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YSU changes time for Saturday game


Saturday’s Youngstown State men’s basketball game against Wisconsin-Green Bay at Beeghly Center will begin at 1 p.m.

The game was originally scheduled to tip off at noon.

Phantoms plan stunt with party hats


The Youngstown Phantoms will try to break the world record of the most people wearing party hats in the same location during Saturday’s game at the Covelli Centre.

The first 1,000 fans to arrive for the Phantoms-Team USA game at 2:30 p.m. will receive a party hat and will be able to decorate the hat before the game.

During the first period of the game, fans will be asked to wear hats for five minutes.

“When we came across the party hat record, we thought it would be the perfect fit for our game on New Year’s Eve,” said Katie Seminara-DeToro, Director of Game Day Operations. “We hope it will be a fun way for fans to start celebrating the New Year, and an opportunity to make a unique memory with family and friends.”

The Phantoms will be joining in the First Night Youngstown festivities, including the kick-off ceremony and skating at the Covelli Centre following the game.

Penguins extend Sullivan’s contract


Mike Sullivan’s arrival in Pittsburgh last season provided the spark that turned the Penguins’ listless season around.

The franchise rewarded its fiery head coach with a three-year contract extension on Monday that will keep Sullivan with the team through 2019-20.

The 48-year-old Sullivan took over for Mike Johnston last December and guided the team on a spirited run that finished with the Penguins earning their fourth Stanley Cup. Sullivan is 55-24-10 with Pittsburgh, the second-best point total in the NHL over that span.

General manager Jim Rutherford said Sullivan “did the best coaching job in the NHL last season.” Sullivan has kept the momentum going. The Penguins, who play in New Jersey tonight, are second in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind Columbus.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity that I’ve been given here to coach this team,” Sullivan said. “It’s a great organization to work for. I love the people that I work with, both our management and players. I’ve coached a lot in this league in different capacities. For them to show a vote of confidence in me like they have, it’s very fulfilling.”

49ers’ Hyde to miss season finale


San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde has a torn MCL in his left knee and will miss the season finale against Seattle.

Hyde got hurt in Saturday’s win over the Los Angeles Rams when he was hit by cornerback E.J. Gaines. Coach Chip Kelly said Monday that Hyde will not need surgery and will be available for the offseason program.

Hyde finishes the season 12 yards shy of his first career 1,000-yard rushing season. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns overall in his third season out of Ohio State.

NBA says two calls missed in Cavs’ win


The NBA says two calls were missed in the final moments of Cleveland’s win over Golden State on Sunday, and both aided the Cavaliers in what became their one-point victory.

The league said Cleveland star LeBron James should have been assessed a technical foul for deliberately hanging on the rim after his dunk with 1:43 remaining, and that Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson should have been called for fouling the Warriors’ Kevin Durant on the game’s final play.

Jefferson’s feet appeared to get tangled with Durant’s on that last play . Durant tumbled to the floor, and could only manage a one-handed fling toward the basket as time expired. Cleveland won the NBA Finals rematch 109-108.

Staff/wire report

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