RiverHawks roll past front-runner
In Fayetteville, N.C., the Augusta RiverHawks’ offense came to life on Thursday night, and it happened against an unlikely foe – the first-place Fayetteville FireAntz.
Augusta, behind Shawn Skelly, scored six unanswered goals in the third period to rally from a 4-1 deficit and beat the SPHL leaders 7-4.
Augusta (2-10-2) had scored just 23 goals in its previous 13 games before Thursday night’s outburst against the FireAntz (12-2-0).
Skelly had two of the six goals in the third period. Ian Watters, who had Augusta’s first-period goal, also had one in the final period. The other third-period goals were by Kyle Watson, Taylor McReynolds and Pat Schafer.
Skelly and Watters also had assists.
Robert Moss got the win in goal for Augusta, stopping 11 shots while playing the final 24 minutes. He replaced BJ O’Brien who gave up the four Fayetteville goals.
It was the first of three games in as many nights for the RiverHawks. Augusta plays host to the Mississippi Surge tonight and Saturday. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.
Pacers remain perfect at home
In Aiken, junior guard Ronald Zimmerman scored a career-high 34 points as USC Aiken remained unbeaten at home this season, stopping Mount Olive, 96-82, on Thursday night in a nonconference matchup.
Zimmerman, whose previous high had been 28 points against Winston-Salem State earlier this season, made seven 3-pointers against the Trojans. He came into the game averaging 20.6 points a game.
The Pacers are now 3-2, with all their wins coming at the convocation center.
Augusta native to receive award
Augusta native B.F. “Bev” Dolan has been named the 2012 recipient of the PGA Ernie Sabayrac Award for lifetime contributions to the golf industry.
Dolan, who now lives in North Palm Beach, Fla., sparked a competitive boom in the game of golf in 1954 with the introduction of the E-Z-GO golf car, which is still based in Augusta.
He will receive the award at the PGA of America Awards, on Jan. 24 in Orlando, Fla.
Sabayrac revolutionized merchandising among PGA professionals, introducing golf shoes, soft goods, and logoed products in golf shops nationwide.
Ward vs. Pavlik bout postponed
Super middleweight champion Andre Ward injured his right shoulder in a sparring session last week and has been forced to postpone a Jan. 26 defense against former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.
Ward’s promoter, Dan Goossen, said he hopes to keep the fight at the Galen Center, on the campus of USC in Los Angeles. The initial target date for the rescheduled fight is Feb. 23.
Mixed Martial Arts
UFC to have first bout for women
UFC president Dana White presented the women’s bantamweight title belt to Ronda Rousey on Thursday, then announced that she will make her first defense on Feb. 23 against Liz Carmouche.
Rousey and Carmouche will become the first women mixed martial artists to compete in UFC.
The five-round title bout will headline UFC 157 in Anaheim, Calif.