Liberty’s Dra Rushton commits to YSU

Liberty’s Dra Rushton committs to YSU

Liberty quarterback Dra Rushton committed to play football at Youngstown State in 2018. The Liberty senior announced his decision via Twitter on Monday.

Rushton announced he received and offer from the Penguins on Jan. 30.

Rushton led the Leopards to the playoffs in his senior year and was named the Trumbull County Player of the Year in November.

Rushton ran for 1,339 yards and 23 touchdowns while throwing for 907 yards and nine scores during the 2017 regular season.

Olson wins third straight weekly honor


Youngstown State guard Chelsea Olson is the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the third consecutive week, the conference office announced on Monday. Olson is the first player to be named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week three straight times since the award was instituted in 2013-14.

Olson averaged nearly a double-double last week in helping the Penguins earn a pair of road wins. Olson scored 12 points while adding nine rebounds and five assists in Thursday’s victory at Oakland, and she followed that up with eight points, nine rebounds, four assists and a pair of 3-pointers at Detroit Mercy on Saturday. She averaged 10 points, nine rebounds and 4.5 assists in the two contests.

Boardman expands Disc Golf course


Boardman Park announced the expansion of its Disc Golf course to 18-Holes. An additional 9-Holes is scheduled to be completed by late Winter. The 9-Holes will play through the wooded area of the Park, located just East of the Tennis Courts.

Boardman Park will hold a Disc Golf Open on, March 25 to celebrate the expansion.

The Tournament is hosted by Mahoning Valley Disc Golf Association (MVDGA). There will be two rounds of golf.

To register go to or comment on the MVDGA Facebook page. For more information, please call Boardman Park (330) 726-8015.

Suarez has arbitration hearing with Reds


Cincinnati infielder Eugenio Suarez went to arbitration, asking a panel for a raise from $595,000 to $4.2 million rather than the Reds’ offer of $3.75 million.

Suarez has been Cincinnati’s starting third baseman the past two years after switching from shortstop. He .260 last season and set career highs with 26 homers and 82 RBIs on a team that finished last in the NL Central at 68-94.

Belichick isn’t saying why he benched Butler


New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t saying why he benched one-time Super Bowl star Malcolm Butler in this year’s championship game.

Speaking on a conference call the day after the Patriots blew their chance at a sixth NFL title with a 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Belichick said “there are a lot of things that go into that.” He declined to be specific about the defensive back.

Butler’s interception in the end zone in the final minute of the Super Bowl against Seattle clinched New England’s 2014 NFL title.

G League orders game restarted after protest


The NBA G League has granted a protest by the Santa Cruz Warriors and ordered the final 17.5 seconds of their loss to Iowa to be replayed.

Golden State’s affiliate protested its 116-113 loss on Jan. 19 after being incorrectly assessed a technical foul for calling an excessive timeout. The Warriors should have been granted a “reset timeout,” a rule in the G League allowing teams to advance the ball without calling time and stopping play.

The G League said Monday that the sequence unfairly impacted the game and ordered it to be restarted with the game tied at 111 and Santa Cruz in possession of the ball.

The replay will take place March 23 in Santa Cruz before the teams’ regularly scheduled game.

Staff/Wire Report

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