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Minor League Baseball

GreenJackets hold on to beat Legends

In Lexington, Ky., the Augusta GreenJackets held on to defeat Lexington 5-3 Saturday for their second consecutive win over the Legends.

Augusta led 4-0 after two innings but saw its lead cut to just one after six.

After a slow start to the season, the GreenJackets are now .500, having won four out of five.

Nick Noonan led the way for Augusta, going 2-for-5 with two RBI with a pair of extra base hits.

College Baseball

Jags, Pacers split in league twin bill

Augusta State and USC Aiken split a doubleheader at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Saturday, with the Pacers winning the opener, 10-5, and the Jaguars taking the second game, 6-3.

In the opener, Jamie Benjamin went 2-for-5 with three runs and two RBI for USC Aiken, while Cody McMorris , Brad Johnson , Casey Jacobsen and Nick Aranas all had multiple hits.

Bryson Smith went 3-for-5, while Alex Sickman went 2-for-5 with a home run and an RBI for Augusta State.

Scott Wandless (7-1) got the win, pitching seven innings and giving up eight hits with four strikeouts.

In the second game, Michael Fritz led the Jags, going 3-for-4 at the plate, scoring three runs and collecting an RBI. Smith, Alex Walker and Shannon Wilkerson all had multiple hits.

McMorris was 2-for-4 for USC Aiken.

Brandon Iverson got the win, improving to 5-4. He allowed seven hits and struck out three.

- In Athens, Ga., Greenbrier graduate Rich Poythress hit a homer in a 2-for-3 effort, leading Georgia to a 13-4 victory over Kentucky on Saturday.

Poythress had two RBI, scored two runs and reached base four times.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two innings and pounded out 14 hits in the game.

- In Auburn, Ala., South Carolina scored at least one run in the final five innings, overcoming an early deficit to win 8-6 over Auburn. The Gamecocks hit four home runs in the victory.

- In Clemson, S.C., five North Carolina pitchers combined to hold Clemson's offense just enough for a 4-3 victory.

Mike Freeman led Clemson with a 2-for-4 performance, but the Tigers got only seven hits.

College Basketball

Hansbrough claims the Wooden Award

In Los Angeles, North Carolina junior Tyler Hansbrough won the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's top player on Friday night, giving him essentially a sweep of the season's individual honors, including The Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year award.

He beat out second-place Michael Beasley , of Kansas State, who was followed by Kevin Love , of UCLA, D.J. Augustin , of Texas, and Stephen Curry , of Davidson, in the voting.

- In Portland, Ore., Demar DeRozan scored 17 points, and Scott Hopson and Drew Gordon each had 15, leading the USA junior national select team to a 98-78 victory over the world select team in the annual Nike Hoop Summit.

Swimming

Record-setting suit causes huge debate

In Manchester, England, Speedo's record-breaking suit has been backed twice in one week by the sport's governing body, leaving swimmers with a tough choice.

Enter the pool in Beijing in four months with a swimsuit that might lead to slower times, or break with a long-standing sponsor to go for Olympic gold in Speedo's LZR Racer.

"I'm going to wear the Speedo at the Olympics," South Africa captain Gerhard Zandberg told The Associated Press. "I'm not going to sacrifice performance."

Zandberg, who is sponsored by Arena, acknowledges he'll be fined $4,750, but he said Olympic gold is worth much more.

The International Swimming Federation met with manufacturers with the stated intent to review future approval of new suits.

It turned into a debate about the suit that has taken over the record books in less than two months' time.


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