RiverHawks get past Ice Bears
In Knoxville, Tenn., Casey Mignone scored at the 14:37 mark of the third period to break a tie and the Augusta RiverHawks held to beat the Knoxville Ice Bears 3-2 on Friday night.
Matt Auffrey and Alex Morton were credited with assists on the goal.
Jason Price and Jesse Echternach also scored for the RiverHawks. Drew Baker, Dennis Sicard, Marcus Pryde and Taylor Larsen had one assist each.
Dan Bremner and Peter Neal scored for the Ice Bears. Bremner also had an assist.
Robert Moss stopped 27 of 29 shots to get the win.
Pacer, ex-area player honored
USC Aiken catcher Josh Miller and Francis Marion relief pitcher Jeffrey Stoner, a Lakeside High graduate, have been named to the Peach Belt preseason all-conference baseball team by league coaches.
Miller started 50 games and batted .376 with seven home runs and a team-high 57 RBI in 2012.
Stoner, a right-hander from Martinez, moved to the bullpen midway through the 2012 season and finished second in the conference, and 27th nationally, with nine saves. He had a 6-4 record with a 3.67 earned run average and struck out 88 batters in 83.1 innings.
GM says A-Rod could miss 2013
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says it’s possible third baseman Alex Rodriguez could miss the entire season while recovering from hip surgery.
Cashman says “there’s no guarantees in this stuff” that Rodriguez will be able to play this year.
The 37-year-old Rodriguez had surgery on his left hip last week. The team said the rehabilitation time was expected to be six months, which would sideline the star slugger until the All-Star break.
On Friday, Cashman said it was possible A-Rod could be out all year.
“Yeah,” Cashman told WFAN radio. “I think because (of) the serious nature of the surgery and the condition that he’s trying to recover from, you know, there is that chance.”
• Infielder Joaquin Arias agreed to a $925,000, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid salary arbitration.
• The Chicago White Sox agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Matt Lindstrom that includes a club option for 2014.
• The Seattle Mariners have started to address one concern before to spring training by signing catcher Ronny Paulino to a minor league deal with an invite to the major league camp.
Rider will help clean up sport
In Austin, Texas, an attorney for Lance Armstrong told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency the cyclist will cooperate with efforts to “clean up cycling,” though it’s the sport’s governing body and world anti-doping officials who should take the lead.
In letters sent this week between attorneys for Armstrong and USADA, USADA attorney William Bock requested Armstrong testify under oath by Feb. 6, but the cyclist’s attorney, Tim Herman, responds that Armstrong cannot accommodate that schedule.
Last week, Armstrong admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times.
Herman’s letter said Armstrong intends to appear before the International Cycling Union’s planned “truth and reconciliation” commission.