Minor League Hockey
McGill moves on; Mironov returns
A midseason shuffle of the Augusta RiverHawks roster continued Tuesday when forward Aaron McGill left the team for the Central Hockey League, while Egor Mironov began his journey back to Augusta.
McGill, second in the Southern Professional Hockey League with 102 penalty minutes, left for the CHL’s Allen Americans.
Head coach Brad Ralph said Mironov has not yet signed with the team but did confirm that he had made contact with the 24-year-old forward. Mironov said he was “Georgia bound” on his Twitter account.
Mironov was a part of last season’s inaugural RiverHawks team that reached the SPHL finals. He tallied 42 points (23 goals, 19 assists) in 56 regular season games.
Lady Pacers up to 14th in poll
The USC Aiken women’s basketball team moved up two spots to 14th in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division II Coaches Poll.
The Lady Pacers, riding an eight-game winning streak, will resume their season today at Francis Marion. They last played Dec. 17, beating Anderson 59-53 in overtime.
Nadal struggles in opening win
In Doha, Qatar, Rafael Nadal struggled past Philipp Kohlschreiber while defending Qatar Open champion Roger Federer routed Nikolay Davydenko in their season openers Tuesday.
The second-ranked Nadal overcame Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 in a match that lasted 2½ hours. Federer, who lost badly to Nadal and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic over the weekend at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, showed he had shaken off the rust by overwhelming the injury-plagued Davydenko 6-2, 6-2 in 54 minutes.
Beckham to stay in Los Angeles
David Beckham is set to stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy after turning down a chance to join Paris Saint-Germain, the French club said Tuesday.
After weeks of negotiations with PSG, the 36-year-old midfielder and former England captain decided he doesn’t want to move his family from the United States.
“David Beckham is not coming,” PSG President Nasser al-Khelaifi said at the Qatar Open tennis tournament. “We feel a little disappointed. But both sides agreed it would be better that we not do the deal … maybe in the future.”
Beckham’s five-year contract with the Galaxy ended after he won his first MLS Cup in November.
French rider is in critical condition
In San Juan, Argentina, a French motorcyclist was in critical condition Tuesday after being found unconscious in remote sand dunes during the Dakar Rally.
Officials at Teodoro J. Schestakow Hospital said Sebastien Coue apparently crashed during the second stage and was exposed to temperatures above 104 degrees. It was unclear how long he had been exposed.
Joan Roma won the third stage, while Krzysztof Holowczyc led overall. Cyril Despres won the motorcycle stage to take first place overall.
• The IndyCar Series has selected Beaux Barfield as its new director for racing, according to a person familiar with the hiring.
Barfield replaces Brian Barnhart, who lost race control responsibilities last month.