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Bruins beat Flyers, clinch East's best record, home-ice advantage

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins own the NHL's best home record. Now they know they'll have home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Owners take personal approach

Augusta's previous hockey team shut down with ownership citing a lack of fan support. The Kerzners, who brought hockey back to town in October, are seeing similar attendance problems in the RiverHawks' inaugural season.
RiverHawks | Augusta Sports
Introduction to Augusta

Augusta is Georgia's second-largest city behind Atlanta. It is known around the world as the home of the Masters Tournament. Tens of thousands of golf fans visit the city for the prestigious event during the first week of April. But other events and attributes help define the city's character the rest of the year.
Recreation sports

Augusta is known worldwide for its major golf scene. The same held true in 2006, but another kind of golf joined the Masters Tournament in bringing players and fans from around the world to Augusta.
Augusta National Golf Club | Augusta State University | Paine College | University of South Carolina - Aiken
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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
Metro | Aiken County Board of Education | Columbia County Commission | North Augusta City Council

Ryo Ishikawa, Japan's top-ranked professional golfer at age 19, will speak at a private dinner for players and officials at the October Asian Amateur Championship.
Other sports | Sports
Early support, project backers stir optimism in developers

For the special purpose local option sales tax to be included on the March presidential primary ballot, Augusta Commission members would have to agree on a projects list by Dec. 31. However, the residents committee that held town meetings on the tax is not expected to make recommendations to the commission until after the first of the year.
Metro | Augusta-Richmond County Commission | Coliseum Authority
ECHL players go on strike

With negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the East Coast Hockey League and the players' union well into a third month, the Professional Hockey Players Association played its trump card.

In Gladwyne, Pa., North Augusta's Darby Sligh advanced to match play in the U.S. Women's Amateur at Philadelphia Country Club.
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League focusing on name change

With the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies having wrapped up their first Kelly Cup championship last week by defeating Columbia in five games, the East Coast Hockey League turns its focus to renaming the league and ongoing negotiations with the player's union for a new collective bargaining agreement.