Minor League Baseball


Jackets’ game is stopped by rain

In Asheville, N.C., the game between the Augusta GreenJackets and Asheville Tourists was suspended in the second inning Sunday because of rain.

The GreenJackets were leading 2-1 before play was stopped.

The game is scheduled to be completed day before the regular-season finale.



Oh backing bid of baseball, softball

Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh is going to bat for baseball and softball’s bid to get back in the Olympics.

Baseball gained full medal status at the 1992 Barcelona Games and softball followed four years later in Atlanta. But both were dropped from the 2012 program in a 2005 vote by the IOC.

The two sports have merged into a single confederation as they compete against wrestling and squash for a single spot on the 2020 Olympic program.

The IOC will decide which sport gets back in next Sunday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a day after choosing the host for the 2020 Olympics. Tokyo is bidding against Madrid and Istanbul.

“If Tokyo wins the honor to host the Olympic Games in 2020, I believe baseball and softball competitions will deliver the peak of Olympic sport,” Oh said in a statement issued by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.



Nyad safe so far in trek to Cuba

U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad’s team says she made it through her first night in the Straits of Florida with almost no sightings of poisonous jellyfish.

A post on Nyad’s blog says she’s doing well and the crew is upbeat, though she expressed some fatigue during a pause to eat. Doctors examine her regularly and say “she’s looking very good.”

The 64-year-old is trying to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

It’s Nyad’s fourth attempt at the feat in the last three years. She also made an unsuccessful try with a cage in 1978.

If she’s successful this time, she expects to take about 80 hours to reach the Florida Keys.


Horse Racing

Sweet Reason is tops in Spinaway

In Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Sweet Reason romped to a six-length victory Sunday in the $300,000 Spinaway Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course.

Ridden by Alex Solis, the Leah Gyamati-trained Sweet Reason ran 7 furlongs
in 1:23.42 over the sloppy track and paid $7, $4.40 and $3.10.



Moreno surges to lead in Vuelta

In Valdepenas de Jaen, Spain, Daniel Moreno took the lead of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday after winning his second stage in six days with an impressive uphill push to separate from the pack.

The Katusha rider broke away on the steep ramp to the finish line to snatch the leader’s red jersey from Nicolas Roche by one second in the overall standings.

Moreno also won the fourth stage Tuesday. He finished Sunday’s ninth stage, a 104-mile mountainous ride from Antequera to Valdepenas de Jaen, with a provisional time of 4 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds.

Fellow Spaniards Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez crossed next four seconds later.

The three-week grand tour finishes in Madrid on Sept. 15.