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Minor League Hockey

RiverHawks hold on, top FireAntz

In Fayetteville, N.C., Jim Gehring and Chris Doyle each had a goal and an assist as the Augusta RiverHawks held off the Fayetteville FireAntz for a 5-4 win on Thursday night.

The RiverHawks jumped out to a 4-1 lead less than four minutes into the second period, but the FireAntz mounted a strong comeback behind goals from Bobby Reed, Andrew Willock and Brett Needham.

Neil Graham, Dustin Cloutier and Matt Auffrey also scored for Augusta, which widened its lead in the Southern Professional Hockey League standings.

High School Basketball

100 Black Men tourney tips off

The 100 Black Men of Augusta Thanksgiving Classic tips off today at Richmond Academy.

In the opener, McCormick will face North Augusta at noon. Josey plays Jefferson County at 2 p.m., Evans and Glenn Hills take the court at 3:30, Butler plays Aquinas at 5:15 and Richmond Academy will face Laney in the nightcap, with tipoff scheduled for 7.

Tickets are $8 at the door.

NBA

Players, owners continue talks

Talks aimed at ending the NBA lockout have resumed, two people with knowledge of the situation said, with a quick settlement necessary to start the season by Christmas.

The discussions began quietly Tuesday and are expected to continue through the Thanksgiving holiday, the people told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the talks were supposed to remain confidential.

The talks between representatives of the owners and players are now centered on settling their lawsuits: The players filed an antitrust lawsuit against the league in Minnesota and the league filed a pre-emptive suit in New York, seeking to prove the lockout was legal.

Neither side commented on the talks, first reported by Yahoo! Sports, though the league said in a statement it “remains in favor of a negotiated resolution” to the lockout.

Major League Baseball

Giants OFs won’t get arbitration

The San Francisco Giants declined to offer salary arbitration to free-agent outfielders Cody Ross and Pat Burrell.

The moves Wednesday mean the Giants will not receive compensation if Ross or Burrell sign with another team.

The Giants still could resign Ross, but Burrell has said he will likely retire because his troublesome right foot hasn’t healed.

Ross hit .240 with 14 homers and 52 RBI last season.

Auto Racing

No worries about safety in Brazil

Formula One drivers are not worried about their safety heading into Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, despite Jenson Button’s confrontation last year with armed men outside the Interlagos track in South America’s biggest city.

Teams say the attack on Button has not prompted significant changes to increase the safety of their drivers in Brazil this year.

Button’s father, John, who also was in the car attacked by gunmen in 2010, said Thursday “we are not living in fear.”

Button, his father and his physiotherapist had left the track after qualifying when a group of armed men attempted to attack their armored Mercedes. They escaped thanks to evasive maneuvers by the car’s driver.

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