Ruiz tabbed MVFC’s newcomer of the week

Ruiz tabbed MVFC’s newcomer of the week

St. Louis, Mo.

Youngstown State freshman tailback Martin Ruiz was honored on Sunday as the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s newcomer of the week following his three-touchdown performance against Duquesne.

In the 59-17 win over the Dukes, Ruiz had scoring runs of 9, 5 and 4 yards.

He had 17 carries for 65 yards and in four games, Ruiz has scored eight touchdowns, including seven on the ground.

On Saturday Youngstown State travels to Southern Illinois in the league opener.

Canfield volleyball

Janie Rafoth collected 32 assists as the Canfield High volleyball team swept Hathaway Brown 25-14, 25-18, 25-22.

Also for Canfield, Rachel Rafoth had 54 digs, Emma Hartshorn was in with 13 kills and Darby Hepola produced 12 kills.

Reporting prep results

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Emails and faxes are strongly preferred.

Prep football statistics

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Email stats to or fax them to 330-747-6712, attention Doug Chapin.

Oracle wins to stay alive in America’s Cup


This has become the America’s Cup that just won’t go away, thanks to fickle wind and Oracle Team USA’s remarkable resurgence.

Twice down by seven races, the defending champions no doubt have Emirates Team New Zealand on edge.

Skipper Jimmy Spithill and his mates with Oracle Team USA were masterful in light air Sunday on San Francisco Bay, winning Races 14 and 15 to cut the Kiwis’ lead to 8-5. Spithill steered his 72-foot catamaran to huge leads in both races and has won four straight since the Kiwis reached match point on Wednesday.

Docked two points in the biggest cheating scandal in the 162-year history of the America’s Cup, Oracle needs four more wins to keep the oldest trophy in international sports.

Pair capture team time trial cycling world title


Tony Martin powered Omega Pharma-Quick Step to its second consecutive title in the team time trial as the road cycling world championships opened Sunday.

Omega edged Orica Greenedge by 0.81 seconds over the 35-mile route from Montecatini Terme to Florence, finishing in 1 hour, 4 minutes, 16.81 seconds.

Martin teamed with Sylvain Chavanel of France, Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland, Niki Terpstra of the Netherlands, Kristof Vandewalle of Belgium and Peter Velits of Slovakia.

Last-place Sunderland fires Paolo Di Canio


Paolo Di Canio became the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season when he was fired by last-place Sunderland on Sunday.

Di Canio helped the Black Cats avoid relegation after he replaced Martin O’Neill on March 31 but got off to an 0-4-1 start this season.

Di Canio signed American forward Jozy Altidore last summer from AZ Alkmaar.

Motion Lounge takes Belmont Park feature


Motion Lounge rallied from eighth to beat Milkyyourway by 13/4 lengths, giving trainer Dominick Schettino a 1-2 finish on Sunday in the $92,400 allowance feature at Belmont Park.

Motion Lounge, a four-year-old, earned her second win in 10 starts in the race for New York-bred fillies and mares originally scheduled for the turf.

Vindicator staff/wire reports

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