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High School Baseball

Evans earns spot in state playoffs

Evans qualified for the state playoffs by defeating Grovetown, 11-0, in the final region game of the season Thursday.

The Knights will either be a No. 3 seed with a Lakeside loss tonight at Greenbrier or a No. 4 seed with a Lakeside victory.

Ashton Sturgell picked up the win for the Knights, while Brian Mitchell led the hitting attack with three hits. Levin Lackey recorded two doubles as Evans pounded out 11 hits.

Minor League Baseball

Jackets hold off Grasshoppers

In Greensboro, N.C., Patrick Ruotolo got Branden Berry to ground out with the bases loaded to end the game, leading the Augusta GreenJackets to a 5-3 win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Thursday.

Augusta started the scoring in the first inning when Manuel Geraldo hit a two-run single.

Trailing 4-1, the Grass­hoppers cut into the deficit in the fifth inning when Justin Twine hit an RBI double and then scored on an error.

The GreenJackets tacked on another run in the eighth when Skyler Ewing homered.

Matt Solter (2-0) picked up the win after he allowed three runs and six hits over five innings. He also struck out seven and walked two.

Ewing homered and singled in the win.

Tennis

Two stars suffer Monaco upsets

In Monaco, Andy Murray blew a 4-0 lead in the deciding set and lost to Albert Ramos-Vinolas 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.

Former French Open and Monte Carlo champion Stan Wawrinka followed Murray out after losing to Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 6-4.

Meanwhile, defending champion Rafael Nadal beat Alexander Zverev, 6-1, 6-1, and two-time champion Novak Djokovic got past Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Track and Field

Olympian dies in motorcycle wreck

Olympic medal-winning track and field athlete Germaine Mason died Thursday in a motorcycle crash outside the capital of his native Jamaica, police in the Caribbean island said.

Mason apparently lost control of his Honda motorcycle in St. Andrew Parish, the Jamaica Constabulary Force said in a statement.

Mason was born in Jamaica, but represented Britain in the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. He won a silver medal in the high jump, with a personal best of 2.34 meters.

Figure Skating

Medvedeva sets record in Tokyo

In Tokyo, Evgenia Medvedeva received a record score in the women’s short program on Thursday as Russia placed second behind host Japan on the opening day of the figure skating World Team Trophy.

Following up on her back-to-back world titles, Medvedeva received 80.85 points while teammate Elena Radionova was second with 72.21. Japan’s Mai Mihara was third with a personal best of 72.10.

Running

Ex-NYC Marathon champ dies at 65

Tom Fleming, the New York City Marathon winner in 1973 and 1975 and twice a Boston Marathon runner-up, has died. He was 65.

Fleming died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack while coaching a middle school team at a meet in Verona, N.J., the Montclair Kimberley Academy said in a statement Thursday.

– From staff and wire reports

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