Top junior player in Georgia is Augustan

Chase Parker, of Augusta, was named the 2008 Georgia State Golf Association Junior Player of the Year at a luncheon held at Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta.

Parker won the state's 43rd annual Junior Championships at Augusta Country Club last year. He also compiled a 1-0-1 record in Georgia's 111/2-41/2 win at the Georgia-South Carolina Junior Challenge Match.

Minor League Basketball

Millien, Howard lift Groove on the road

In Detroit, A.J. Millien had 29 points and 18 rebounds and former Augusta State player Demetrius Howard added 28 points, as the Augusta Groove beat the Detroit Panthers 131-115 Saturday.

Stane's Bufford led Detroit (2-4) with 27 points. Willie Mitchell added 26 points and 10 boards.

The Groove improved to 4-2 on the season.


Detroit strengthens bullpen with moves

Brandon Lyon agreed to a $4.25 million, one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, who are trying to improve their bullpen.

Lyon, who had 26 saves for Arizona last season, can replace the retired Todd Jones at the end of Detroit's games.

Detroit also agreed to a minor league deal with right-hander Scott Williamson .

Figure Skating

Pair rallies to win back-to-back titles

In Cleveland, Keauna McLaugh-lin and Rockne Brubaker won their second consecutive pairs title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, overcoming two big errors with their considerable speed and strength.

They finished with a score of 178.76, edging newcomers Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett by about 21/2 points.

On Friday night, Jeremy Abbott followed his big win at last month's Grand Prix final with a commanding performance to win the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Evan Lysacek , the two-time defending champion, was second with 83.59, almost three points back. Johnny Weir , the U.S. champ from 2003-06, fell to seventh place.

- In Helsinki, Finland, Laura Lepisto won the European Figure Skating Championships Saturday, becoming the second Finnish skater to capture the title, and the first singles skater.

Carolina Kostner of Italy fell short in her bid to win a third consecutive European title.

Winter Sports

American edged out for downhill victory

In Cortina, D'Ampezzo, Italy, Dominique Gisin edged Lindsey Vonn of the United States to win the downhill.

Gisin finished in 1 minute, 16.98 seconds on the shortened Olympia delle Tofane course. Vonn, the reigning overall champion, still holds a 240-226 lead over Gisin in the downhill ranks.

- In Kitzbuehel, Austria, Didier Defago won a World Cup downhill race for his second victory in eight days, while American Bode Miller finished tied for fourth.

World Cup overall leader Benjamin Raich shared 12th with Marco Buechel to stay atop the standings with 660 points.

- In Kolomna, Russia, American speedskater Shani Davis was sidelined after cutting his right leg during the 500 meters at a World Cup event.

The overall world sprint champion said he didn't need to be hospitalized, but he wasn't sure about competing today.

- In Altenberg, Germany, Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber of Italy won their fourth luge doubles World Cup event this season.


AHL player taken to hospital after fight

Garrett Klotz, a Philadelphia Flyers minor-leaguer, was hospitalized after a having a seizure following a bloody fight, just weeks after the death of a Canadian senior amateur player who hit his head on the ice while fighting.


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