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Published: Sat, February 15, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



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McSuley to speakat Hall dinner

WARREN -- Girard High School football coach Bud McSuley will be the guest speaker at the Mahoning Valley Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame monthly meeting on Feb. 19.

The 6:30 p.m. dinner will be held at Vernot's Cafe and Banquet Center.

For reservations, call (330) 544-3057.

Niles setsparents night

NILES -- The Niles High School basketball senior parents' night will be Friday.

Parents will be introduced between games that evening. For information, call (330) 652-9753.

Correction

CAMPBELL -- Teyon Harris is a basketball player at Campbell Memorial High School. His name was misspelled in a recent edition.

Rothbauerpicks W. Liberty

CANFIELD -- Canfield High senior Matt Rothbauer, who booted kickoffs and extra points for the Canfield High football team last fall, will attend West Liberty State College.

Rothbauer set a single-season school record by making 39-of-48 extra points. He also was 2-of-3 in field goals.

Slagle leads

YOUNGSTOWN -- Russ Slagle leads at the halfway point of the Youngstown Senior Masters Tournament after eight games at Boardman Lanes and A-Plus Family Bowl.

Slagle has a pinfall of 1925, followed by Francis Zitnik with 1869. Jim "Lefty" Shopinsky has the third-most midway total of 1791 and Tom Hood is fourth with 1767. Steve Harper Sr. produced 1755 so far, followed by Rob Theis (1748), Dick Thompson (1721), Bill Bahny (1719), Ted Bundy (1715) and Don Kane (1701).

Forty-one seniors entered the fourth annual event, which continues this weekend with four games at Amron Lanes on Saturday and four at Wedgewood on Sunday. Action begins at 1 p.m. both days.

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Steelers to hostCowboys, Eagles

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys at home among their four exhibition games in August.

The Eagles will play at Heinz Field the weekend of Aug. 14-18 while the Cowboys will visit the following weekend, Aug. 21-25.

The NFL announced preseason opponents on Tuesday, but the dates and times will not be set until later.

The Steelers' preseason road opponents will be the Detroit Lions, during the weekend of Aug. 7-11, and the Carolina Panthers, the weekend of Aug. 28-31.

Dials outfor season

COLUMBUS -- Ohio State center Terence Dials of Boardman won't return this season because of a stress fracture in his back, Coach Jim O'Brien said Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 Dials played the first six games of the 2002-03 season, starting four, before back pain kept him out of the Seton Hall game Dec. 21. Tests indicated a stress fracture to the lumbar spine.

Dials is still being treated for the injury.

Ohio State will petition the Big Ten Conference for a medical hardship after the season. If it is granted, Dials would retain three years of eligibility beginning with the 2003-04 season.

As a freshman, Dials played in 32 contests while averaging 6.7 points and 4.2 rebounds. He set an Ohio State freshman record by hitting 62 percent of his shots from the field.

In his six games this season, Dials averaged seven points and 5.8 rebounds.

Pens reelingfrom cash woes

PITTSBURGH -- General manager Craig Patrick said the Pittsburgh Penguins might be better after dealing All-Star Alexei Kovalev. His boss wasn't about to say that.

Owner-player Mario Lemieux, clearly disappointed the Penguins were forced to shed yet another star for economic reasons, said Tuesday the team had no choice financially but to deal Kovalev -- and deal him now.

The Penguins weren't in such dire straits they might soon miss a payroll, Lemieux said. But, with the Pens struggling financially amid a 1,000 fans-per-game attendance drop and a nervous economy, Lemieux said they couldn't risk going into bankruptcy for the second time in four years.

Ref fouledwith LeBron

TRENTON, N.J. -- The postgame encounter was brief, just long enough for LeBron James to put his arm around a referee, lean in and smile for the camera.

Now, however, that seemingly innocent moment could hurt referee Tony Celantano, who faces possible sanctions for his actions following James' impressive comeback game on Saturday night.

The president of the central New Jersey chapter of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials said the group is investigating whether Celantano broke any rules by posing with the 18-year-old high school basketball star.

It was James' first game since a judge in Ohio restored his eligibility on Feb. 5, allowing him to resume playing.

Staff/wire reports




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