Cross countryrecruits
YOUNGSTOWN -- Napoleon High's Nick Cruse and Massillon Jackson's Ashley Hmiel signed national letters of intent to run cross country at Youngstown State, YSU coach Brian Gorby announced.
Cruse is a three-time All-Ohioan and finished fourth at state last season. Hmiel is a three-time All-Ohioan and finished 65th at state last year.
Canfield winstourney opener
AUBURN -- Ryan DeJoe had 17 saves as Canfield beat Twinsburg 6-0 in the opening round of Tuesday's Blue East Tournament at Auburn Ice Rink.
The Cardinals got goals from Sam Crowe, Nick Rulli, Michael Vrable, Tim Jones, Bob Broker and Taylor Murdoch.
Pat Saundersguest speaker
CAMPBELL -- Patrick Saunders, director of the Steel Valley Fellowship of Christian Athletes, will speak at the Campbell Gridiron Club's sports banquet on Feb. 10 at St. Michaels Byzantine Catholic Church in Campbell.
Tickets are $12 per person and the reservation deadline is Feb. 7. Make checks payable to the Campbell Gridiron Club, 312 Robinson Rd., Campbell 44405. For details, call (330) 755-9609.
Track officialsat Boardman
BOARDMAN -- The Greater Youngstown Track Officials Association will hold a rules interpretation meeting at 7:15 tonight at Boardman High School, not Austintown Fitch High school as previously announced.
Bills re-signAlex Van Pelt
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills re-signed quarterback Alex Van Pelt to a five-year contract, rewarding the longtime backup for capably filling in for injured starter Rob Johnson.
Coslet joinsCowboys
IRVING, Texas -- Bruce Coslet, the former Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets head coach, was hired as the Dallas Cowboys' new offensive coordinator under coach Dave Campo.
'Night Train' diesafter heart attack
AUSTIN, Texas -- Dick "Night Train" Lane hounded wide receivers with his ferocious tackles and quarterbacks with his interceptions.
An undrafted free agent who would become one of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history during his 14-year career, Lane died after a heart attack at the assisted living facility where he lived. He was 73.
Glenn sues NFL
NEW YORK -- New England wide receiver Terry Glenn sued the NFL, saying it discriminated against him for a disability that prevented him from following certain rules in the league's substance abuse policy.
U.S. beats Canada
PASADENA, Calif. -- After 120 minutes of mostly watching his teammates play at the other end of the field, Kasey Keller finally got his chance to make some diving saves.
The U.S. goalkeeper batted away two penalty kicks after a scoreless tie in regulation and overtime as the Americans beat defending champion Canada 4-2 on penalty kicks to gain the finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.
The United States faces Costa Rica, a 3-1 winner over South Korea in the other semifinal, on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
Baseball news
* SEATTLE -- Short a veteran starting pitcher, the Seattle Mariners finalized a $1.25 million, one-year contract with James Baldwin.
* LOS ANGELES -- Four-time All-Star Dante Bichette agreed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the outfielder was invited to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Bobsledder out
SALT LAKE CITY -- Pavel Jovanovic, a U.S. bobsledder who said he accidentally took a banned steroid in a nutritional supplement was knocked out of the Olympics when an arbitration panel gave him a nine-month suspension.
Jovanovic's lawyer said he would appeal the suspension to the International Court for Arbitration in Sport.
Webber suspended
NEW YORK -- Sacramento Kings forward Chris Webber was suspended for one game and fined $7,500 for deliberately throwing an elbow to the head of Utah's Jarron Collins last week.
Agassi splitswith Gilbert
LAS VEGAS -- After eight years together, Andre Agassi and Brad Gilbert have ended one of the most successful player and coach relationships in tennis history.
With Gilbert as his coach beginning in March, 1994, Agassi won six Grand Slam titles, a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics and held the No. 1 ranking in the world at the end of 1999.
Els holdstwo-shot lead
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Ernie Els shot an 8-under-par 64 in perfect scoring conditions to hold a two-shot lead after the first round of the Heineken Classic.
Vindicator staff/wire reports

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