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Indians caravan
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Cleveland Indians Caravan will make a stop at Youngstown State today with a program on tap in the Stambaugh Stadium Gymnasium starting at 5 p.m. to benefit Tod Children's Hospital.
Scheduled to appear at the visit, which is called the 2007 Cleveland Indians Media Tour & amp; KidsFest, are manager Eric Wedge, pitcher Jake Westbrook, infielder Josh Barfield, pitcher Rafael Betancourt as well as Tom Hamilton, the Tribe's radio voice.
Autographs will be available for both children and adults. There also will be meet-the-Indians and question-and-answer sessions, and a highlight film also will be shown.
Also slated to appear are mascots Slider (Indians), Scrappy (Mahoning Valley Scrappers), Pete the Penguin (YSU) and the YSU baseball team.
The Scrappers will provide games, including Speed Pitch and Bounce Around.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. and concessions will be available.
Ticket information may be obtained by calling (330) 884-4772.
NATION
Utley, Phillies agree to 85 million deal
PHILADELPHIA -- All-Star second baseman Chase Utley and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed Sunday to an 85 million, seven-year contract.
Utley hit .309 last season with 40 doubles, 32 homers, 102 RBIs and 131 runs. He also had a 35-game hitting streak that tied for the 10th-longest in major league history and longest by a second baseman.
After making 500,000 last year, Utley gets a 2 million signing bonus and salaries of 4.5 million this year, 7.5 million in 2008, 11 million in 2009 and 15 million in each of the final seasons.
Sun's Phillips lostwith torn ACL
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Connecticut Sun point guard Erin Phillips will likely miss the upcoming WNBA season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.
Phillips, 21, was injured Saturday while playing for Adelaide in Australia's Women's National Basketball League. She was scheduled to undergo surgery today in Australia, and is expected to be sidelined for at least eight months. The WNBA season runs from May 19 to Aug. 19.
Report: Vick wasn't carrying marijuana
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick wasn't carrying marijuana when stopped by security last week at Miami International Airport, ESPN reported Sunday.
Citing anonymous NFL sources, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Vick wasn't carrying marijuana or any other illegal substance. The ESPN report also cited an anonymous Falcons source, who said the team expects to hear something formal by Monday.
Jim Mora hiredby Seahawks
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Jim Mora is joining Mike Holmgren's staff, agreeing Sunday to become an assistant head coach for the Seattle Seahawks' less than three weeks after being fired as coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
The team said Mora's title is assistant head coach/secondary, but his duties have not been defined.
Boxing roundup
*COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Two-time national champions Demetrius Andrade and Karl Dargan were among the fighters who won Sunday at the Pan American Box-offs and earned a chance to go to the Pan American Games.
The winners will head to Caracas, Venezuela, at the end of the month to begin the international qualifying process that would send them to the Pan American Games, July 16-29, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Other reigning national champions to win were Luis Yanez at 106 pounds, Christopher Downs at 178 and Adam Willett at 201. Jonte Willis, who was named national champion at 201-plus after Mike Wilson failed a drug test, was not cleared by the medical staff to box Sunday because of illness, and Wilson won the Pan Am slot on a walkover.
Other winners were: Shawn Nichol at 112, Roberto Moraquin at 119, Rico Ramos at 125, Terrence Crawford at 132 and Shawn Porter at 165.
*LAS VEGAS -- Ricky Hatton came to Las Vegas to win back his 140-pound title and make an big impression doing it.
He accomplished the first, taking Juan Urango's title with a unanimous 12-round decision Saturday night to set up a lucrative fight in June against Jose Luis Castillo.
West winsin Shrine Bowl
HOUSTON -- Nevada's Jeff Rowe threw two touchdown passes, one of them covering 79 yards to Fresno State's Paul Williams, to help the West beat the East 21-3 Saturday night in the 82nd East-West Shrine Game.
With the West ahead 14-3 late in the first half, Rowe found Williams running down the right sideline as defensive back Kenny Scott of Georgia Tech fell about midfield. Williams hauled in the pass at about the East 40 and sprinted into the end zone. It was the second-longest TD pass in Shrine history, eclipsed only by an 80-yarder 80 years ago.
On the previous West possession, Rowe, who had 16 TD passes and just seven interceptions in the regular season, connected with Texas Tech's Joel Filani on a 6-yard scoring pass, capping a 61-yard drive.
Hall of Fame coach Don Shula coached the East squad.
Vindicator staff/wire reports
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