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Published: Thu, January 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.

Falls' Hutchinsonwill be a Penguin
NEWTON FALLS -- Marty Hutchinson, a senior at Newton Falls High School, has made a verbal commitment to attend Youngstown State University in the fall.
Hutchinson, a tailback-free safety for the Tigers, is being recruited as an outside linebacker.
A 6-foot-5, 195-pound athlete, Hutchinson was first-team all Trumbull Athletic Conference, All County, All-District and Division IV second team all-state.
He was team captain for Newton Falls (6-4). He gained 1,405 yards had seven breakups and 73 tackles and was a three-year lettermen and starter, the last two a two-way starter.
He is a member of the Tigers' unbeaten basketball team (8-0) and was a member of the 4x100 relay that set a school record and advanced to the regionals. He carries a 3.0 grade-point average.
Boardman's Millercontributes to team
BALTIMORE -- Tyler Miller of Boardman scored one goal and recorded three assists as the Beaver Badgers ice hockey team finished runner-up in a tournament here.
Miller, 17, attends the Mahoning Educational Center.
In the championship game, Beaver lost to Tri-City Gold after two overtimes and a shootout. The Beavers finished third in the country in their midget division for 2001.
Former Brownat Ground Round
WARREN -- Former Browns linebacker Eddie Johnson will be the guest for the Ohio Browns Boosters' party Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Ground Round as the Browns play the Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
For more information, call 866-BROWNS1.
Contest seekstough men
WARREN -- Applications are being accepted for the Fourth annual Warren Original Toughman Contest that will be at Packard Music Hall on Jan. 18-19.
Doors will open at 7 both nights, with slugging slated to begin at 8.
Tickets cost $25 for ringside and $16 for general admission. For more information, call 1-800-99TOUGH.
Free throw contestto be held in Niles
NILES -- The Niles Knights of Columbus will conduct its annual basketball free throw contest Jan. 12 at the St. Stephen gym. Registration is at noon. Niles and Mineral Ridge students ages 10 to 14 are eligible to compete. Applications are available at all city schools. Mineral Ridge students can register at the gym the day of the contest.
Seminar setfor marathoners
PITTSBURGH -- UPMC Health System is sponsoring a free training seminar series for those planning to run the Pittsburgh marathon on May 5.
The first seminar will be Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at UPMC Montefiore in Oakland. Free musculoskeletal screenings will be available at 12:30 p.m. at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, 3200 S. Water St. on the city's south side.
For more information, call (412) 647-3555.
NFL selectspro bowlers
NEW YORK -- Tom Brady made it to the Pro Bowl. So did three members of the Carolina Panthers, a team with one win. And so did Garrison Hearst, who came back from an ankle injury that sidelined him for two years and seemed to have ended his career.
The Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers led each conference with six players apiece. Atlanta and Cincinnati were the only team without Pro Bowlers. The game is in Honolulu on Feb. 9.
Red Sox salebeing questioned
BOSTON -- Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly said major league baseball "played a major role" in deciding the winning bidder for the Boston Red Sox, calling into question the fairness of the sale process.
Reilly is investigating the sale of the team after the Red Sox rejected the highest bid in favor of a $660 million offer from a group headed by Florida Marlins owner John Henry, who is close to commissioner Bud Selig.
Lindros on IR
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Eric Lindros, sidelined by the seventh concussion of his NHL career, was placed on injured reserve by the New York Rangers after being examined by a neurologist.
Lindros will be eligible to return to the lineup Saturday in Pittsburgh.
Sampras upset
ADELAIDE, Australia -- Unseeded Todd Martin upset the second-seeded Pete Sampras 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Australian men's hardcourt championships.
Mark Philippoussis, playing his first match in six months, appeared to have overcome knee surgery as he beat Julien Boutter of France 6-3, 6-4.
Venus prevails
GOLD COAST, Australia -- Top seed Venus Williams beat Switzerland's Patty Schnyder 6-0, 6-4 on a sweltering day at the Australian women's hardcourt tennis championships.
Temperatures reached 104 degrees.
Vindicator staff/wire reports

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