Camp fee waived
YOUNGSTOWN -- The late fee for the Youngstown State University spring baseball camp Saturday and Sunday has been waived due to the recent inclement weather, announced YSU baseball coach Mike Florak.
The camp will be held at Beeghly Center and Stambaugh Stadium and hosted by the YSU baseball staff.
For information about the camp call (330) 941-3485.
Clarett will notmake appearance
YOUNGSTOWN -- Maurice Clarett, tailback for the national champion Ohio State football team, will not make a guest appearance at Sheridan Elementary School, his alma mater, on Feb. 27 as was announced originally, Sheridan principal Mary Ann Schulay said.
Schulay said Sheridan was not able to confirm Clarett's appearance for that date, but is hopeful that he will visit the school in the near future.
Clarett's appearance was to have been part of Family Literacy Month in February, and was being promoted by Sheridan, the Vindicator's Newspaper-in-Education program, Home Savings & amp; Loan and the Sylvan Learning Center.
BOARDMAN -- The Mahoning Valley Phantom Rockets ice hockey team will play the Toledo Ice Diggers Saturday at 7 p.m. at The Ice Zone. An incorrect date appeared in The Vindicator on Tuesday.
Pitt lowersticket prices
PITTSBURGH -- Pitt is cutting football season ticket prices in an effort to lure larger crowds to Heinz Field.
The prices for 8,000 upper end zone season tickets will be cut in half, from $20 per game last season to $10 per game in 2003, Pitt interim athletic director Marc Boehm said. The package will sell for $60.
Also, 11,000 lower end zone and upper sideline season tickets have been cut to $99, a $16.50 per-game average that is down from last year's $22.15 average.
Pitt cut prices despite having a more attractive home schedule in 2003 than last season, with Notre Dame, Miami and Virginia Tech set to visit next fall.
Because Notre Dame tickets will be priced at $40, seats for Pitt's other five games will cost only $20 -- an average of $4 per game -- when fans purchase the $60 plans.
The price cuts were made after Pitt's attendance did not grow as much as expected following the 2001 move into the downtown stadium, where the Steelers play. Pitt averaged 44,424 last year at 65,000-seat Heinz Field and sold out only one home game, against rival West Virginia.
* MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Top-seeded Andy Roddick played without pain at the Kroger St. Jude tournament, and won his first match since reaching the semis of last month's Australian Open.
Roddick, the world's sixth-ranked player, beat qualifier Cecil Mamiit 6-4, 6-4 to begin defense of his Memphis title. The victory came four weeks after he injured his right wrist in Australia, where he later lost in the semifinals.
Also, Paradorn Srichaphan beat Michael Chang.
* BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Defending champion Nicolas Massu was ousted by Agustin Calleri 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the Copa AT & amp;T first round.
* ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- Tim Henman was beaten in his first match since shoulder surgery in November, losing to Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-2 in the ABN Amro first round.
* DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Monica Seles defeated Francesca Schiavone in the Dubai Open second round.
Jury supportsofficers' action
SAN DIEGO -- Two San Diego police officers acted reasonably when they shot and killed former NFL player Demetrius DuBose during a July 1999 confrontation, a federal jury ruled.
DuBose, 28, was shot 12 times, including five to his back, during the struggle with police outside an apartment in San Diego's Mission Beach neighborhood. Police said he lunged at them after taking an officer's nunchakus.
NCAA alters rules
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Football Rules Committee has eliminated the 2-yard "halo" rule on kick returns.
Also, backs who are positioned outside the normal tackle position are now prohibited from blocking below the waist near the line of scrimmage. The committee also voted to start the game clock on kickoffs when the ball is touched instead of when it is kicked.
Blatter: MLSshould conform
NEW YORK -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter thinks Major League Soccer needs to emulate other top leagues around the world.
"They should have their own stadia to use year-round," he said during a conference call Tuesday. "They should play at least nine months or 10 months like the other big federations."
MLS started in 1996, two years after the United States hosted the World Cup. The league has been moderately successful, but has had trouble overcoming competition from other major sports.
Vindicator staff/wire reports