Minor League Hockey
Augusta suffers second setback
In Southaven, Miss., Rob Miller’s first victory as the Augusta RiverHawks coach will have to wait.
The Mississippi RiverKings beat the RiverHawks and their new coach for the second consecutive night, 2-0, on Saturday night.
The RiverHawks’ next game will be Friday at home, against Fayetteville.
In Saturday’s game, the RiverKings’ Daniel Barczuk scored both of his team’s goals, in the third period, at the 2:37 and 10:00 marks.
Robert Moss allowed the goals. He had 38 saves. RiverKings goalie Matthew Krahn stopped 20 shots.
Poole advances to second stage
Aiken’s Stephen Poole came through with a low round when he needed it and advanced to the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.
Poole opened with rounds of 68-71-71 at Florence (S.C.) and was tied for 28th place. Knowing only the top 17 would advance after Saturday’s final round, Poole came through with 67 to tie for 11th place.
David Robinson, of Sandersville, Ga., also tied for 11th place. Robinson, who was tied for seventh place after rounds of 74-63-68, closed with 72.
Failing to advance from the Florence site were Scott Usher (72-74-67-69 to tie for 32nd) and Garland Smith (71-74-74-73) to tie for 57th place).
Two other area players, in a first-stage event at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., also failed to advance.
Casey Johnson and Mitch Krywulycz both tied for 42nd place in the qualifier that took the top 18 players. Krywulycz shot 71-75-72-67 and Johnson had 68-68-76-73.
There are six second stage sites around the country, with three running from Nov. 13-16 and the other three from Nov. 14-17.
Pacers take win in dramatic style
In Dahlonega, Ga., Jason King scored a late goal to force overtime and Noel Mais delivered the winner as USC Aiken beat North Georgia 2-1 on Saturday night in a Peach Belt Conference match.
King’s goal came with less than a minute to play in regulation. Mais’ winner came in the fourth minute of OT.
The Pacers (6-5-4, 3-5-1 Peach Belt) will play in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Championship starting Oct. 30.
• In Dahlonega, Ga., North Georgia’s women scored twice in the second half to pull away and beat USC Aiken 3-0.
It was the final match of the season for the Lady Pacers (4-11-3 overall, 3-7-1 Peach Belt Conference).
Federer takes on his Olympic rival
In Basel, Switzerland, Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Swiss Indoors final, setting up a rematch of their epic semifinal at the London Olympics.
Top-ranked Federer brushed aside Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 6-4 in the semifinals after del Potro eased to a 6-2, 6-2 win over third-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Federer has beaten del Potro all six times they have met this season, though he was pushed to his limits on Centre Court at Wimbledon in August. Federer won 19-17 in the decisive third set.
• In Valencia, Spain, top-seeded David Ferrer reached the Valencia Open final for a fourth time, beating Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1.
Ferrer will face the winner of the other semifinal between Jurgen Melzer and Alexandr Dolgopolov.
– From staff and wire reports