Asheville snaps Augusta’s streak
In Asheville, N.C., Jason Stolz had a two-run triple during a three-run eighth inning, helping the Asheville Tourists rally for a 6-5 win over the Augusta GreenJackets on Saturday night.
The GreenJackets had their nine-game winning streak snapped.
Justin Schumer started for Augusta, giving up three runs in seven innings and recording nine strikeouts.
Mason McVay (3-5) took over in the eighth and allowed three runs on four hits.
Shawn Payne and Travious Relaford homered for the GreenJackets.
Chamineak has lead in Thomson
In Thomson, Ethan Chamineak shot 67 on Saturday to take a five-shot lead in regular division of the Regions Bank Amateur Series’ Camellia City Classic.
Jimmy Harkins is second after posting 72 at Belle Meade Country Club. Steve Foss (73) is third.
In the senior division, Chuck Withers had 68 to take a one-shot lead over Tommy Carpenter and Mike Jackson.
Carpenter has a five-point lead over Glen Hurt in the Senior Division Player of the Year race. Hurt had 74 in the first round of the regular-season finale.
Aiken horse gets win in Woodward
In Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Alpha, the 2012 Aiken-trained Horse of the Year, held off Flat Out by a head Saturday in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Trained by Kieran McLaughlin and ridden by John Velazquez, the 4-year-old Alpha ran 1⅛ miles over a sloppy track in 1:49.28 and paid $17.40, $6.30 and $3.40. He earned $450,000 for Godolphin Stable.
“I talked to (Velazquez) and said, ‘If he breaks well and you can clear Paynter, let’s go,’” McLaughlin said. “Maybe I didn’t have him fit enough for his first two races (of 2013), but he loves it here and it’s one of the biggest wins of our career.”
Alpha has three victories in two seasons at Saratoga. Last year, he won the 2012 Jim Dandy and finished in a dead heat for win in the Travers.
Also on the Saratoga program, Strapping Groom led wire-to-wire in the $500,000 Forego Handicap, and Silver Max won the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap.
Suspended Rebel appears in court
A suspended UNLV basketball player will remain free without bail pending a Nov. 12 preliminary hearing on charges that that he stole expensive Nike sneakers, $500 cash and almost $900 worth of video games from a friend’s apartment.
Nineteen-year-old Savon Goodman stood with his attorney during a brief initial appearance Friday on misdemeanor conspiracy and felony burglary and grand larceny charges that could get him up to 15 years in a Nevada prison.
Czech rider tops in Vuelta stage
In Estepona, Spain, Czech rider Leopold Konig used a final uphill surge to win the eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, while Nicolas Roche took over the leader’s red jersey.
Konig passed Igor Anton before holding off Daniel Moreno’s final sprint to claim the 167-kilometer (104-mile) ride from Jerez de la Frontera ending with a category-one summit finish at Alto de Penas Blancas.
– From staff and wire reports