Mooney namesbaseball coach
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mooney High has hired Al Franceschelli as the baseball coach.
Franceschelli has been active in area baseball for many years, coaching in the Boardman Little League, Youngstown Class B League and the Youngstown Babe Ruth League. He serves as the president of the Youngstown Babe Ruth League and as state commissioner of Babe Ruth Baseball. This is his first high school head coaching experience.
Thunder gets player
BOARDMAN -- Keith Glover has been assigned to the Mahoning Valley Thunder of the arenafootball2 League.
Glover (6-foot-3, 300 pounds), an offensive and defensive lineman, has played two years of arena football.
He attended Saint Francis (Pa.) University.
Top Gun wrestling
ALLIANCE -- Boardman, Brookfield, Fitch, Poland and Salem will compete in the Top Gun wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at Alliance High School.
Justin Powell of Boardman returns to defend his 215-pound championship, while Tony Jameson of Fitch, the 119-pound winner a year ago, will be competing at 135 pounds.
With 41 schools entered in the event, wrestling will get underway Friday at 11 a.m., with three championship and two consolation rounds. Saturday's action will start at 10 a.m., with championships, third and fifth place matches scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
Pemberville Eastwood returns to defend its team title. Boardman placed sixth, Austintown was seventh and Salem 24th in 2006.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown SteelHounds, in conjunction with Hot 101, will hold "My Big Fat Youngstown Wedding" between periods of the Feb. 10 game against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. Face-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Couples interested in tying the knot or renewing their wedding vows are encouraged to sign up. The wedding is free with prizes available.
In order to register, couples are asked to send a letter, fax or e-mail to the Youngstown SteelHounds describing why they would like to exchange their nuptials on the ice. The number of couples will be limited with a deadline of Feb. 7.
New name
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- After a month of deliberations, 92 unique team name submissions, and nearly 1,000 votes in the Name the Team contest, Slippery Rock Professional Baseball announced "Sliders" as the team's nickname. Sliders had the most nominations in the first round of the contest and received nearly twice as many votes as any of the other three finalists (Boulders, Rockers, and Sluggers).
Panthers tryouts
MASURY -- The Northeast Ohio Panthers professional indoor football team will hold tryouts Saturday at 4 p.m.
The tryout will be held at Thunder Dome. The cost is 30. Call (330) 540-1099 for details.
Tri T meeting
POLAND -- Tri T baseball and softball will have a meeting Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Poland Community Baseball Building.
All league presidents and directors from the communities in Tri T are required to attend.
Call Jim DeChellis (330-755-6949) for information.
Mark Mulder stays with Cardinals
ST. LOUIS -- Mark Mulder is staying with the St. Louis Cardinals, agreeing Wednesday to 13 million, two-year contract.
The 29-year-old left-hander, recovering from rotator cuff surgery, is expected to miss the first half of next season. He also had been negotiating with the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers.
His deal with St. Louis includes a club option for the 2009 season.
Murcer's tumoris malignant
NEW YORK -- The tumor that was removed from Bobby Murcer's brain during surgery last month was malignant.
"As we begin a new year, I find myself facing a new challenge -- the biggest of my life so far. Pathology reports have revealed that the brain tumor removed was malignant," the former New York Yankee said Wednesday in a statement.
The 60-year-old Murcer, now a Yankees broadcaster, had surgery in Houston Dec. 28 and returned home to Oklahoma last week. He was scheduled to travel back to Houston this week to consult with doctors at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Attorney for Kidd's wife counters claims
TRENTON, N.J. -- A day after Jason Kidd claimed in divorce papers to be a victim of spousal abuse, his wife's attorney said the New Jersey Nets point guard had no reason to fear the diminutive woman.
"He says he's threatened by her? He's a star athlete. She's 5-foot-2, I think, and 105 pounds," said celebrity New York divorce lawyer Raoul Felder, one of the attorneys representing Joumana Kidd.
"It's shameful what he did here. The truth will come out," said Felder Wednesday.
Vindicator staff/wire reports

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