SPORTS DIGEST || Tressel to appear at Phantoms golf outing

Tressel to appear at Phantoms golf outing


Youngstown State president Jim Tressel will be among the notable guests at the Youngstown Phantoms’ golf outing “Sticks to Clubs” on Aug. 4 at the Lake Club.

Phantoms owners Bruce Zoldan and Troy and Aafke Loney, USHL president and commissioner Bob Fallen, Ohio congressman Tim Ryan will also attend, as will former Pittsburgh Penguins Phil Bourque, Francois Leroux, Alain Lemieux, Warren Young and Jean-Sebastien Aubin.

Tickets are $60 and are available by calling 330-747-7825.

Poland seeks activity fees


Activity fees for Poland students entering grades 7-12 are due by Aug. 1.

Forms can be downloaded at Checks or money orders can be sent to the Poland Board of Education, Attn: Athletic Fee, 3199 Dobbins Rd., Poland, Ohio, 44514.

Pacquiao to meet Algieri on Nov. 22

Manny Pacquiao will return to China for his next fight, taking on Chris Algieri in the gambling enclave of Macau.

The scheduled Nov. 22 fight for a piece of the welterweight title held by Pacquiao comes a year after the Filipino headlined the first big fight card there with a win over Brandon Rios. Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao will likely fight at least once a year in Macau the rest of his career.

Pacquiao returns to Macau on a two-fight winning streak that began last September with his win over Rios. Before that, he had lost a disputed decision to Timothy Bradley and was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez.

Jeter boosts ratings at All-Star Game


Derek Jeter’s final All-Star appearance has helped boost television ratings for the game.

The American League’s 5-3 win Tuesday in Minneapolis averaged more than 11.3 million viewers on Fox, up from 11 million for last year’s game at the Mets’ Citi Field in New York. The rating was up 9 percent for the first full half-hour, when the retiring Yankees shortstop first stepped to the plate.

The network said Wednesday that the 7.0 fast national rating was the highest since 2010. The 2012 edition set a record low with a 6.8. Ratings represent the percentage of homes with televisions tuned to a program.

Warriors, Rush agree to two-year deal


Brandon Rush and the Golden State Warriors are headed for a reunion.

Rush and the Warriors agreed to a two-year, $2.5 million contract Wednesday. Rush’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said the small forward will hold the option in the second year of the deal.

Rush was Golden State’s top reserve and best perimeter defender during the 2011-12 season before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s 2012-13 home opener. He was traded to Utah last summer as part of a salary shedding move that allowed the Warriors to sign Andre Iguodala away from Denver.

Rush played just 38 games for the Jazz last season after returning from that devastating knee injury.

Gallopin wins Stage 11 at Tour de France


French rider Tony Gallopin led a late breakaway in a show of opportunism and savvy racing to win Wednesday’s 11th stage of the Tour de France as Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead.

The peloton returned to action after the race’s first rest day with the 187.5-kilometer (116.3-mile) ride from Besancon to Oyonnax, not far from the Swiss border. The stage featured four small- to medium-sized hills near the end.

In the stage’s mini-drama, American Andrew Talansky, struggling through pain from crashes earlier in the race, dropped out of the pack and rode solo much of the day. In a show of grit, he finished some 32 minutes back — enough to qualify to ride another day under race rules.

Vindicator staff/wire reports

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