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Published: Tue, October 17, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



AREA

Adams, Mellottreceive honors

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Two Westminster College women's soccer players from Trumbull County have received recognition by the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

Sophomore midfielder Christina Adams of Hubbard was named PAC Offensive Player of the Week while freshman goalkeeper Lindsey Mellott of Cortland was named PAC Defensive/Goalkeeper of the Week.

Adams scored four goals in two games to lead the Titans (9-3-1, 2-0 PAC) to a pair of 4-0 wins over Grove City and Saint Vincent. Adams registered a hat trick against Grove City before adding a goal against Saint Vincent. She is in a four-way tie for the league lead in goals with eight.

Adams was also named Titans' Athlete of the Week by the Westminster Student Athlete Advisory Council for the second time this season.

Mellott did not allow a goal in 171 minutes between the pipes. She made seven saves in 81 minutes in the shutout of Grove City and then posted six stops in a shutout of Saint Vincent, her third.

Westminster returns to action Wednesday at 4 p.m. against PAC-rival Thiel in New Wilmington

Students to producefootball telecast

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- A staff of 13 Westminster College students will produce the Wilmington versus Sharon football game of the week on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN), which will air Saturday, at 9 p.m.

Westminster College has produced the game of the week three other times for PCN and is the only college producing such a broadcast this year.

REGION

Indians shiftUnderwood

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians have shuffled their broadcasting team for the 2007 season, moving Matt Underwood from the radio booth to television.

Underwood, who spent seven seasons as part of the Indians' three-man radio team, will provide play-by-play on SportsTime Ohio for 138 games alongside color commentator Rick Manning, the Indians said Monday.

Manning, a former Indians outfielder who enters his 18th season on Indians telecasts, also will team with Jim Donovan for 20 games on WKYC-TV Channel 3.

The club's radio team will consist of Tom Hamilton and Mike Hegan. In past years, Hegan split time between television and radio broadcasts.

Next season will be Hamilton's 18th broadcasting Indians games and the 19th for Hegan.

The Indians announced last week that television play-by-play man John Sanders would not return after 16 seasons.

NATION

Athleticsfire Macha

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ken Macha managed the Oakland Athletics into the AL championship series, yet it still wasn't enough to save his job.

Macha was fired by the Athletics on Monday, two days after the West champions were swept out of the playoffs by Detroit.

The A's did not announce a replacement. Bench coach Bob Geren was considered a top candidate.

"Not to fault either side, but I felt a disconnect on a lot of levels," general manager Billy Beane said. "Once again, it's not to point the finger at Ken or anything like that. But that disconnect was there and it was something we needed to address as soon as possible."

Oakland went 368-280 in his four seasons as manager, but has frustrated management and fans by failing to get into the World Series.

The A's finally reached the ALCS this year following four straight first-round exits from 2000-03. The Tigers eliminated them in four straight games.

In an odd episode last October, the A's parted ways with Macha -- and then rehired him about a week later, giving him a three-year contract.

The A's became the sixth major league team to let its manager go since the final days of the season. Dusty Baker (Chicago Cubs), Joe Girardi (Florida), Felipe Alou (San Francisco), Frank Robinson (Washington) and Buck Showalter (Texas) are not coming back next year.

NFLPA, Porterappeal suspension

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The NFL Players Association has appealed Oakland receiver Jerry Porter's four-game suspension by the team for insubordination, calling the punishment "excessive."

Porter, who has been inactive all season, was suspended by the Raiders on Saturday, a day after being kicked out of practice by coach Art Shell.

"We believe that a four-game suspension is far too excessive at this point," NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis said.

The appeal would be heard by an independent arbitrator. Porter, in the second year of a five-year contract worth 20 million, will be docked about 235,000 in pay if the suspension is upheld.

Shell said Monday he had bigger concerns than whether the suspension would be upheld on appeal, mostly turning the season around for the NFL's only winless team.

Vindicator staff/wire reports




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