Swimming & amp; diving
YOUNGSTOWN -- Kelly Reese of Canfield and Amanda Zhelesnik of Medina will continue their diving careers at Youngstown State.
Reese was a two-sport standout at Canfield High. She was named first-team all-state three times and finished eighth at the state championships as a senior, 10th as a sophomore and 12th as a freshman. As a senior, she was an Academic All-American, a USA High School All-American nominee, an AAU national qualifier, the NEAC Diver of the Year, the Perry sectional champion and the Northeast Ohio district runner-up.
Also a volleyball standout, she earned first team all-district and second team all-conference honors as a senior.
Zhelesnik was a three-year letterwinner in both swimming and gymnastics at Medina and was named the team's Most Valuable Diver.
She won the Pioneer Conference title and was the champion of the sectional meet. She also reached the district finals twice.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Three in-season tournaments and 17 consecutive road matches to begin the season highlight a challenging schedule in 2005.
The Penguins open the season at the Akron Tournament, starting Aug. 27.
Youngstown State also competes in tournaments at South Alabama and Toledo.
The Horizon League tournament is Nov. 17-20 at Illinois-Chicago.
BOARDMAN -- Former Mahoning Valley Phantoms goaltender and Providence College freshman Tyler Sims was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.
To qualify for the team, a player must earn a 3.0 grade point average or higher in each of the academic periods he was competing.
Sims recorded a 3.4 GPA and finished the season with a 7-8-2 record, a 2.80 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.
He is a 2004 graduate of Boardman High.
Federal League
AUSTINTOWN -- John Mang will return as assistant commissioner of the Federal League for the 2005-06 school year.
Mang's responsibilities will include scheduling and observing officials of all sports in the Federal League.
He will report to league commissioner Joe Eaton.
Browns sign threeundrafted free agents
CLEVELAND -- Linebackers Ivory McCoy and Omar Nazel and tight end Keith Willis signed contracts Monday with the Cleveland Browns.
All three were undrafted free agents out of college. None has appeared in an NFL game.
McCoy signed with Philadelphia in 2002. He joined Tennessee last year and was waived at the end of training camp. He spent one week on Detroit's practice squad.
Nazel signed with Seattle in 2004 and was waived at the start of the season.
Willis signed with Green Bay last year, was waived in August and was signed to Cleveland's practice squad in December. Denver picked him up as a free agent in February, then waived him two months later.
Former Akron coach Gordon Larson dies
AKRON -- Former University of Akron football coach Gordon Larson, who led the school to its first bowl game, died Sunday in Florida. He was 80.
In 12 seasons (1961-72) as the Zips football coach, Larson had a 74-33-5 record and just one losing season. His .683 winning percentage is the best of any coach in program history, while the 74 wins are six fewer than Jim Dennison (1973-85).
Larson led Akron to the Grantland Rice Bowl in 1968, a first for the school.
He coached at Twinsburg High before serving as an assistant to Woody Hayes at Ohio State.
Judge rules in favor of Earnhardt's team
LEXINGTON, N.C. -- A judge ruled in favor of the late Dale Earnhardt's car owner Monday, saying an insurance company failed to share legal documents in the case over whether benefits should have been paid after the NASCAR driver's death.
Earnhardt died Feb. 18, 2001, in a last-lap crash in the Daytona 500.
Superior Court Judge Kimberly S. Taylor issued the order against United of Omaha Life Insurance Co. following 12 days of proceedings.
Taylor declined Richard Childress Racing's request to enter a default judgment of $3.7 million, plus interest, and triple that amount as allowed under state law.
NHL labor
TORONTO -- The NHL and its players' union held another small group session of contract discussions Monday, making slow progress in hopes of ending the ninth-month lockout.
The basic structure of a salary cap linked league-wide to revenues, with an upper and lower limit on team payrolls, is being discussed.
Vindicator staff/wire reports

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