Originally created 08/22/06


Minor League Baseball

Jackets halt rally in rain-delayed game

The GreenJackets gave up a run in the ninth but held on to beat the Greenville Drive, 2-1, in a game that was completed Monday after being suspended by rain Sunday.

Augusta pounded out 10 hits, including a sixth-inning homer from Michael Mooney. Ben Copeland added two hits and an RBI to lead Augusta to its fifth win in the past six games.


Fireball's Moojen named league MVP

Augusta Fireball player Freddie Moojen was named MVP of the United Soccer League's Premier Development League. He also was the leading scorer, all-league and all-conference.

Track and Field

Jones 'shocked' by positive drug test

Marion Jones broke her silence on her positive drug test, saying she was shocked and wants the second sample examined quickly.

The five-time Olympic medalist and four-time world champion released a statement through her new attorney, Howard Jacobs, who has represented many athletes in doping cases, including Jones' former boyfriend Tim Montgomery and tarnished Tour de France champion Floyd Landis.

"I was shocked when I was informed about the positive 'A' sample," Jones said. "I have requested that the testing of my 'B' sample be expedited and done as soon as possible."

She said she would have no further comment until the results of the "B" sample tests are released.

Jacobs said he has not discussed with Jones how the positive test might have come about. He also noted the results were supposed to remain private until the "B" sample was tested but were improperly leaked to the media.

College Football

5 scholarships go to Gamecock walk-ons

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said five walk-on players received scholarships for this season, including likely starting offensive guard Thomas Coleman.

The others are offensive lineman Seth Edwards, deep snapper Scott Morgan, quarterback Brett Nichols and linebacker Greg Wright.

Coleman started four games along the offensive line a year ago. Morgan, who hails from North Augusta and played for Midland Valley, has been a three-year starter as the snapper on extra points and field goals.


Spain, Argentina get to second round

In Japan, Spain's backcourt of Juan Carlos Navarro and Jose Calderon combined for 39 points to lead Spain to a 92-71 victory over Germany in the much-anticipated matchup of NBA frontcourt stars.

Spain (3-0) and Pau Gasol, who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, clinched a second-round berth in the FIBA world championships.

Spain shot 61 percent (11-for-18) from 3-point range to beat Germany (2-1) and Dirk Nowitzki, who led the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals last season.

- Walter Herrmann scored 25 points to help Argentina secure a second-round berth with a 96-54 victory over Venezuela.

- Darko Milicic scored 20 points to lead defending champion Serbia and Montenegro to a 104-57 victory over Lebanon.

- Mickael Gelabale scored 14 points and led France to a 64-53 victory over Nigeria.

- Eduardo Mingas scored 27 points to lead Angola to a 95-73 victory over New Zealand, ensuring the African champions a place in the second round.

- Kei Igarashi scored 18 points and Japan had 16 steals in a 78-61 victory over Panama.

College Athletics

New assistant joins staff at USC Aiken

Nathan Wiechers has been named USC Aiken's assistant sports information director. He will take over this week from Lindsey McNeil, who has taken a position with a professional sports marketing firm.


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