Tampa’s Nickels commits to YSU
Bryce Nickels, a 6-foot-8 forward from Tampa, Fla., has verbally committed to the Youngstown State men’s basketball team.
Nickels wrote on his Twitter page: “Officially committed to Youngstown. #OneGoalDown #NBABound.”
He averaged 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game last season for Steinbrenner High School.
TV ratings for Game 1 of World Series rise
The World Series is looking solid in the television ratings so far, at least compared with last year.
Wednesday night’s Game 1, in which the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-1, drew an average of 14.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen, up 18 percent compared to last year’s comparable game.
The Fox telecast also drew a household rating of 8.6, up 13 percent from last year.
But keep in mind the 2012 World Series, a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers by the San Francisco Giants, was the least-watched Fall Classic ever.
The first game of the 2011 series drew roughly 14.2 million viewers, while the 2010 opener brought in a little more than 15 million.
Reporting prep results
Coaches and statisticians are encouraged to report prep results by 10 p.m. via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (330-747-6712) or phone (330-747-1478).
Emails and faxes are strongly preferred.
Prep football statistics
In order to include a football team’s statistical leaders in the weekly list featured in the Blitz, both in print and online, coaches and/or statisticians should report their updated statistics by 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Email stats to email@example.com or fax them to 330-747-6712, attention Doug Chapin.
Rugby World Cup
The Hertz Corporation, the world’s largest general use car rental brand, is supplying 16 uniquely liveried vans and 20 people carriers to Rugby League World Cup 2013 as its Official Vehicle Hire Supplier.
The vehicles will transport players, coaches and equipment to and from the fixtures during the six week tournament.
Due to be hosted across England and Wales, the competition will run from October 26 to November 30 and will see some of the most famous Rugby League teams from 14 countries across the world.
UEFA opens case against CSKA
UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against CSKA Moscow for the “racist behavior of their fans” during a Champions soccer League match against Manchester City.
City defender Yaya Toure says he was subjected to racist chanting during his team’s 2-1 win in Moscow on Wednesday.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini had echoed the call for action over the chants, saying “it was a pity and I hope we have the right measures.”
UEFA says the case will be dealt with by its control and disciplinary body on Oct. 30. CSKA Moscow says it considers the racism allegations “unfounded.”
Veteran German rider Kloeden retires
German cyclist Andreas Kloeden announced his retirement on Thursday after a 16-year professional career that included two runner-up finishes in the Tour de France.
The 38-year-old Kloeden, who finished second in the Tour in 2004 and ‘06, told the Weser-Kurier newspaper he wants to spend more time with his wife and two daughters.
Kloeden was the highest-finishing German, coming in 30th in his 12th Tour in July, when he raced for RadioShack. He told the DPA news agency that his failure to find a new team helped push him toward retirement.
Vindicator staff/wire reports