Minor League Hockey
Goal in overtime lifts RiverHawks
In Huntsville, Ala., Dustin Cloutier scored 52 seconds into overtime to give the first-place Augusta RiverHawks a 3-2 victory over the Huntsville Havoc on Thursday night.
Aaron McGill and Jim Gehring scored first-period goals for the RiverHawks.
Lucas LaBelle, Sean Stagles, Curtis Megginson and Jason Price had assists for Augusta.
Ryan Kretzer scored both goals for Huntsville.
David Wilson got the win in goal for the RiverHawks, stopping 41 of 43 shots.
Peach Belt event set for weekend
The Peach Belt Conference men’s and women’s final four will be held this weekend at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans.
The semifinals are scheduled for today while the finals are set for Sunday.
In women’s matches, top-seeded Armstrong Atlantic State will face fourth-seeded Lander and second-seeded North Georgia will take on third-seeded and defending tournament champion Columbus State at 5 p.m. today.
In men’s matches, top-seeded Flagler will meet fifth-seeded Clayton State and second-seeded and defending tournament champion Montevallo will face sixth-seeded UNC Pembroke at 7:30.
On Saturday, the league will offer a free soccer clinic for children ages 6-12 at Blanchard Woods at 10 a.m.
The conference will also hold its second annual 5k Fun Run at 9:30.
Gamecocks post win in exhibition
In Columbia, South Carolina used a 22-6 run early in the second half to pull away from Kentucky Wesleyan en route to a 69-59 victory in an exhibition game.
Anthony Gill led the Gamecocks with 14 points. Malik Cooke added 11 and RJ Slawson had 10.
• Paine College will play at Georgia Southern at 7 tonight in an exhibition game.
Georgia Southern downed Voorhees 97-66 in its first preseason game on Oct. 27, while Paine lost 86-60 at Auburn on Tuesday.
Players, owners to meet Saturday
In New York, NBA Players’ Association leaders met Thursday in New York, and this weekend they say they’ll be negotiating with owners again.
Union president Derek Fisher, executive director Billy Hunter and executive committee members say they’re unified heading into Saturday’s negotiations with the NBA.
Matty Alou dies in his homeland
Matty Alou, once part of an all-Alou outfield for the San Francisco Giants with brothers Felipe and Jesus, died Thursday in his native Dominican Republic. He was 72.
He died of diabetes complications, according to his former Dominican team, Leones del Escogido. The Giants said Alou had been sick for several years with a variety of health issues.
• Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander has been selected player of the year in voting by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
•A person familiar with the search says the Chicago Cubs will interview Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin for their vacant manager’s job today.
• A person familiar with the search says the St. Louis Cardinals have begun interviewing for their managing vacancy with a pair of lower-key candidates, Joe McEwing and Chris Maloney.