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Tim Tebow boosts average to .246 with three hits, including triple

Tim Tebow extended his Class A ascent for the Columbia Fireflies on Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with his first career triple — on a headfirst slide — to raise his batting average to .246. The 5-0 win for the? Mets’ South Carolina affiliate over the visiting Asheville Tourists featured Tebow’s third multihit game since Friday, as the 29-year-old followed up on his best week in the minors with more consistency at the plate. In his past six games, Tebow is batting .450 (9-for-20).? “There are some guys who do really good who get taken away from me halfway through the year,” Fireflies manager Jose Leger said, according to The State. “Then there are guys that get taken away really early. It is hard to predict when it happens. A lot depends on what is happening in the level above. Whenever they decide it, he will be ready. He is just working hard, and we are going day by day.” The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback made a bid to go 4-for-4…

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Golovkin a no-go for June, hopes to fight Alvarez-Chavez Jr. winner

LONDON — Unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin will bypass a quick June return in his home country of Kazakhstan and instead look forward to trying to finalize a blockbuster fight in September against the winner of next week’s Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight, K2 Promotions managing director Tom Loeffler told ESPN on Wednesday. Golovkin, who eked out a decision win in a hard fight with Daniel Jacobs on March 18, had been close to a deal to fight middleweight titleholder Billy Joe Saunders?on June 10 at a 40,000-seat soccer stadium in Kazakhstan as part of the country’s Expo 2017, one of Golovkin’s sponsors. According to Loeffler, the combination of Golovkin getting a bit dinged up in a rough go with Jacobs and Saunders’ promoter, Frank Warren, wanting to move the fight up one week was enough for them to scrap the plans. “Gennady is not going [to] fight in June,” Loeffler told ESPN during the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko open workout at…

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Can pitcher Dylan Unsworth be South Africa’s next major leaguer?

While growing up in South Africa, where baseball is pretty far down in the hierarchy of sports, Dylan Unsworth often played catch with his father, just as so many kids do in the Americas. The Unsworths used a little different style though. “He would throw underhand to me, and I would throw overhand to him, so it was a little weird,” said Unsworth, pointing out that his father did so because he was a good softball pitcher. “He wasn’t really the fastest pitcher, but his control and command were outstanding. And that’s definitely my strength, so I’m taking after him a little bit.” A prospect in the Seattle Mariners’ system, Unsworth is hoping to become the second player — and first pitcher — from South Africa to reach the major leagues. On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates called up shortstop Gift Ngoepe, who grew up in the Johannesburg area, making him the country’s (and continent’s) first native to reach the highest level of professional…

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Gennady Golovkin a no-go for June, hopes to fight Alvarez-Chavez Jr. winner

LONDON — Unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin will bypass a quick June return in his home country of Kazakhstan and instead look forward to a blockbuster fight in September against the winner of next week’s Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight, K2 Promotions managing director Tom Loeffler told ESPN on Wednesday. Golovkin, who eked out a decision win in a hard fight with Daniel Jacobs on March 18, had been close to a deal to fight middleweight titleholder Billy Joe Saunders?on June 10 at a 40,000-seat soccer stadium in Kazakhstan as part of the country’s Expo 2017, one of Golovkin’s sponsors. According to Loeffler, the combination of Golovkin getting a bit dinged up in the rough go with Jacobs, and Saunders’ promoter, Frank Warren, wanting to move the fight up one week was enough for them to scrap the plans. “Gennady is not going [to] fight in June,” Loeffler told ESPN during the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko open workout at Wembley Arena on…

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