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Minor League Hockey

RiverHawks goalie shuts down Surge

In Biloxi, Miss., Jon Olthuis stopped 40 shots for the Augusta RiverHawks in a 2-0 victory over the Mississippi Surge on Thursday night.

Jim Gehring and Matt Auffrey had the goals for Augusta.

College Basketball

Ex-Laney star helps to eliminate Paine

In Atlanta, former Laney standout Xavier Collier scored 25 points Thursday to lead Benedict College to a 77-72 victory over Paine College in the quarterfinals of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

Marcus Goode had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (21-6), while Kennie Eberhart , a former Laney and Aiken Tech standout, had 15 points.

Mario Jordan led the Lions (11-17) with 14 points and Tony Baker added 13. Thomas Broughton chipped in 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

On Wednesday, Kentucky State eliminated the Paine women, 59-39, in the opening round.

Courtney Matthews led the Thorobrettes (17-10) with 15 points.

Antoinette McPhail had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Paine (3-24).

Cross Country

Tanner, teammates to run at next level

Washington County's Rashaun Tanner , The Augusta Chronicle Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, joined teammates Eddie Burden Jr., and Carson Massey in signing cross country and track scholarships with Emmanuel College.

Golf

Storms disrupt play at Nationwide event

In Bogota, Colombia, storms caused a major disruption in the first round of the Nationwide Tour's Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open, where only half the field managed to begin play. There were 71/2 hours of delays, compared to just 31/2 hours of actual play.

When darkness settled on the Bogota Country Club course, Darron Stiles was 4 under through 13 holes and leading by one. Australians Matthew Giles and Ewan Porter , South Africa's Garth Mulroy , former Clemson standout Tommy Biershenk and India's Rahil Gangjee were at 3-under.

North Augusta's Scott Brown was even through seven holes.

- USC Aiken will play host to the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken.

In addition to the Pacers, the field includes Akron, Alabama, Chattanooga, Clemson, College of Charleston, East Carolina, Elon, Francis Marion, Furman, Georgia Southern, Kentucky, Liberty, Maryland, Presbyterian, Wofford, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

NFL

Panthers, Shockey reach one-year deal

The Carolina Panthers came to terms with four-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey on a one-year deal on Thursday.

The 30-year-old Shockey, who was released by New Orleans last week, signed the contract just before the collective bargaining agreement was to expire.

- A.J. Hawk 's agent, Mike McCartney , said Thursday that the linebacker signed a five-year deal with the Green Bay Packers just one day after he was released in a move to allow the team to bring him back at a lesser salary.

- The Atlanta Falcons signed offensive tackle Will Svitek , who has been a top backup for two seasons, and punter Ken Parrish .

Svitek appeared in every game last season as a backup.

- Free agent safety O.J. Atogwe signed a five-year, $26 million contract with the Washington Redskins.

Atogwe spent six seasons with the St. Louis Rams.

- The Minnesota Vikings tendered qualifying offers to seven players, including former South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice , safety Husain Abdullah , defensive end Ray Edwards and linebacker Erin Henderson .

The others who received offers Thursday were offensive lineman Ryan Cook , safety Eric Frampton and defensive end Brian Robison .


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