Jackets pick up victory in finale
In Asheville, N.C., Travious Relaford was 2 for 4 and and a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to lead the Augusta GreenJackets to a win over the Tourists in the regular-season finale.
Augusta (82-55) will play host to the Savannah Sand Gnats on Wednesday as the South Atlantic League playoffs get underway.
Reliever Stephen Johnson (5-1) earned the win for the GreenJackets, pitching two innings and striking out three. Jayson Aquino (0-9) took the loss for Asheville.
Shayne Houck was 2 for 4 with a solo home run in the second inning and Mitchell Delfino was 3 for 4 with an RBI (his 76th) for Augusta. Joseph Rapp also drove in a run for the GreenJackets. Asheville had five players who collected one hit each.
Wednesday’s playoff opener in the best-of-three series is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.
Dream get win at home, end skid
In Atlanta, Erika de Souza scored a season-high 27 points, Jasmine Thomas added 19 and the Atlanta Dream beat the Los Angeles Sparks 92-82 Monday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
Angel McCoughtry added 16 points and Alex Bentley had 10 points and 11 assists to for the Dream (15-13). Atlanta opened the season 10-1 before losing 12 of its next 16 games.
Candace Parker had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead the Sparks (21-9). Los Angeles had won 10 of its past 11, but couldn’t quite recover after falling behind by double digits in the first quarter.
The Dream are close to securing their fifth consecutive playoff berth. Atlanta, which leads fifth-place New York by four games with six remaining, hosts fourth-place Indiana on Wednesday and visits the Liberty on Friday night.
Arsenal, United make big moves
After having all summer to strengthen their squads, Arsenal and Manchester United managed to rush through just two significant signings in a $100-million spree as the transfer window closed.
Arsenal signed playmaker Mesut Ozil for a club record 50 million euros ($66 million) from Real Madrid on Monday, and United bought midfielder Marouane Fellaini from Everton for 27.5 million pounds ($43 million).
The transfers pushed spending by Premier League clubs over 600 million pounds ($932 million) over the summer, a record amount after new television deals.
Arsenal’s recruitment of Ozil on a five-year deal was a coup, and the 24-year-old German’s arrival is an emphatic response by American owner Stan Kroenke to fans who wanted big spending.
• Pal Csernai, who coached Bayern Munich to two Bundesliga titles in the early 1980s, has died. He was 80.
No decision yet in Oracle case
The America’s Cup starts Saturday and defending champion Oracle Team USA still doesn’t know how severely it will be punished for illegally modifying prototype catamarans in warmup regattas.
A decision by the international jury has been pushed back to today. The penalties could be the harshest in the 162-year history of sailing’s marquee event, adding another stain to a regatta marred by the death of British sailor Andrew “Bart” Simpson when challenger Artemis Racing capsized during a training run on May 9.