RiverHawks win their 6th in row
In Fayetteville, N.C., the Augusta RiverHawks scored three unanswered goals in the third period to rally past the Fayetteville FireAntz 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Jim Gehring had the game-winner at the 18:56 mark as Augusta won its sixth in a row.
Down 3-1 going to the final period, Augusta got goals from Matt Auffrey, Aaron McGill and Gehring.
Augusta goalie Jon Olthuis stopped 18 of 21 shots. Fayetteville’s Mike Brown stopped 55 of 59.
• With two veteran goalies already on the roster, the RiverHawks made a bold move Tuesday by trading away the Southern Professional Hockey League’s leader in save percentage and goals allowed average.
Rookie goalie B.J. O’Brien and his 5-1-2 record, 2.29 goals allowed average and 92.0 save percentage were shipped to the Louisiana IceGators.
The RiverHawks received cash in return, according to a team statement.
O’Brien started the season with Augusta, along with second-year goalie Peter Skoggard. But Skoggard was forced to leave the country in November due to immigration issues, and head coach Brad Ralph brought back Olthuis, who led the SPHL in wins last season.
O’Brien and Olthuis gave the RiverHawks 14 wins in 17 games while Skoggard was out of the country. The native Swede, who has yet to lose a regular season game, returned last week, leaving Ralph with a difficult decision.
“We were fortunate to have three extremely good goaltenders here in Augusta,” Ralph said in a statement released by the team. “B.J. has done a tremendous job here. He has proven he is an elite goalie at this level, and we are all sorry to see him leave.”
The RiverHawks are not scheduled to play Louisiana again during the regular season.
Report: Rose signs extension
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that reigning MVP Derrick Rose has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Chicago Bulls worth approximately $94 million.
The Tribune cited anonymous sources in its report, which also said the new deal will start in the 2012-13 season, when Rose is eligible to make about $16 million.
Bulls spokesman Tim Hallam said he was unaware of the agreement. Rose’s agent, B.J. Armstrong, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Liverpool striker banned 8 games
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches and fined 40,000 pounds ($62,000) on Tuesday after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s black defender Patrice Evra.
An English Football Association panel decided that Evra’s allegations that Suarez directed a racial insult at him during United’s Premier League match at Liverpool on Oct. 15 had been proven.
Mayweather Jr. to plead guilty
Officials say boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. will plead guilty in Las Vegas to reduced charges in a plea deal settling felony allegations that he battered his ex-girlfriend and a misdemeanor charge that he poked a security guard.
An aide to Clark County District Attorney David Roger confirmed the 34-year-old boxer will enter his pleas today in Las Vegas Justice Court.