RiverDogs notch win over Jackets
In Charleston, S.C., the host RiverDogs wiped out an early Augusta lead and went on to beat the GreenJackets 3-1 Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
The GreenJackets scored first on an RBI groundout by Devin Harris in the top of the first.
The RiverDogs tied it in the third on Ben Gamel’s sacrifice fly and took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Ali Castillo’s sacrifice fly.
Saxon Butler homered in the eighth inning for the RiverDogs.
Thunder Jam set for area dragway
Carolina Dragway will play host to Carolina Thunder Jam beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The biggest names in motorsports entertainment roll into Jackson for one night of excitement starring the Grave Digger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle monster trucks, the “Spirit of Alabama” jet dragster, the “Chevy Rebellion” wheelstander and much more.
Adult tickets are $20 and children 12 and under are $10. The pit party is included with the price of admission.
Tickets are available the day of show at the gate. Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. Parking is free with admission.
Auriemma won’t coach US in Rio
In Storrs, Conn., Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said he has no interest in returning as head coach of the U.S. national team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Auriemma said he was honored to get the job and ecstatic with the results, but described his interest level in doing it again as “zero.”
“If you ask me right now, today, I would say it is somebody else’s turn,” he said.
• The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame posthumously inducted three-time NBA All-Star Dan Roundfield on Thursday.
Roundfield drowned earlier this month while helping his wife in rough water off the Caribbean island of Aruba.
The Detroit native attended Central Michigan and played for the Pistons, Indiana, Atlanta and Washington.
Murray stunned at event in Ohio
In Mason, Ohio, Andy Murray’s off-day turned into the biggest upset of the Western & Southern Open on Thursday, a straight-set loss that left him with little hard-court experience heading into the U.S. Open.
Murray lost 6-4, 6-4 to Jeremy Chardy, who he’d beaten easily the four previous times they’d played.
Roger Federer, Mardy Fish and Juan Martin del Potro reached the quarterfinals.
Federer beat Bernard Tomic 6-2, 6-4. Fish, a two-time runner-up at the tournament in suburban Cincinnati, beat Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3. Viktor Troicki took del Potro to three sets before fading. The Argentine won 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1 win.
On the women’s side, top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska overcame an unexpected challenge from wild-card Sloane Stephens before winning 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
Serena Williams won her 19th match in a row by beating Urszula Radwanska 6-4, 6-3.
Venus Williams beat Sara Errani 6-3, 6-0.
Rain suspended sixth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki’s match – she trailed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 after one set.