Local athletes qualify for Junior Olympics
Tri-County’s Team Elite, a Youngstown-based track and field organization established in 2012, advanced 15 athletes to the AAU Junior Olympics nationals during competition at the Regional qualifier last weekend. The nationals will be held July 28-Aug. 2 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
The group has planned fund-raisers in order to offset the cost of the trip. A car wash is scheduled July 12 at the Auto Zone on McCartney Road and a “Meet the Team” fund-raiser is planned July 19 at Family Dollar on Oak Street. Those interested in assisting the group can contact Derrick Stredrick at 330-314-8130, go to the team’s web site at www.tricountysteamelite.com or visit the group’s Facebook page.
Junior Olympics qualifiers for Team Elite include Tawann Tutwiler, 100, 200, 400; Bryant Douglas, 100, 200; Antonio Pitts, 100, 200; Alena Williams, 100, 200, 400; Tyrese Bandy, 200, 400; Bryson Douglas, 200; Sultan Abdullah Jr., 400; Bryashia Vaughn, 400; Cameron Lawrence, 400, 800; JaMeire Robinson, discus, shot put; Christian Armstrong, discus, shot put; Nathaniel Armstrong IV, discus, shot put; Mikayla Jordan, discus, shot put; Ahleeah Abdullah, shot put; Jamell Janus, shot put.
East Liverpool team perfect in Tri-T Colt
East Liverpool Bubbs 44 White team completed an undefeated 17-0 regular season in the Tri-T Colt Baseball Classic Division. The team, which begins playoff action today, is coached by Tim Muscari and Mike Beck. Players include Zack Boni, Dominic Muscari, Josh Beck, Trevor McLaughlin, Ethan Campbell, Seth Cox, Hunter Maze, Tyler Recktenwald, Kevin Miller and Mike Haydu.
Cavs show interest in Hayward; Miles leaves
Gordon Hayward, Utah’s restricted free agent small forward, agreed Wednesday to meet with Cleveland team officials, said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Cavs are not commenting during the NBA’s 10-day free agency moratorium.
Hayward averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds last season, his fourth with the Jazz. If the Cavs choose to sign Hayward to an offer sheet, under NBA rules the Jazz will have three days to match it. Utah has expressed a willingness to keep Hayward.
As for their own free agents, C.J. Miles agreed to a four-year, $18 million deal with the Indiana Pacers. Miles spent the last two seasons with the Cavs and made $2.2 million last year. His deal can’t become official until July 10.
Penguins sign forward Downie for one year
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed free-agent forward Steve Downie to a one-year, $1 million deal Wednesday. The 27-year-old Downie had four goals, 20 assists and 106 penalty minutes last season in 62 games for Colorado and Philadelphia.
On Tuesday, the Penguins signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, forward Blake Comeau and goalie Thomas Greiss, and re-signed forward Marcel Goc.
Bucks owners admit errors in luring Kidd
New Bucks owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens admit they may have made some errors in luring Jason Kidd to Milwaukee. Kidd, who was formally introduced Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, dismissed the suggestion that he left after being turned down in seeking control of the Nets’ basketball operations department.
Arbitrator rules Saints’ Graham is a tight end
The Saints’ Jimmy Graham and the NFL Players Association were dealt a setback Wednesday when an arbitrator ruled that he can only be considered a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag designation. NFLPA had filed a grievance arguing that Graham was used as a wide receiver often enough to qualify for the more lucrative receiver tag. But arbitrator Stephen Burbank disagreed and now the NFLPA is reviewing his ruling.
Staff reports/Associated Press