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Published: Wed, February 27, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



LOCAL

Scales leadsCompass to win

YOUNGSTOWN -- Jamar Scales fired in 30 points as the Compass School upended South Ridge Christian 74-44 Tuesday night in a regular-season finale.

Darren Ford chipped in with 12 points and Mike Curenton added 11.

Boardman gradhonored at Lehigh

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- George Evans, a Boardman High graduate and currently a sophomore at Lehigh University, garnered All-Patriot League honors at the league's indoor track and field championships held at the U.S. Military Academy.

Evans finished second in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.46 seconds.

Last fall, Evans earned a varsity letter in football as a wide receiver on a team that ranked fifth in the final Division I-AA poll.

OAC track eventheld at Mount Union

ALLIANCE -- Mount Union College will host the 2002 Ohio Athletic Conference indoor track championships Friday and Saturday.

Friday's schedule of events begins with the women's pole vault at 2 p.m. and concludes with the men's 300 meters semifinals at 7:45 p.m. Saturday's competition starts with the men's long jump at 10 a.m. and concludes with the men's 4x400 relay at 5 p.m.

Distance Classicset for Mill Creek

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown Road Runners, along with the Dr. Morren Greenburg family and several other sponsors, will hold the 13th Distance Classic March 10 at Mill Creek Park.

The half marathon will start at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K is set for 9:05. Both races will start and finish at the James L. Wick Jr. recreation area and will be traffic free.

There will be windvests to the first 500 who register. There will be 72 awards in the 5K and 73 in the half marathon.

REGION

Lemieux concerned

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux said he has had severe hip pain since training camp -- a problem not cured by surgery -- and he is uncertain how much he will be able to play during the rest of the season.

Family harassed

CANONSBURG, Pa. -- Edmonton Oilers goalie Tommy Salo's family has been harassed since he allowed the winning goal in Sweden's stunning Olympic hockey loss to Belarus, according to Pittsburgh goalie Johan Hedberg.

NATION

Jordan sidelinedfor surgery

WASHINGTON -- Hobbled throughout his comeback by a painful right knee injury, Michael Jordan is taking a break to have arthroscopic surgery.

Jordan was placed on the injured list for only the second time in his career. He will have to miss at least 5 games.

Smith, Broncoscome to terms

DENVER -- Receiver Rod Smith and the Denver Broncos agreed to a seven-year, $40 million contract, scrapping the last two years of his existing deal.

The new package includes an $11 million signing bonus, Smith's agent, Tom Mills, said. Mills said the agreement saves the Broncos $3.6 million against the salary cap.

Ravens strugglewith salary cap

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Starters Shannon Sharpe, Rod Woodson and Qadry Ismail will be released by the Baltimore Ravens, whose salary-cap woes are forcing them to cut several key players from the team that won the Super Bowl just 13 months ago.

Quarterback Elvis Grbac, signed in 2001 to a $30 million, 5-year deal, won't stay with the team unless he agrees to a restructured contract.

Moore staying

DETROIT -- Hours after his agent said the Detroit Lions told Herman Moore they were releasing him, the team announced it had renegotiated a contract with the franchise's all-time leading receiver.

Umpires return

NEW YORK -- Baseball owners have agreed to rehire five of the 22 umpires who lost their jobs in a failed mass resignation three years ago and to allow four more of the umps to retire with back pay and benefits.

Hartwig setspole vault mark

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jeff Hartwig broke the U.S. indoor record in the pole vault by clearing 19 feet, 8 1/4 inches, earning USA Track & amp; Field's athlete of the week honors.

Yzerman healing

DETROIT -- Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman expects to be sidelined for about 2 1/2 weeks with a knee injury that flared up while he helped Canada win an Olympic gold medal.

WORLD

French officialcriticizes decision

PARIS -- The president of the French skating federation called the decision to award a second Olympic gold medal to Canada in the pairs competition "total nonsense."

Vindicator staff/wire reports




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