Originally created 01/03/06


Minor League Hockey

Augusta comes up short in shootout

In Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte rallied from two goals down to force overtime, then earned a 3-2 shootout victory over the Augusta Lynx on Monday.

Checkers goalie Jeff Glass, who picked up his sixth win of the season, had 34 saves - including all four shootout attempts by Augusta.

Mike Bayrack's goal in the shootout secured the Checkers' victory. Bayrack also had an assist on the game-tying, short-handed goal by Luke Stauffacher midway through the third period.

Goals by Brian Passmore and former Checker Ryan Lang put Augusta up 2-0 the first period. Lynx goalie Mike Wall had 29 saves.

Both teams failed to convert on five and six power play chances, respectively.

College Basketball

Jaguars adjust time for doubleheader

Augusta State will hold an afterschool special for elementary and middle-school students as part of Wednesday's Peach Belt Conference men's and women's basketball doubleheader with Clayton State.

The women's game will now start at 4 p.m. in Christenberry Fieldhouse, with the men's game now set for 6.

All elementary and middle-school-aged students (through eighth grade) will receive complimentary admission along with one adult. Admission at the gate is $5, and Augusta State students are admitted free with a valid ID.


Hingis wins easily in return to court

In Gold Coast, Australia, once, it all seemed so routine to Martina Hingis. She would step on the court, and from up in the seats the shouts of encouragement would roll down, descending on her in waves.

Hingis is playing on the tour again for the first time in three years, and on Monday the 25-year-old Swiss star made a confident return from retirement. She got past some early jitters, then beat Venezuela's Maria Vento-Kabchi, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Australian women's hardcourt championship.

"I don't know what else I should have done today better than what I did," she said. "The score says it all."

Hingis plans to play in next week's Sydney International and as a wild card at the Australian Open - a tournament she has won three times - in Melbourne beginning Jan. 16.

- In Doha, Qatar, Tim Henman defeated third-seeded Richard Gasquet, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round of the Qatar Open, beating an opponent who enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2005 in which he broke into the top 20.

Henman will next face Tommy Haas, a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 winner over Stanislas Wawrinka. Sixth-seeded Olivier Rochus lost to Davide Sanguinetti, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5).

- In Madras, India, seventh-seeded Bjorn Phau defeated Bobby Reynolds, 6-3, 6-0, in the opening round of the Chennai Open.

Phau, ranked 87th, was joined in the second round by compatriot Tomas Behrend. No. 89 Behrend opened with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Marcos Daniel of Brazil.

Southern Conference

Iamarino named to head commisioner

John Iamarino, commissioner of the Northeast Conference, was named head commissioner the Southern Conference, the league announced.

Iamarino, who has been the head of the Northeast Conference for nine seasons, will take over the Southern Conference on Jan. 30. He replaces Danny Morrison, who left in June to become athletic director at Texas Christian.

"I am honored and excited about this opportunity to be commissioner of the Southern Conference," Iamarino said in the news release.

"This league has always emphasized academics and highly competitive athletics and that is what strongly attracted me to the position."

Iamarino is a member of the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee and is vice president for Division I-AA on the Executive Committee of the Collegiate Commissioners Association.


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