Swim teamloses to Niagara
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown State swimming and diving team suffered its fourth loss of the season Saturday, to Niagara 135-107 at the Beeghly Natatorium.
YSU is 6-4.
Senior diver Brandi Goettsch took first place in both the 1 and 3-meter diving events, while freshman Erin Carter won the 200 yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke.
Junior Lena Arens won the 50 freestyle while freshman Missy Wiese was second. In the 100 freestyle Wiese won and Arens finished second.
Freshman Jordan Dunn won the 200 individual medley, while the YSU 200 freestyle relay team of Dunn, Wiese, freshman Erika Gregos and senior Amy Thompson also was victorious.
Horizon tourneyat Indians' home
CLEVELAND -- The final three days of the Horizon League baseball tournament will be played at Jacobs Field, home of the Cleveland Indians.
Cleveland State University, the host school for the seven-team tournament made the announcement Friday.
The league and Cleveland State, in cooperation with the Indians, will play the final three days of the conference's post-season tournament at the Major League park, May 24-26.
The first two days of the double-elimination tournament will take place at CSU's new home park, Mills Field, in Strongsville, May 22-23.
LPGA skyboxseats on sale
VIENNA -- The 2002 Giant Eagle LPGA Classic has its best seats on the course on sale
A limited number of VIP Skybox seats are on sale for tournament week at Squaw Creek Country Club.
The skybox seats are private and covered around the 18th green. The seats are available July 17 through July 21 and include transferable passes for each day.
For tickets and other tournament information contact the tournament office at (330) 565-LPGA or visit the tournament website at www.lpgaclassic.com.
BOARDMAN -- American League umpire Wally Bell will be the guest speaker when the Curbstone Coaches Association gathers for its noon luncheon on Monday at the Lockwood House.
Zentko helpingKent gymnasts
KENT -- April Zentko, a freshman on the Kent State gymnastics team from Poland High, has been a key factor in the Golden Flashes' 4-0 record.
Zentko has the top score on the team in the beam event with a 9.825, which she won in KSU's 196.200-194.700 victory over Eastern Michigan Jan. 18.
She also had a runner-up score of 9.750 on the beam in the Golden Flashes' 194.275-192.075 triumph over Western Michigan last Sunday.
Zentko is averaging 9.750 on the beam.
She also competes in floor exercise and has a top score of 9.925, which ties for No. 2 on the team.
Kent State's next meet is Feb. 10 at West Virginia with Maryland and James Madison.
KSU is coached by Brice Biggin, a native of Howland.
Club Hollywoodwins invitational
BADEN, Pa. -- Club Hollywood, a 16-and-under Junior Olympic volleyball club team made up of area players, recently went undefeated in the Quigley Invitational.
Members of the team are Jilly Barry, Lauren Brobeck, Vicki Hink, Jan Kahres, Katie Kibby, Lauren Krebs, Joel Miller, Jenna Peppel and Allie Rich. The coach is Rich Wyman.
Adriane Blewitt wins shot put
FINDLAY -- Boardman High graduate Adriane Blewitt, a junior at Ashland University, finished first in the shot put with a throw of 51 feet, 2 1/4 inches at an intercollegiate indoor track and field event at the University of Findlay.
The meet included teams from the Great Lakes Valley Conference and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference.
Blewitt took second in the 20-pound weight with a throw of 59, 8 1 /4. She automatically qualifies for Nationals in March at Boston.
Ohio all-stargame is June 22
COLUMBUS -- The 57th annual Ohio All-Star Football Classic will be played June 22 at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Rosters and coaches for the North and South squads will be announced next Thursday.
Kenny Lofton signswith White Sox
CHICAGO -- Center fielder Kenny Lofton, a six-time All-Star, agreed Friday to a $1.25 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.
Lofton, 34, spent most of his 11-year major league career in Cleveland. He has a .302 career batting average with 92 homers, 551 RBIs and 479 stolen bases in 1,366 games. He also played in Houston and Atlanta.
Last year, Lofton hit .261 with 14 homers, 66 RBIs and 16 steals in 133 games with the Indians.
Lofton can earn an additional $375,000 in performance bonuses and $1.4 million in bonuses based on the team's home attendance.
Former Panthersjoin Texans staff
HOUSTON -- Houston Texans coach Dom Capers will be reunited next season with two former assistants who worked under him with the Carolina Panthers.
Chick Harris, the running backs coach at Carolina, will take over the same duties when the expansion Texans made their debut in the NFL. Greg Roman, who coached the offensive line with the Panthers, will ndle the tight ends in Houston.
This is Capers' second time aroud with an expansion team. He was the Panthers' first head coach, serving from 1995-98.
Harris also coached with the Rams when they were in Los Angeles, with Seattle and Buffalo. Roman also worked as quality control coach and strength and conditioning assistant at Carolin2
NFL unanimouslyallows Falcons sale
NEW ORLEANS -- NFL owners unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday to Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank, who immediately said Dan Reeves would remain coach.
Blank needed 24 votes to make the purchase official.
Blank, paying $545 million for the Falcons, said Reeves' contract would be extended three years. Reeves, also an executive vice president, will see his focus shift more to coaching. Blank said he and Reeves will recruit a new general manager.
On the eve of the NFL vote, Blank said he expected to be an active owner, "but active in a way that's appropriate in setting the strategic direction for the team."
He said he would hire the senior people and hold them accountable for the people they hire, making sure they are accountable to fans.
"I'll be in the office more at certain times of the year than others," he said.
Blank, 59, built a fortune after he and Bernie Marcus co-founded The Home Depot, starting with two stores in Atlanta. There now are 1,300 stores, an empire that saw Blank's worth grow to a reported $1.6 billion.
Reeves, 58, and the club, had a mutual option that allows him to return in 2002.
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