Two Canfield students picked for Showcase
Two Canfield High School students have been selected to compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase North at Kent State University on Jan. 5-6.
Sophomore Kara Rothbauer and freshman Kayla Troxil will participate.
The showcase is expected to attract softball players from 20 states and two Canadian provinces for its 264 spots.
Rothbauer is a first baseman and catcher for the Cardinals’ varsity team. She also plays travel ball for the Penn Ohio Reign. Troxil is a pitcher and middle infielder for the travel team Ohio Outlaws.
Jacubec scores 23 In Mount Union win
Sophomore Nate Jacubec (Struthers) had a career-high 23 points as Mount Union’s men’s basketball team won 92-76 at John Carroll in Wednesday’s Ohio Athletic Conference game.
Freshmen Cody Dillon (Newton Falls) had 20, Taylor Moore had 12 and Kyle Scelza had 11 to round out the double digit scorers for the Raiders (2-5, 1-O OAC).
Kyle Hubbard led the Blue Streaks (3-2, 1-1) with 16.
Bryant youngest to top 30,000
Kobe Bryant has become the youngest player in NBA history to eclipse 30,000 career points and only the fifth overall to hit that mark.
Bryant is 34. Wilt Chamberlain was 35 when he hit the mark, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone were each 36 and Michael Jordan was 38.
New Detroit arena gets legislative boost
The Michigan Senate approved legislation Wednesday to help finance a downtown Detroit project that would include a new home for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings.
Team owner Mike Ilitch this week announced plans for a $650 million multiuse development, which would include an events center where Red Wings games could be held. He has said for years he’d like a new arena for the team, which now plays at the aging Joe Louis Arena.
The bill approved by the Senate would allow use of tax dollars collected by the city’s Downtown Development Authority for the project. DDAs capture shares of local tax revenue to support development activities such as marketing and buying property.
Senden has early Aussie Open lead
John Senden shot a 6-under 66 today to take the early lead in the Australian Open, with Englishman Justin Rose two strokes back along with Kim Felton.
Adam Scott opened with a 72. After practicing with a traditional putter during the week, the Australian used his usual broom-handle putter that he anchors to his chest — a move that is expected to be banned in 2016 in a proposed rule change.
Stewart passes on doubleheader
Tony Stewart passed up a chance to race for Roger Penske in the Indianapolis 500.
The three-time NASCAR champion said Wednesday at the International Motorsports Industry Show that he wouldn’t attempt to race in both the Indy 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.
“As much as I would like to do it, we just don’t have the time to do it proper,” Stewart said. “The IRL is so competitive now, you’re not going to just show up like drivers used to do in the past and be competitive. These guys don’t leave anything on the table there.”
Tebow doing more
New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow says he did “a lot more” in practice Wednesday than he has the previous two weeks while healing from two broken ribs.
Tebow says that despite being limited he was able to throw passes at full force for the first time in a few weeks.