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Minor League Hockey

RiverHawk duo is out on loan

Two Augusta RiverHawks, who accounted for 25 goals this season, have been loaned to ECHL teams, including leading scorer Shawn Skelly.

Skelly was loaned to Alaska while Chad Ziegler went to Greenville. Skelly had 17 goals while Ziegler had eight.

Meanwhile, Augusta signed Taylor Larsen, who had 11 goals in 23 games in the Federal Hockey League this season.

RiverHawks vice president Ken Vezina said defenseman Drew Baker, who was loaned to ECHL’s Gwinnett team this past Saturday, is expected “back shortly.”

Baker was in his third season with the RiverHawks and had eight points in 29 games before being loaned.

Softball

Four Razorbacks will be reunited

Four Cross Creek softball players might be done with their high school careers, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be wearing different uniforms when they get to college.

On Thursday, Heather Peterson, Danielle Rheaume, Megan Rouse and Kayla Waycaster all signed with the East Georgia College Bobcats in Swainsboro.

It’s the first time in Cross Creek’s softball history that four players signed with the same school in the same year.

As juniors, the group advanced to the Class AAA Elite Eight. This year, Cross Creek made it to the Class AAAA playoffs.

“I’m really going to miss these four young ladies,” Cross Creek coach Lisa White said.

NBA

Stern: Owner of Knicks in clear

NBA commissioner David Stern says any team tempted to “eavesdrop” on opponents will face sanctions from the league.

But the actions of New York Knicks owner James Dolan in ordering extra microphones to be installed within Madison Square Garden in the wake of Carmelo Anthony’s recent suspension did not break any rules, he confirmed.

Stern said he would like to see more devices available so that fans can listen in to players and referees, as is the case in the NFL.

But acts of espionage are off limits.

“If a team does something to eavesdrop on other players, they would be sanctioned because it would be against our rules,” Stern said.

Baseball

Spahn Award is won by Gonzalez

Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez won the Warren Spahn Award as baseball’s top left-handed pitcher on Thursday.

Gonzalez finished the season with a 21-8 record, a 2.89 ERA and 207 strikeouts to win the award that is decided purely on statistics. It is named after Warren Spahn, the top-winning lefty in baseball history.

Gonzalez finished third in voting for the National League Cy Young Award, behind R.A. Dickey and fellow lefty Clayton Kershaw.

• Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling – whose video game company underwent a spectacular collapse into bankruptcy last year – is selling the blood-stained sock he wore during the 2004 World Series.

Chris Ivy, director of sports for Texas-based Heritage Auctions, says online bidding begins around Feb. 4. Live bidding will take place Feb. 23.

The sock previously had been on loan to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. It has been at Heritage’s Dallas headquarters for several weeks and will be displayed at the auction house’s Manhattan office before it is sold.


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