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Published: Mon, January 31, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



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Prep basketball

LOUISVILLE -- Carly Pavlik scored 20 points as the St. Thomas Aquinas High girls basketball team handed Lowellville its first loss of the season Saturday, 51-50.

St. Thomas Aquinas (13-4) held a 28-27 lead at halftime and outscored Lowellville 10-7 in the third period.

Amanda Nero scored a game-high 30 points for Lowellville (14-1).

Midget AA hockey

BOARDMAN -- Jim Pasquine had three goals and an assist as the Youngstown Midget AA hockey team defeated Harbor Creek 7-0 Saturday night at the Ice Zone.

Zack Skook and Brad Ceremuga each had a goal and two assists, Arman Olgun and Tyler Souder scored a goal apiece, and Joe Carothers was the winning goalie.

YSU

Women's tennis

COLUMBUS -- The Youngstown State women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision at 49th-rated Ohio State on Saturday at the Jesse Owens West Recreation Center. YSU dropped its third contest of the spring, while the Buckeyes improved to 2-2.

At No. 1 doubles, Karen Najbert and Michelle Fuleky lost 8-4 to Lindsey Adams and Sonia Ruzimovsky. At No. 2 doubles, Gina Perretti and Heather Hagood dropped an 8-2 decision to Caitlin O'Keefe and Anna Volberg. At No. 3 doubles, Emily Thayer and Nicole Muzechuk lost 8-2 to Emily DeCamilla and Meredith Vincent.

In singles play, the Penguins hung tough despite not winning a game. At No. 1, Adams defeated Najbert 7-5, 6-0; at No. 2, Volberg beat Whitney Thomas 6-1, 6-3; at No. 3, O'Keefe beat Hagood 6-2, 6-2; at No. 4 Kristin Messmer defeated Peretti 6-0, 6-0; at No. 5, Ruzimovsky beat Muzechuk 6-0, 6-1; at No. 6, Lindsay Bryan beat Fuleky 6-3, 6-0.

The Penguins return to action Feb. 19, when they play host to Dayton at the Boardman Tennis Center.

NATION

Raptors suspend guard

TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors suspended point guard Rafer Alston for two games Sunday for his conduct at practice a day before.

Alston won't be paid and will not be allowed to practice until Thursday. Toronto coach Sam Mitchell wouldn't say what Alston did but said he needs to rein in his emotions.

"It would be helpful for him as far as furthering his career," Mitchell said. "His passion is his strength, but sometimes it can be a weakness. You got to control your emotions."

This isn't the first time Alston has been in trouble with the team. During a loss to Boston on Dec. 3, Mitchell told Alston to get off his bench after he received a technical foul. Mitchell benched him for the rest of the game and the next game. Alston was so upset, he threatened to leave the team and quit the NBA altogether before later backtracking.

Alston signed a six-year contract worth between $27 million and $30 million this past summer.

ABA coach fired

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ashley McElhiney, the first female coach of a men's pro basketball team, was fired Saturday after an on-court dispute with the co-owner of the Nashville Rhythm of the ABA.

Co-owner and CEO Sally Anthony was unhappy that McElhiney was playing Matt Freije after Anthony instructed that he be benched.

The argument over the former Vanderbilt star's playing time began during the third quarter and apparently escalated when Anthony attempted to remove McElhiney as coach during the team's 110-109 win over the Kansas City Knights. Anthony was eventually restrained by security guards and taken off the floor.

"I called my coach a couple of hours before the game and said, 'I don't want him playing,' " Sally Anthony told The Tennessean after the game. "She ignored me. I walked onto the court and said I'm her boss and she needed to bench him."

McElhiney declined to comment when reached at her home on Sunday by The Associated Press.

The team was 17-7 this season under the 23-year-old, a former point guard for Vanderbilt.

McElhiney was selected in the third round of the 2003 WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever, but was released before playing a game.

Golfer wins first title

SINGAPORE -- England's Nick Dougherty won his first PGA European Tour title Sunday, shooting a 5-under-par 67 for a five-stroke victory in the Caltex Masters.

The 22-year-old Dougherty had an 18-under 270 total on the Laguna National's Masters Course. Scotland's Colin Montgomerie, the 2004 winner, closed with a 70 to tie for second with Dutchman Maarten Lafeber (69).

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn (72) finished fourth at 11 under in the tournament co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour.

"I'm absolutely delighted. When you're playing with Colin and Thomas, you really don't think it's over until it's over," Dougherty said after his bogey-free round. "Hopefully, this is start of many great things to come."

Dougherty took control on the 16th hole, hitting his approach shot to 3 feet to set up a birdie that gave him a three-stroke lead.

Montgomerie, a stroke back after the 15th, three-putted for a bogey on No. 16.

Crew makes deal

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Crew acquired forward Ante Razov from the Chicago Fire in exchange for defender Tony Sanneh.

Razov, 30, was the Fire's all-time leading scorer with 77 goals. He scored six goals in 24 matches with the U.S. National Team.

"It's a tremendous opportunity for me to resume my career with a team that has a great chance to win," Razov said Sunday. "In the end, winning is the only thing that matters."

Vindicator staff/wire reports




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