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Published: Fri, February 4, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



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MUB hockeyadvances

GATES MILLS -- The Mooney/Ursuline/Boardman club hockey team upset third-seeded Walsh Jesuit, 4-3, in the opening round of the North Coast League playoffs at Gilmour Academy.

Brady Hankinson scored the winning goal with 1:56 remaining in the third period. Other MUB goals were scored by Zak Skook, Justin Umbs and Jeff Hyat. Alex Taylor and Bill Burns added assists. John Yuhaniak stopped 29 shots.

MUB will play North Royalton in the semifinals on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. at Gilmour Academy.

Phillips wrestlesfor Ashland

ASHLAND -- James Phillips, a graduate of Howland High, is a senior wrestler for Ashland University.

He is ranked fifth nationally and has 20 wins without a loss. Phillips is second on the team with 83 points and tied for second in wins. The 125-pounder needs only two wins to reach 100 for his career.

Sargent ranksamong leaders

PAINESVILLE -- Loni Sargent, a graduate of Hubbard High, is a freshman on the women's basketball team at Lake Erie College.

She was ranked ninth in the nation in steals and 25th in rebounds (11.5 per game).

Meek hired at Weir

WEIRTON, W. Va. -- Eric Meek has been hired by the Hancock County Board of Education as the new football coach at Weir High.

He spent the last two years as the running backs coach at Robert Morris University under coach Joe Walton. He also coached the running backs for YSU under Jim Tressel.

Leone finishes third

CANFIELD -- Jim Leone, 39, of Canfield, recently competed in the U.S. Open World Racquetball Championships in Memphis.

After playing 14 matches in a class of over 64 participants, Leone beat players from Japan, Mexico and the U.S. to finish third in both the men's 35 & amp; older, and 30 & amp; older divisions.

Earlier this year Leone qualified for the World Championships by competing in the Ohio State Singles and Doubles Championships and the Regional Championships.

Phantoms play tonight

BOARDMAN -- The Youngstown Phantoms of the North American Hockey League will play host to the U.S. National Under-18 team tonight at The Ice Zone.

Game time is 7.

NATION

Former Mississippi St. back convicted

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Former Mississippi State running back Dontae Walker was convicted Thursday of possession of cocaine and felony possession of marijuana.

Walker, ninth in school history with 1,875 yards rushing, has been playing for the Birmingham Steeldogs of the Arena Football League.

Walker faces up to 30 years in prison on the cocaine conviction and up to three years for possessing more than an ounce of marijuana.

Walker and Shaundraaus Frazier, 25, were charged in August 2003 with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

U.S. Figure Skating president resigns

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The president of U.S. Figure Skating resigned suddenly Thursday, effective immediately.

Chuck Foster didn't give a reason why he was stepping down from the post he's held since May 2003, saying only that he felt it was time. Ron Hershberger, the federation's first vice president, will take over until elections are held at the May congress.

Court reinstates suit against Jordan

CHICAGO -- An appeals court ruled Thursday that a woman who accused Michael Jordan of reneging on a promise to pay her $5 million to keep quiet about an affair presented sufficient facts to pursue her case in court.

The ruling by the Illinois Court of Appeals said Karla Knafel's breach of contract lawsuit should be reinstated along with a lawsuit filed by Jordan accusing her of extortion. In 2003, Cook County Judge Richard A. Siebel threw out both lawsuits.

Jordan's lawyer, Frederick J. Sperling, said he would ask the Illinois Supreme Court to hear the case.

"We expect Michael Jordan's position to be fully vindicated," he said.

Knafel's attorney, Nicholas Pavich, said his client views the decision as "vindication by the appellate court."

According to her lawsuit, Knafel claims she became pregnant in 1991 after she and Jordan had unprotected sex. Knafel initially believed the baby was Jordan's and that when she told him, the former NBA star told her he would pay her the money, the lawsuit contends.

Jordan denied agreeing to pay the $5 million. In court documents, he contended that Knafel agreed to a $250,000 payment after paternity tests showed the child was not his.

Washington director felt unfairly blamed

KENT, Wash. -- Washington's former compliance director said Thursday she felt unfairly blamed by university administrators for an erroneous e-mail -- key evidence in Rick Neuheisel's lawsuit against the school and the NCAA.

Dana Richardson testified in the trial of the fired football coach's lawsuit that she was devastated after learning from NCAA investigators that her March 13, 2003, memo could result in a major penalty against Washington.

Vindicator staff/wire reports




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