Big sixth inning powers Jackets
In Lexington, Ky., Brandon Bednar’s RBI single in the top of the sixth inning sparked a seven-run inning that lifted the Augusta GreenJackets to a 7-4 victory over the Lexington Legends on Saturday night.
Rando Moreno, Ryder Jones, Rafael Rodriguez, Ryan Tuntland and Chris Lofton also registered an RBI each in the inning.
The GreenJackets (26-27)will play the finale of the four-game series today.
Chamineak is up by 4 in Thomson
In Thomson, Ethan Chamineak is trying to run away from the field again in the Camellia City Classic at Belle Meade Country Club.
The Thomson resident, who won the regular division by nine shots last year, leads by four after Saturday’s first round.
In the debut of the Peak Amateur Series, Chamineak shot 2-under-par 70. David Hogan had 74 and Doug Weiss and Alex Hyman shot 75s.
Last year, Chamineak, who plays golf for Georgia Military College, shot 67-70 to finish at 7-under 137.
In the senior division, Robert Samuels was the only player to break par, shooting 71. The Hephzibah resident has a one-shot lead over Glen Hurt.
Chuck Withers and Phil Nunnery trail Samuels by two shots.
Defending senior champion Mike Jackson opened with 78.
Quintana should ride to win today
In Monte Zoncolan, Italy, Nairo Quintana virtually clinched the Giro d’Italia title with a strong ride up the demanding Monte Zoncolan, while Michael Rogers benefited from a fan interruption to post his second stage victory of the race.
Quintana’s 3:07 lead ahead of fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran remained unchanged entering today’s final stage.
“It’s 99 percent done,” said Quintana, who shed some tears during the podium celebration. “They were tears of happiness. I’ve achieved one of the big goals in my life.”
Francesco Manuel Bongiorno was right on Rogers’ wheel with two miles to go when a fan pushed him hard enough on the back that he had to break to avoid hitting Rogers and took his left foot off the pedal.
“I’m very bitter,” Bongiorno said. “On a climb like that when you lose your balance it’s impossible. ... Maybe this incident will be good for the future. The fans give us strength but they need to (learn).”
Mexico’s Montes suffers leg injury
In Arlington, Texas, Luis Montes scored two minutes before a leg injury sent him to the hospital, helping Mexico beat Ecuador 3-1 in the first of three tuneups in the U.S. leading to the World Cup.
Montes drove a left-footed shot into the lower left corner of the net from just outside the top of the goal box after a pass from Oribe Peralta in the 33rd minute.
Track and Field
German in front in the decathlon
In Goetzis, Austria, Kai Kazmirek, of Germany, led the men’s decathlon after the opening day of the IAAF World Challenge Hypo Meeting, and last year’s winner Brianne Theisen-Eaton built a slim lead in the women’s heptathlon.
Kazmirek trailed two-time world champion Trey Hardee, of the U.S., after three events but won the high jump and the 400 meters. The European under-23 champion tops the field with 4,478 points.