YSU swimmers split
The Youngstown State swimming and diving team earned a 165-135 win over Wright State at the Busbey Natatorium on Saturday.
YSU won five events in the meet, which also featured Cleveland State. Cleveland State defeated YSU 204-96.
Winning events for the Penguins were Ashley Dow (two), Bec Stafford (two) and Samantha Roberts.
Dow won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.51 seconds and the 200-yard back (2:07.39).
Roberts won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:27.20).
Stafford won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 258.85 and the 3-meter (286.45).
Dr. Ray Duffett will be the guest speaker at the Curbstone Coaches meeting.
The group will meet at the Blue Wolfe Catering Centre Monday at noon.
Reporting prep results
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No 5 Kerber out, Makarova wins again
Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber has been ousted in the fourth round of the Australian Tennis Open by the woman who defeated Serena Williams at the same stage last year.
No. 19-seeded Ekaterina Makarova had a 7-5, 6-4 win in the opening match on Rod Laver Arena, taking out the highest seed to tumble so far at the season’s first major.
Makarova beat Williams in the fourth round in 2012 at Melbourne Park and went on to reach the quarterfinals, which remains her best result at a Grand Slam.
Kerber and Makarova were two of only four women in 2012 to beat Williams, who finished off unbeaten post-August with titles at Wimbledon, the London Olympics, the U.S. Open and the WTA Championships.
Justin Rose takes control in Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates
Justin Rose extended his lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship on Saturday, shooting a 4-under 68 to take a two-shot lead over Jamie Donaldson and Thorbjorn Olesen.
A day after top-ranked Rory McIlroy and second-ranked Tiger Woods missed the cut, the fifth-ranked Englishman made his third round look easy with seven birdies. After three-putting on the first for a bogey, Rose had a stretch of six birdies over nine holes — including sinking a 20-footer on No. 5 that gave him back the lead and an approach shot on No. 9 that rolled to 4 feet from the hole for birdie.
Olesen (69) and Donaldson (69) struggled to make putts early but finished with birdies to close the gap.
ESPN to have African Cup in US on Internet
ESPN will televise the African Cup of Nations, but most of the coverage will be on the Internet.
The 16-nation soccer tournament in South Africa, which starts Saturday and runs through Feb. 10, will be shown on ESPN3.com, the network said.
ESPN Deportes will provide delayed coverage of the semifinals on Feb. 6 and the final.
Doctors optimistic jockey will recover
The agent for jockey Ramon Dominguez says doctors are optimistic the nation’s leading rider will fully recover from a fractured skull.
Steve Rushing spoke Saturday with Dominguez’s wife, Sharon, who told him the jockey is doing much better after going down in a spill Friday at Aqueduct.
“It’s a slightly displaced skull fracture and he’s going to have more tests, but the doctors are optimistic he’ll make a full recovery,” Rushing said.
Vindicator staff/wire reports