Balash to speak to Curbstone

Balash to speak to Curbstone


WFMJ Sports Director Dana Balash will be the guest speaker Monday at the weekly luncheon of the Curbstone Coaches at the Avion Banquet Center on Western Reserve Road in Beaver Township.

The event begins at noon and the public is welcome to attend.

Applications are being accepted for nominations for the 2017 Hall of Fame Class that will be inducted on May 7, 2017. For an application to nominate, call 330-506-6774 or 330-792-2272.

Phantoms lose 1-0 in shootout


Kevin Charyszyn scored the only goal in Saturday’s shootout to lift the Waterloo Black Hawks to a 1-0 victory over the Youngstown Phantoms.

Ten shots were taken in the session that followed overtime.

Alex Esposito, Nicolas Werbik, Evan Wisocky, Brad Cocca and Brett Murray were foiled in the shootout by Waterloo goaltender Robbie Beydoun.

Ivan Kulbalov made 21 saves in regulation and overtime.

The Phantoms (7-6-0-1, 15 points) are in fourth place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference.

Gibbs’ quartet still in contention


All four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers are still in contention for the three spots left to race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup season championship.

There are only two races left to clinch those spots, and at least one of them won’t make it.

Plus, JGR teammates Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards aren’t the only drivers trying to join Jimmie Johnson for a title shot in the Chase-deciding finale at Homestead in two weeks.

“Our goal was to have four cars at Homestead and now there’s only three spots left,” Kenseth said. “Every week we talk about what we can do to help each other, and make things better but we also realize when they drop the green today, it’s one against 39 and have to get the best finish we can for our respective teams.”

All the Gibbs drivers have won at Texas, where the second race of the third round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs is today.

Arrogate captures Breeders’ Classic


California Chrome was cruising along on the lead, looking every inch the lauded veteran ready to polish his resume with another big victory. Trailing behind was Arrogate, the youngest horse in the field, brilliant but inexperienced.

In a thrilling finish to Breeders’ Cup weekend, racing’s newest star emerged.

Arrogate chased California Chrome through the stretch, leaving the rest of the field in the dust. The highly anticipated showdown was on.

With Mike Smith first whipping Arrogate left-handed and then right, the 3-year-old colt caught California Chrome in the final 100 yards to win the $6 million Classic by a half-length Saturday at Santa Anita.

The victory elevated Arrogate to heir apparent to California Chrome, who at age 5 likely has one race left in his storybook career.

It was California Chrome’s first loss in seven starts this year; Arrogate won his fifth straight.

Smith earned his third Cup victory of the weekend and leading 25th of his career. Baffert won his record third consecutive Classic in front of an announced crowd of 72,811, third-highest in the event’s 33-year history.

Dolphins’ TE Cameron out with concussion


Miami Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron was placed on injured reserve Saturday and will miss the rest of the season because of a concussion that threatens his career.

Cameron has been sidelined since Week 3 and has been seeing a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh. He said this week he was improving, and he hoped to return, but the Dolphins decided to replace him on the roster.

The concussion was at least the fourth for the 28-year-old.

Staff and wire reports

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