Minor League Baseball
Bombers take three of four vs. Jackets
In Greenville, S.C., a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning by John Otness scored Chuck Jeroloman as the Greenville Bombers edged the Augusta GreenJackets 4-3 on Friday night at Municipal Stadium.
The Bombers took three of four games from second-place Augusta in the series.
Tribes are asked for input on nicknames
In Indianapolis, the NCAA said Friday that approval from American Indian tribes would be a primary factor in deciding appeals from schools that want to use Native American nicknames and mascots in postseason play.
The first review is scheduled to start next week.
Two weeks ago, the NCAA announced that it would ban the use of American Indian imagery and nicknames by school representatives at postseason tournaments starting in February.
The decision also prohibits schools with American Indian mascots from playing host to future NCAA postseason events.
Wild card topples Safin in quarterfinal
In Mason, Ohio, wild card entry Robby Ginepri, of Marietta, Ga., knocked Marat Safin out of the Cincinnati Masters with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.
Top-ranked Roger Federer also reached the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jose Acasuso.
- In Toronto, Anastasia Myskina defeated Argentina's Gisela Dulko 6-4, 7-5 despite a splint on her sprained left ankle and advanced to the Rogers Cup semifinals.
Myskina, seeded ninth, will next meet seventh-seeded Kim Clijsters, who routed Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-0, 6-1.
In the other semifinal, Amelie Mauresmo will play Justine Henin-Hardenne.
U.S. women golden; men await their shot
In Izmir, Turkey, Seimone Augustus of LSU scored 18 points Friday to lead the U.S. women's basketball team to the gold medal at the University Games with a 79-53 victory over Serbia-Montenegro.
The American men advanced to the title game with a 120-80 rout of Russia. The U.S. men will play for the championship Sunday against Ukraine.
- The Boston Celtics signed free agent guard Will Bynum.
Bynum averaged 9.4 points and 2.1 rebounds in 101 career games at Georgia Tech.
Green Jackets Game Report
WHEN: 7:15 tonight; 2:15 p.m. Sunday; 7:15 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium
TICKETS: Available at the gate, by calling (706) 736-7889 or online, www.greenjacketsbaseball.com
THIS SEASON: The RiverDogs lead the season series 12-11 against the GreenJackets and edged Augusta by two games to win the Southern Division's first-half championship. The GreenJackets enter the series one game behind first-place Kannapolis.
ABOUT THE GREENJACKETS
MANAGER: Roberto Kelly
RECORD: 28-23, second in Southern Division
KEY PLAYERS: Outfielder Brian Horwitz leads the team with a .375 average against the RiverDogs. In 22 games, Horwitz has 11 doubles, two triples and 19 RBI. Shortstop Marcus Sanders is batting .342 with 16 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 19 games. On the mound, left-hander Jonathan Sanchez is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four starts. He has 26 strikeouts in 20 innings and the RiverDogs are batting .194 against him.
ABOUT THE RIVERDOGS
MANAGER: Bill Mosiello
RECORD: 25-27, fifth in Southern Division
KEY PLAYERS: Outfielder Estee Harris is batting only .227 against Augusta in 23 games, but he has six home runs and 14 RBI. Infielder Ben Jones is batting .288 with 12 RBI. Left-hander Chase Wright is 2-0 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts.
- Kristy Shonka