Volleyball team falls
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The Youngstown State University volleyball team won the first game 30-26 but then lost the next three games 30-17, 31-29 and 30-26 to lose its opening match of the season to Florida Atlantic on Friday.
Annie Buschur collected 10 kills, Beth Boscarelli had 21 sets and nine digs, while Angie Pasquinelli had 13 sets for YSU.
Abby Miner had 23 kills for Florida Atlantic (1-0).
Football players earn accolades
YOUNGSTOWN -- Senior tailback P.J. Mays and junior offensive guard Nick Roberts were named to the Football Gazette Preseason NCAA Division I-AA All-American Team.
Senior linebacker Russell Stuvaints was a third-team selection, while senior linebacker Jon Tekac and kick return specialist Jerald Burley were honorable-mention picks.
NILES -- The Ursuline High volleyball team (1-1) defeated Niles 8-15, 15-9, 15-9 Thursday.
Sophomore Jenna Kiraly led Ursuline with 28 sets, 16 assists and six points. Seniors Lauren Reinhardt and Jen Marsco added 10 and eight points, respectively. Jess Larosa had five points, 10 digs and two aces, while Ally Parry had five blocks and three kills.
Stacie Mang, a junior setter on the Fitch High volleyball team, had 43 assists Wednesday as the Falcons topped Olmsted Falls 15-4, 15-4. Her total was incorrectly listed in Thursday's paper.
Aeros notch 90th
AKRON -- Jason Davis scattered nine hits over six innings to give the Akron Aeros a 3-1 win over the Erie SeaWolves on Friday night in the Eastern League.
Akron became the first team in all of baseball to reach 90 wins.
BEREA -- McDonald's Restaurants of N.E. Ohio and the Cleveland Browns have joined together to promote a collectible Tim Couch Bobbing Head Doll.
Couch will unveil the doll Tuesday at the Browns Training Complex at 1:30 p.m.
Sooners blank Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. -- Oklahoma's rise to No. 1 could end up being short-lived.
The Sooners, who moved into a tie with Miami this week in The Associated Press Top 25 poll, were inconsistent on offense throughout the game in beating Tulsa 37-0 Friday night.
Senior tailback Quentin Griffin ran for a career-high 237 yards on just 17 carries, and freshman Kejuan Jones had 70 yards and two short touchdown runs. But Jason White threw two interceptions, including one in the end zone, and several dropped balls and other mistakes made for a sloppy performance.
Marlin is pole-sitter
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- As a steady stream of rain washed out qualifying Friday for the Southern 500, Sterling Marlin passed the time with practical jokes while waiting for NASCAR to award him the pole.
Marlin, the Winston Cup points leader, knew he was guaranteed the top spot for Sunday's race at Darlington Raceway because the 43-car field was set by points.
Mark Martin, who trails Marlin by 95 points in the standings, starts second. Jeff Gordon, a four-time Southern 500 winner, will start third and will be followed by Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson.
In the PGA, Craig Barlow shot a 7-under-par 65 on Friday to take sole possession of the lead at the $3.5 million Air Canada Championship.
Australian Robert Allenby, coming off a tie for second at the World Golf Championship NEC Invitational last week outside Seattle, shot a bogey-free 9-under 62 on the 7,069-yard Northview Golf and Country Club course to leave him one shot off the lead.
In the LPGA, France's Patricia Meunier-Lebouc shot a 5-under-par 67 for a three-shot lead heading into the third round of the State Farm Classic.
In the Senior PGA, a tip from the locals helped Graham Marsh gain a share of the first-round lead at the Allianz.
Vindicator staff/wire reports