YSU baseball team falls to UIC, 12-6
Josh White had two hits and three RBIs and Brent Gillespie had two hits and an RBI for the Youngstown State baseball team, which fell to UIC 12-6 in the Penguins’ Horizon League road opener Friday. Kevin Hix also had two hits and a run for YSU (4-18, 0-3 Horizon), while Kris Moules scored twice. The teams play the second game of a three-game series today at 4:05 p.m.
Tires the talk of Texas ahead of Sunday’s race
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Tires remained the hot topic at Texas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and Goodyear took the unprecedented step of discussing the compound selected for Sunday’s race before a single lap had been turned. Goodyear’s multi-zone tread tire is making its season debut at Texas, where speeds inched toward 200 mph in Friday’s opening practice session. There was one major incident, 100 minutes into practice, when Kurt Busch wrecked hard into the outside wall. Busch, winner of last week’s race at Martinsville, appeared to blow a left rear tire before losing control of his Chevrolet and crashing.
Saints agree to terms with Champ Bailey
Champ Bailey will get to chase a Pro Bowl record and another Super Bowl appearance with the New Orleans Saints. The veteran cornerback agreed to a two-year contract with the Saints on Friday, with a maximum value that approaches $7 million, including guaranteed money and a signing bonus in the first year. The 35-year-old Bailey played the last 10 seasons with Denver after spending his first five in the NFL with Washington.
Seahawks lock up Carroll with extension
The first major contract extension finalized by the Seattle Seahawks following their Super Bowl title was a commitment to coach Pete Carroll — and to an ideology that finally proved successful at the professional level. The Seahawks locked up Carroll through the 2016 season with a three-year extension announced Friday. The new contract rips up the final year of the original five-year deal Carroll signed in January 2010, and cleared up any uncertainty whether the 62-year-old coach wanted to stick around after his original deal expired.
Top seeds Jankovic, Errani fall in quarters
It proved tough to be a top seed at the Family Circle Cup this week. No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic and No. 3 seed Sara Errani were both upset Friday in the quarterfinals, leaving sixth-seeded Eugenie Bouchard as the lone top-10 seed left in the semifinals. Jankovic fell to Bouchard 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to start the round of eight before 17-year-old qualifier Belinda Bencic pulled off an even bigger shocker by eliminating Errani, a runner-up at the French Open in 2012, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Former Buckeye Small gets 4-year sentence
A former Ohio State University football player previously caught up in the school’s memorabilia scandal has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking.
The sentence issued Thursday in Franklin County for 27-year-old Ray Small is expected to run concurrent with a shorter sentence he received in a drug case in Meigs County.
Sharon Speedway cancels enduro event
Sharon Speedway once again was forced to cancel the open practice and Springduro 150 enduro event that was scheduled today. The event was originally scheduled March 22. A make-up date has not yet been set.
Up next at the track is the 85th anniversary season opener April 19 at 7 p.m. featuring the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.
Staff reports/Associated Press