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Penguins swimmersfall to Ohio U.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Freshman Megan Rupe won the 100-yard freestyle with the fastest time of her young collegiate career as Youngstown State opened the 2007 portion of its schedule Friday with a 135-100 setback to Ohio University.
Rupe's time of 54.52 is the second-fastest swum by a Penguin this season and ranks her as the sixth-fastest 100 free swimmer in school history.
The Penguins, who arrived home from their training trip to Puerto Rico Friday at 2:30, have two more meets at the Beeghly Natatorium in the next eight days. YSU will take on Akron Sunday at 1 p.m. and compete against St. Francis (Pa.) and Radford on Jan. 20 at 1 p.m.
Olivia Arnold placed second in the 1,000 free (10:58.81) and third in the 500 free (5:24.05).
Erin-Michelle Gordon finished one spot back in third in the 1,000 free (11:02.91), and Becky Bertuzzi posted a third-place finish in the 200 free (2:00.03).
AREA
School sets nightwith SteelHounds
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Potential Development Program, a school for children with Autism and Developmental Delays and Help Hotline (a 24-hour call crisis center) will be sponsoring a night with the Youngstown Steelhounds on Feb. 17.
The game begins at 7:05 p.m. when the Steelhounds face off against the Wichita Thunder. Benefit tickets are available Potential Development Program.
For more information, contact Kristen at (330) 746-7641.
USBC benefitset for Feb. 24
HUBBARD -- The fifth annual 9-pin no-tap scotch doubles benefit tournament sponsored by the Youngstown USBC Women's Bowling Association will be Feb. 2-4 at Bell-Wick Bowl.
The categories are two women, two men, mixed pairs and adult/junior. Entry fee of 20 per doubles and forms -- available at area alleys -- should be sent to the YWBA, 2703 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, Oh. 44509. Pre-registration deadline is Jan. 31.
All bowlers will receive a "thank you" gift. A silent auction, raffle and door prizes will also be available. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society, Hospice of the Valley and Jessica Moorhead Foundation.
REGION
Browns extendButler's contract
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have signed offensive lineman Kelly Butler to a two-year contract extension.
Butler, 6-foot-7 and 330 pounds, was claimed by the Browns on waivers from Detroit on Sept. 3. He started in five games at right tackle last season, giving the Browns needed depth on a depleted offensive line.
OHSAA revokesdivision change
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio High School Athletic Association's board has revoked a proposal intended to reduce the disparity in enrollments between schools that compete in the large-school division in its tournaments.
The OHSAA, a sanctioning body for the state's prep sports, had approved a plan in June that would have reduced the number of schools in Division I, then distributed the remaining schools among the association's smaller divisions. It was set to take effect for the 2007-08 school year.
The board decided Thursday to retain its long-standing format that assigns as equal a number of schools as possible to each division of OHSAA tournaments.
"After consulting with OHSAA Board and staff members along with hearing feedback from OHSAA membership, the feeling is that, while we tried to create fairness for one division, perhaps we were creating unfairness in the other divisions," board president Jerry Snodgrass said in a release.
While all schools compete in OHSAA tournaments in other sports, the football playoffs feature only 32 schools from each of the six divisions. Smaller schools had expressed concerns that the new plan favored their larger counterparts because the number of eligible teams in Division I would be smaller than the number of teams in other divisions.
In football, there are 116 schools in Division I. Had the new proposal been in place for 2006, a school would have remained in Division I if it had at least 629 male students, and about 70 schools would have made the cut off.
NATION
Sweeney deniesBonds' claim
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Sweeney insists he never had any amphetamines in his locker for San Francisco teammate Barry Bonds to take.
Sweeney said Friday he was shocked to learn that Bonds apparently mentioned his name in connection with the slugger's failed amphetamines test last summer.
The New York Daily News reported Thursday that Bonds failed the test and initially attributed it to a substance he took from Sweeney's locker.
"There was nothing I had for him to take or for me to give to him," Sweeney told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
Sweeney moved forward after being told by Gene Orza, the union's chief operating officer, that his name had come up with a failed test for the stimulants. He wasn't informed of the player's name.
Vindicator staff/wire reports

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