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Published: Wed, April 17, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



YSU

Baseball teamloses to Duke

PITTSBURGH -- The Youngstown State baseball team couldn't hold onto a two-run lead and dropped a 10-6 decision to Duquesne University Tuesday.

The Penguins (7-14) jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but the Dukes (18-14) scored eight unanswered runs, including five in the sixth inning.

The Penguins also had a victory taken away from them by the Horizon League, which upheld a protest by Illinois-Chicago over the Penguins' 3-2 victory on April 6 at Cafaro Field.

Against Duquesne Kyle Penrod had a two-run single for the Penguins, while Kendall Schlabach and Jim Lipinski hit back-to-back doubles in the first inning.

The Penguins play a Horizon League doubleheader today against Detroit beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Cafaro Field.

The series was washed out last week in Detroit.

Karzmer 10th

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Jonah Karzmer cracked the top 10, while Youngstown State men's golf team finished 10th out of 15 teams in the Greg Palmer Eagle Classic Monday and Tuesday.

The Penguins had a three-round score of 915. Eastern Kentucky won the event with 856.

Karzmer had rounds of 72, 74 and 70 to card a 216 total good for eighth place and just seven shots behind medalist Brad Morris of Eastern Kentucky.

Other Penguins and scores were Brian Newell at 224 (78-72-74), Shawn Wire 234 (75-83-76), Ryan Harmon 245 (83-80-82) and Dan Traeger 245 (79-83-83).

AREA

Bland breaksown record

BOARDMAN -- Boardman High sophomore Amber Bland broke her own school record in the high jump with a leap of 5-9 1/2 Tuesday. Bland's previous record was 5-9, set at last year's state meet when she won the state title.

Allison Brager set a school record in the pole vault of 7-6, the first outdoor pole vault in Boardman history.

Packard Leagueplans kickoff

WARREN -- The Packard Electric Ladies Golf League will kickoff its 2002 season with its annual "Membership Get Acquainted" meeting at the Golden Gate Restaurant Monday at 5 p.m.

The meeting will also serve as a sign-up for the coming season which opens May 13 at Avalon South and May 14 at Vienna Short Holes. There will be a free clinic for all members and any new or beginning golfers on May 6 at Avalon South and May 7 at Vienna Short Holes.

Golfers do not have to be Delphi Packard Electric employees to join. Any one interested who would like more information contact Sharon Gilmore at (330) 373-5191, Mary Ann Donchatz at (330) 539-5836 or Helen Snyder at (330) 637-1250.

NATION

Rocker sentto minors

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- John Rocker and his troubled career are headed to the minor leagues.

The left-hander was optioned to the minors, hours after he blew a save for the Texas Rangers in the 10th inning against the Anaheim Angels.

Rocker is 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA and one save in six relief appearances this season. He has blown two of his three save opportunities.

Griffey swings

CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. took batting practice for the first time since partially tearing the patella tendon in his right knee.

Griffey was injured in a game April 7. He said he heard his knee pop. Team doctors said along with the partial tear, Griffey sustained a dislocated kneecap, which usually doesn't need surgery.

Wilpon eyes Mets

NEW YORK -- Fred Wilpon is ready to buy the 50 percent of the New York Mets held by longtime co-owner Nelson Doubleday.

Doubleday & amp; Co. bought the Mets in 1980 for $21.1 million, with the company owning 95 percent of the team and Wilpon owning 5 percent. When Doubleday & amp; Co. was sold to Bertelsmann AG in 1986, the publisher sold its shares of the team for $80.75 million to Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday, who became 50-50 owners.

Baseball owners,players talk

NEW YORK -- Baseball owners told players Tuesday that the union's failure to embrace a luxury tax and vastly increased revenue sharing was unacceptable.

Talks, which had recessed in mid-March, were scheduled to continue today, with the union explaining the reasoning behind its proposals to management negotiators, who say baseball needs an overhaul of its economic system.

Empty seatseverywhere

NEW YORK -- Many of baseball's gleaming new ballparks have a different sight this season: thousands of empty seats.

Blame it on losing teams and lousy weather.

In the first two weeks of the season, eight ballparks have drawn their lowest crowds for a regularly scheduled game, including seven that were part of the new-ballpark boom.

Overall, the average attendance for a major league game was down 3.5 percent in the first two weeks of the season, to 29,403.

Florida, which hopes to get a new ballpark eventually, drew a record-low 4,466 to Pro Player Stadium on April 11.

Staff/wire reports




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