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Warren Sports H.O.F. announces dinner


The Warren Sports Hall of Fame is having its annual dinner meeting on Feb. 20 at DiLucia’s Banquet Center.

Warren JFK football coach Jeff Bayuk is the guest speaker.

There’s a social gathering at 5:30 p.m. before the buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m.

Admission is free to any due-paying Hall of Fame member. For non-members, it’s $25.

For more information, email Shawn Bryant at

500 YSU tickets at Creekside Fitness


Youngstown State has given 500 free tickets for Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Detrot-Mercy to the Creekside Fitness and Health Center in Boardman.

Tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Creekside opens at 5 a.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Dunk, 3-point contest fields announced

Aaron Gordon has unfinished business in the All-Star dunk contest.

The skywalking Orlando Magic forward is one of the four selections for this year’s contest, to be held on Feb. 18 in New Orleans on All-Star Saturday night.

DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, Glenn Robinson III of Indiana and Derrick Jones Jr. of Phoenix will also be in the dunk contest.

The field for All-Star Saturday’s 3-point contest was also released Thursday. Defending champion Klay Thompson of Golden State will face 2013 champion Kyrie Irving of Cleveland, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, Houston’s Eric Gordon, Dallas’ Wesley Matthews, Portland’s CJ McCollum and Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who won the 3-point contest in 2015 and was runner-up to Thompson last year, is not competing in the event this year.

Thompson will try to become the event’s first back-to-back winner since Jason Kapono in 2007 and 2008.

NHL, IOC to meet, discuss 2018 Olympics

Two people familiar with the gathering say key decision-makers are meeting Friday regarding the NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

A person, who spoke Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an announcement was not made about the development, says the International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation requested the meeting. The person says IOC President Thomas Bach, IIHF President Rene Fasel, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players Association Executive Director Don Fehr will gather to discuss the 2018 Games for the first time.

Fasel has met with Bettman and Fehr, trying to make sure the best hockey players in the world compete in a sixth straight Olympics.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said last weekend league owners are leaning against it.

Women’s soccer to air on Lifetime


A+E Networks has bought an equity stake in the National Women’s Soccer League and will broadcast matches on the Lifetime network for the next three seasons.

The agreement was announced Thursday at a news conference. Lifetime will broadcast a game each Saturday starting in April at 4 p.m. ET.

NWSL Media, a new joint venture between the NWSL and A+E Networks, will become the media and commercial arm of the league, which is entering its fifth season.

NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush says he’s pleased to present fans with “the most comprehensive national television and streaming packages in our history.”

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati calls the network “a fantastic fit” for the 10-team league.

The Western New York Flash will relocate this season and become the North Carolina Courage.

Staff/wire report

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