’Hawks end year on winning note
In Fayetteville, N.C., the Augusta RiverHawks closed out the 2012 portion of their schedule with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Fayetteville FireAntz on Saturday night.
Ian Watters had two goals – including the game winner – as Augusta snapped a five-game losing streak.
Watters also had an assist for the RiverHawks (6-16-3), who knocked off the Southern Professional Hockey League’s top team. Fayetteville is now 17-6-0.
Augusta’s Shawn Skelly scored with just under six minutes to play to tie it at 2 and set up overtime. The goal was assisted by Watters and Alex Morton, who was playing in his first game for the RiverHawks.
Austin Lee, another newcomer, started in goal for the second consecutive game for the RiverHawks and stopped 31 of the 33 shots for the win.
Lee had allowed five goals in his debut on Friday, a 5-2 loss to Knoxville.
Augusta’s next game is Friday when the RiverHawks play host to Pensacola.
• Morton took the place on the RiverHawks roster of defenseman Ian Jensen, who was waived.
Augusta has struggled with defensive breakdowns recently, and Jensen became the second player waived this week following goalie BJ O’Brien’s departure Thursday.
Morton had 11 goals and 21 assists between Huntsville and Louisiana last season.
Lions turn cold, lose to Eckerd
In Tampa, Fla., Eckerd College rallied for a 75-61 victory over Paine College in the University of Tampa Classic.
Paine led 40-38 at halftime, but the Lions hit only 27 percent of their second-half shots (7 of 26) and dropped to 2-3.
Kenny Fluellen led Paine with 13 points, nine of those coming on 3-pointers.
Mario Jordan added 12 for the Lions.
Darrien Mack had 31 points for Eckerd (5-2).
Paine plays No. 22 Tampa (11-0) at 4 p.m. today in the doubleheader tournament.
• Connecticut has given men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie a contract extension through the end of the 2017-18 season.
The deal, signed Saturday, is worth just more than $7 million and begins Tuesday.
Ollie, who turned 40 on Thursday, had been working under a one-year, $625,000 contract since September, when he was hired to replace the retired Jim Calhoun.
Djokovic takes Abu Dhabi again
In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Novak Djokovic retained his title at the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi by rallying past Nicolas Almagro 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4.
• In Perth, Australia, Australia beat Germany 3-0 in the Hopman Cup mixed team competition after Andrea Petkovic had to retire from her singles match with a right knee injury.
Spain clinched a 2-1 victory over South Africa after winning the mixed doubles 6-4, 6-7 (3), 10-8.
Queen knights Wiggins, Ainslie
In London, Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and Olympic champion sailor Ben Ainslie were honored with knighthoods by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year list.
Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour de France, and won the Olympic time trial 11 days later in the London Games.
Ainslie won his fourth consecutive gold medal to become the most successful Olympic sailor ever.