Originally created 09/30/03



Local women's team in exhibition today

There will be a benefit hockey game at 8 p.m. tonight at August Ice Sports Center on 1249 Augusta West Parkway, with the Chicks with Sticks from the center's women's adult hockey program playing against selected players from the 8-10-year-old House League Squirt teams.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Augusta Ice Hockey Association. Admission is $2. For more information, contact the Augusta Ice Sports Center at (706) 863-0061.

  • Restricted free agent forward Miroslav Satan signed a two-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.
  • Satan, who had 26 goals and a career-high 75 points last season, earned $3.55 million and said he wanted to be the team's highest-paid player. A seven-time 20-goal scorer, Satan had sought $5 million a year. The team had offered $4.5 million.

    The deal was struck after a conference call between managing partner Larry Quinn, general manager Darcy Regier and Satan, who was in his native Slovakia.

  • The New Jersey Devils celebrated their latest NHL title with a White House visit and a chat with President Bush - who kidded them about missing teeth.
  • In a Rose Garden ceremony, Bush said the Stanley Cup, which was on display nearby, was proof of a team's "athleticism and desire and drive, a couple of cuts here and there, maybe a missed tooth or two."

    As if to underscore the point, Bush posed with defenseman Colin White and his gap-toothed grin.

    Auto Racing

    Earnhardt photos aren't closed yet

    A student-run newspaper asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to overturn a Florida court decision that restricts access to autopsy photos, a case stemming from the death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001.

    The publisher of the Independent Florida Alligator contends that the law - passed after the star driver's death and bars public access to the records - is unconstitutional.

    In July, Florida's Supreme Court declined to review a decision by an appeals court that upheld a trial court's ruling. Attorney Tom Julin said the publisher, Campus Communications, believes the trial court violated the First Amendment because it declined the request to review the photos.

    The Alligator and other papers asked for the autopsy photos as questions arose over how Earnhardt died and whether better safety equipment might have saved him. They also objected to the way the law restricted access to what had been public records.

    Proponents said the measure protects families from seeing their relative's autopsy photos published or posted on the Internet. Under the 2001 law, those who view or copy autopsy photos without authorization can be fined $5,000.


    Clijsters' injury might cost top spot

    Kim Clijsters' sprained ankle could force her to miss next week's tournament in Filderstadt, Germany, an event where Justine Henin-Hardenne can overtake her for the No. 1 ranking.

    Clijsters will play with a taped ankle for the rest of the season, she said on her Web site. She sprained her right ankle at the Sparkassen Cup in Leipzig, Germany, and quit during Saturday's semifinal against Anastasia Myskina.

    If Clijsters does not play in Filderstadt, Belgian countrywoman Henin-Hardenne could become No. 1 by reaching the final.

    College Basketball

    Florida State out foe for the holiday

    Eastern Michigan withdrew from the University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic, leaving Florida State without a first-round opponent.

    The Seminoles are still guaranteed four games in the exempt tournament, with two home games Dec. 16 and 18 preceding two games at Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center on Dec. 20 and 22.

    Joining Florida State and Pittsburgh in the tournament are Chicago State, Murray State and Wagner. Because the event is an exempt tournament, Florida State is able to play four games with only one counting toward the NCAA limit of 27 regular-season games.


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