SPORTS DIGEST || YSU to host exhibition vs. Davis & Elkins

YSU to host exhibition vs. Davis & Elkins


The Youngstown State women’s basketball team will host Davis & Elkins in an exhibition game this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Beeghly Center. Admission to the contest is free.

The Penguins will return their top three scorers from last season in Alison Smolinski, Indiya Benjamin and Mary Dunn. Plus, they’ll welcome back Sarah Cash and Nikki Arbanas, their top two scorers from two years ago who missed a combined 53 games last season due to injury.

Youngstown State’s season opener will be on Nov. 10 at Pittsburgh.

The Penguins’ first game at Beeghly Center will be against Kent State on Nov. 14 at 5:15 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team.

OHSAA football ticket options available


Four ticket options are now on sale for the Ohio High School Athletic Association football state championship games, which will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton Nov. 30-Dec. 2,

All-session tickets can be purchased at the website:

All-Session Premium Gold Seats and Pro Football Hall of Fame Access: $109.25 per person (seven games). All-Session Blue Seats (General Admission Sections) and Pro Football Hall of Fame Access cost $97.75.

Saturday Three-Game Package costs $40.25 per person (three games).

Fan parking will be $5 per car, located at the nearby Stark County Fairgrounds, with free shuttle service to the stadium. There is no advance sale of parking passes.

Single-game tickets will be available during the week of the state championship games, including for $11 at the state finalist schools.

NBA Draft Lottery to be held in Chicago


The NBA says it will hold its draft lottery in Chicago next spring.

The league announced Thursday the event will be held outside of New York or New Jersey for the first time on May 15. It will be followed by the draft combine May 16-20 in Chicago, where it has been conducted for years.

The NBA is in a way following the lead of the NFL and NHL, which have both held drafts in Chicago in recent years.

Papa John’s blames NFL for poor sales


The CEO of Papa John’s slammed the NFL’s leadership and blamed protests by football players for pizza sales going cold. A day later, rival Pizza Hut said it saw no such impact.

So what’s going on? Papa John’s is closely associated with the NFL, due to its sponsorship of the league. But experts say it is also facing more competition as other fast-food chains start to deliver, taking a bite out of pizza sales.

More people are also cooking at home, and Papa John’s may have been too dependent on TV ads at a time when more people are spending time online. The NFL also has fewer viewers. The average game this season has attracted 14.8 million viewers, down from 15.6 million at the same point last year.

World Series ratings down from last year


The Houston Astros’ seven-game World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers averaged 18.9 million viewers on Fox, down 19 percent from the 23.4 million average for the Chicago Cubs’ seven-game victory over Cleveland last year for their first title since 1908.

The total audience on Fox’s three outlets averaged 19.56 million, the network said Thursday. That included an average of 476,000 viewers on Fox Deportes, up 34 percent from 355,000 last year, and a digital audience average of 183,000 on Fox Sports Go, an increase of 4 percent. Viewers on Fox were up 37 percent from San Francisco’s seven-game win over Kansas City in 2014, which averaged 13.8 million on Fox.

Staff/wire report

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