RiverHawks give new coach a win
In Columbus, Ga., Rob Miller’s first game as coach of the Augusta RiverHawks was a success.
In their exhibition opener, the RiverHawks beat the Columbus Cottonmouths 3-2 in a shootout on Friday.
Yuri Bouharevich had two goals, including the game-winner.
Augusta scored first, in the second period, on a Bouharevich goal, with assists by Dennis Sicard and Branden Kosolofsky.
Chad Ziegler had Augusta’s other goal, in the third period.
Robbie Moss stopped 16 of 18 shots for the win. Augusta starter in goal Alex Beaudry stopped 17 shots.
Augusta plays another exhibition tonight, at Fayetteville.
The season opener is Friday, at the Mississippi RiverKings.
• A day after labor talks stalled again between the NHL and the Players’ Association, the league announced the cancellation of all regular-season games through Nov. 1.
Lady Jags work for tourney wins
Augusta State’s volleyball team won both matches in its nonconference Jaguar Invitational on Friday, but it took eight sets to do it at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
In the Lady Jaguars’ first match, they beat Clark Atlanta 25-12, 25-10, 25-15 as Kristen Koch had 15 kills and Krystin Wahlig had 25 assists.
In the nightcap, against Queens, it took five sets, with Augusta State winning 25-16, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25 and 15-9.
Jenna Keeler had 27 kills and Wahlig had 63 assists against Queens. Augusta State improved to 14-10.
The tournament continues today with three matches, including Augusta State taking on Erskine at 7 p.m.
• Augusta State’s second annual ASU Basketball Meet ’N Greet will be held Nov. 8 at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
The event starts at 6 p.m., and includes dinner with the men’s and women’s teams. Admission is $10.
Fans will also have the chance to purchase season tickets at $50 for Jaguar Club members and for $75 to non-members.
Grant approved for local group
Augusta’s Champions Made From Adversity has been approved for a grant from the Olympic Opportunity Fund.
The fund is provided through a partnership between the USOC and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
It is awarded specifically to support Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for veterans with a disability and members of the Armed Forces with a disability.
The grants range from $10,000 to $25,000.
Armstrong’s fate in hands of UCI
The final word on Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour de France titles could come Monday when cycling’s governing body gives its response to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that paints the American as a longtime drug cheat.
The UCI received USADA’s 200-page report last week and has until the end of the month to decide whether to ratify USADA’s decision to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour victories or appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
USADA banned Armstrong for life and said he should lose his titles because of his involvement in “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”