BOARDMAN -- The Mahoning Valley Phantoms will hold their second and final preliminary tryout camp at The Ice Zone Friday through Sunday. Prospects from across the country and locally will participate under game conditions.
Some players could be invited to the Phantoms invitational camp July 14-17, also at The Ice Zone, where the team's 25-man roster will be determined.
The camp will consist of 13 games. All the games are open to the public and admission is free.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Steel Valley Boxing Club will have McDonald heavyweight Adam Smith representing it at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y., on the Hall of Fame Boxing card Friday.
Smith (4-5, 2 knockouts) will be in a four-rounder with Pittsburgh's Tim Williamson (13-1, 11 KOs).
The Hall of Fame card is topped by a pair of 10-rounders with the main event featuring former heavyweight contender Shannon Briggs against undefeated Pittsburgh heavyweight Abraham Okine.
Smith is situated in the swing bout with the card being televised by ESPN2's Friday Night Fights
Mercer Raceway Park
MERCER -- Residents of Crawford County can take advantage of free admission night Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park. Adults living in Crawford County can show their driver's license and will be admitted for free along with any accompanying students ages 15 and younger. Also, little leaguers in uniform will be admitted free.
A full night of racing will be on tap featuring the Luxaire Heating & amp; Cooling Sprint Cars, Campbell-Peterson Trail & amp; Turf Modifieds, Tire Express Stock Cars and Maurer's Trading Post Strictly Stocks, plus the second of five appearances by the Tommy Gale Trailers Micro Sprints.
Scrappy, the mascot of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers Class A baseball team, will be on hand to give away Scrappers tickets.
The rescheduled Grove City Auto Mall "Meet Your Heroes" Night for the Modifieds will be held behind the grandstands from 6-6:30 p.m. The first 400 fans will receive a color autograph card.
Point leaders are: Rod George (Kittanning, Pa.), Sprints; Rick Hall (Stoneboro, Pa.), Modifieds; Brian Booher (Sandy Lake, Pa.), Stock Cars; Curt Bish, Jr. (Oil City, Pa.), Strictly Stocks; and Mike Himes (Summerville, Pa.), Micro Sprints.
Grandstands open at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are slated for 6:15 p.m. and the first green flag will wave at 7 p.m.
Admission prices are $10 for adults , $6 for children ages 6-15 and free for children ages 5-younger. A family pass costs $25 and Pit passes cost $22.
Former track star Reynolds to work with Buckeyes football players
Butch Reynoldsjoins OSU football
COLUMBUS -- Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder Butch Reynolds is joining Ohio State's football staff to help with strength and conditioning.
Reynolds, a native of Akron, starts his new position Monday.
A 1991 graduate of Ohio State, Reynolds set the world record in the 400 meters with a time of 43.29 seconds in 1988 at the Zurich Gran Prix. He competed on U.S. Olympic teams in 1988, '92 and '96, winning a gold medal in the 1600 relay and a silver in the 400 in 1988.
Football coach Jim Tressel said Reynolds' primary responsibility would be making the Buckeyes faster.
Reynolds served as an assistant track coach at Ohio State from 1996 to 1998 and was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 1995.
Cincinnati recruit charged with rape
WINCHENDON, Mass. -- A University of Cincinnati basketball recruit has been charged with statutory rape and indecent assault at a prep school in Massachusetts, according to the university and court documents.
Tyree Evans, 20, of Richmond, Va., is one of five current or former basketball players at the Winchendon School facing charges in the alleged assault last fall. Evans, a 6-foot-3 guard, is the No. 3 scorer in Virginia prep history, trailing only Allen Iverson and Moses Malone.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Janell Burse scored 18 points and Lauren Jackson added 15 to help the Seattle Storm hand the Detroit Shock their first loss of the season, 76-61 Wednesday night.
The Shock (4-1) were the only undefeated team left in the league. Seattle (5-2) has won five of six.
Vindicator staff/wire reports