Bak headedto Russia
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State University swimming coach Jackie Bak has been selected to travel to Moscow, Russia, as an assistant manager with the 2002 Short Course World Championship team March 27 to April 7.
Bak will be accompanying a team of 26 athletes and four coaches. Among the athletes she will be coaching are 13 Olympic medalists from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, three 2001 world champions and several members of the 2001 Goodwill Games and World University Games.
Bak, who is in her third year as coach of the YSU swimming and diving team, has been involved in USA Swimming since taking a position as business manager with USA Swimming's National Team Division in 1998.
She is currently in her second year as coach for Penguin Swimming, a USA Swimming club.
Poland guard Kristy Gaudiose scored 22 points and Katherine McGarry had four points in Wednesday's girls basketball game at Canfield.
Beard selectsNaval Academy
BOARDMAN --Boardman High standout Evan Beard has announced he will sign a letter-of-intent to play football at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Beard holds the career and season rushing records at Boardman gaining 3,808 yards in three years.
He was a first team All-SVC selection three straight years and was first-team All-District both his junior and senior years. He earned All-State second team his senior year.
He and teammate Steve Vallos, who is headed for Wake Forest, will sign their national letters Wednesday at the high school.
Strength coachleaves Browns
BEREA -- Tim Jorgensen, Cleveland's strength and conditioning coach the past three years, has left the Browns, coach Butch Davis said Friday.
Jorgensen was hired by the expansion Browns in 1999 after working for 12 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and three with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Davis said Jorgensen and the Browns mutually agreed to part ways.
Indians promote pairin front office
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians named John Mirabelli and Chris Antonetti assistant general managers on Friday, promoting the pair to help GM Mark Shapiro.
Mirabelli, who already oversees the club's amateur scouting operation, will also handle international and pro scouting and will assist Shapiro in player acquisitions. He has been with the Indians since 1999.
Antonetti has worked behind the scenes in baseball operations with Shapiro since '99. He specializes in player contracts and aids Shapiro in negotiations.
Tribe signs twoto minor league
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians signed outfielders Bruce Aven and Brooks Kieschnick to minor league contracts Friday.
Aven, 29, played in 21 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, hitting .333 with a home run and two RBIs. He began his professional career when Cleveland selected him in the 30th round of the 1994 draft.
Kieschnick, 29, hit .238 with three homers and nine RBIs in 35 games with the Colorado Rockies last season.
OHSAA rulingto come soon
CINCINNATI -- The organization that governs Ohio high school athletics is to rule next week on a complaint by rival schools that Moeller High School broke the rules in attempting to recruit football players.
Clair Muscaro, commissioner of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, said Friday that he plans to rule on Monday or Tuesday whether Moeller violated recruiting regulations and should be punished.
Bettis honoredas man of year
NEW ORLEANS -- Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, who has become a community icon in Pittsburgh, is this year's winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.
"Jerome reaches out to help others in so many ways, from as giving scholarships, to upgrading facilities in the community for young people and addressing public health issues," NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Friday.
The award, named after the late Chicago Bears running back, is the only NFL award that recognizes a player's off-the-field community service, as well as his playing excellence.
Football tryoutcollapses, dies
DeKALB, Ill. -- A student trying out for the Northern Illinois University football team died Friday after collapsing during conditioning drills.
Jawan Jackson, of the Chicago suburb of Robbins, was running sprints with the football team when he fell to one knee around 6:55 a.m. at the NIU student recreation center.
He collapsed while athletic trainers were tending to him and they immediately tried to resuscitate him before calling paramedics, according to the university statement.
Jackson, a 19-year-old freshman, was taken to Kishwaukee Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m.
Vindicator staff/wire reports