Originally created 06/13/06


Minor League Baseball

GreenJackets get washed out at home

The series opener between the Rome Braves and Augusta GreenJackets, scheduled for Monday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium, was postponed as a result of inclement weather.

After more than a two-hour delay, umpires declared the field unplayable following heavy showers and lightning.

Monday night's postponed game has been rescheduled as the opener of a Wednesday doubleheader, starting at 5 p.m.

Today's 10:35 a.m. game will be played as scheduled. Augusta's Ronnie Ray (4-4, 4.90) will face Rome ace Jo-Jo Reyes (7-1, 3.29).

Rome (40-23) holds a five-game lead over the GreenJackets (35-28) in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division with seven games left in the first half.


Whitfield returns to ESPN's 'Fights'

Augusta's Rayonta Whitfield returns to the ring Friday night for an undercard bout on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.

Whitfield (13-0) will square off against Colombian Luis Dorna (20-13) in Memphis, Tenn., as part of the card for the Anthony Peterson-Adan Hernandez fight. The program starts at 10 p.m.

- Former North Augusta Boxing Club member Jonnie Edwards is now 9-0 with six knockouts as a professional after a super featherweight win over the weekend in Greenville, S.C.


Local fencer earns sport's top ranking

Jordan Herin, of the Augusta Fencers Club, won the Open Epee tournament at the Georgia Games Championships at Kennesaw State University on Saturday.

The Westside High School senior earned the A ranking with the United States Fencing Association. He eliminated 60 fencers to earn the sport's highest ranking.

College Football

Aquinas' Douglas heading to Auburn

Aquinas fullback John Douglas committed to Auburn over the weekend, making him the first Division I player to come out of the Fighting Irish program since 1973.

Douglas, a senior who will be a punter, fullback and defensive lineman at Aquinas in the fall, was given an offer from the Tigers on Sunday.


Carolina's Smith held out of practice

In Charlotte, N.C., the Carolina Panthers held Steve Smith out of practice Monday after the Pro Bowl wide receiver developed tightness in his hamstring during the weekend.

The injury is not considered serious, Panthers coach John Fox said. It wasn't immediately clear if Smith would return for the final week of summer sessions.

- In Green Bay, Wis., Packers president John Jones underwent open-heart surgery and was in stable condition.

The 54-year-old executive was feeling ill Sunday, and after a series of tests doctors decided to operate, the team said.

- In Philadelphia, Eagles guard Shawn Andrews, a first-round pick in 2004, signed a seven-year contract extension.

Andrews started 16 games last year at right guard and was an alternate for the Pro Bowl squad.

- In Lake Forest, Ill., the Chicago Bears signed fullback J.D. Runnels, their sixth-round draft choice.


Agassi shows rust in return to court

In London, Andre Agassi played his first match in more than three months Monday, and it showed.

The 36-year-old Agassi lost 6-4, 6-4 to Tim Henman in the first round of the grass-court tournament at Queen's Club, a tuneup for Wimbledon.

Agassi had played only eight matches since the U.S. Open in September because of a bad back, with his last appearance coming at the Indian Wells tournament in March.


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