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Published: Mon, February 14, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



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Canfield hockeyloses to Walsh

KENT -- Canfield High was defeated 8-3 by Walsh Jesuit in the OHSAA sectional hockey tournament at Kent State University Saturday.

Zack Kovacs scored two goals for the Cardinals, while Connor McNamara had a goal and an assist. D.J. Haurin and Will Jensen also had assists.

Mark Maxwell made 28 saves.

Rayen tournament

YOUNGSTOWN -- Ursuline, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Canton Timken and Rayen won games Saturday at the Rayen freshman basketball tournament.

Ursuline defeated Wilson, 52-33, as Sean McKeown scored 14 points and George Williams had 13. Derrick Platter scored 12 points for Wilson.

SVSM defeated Boardman, 56-44. Demetrious Brinson scored 16 points for SVSM, and Nick Thomas had 12. Dan Kubala scored 13 points for Boardman.

Timken defeated Warren Harding 52-51 in overtime. Bryon Ballard had 12 points and Da'Shaune Umbles had 11 for Timken. Dan Wickham (15) and Raphael Patterson (14) led Harding.

Rayen defeated Mooney 66-50 behind Nick Arrington, with 27 points, and Gary Thornton, with 21. Michael Zordich had 18 points and Vinny Patella had 10 for Mooney.

The tournament resumes today. Chaney plays Warren Harding at 5:30 p.m., followed by Wilson-Mooney at 7. Boardman plays the winner of the Chaney-Harding game Tuesday at 4 p.m., and on Wednesday, Ursuline plays Timken at 6, followed by Rayen and Akron SVSM.

REGION

Browns hire Carthon

CLEVELAND -- Former NFL fullback back Maurice Carthon joined Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel's staff Sunday as offensive coordinator.

Carthon, who ran Bill Parcells' offense in Dallas the past two seasons, has 11 years of experience as an NFL coach. He played for the New York Giants when Crennel was an assistant coach with the team.

"He has a tremendous work ethic," said Crennel, who took over the Browns after helping New England win the Super Bowl. "Maurice and I share the same philosophy on how our offense will run and I know he will be a great asset to the Cleveland Browns."

The Browns also hired John Lott as strength coach. Crennel, Carthon and Lott worked together on Parcells' staff with the New York Jets from 1997-99.

Lott served the past eight years as Jets strength coach.

"He has the uncanny ability to get the most out of his players. The results are stronger, faster players who endure on the field for a longer period of time," Crennel said.

Carthon and Lott are the first two additions to Crennel's coaching staff.

Larkin retires

WASHINGTON -- Shortstop Barry Larkin, a 12-time all-star who spent his entire 19-year career with the Cincinnati Reds, has retired and joined the Washington Nationals in their front office as a special assistant.

"While his tasks and challenges will be different than he experienced as a player, Barry's presence coupled with an eagerness to be involved in all facets of our operations will undoubtedly yield positive results for both Barry and the Nationals," Washington general manager Jim Bowden said in a statement Sunday.

Larkin, in an Associated Press interview in late January, said he would like to play another season, but could not commit himself to play for anyone other than the Reds, his hometown team.

The Reds had rejected his overtures to return for a 20th season, deciding to turn the position over to younger players.

Larkin's 19-year tenure with the Reds was the longest streak among active players who had been with just one team.

Over 2,180 games, he hit .295 with 441 doubles, 76 triples, 198 home runs, 960 RBI and 379 stolen bases.

He helped the team win the World Series in 1990 and was National League MVP in 1995.

Roddick wins SAP

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Andy Roddick's game is back on track all right.

The top-seeded Roddick breezed to a 6-0, 6-4 victory over unseeded Cyril Saulnier in 50 minutes to win the SAP Open on Sunday in the fastest final on the ATP circuit this season.

The American is the first to record a shutout set in this event since Arthur Ashe beat Guillermo Vilas in 1975.

Roddick, who needed just nice aces, played a near-flawless first set on the way to winning his 16th career title less than 20 hours after a thrilling 7-6 (3), 6-3 semifinal win Saturday night over third-seeded Tommy Haas that featured the best rallies of the tournament.

Canseco speaks

Jose Canseco says he and fellow slugger Mark McGwire were never "buddy buddies" as teammates on the Oakland Athletics, but had at least one thing in common that they talked about regularly: using steroids.

Canseco also admitted in an interview with "60 Minutes" that he would never have been a major league-caliber player without using the drugs.

The interview was broadcast Sunday on CBS, one day before the release of Canseco's book, "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & amp; How Baseball Got Big."

Vindicator staff/wire reports




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