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Vindicator’s Ed Puskas at Curbstone luncheon

BEAVER TOWNSHIP

The Vindicator sports editor and Curbstone Coaches 2018 Hall of Fame Inductee Ed Puskas, will be the guest speaker at Monday’s luncheon meeting 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.

Also, plans are underway for the 51st Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame Induction ceremony which is set for May 6th at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman. The keynote speaker will be former YSU and NFL place kicker Paul McFadden. Tickets are now available by contacting Mariel Sallee at 330-519-6819.

Tax records: Baylor paid Briles $15 million

WACO, Texas

New tax records show that Baylor University paid former football coach Art Briles more than $15 million after firing him in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that rocked his program.

The documents obtained by The Dallas Morning News show that former university President Ken Starr also received more than $4.5 million following his resignation in 2016. The dollar figures surfaced in annual required tax filings to the IRS.

Starr left shortly after a scathing review found that under his leadership of the nation’s largest Baptist university, Baylor did little to respond to sexual assault accusations involving members of its vaunted football program.

Briles has apologized for some “bad things that went on under my watch” but has pushed back against some accusations made against him and his program.

Nash, Kidd and Hill voted to Hall of Fame

SAN ANTONIO

Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Grant Hill are among the 13-member class that will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September.

The Hall of Fame made the announcement Saturday before the NCAA Final Four semifinals.

The inductees also include Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Tina Thompson, coach Lefty Driesell, Charlie Scott, longtime executive Rick Welts, NBA executive Rod Thorn, Katie Smith, the late Ora Mae Washington and Croatian star Dino Radja.

Nash and Kidd were two of the greatest point guards of their generation. Nash is a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and eight-time All-Sta. Kidd earned 10 All-Star selections.

Hill won two NCAA titles at Duke and seven NBA All-Star selections. Allen is the most prolific 3-point shooter in NBA history and a two-time league champion.

Maine hires NCAA’s first female assistant

ORONO, MAINE

The University of Maine says a new assistant coach on the men’s basketball team is believed to be the only woman in the role in Division I basketball.

School officials say Edniesha Curry was hired as one of three assistant coaches under new head coach Richard Barron.

She was an assistant coach for Maine’s women’s team when Barron led that program and she most recently worked with the NBA Assistant Coaches’ Program.

Curry says she’s blessed to work alongside Barron again and is grateful for the chance to return to Maine.

Barron says Curry is talented at developing players and “knows Maine, knows many of our players and knows me and my style of play.”

Before her first stint at Maine, Curry coached professional basketball teams in Vietnam and China.

Sloane Stephens wins Miami Open title

KEY BISCAYNE, FLA.

U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens won her hometown tournament, beating Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 (5), 6-1 in Saturday’s final at the Miami Open.

Stephens, a South Florida native who lives in Fort Lauderdale, won the last women’s final on Key Biscayne. The tournament will move next year to the Miami Dolphins’ stadium.

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