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Published: Mon, February 10, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



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Canfield's Reesereaches district

AKRON -- Canfield High School's Kelly Reese placed third in the 1-meter diving competition in the sectional swimming tournament Friday at the University of Akron Ocasek Natatorium.

Reese scored 362.05 points.

MaKenzie Kline of the Cardinals finished 12th with 269.70 points. Megqan McKinley of Cuyahoga Falls won the event with 431.75 points.

The top 10 girls advanced to the district tournament on Feb. 13 at Cleveland State University.

Boardman's Sikoracommits to CSU

BOARDMAN -- Boardman senior Mark Sikora has verbally committed to play baseball at Cleveland State University.

Sikora, a 5-foot, 11-inch, 175-pound outfielder, batted .425 for the Spartans last season.

He also played for Line Drive Academy last summer, which was managed by Boardman coach Scott Knox.

"It's a nice school with a good athletic program," said Sikora, a three-year letterman at Boardman. "I wanted to play in Division I athletics. I'm excited about playing schools like Ohio State and Notre Dame."

He has not yet decided on a major.

Phantom Rocketsplay tonight

BOARDMAN -- The Phantom Rockets' ice hockey game against Detroit tonight at the Ice Zone begins at 7 p.m.

An incorrect game time was announced earlier in the week.

EP-Crestviewgame rescheduled

COLUMBIANA -- The East Palestine at Crestview girls basketball game that was postponed last month will be played on Wednesday, with the junior varsity contest getting under way at 6 p.m.

Falls' Freypicks Hillsdale

NEWTON FALLS -- Tim Frey, a senior at Newton Falls High School, will continue his football career at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich.

A 6-foot-3, 305-pounder center/nose tackle, Frey was a team captain, a three-year starter, a four-year letter winner and a first-team All-Ohio pick.

He is a 3.5 GPA student who will major in education at Hillsdale, a Division II school.

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Mariucci retainstwo assistants

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci retained special teams coach Chuck Priefer and assistant defensive coach Don Clemons on Friday.

Priefer and Clemons are the first Detroit assistants to stay on under Mariucci, the former San Francisco 49ers coach hired Tuesday to succeed the fired Marty Mornhinweg. Terms of their contracts were not disclosed.

Priefer is entering his seventh season as special teams coach. His 14-year NFL coaching career includes two seasons at Green Bay and five with the San Diego Chargers.

Clemons is entering his 19th season on the Lions' staff, extending the franchise record for coaching longevity he set in 2001.

His duties have included defensive assistant, strength and conditioning, and coaching linebackers and nickel and dime cornerbacks.

Mariucci said Wednesday that he had hired Richard Smith as assistant head coach and linebackers coach, Andy Sugarman as an offensive assistant and Kevin Lartigue as an administrative assistant. All three were with him in San Francisco.

Court refusesto revive suit

PHILADELPHIA -- The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down a bid by former umpire Eric Gregg to revive a lawsuit against baseball that claimed he was fired because of a disability.

Gregg, who battled a weight problem throughout his 23 years as a National League umpire, claimed he was discriminated against illegally due to a disability under the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act.

Gregg, among the 22 umpires who lost their jobs 3 1/2 years ago following a failed mass resignation, sued the commissioner's office, the NL and former NL president Len Coleman.

U.S. District Judge John P. Fullam issued a summary judgment for the baseball officials last March 13, and a three-judge panel heard the appeal on Jan. 23.

In a four-page decision issued Friday, Judges Richard L. Nygaard, Thomas L. Ambro and Alan D. Lourie agreed with the lower court.

Still pending is the larger appeal stemming from the mass resignation, which was intended as a strategy prior to collective bargaining.

In December 2001, U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III ordered baseball to rehire nine of the 22 umpires who lost their jobs in September 1999, and the judge ordered new arbitration hearings for three others.

In a partial settlement in February 2002, baseball rehired five umps and allowed four to retire with back pay. Three more umps were brought back in August.

Still trying to regain their jobs are Gregg, Bob Davidson, Tom Hallion, Jim Evans, Dale Ford, Richie Garcia, Ed Hickox, Mark Johnson, Ken Kaiser and Larry McCoy.

That case was argued on Dec. 9 before Chief Judge Edward R. Becker and Judges Jane R. Roth and D. Brooks Smith.

Carolina dumpsKapanen to Flyers

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The slumping Carolina Hurricanes began what could be a series of moves by trading two-time All-Star Sami Kapanen to the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday for former first-round draft pick Pavel Brendl.

The defending Eastern Conference champions had lost 22 of 28 and were 10 points out of a playoff spot with 28 games left before playing the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

"It's difficult to start the process of changing our team," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "We came off such a good year, and we haven't been able to get on track.

"This is really the start of what we did three years ago, changing the face of this team."

Staff/wire reports




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