Ragin' Bulls to hold meet, greet for fans
A meet and greet with the Georgia Ragin' Bulls will be held today from noon until 4 p.m. at Academy Sports and Outdoors in Evans.
Free food and drinks will be provided by Augusta Coca-Cola. Academy Sports and Outdoors and Georgia Ragin' Bulls HD radio will sponsor free giveaways.
Players will sign autographs from noon to 1 p.m, followed by lunch from 1 to 2. The Ragin' Bulls will then conduct a clinic for kids from 2 to 4.
- Ryne Robinson became the second Carolina Panthers' draft pick to come to terms when the fourth-round pick - a former Miami of Ohio receiver and punt returner - signed a four-year, $2.1 million contract.
The Panthers have six unsigned draft picks, including first rounder Jon Beason and second round choices Dwayne Jarrett and Ryan Kalil.
- After 16 years in Europe, the NFL shut down its developmental league Friday.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said it was strictly business, insisting that after "significant investment" it was time to close NFL Europa and concentrate internationally on regular-season games outside the United States.
The league reportedly was losing about $30 million a season.
White earns spot in the USGA Junior Am
Graham White, of Evans, was one of four players to qualify for the U.S. Golf Association's Junior Amateur in qualifying at Santee National Golf Club in Santee, S.C.
White, a Lakeside High golfer, shot 73-69-142. Wesley Bryan, of Chapin, S.C., led all qualifiers with 132, including 62 in the final round.
Chandler Brazeal, of Aiken, also shot 142 and is the first alternate.
The USGA Junior Amateur will be held from July 23-28 at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Mo.
Tigers hire Ruggieri as new head coach
Clemson named a new women's rowing coach to replace Susan Lueck, who was abruptly fired in April.
Richard Ruggieri, 41, an assistant coach with the U.S. national team in 1995 and former coach at Louisville, becomes only the second head coach in the women's rowing program history, which began in 1998.
Lueck was fired April 6, the dismissal revealed in a terse, short announcement by the school.
She has not returned repeated phone calls or e-mails asking for comment.
Pro from Las Vegas claims $2.3 million
Las Vegas poker pro Freddy Deeb won $2.3 million Friday morning, beating out a field of 148 players in a World Series of Poker event.
Deeb won the $50,000 buy-in HORSE event after a grueling 15-hour final table match that began at 2 p.m. Thursday.
Joking throughout the match, Deeb kept up the humor until the 5 a.m. finish Friday.
"You know what did it? The lucky shirt," he said.
The winner's purse was the fifth biggest in World Series history, falling just short of the $2.5 million that Chris Moneymaker won when he emerged from an Internet qualifier to beat a field of 839 in 2003.
Sabres' Briere opts to test free agency
Co-captain Daniel Briere has broken off negotiations with the Buffalo Sabres, deciding to test the NHL free agent market when it opens Sunday.
"We've made the decision to go to July 1 and sit down and seek all options at that point," Briere's agent Pat Brisson said.
Briere is coming off a career-high season in which he finished 10th in the NHL with 95 points.
- The NHL salary cap will rise to $50.3 million per team next season, an increase of $6.3 million from last season, the league and players' union announced.