Harrington qualifies for Junior Olympics
Austintown Fitch senior-to-be Joe Harrington qualified for the AAU Junior Olympic Games, which will be held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, from July 28-Aug. 2.
Harrington, who runs summer track for Falcon Elite, was the AAU Columbus district champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He also won those events at last weekend’s Cincinnati regional qualifier.
Harrington holds numerous school records at Fitch, including the 60, 200 and 4x200 indoors and the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and sprint medley outdoors. He is also a four-time All-Ohioan in indoor track and a six-time outdoor All-Ohioan. He is a three-time All-American as a member of Fitch’s 4x100, sprint medley and Swedish medley relays that placed in the top six at New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. from June 13-15.
Canfield BOE approves new head coaches
In addition to a host of returning head coaches and assistant coaches for next year, the Canfield school board formally approved the following new head coaches for the 2014-15 school year at Monday’s meeting: Mike Yankey, boys and girls cross country; Matt Reel, girls basketball; Jane Heaven, swimming and diving.
Astros respond after hackers get trade talks
The Houston Astros say they have been the victims of hackers who accessed their servers and published months of internal trade talks on the Internet.
General manager Jeff Luhnow says “it was an illegal activity and we’re going to pursue it and try and find out who did it and prosecute.”
He says they learned of the breach about a month ago. The team responded on Monday after the web site Deadspin.com published a story about the breach.
Among the items involved talks with Miami to trade 2012 top overall pick Carlos Correa and rookie George Springer for Marlins star slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
Luhnow says some of the information was accurate and some was not, but he wouldn’t discuss what portions fell into which category.
World Cup mascot fails to cash in with FIFA
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FIFA says it could not reach a financial agreement with a wildlife conservation group trying to save an endangered armadillo chosen as the World Cup mascot.
FIFA’s head of corporate and social responsibility, Federico Addiechi, says “there was no interest from the other side in collaborating with us.”
The Caatinga Association disagrees. It was instrumental in getting the armadillo chosen as the World Cup mascot, which was named “Fuleco” — a combination of the Portuguese words for football and ecology.
Caatinga Association director Rodrigo Castro said he turned down a FIFA offer of $135,000, about one-tenth of what he said was needed to get the armadillo off endangered species lists.
FIFA generates about $5 billion in revenue in a four-year World Cup cycle.
Dolphins sign Colledge to 1-year deal
The Miami Dolphins have signed offensive lineman Daryn Colledge to a one-year contract.
Colledge spent the past three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Before that, he spent five seasons with the Green Bay Packers, where he was coached by current Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin.
Colledge gives the Dolphins depth at guard. He has appeared in all 128 games over his eight-year career, and that streak is the most by any active guard in the NFL.
General manager Dennis Hickey says Colledge is “a proven player who brings a tremendous amount of experience and versatility to the organization.”
Colledge is a native of North Pole, Alaska and played his college ball at Boise State.