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Minor League Baseball

Last-place club sweeps Jackets

In Rome, Ga., the Augusta GreenJackets were swept by the last-place Rome Braves, 3-1 and 6-2, in a Tuesday doubleheader.

The first of two seven-inning games started at 10:30 a.m., and saw the GreenJackets muster just two hits. Augusta starter Edwin Escobar gave up two runs on five hits in five innings in suffering his third loss.

Rome’s five-run third inning made the difference in Game 2. The Braves tagged GreenJackets starter Joseph Biagini (0-3) for five runs on three hits and four walks and sent eight batters to the plate in the decisive inning. Augusta’s only runs came in the fourth on a two-run double by Mark Minicozzi, one of only three hits for the GreenJackets.

Augusta’s losing streak is at four games.

Basketball

Gray to play for national squad

Washington County girls player Allisha Gray has been named to the 2012 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team.

That team will play at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Puerto Rico.

Gray, who will be a senior this upcoming school year, is committed to play at the University of North Carolina.

College Football

Kickoff is set for Tide-Wolverines

The Michigan-Alabama season opener on Sept. 1 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will kick off at 8 p.m. and be televised nationally on ABC.

The traditional powers have played three previous games, all in bowls.

The most recent meeting was a 35-34 overtime victory for Michigan in the 2000 Orange Bowl.

• Suspended Virginia Tech place-kicker Cody Journell’s future with the Hokies is in the hands of athletic director Jim Weaver.

Journell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor trespassing charges Monday in Montgomery County General District Court. He was sentenced to a year in jail, with all but 10 days suspended, and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

Journell has been suspended from the team since late December, when he was charged with felony breaking and entering.

Weaver says he met with Journell and his family Tuesday.

Tennis

Clijsters to quit after U.S. Open

Kim Clijsters says this year’s U.S. Open will be her last tournament before retiring.

The former No. 1 had already announced that this would be her final season and said Tuesday that she expects to quit after Flushing Meadows, where she is a three-time champion.

Clijsters said at a news conference that “I will end my career at the U.S. Open.”

The Belgian star said Flushing Meadows “is where I enjoyed my greatest triumphs and it is a very special place for me.”

• In Duesseldorf, Germany, the U.S. suffered its second consecutive defeat and Serbia posted its second victory in two matches at the Team World Cup.

Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek won their singles in straight sets, Berdych defeating Andy Roddick 6-1, 6-2 and Stepanek cruising past James Blake 6-2, 6-1.

Serbia also took an unassailable 2-0 lead over Russia. Viktor Troicki lost only seven points on serve in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Dmitry Tursunov. Janko Tipsarevic secured Serbia’s victory by defeating Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-1, 6-3.

Russia is 0-2.


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