Softball teamloses twice
CLEVELAND -- Youngstown State was blanked twice by Cleveland State Wednesday, 4-0 and 7-0.
In the opener, the Penguins (10-36, 1-9 Horizon League) committed four errors that gave the Vikings four unearned runs. Starter Steph Hartman (6-15) took the loss, giving up four hits while striking out five. Sophomore Amanda Berry had two hits for YSU.
In the nightcap, the Vikings' Kortney Spidell tossed a two-hitter. Char Kudlock's lead-off single and Berry's double were YSU's only hits. Springfield High graduate Katie Marsh took the loss, giving up 10 hits.
Saturday at 1 p.m. YSU plays Wright State at McCune Park.
Beaver beats ELO
STRUTHERS -- Shawn Dunn and Jim Geoff each had two goals to help Beaver Local defeat East Liverpool 5-3 for the championship of the boys junior varsity division of the Valley Sports indoor soccer league.
Josh Dalymple also scored for the winners while Michael Daia had two goals and Jared Zirulla the other for East Liverpool.
Compass studentsreceive awards
YOUNGSTOWN -- Compass Education Center student-athletes Jamar Scales and Sierra Lanier received the Ohio High School Athletic Association's Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award.
The award is presented each year to a male and female student who have been outstanding in their efforts to promote sportsmanship in their school and community.
Gasol namedrookie of year
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol won the NBA's Rookie of the Year Award as a near unanimous pick.
Gasol, a native of Spain, is the first European to win top rookie honors. He received 117 of a possible 126 votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.
Richard Jefferson of New Jersey had three votes. Jason Richardson of Golden State, Jamaal Tinsley of Indiana and Andrei Kirilenko of Utah each received two votes.
Gasol led the Grizzlies and all rookies in scoring with a 17.6 point average. He also averaged 8.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.1 blocks and 36.7 minutes. He played in all 82 games and started 79 for the Grizzlies.
He finished the season ranked fourth in the NBA in field goal percentage, shooting 51 percent. He was sixth in total blocks (169) and 10th in double-doubles with 35.
Ravens signJeff Blake
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens expanded their depth chart at quarterback to two, signing unrestricted free agent Jeff Blake to a one-year contract.
Blake will serve as the backup to Chris Redman, who was the lone quarterback on the roster after the Ravens released Elvis Grbac and Randall Cunningham.
Roush upgradedto fair condition
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- NASCAR team owner Jack Roush, critically injured in a plane crash, was upgraded to fair condition and removed from a ventilator.
Tommy Boltin hall of fame
Tommy Bolt, who entertained galleries with a game that won a U.S. Open and a temper that earned him the nickname "Terrible Tommy," was elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame through the veteran's category.
Bolt will be inducted Nov. 15 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., along with Bernhard Langer, Ben Crenshaw, Tony Jacklin and Marlene Hagge of the LPGA Tour.
* HOUSTON -- Second-seeded Andre Agassi advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, beating Lee Hyung-taik 6-4, 7-5.
Top-seeded Tommy Haas was eliminated in a night match, falling 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) to Wayne Arthurs.
* BARCELONA, Spain -- Yevgeny Kafelnikov lost to Stefano Galvani 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the Open Seat Godo Tournament.
Vindicator staff/wire reports