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Liberty expected to hire Ursuline assistant


Ursuline assistant Kevin Cylar is expected to be named the next head football coach at Liberty High School when the school’s board of education meets on Monday.

Cylar would replace Brian Jones, who resigned earlier this month after one season. Jones led the Leopards to an 8-2 record, an All-American Conference National Division title and a playoff berth last fall.

Area youth golfers shine at Hudson event

Blake Prince of East Liverpool shot a 1-over 73 to win the boys 16-19 age division Monday in a Northern Ohio PGA Junior Golf event at the Country Club of Hudson.

Prince’s performance paced an impressive showing by area golfers. Jacob Harrah of Newton Falls was third in the boys 16-19 competition, four strokes behind Prince. Jimmy Naples of Youngstown shot 89 and Brian Velasquez of Poland had a 90.

In the girls 16-19 competition, three area golfers were in the top nine. Emily Blaner of East Liverpool was fourth with a 93, Michele Whiteleather of Canfield was sixth with a 96 and Olivia DeMartino of Canfield placed ninth with a 106.

Zacharay Jacobson of Poland shot 84 to place seventh in the boys 13-15 group, Joey Shushok of Canfield was one place behind him with an 87, and Bruce William Wiggins of Columbiana shot 88 to place 10th. Corey Valentine of Leetonia shot a 98 and was 28th.

Poland golfer finishes runner-up in flight


Maria Mancini of Poland dropped a 2 and 1 decision to Sarah Westaway of Union, Ontario, Canada, in the championship match of the Fourth Flight at the Women’s Western Golf Association National Amateur Championship.

Mancini, who golfs for Indiana University, defeated Allison Walsh of Mt. Prospect, Ill., 2 and 1, in the semifinal round earlier in the day.

Oakland U. women’s coach fired for conduct


Oakland University women’s basketball coach Beckie Francis was fired for behavior in April that led to an internal review, the school said Friday. It did not provide details about Francis’ alleged conduct or the review. The school released a statement Friday saying Francis was suspended without pay on May 30 and terminated June 12.

Francis’ husband, Gary Russi, announced his retirement as president of the 19,000-student suburban Detroit university on the same day Francis was relieved of her duties.

Oakland officially becomes a member of the Horizon League on July 1.

Game 7 has second-best ratings for NBA on ABC


The Miami Heat’s Game 7 win over the San Antonio Spurs drew the second-most viewers for the NBA Finals on ABC since the network took over the series in 2003.

Miami’s 95-88 victory Thursday night was watched by an average of 26.3 million people. Game 7 between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics in 2010 had an audience of 28.2 million.

The series averaged 17.7 million viewers, up 5 percent from last year’s Heat-Thunder finals, which went only five games.

Bolt wins 100 finals at Jamaica nationals


Usain Bolt clocked a 9.94 seconds in the 100 meters to win the finals of the Jamaica national championships.

The world’s fastest man says he’s revving up for the year’s biggest event, the world championships in Moscow in August.

Behind Bolt was Kemar Bailey-Cole at 9.98 and Nickel Ashmeade at 9.99.

At Friday’s finals in Kingston, Bolt’s night was made easier by the absence of teammate Yohan Blake. The Olympic silver medalist withdrew from the meet because of a hamstring injury that his agent says hasn’t completely healed.

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