Originally created 08/20/04

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Hockey

Right-winger's size will bolster Lynx

The Augusta Lynx added size to its lineup, signing the well-traveled Mark Scott on Thursday.

The 6-foot-4 right-winger enters his sixth season as a pro. Last season he split time between the London Racers of the Elite Ice Hockey League and the Central Hockey League's Tulsa Oilers, scoring a total of nine goals on the year.

"I think Mark is going to come in and help us get the job done physically on the wing," said Lynx coach Stan Drulia.

Minor League Baseball

Cronkhite long ball gives Augusta win

In Rome, Ga., Ian Cronkhite's two-run home run in fourth inning provided enough offense for Augusta's 2-1 win over the Rome Braves.

Justin McClain was hit by a pitch to start the off the inning and came home on Cronkhite's long ball.

Adam Blackley (2-3) went six innings to get the win for the GreenJackets.

College Baseball

Pearce puts off Sox for senior season

In Columbia, S.C., South Carolina's Steve Pearce has chosen to return to school. A lifelong Boston fan, picked by his beloved Red Sox and offered a sizable contract to go pro, Pearce even worked out at Fenway Park with the club during his summer in the Cape Cod League.

But Pearce, a big reason for the Gamecocks' third-straight College World Series appearance, chose to stay at South Carolina and try for a fourth consecutive trip to Omaha.

Pearce ended the Red Sox rights to their 10th-round selection when he sat through a marketing class Thursday morning.

Pearce, who played first base last season after two years at Indian River Community College, led the Gamecocks with a .348 batting average, 21 homers and 70 RBI.

Boxing

Bowe looks to make a return to the ring

In Shawnee, Okla., former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe is coming out of retirement after a 17-month prison stint, with a scheduled return to the ring Sept. 25.

His opponent has not yet been named for the bout at Fire Lake Casino, the casino said Thursday.

Bowe (40-1, 32 KOs), who turned 37 on Aug. 10, was released from federal prison in mid-May for kidnapping his first wife, Judy Bowe, and their five children in 1998.

While in prison, Bowe reportedly lost 50 to 100 pounds on a regimen that included daily 3-mile runs. During his trial, the judge barred Bowe from boxing because of possible brain damage, but according to Bowe's attorney, the order was withdrawn when he was released from prison.

College football

Unsafe upper deck ends storied history

In Birmingham, Ala., the city's 77-year-old Legion Field is in such disrepair it's no longer safe to use the 9,000-seat upper deck, which has structural problems. Its metal supports are dappled with peeling gray paint and rust.

With renovation or repair unlikely, the city and the University of Alabama said they were ending their contract, meaning the Crimson Tide would no longer play any home games at the 81,000-seat stadium.

Officials said the upper level isn't in danger of collapse, and the stadium will still play host to smaller events, including University Alabama-Birmingham home games and high school contests.

NFL

Pittsburgh guard suffers ACL tear

In Latrobe, Pa., Pittsburgh right guard Kendall Simmons will miss the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Simmons was injured in practice on Wednesday. An MRI exam Thursday morning revealed a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament.

"All these things are part of the game," coach Bill Cowher said.