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Minor League Hockey

RiverHawks fall to Surge on road

In Biloxi, Miss., the Augusta RiverHawks gave up three unanswered third-period goals and lost 5-2 to the Mississippi Surge in a SPHL game on Tuesday night.

Augusta trailed 2-0 after the first period but cut the lead to 2-1 on Neil Graham’s second period goal, the lone score of the period.

The Surge then struck for three goals in the third period before Augusta’s Jim Gehring closed out the scoring.

Colleges

Objections made against proposal

Schools are objecting to an NCAA reform measure on multiyear scholarships sought by university presidents.

More than 75 schools want to override a proposal allowing multiyear athletic scholarships rather than one-year renewable awards. That’s the number of dissenters needed for reconsideration by the Division I Board of Directors when it meets next month in Indianapolis.

A permanent reversal could force schools to have two sets of standards, with an obligation to honor multiyear scholarship offers for some students but not for others.

College Basketball

Pitino will step down in 2017

Rick Pitino said Tuesday that he won’t coach past the 2016-17 season when his current contract ends at Louisville.

“When you’re 59, you’re realistic that you don’t have a whole lot of years left,” Pitino said at a news conference before the No. 4 Cardinals play Georgetown tonight. “My contract’s going to run out in 2017. I’m not coaching any more after that.”

The former Providence and Kentucky coach has guided the Cardinals to a 12-0 record so far this season.

Jamal Wilson, the top scorer on the University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team, has been suspended indefinitely.

He was suspended for breaking unspecified team rules.

According to a statement issued by the university, Wilson’s status will be re-evaluated over the next week.

Wilson is averaging 17.5 points per game through the first 10 games of the season.

Soccer

Ruling won’t be appealed by FIFA

FIFA will not appeal a ruling by a Swiss court, clearing the way for the release of a document identifying the soccer officials who took millions of dollars in kickbacks from World Cup broadcast deals.

Soccer’s governing body said it will not comment on the document’s contents until its release has been cleared by the court. The decision by the state court in Zug was reported Tuesday by the Zurich business weekly Handelszeitung.

The document details a settlement announced in 2010, in which senior soccer officials acknowledged taking kickbacks and repaid $6.1 million.

The 10-year-old scandal stems from alleged payments made by the ISL marketing agency before its 2001 collapse with debts of $300 million.

Tennis

Corretja named Spain’s captain

Defending champion Spain has hired former French Open finalist Alex Corretja as its new Davis Cup captain. The Spanish tennis federation said Corretja has a two-year contract. He replaces Albert Costa, who left this month after leading Spain to two Davis Cup titles in three years.


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