Minor League Hockey
’Hawks defender loaned to Idaho
While the impact of the abbreviated NHL season, which will start Jan. 19, isn’t expected to hit the Augusta RiverHawks hard in terms of numbers, a top defender is already getting a call up.
William Lacasse, Augusta’s leading scorer among its defensemen in his rookie season, has been loaned to the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.
Lacasse had five goals and nine assists in 26 games for the RiverHawks this season. Earlier, he was loaned to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors for one game Dec. 29.
In a corresponding move, Augusta signed defenseman Joe Schiller.
The 24-year-old played eight games for the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers earlier this season, notching one assist.
Schiller starred at Minnesota State-Mankato from 2008-2012, recording 31 points in 109 games.
Schiller is already with the team and is expected to be in the RiverHawks’ lineup tonight in Fayetteville.
Lacasse will join Idaho immediately.
Race announces sponsor change
Georgia Regents University is the new title sponsor of Augusta’s half marathon and 10K.
University officials have signed a three-year agreement with the Augusta Sports Council to become the title sponsor of the council’s annual half marathon and 10K.
The event will be renamed Georgia Regents University Augusta Half Marathon and 10K. The race is scheduled for Feb. 24.
The race starts and finishes at Enterprise Mill and includes tours through the city’s downtown area and Summerville neighborhood. More than 1,500 runners are expected to participate.
Registration for the event is now open. For more information, or to register, visit www.augustahalf.org.
Pacers get more top 25 rankings
USC Aiken, which was earlier ranked 10th in preseason Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II Poll, is ranked in two more recently released polls.
The Pacers were picked 17th in the College Baseball Lineup NCAA Division II preseason poll and 21st in the D2BaseballNews.com preseason poll.
Begay is hired to replace Pepper
The next time Notah Begay is inside the ropes on the PGA Tour, he’ll be holding a microphone instead of a golf club.
Begay starts this week at the Sony Open as a full-time member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and Golf Channel. He will be a walking course reporter at Waialae Country Club.
An opening was created when Dottie Pepper retired from NBC last year to pursue projects aimed mostly at junior golf.
A former teammate of Tiger Woods at Stanford, Begay won four times on the PGA Tour until his career was slowed by back injuries.
Begay has been contributing in Golf Channel’s studio during majors the past three years.
WTA prize money for women rises
Prize money for the women’s tennis tour will increase more than 10 percent this year.
The WTA said Wednesday that total prize money for the 54 events in 2013, not including Grand Slam tournaments, will rise from $53.3 million to $58.7 million.
– From staff and wire reports