Mini Theatre to celebrate Grant

The Augusta Mini Theatre Com­munity Arts and Life Skills School will present its third annual Summer Hot Roast and Toast Celebration on July 19 at 7 p.m. at the theatre’s Judith Simon Drama Stu­dio.

This year’s honoree is Su­per Bowl champion and Augusta native Deon Grant.

Tickets for the event cost $50 per person and $500 for a table. Proceeds will benefit the Ma­riah McKie Butler Me­morial College Book Scholar­ship.

For more information, contact Natasha Carter at (772) 643-7569 or augustamini



Women’s lawsuit names Auriemma

A woman who works as a NBA security official has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit, saying she was relieved of some of her duties after she spurned an advance from Connectict and women’s national coach Geno Auriemma.

Kelley Hardwick is suing Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball. Auriemma called her account “beyond false” and said he would defend himself “to the fullest.”

Hardwick said she met Auriemma during a 2009 trip to Russia to work at a tournament. According to the lawsuit, Auriemma later followed her to the door of her room and tried to kiss her.

“Plaintiff was startled but, utilizing her training as a police officer and security professional, reacted quickly by shoving him away and stating, ‘What are you doing? You better check yourself before you get hurt!’” the suit says.

Hardwick says she told supervisors about the incident but that nothing was done.

In March, Hardwick says, she learned of a conference call involving NBA officials in which Auriemma demanded she be taken off the security assignment for the London Games.

• The Big East has sued Texas Chris­tian University for not paying the conference $5 million after the school reneged on an agreement to become a member and chose to join the Big 12 instead.

TCU agreed in November 2010 to join the Big East, beginning this July. The Big East contends TCU agreed to pay the league $5 million if it did not follow through on that agreement.

“TCU administrators were surprised by this lawsuit and believe it is premature. The university is hopeful for an amicable resolution of this matter,” the school said in a statement.



Cuban Olympian Stevenson dies

Cuban boxer Teofilo Ste­venson, the three-time Olym­pic heavyweight champion with a devastating right hand and a gentlemanly demeanor, has died. He was 60.

“The Cuban sporting family was moved today by the passing of one of the greatest of all time,” said a statement read on state media Monday night. He died of heart disease, it added.

Considered by some to be the most accomplished amateur boxer in history, Stevenson first won gold in 1972 in Munich and followed that up in 1976 at Montreal. In 1980, he won his third Olym­pic title in Moscow, becoming the second boxer to win gold at three separate games



Hincapie retiring after ’12 season

Five-time Olympian and Tour de France veteran George Hincapie will retire from cycling after the 2012 season, bringing to a close one of the most successful careers by an American rider.

Hincapie, who turns 39 this month, made his first Olym­­pic team at the 1992 Games.
He’s been part of the U.S. team for every Olympics since.