Michealis qualifiesfor indoor meet
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Kurt Michealis, a junior at Youngstown State, has qualified for the NCAA Division I indoor national championships in the mile run.
He placed ninth in the Meyo mile-run in 4 minutes, 2.71 seconds at the Notre Dame Indoor Invitational track and field meet Saturday at the University of Notre Dame.
Michealis, who is rated 11th in the nation in the mile, set a school record during the run as the top five finished under four minutes, which are the fastest times in the world at the present time.
Luke Watson of Notre Dame, No. 1 in the world, won the event in 3:57.83.
YSU's Nick Smith, a sophomore, finished 21st in a field of 42 in the 3,000-meter run in 8:36.
Emily Schnitkey, a sophomore, competed in the women's mile and placed 12th in a YSU school-record 5:03.
Delores Gaines, a senior, threw a YSU school-record 53 feet in the 20-pound weight throw.
Ailayah Gillespie, a sophomore, ran a career-best 8.98 for the Penguins in the 60 high hurdles to place third.
Twenty-two schools competed in the event, which included Michigan, Clemson, Eastern Michigan, Michigan State, Arkansas and Maryland.
Michealis will compete at the Tyson Elite Invitational at Arkansas Friday and will try to break the 4-minute barrier.
BOARDMAN -- Youngstown State (1-2) defeated Cleveland State 7-0 Friday at the Boardman Tennis Center.
The YSU men's team (0-2) lost to Cleveland State 6-1.
Kelly Pavlikgoes to 16-0
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Kelly Pavlik of Youngstown extended his undefeated professional boxing record to 16-0 with a second-round knockout of Eduardo Gutierrez of Mexico City Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay.
It was Pavlik's first bout since Sept. 14. He was recovering from a bruised tendon in his right hand.
Gutierrez (30-13 with 22 KOs) is a former Mexican and World Boxing Council Continental American middleweight champion.
Pavlik, who is being promoted by Top Rank, knocked down Gutierrez in the first round, then went on to register his 15th knockout.
Pavlik weighed in at 162, Gutierrez at 164.
Pavlik to speakat Curbstoners
BOARDMAN -- Boxer Kelly Pavlik and his manager, Jack Loew, will be guest speakers for the Curbstone Coaches noon luncheon Monday at the Lockwood House.
STRUTHERS -- The Youngstown Baseball Oldtimers Association will conduct its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Holiday Bowl. The executive board will meet at 2 p.m.
Globetrotterstickets on sale
YOUNGSTOWN -- Tickets are on sale for the Harlem Globetrotters, who will play at Beeghly Center Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $12 and are available at ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster and other locations, including Campus Book and Supply, or by phone at (330) 747-1212.
The cost to attend Mount Union College, including tuition and room and board, is $22,000. An article in Friday's Vindicator reported an incorrect figure.
Blewitt throwspersonal best
KENT -- Ashland University senior Adriane Blewitt threw a personal-best 58-9 1/2 to win the shot put at Saturday's Doug Raymond Invitational at Kent State.
Her previous best throw was 57-8 1/2, which was the best throw in Division I or II this year entering Saturday's meet.
Blewitt, a Boardman High graduate who was recently featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd," is ranked second nationally among all women, professional or amateur.
Playoff format changed
ATLANTA -- The first round of the NBA playoffs will switch from best-of-5 to best-of-7 this season under a tentative deal between the players' union and the league, The Associated Press learned Saturday.
Montgomery scores first career win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Chase Montgomery scored the first victory of his career by holding off the competition in a four-lap shootout to win the ARCA season-opener Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
Marlins beat Nunez in arbitration
NEW YORK -- The Florida Marlins beat Vladimir Nunez in the second arbitration case of the year, and the pitcher will make $1.4 million this season instead of the $1.75 million he asked for.
Yankees win rights for pitcher Ramirez
TOKYO -- The New York Yankees won the right to negotiate with right-hander Ramon Ramirez of the Hiroshima Carp.
The Yankees' bid of $350,000 was accepted by the Central League team, Carp press officer Satoru Miwa said Saturday via telephone from the team's spring training facility in Okinawa.
U.S. losesto Argentina
MIAMI -- Argentina felt right at home from the outset Saturday, even though the United States was hosting the game.
Spurred on by a crowd of 27,196, seemingly all clad in the visitors' light blue and white, Argentina dominated the opening moments and made a ninth-minute goal stand up for 1-0 victory in an exhibition game at the Orange Bowl.
Luis Gonzalez's goal was part of an early barrage by Argentina, which tested goalkeeper Tim Howard several times in the opening 10 minutes. The Americans failed to muster any serious threats.
Team sold,to be moved
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- The Johnstown Johnnies minor league baseball team has been sold to investors in Kentucky, ending the team's nearly 10-year run in Johnstown, league officials said.
Canadiens sweep 500-meter race
KEARNS, Utah -- Apolo Anton Ohno was disqualified for the second straight day, helping Canada sweep a World Cup short track 500-meter race Saturday.
Jeff Scholten won the 500 in 41.977 seconds in his first World Cup race of the season.
Vindicator staff/wire reports