OSU’s Billy Price to hold autograph signing

OSU’s Billy Price to hold autograph signing


Ohio State center Billy Price will hold an autograph signing at Everything Buckeyes at the Eastwood Mall today at 1 p.m.

Products available are: 8x10 photo for autograph ($7), inscription tickets ($10), Ohio State autographed football ($24.99), 16x20 photo for autograph ($25), autographed ticket ($29), OSU mini helmet ($30), OSU Riddell Speed mini helmet ($30), replica OSU helmet ($130), OSU authentic on-field helmet ($299), OSU authentic on-field black Speed helmet ($450).

Phantoms pull ahead of Capitals in final period


Chase Gresock and Max Ellis each scored a goal in the third period to give the Youngstown Phantoms a 5-3 win against the Madison Capitals Friday night.

Matthew Barry, Eric Esposito and Dalton Messina each tallied a goal as the two sides traded goals in the first two periods.

Ivan Prosvetov made 34 saves for the Phantoms.

YSU baseball blanked by Notre Dame


The Youngstown State baseball team lost 8-1 to Notre Dame on Friday evening in the first of three games in the Kissimmee Irish Classic.

The Fighting Irish held the Penguins to just three this on the night. Nick Caruso, Drew Dickerson and Zach Lopatka each had singles for YSU. Cody Dennis reached base twice on a pair of walks.

Greg Dunham (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Penguins after allowing eight earned runs on 11 hits over 3.2 innings.

YSU has now dropped six straight games after winning its season opener on Feb. 16 at Belmont.

NCAA proposes change to fair catch rules

The team receiving a kickoff would be allowed to make a fair catch inside the 25-yard line and have it result in a touchback under an NCAA Football Rules Committee proposal Friday.

The proposal addresses player safety and tactics by the kicking team that attempts to pin the receiving team close to its goal line. All other aspects of the kickoff play would remain the same.

The proposal will be sent to the conferences for feedback before being considered by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on April 13. If approved by the panel, the change would go into effect for the 2018 season.

Iditarod is set to begin amid turbulent year


The 46th running of Alaska’s famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race kicks off Saturday amid the most turbulent year ever for the annual long-distance contest.

Among the multiple problems: a champion’s dog doping scandal, the loss of major sponsor Wells Fargo, discontent among mushers and escalating pressure from animal rights activists, who say the dogs are run to death or left with serious injuries. The Iditarod has had its ups and downs over the decades, but the current storm of troubles is raising questions about the future of the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) race that for many symbolizes the contest between mortals and Alaska’s unforgiving nature.

Women’s soccer coach sent 491 texts to escorts


A newspaper has reported that former University of Montana women’s soccer coach Mark Plakorus exchanged hundreds of text messages with escorts using his university-issued cellphone during Las Vegas recruiting trips.

The Missoulian obtained the information with a public records request.

University officials said they did not have access to the messages, but the newspaper reported Friday the numbers matched with 10 escorts.

The 491 texts date to February 2015 and centered around six recruiting trips to Las Vegas.

The university announced Plakorus’ departure Jan. 30 after an investigation that began with player complaints about Plakoros texting them excessively and at inappropriate times.

Staff/Wire Report

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