Kent’s Hazell hired at Purdue

Kent’s Hazell hired at Purdue


Kent State football coach Darrell Hazell has been hired at Purdue.

Hazell, who went 16-9 in two seasons with the Golden Flashes, takes over a Boilermaker program that fired Danny Hope after he recorded three losing seasons in four years.

Hazell led Kent State to an 11-2 record this season with a Mid-American Conference East title and a berth in the MAC championship game.

His defensive coordinator, Jon Heacock, was Youngstown State’s head coach from 2001-2009.

Bermann earns honor


Grove City College senior offensive guard Josh Bermann (Ursuline) earned Third Team All-South Region Tuesday afternoon from, the nation’s foremost web site for NCAA Division III football.

The 6-foot-1, 270-pound Bermann anchored Grove City’s offensive line this year by starting all 10 games at right guard.

Bermann earned First Team All-PAC from the league’s head coaches following the season.

He earned four letters during his career and also captured the team’s Rookie of the Year award in 2009.

Grove City finished 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the conference this year.

Ohio Senate approves youth concussions bill


A bill aimed at protecting young athletes with concussions or head injuries has cleared the Ohio Senate.

Senators approved the bill Tuesday. It goes back to the House for likely approval of Senate changes.

The measure requires coaches or officials to remove a player from a game or practice if the athlete shows signs of a concussion or is suspected of having one.

Athletes would need approval from a doctor to return to play, but they could be treated by other medical professionals.

Coaches and referees would have to be trained in how to recognize symptoms of concussions or head injuries.

NASCAR owner voes to be competitive


NASCAR’s newest team owner bought into its premier series with every intention of building a competitive team.

Brandon Davis vowed Tuesday he won’t collect quick paychecks — send driver David Stremme on the track to “start and park” — to build his foundation.

Davis, CEO of independent oil and gas company Swan Energy, announced Tuesday he acquired Inception Racing in late August. His first race as owner was at Richmond, where Stremme pulled off the track after 127 of the 400 laps.

“I literally almost got sick,” Davis said. “I couldn’t stand watching it, I am a competitive person and I am not going to the race track to not try to win races. I respect start and park programs and I understand why teams do it because it is a matter of survival and the teams are trying to build something. It’s just not the way I am going to build my team.’

Stremme drove the No. 30 Toyota last season for Inception, but was a “start and park” for 20 of 28 races.

NHL lockout hits businesses near arenas


Canadian businesses near NHL arenas are taking a hit because of the lockout.

According to a leading credit and debit card processor, spending is down more than 11 percent from a year ago on game day.

The report by Moneris found that business is off nearly 35 percent for bars near arenas in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary.

Moneris surveyed the game-day spending of about 750 of its customers in the hockey host cities.

Restaurants are taking a nearly 11 percent hit, with fast-food outlets down almost 7 percent compared to 2011.

Edmonton is facing the largest impact, a 27 percent plunge.

Staff/wire reports

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