Mathias Frank, of Switzerland, rode to a three-second win Tuesday in the second stage of the USA Pro Challenge, while Lachlan Morton, of Australia, finished second to assume the overall lead.


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