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Published: Thu, August 11, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



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NASCAR driversto be at Hartford

HARTFORD -- NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers Dave Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Petty and Ken Schrader will be at Sharon Speedway on Saturday to help raise money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, which benefits sick children and their families.

The drivers will sign autographs from 6-8 p.m.

Advance tickets are sold out, but an additional 100 tickets will be sold on Saturday for $10 each. A fan interaction session will follow for all fans. Autographed memorabilia and other items will be raffled off. Racing in five divisions will follow.

For details, call (330) 772-1186 or visit www.sharonspeedway.com.

Mooney seekshoops coach

YOUNGSTOWN -- Scott Groves has resigned as Mooney High School's boys basketball coach.

Groves, who just completed his first season as head coach at Mooney, has accepted a new business position in Louisville, Ky.

Alliance setstennis event

ALLIANCE -- The Alliance Recreation Department and Friends of the Park are sponsoring the 8th annual Carnation Mixed Doubles Open Tennis Tournament Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at the Silver Park courts.

Cost is $15 per team plus a new can of balls.

For more information, call (330) 823-6159. Rain date is Sunday.

REGION

Browns claimoffensive lineman

BEREA -- The Cleveland Browns claimed offensive lineman Dave Yovanovits off waivers from the New York Jets and waived injured lineman Greg Osika on Wednesday.

Yovanovits, a seventh-round draft pick in 2003, spent the last two seasons with the Jets. He played in four games, mostly on special teams, in 2004. Osika had been sidelined all of training camp with a toe injury.

Blue Jacketssign Hrdina

COLUMBUS -- Jan Hrdina, a center who has played with the Pittsburgh Penguins and two other teams in his six seasons in the NHL, has signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jackets.

Hrdina, 29, has 91 goals and 173 assists in 438 career games with the Penguins, Phoenix Coyotes and New Jersey Devils.

The 6-foot, 206-pound center is the first forward to sign a free-agent contract with the Blue Jackets since the lockout ended. Earlier, the team signed defensemen Adam Foote and Bryan Berard and goaltender Martin Prusek.

The Blue Jackets were looking for a veteran center to work with rising stars Rick Nash and Nikolai Zherdev.

A native of the Czech Republic, Hrdina has at least 25 assists and 40 points in five of his six NHL seasons. He has appeared in 45 playoff games.

Penguins, Beech reach deal

PITTSBURGH -- Center Kris Beech has accepted the Pittsburgh Penguins' qualifying offer of $899,745.

Beech, 24, was acquired by the Penguins in the Jaromir Jagr trade with the Washington Capitals in July 2001. He has appeared in 99 NHL games in his career with Pittsburgh and Washington, totaling 27 points and 59 penalty minutes.

Beech has played in 171 career games with the minor-league's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins over the last three seasons, getting 150 points and 319 penalty minutes. Also, goaltender Dany Sabourin has signed with the Penguins. The Calgary Flames drafted Sabourin, 24, in the fourth round of the 1998 draft. He appeared in four games with the Flames during the 2003-04 season.

WORLD

Clay earns decathlon gold

HELSINKI, Finland -- Bryan Clay looks too small to be the "world's greatest athlete." Tianna Madison seems too young to be a world champ.

Both Americans were triumphant, though, on a cold, wet and windy night at the world track and field championships.

Clay, at 5-foot-11 dwarfed by his mammoth opponents, defeated Olympic champion and world record holder Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic, 8,732 points to 8,521, to win the gold medal in the decathlon, 10 events completed in awful weather over two days.

Madison, a 19-year-old junior-to-be at Tennessee, soared to a personal-best 22-71/4 on her next-to-last attempt to win the women's long jump. Olympic bronze medalist Tatyana Kotova was second at 22-31/2. Eunice Barber of France, heptathlon silver medalist in Helsinki, was third with a wind-aided 22-21/4.

Staff/wire reports




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