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Minor League Hockey

RiverHawks are blanked on road

In Huntsville, Ala., the Augusta RiverHawks are still searching for their first SPHL victory of the season after losing to the Huntsville Havoc 4-0 on Thursday night.

It was only the third win in 10 games for the Havoc.

Augusta (0-8-1), the lone winless team in the league, gave up a first-period goal to Corey Fulton and second-
period goals to Bryant Doerr­sam and Mike MacDonald.

Ray Ortiz had the Havoc’s final goal in the third period.

BJ O’Brien gave up all the goals but also had 28 saves.

This was the first of three consecutive games for the RiverHawks. They are at Huntsville again tonight, then play host to Knoxville on Saturday at James Brown Arena.

College Basketball

Syracuse coach voices criticism

On the day after the Big East lost its fifth member in 18 months with Rutgers bolting for the Big Ten and with more defections likely on the horizon, the man who helped make Big East basketball the force that it is offered his view of the college landscape.

“I’m going to let those people play their games,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said Wednesday night after his sixth-ranked Orange beat Princeton 73-53. “I think they’ll be doing that for the next 20 years. If they could figure it out and get it done in the next year, we wouldn’t have to think about it.”

Syracuse and Pittsburgh will leave the Big East after this season to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, and West Virginia already has bolted for the Big 12. Either Louisville or Connecticut is expected to join the defectors going forward.

• Morehead State first-year coach Sean Woods is facing possible disciplinary action after appearing to shove Eagles’ point guard Devon Atkinson during Wednesday’s 81-70 loss to Kentucky.

Athletic department spokesman Matt Segal said Thursday the situation is being discussed internally and any disciplinary action would be announced this morning.

Atkinson fouled out with 5:51 remaining, and an agitated Woods shouted at the senor as he walked toward the bench. The coach then appeared to shove Atkinson in the back, pushing him forward, and continued yelling at him during the timeout.

Indoor Soccer

Team can break pro victory mark

The San Diego Sockers, of the Professional Arena soccer League, will set a U.S. professional team record if they win their 41st consecutive game tonight.

The Sockers will play host to the Toros de Mexico.

The Sockers beat the Arizona Storm last weekend to tie the record of 40 consecutive victories set by the Sioux Falls Storm of United Indoor Football from 2005-2008.

Baseball

Ex-major leaguer critically injured

Former major league baseball pitcher-turned-Christian radio personality Frank Pastore was critically injured in a freeway motorcycle crash.

Pastore was a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1979 until 1985 and for the Minnesota Twins in 1986.

The California Highway Patrol says a car collided with Pastore’s motorcycle and he was ejected on Interstate 210 in Duarte, about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

He was found unconscious on the freeway Monday night.

Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center spokeswoman Rosa Saca says the 55-year-old Pastore remains in critical condition Wednesday.


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