RiverHawks get win in overtime
In Knoxville, Tenn., Matt Auffrey scored at 4:51 of overtime to give the Augusta RiverHawks a 5-4 victory over the Knoxville Ice Bears on Thursday night.
John Kearns and Drew Baker scored third-period goals for the RiverHawks. Auffrey had two assists.
Tyler Fletcher and Kevin Swider scored for Knoxville.
Augusta goaltender Peter Skoggard recorded 31 saves.
High School Basketball
Gray honored as best in Georgia
The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, announced on Thursday that Allisha Gray, of Washington County, is the Gatorade Georgia Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court.
Gray is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Kuerten elected to hall of fame
Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten was elected Thursday to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The lanky Brazilian nicknamed “Guga” reached No. 1 in the ATP rankings and collected singles titles at Roland Garros in 1997, 2000 and 2001.
Kuerten, who couldn’t hold back the tears when he watched a video of his retirement in 2008, is working to bring the ATP World Tour Finals to Brazil beginning in 2014.
The 2012 class will be inducted on July 14.
• Ivan Ljubicic, of Croatia, will retire after the Monte Carlo Masters in April.
The 32-year-old told the ATP Web site it wasn’t an “easy decision” to quit the sport but that he plans to “continue to stay involved and contribute in some ways.”
Since turning professional in 1998, Ljubicic has won 10 titles and reached a career-high ranking of No. 3 in May 2006.
Temple will join Big East in 2013
Nearly a decade after Temple’s moribund football program was pushed out of the Big East, the revitalized Owls are rejoining the conference – and bringing along their potent men’s basketball team.
The school will move to the Big East for football next season and all other sports in 2013.
Temple football played in the Mid-American Conference last season, while all other programs, including men’s basketball, are in the Atlantic 10. The Owls will pay an exit fee of $6 million to the MAC and $1 million to the A-10, with the Big East providing financial assistance in the form of future revenue distributions.
Temple was a Big East member in football only from 1991-2004 but was forced out because the program was one of the worst in major college football.
• New Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder is being paid $850,000 a year and offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler is making $500,000.
Auburn released the contracts for its two first-year coordinators and new secondary coach Willie Martinez on Thursday.
VanGorder and Loeffler have deals running through June 2014 which include unspecified potential performance bonuses and car allowances. They’ll each get $25,000 per completed season.
VanGorder’s deal matches what Alabama pays defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.