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SPORTS BRIEFS: Sherwood, SGA softball primed for rematch today

SGA softball wins twice, stays perfect

DAMASCUS — The Southwest Georgia Academy softball team won two games this week in advance of its rematch against Sherwood today in Albany.

SGA beat Terrell on Wednesday, 6-1, and also beat Deerfield, 11-2, in six innings Monday. The wins pushed the Lady Warriors’ record to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in region.

Against Terrell, reigning Herald Player of the Year Madison Ragan pitched four innings of no-hit ball, struck out nine and also added two hits and two RBI at the plate. Allison Warren came in and finished out the game, going three innings and allowing just one hit while striking out three. Warren was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while teammate Baylee Everson was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the win.

On Monday, Allison Houston (1-0) picked up the win, giving up five hits and only one walk. Leading the way at the plate was Kendyl Carver (3-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI), Everson (3-for-5, 3 RBI, double, triple), Ragan (2-for-2, 2 RBI, 2 doubles), Addison Ponder (2-for-4, RBI), Bella Cushing (2-for-4) annd Katie Carver (2-for-4, RBI).

Today’s game against Sherwood is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Sherwood softball topples Tiftarea 5-0

ALBANY — Anna Laine Brock pitched Sherwood past Tiftarea on Tuesday, 5-0.

Brock struck out 10, allowed two hits and also went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and a stolen base. Kailey Parr added a hit and an RBI, and Marylen Kennedy drove in a run.

Sherwood is now 3-1 in region play with its only loss come against unbeaten SGA, which comes to town today for the rematch.

Westover cross country shines

The boys and girls Westover High School cross country teams headed north to the 14th annual Warner Robins cross country meet Tuesday.

The Westover boys placed second in the team competition being edged out by Perry (98). The team was led by senior Tyler Sheffel 10th overall with a time of 18:14. The other scoring runners for the team were junior Jack Plowden, 12th with a time of 18:27, junior Quenterrious Ousley, 18th with a time of 18:38:55, junior Clay Sheffield, 19th with a time of 18:38:80 and junior Demetris McCray with a time of 19:32.

The Westover girls finished fifth. Westover was led by freshman Janie Plowden, who came in seventh with a time of 22:16. Junior Caitlyn Cainion was also a top finisher, finishing 15th overall with a time of 23:29. The other WHS scoring runners were Chiarra Palazzola (25:16), Kaitlyn Forehand (25:54), and Elizabeth Brown (26:41).

The teams will next compete in the Lee County Invitational on Sept. 21.

Palmer sinks hole-in-one at Flint River

ALBANY — Jim Palmer aced No. 8 with an 8-iron from 140 yards out recently at Flint River Municipal Golf Course.

The shot was witnessed by Rich Zupko and Harold Mahoney.

NASCAR probes Logano, Gilliland

NASCAR already has kicked Martin Truex Jr. out of the Chase for the Cup, and now it is investigating whether Joey Logano received help in order to make the Chase.

According to USA Today, Logano’s Penske Racing team might have cut a deal with Front Row Motorsports and David Gilliland at Richmond on Saturday night to help Logano better his position. Penske and Front Row are both Ford teams and considered partners.

USA Today released radio communication between the two teams, which indicates Gilliland’s spotter passing along a request to let Logano pass him on the closing laps and hopefully being rewarded.

After Logano passed Gilliland on the final restart to finish 22nd and land a spot in the Chase, the spotter is heard saying, “Good job, good job, man. Hopefully we’ll get something out of that.”

NASCAR released a statement on Wednesday saying that it is aware of the reports “but has yet to see anything in full context that requires any action.”

A Front Row spokesman denied his team followed through on a Penske request to give Logano track position.

Earlier this week, NASCAR concluded Michael Waltrip Racing manipulated the outcome of Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 to get Truex in the Chase. Penalties were assessed, Truex was kicked out of the Chase and Ryan Newman was awarded the berth.

Famed boxer De la Hoya checks self into rehab

Oscar De La Hoya has returned to rehab to deal with a substance abuse problem and will miss a mega-fight his company promoted between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez, the former boxing great said on Tuesday.

Since retiring from the ring in 2009, De La Hoya has become one of the sport’s top promoters through his company Golden Boy Promotions but will not be ringside at the MGM Grand on Saturday for the title bout between Mayweather and challenger Alvarez.

“I will not be at the fight to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility,” De La Hoya said in a statement. “I explained this to Canelo and he understood that my health and long-term recovery from my disease must come first.

“I ask for your support and privacy during this difficult time for me and my family.”

After winning a gold medal for the United States at the 1992 Summer Olympics, De La Hoya embarked on a professional career winning 10 world titles in six different weight classes.

Heat sign troubled ex-No. 2 pick Beasley

Michael Beasley is heading back to Miami where he started his NBA career after being drafted by the Heat in 2008.

The Heat and Beasley, who was released by the Phoenix Suns this offseason, agreed to a one-year nonguaranteed contract on Wednesday, the Miami Herald reported.

With the Suns last season, Beasley averaged 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game — both career lows. He has averaged 14.1 points per game during his career.

The Suns released Beasley after he was arrested for possession of marijuana. The 24-year-old also remains under investigation in a sexual assault case in Scottsdale, Ariz., according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

In 2010, needing to clear cap space to sign LeBron James and Chris Bosch, the Heat traded Beasley to the Toronto Raptors.

The 6-foot-10 Beasley was the second overall pick in the 2008 draft.