Barrett eventto preview season
BOARDMAN -- The Boardman Lions Club will present the 34th Denny Barrett Memorial Football Forecasts, held Aug. 7 at the Operating Engineers Hall, 291 McClurg Road.
Coaches from schools in the City Series, Steel Valley Conference and Metro Athletic Conference will talk about the upcoming season.
The public is invited to attend. Tickets, $8 per person, will be available at the door. The event will begin at 6 p.m.
Martinez shinesas Aeros prevail
ALTOONA, Pa. -- Victor Martinez had a two-run homer and three RBIs to lift the Akron Aeros to a 5-3 win over the Altoona Curve Wednesday night.
Martinez, who has batted 12-for-14 against Altoona, tied the game at 3 on a two-run homer in the fourth inning. He added an RBI single in the sixth for the go-ahead run.
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (0-2) struggled in his second rehabilitation start to recover from elbow surgery. He allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings.
Altoona scored its runs in the third off Akron's Jaime Brown (7-3), who also is recovering from elbow surgery.
Trailing 1-0 with one out, John Pachot and Tony Alvarez singled and both scored when third baseman Corey Erickson threw Shaun Skrehot's slow grounder past first base. Kevin Sefcik singled to center to drive in Skrehot for Altoona's last run.
Pachot stretched his hitting streak to nine games for Altoona.
Cleveland Marathonwithout sponsor
CLEVELAND -- The 4,000-store CVS pharmacy chain withdrew Wednesday as lead sponsor of the annual Cleveland Marathon.
CVS, based in Woonsocket, R.I., said it would refocus its corporate giving in the Cleveland area to programs dealing with health care and job training.
CVS had sponsored the marathon for five years.
"We enjoyed being the sponsor of the Cleveland Marathon. However, we now want to move in a different direction," said Jack Kramer, CVS senior vice president.
The marathon president, Jack Staph, said he was involved in negotiations for a new lead sponsor and expected an announcement before September. The CVS decision won't affect the race's future, he said.
The 25th Cleveland Marathon on April 28 attracted more than 3,000 runners.
Rooney uninjuredin airplane mishap
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Steelers president Dan Rooney escaped injury Wednesday night when the small airplane he was piloting made an emergency belly landing at Allegheny County Airport, authorities said.
Rooney, 70, was flying back from Steelers camp in Latrobe, about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, and was approaching the runway around 8:45 p.m. when his landing gear didn't deploy, said JoAnn Jenny of the Allegheny County Airport Authority.
Rooney walked away from the wreckage apparently unharmed.
Rooney, the eldest son of Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr., was named president of the team in 1975 and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Baseball awaitscontraction ruling
NEW YORK -- An arbitrator's decision on whether baseball owners could fold franchises may be known as early as today, according to a management lawyer, but a top union official thought it might be delayed again.
Rob Manfred, baseball's top labor lawyer, said he thought arbitrator Shyam Das's contraction decision was imminent. Das said he would try to rule by July 15, then asked for a delay until Aug. 1.
But Gene Orza, second in command of the players' association, said he wasn't sure when Das would rule.
"My sense is that in an absence of a call from the arbitrator today, the decision will not be issued tomorrow," Orza said. "He was told to use his best efforts to issue a decision on or about Aug. 1."
TORONTO -- Pete Sampras, seeking his first tournament title in over two years, beat Hyung-taik Lee 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in a Toronto Masters second-round match.
Also, Tommy Haas defeated Sjeng Schalken, Andy Roddick beat Nicolas Lapentti, second-seeded Marat Safin beat defending champion Andrei Pavel, Marcelo Rios beat Carlos Moya, Todd Martin defeated No. 9 Thomas Johansson, and No. 4 Tim Henman ousted James Blake.
Vindicator staff/wire reports