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Howland Hall of Fame to induct 12 members


The Howland High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct 12 new members on Sept. 23-24.

The inductees are: Glenn Alexander, basketball, 1967; Ted Opalka, football, 1967; Randy Gates, football/basketball, 1972; Bill Beasom, football/wrestling, 1991; Denise (Lazor) Smith, soccer/basketball/track, 1995; Brooke (Dunaway) Thigpen, swimming, 1997; George Fetchko, wrestling/track, 2003; Cody Chappe, football/soccer,/basketball/tennis, 2004; Lance Smith, football, 2006; Jack Tominey, coach; Dave El’Hatton, coach; and William “Bim” Turner, contributor.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will be introduced at the Hubbard-Howland football game on Sept. 23.

The Class of 2016 will be formally inducted on Sept. 24 at a banquet at DiLucia’s Banquet Hall. Ticket information for the dinner is available by calling the Activities Office at 330-856-8234.

Sportsmen League will meet Thursday


The Sportsmen League, which bowls on Mondays at Amron Lanes, will have an organizational meeting on Thursday, at 7 p.m.

All captains and league bowlers are encouraged to attend. New teams and individuals are welcome. For more information, call Howard Mancini at 330-533-6319.

Serena says yes to Cincinnati event


Defending champion Serena Williams initially opted to skip Cincinnati, figuring she’d be just finishing up in Rio de Janeiro. An early upset changed her plans and got her back in the Western & Southern Open with more than just another trophy at stake.

Her No. 1 ranking is on the line, too.

Williams’ attempt to hold onto the top spot will be one of the main intrigues in the tournament that opened on Sunday with a couple of matches scheduled in the men’s bracket.

The men’s draw is missing its two most notable plots — Roger Federer trying for an unprecedented eighth Cincinnati title, and Novak Djokovic trying to finally win his first. Both are sidelined by injuries and will have to wait another year for the Masters event.

Meanwhile, Williams wants to get over her loss to 21-year-old Elina Svitolina in the third round at the Olympics. She accepted a wild-card berth to get some matches in Cincinnati, where she has won the title each of the last two years.

Williams heads into the tournament ranked No. 1 for the 306th week overall in her career and her 183rd in a row. It’s the second-longest streak in WTA history, trailing Steffi Graf’s 186 consecutive weeks. She first topped the rankings in July 2002 and, at age 34, is the oldest woman to hold the top spot since the computer rankings were introduced in 1975.

Second-ranked Angelique Kerber will take over the top spot if she wins the tournament and Williams loses before the quarterfinals. Williams has a first-round bye and could get a second-round rematch with Svitolina, who opens the tournament against Christina McHale.

Toronto FC ties 10-man Houston


Jozy Altidore scored his third goal in four games and Toronto FC played to a 1-1 tie with the 10-man Houston Dynamo on Sunday night in a game postponed Saturday because of rain.

Toronto (10-7-7) had its four-game winning streak snapped. Houston (4-10-9) is winless in its six games.

Altidore tied it in the 24th minute. Sebastian Giovinco rolled a corner kick to the penalty spot and Altidore put it into the net with a one touch. Altidore’s sliding left-footed shot in the 64th minute hit the post.

Cristian Maidana scored from a difficult angle in the eighth minute after Mauro Manotas chipped the defense. But the Dynamo played a man down for the entire second half. Abdoulie Mansally received a red card in first-half stoppage time for taking down Giovinco on a breakaway.

It was the fifth consecutive draw in the series.

Staff/wire report

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