Minor League Hockey
Third-period surge dooms RiverHawks
In Knoxville, Tenn., the Knoxville Ice Bears rattled off four consecutive third-period goals to secure a 7-3 victory over the Augusta RiverHawks on Friday night.
The Ice Bears' outburst came after Augusta had tied the game at 3-3 on Neil Graham 's goal in the opening minute of the third period.
But the Ice Bears got a pair of scores from Frank Furdero and goals by Eric Slais and Chris Bratina to put the game away.
Matt Auffrey and Lucas LaBelle also scored for Augusta.
USC Aiken fourth in PBC preseason poll
USC Aiken, which begins the season ranked 20th nationally, was picked to finish fourth in the Peach Belt Conference preseason poll, released Friday.
The Pacers finished 32-19 last season.
Augusta State, which concluded the 2010 season 16-31, is expected to finish last in the conference.
Georgia College & State University, which made it to the Division II College World Series last season, was picked first.
First Tee of Aiken's registration today
Registration for The First Tee of Aiken's winter session will be held today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Houndslake Country Club. The session will run from Feb. 8 through March 5 and is for ages 8-18. Cost is $40.
Coaches and volunteers are also needed for the session. Volunteer training sessions will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Breeders' champion Miesque euthanized
Two-time Eclipse Award winner Miesque was euthanized because of medical problems from advanced age. She was 27.
She was one of the top female runners and was put down Thursday at Lane's End Farm.
Miesque won the Breeders' Cup Mile in 1987 and 1988 for trainer Francois Boutin and jockey Freddie Head . Owned by Stavros Niarchos , Miesque won 12 of 16 lifetime starts and never finished outside the top three while earning more than $2 million in purses.
She retired after the 1988 season and became a highly successful broodmare. Notable offspring include Kingmambo , who ran in Europe before becoming a leading sire at Lane's End upon retirement.
Miesque was buried in the cemetery at Land's End Farm.
Meyer takes stage, leads 'Down Under'
In Adelaide, Australia, Cameron Meyer , of Australia, seized the overall lead in the Tour Down Under, winning the fourth of six stages.
Meyer, of the U.S.-based Garmin-Cervelo team, was among a group of six riders, later dwindling to four, which attacked about 20 miles into Friday's 76-mile stage from Norwood to Strathalbyn, and stayed away from the peleton.
The four remaining riders still led by 33 seconds with just over a mile left, and Meyer sprinted strongly to win the stage from Dutch riders Thomas De Gendt and Laurens Ten Dam .
His win broke the stranglehold on the race held by the sprinters, providing its fourth overall leader in as many stages.
Caldwell, Guangpu claim aerials titles
In Lake Placid, N.Y., American teen Ashley Caldwell earned her first freestyle World Cup medal on her home hill, capturing gold Friday in the aerials competition at Lake Placid, N.Y.
Qi Guangpu , of China, won the men's the event.
The 17-year-old Caldwell beat Alla Tsuper, of Belarus, and Xu Mengtao , of China, just one week after her previous best World Cup finish, a 10th-place in Quebec.
Ryan St. Onge , of the U.S., won silver on the men's side.