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Published: Sun, February 9, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



LOCAL

Phantom Rocketschange two games

BOARDMAN -- The Mahoning Valley Phantom Rockets ice hockey team has made two schedule changes.

Saturday's game at 4:30 p.m. at the Ice Zone will be against Detroit, not Toledo.

The March 15 game against Brownstown has been moved to March 14 at 7 p.m.

Boardman losesto North Allegheny

BOARDMAN -- Goalies John Yuhaniak and Chris Collins combined to make 45 saves in Boardman Hockey Club's 6-0 loss to North Allegheny at the Ice Zone.

Friday at 8:15 p.m., Boardman (5-15-2) continues its Northeast Ohio High School Hockey Association schedule with a game against Mooney-Ursuline.

South Range tickets

NORTH LIMA -- Tickets for South Range High's girls basketball tournament game against Newton Falls are on sale at the school.

The game is Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. at United High School.

Umpires, take note

The Youngstown Metro Umpires will meet Sunday at 1:15 p.m. at St. Nick's Activity Center, 3801 Shady Run Road.

All OHSAA-licensed umpires must attend four local meetings. Call (330) 502-6665 for details.

REGION

Browns sign kicker

BEREA -- The Cleveland Browns signed kicker Jay Taylor and assigned him and three other players to NFL Europe.

Taylor spent training camp last summer with the Browns before being waived on Aug. 27. He is second in West Virginia history with 310 career points.

The Browns assigned Taylor to NFL Europe, along with wide receiver Dimitrious Breedlove, tight end Chad Mustard and defensive back Kalvin Pearson.

NATION

Case settled

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Former NBA star Jayson Williams settled a civil lawsuit filed by the family of a limousine driver who was shot to death at his mansion.

Williams' attorneys did not release terms of the settlement, which was filed Wednesday afternoon in state Superior Court in Hackensack.

NFL news

* DETROIT -- A source with firsthand knowledge of the contract negotiations between Detroit and new coach Steve Mariucci -- who spoke on the condition of anonymity -- said the Lions will pay Mariucci about $25 million over five years.

However, some are upset with the organization's hiring process.

Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, joined Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney and attorneys Cyrus Mehri and Johnnie Cochran in criticizing the Lions for failing to follow the NFL's new policy of seriously interviewing at least one minority candidate for each coaching vacancy.

* KIRKLAND, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks exercised a two-year, $10.5 million option in the contract of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

Baseball roundup

* NEW YORK -- The Chunichi Dragons started talks to release Kevin Millar after the team's general manager said it had given up trying to convince the outfielder to go to Japan. The Boston Red Sox are hoping to sign Millar.

* CHICAGO -- Hall of Famer Billy Williams was back home after being hospitalized briefly to adjust a heart monitor.

Williams, 64, had a defibrillator implanted "a couple months ago and there was a problem with the equipment," Chicago Cubs spokeswoman Sharon Pannozzo said.

NHL trades

* PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers traded defenseman Chris McAllister to the Colorado Avalanche for a sixth-round draft pick.

* VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks traded left wing Todd Warriner to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional draft pick.

NASCAR, Winstondeal may end

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the top sponsor for NASCAR's Winston Cup Series since 1971, is considering ending its longtime partnership.

RJR signed a five-year contract extension with NASCAR in July, exactly one year after the company picked the stock car series as the one program it can bankroll under the 1998 tobacco settlement. But a weak economy has forced RJR to reevaluate its commitment since signing the contract extension.

Probation

SALEM, Mass. -- The Salem State men's soccer program was placed on two years' probation by the NCAA after two coaches arranged for an illegal $11,900 loan to a player for his tuition and personal use.

13-year old Wiegets invitation

NEW YORK -- Michelle Wie received an invitation from the Kraft Nabisco Championship to play in the LPGA Tour's first major after the 13-year-old impressed PGA Tour pros with her fluid swing and 300-yard drives.

WORLD

Tennis roundup

* PARIS -- Serena Williams easily won her first match since capturing the Australian Open, beating Myriam Casanova 6-0, 6-4 to reach the Gaz de France quarterfinals.

* HYDERABAD, India -- Teenage qualifier Maria Kirilenko saved five match points in the second set and beat Angelique Widjaja 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the Indian Open quarterfinals.

Coach admitsto wrongdoing

TORONTO -- Charlie Francis has admitted for the first time that he was wrong to advise Ben Johnson to take steroids 15 years after one of the worst scandals in Olympic history.

Vindicator staff/wire reports




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