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Minor League Hockey

Augusta forward wins SPHL award

Augusta forward Jim Gehring, who scored five goals and added four assists during the RiverHawks’ 3-0 weekend, has been named the Southern Professional Hockey League player of the week.

The 28-year-old left wing has scored 14 goals in 14 games this season.

The front-running RiverHawks will play a pair of home games this week starting Thursday against the second-place Knoxville Ice Bears.

College Basketball

Lady Pacers are 21st in ranking

The USC Aiken’s women’s basketball team, which is off to a 4-1 start, moved up two spots to 21st in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

The Lady Pacerswon both of their games this past week at the Comfort Suites Classic on the campus of Catawba. They return to action Thursday, playing host to Limestone at 5:30 p.m.

Doping

Mountainbiker gets 2-year ban

Austrian triathlete and former Olympic mountainbiker Michael Weiss has been given a two-year ban for a doping infringement in 2005.

An independent arbitration committee of Austria’s anti-doping agency (NADA), said Tuesday it has found Weiss guilty of having his blood taken for enrichment at a blood lab in Vienna six years ago.

The committee’s ruling overturned an earlier decision by NADA, which cleared the athlete of the doping charges last year.

Weiss can appeal the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The 30-year-old Weiss, who was a national mountainbike champion and took part in the 2004 Athens Olympics, switched to triathlon in 2008.

Soccer

Wales manager took his own life

In Warrington, England, an inquest into the death of Gary Speed was told Tuesday that the Wales football manager was found by his wife hanged at home.

A police officer confirmed to the inquest that Speed’s wife found his body shortly before 7 a.m. on Sunday and that there were no suspicious circumstances.

The inquest did not speculate on the reasons for the death of the 42-year-old former Leeds, Newcastle and Everton midfielder, and it was adjourned by the coroner until Jan. 30.

Auto Racing

Ex-champ back in Formula One

Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen will be back in a Formula One car next season after agreeing to return to action with the Lotus team.

Lotus Renault GP said Tuesday that the 2007 world champion, who quit in 2009 and switched to rallying, has signed a two-year contract.

The 32-year-old Raikkonen said he is glad to get back into action after experiencing mixed fortunes in the World Rally Championship and a subsequent stint in NASCAR.

• Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says Europe likely will be left with only five Grand Prixs in the coming years when the sport moves to other countries.

The 81-year-old Ecclestone says in an interview in Marca newspaper that “Europe is a good place for tourism and not much else. Europe is finished.”

Ecclestone did not say which races would remain, only that he would like to take F1 to South Africa and Mexico.


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