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Published: Thu, February 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



YSU

Fighting hunger

YOUNGSTOWN -- The YSU athletic department, Giant Eagle, 27 First News and The Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley have teamed up to fight hunger when the men's basketball team plays host to Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday at the Beeghly Center.

Any fan bringing a Giant Eagle brand non-perishable food item or any other non-perishable food product will receive one complimentary ticket for that afternoon's contest.

LOCAL

Jackson Miltonclaims EOWL title

NORTH JACKSON -- The Jackson-Milton High School wrestling team downed visiting Girard 51-24 on Wednesday to improve to 15-0 this season and clinch the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League for the 10th time in the last 11 years.

Phantoms peewees win two games

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown Phantoms peewee A major team defeated Rocky River Saturday night 3-2.

Goals were scored by Jacob Sines, Evan Filip, and Cory Barnhouse. Assists came from Ben Jensen, Cory Barnhouse, and Ryan Demyen. John O'Brien made 17 saves.

On Sunday, the Phantoms beat Tri-County 5-0. Evan Filip and Cory Barnhouse each scored two goals while Ben Jensen had one. Ryan Demyen had three assists and Cory Barnhouse, and Nick Carney, Jesse Depietro,and Scott McKee each had one.

Goalie John O'Brien posted his first shutout of the season.

Titans earn honors

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- A pair of Westminster College basketball standouts have been named Presidents' Athletic Conference players of the week.

Senior Pat O'Connor was the men's basketball player of the week and senior Mary Jane Eaton was the women's basketball player of the week.

REGION

Indians, Padresswap infielders

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians traded third baseman Corey Smith, a former first-round pick who never met expectations, to the San Diego Padres for infielder Jake Gautreau on Wednesday.

Smith batted .249 with 19 homers and 66 RBIs in 128 games for Double-A Akron, striking out 128 times in 454 at-bats. Smith, who played in five games at Triple-A Buffalo in 2004, was designated for assignment Jan. 18 when the Indians signed Alex Cora.

Gautreau was also a first-round pick, taken 14th overall by the Padres in 2001. The former Tulane star hit a combined .266 while in Double-A and Triple-A last season. In 48 games at Triple-A Portland, the left-hander batted .274 with nine homers.

NATION

Players rejectNHL offer

NEW YORK -- Nearly five months into the NHL lockout, the players' association still won't accept the league's demand for a salary cap. The league says it's too late to talk about alternatives.

And now time is about to run out on the hockey season.

The union needed only a few hours Wednesday to reject the latest league proposal that would place minimums and maximums on what the 30 clubs can spend on player costs. That didn't quite put an end to the hope for hockey, but it sure pushed that prospect to the forefront.

The lockout reached its 140th day Wednesday, and has forced the cancellation of 762 of the 1,230 regular-season games plus the All-Star game.

Pierce dismissed from Iowa basketball team

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa basketball standout Pierre Pierce was kicked off the team Wednesday while under investigation by West Des Moines police for intent to commit sexual abuse, burglary and other crimes at the home of a former girlfriend.

Cubs, Burnitz agree to one-year contract

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs didn't waste any time finding a replacement for Sammy Sosa.

The Cubs agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract with outfielder Jeromy Burnitz on Wednesday, announcing it as the same time as the trade that sent Sosa to the Baltimore Orioles.

David Boston pleads no contest to assault

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Miami Dolphins wide receiver David Boston pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge that he struck a ticket agent at the Burlington International Airport in October.

Boston's attorney Douglas Kallen said his client was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $211 in restitution.

Boston, who missed the entire NFL season with a knee injury, was accused of hitting a U.S. Airways employee in the face on Oct. 19 after the agent refused to let him to board a plane. Boston said the agent caused him to miss his flight and had spit in his face.

The ticket agent, Ed Gorchinski, told police the flight was running late and that he had urged Boston, a late passenger, to hurry to the plane but Boston took his time. He told Boston he was closing the door and refused to allow him to board. Boston punched him in the face, causing his glasses to fall off, court papers said.

He had been rehabilitating in Vermont, where he had knee surgery.

Vindicator staff/wire report




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