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Minor League Baseball

Jackets earn win on Harris’ homer

In Greenville, S.C., Devin Harris hit a three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning to lift the Augusta GreenJackets to a 6-5 victory over the Greenville Drive on Tuesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

The second game was rained out, and will be made up today as part of a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m.

With the GreenJackets down to their final out in the seven-inning game, Jose Flores doubled to right-center on a two-strike pitch. Brett Krill was then hit by a pitch. Harris followed and hit a 1-0 offering from Dylan Chavez (0-2) over the left-field fence.

Augusta reliever Andrew Berger retired three of the four batters he faced – stranding the tying run at third base – to earn his first save of the season.

Colleges

Lady Jags hire assistant coach

Courtney Boyd, a former women’s assistant coach at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, has been hired as an assistant for the Augusta State women’s team.

Boyd will aide head coach Nate Teymer with all aspects of the women’s basketball program.

• USC Aiken senior Chinedu Arinze has been chosen to the Peach Belt Conference Preseason All-Conference Team.

Arinze, a defender, started 14 matches last season and tied on the team with six points on two goals and two assists.

The squad was selected by the league’s head coaches.

Prep Soccer

State champs to get rings Friday

Members of the state champion Westminster girls team will be presented with their GISA Class AAA championship rings during halftime of Friday’s football game.

The game begins at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster.

Westminster beat an undefeated Augusta Prep 1-0 on May 12 for the state title.

Auto Racing

Driver reinstated after five years

NASCAR has reinstated Aaron Fike, the Truck Series driver who was suspended in 2007 after an arrest on drug charges.

NASCAR announced the news Tuesday in a two-sentence statement, saying Fike has completed the stock car racing governing body’s substance abuse road to recovery program.

NASCAR strengthened its drug policy in 2008, in part because of Fike’s admission that he had used heroin – even on days he raced.

Horse Racing

Bodemeister is retired to stud

Bodemeister, the second-
place finisher in this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, has been retired to stud after an injury to his left shoulder was found.

WinStar Farm announced the decision Tuesday and said the colt is expected to fully recovery, though not soon enough for this fall’s Breeders’ Cup.

Swimming

Nyad abandons latest attempt

In Key West, Fla., Diana Nyad ended her fourth attempt in nearly 35 years to swim across the Straits of Florida on Tuesday, her dream of setting a record thwarted by storms, jellyfish stings, shark threats, hypothermia and swollen lips.

The swimmer was pulled from the water as a thunderstorm raged.


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