SPORTS DIGEST || Hess, Wolford to take aim at large target

Hess, Wolford to take aim at large target


Former Youngstown State quarterback Kurt Hess will have a target too large to miss on Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of the Covelli Centre. Hess and Penguins football coach Eric Wolford will be throwing passes to Kelly Ann, a near 10,000-pound elephant with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus which is playing at the Covelli Centre on the weekend.

The event, scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday, is a fund-raiser for Making Kids Count. For each pass completed to Kelly Ann, children from Making Kids Count will receive tickets to the circus. The public is invited to watch this WIDE receiver in action.

YSU offers 3 different basketball camps


The Youngstown State men’s basketball program will hold three separate individual camps this summer.

The Full-Court Camp, June 9-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., is geared for grades 6-11 and costs $140. It will offer a full day of teaching, skill instruction, games, and contests. Campers may bring lunch or purchase lunch and snacks at the camp store. The Half-Court Camp, June 16-19, 8:30 a.m.-noon, is geared for grades 2-9 and costs $95. It will offer a half-day of teaching, skill instruction, games, and contests.

The Advance Skills Camp, July 1-2, 6-9 p.m., is for grades 6-12. Campers will receive specific instruction on improving footwork, shooting technique, ball handling, passing, rebounding, and offensive and defensive individual and team concepts. For more information, contact Kevin Bruinsma at 330-941-3712 or at

Gwynn on leave of absence as Aztec coach


San Diego State says Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is on a leave of absence from his job as baseball coach as he recovers from undisclosed health issues. The school says there is no imetable for his return. Gwynn has had two operations for cancer in his right cheek since August 2010. Gwynn says in a statement that he’s “on the mend and looking forward to getting back to the team.”

Sharapova survives scare to advance


Defending champion Maria Sharapova survived a first-round scare at the Porsche Grand Prix by defeating Lucie Safarova 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-6(2) on Tuesday. The sixth-seeded Sharapova needed three hours, 24 minutes for her 100th clay victory, three days after her 27th birthday. Sharapova, who is bidding to win the tournament for the third time in a row, next faces fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Latvian qualifier Diana Marcinkevica 6-3, 6-2.

Castroneves on IndyCar probation


IndyCar has put Helio Castroneves on probation through June because he violated the series’ social media policy. Castroneves was penalized Tuesday for a tweet sent from his official account after the Long Beach, Calif., race on April 13 that criticized race control for not penalizing drivers during the race. The tweet included an image of IndyCar’s official logo with a “thumbs down” symbol photo-shopped in the center.

The tweet was deleted not long after it appeared, and Castroneves later posted that his sister had sent the missive from his account without his permission.

Giggs returns to center stage at Man United


Ryan Giggs had almost become the forgotten man at Old Trafford this season. That’s about to change. In the most turbulent period at Manchester United in a generation, the club is turning to one of its greatest players to restore some order. Giggs was appointed United’s temporary coach Tuesday following the firing of David Moyes after a woeful 10 months in charge.

The Welshman is still on United’s playing squad at age 40 — in the 23rd season of a remarkable career at the club. He was a member of Moyes’ coaching staff.

Staff reports/Associated Press

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