Cayson to attendYoungstown State
WARREN -- Josh Cayson, an outstanding running back for the Warren JFK High football team this past season, has made a commitment to attend Youngstown State on a football scholarship, announced Eagles' coach Tony Napolet.
"He one of the best running backs I ever coached. He has the best feet of any player I ever coached," said Napolet of Cayson, a senior who played one year for JFK after transferring from Warren Harding.
Cayson rushed for 1,784 yards in 222 carries and 28 touchdowns, and also had 17 receptions for 207 yards and one TD, leading the Eagles to a 10-2 record. He also had a 19.6-yard average for kickoff returns.
Cayson made first-team all-state and all-district.
"He never missed a play in practice or the game," said Napolet of Cayson, pointing out, "His presence on the team made us a better team."
Twins to tapGardenhire
MINNEAPOLIS -- In another sign baseball is unlikely to eliminate any teams this year, the Minnesota Twins called a news conference for Friday to announce their new manager, with Ron Gardenhire expected to get the job.
Morris re-signswith Cardinals
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract with 22-game winner Matt Morris.
Bargainingset to begin
NEW YORK -- As baseball players resumed their grievance to stop owners from eliminating teams, union head Donald Fehr said that bargaining for a new labor contract will probably start next week.
Lawsuit filedover ballpark
MILWAUKEE -- The government body that oversaw the construction of Miller Park filed a $5 million lawsuit against the company that built the ballpark's retractable roof, claiming negligence and poor management.
Ishii wantsmajor-league deal
NEW YORK -- Kazihisa Ishii wants to follow Ichiro Suzuki from Japan to the major leagues, and the Yakult Swallows are offering him to the highest bidder.
NEW YORK -- Tim Thomas of the Milwaukee Bucks was fined $7,500 by the NBA for publicly criticizing officials following the Bucks' 90-83 loss to Chicago on New Year's Eve.
Siragusa to retire
COCKEYSVILLE, Md. -- Tony Siragusa, a veteran Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle who starred on last year's Super Bowl championship team, announce he'll retire at the end of this season.
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. -- A man who caddied for Michelle McGann 12 years ago has been charged with stalking the seven-time LPGA tournament winner.
Patrick Hallett, 43, of Monterey, Calif., caddied for McGann for one week in 1989 during a tournament in California and has been writing McGann ever since, according to a police report.
Redman securesOlympic berth
MIDWAY, Utah -- Lawton Redman won his second race of the U.S. biathlon trials to secure an Olympic berth.
Redman won the 10-kilometer sprint in 26 minutes, 50.5 seconds, and missed just one of 20 targets on the Soldier Hollow course where the Olympic races will be held.
Alaska's Jay Hakkinen and Jeremy Teela locked up berths. Dan Campbell, of Hastings, Minn., took the fourth and final spot.
Rachel Steer of Anchorage was selected to the women's team along with Kara Salmela of Duluth, Minn.; Andrea Nahrgang of Wayzata, Minn.; and Kristina Sabasteanski of Standish, Maine.
Hewitt haschicken pox
PERTH, Australia -- Australia was forced out of the Hopman Cup team tennis tournament after tests showed Lleyton Hewitt, the world's top-ranked player, has chicken pox.
* DOHA, Qatar -- Rainer Schuettler, the No. 7 seed, ousted top-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov from the Qatar Open with a 7-5, 6-4 victory.
* AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Anna Kournikova advanced to the semifinals of the ASB Bank Classic, rallying to beat Switzerland's Emmanuelle Gagliardi 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 in searing heat.
* ADELAIDE, Australia -- Mark Philippoussis, who lost 22 pounds but none of the power on his serve, beat Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-3 at the Australian hardcourt tennis championships.
* MADRAS, India -- Top-seed Guillermo Canas advanced to the quarterfinals of the TATA Open, beating Ivo Karlovic 7-5, 6-2. Third-seeded Fabrice Santoro won and will play Karol Kucera.
Vindicator staff/wire reports