The Lexington Legends rallied from an eight-run deficit to beat the Augusta GreenJackets 9-8 on Tuesday in the completion of a game that had been suspended after two innings the night before because of rain.
Play was stopped Monday night with Augusta leading 7-0 after two innings. On Tuesday, the GreenJackets extended the lead to 8-0 with a run in the fourth inning. The Legends answered with one run in the fourth, one in the fifth and five in the sixth. A two-run double in the seventh by Samir Duenez gave Lexington the lead.
The teams then played a seven-inning game, which the Legends won 4-3. Chase Vallot hit his first home run of the season for the Legends, who improved to 5-1 in the South Atlantic League this season.
College basketball recruiting: Marques Bolden, Kentucky’s top remaining recruiting target in the class of 2016, is scheduled to appear on ESPNU’s Signing Day Special program Wednesday, the Herald-Leader has learned. Bolden is one of several high school basketball recruits and college coaches booked for the 90-minute show Wednesday, the first day of the late signing period. As of Tuesday evening, there was no indication that Bolden is planning to announce his college decision on the TV special, which starts at 5:30 p.m. He will be interviewed on the show.
The player’s father, Melvin Bolden, told the Herald-Leader earlier on Tuesday that his son still did not have a specific date for his college announcement. Marques Bolden told the Herald-Leader at the McDonald’s All-American Game last month that he planned to announce his decision no later than April 17, which is Sunday.
Bolden — a 6-foot-10 center from DeSoto, Texas — has narrowed his choices to UK and Duke, and whichever program he chooses is likely to end up with the No. 1 recruiting class in the 2016 cycle.
UK Coach John Calipari visited with Bolden a few days before he left for the McDonald’s Game. Duke coaches traveled to Texas on Sunday night to meet with Bolden and his family.
Bolden will play in the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn on Friday night. That game will be shown live at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and also includes UK signees Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Wenyen Gabriel and Malik Monk.
The only other high school senior currently being recruited by UK is Texas post player Jarrett Allen, who has not set a date for his college announcement.
Presidents Cup: Steve Stricker and Nick Price, with reputations for being “nice guys” on the PGA Tour, now get to square off as Presidents Cup captains.
Stricker was appointed U.S. captain on Tuesday for the 2017 matches at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J., where the Americans will try to extend their dominance over an International team comprised of players from everywhere else in the world except for Europe. Price returns as International captain for the third time, and he has reason to believe his side is close to winning for the first time since 1998.
After his first stint as captain in 2013, Price helped lobby the PGA Tour to reduce the number of total matches from 32 to 30 with hopes of keeping the competition close. That might have played a role in South Korea last year, when it was the tightest Presidents Cup in 10 years. It effectively was decided by one match on the final day, and the Americans won, 15 1/2 -14 1/2 .
PGA Tour: This could be the last year that players earn a full PGA Tour card by finishing in the top 125 on the money list. The PGA Tour policy board voted March 21 to get rid of the money list as a means for players to be exempt the following season, instead relying only on the top 125 in FedEx Cup points who qualify for the postseason tournaments. The Player Advisory Council is meeting this week at the RBC Heritage to discuss the approval. Andy Pazder, the tour’s chief of operations, said the board still would have to ratify the proposal at the June meeting.
Georgia: Freshmen Julian Rochester and Chad Clay were arrested Monday night on felony charges including the possession of a BB gun in a school zone.
Rochester, a defensive lineman, and Clay, a defensive back, were charged with having a weapon in a school zone and second degree criminal damage resulting from damage to a campus dorm. Each is a felony charge.
The players did not participate in Tuesday’s spring practice but could be back on Thursday, according to Bulldogs Coach Kirby Smart.
“It’s just sad because both those kids were improving on the football field and to make a decision so dumb, I mean just a dumb decision, it’s disappointing and really embarrasses all of us,” Smart said.
Basketball: Marv Albert will call Olympic basketball this summer for the first time since 1996. He is set to be joined in Rio de Janeiro by analyst Doug Collins and reporter Craig Sager for the U.S. team’s games, NBC announced. Albert was the voice of the “Dream Team” run to gold during the 1992 Olympics. He also worked boxing for NBC at the 1988, 1996 and 2000 Games. The lead NBA play-by-play announcer for TNT since 1999, Albert started calling boxing matches again for NBC last year. Hall of Famer Ann Meyers will also be calling her fifth straight Olympics when she serves as the analyst for women’s basketball.
Sports in the courts
Soccer: Court records show U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants Tuesday afternoon in a county courtroom in Portland, Ore. The 35-year-old retired soccer player and two-time Olympic gold medalist was arrested April 2 after police said she ran a red light in downtown Portland and failed field sobriety tests. Her blood alcohol content was .13 percent, above Oregon’s limit of .08 percent.
The last word
Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig played a game of cat-and-mouse at second base with Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Jean Segura on Tuesday when Puig overslid the bag following a fifth-inning double. Puig stuck out his right hand to avoid Segura’s outstretched glove resting on second base, then whipped his left hand around to touch the bag and the umpire signaled safe. Said Puig through an interpreter:
“If I hadn’t gotten it with my left hand, I would have used my tongue.”
Staff and Wire Reports