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Published: Thu, February 20, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



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Correction

South Range's Justin Carolyne, competing in the 112-pound class, advanced to this week's Division III district wrestling tournament. Carolyne finished fourth last weekend at the Northwestern sectional, where he went 2-2. His name was left out of a story Sunday.

YWBA Tourneyset March 2

CANFIELD -- The Youngstown Women's Bowling Association's 27th annual officers tournament will be March 2 at Amron Lanes.

The tournament is a handicap singles event, open to all 2002-2003 sanction league oficers (summer and winter), directors of the 500 and 600 bowling clubs, YWBA directors, life members and members emeritus.

The only squad time is 1 p.0m.

Entry fee of $15 should be made payable to the YWBA and sent to Bobbie Sciarra, 44 S. Kimberly Ave., Austintown, O. 44515 before Feb. 21.

Four winbowling event

BOARDMAN -- Winners in four categories emerged from the 9-pin no-tap scotch doubles strike out cancer tournament, sponsored by the Youngstown Women's Bowling Association at Boardman Lanes recently.

Jerry Duchek and Robert Rupert Jr. won the two-man category with 1021, Virginia Buzzelli and Carol Morrison comprised the top two-woman team with 917, Linda Plume and Mike Phillips won mixed with 1017 and Mark Lias and Butch Lias had 986 to claim junior-adult.

Lane sponsors were Miller Lite, Erskine Trucking, Hartzell Construction and Home Savings & amp; Loan.

REGION

Bengals coachappeals to fans

CINCINNATI -- As the new head coach of the NFL's worst team, Marvin Lewis has to start winning now.

He has to win the respect of Cincinnati Bengals players ground down by years of losing. He has to persuade free agents to spend their prime years on a team that hasn't won in 12 years.

His toughest sell? Getting fans to believe that they should keep spending money on what has amounted to a losing cause.

The Bengals sent letters this month to their dwindling base of ticket holders, asking them to renew. The mailing included a discount coupon for the team's in-stadium store -- fans can get 25 percent off merchandise through March 31 -- and a letter from Lewis.

"As the new head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, I can promise you a new look in a season of change and excitement at Paul Brown Stadium," the letter reads.

"After coaching against the Bengals twice a year for several seasons in the AFC Central as a coach for Pittsburgh and Baltimore, I'm excited to get the opportunity to work with a talented roster that we feel is close to achieving some significant goals.

"Bengals' fans have memories of magical moments, great players and two Super Bowls. Our goal is to restore that tradition, and with your help we can fill 'The Jungle' again with the NFL's best home-field advantage."

NATION

Baby Penslose in OT

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Rookie center Antoine Vermette scored on a breakaway with 77 seconds left in overtime Sunday to lift the Binghamton Senators to a 3-2 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the American Hockey League.

The Senators (29-18-7-1), fresh off Saturday's 9-0 rout of St. John's in Ottawa, scored twice in the first period with Julien Vauclair's rocket from the left circle at 3:51 and Chris Kelly's power-play goal at 11:58.

But Bobby Russell cut the margin back to a goal by slipping the puck through goalie Ray Emery's skates on the power play at 7:54 of the second period for the Penguins.

49ers cornerbackacquitted of DUI

MIAMI -- San Francisco 49ers cornerback Mike Rumph was acquitted of drunken driving Friday following a four-day trial.

He had faced a maximum sentence of six months in jail.

"I'm just glad the truth came out in this case," Rumph said. "My family and friends all stuck with me."

Miami Beach police said they stopped Rumph's car early July 6 after he left a South Beach nightclub. According to a breathalyzer test, his blood-alcohol level was .091 percent. The legal limit in Florida is .08 percent. He also failed field sobriety tests.

Rumph testified that he was sober, saying he had only two mixed drinks in two hours at the club, and the defense attacked the validity of the blood-alcohol tests.

Agassi defeatsSanguinetti

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Andre Agassi won 12 of the last 14 games to beat sixth-seeded Davide Sanguinetti 6-3, 6-1 and capture the Siebel Open for the fifth time, and his 56th career title.

WORLD

Els wins again

PERTH, Australia -- Ernie Els won for the fourth time in five tournaments this year, closing with a 6-under 66 for a 10-stroke victory in the Johnnie Walker Classic.

Els had a 29-under 259 total on the Lake Karrinyup course to break the PGA European Tour's 72-hole record for relation to par of 27 under set by Jerry Anderson in the 1984 European Masters.

Venus advances

ANTWERP, Belgium -- Venus Williams beat Kim Clijsters 6-2, 6-4 in the Diamond Games final for her first victory of the season.

Wire/staff reports




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