Jackets ride pair of homers to win
In Hickory, N.C., Mitchell Delfino and Joseph Rapp had homers to lead the Augusta Green Jackets to a 10-9 victory over the Hickory Crawdads on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series that featured 27 hits.
Rapp led off the second inning with a homer, his sixth of the season.
Delfino hit his 11th homer – a two-run shot – in the fifth inning. Delfino also had an RBI single in the third inning.
Augusta, which is leading the South Atlantic League’s southern division, improved to 37-23. The GreenJackets maintained their 3½ game lead over Lexington, which beat Greenville 4-3 on Friday night.
College Track and Field
Davis is named as Paine coach
Marquita Davis, a former NCAA Division II All-American as a hurdler in track at St. Augustine’s University, has been named as Paine College’s head coach of cross country, in addition to track and field.
Olympian makes stop in Augusta
Ryan Lochte, the 11-time Olympic gold medalist, will be signing autographs today at Augusta Swim Supply, located at 265 Boy Scout Road.
This event, sponsored by Speedo USA, is being held to commemorate Augusta Swim Supply’s 20 years in business and its longtime partnership with Speedo.
Lochte will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Red-hot Halep stops Wozniacki
In New Haven, Conn., Simona Halep beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-5 to reach the New Haven Open final.
The 21-year-old Romanian will be seeking her fourth title after winning three times on the WTA Tour since June.
She will face defending champion Petra Kvitova. The Czech star beat countrywoman Klara Zakopalova 6-0, 6-1 for her eighth consecutive match victory in New Haven.
Halep, who expects her world ranking to rise to No. 21 on Monday, is now 28-5 in her past 33 matches (30-5 counting qualifying matches). It is a string that began in Rome in May when she was ranked 64th in the world and made the semifinals.
• In Winston-Salem, N.C., former top-10 players Gael Monfils and Jurgen Melzer beat higher-ranked players to advance to the Winston-Salem Open final.
Monfils, the Frenchman ranked No. 43 in the world, overcame early struggles to beat 38th-ranked Alexandr Dolgopolov, of Ukraine, 7-6 (11), 6-3 in the first semifinal at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.
The 32nd-ranked Melzer, from Austria, then pulled off the biggest upset in the night match, beating 29th-ranked Sam Querrey 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
James was given a police escort
The Miami-Dade Police Department says it will discipline the officer who provided a police escort to Miami Heat star LeBron James to the Justin Timberlake/Jay Z concert.
The department says it has chosen to give the officer “informal counseling” after investigating the escort involving the athlete. The statement says no further action will be taken. It does not identify the officer.
James posted a video on social media sites before the concert saying he was following a police escort on the wrong side of the street. The video showed the police vehicles with their lights flashing.