Hubbard to hostswimming event
HUBBARD -- The fourth Valley Conference swimming and diving championships will be held at Hubbard Community Pool Saturday starting at 11 a.m.
Canfield High will defend boys and girls titles. Boardman, Poland, Hubbard, Howland and Warren JFK also will compete.
Hiram losesJack as AD
HIRAM -- Wendell Jack has resigned as Hiram College Athletic Director effective March 1 to accept the position of director of athletics at Whittier College in Whitter, Cal.
Jack will be returning to his home state to care for ailing mother who resides near the Whittier campus.
Borderhawksstill in first
AUBURN -- The Youngstown Borderhawk Mite Hockey team remains in first place in the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League after a 14-1 victory over Geauga at the Auburn Ice Palace.
Borderhawk goals were scored by Jared Younger, Tyler Emery, Ryan Demyen and Chase Leonelli. Adam Robertson turned away 14 shots.
Crest Lanessite of event
WARREN -- Crest Lanes will be the site of an Ohio State Queens Bowling Tournament this weekend.
Top bowlers (at least 170 average) from across the state will compete. The qualifying round starts Saturday at 10 a.m. The tournament's stepladder finals begins Sunday at 2 p.m. Crest is located on U.S. 422.
STRUTHERS -- Jim DeChellis has been elected president of the Struthers Baseball Club for the 2002 season.
Other officers are: Matt Rhoades, first vice-president; John Medvec, second vice president; Dennis Riley, treasurer; and Mary Jo Safarek, secretary.
The wrestlers pictured on Page C1 of Sunday's editions were misidentified. They were Lee Keck of Jackson-Milton lifting Jason Brozman of South Range. The Vindicator sports department regrets the error.
OSU's Dosseyes NFL
COLUMBUS -- Ohio State junior safety Mike Doss was to announce today whether he's leaving school a year early.
If he leaves, Doss, a third-team All-American, would be the third Buckeye to pass up his final year of eligibility. Tight end Darnell Sanders and cornerback Derek Ross already have declared for the NFL draft.
Doss had 87 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions and four fumble recoveries this season. In 2000, he had a team-high 94 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
Pitt sells outNotre Dame game
PITTSBURGH -- Pitt, back in the Top 25 rankings for the first time in four years, has sold out its Saturday night Big East Conference game against Notre Dame.
The sellout is the No. 23 Panthers' first at home this season.
Pitt routinely sold out conference games at 6,798-seat Fitzgerald Field House after joining the Big East in 1982, but has frequently had empty seats in recent seasons.
This is Pitt's final season in Fitzgerald Field House, which opened in 1951. The Panthers will move into a 12,500-seat on-campus arena next season.
Niners sign Wilsonto bolster line
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers signed defensive end Troy Wilson on Tuesday to bolster their depth on a defensive line weakened by injury.
The 49ers likely will enter Sunday's playoff game at Green Bay without defensive ends John Engelberger and Chike Okeafor. Engelberger, a starter for most of the season, sprained his ankle in the 49ers' 38-0 victory over New Orleans on Sunday, while Okeafor broke his leg last month against Philadelphia.
Both players hope to return for the game, but coach Steve Mariucci doesn't expect them to be healthy. The injuries leave rookie Andre Carter and Bobby Setzer as the 49ers' only healthy defensive ends to play with Dana Stubblefield and Pro Bowl selection Bryant Young on the line.
Wilson was a 1993 draft pick of the 49ers. He had 7 1/2 sacks in two seasons.
NEW YORK -- Three former baseball commissioners think that when Bud Selig arranged for a company controlled by Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad to loan $3 million to the Milwaukee Brewers in 1995, the deal may have violated of baseball rules.
A trio of current owners see no problem with the loan.
"It's such a treacherous thing," former commissioner Fay Vincent said Tuesday. "It would raise in my mind all sorts of concerns."
Vincent said the loan was unprecedented, as did former commissioners Bowie Kuhn, Peter Ueberroth and Vincent, and all three said it might have broken the rules.
Former players' association head Marvin Miller said it was a clear violation, although Selig's lawyer said there was nothing improper, a view also taken by Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane and New York Mets co-owner Fred Wilpon.
Vindicator staff/wire reports