Scrapper pitchers fan 15 in 2-1 road victory

Scrapper pitchers fan 15 in 2-1 road victory


Four Mahoning Valley pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts as the Scrappers defeated Jamestown, 2-1, Wednesday night. Cole Sulser gave up a run on two hits in the first inning but faced the minimum in innings two through six, fanning 10.

Relievers Carlos Melo, Harold Guerrero and Kerry Doane followed Sulser, striking out five of their own. Melo (1-1) was the winning pitcher and Doane picked up his first save.

The Scrappers’ offense came courtesy of first baseman Nellie Rodriguez who hit his ninth homer and added an RBI single.

The Scrappers are back at Eastwood Field tonight and Friday to play Auburn in the final two home contests of the season.

YSU swim team offers clinic for children


The Youngstown State swimming & diving team will offer a “Learn to Swim” clinic for children ages 3-10 during five evenings in September and October. The sessions will be hosted by the Penguin student-athletes and serve as a fund-raiser. The clinic is open to all children.

The lessons will be held at YSU’s Beeghly Center Natatorium from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Sept. 18, Sept. 22, Sept. 25, Sept. 29 and Oct. 2. The cost is $50 per child, with five separate skill levels to benefit all participants. All profits raised benefit the YSU swimming and diving program.

Registration is open until the first lesson on Sept. 18. Participants need to bring appropriate swimming attire, a towel and goggles (if preferred). For additional information contact assistant coach Katie Stefl via email at or visit the YSU Sports web site.

Monk, Casper added to college football shrine


Art Monk is best remembered as a star receiver for the Washington Redskins. Monk’s four-year college career, however, is less recognized outside Syracuse, where he serves on the school’s board of trustees.

Monk, Ty Detmer, Dave Casper, Charles Alexander, Art Shell and Jimmy Johnson were among 24 former players and coaches enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday night. The hall has moved from South Bend, Ind., but the new building in downtown Atlanta is still under construction and scheduled to open in August 2014.

Other hall inductees included Steve Bartkowski, Jonathan Ogden, Otis Armstrong, Hal Bedsole, Tommy Kramer, John Wooten, Greg Myers, Gabe Rivera, Mark Simoneau, Scott Thomas, Phillip Fulmer and R.C. Slocum.

Shell was one of seven inductees from FBS or lower division schools — Washington University linebacker Shelby Jordan, Westminster (Pa.) quarterback Joe Micchia, Ithaca College fullback Jeff Wittman and coaches Frank Cignetti of West Virginia and Indiana (Pa.), Boots Donnelly of Austin Peay and Middle Tennessee State and Jess Dow of Southern Connecticut State.

Donovan re-signs with Los Angeles Galaxy

CARSON, Calif.

Just a few months after Landon Donovan thought he might be finished with soccer, he re-signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday with his passion rekindled. Donovan agreed to a multiyear contract extension that could make him the highest-paid player in MLS if he reaches incentives within the deal. His decision to stick with the Galaxy is another turn in an eventful year for the fleet-footed midfielder widely considered the best player in American history.

After winning his fifth MLS Cup title last December, the 31-year-old Donovan spent the winter on a self-imposed sabbatical, battling burnout and exhaustion from 14 years of pro soccer. He returned in late March to fulfill the final year of his current Galaxy contract, but missed the first month of the MLS season and fell out of favor with U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

But the top scorer in U.S. national team history has been rejuvenated by the Galaxy’s unwavering support and his resurgence with the American team.

Staff reports/Associated Press

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