Originally created 08/25/06

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Minor League Hockey

Landry, McNeely sign with Augusta

The Augusta Lynx agreed to terms with forward Jon Landry and defenseman Matt McNeely for the 2006-07 season.

Landry recorded 51 goals and 121 points in 98 games during his college career at Bowdoin College. He then turned pro with Augusta's American Hockey League affiliate the Portland Pirates upon completion of his senior season in 2006, suiting up for two games without a point and two minutes in penalties.

McNeely scored five goals and totaled 17 points with 89 minutes in penalties over 63 games with the Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League.

Full and partial season ticket plans are now on sale along with group and individual game tickets by calling the Lynx office at (706) 724-4423.

- Augusta's start times for this year will be 7:35 p.m., and 4:05 p.m. Nov. 26 vs. Texas.

Golf

Medalist keeps on winning in amateur

Medalist Bill Horschel was among the 16 players who advanced to the quarterfinals in the U.S. Amateur in Chaska, Minn.

Horschel, a Florida sophomore who lives in Grant, Fla., beat David Merkow of Hartland, Wis., 3 and 1.

In the quarterfinals, Horschel will take on Ryan Yip, a 6 and 5 winner over Kevin Tway.

Horschel has been the talk of the tournament at Hazeltine National Golf Club since shooting 60 in the first round of stroke-play qualifying.

"There's a bull's-eye on me," Horschel said. "Some may say there isn't, but I'm the one who shot 60. I'm the medalist, so everyone wants to gun for the top guy. Someone's lying if they say they're not gunning for the top person."

Because of weather delays Thursday, the third round was not played. It will be held today, followed by the quarterfinals.

The semifinals will be Saturday and the finals Sunday. The winner and runner-up receive invitations to the 2007 Masters Tournament.

- Wedges and Woods driving range is playing host to a Pinnacle Exceptional Driver Championship qualifier today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The winner advances to the finals Nov. 8-11 in Laughlin, Nev.

The cost to enter is $20 for five balls. If all the balls end up within the 40-yard wide grid, the golfer receives a free sixth ball.

Wedges and Woods is located at 3731 Wrightsboro Road.

Soccer

Barcelona, Chelsea to square off again

Barcelona and Chelsea were drawn into the same first-round group Thursday night in the European Champions League and will meet for the third consecutive season.

Barcelona beat Chelsea in the second round last year en route to the title after losing to the Blues in the same round in 2004-05.

Germany's Werder Bremen and Bulgaria's Levski Sofia also were drawn into Group A.

The tournament starts Sept. 12, and the top two teams in each of eight groups advance to the second round.

Six-time champion AC Milan is in what appears to be the easiest group along with Lille, AEK Athens and Anderlecht.

AC Milan was initially banned from the tournament as part of its penalty resulting from Italy's matchfixing scandal, then was put in the third qualifying round and advanced.

Rowing

U.S. team recovers in time to prevail

After racing to a dead heat in Thursday's semifinal, the U.S. men's four rowing team defeated New Zealand in a head-to-head rematch in Eton, England.

Americans Matthew Schnobrich, Mike Blomquist, Joshua Inman and Brett Newlin recovered from a rough start in the re-row to win by 1.57 seconds, advancing to Saturday's final at the world rowing championships.

The two teams tied for third place (5:51.24) in a semifinal, prompting the rematch that decided which team would make the final field.

Americans Michelle Guerette (single sculls) and Lisa Schlenker (lightweight single sculls) also qualified for finals.