SPORTS DIGEST || Former area swimmer Tyler King stands out at Masters

Former area swimmer stands out at Masters

Former Warren Harding and Ohio State swimmer Tyler King won three events and qualified for the U.S. Open during the U.S. Masters Spring National Championship swim meet last weekend in Indianapolis.

King, 25, set the qualifying time in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.71. He also won the 50 fly (22.02) and 200 fly (1:54.19) in his age class. King, an assistant swim coach at Worthington High School near Columbus, also placed third in the 100 individual medley and fourth in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

Local wrestlers fare well at state event

Three members of the Green Machine Wrestling Club won championships this past weekend at the USA-Ohio State Freestyle Wrestling Championships at Elyria. Vince Mancini won the Cadet 88-pound title, David-Brian Whisler won the junior 160 title and Joe Cordova won the junior 182 championship.

In addition, Alex Mackall was third in the Cadet 126 competition, Nick Mancini was third at Junior 126, Anthony Mancini was sixth in Junior 170 and Tyler Dempsey was sixth in Cadet 152.

Other Green Machine wrestlers who qualified for the state meet included Dante Ginnetti, Cadet 113; Kyle Jenkins, Cadet 126; Anthony Morucci, Cadet 126; Adam Green, Cadet 138; Jimmy Sferra, Cadet 138; Isaiah Jackson, Cadet 160; and Nick Planicka, Junior 170.

Former Saints, SD star Muncie dead at 60


Chuck Muncie, a Pro Bowl running back with both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, has died at age 60, the NFL clubs and a family spokesman said Tuesday. Muncie family spokesman Vintage Foster of AMF Media Group in San Ramon, Calif., said Muncie died at his Los Angeles-area home on Monday from heart failure.

Muncie was the Saints’ first-round pick, third overall, out of California in 1976. He played 41/2 seasons in New Orleans before being traded in 1980 to San Diego, where he finished his nine-year NFL career. In 1979, Muncie became the first Saint to rush for 1,000 yards, finishing with 1,198 and 11 touchdowns, and his 1,506 total yards from scrimmage earned him the first of his three Pro Bowl selections.

Muncie was traded by the Saints at midseason in 1980 to San Diego, where he played 51 games and was named to Pro Bowl rosters two more times, in 1981 and ‘82. In 2009, the club recognized him as one of the 50 greatest Chargers of all time.

NASCAR suspends two over failed drug tests


NASCAR has suspended two crew members for failing random drug tests. One of the two suspensions issued Tuesday was to Lee Dodson, a mechanic on Clint Bowyer’s car. Michael Waltrip Racing fired Dodson upon learning he’d failed a drug test.

The other suspension was issued to Frank Earnhardt, who NASCAR identified only as a crew member for a Nationwide Series team. JR Motorsports said Earnhardt did not work for its organization, and a spokesman said the crew member was not believed to be a member of the extended Earnhardt family.

Top prep prospect signs with Jayhawks


Top prep basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins told a small gathering of family and friends at his high school gym Tuesday that he will play at Kansas. Then the Huntington Prep star signed his letter-of-intent and officially became a Jayhawk. No big speech. No bands, live TV coverage or props. Just the way Wiggins wanted it.

The 6-foot-8 Toronto native chose Kansas over Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State. Wiggins said there wasn’t one particular selling point, taking into account each school’s coaching staff, players and program.

Wiggins’ father is former NBA first-round pick Mitchell Wiggins. His mother, Marita Payne-Wiggins, was a Canadian Olympic sprinter and silver medalist. Older brother Nick plays guard at Wichita State.

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