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Published: Fri, April 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



YSU

Football

YOUNGSTOWN -- Tailback Jabari Scott of San Antonio (Texas) Taft High has signed a letter of intent to play at Youngstown State.

Scott was a second-team Class 5A all-state selection after rushing for 2,493 yards and scoring 33 touchdowns as a senior. He led Taft to a 10-4 record.

& quot;Jabari had an outstanding senior season and through various recruiting connections we were able to establish a relationship with him, & quot; YSU coach Jon Heacock said.

Scott averaged 178.1 yards per game and 8.1 yards per rush as a senior. He rushed for more than 100 yards in 11 games, including 10 straight.

He was named the San Antonio Express-News Area Newcomer of the Year and was a finalist for the area Offensive Player-of-the-Year award. As a sophomore, he attended San Antonio's Jay High School before going back to Taft prior to his junior year.

Golf Outing

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown State Football Alumni Committee of the Penguin Club is taking reservations for a golf outing at Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex, Pa., April 29. The event is part of the Football Alumni's Spring Reunion.

The cost for a round of golf is $75 while a golf and Outback Steakhouse Buffet Dinner package is $100. The event tees off at noon.

For a brochure or more information contact Tom Morella at (330) 941-2351.

LOCAL

College roundup

*GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Thiel freshman Eric Wadowsky was named honorable mention by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) in their weekly players of the week awards.

Wadowsky tossed a one-hit complete game shutout in his first collegiate start against Notre Dame College, striking out four.

*NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College junior Adam Hadbavny was named Division III South men's field athlete of the week by the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Hadbavny won the discus (153 feet, 10 inches), was third in the shot put (48-0) and fourth in the javelin (164-103/4) at the Clarion Early Bird Invitational.

NATION

Donovan joins Galaxy

CARSON, Calif. -- Three-time U.S. national player of the year Landon Donovan is returning to Southern California, where he was a soccer prodigy as a teenager.

The 23-year-old Donovan joined the Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday. The Major League Soccer team acquired the right to sign him by trading high-scoring forward Carlos Ruiz to FC Dallas a day earlier.

Donovan agreed to a long-term contract, although specifics of the deal were not disclosed.

He spent much of the past 21/2 months with Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga, which signed him as a 17-year-old phenom. He had played little, however, and recently was benched.

Previously, he played four years for the San Jose Earthquakes, on loan from Bayer Leverkusen.

Suit claims Armstrongtook substance

AUSTIN, Texas -- A former personal assistant to Lance Armstrong filed court papers Thursday alleging that he discovered a banned substance in the cycling champion's apartment early last year.

Armstrong's attorney, Timothy Herman, called the allegation false and "absurd."

Speculation kept building, meanwhile, that Armstrong would retire later this year after trying to win his seventh straight Tour de France.

Armstrong has scheduled a press conference in the United States on April 18 before the Tour of Georgia.

Florida Derbyis Saturday

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- Winning his first Florida Derby would be nice, though trainer Nick Zito says it's far from a requirement on the road to the Kentucky Derby.

Best known for preparing 3-year-olds for the Triple Crown races, Zito sends out the two favorites -- High Fly and Noble Causeway -- in Saturday's $1 million race at Gulfstream Park.

Zito has a formidable 1-2 punch for the 11/8-mile major prep for the Kentucky Derby in five weeks.

High Fly, the 8-5 morning-line favorite, is coming off a victory of three-quarters of a length in the Fountain of Youth in his first start for Zito. Noble Causeway, at 3-1, easily won a first-level allowance race. Both wins came at Gulfstream on March 5.

High Fly won three of four starts for previous trainer Bill White, and was transferred to Zito's care by owner Charlotte Weber of Live Oak Plantation.

Noble Causeway, a $1.15 million purchase by Barnes & amp; Noble chairman Leonard Riggio, is making his stakes debut.

The Florida Derby drew a field of nine.

SW Missouriwins WNIT

SPRINGFIELD, MO. -- Kari Koch had 23 points, Jenni Lingor added 20 and Southwest Missouri State rode a barrage of 3-pointers to the Women's NIT championship with a 78-70 victory Thursday night over West Virginia.

Southwest Missouri (25-8) from the Missouri Valley Conference used 11 3-pointers to down West Virginia (21-13) from the Big East and set an NCAA season record of 305 from beyond the arc.

Vindicator staff/wire reports




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