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Fitch basketball senior commits to West Point

Austintown, OH

Incoming Fitch High School senior, Sabria Hunter, recently gave her verbal commitment to West Point Academy, where she will be playing basketball. Hunter will officially sign her letter of intent in the fall.

Hunter was recognized this past season for scoring her 1,000th career point.

Champion softball team to be honored at mall

Niles

The staff, owners and managers of the Eastwood Mall Complex will honor the Champion softball team’s state title with a victory rally on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the mall’s Center Court.

In honor of the team’s accomplishments, the Cafaro Foundation will present a donation to the Champion Local Schools for use in the district’s athletic program.

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers will honor the team at Eastwood Field before playing the Williamsport Crosscutters at 7:05 p.m.

NCAA considering limit on college bowl games

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says the NCAA approving three new bowls to begin play in 2020 does not guarantee the total number of postseason games will grow.

Bowlsby, who is also the chairman of the NCAA’s football oversight committee, appeared on the “AP Top 25 College Football Podcast “ this week to discuss recent changes to rules regarding transfers, redshirting in football and the bowl system.

The NCAA approved the addition of three new games for the next postseason cycle of six years, starting 2020. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the total number of bowls, which was 39 last year, not including the College Football Playoff championship game will increase. By capping the number of bowls a conference can contract with according to the league’s four-year average of producing bowl-eligible teams, it could leave some bowls without conference partners.

UConn: Ollie fired for NCAA infractions

STORRS, Conn.

The University of Connecticut says it fired men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie after finding NCAA violations that included improper workouts and improper contact with recruits by Ollie and former UConn star Ray Allen.

The violations are laid out in more than 1,300 pages of documents released to The Associated Press and other media organizations after UConn President Susan Herbst upheld the decision to fire Ollie.

The documents include transcripts of interviews by the school’s compliance staff and NCAA officials about alleged violations. That includes secondhand information provided by former UConn assistant coach Glenn Miller of an alleged $30,000 payment to the mother of a player.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Ollie’s lawyer Jacques Parenteau called the infractions minimal and isolated. He also says they fail to justify withholding the more than $10 million they believe Ollie is owed under his contract.

Islanders hire Trotz fresh off Stanley Cup

DALLAS

Barry Trotz has gone from lifting the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals to coaching the New York Islanders in just two weeks.

Islanders president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello hired Trotz on Thursday, three days after he resigned from the Capitals, and gave him the kind of long-term security Washington wouldn’t.

Immediately scooping up an accomplished, Cup-winning coach is the Islanders’ latest step to try to keep face of the franchise John Tavares, who can become a free agent July 1.

“If you know anything about Lou Lamoriello, his background and what he does, he will do what it takes to win,” Trotz said on a conference call.

“I felt strongly that once Lou gets with John ... Lou’s going to execute a plan, a long-term plan that will be very successful so we can chase the Stanley Cup and win a Stanley Cup.”

Staff/wire reports

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