Track and field
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Youngstown State sophomore Drew Weizer broke the school record in the weight throw with a mark of 55 feet, 9 inches at the Western Pa. Intercollegiate Indoor Championships on Sunday at Robert Morris College.
Weizer's first-place throw surpassed Jarrod Davis' mark of 54-10 1/4 that was set on Feb. 21, 2004.
Jason Greenamyer won the 500 meters with a time of 1 minute, 10.0 seconds and placed third in the 55 hurdles in 8.12. R.D. Goodright also picked up a win in the 1,000 (2:35).
In the sprints, Scott Weiser placed second in the 400 (51.66) while Scott Streiner was third in the 200 (23.38).
Jeremy Riehm took third in the 3,000 (9:18.4) to lead the distance group, while Matt Paullin, Nick Smith and Dave Mealy finished fourth through sixth in the event.
In the throws, Donny Hull placed fourth in the shot put (45-2), while Nick Rodland was fifth (44-7). Joe Lahmon was fifth in the weight throw (46-4 3/4).
Derek Riker highlighted the field events with a second-place finish in the pole vault (14-6).
Union OKs Sosa trade
NEW YORK -- The trade that would send Sammy Sosa from the Chicago Cubs to the Baltimore Orioles took a step forward Monday when the players' association approved a key change to his contract that is required to complete the deal.
Chicago would receive Jerry Hairston Jr. and a pair of minor leaguers, second baseman Mike Fontenot and right-handed pitcher Dave Crouthers, in exchange for Sosa and $12 million. The trade is likely to be finalized Thursday or Friday.
Sosa's contract currently contains a provision that calls for the team's $18 million option for 2006 to become guaranteed if he is traded and for a $19 million team option for 2007 to be added, one that would carry a $4.5 million buyout. As part of the trade, Sosa will sign an addendum to his contract voiding that provision.
Commissioner Bud Selig also must approve the trade because more than $1 million will change hands in the swap. The teams started the process of submitting documents outlining the trade to the commissioner's office, but all the necessary paperwork had not been sent in as of Monday night.
To replace some of Sosa's power, the Cubs were in negotiations with free-agent outfielder Jeromy Burnitz.
Bonds has surgery
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds is expected to miss much of spring training following arthroscopic surgery Monday on his right knee, but the San Francisco Giants slugger should recover in plenty of time to resume his chase of Hank Aaron's home run record in April.Giants trainer Stan Conte expects Bonds to return for at least the final two weeks of spring training, and the 40-year-old should be back to full strength before opening day.
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BOARDMAN -- Michael Carman scored on a penalty shot and had two assists leading the U.S. National Under-17 Team to a 5-2 win over the Youngstown Phantoms on Sunday at The Ice Zone.
Rhett Rakhshani, Patrick Kane, and Ryan Flynn scored to give the U.S. (24-13-1) a 3-0 lead after two periods. At 2:17 of the third period, Chris Smith scored on the power play for Youngstown (21-15-3) within two. Carman's penalty shot made it 4-1, and after Youngstown's Kyle Laughlin scored, James O'Brien's empty-netter with 35 seconds remaining ended the scoring.
The Phantoms will face the U.S. National Under-18 Team at 7 p.m. Friday at The Ice Zone.
Also, former Phantom Joe Federoff, a freshman at Robert Morris College, was named College Hockey America offensive player of the week.
Youth hockey roundup
The Youngstown Jr. Phantoms bantam travel team improved to 11-0 with two victories last weekend.
The Phantoms defeated the Mentor Cardinals 6-3 on Saturday. Don Super and Jay Young each had two goals, with John Vanasdale and Ryan Taylor each adding one.
Young and Vanasdale each also had two assists, with Super, Taylor, Ryan Rinko, Jimmy Lacko and Devrim Olgan each having one.
Jared Pack made 14 saves in goal.
The Phantoms beat the Canton-Akron Penguins 2-1 on Sunday.
Scoring goals were Jay Young and Ryan Rinko. and Don Super had an assist. Jonathan Welsh stopped 13 shots.
*GATES MILLS -- The Mooney/Ursuline/Boardman club hockey team defeated Nordonia 5-2 on Sunday at the Gilmour Academy Ice Rink.
Brady Hankinson had three goals and an assist, while David Graham and E.J. O‚Neill also had goals. Alex Taylor had two assists, and Jake Secich and Mike Madsen had one each. John Yuhaniak stopped 33 of 35 shots.
MUB finished the North Coast Hockey League regular season with a 5-4-1 record, qualifying for the playoffs, which start Wednesday.