Springfield Old-timerstop Youngstown 9-7
YOUNGSTOWN -- Slip Feigert's stellar defensive play to end the game sparked the Springfield Old-timers to 9-7 win over the Youngstown Old-timers on Saturday at Cene Park.
Bill Feigert tripled and doubled and Bob Johnson, Adrian D'Amato, John Donofrio and Dave Bindas each had two hits in the 16-hit assault. Jim Gagliano tossed a complete game for Springfield (5-3).
Don Christian homered and Charlie White had three hits for Youngstown.
Ohio State coachsigns 7-year extension
COLUMBUS -- Ohio State women's basketball coach Jim Foster has signed a seven-year contract extension with the school.
Foster was named Big Ten coach of the year last season in his third year with the Buckeyes. Ohio State won a school-record 30 games and advanced to the Sweet 16, reaching the No. 2 spot in The Associated Press poll in the process.
Foster's original five-year deal was worth an estimated $400,000 per year. Terms of the extension weren't disclosed, but the school said it includes incentives for the team's academic and on-court performance.
Also, Foster will earn bonuses and another year automatically will be added to the contract each time the Buckeyes win the Big Ten regular season title or advances to the NCAA tournament, the school said.
Foster is 73-25 at Ohio State, with at least 20 wins each season.
Gatlin sweeps sprints
CARSON, Calif. -- Justin Gatlin cemented his status as America's fastest human Sunday by winning the 200 meters, becoming the first man in 20 years to sweep the sprints at the U.S. track and field championships.
A day after winning the 100, Gatlin turned it on down the stretch to win the 200 in 20.04 seconds. The last man to win both races at the U.S. meet was Kirk Baptiste in 1985. Tyson Gay, just out of Arkansas, was second in 20.06, followed by the Olympic gold medalist in the event, Shawn Crawford, in 20.12.
Wallace Spearmon, who has the world's fastest time in the event this year in 19.91, finished fourth at 20.16 and failed to make the U.S. team for the world championships in Helsinki Aug. 6-14. The men's 200, into a head wind, was the last event of the four-day competition at Home Depot Center.
It was a triumphant performance after a near-disastrous start for the 23-year-old Gatlin. The Olympic gold medalist in the 100 and bronze medalist in the 200 was disqualified for a false start in the 100 preliminaries Friday. He was reinstated after a protest, and took off from there.
"I had to turn it around and make sure it was a very positive experience," Gatlin said. "I feel like I'm in my zone, like I was in college, doubling and hopefully dominating as well."
Kerron Clement won the 400 hurdles and Allyson Felix took the women's 200, as both 19-year-olds posted two of the most impressive championship performances from a young corps of talent that is taking over the sport in the United States.
Castroneves' victorymakes pain go away
RICHMOND, Va. -- The pain management patches had done their job, allowing Helio Castroneves to ignore any sting in his bruised left shoulder and drive to victory.
Then, it was time to celebrate as only he does, and the way that long ago earned the Indy Racing League star from Brazil the nickname "Spiderman."
"When the adrenaline is going on, you don't look. You just keep climbing, climbing and you realize when you look on the right and there is somebody there, 'Oh, you're not supposed to be here,"' he said Saturday night of his traditional scaling of the fence after winning the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway.
As he climbed the fence on the front stretch, Castroneves realized he was very close to the flagstand -- close enough to see the look of surprise on the flagman's face.
"The crowd went crazy and that's what makes me drive," Castroneves said. "Winning -- that's what makes me drive and it just inspired me so much. I love it. I love this and I have to keep working hard because nothing comes easy, unfortunately."
Vindicator staff/wire reports
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