YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State has named Krystal Brooks an assistant coach.
Brooks, a four-year letter winner at James Madison, was most recently at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she served as a statistical and research Analyst.
Brooks was a captain at James Madison her senior season in 2004-05, averaging 6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. She had 57 blocked shots in her career.
Brooks is a native of Brownsville, Pa.
*WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The College Swim Coaches Association of America presented the Academic All-American Award to 2003 Warren JFK graduate Chris Totten.
Totten, a senior architecture student at Catholic University, also made the All-Capital Athletic Conference's team in the 800 free relay. He serves as Captain for the men's team and is on the Dean's List.
Totten is the son of Bill and Cindy Totten of Warren.
*BETHANY, W.Va. -- Former Bethany College basketball standout Mike Drahos has joined the program as a graduate assistant coach.
Drahos is the fourth-leading scorer in school history.
BOARDMAN -- Brent Dexter, Chad Boeckman, and Denny Kramarz each scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Mahoning Valley Phantoms to a 4-1 win over the Springfield Jr. Blues at the Ice Zone in a preseason game Thursday.
The Phantoms finished the preseason with a 3-0 record. They will open the regular season Sept. 13 at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minn.
FRANKLIN, Pa. -- The 2006 season ends at Tri-City Speedway Sept. 17 with the CSOnline Applefest 100.
Gates will open at 2 p.m. with racing at 4 p.m.
*ALLIANCE -- Sammie Snyder scored 22 points and she had four assists for West Branch, in a 25-20, 25-13, 25-23 victory over Marlington in a high school volleyball match Thursday.
Kelsey Wartluft added six kills and three blocks for the Warriors (3-4, 1-3 Northeastern Buckeye Conference), while Becky Davis added eight points and four assists. Marlington won the JV match, 26-28, 26-24, 25-15.
*CANFIELD -- Canfield's David Kanotz scored one of the goals in the Cardinals' 2-0 victory over Niles in Thursday's boys soccer game. His achievement was inadvertently omitted.
NFL opener attracts record TV audience
NEW YORK -- A record 19.3 million viewers for a Thursday night opener tuned in to watch the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Miami Dolphins 28-17 in the fourth year since the NFL switched its schedule to begin Thursday nights.
NBC's first regular-season broadcast in eight years had a 12.6 household rating and a 21 share, Nielsen Media Research said Friday. It was the highest rating since the first NFL Thursday night kickoff on network television in 2003 had a 12.9 rating.
Each ratings point represents 1,102,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 110.2 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.
Steelers sign RBNajeh Davenport
PITTSBURGH -- Former Green Bay Packers running back Najeh Davenport signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday.
Davenport, who has rushed for 1,068 yards in 39 NFL games, missed most of last season after breaking an ankle Oct. 9 against New Orleans. The 6-foot-1, 247-pounder was released last weekend by Green Bay.
Davenport is expected to give the Steelers a power running back in the mold of the retired Jerome Bettis.
To make room for Davenport on their 53-man roster, the Steelers released rookie running back Patrick Cobbs, who was acquired from the New England Patriots on Sept. 1 for a conditional draft pick, but did not play in the Steelers' season-opening game Thursday against Miami.
Jackets sign Hendrikx to 3-year deal
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Trevor Hendrikx to a three-year contract Friday.
Hendrikx, 21, was the Blue Jackets' 10th pick in the 2005 NHL draft. Hendrikx has played in 292 games with the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough team.
Vindicator staff/wire reports