Coach to Cure MD
YOUNGSTOWN — YSU head football coach Jon Heacock and other members of the American Football Coaches Association will wear Coach to Cure MD armbands during college football games on Saturday.
The Penguins take on fourth-ranked UNI at 4 p.m.
Coaches are wearing armbands to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. MD is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and is the leading genetic killer of boys and young men.
There is no cure for MD, but the AFCA is using Saturday to promote their fight against the disease.
Coach to Cure MD is a project of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy in partnership with the AFCA.
PPMD is the largest non-profit organization in the United States focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Chaney hall of fame
YOUNGSTOWN — The Chaney High School hall of fame committee will meet in the school’s cafeteria on Wed. 29 at 6 p.m.
Tonight’s Campbell-Struthers high school football game will be played at Struthers. Thursday’s Blitz incorrectly said the game would be at Campbell. Sophomore Zach Conlan, not Mike Hearns, was pictured in the background of Saturday’s front page sports photo from the Ursuline-Mooney football game.
East Liverpool to forfeit two games
EAST LIVERPOOL — A governing body says an Ohio high school football team is forfeiting two games because the head coach paid players for their performances.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association says the payments violate rules regarding the amateur standing of the athletes.
In addition to forfeiting the two games, East Liverpool head coach Pat McNicol has been suspended for the team’s final game.
Stried said he does not know how much the players were paid and that two players who received payments have been ruled ineligible for the final game.
East Liverpool Athletics Director Bob Shansky referred calls seeking comment to School Superintendent Kenneth Halbert Jr.
Messages left for Halbert and McNicol by the Associated Press were not answered.
NILES — A Mixed Martial Arts Fall Fight Night will be held tonight at McMenamy’s starting at 8. Doors will open at 6:30.
On tap will be 12 scheduled bouts of boxing, wrestling and judo involving local contestants in full contact fighting.
General admission tickets may be reserved for $20 by calling (330) 544-1732. Tickets at the door will be $25.
Cavs release Dupree
CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers released forward Ronald Dupree on Thursday and gave their final roster spot to forward Jawad Williams, a Cleveland native.
The 6-foot-9 Williams averaged 5.5 points in four exhibition games with the Cavs.
The former Lakewood St. Edward star won a national title while at North Carolina. He beat out five other free agents to make the team.
The 25-year-old Williams was helped by rookie Darnell Jackson breaking his wrist. Jackson is expected to be sidelined for a month.
Dupree averaged 6.5 points in four preseason games.
The Cavs kept free-agent forward Tarence Kinsey, who played in Turkey last season.
Racing vets fined
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has fined two Ohio veterinarians $10,000 apiece and suspended them for six months after investigators said they violated horse medication rules at a Lexington trotting track.
A news release from the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet says Rick Rothfuss and Rich Mather of Columbus were accused of failing to properly label medications found at The Red Mile. They also were accused of possessing substances that did not follow Federal Drug Administration procedures for compounded medicines.
Authorities say the drugs were found during a search.
John’s Gold Stakes
NEW YORK — Wishful Tomcat held on for a pacesetting victory, beating Slambino by a nose Thursday in the $76,780 John’s Gold Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.
Trained by Gary Contessa and ridden by Eddie Castro, Wishful Tomcat improved to 4-for-10.
Wishful Tomcat paid $19.60, $8.60 and $4.30. Slambino returned $18.60 and $5.80. Sailor’s Cap, the 6-5 favorite, paid $2.60 to show.
Vindicator staff/wire reports