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Former Phantom Sekac signs with Canadiens


Former Youngstown Phantom forward Jiri Sekac has signed a two-year NHL contract with the Montreal Canadiens. Sekac, from the Czech Republic, skated with the Phantoms from 2009-2011, tallying 20 goals and 36 assists over 96 career games.

He led the team in scoring during the 2010-11 season, amassing 45 points (18g, 27a) over 58 games. During his rookie season in 2009-10, Sekac totaled 11 points (2g, 9a) as the team missed the playoffs by just two standings points in its first year as a USHL member club.

The 22-year-old spent the past three seasons playing professionally in his home country of the Czech Republic with Lev Prague, a team in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Sekac joins Andrej Sustr (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Scott Mayfield (New York Islanders) as the only former Phantoms to sign NHL contracts since the organization joined the USHL prior to the 2009-10 season.

Local collegians in fishing competition


Several area college students are scheduled to compete in the FLW College Fishing Chesapeake Bay stop on July 12. It is the second of three regular-season fishing competitions in the Northern Conference.

Competing for Youngstown State are Charles Cremeans of Youngstown and Stan Miketa of New Middletown. In addition, Greg Perry of Cortland will compete for Kent State.

FLW College Fishing teams compete in three qualifying events in one of five conferences. College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.

Touring series runs at Sharon on Saturday


Saturday’s racing program at Sharon Speedway will include the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series in its first of two scheduled appearances.

The event is part of the two-day “Bill Emig Memorial Wild Card Weekend” presented by Bilstein Shock Absorbers with Lernerville Speedway on Friday night.

Other feature races Saturday at Sharon include the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods and Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Race time is 7 p.m.

Hoyer’s agent confident new contract is coming


Brian Hoyer’s precarious grip on the Browns’ starting job — and rookie Johnny Manziel’s presence — makes it tough to negotiate a new contract for the quarterback. His agent thinks it will happen anyway.

Hoyer, who is coming back after undergoing offseason right knee surgery, will enter training camp with the lead in his competition with Manziel. But until the Browns are convinced Hoyer is healthy, and providing he holds off Manziel, it’s difficult for the team to gauge his value. Agent Joe Linta said the sides have had some preliminary discussions, but it may be some time before they get serious about negotiations.

Hoyer went 3-0 as a starter last season before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament while sliding at the end of a scramble. He recovered more quickly than doctors expected and he moved well during practices in the team’s mini-camp this spring.

Bills LB Alonso hurts knee working out


The Buffalo Bills can’t get a break even when they’re off. Starting linebacker Kiko Alonso sustained what the team fears to be a serious knee injury while working out in Oregon.

General manager Doug Whaley announced Alonso had been hurt, in a statement released by the team Tuesday night. “We do not have the details at this point, but early indications are that it may be significant,” Whaley said.

Staff reports/Associated Press

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