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Published: Sat, February 12, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



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Diving

YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State senior Kalyn Leveto won the 1-meter event and placed second in the 3-meter at the Youngstown State Diving Invitational Saturday.

Leveto finished with a score of 243.95 points in the 1-meter and tallied an 11-dive score of 382.1 to place second in the 3-meter behind Clarion's Jamie Wolf.

Clarion's Ray Murray claimed the top spot in both men's events with a score of 376.25 in the 3-meter and 217.9 in the 1-meter. CU's Sean Clark placed second in both men's events.

Bowling Green's Carly Cusack finished second in the 1-meter with a score of 239.2 and third in the 3-meter with a 361.6 while Wolf placed third in the 1-meter with a tally of 232.45.

The Penguins will compete in the Horizon League Championship in Milwaukee beginning Feb. 23.

LOCAL

Sports schedules

The Vindicator is seeking spring sports schedules from area high schools. Athletic administrators should send the schedules to The Vindicator, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown, Ohio 44501, or fax to (330) 747-6712, or e-mail to sports@vindy.com.

Tri-T meeting

POLAND -- Pony Tri T baseball and softball will hold a meeting Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Poland Community Baseball building on Sheridan Road. All communities that participate in Tri T are urged to attend. For more information contact Jim DeChellis at (330) 755-6949.

Umpires havemeeting, classes

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown Metro Umpires Association will hold a meeting Monday at 6:15 p.m. at St. Nick's Activity Center on Shady Run Road.

Also, OHSAA-sponsored classes for aspiring high school umpires will begin Wednesday at Canfield High School at 5:30 p.m.

College roundup

*ALLIANCE -- Chris Blakely scored 15 points and Mount Union used a 22-0 first-half run to beat Capital 67-54.

*WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's basketball team improved to 13-9 overall and 6-2 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference with a 57-54 win over Washington & amp; Jefferson.

*GROVE CITY, Pa. -- A lay-up by freshman forward Rachel McCoy with 1.1 seconds left in the second overtime gave the Grove City women's team an 85-83 victory over Washington & amp; Jefferson.

*HIRAM -- The Hiram men's basketball team defeated Oberlin, 74-71, in overtime, on Carlton Dean's 3-pointer at the buzzer.

REGION

Patriots make Mangini defensive coordinator

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots promoted Eric Mangini to defensive coordinator Saturday, succeeding new Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel.

Mangini, who was the Patriots' defensive backfield coach, was pursued by Crennel and the Miami Dolphins.

But Patriots coach Bill Belichick, playing at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in California, told CBS-TV on Saturday that Mangini was taking over for Crennel.

Mangini has been credited with helping the Patriots' defensive backfield overcome injuries to starting players in the team's push to their third Super Bowl victory in four years.

The 34-year-old Mangini has been on the Patriots' defensive staff since 2000. He was also an assistant under Belichick with the Cleveland Browns in 1995, and moved with the team to Baltimore in 1996. Between 1997-99, he worked on the New York Jets' defensive staff.

NATION

Illegal part putsRobbie Gordon in hole

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Robby Gordon's bid to field a team this year is off to an inauspicious start because of an illegal part NASCAR officials found on his car.

Gordon's No. 7 Chevrolet was fitted with an illegal intake manifold that NASCAR discovered during inspection late Friday night. The part was removed and put on display in the NASCAR hauler, and Gordon was scrambling to get the situation fixed.

His engines are built by Menard Engineering in Indianapolis. The only other manifold the team had at Daytona International Speedway did not fit Gordon's Chevrolet, so they were waiting for Menard to mail them a new one in time for Sunday's qualifying.

Menard builds engines for Indy cars, but this is its first year in NASCAR racing.

"Menard has never competed before at the Nextel Cup level and it's going to take some time for them to get on this level," Gordon said Saturday. "The series is so competitive and everybody is looking for an angle, and apparently the manifold supplier didn't give Menard a part that was up to NASCAR's specs."

The gaffe will likely draw a substantial penalty from NASCAR, which has a precedence of handing out stiff fines and docking points for illegal engine parts at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway.

The money is the least of Gordon's problems right now.

Forced to practice Saturday with a manifold that didn't correctly fit, Gordon was at the bottom of the speed charts and almost a second slower than what the team projected it would be.

"Obviously this puts us in a tough situation," Gordon said. "But knowing we didn't have the right pieces today, we'll just wait for tomorrow. When we get the new manifold, we should be better."

It's critical for Gordon to get his car fast because of new qualifying rules that will have 22 drivers battling for eight starting positions in the Daytona 500. Because Gordon left Richard Childress Racing to form his team this year, he is starting from scratch with no provisionals that would have guaranteed him a spot in the season-opening field.

So if his car is too slow, he won't make the field unless he wins one of the 150-mile qualifying races. The winners of Thursday's races get an automatic 500 berth. Gordon won one of the races two years ago to get into the field.

Golf roundup

*PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson must have an idea how Tiger Woods felt when he won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach five years ago.

In another dominant display with every club in his bag, Mickelson blew away the field Saturday with a 5-under 67 that gave him a seven-shot lead and another tournament record at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

*GEORGE, South Africa -- Catriona Matthew and Janice Moodie combined for a 4-under 69 playing alternate shot to help Scotland share the lead with Japan after the second round of the Women's World Cup on Saturday.

Italy, which was atop the leaderboard with Canada after the first round, was one stroke back. South Korea was two shots behind after Jeong Jang and Bo Bae Song carded a 5-under 68.

The American team of Meg Mallon and Beth Daniel were three back following a 74.

*AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- England's Oliver Wilson shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the New Zealand Open.

Australia's Richard Green (69) was 14 under, and Sweden's Niclas Fasth, the second-round leader, shot a 75 to drop four strokes back along with Australia's Marcus Fraser (68) and Simon Nash (71).

Vindicator staff/wire reports




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