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SPORTS DIGEST || Local runners head to Olympic trials

Friday, January 15, 2016

Local runners head to Olympic trials

Two runners who work at Second Sole in Youngstown have qualified for Olympic Trials in Los Angeles.

Tony Migliozzi, 25, and Sara Polatas, 23, will compete in L.A. on Feb. 13 in the marathon. Migliozzi qualified completing the Houston Marathon with a time of 2:17.27. Polatas qualified at the Columbus Marathon with a time of 2:17.27. The top three male and female runners at the Trials will represent the United States in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero this summer. The Second Sole is hosting a fund raiser on Feb. 24. For more information, call 330-758-8708.

Fitch accepting HOF nominations

Austintown Fitch’s Athletic Hall of Fame is accepting nomination suggestions for the 2016 class. The accepted nominees will be inducted on Sept. 16 and 17.

Nominations can be emailed to Daniel Bokesh at dbokesh@austintownschools.org. Nominations can also be mailed to Bokesh to 275 Idaho Road in Austintown. For more information, call 330-797-3900 ext. 1088. All nominations are due March 1.

Indians avoid arbitration with reliever Bryan Shaw

CLEVELAND

The Indians avoided salary arbitration with reliever Bryan Shaw by agreeing to a one-year, $2.75 million contract for next season with the steady right-hander.

Shaw is Cleveland’s primary set-up man for closer Cody Allen, one of four players still eligible for arbitration. The 28-year-old Shaw went 3-3 with a 2.95 ERA in a team-high 74 games last season. He has pitched in at least 70 games in each of his three seasons with Cleveland, which acquired him in a three-team trade from Arizona following the 2012 season.

Locke and Pirates agree to $3,025,000

PITTSBURGH

Left-hander Jeff Locke and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a one-year contract worth $3,025,000, a raise from $531,000.

The 28-year-old, eligible for arbitration for the first time, was 8-11 with a 4.49 ERA in 30 starts last year. Six Pirates remained on track to swap proposed arbitration figures with the team Friday: right-handers Mark Melancon and Jared Hughes; catchers Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart; shortstop Jordy Mercer; and left-hander Tony Watson.

Clemson’s Watson wins Manning Award

NEW ORLEANS

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson has been named the 2015 Manning Award winner as the top college quarterback in the nation.

The award is named after former college and NFL star Archie Manning, as well as his quarterback playing sons, Peyton and Eli. Watson was announced as the 12th annual recipient on Thursday.

Biogenesis owner gets reduced sentence

MIAMI

The former owner of a South Florida clinic at the center of a Major League Baseball steroids scandal that swept up New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will get out of prison more than a year early because of his extensive cooperation with prosecutors, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles granted prosecutors’ request to cut Anthony Bosch’s four-year sentence by 16 months, or about a third off. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharad Motiani said Bosch, who ran the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, revealed key evidence against at least four other people including a self-style chemist who supplied drugs made in his suburban garage and a sports agent who recruited players.

Bosch pleaded guilty in October 2014 to conspiracy to distribute testosterone, one of eight people convicted in the Biogenesis case. Evidence showed that Bosch falsely held himself out as a licensed medical doctor, accepting thousands of dollars a month to provide steroid injections to baseball players.

Staff/wire reports