Minor League Hockey
’Hawks start trip with a setback
In Knoxville, Tenn., the Augusta RiverHawks started their longest road trip of the SPHL season with a 7-2 loss to the Knoxville Ice Bears on Friday night.
The RiverHawks will play five more road games before returning home Feb. 2, including three in a row starting with Friday night’s game.
The teams played a wild first period, with six goals scored, including two for Augusta by Taylor McReynolds and Matt Auffrey.
After a scoreless second period, the Ice Bears scored three more times in the final period.
Robert Moss started in goal for Augusta, but was pulled in favor of Austin Lee after the first period.
Lee gave up the three third-period goals, stopping 18 of 21 stops in his two periods of action.
The last-place River Hawks drop to 9-20-3; Knoxville is 17-10-3.
Bull riding event will be tonight
The USC Aiken Benefit Bull Riding Championship will be held at 8 tonight at James Brown Arena.
Tickets run $18-$22 for adults and $10 for children (limited upper-level seating).
The 12th annual event features a top prize of more than $15,000.
The bull riding event is the unofficial kickoff to the 34th annual Augusta Futurity, which begins Sunday with two amateur go-rounds and finals.
Maddog player on Select team
Stephen Judson Hickey, of the Augusta Maddogs was selected for the South Select American rugby team, which competes in the Southeast and internationally.
The South Select team’s first match this season is today against Mexico at Life University in Marietta, Ga.
Information about the Maddogs can be found at www.augustarugby.org.
Walton is voted tourney of year
Walton Foundation for Independence’s annual Wheelchair Tennis Championship has been named the 2012 USTA Southern Wheelchair Tournament of the year.
The announcement was made earlier this week during the annual meeting of the U.S. Tennis Association Southern Section and the USTA Southern J. Randolph Gregson awards ceremony in Atlanta.
The southern section makes up one-quarter of the USTA membership. It includes Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.
This year’s Walton Foundation Wheelchair Tennis Tournament is scheduled for Aug. 2-4.
For more information, call (706) 826-5809 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posey is among Giants to re-sign
Reigning National League MVP and batting champion Buster Posey is among four San Francisco Giants to reach agreement on one-year contracts that avoided salary arbitration.
Posey, an All-Star catcher, will earn $8 million this season.
Outfielders Hunter Pence and Gregor Blanco and left-hander Jose Mijares also reached agreements, the Giants said Friday.
• The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to terms with pitchers Mitchell Boggs and Edward Mujica on one-year contracts.
– From staff and wire reports