Tressel to speak
Jim Tressel, former YSU and Ohio State University football coach, will serve as guest speaker at the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame Banquet on May 5.
There will be 13 inductees at the event held at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center.
The class includes: Adam Barta (bowling); Richard Canacci (football); Marla Chicase (bowling); Melanie Congemi-Stitt (track & field); Robert Eckenrode (bowling); John “J.C.” Elliott (softball); Jim Ferraro (baseball); Seth Jaffee (basketball); Mike Koranicki (boxing/posthumous); Steve Krivonak (contribution to sports); Jim Leone (racquetball); Dick Marlowe (all-sports award) and Bill Sferra (special award).
For tickets call 330-565-7820 or visit www.curbstonecoaches.org.
Reporting prep results
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Phone calls (330-747-1478) are also acceptable but emails and faxes are strongly preferred. Deadline is 10 p.m.
Indians near deal with RHP Matsuzaka
With at least one spot open in his rotation, new Indians manager Terry Francona will give a pitcher he knows well a shot to win a starting job.
Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka has agreed to a minor league contract with Cleveland. Matsuzaka, who pitched for Francona with the Boston Red Sox, must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized.
The Indians’ pitchers and catchers reported to camp in Goodyear, Ariz. on Sunday, with physicals scheduled to take place today.
The 32-year-old Matsuzaka has won 50 major league games since signing a $52 million, six-year contract with Boston as free agent in 2007. Dice-K went 33-15 with a 3.72 ERA in 61 starts for Boston in 2007-08.
Bad ice delays North Dakota’s 5-2 win
North Dakota scored three times in four minutes in the first period, and freshman Zane Gothberg turned in a strong performance in goal in a 5-2 victory over Nebraska-Omaha in an outdoor hockey game at TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday night.
The opening faceoff was delayed 21/2 hours because of poor ice conditions, and the start of the second period was delayed because of a broken pipe that left a pool of coolant over the north goal crease.
North Dakota’s early flurry started with Jordan Schmaltz’s power-play goal from inside the blue line.
Nigeria captures African soccer title
Nigeria won its first African Cup of Nations soccer title since 1994, beating Burkina Faso 1-0 Sunday on Sunday Mba’s left-footed volley off a rebound in the 40th minute.
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi captained the Super Eagles when they won in 1994. Nigeria also won the title in 1980.
Following its victory before a crowd of about 87,000 at Soccer City, 52nd-ranked Nigeria advanced to a first-round group with Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti at June’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Burkina Faso, ranked 92nd, was seeking its first title.
Rubysandpearls takes Big A’s Gold Stakes
Rubysandpearls won the $73,500 Java Gold Stakes, holding off The Truth and K G by a half-length Sunday when racing resumed at Aqueduct.
Chris DeCarlo guided the gelding trained by David Jacobson to a front-running victory, his third in six starts. The time was 1:09.88 for the six furlongs in the race for 3-year-olds.
This was the first card at Aqueduct after a winter storm wiped out the Friday and Saturday programs.
Rubysandpearls paid $10.80, $3.70 and $5.10. The Truth and K G returned $3.50 and $3.50 while West Hills Giant paid $5.30.
Vindicator staff/wire reports