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YSU-UWM baseball moved to Eastwood
Due to ongoing poor weather in Milwaukee, the Youngstown State baseball team’s weekend series against Wisconsin-Milwaukeehas been moved to Eastwood Field. The Penguins will host the Panthers in a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m., and the teams will play on Sunday at noon.
Milwaukee, already has made one trip to Eastwood Field this season as the teams played a three-game series to open Horizon League play on March 17-18.
YSU will be playing at home for the fifth time in the first six weekends of the conference schedule, while Milwaukee has yet to play a home game. Each of YSU’s first six conference weekends has been affected by weather in some fashion.
NDSU coach signs contract extension
North Dakota State’s Chris Klieman has signed a two-year contract extension with the perennial Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse.
Klieman is entering his fifth season leading the Bison, who have won six of the last seven FCS titles. He was an assistant at the Fargo school for three years before he was promoted to head coach when Craig Bohl moved to Wyoming.
The 50-year-old Klieman signed a six-year contract extension in 2016 that called for a base salary of $300,000 a year, with minimum pay increases of at least 4 percent annually. Those terms remain unchanged. The new deal increases various performance bonuses and appearance fees.
Klieman has a 54-6 record with NDSU. He’s a native of Waterloo, Iowa, and played defensive back at Northern Iowa.
Yankees make anti-bullying video
Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees have a message for a bullied fourth-grader in Pennsylvania: “You are not alone.”
The Yankees created an anti-bullying video and posted it to the team’s Twitter account Wednesday in response to a video created by 10-year-old Cassidy Warner. The young girl from Scranton, Pa., has gone viral for a Facebook video in which she holds note cards recounting bullying she’s received in elementary school.
Jason Zillo (Ursuline), Yankees director of media relations, discovered Warner’s story during a pair of rainouts in Detroit last weekend. The Yankees created a video featuring 24 players and manager Aaron Boone holding note cards telling Warner “we care about you” and inviting her to hang with the team at Yankee Stadium.
“Count the New York Yankees among your friends!” reads a card held by Judge.
The Yankees’ video had more than 200,000 views by Thursday before the team’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Warner’s mother, Jenn Slater, thanked the Yankees for the video with a post on her Facebook page.
“Let’s just say I cried!” she wrote.
Reds fire Price after 3-15 start
The Reds’ worst start since the Great Depression prompted a quick hook for Bryan Price.
Cincinnati fired its fifth-year manager on Thursday because of a 3-15 start, the first managerial change in the major leagues this season. The Reds hadn’t changed managers so early in a season since Tony Perez was fired after 44 games in 1993.
It’s the first time since 2002 that a manager has been fired in April, according to ESPN. Four managers were fired that April, including Phil Garner after an 0-6 start with the Tigers that matched the quickest hook in major league history.
Price managed a rebuilding effort that relied on rookies more than any other team in the majors during his tenure.