SPORTS DIGEST || YSU shot putter Grace headed to nationals

YSU shot putter Grace headed to nationals


Youngstown State senior Bobby Grace has advanced to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the shot put. Grace is one of 16 athletes who will throw in the event at the NCAA meet in Albuquerque, N.M. on March 15.

Grace recently won the shot put at the Horizon League Championships with a throw of 19.13 meters, which set a meet record. He defeated his nearest competitor by nearly three meters and was named the conference’s Athlete of the Year and Most Outstanding Performer of the championship meet on the men’s side.

Division II district tickets sold at Canfield


Tickets are on sale in the Canfield High athletic office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for the Cardinals’ boys basketball Division II district semifinal scheduled Thursday at 7 p.m. at Warren Harding. Advance student tickets are $4 each, adult tickets $6. All tickets at the door will be $6.

D-III district final tickets sold at Girard


Tickets for the Girard-Ursuline boys Division III district championship basketball game will be on sale during school hours today through Friday at Girard High School. The game is scheduled Friday at 7 p.m. at Howland High.

Luongo sent to Florida on busy trading day


Several big-name hockey players were on the move Tuesday, 24 hours before the trade deadline, including star goalie Roberto Luongo, who was ushered out of Vancouver and sent back to Florida eight years after he was sent packing.

The Panthers dealt goalie Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias to the Canucks for Luongo and forward Steven Anthony. Also, the Anaheim Ducks sent goalie Viktor Fasth to Edmonton for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick and a 2015 third-round selection. Edmonton then traded veteran goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to the Minnesota Wild for a fourth-round draft pick this year.

T.J. Ward still hoping to sign with Browns


The agent for Browns free agent safety T.J. Ward says the Pro Bowler remains hopeful of signing a long-term deal with the team. Ward is eligible to hit the open market next week. His agent, Josh Arnold, said in a statement Tuesday that he began “detailed contract discussions” with “multiple” Browns executives at the NFL combine in Indianapolis last month and that the talks have continued. However, the sides have not yet reached an agreement.

Ward is coming off his best season as a pro in which he started all 16 games and made a career-high 129 tackles with two interceptions. Arnold said he and Ward “remain open to further discussions with the Browns.”

Report: McQueary sexually abused as child


Mike McQueary told Penn State players in November 2011 that he was sexually abused when he was a child, ESPN The Magazine reported Tuesday. The disclosure from McQueary reportedly came during a closed-door meeting on Nov. 7, 2011, just days after the Jerry Sandusky scandal erupted on campus. The ESPN report also cited four players who knew about the meeting.

McQueary was the focus of a lengthy profile published online Tuesday that explored the controversies and character of the former Penn State graduate assistant.

Staff reports/Associated Press

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