SPORTS DIGEST || YSU baseball
The Youngstown State baseball team’s home opener against Chicago State scheduled for today has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions.
A decision regarding the rest of the weekend’s schedule will be made today.
Basketball for boy scouts event set
The Basketball for Boy Scouts night will be held at Jackson-Milton High School gym on April 10 at 6 p.m.
The boys’ varsity basketball team will play the staff members of Jackson-Milton High School.
For details call 330-501-0408 or 330-538-3232 x 1108.
Reporting prep results
The Vindicator encourages coaches and statisticians to report prep results by email (email@example.com) or fax (330-747-6712).
Phone calls (330-747-1478) are also acceptable but emails and faxes are strongly preferred. Deadline is 10 p.m.
Blazers complete season sweep of Bulls
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points, Damian Lillard added 24 and the Portland Trail Blazers completed a season sweep of the Chicago Bulls with a 99-89 victory on Thursday night.
Portland improved to 10-25 on the road to take the season series with the Bulls for the first time since the 2008-09 season. The Blazers beat Chicago 102-94 on Nov. 18 in their other meeting this season.
Joakim Noah had 18 points and Carlos Boozer added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, which shot 44 percent.
Chicago led 21-20 after the first quarter before Portland outscored the Bulls 32-16 in the second period for a 52-37 halftime lead.
Former Bears receiver Harlon Hill dies at 80
Harlon Hill, the former star receiver for the Chicago Bears whose name adorns the NCAA Division II player of the year trophy, has died. He was 80.
Jeff Hodges, chairman of the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, says Hill died Thursday at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence after a lengthy illness.
Hill, who attended North Alabama, was the NFL rookie of the year in 1954 after being drafted in the 15th round by the Bears, and became the first winner of the Jim Thorpe Trophy as the NFL’s most valuable player in 1955.
In nine seasons with the Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, he had 233 receptions for 4,717 yards and 40 touchdowns. He averaged 20.2 yards per catch.
Justin Rose takes lead with 65 at Bay Hill
Justin Rose started out as another guy in Tiger Woods’ group Thursday at Bay Hill. He wound up in the lead.
Rose put on a clinic with the putter and ran off four straight birdies late in his round for a 7-under 65, giving him a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Woods had two sloppy bogeys from greenside bunkers and didn’t hit it as well as he did when he won Doral two weeks ago.
But he made enough key par saves and manhandled the par 5s to scratch out a 69, a reasonable start as he tries to win Bay Hill for the eighth time and return to No. 1 in the world.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take the clubhouse lead at the Malaysian Open before thunderstorms caused the suspension of the first round.
Half the field was still on the course.
Aphibarnrat is one stroke ahead of 2010 Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari, Gregory Bourdy and Anders Hansen at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.
Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington is in a group at 3 under, while third-ranked Luke Donald had three bogeys and a double bogey for a 74.
Vindicator staff/wire reports