YSU announces 2019
Hall of Fame class
The Youngstown State Athletics Department will induct seven new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 27. The ceremony will be prior to the Penguins’ football game against Indiana State.
The event will begin in the Chestnut Room of YSU’s Kilcawley Center with a buffet breakfast at 10:00 am before the 10:30 am ceremony. This year’s YSU Hall of Fame class includes Bethany Anderson, McKenzie Bedra, Codera Jackson, Ryan Jewell, Anthony Mitchell, Chad Shultz and James Terry.
To purchase tickets for the event, please call Rebecca Fink at 330-941-2283.
YSU volleyball swept by
NKU, drops 2 straight
The Youngstown State volleyball team lost its second consecutive game on Wednesday, a 3-0 loss to Northern Kentucky. The scores were 25-22, 25-19, 25-13.
Erin Kalahar led the Penguins (7-11, 1-4 Horizon League) with nine kills, one ace and three digs. Marketa Plesingrova had seven kills, one assist and eight digs. Giovanna Kuntze had three kills, 21 assists and 12 digs.
Western Reserve graduate Aleah Hughes finished with 5 1/2 points, five kills and 13 digs.
Haley Libs led the Vikings (12-4, 4-1 HL) with 15 points, 13 kills, two aces, an assist and 11 digs.
The Penguins will travel to the University of Illinois at Chicago on Friday.
Former Clemson RB C.J. Fuller, 22, dies
C.J. Fuller, the former Clemson running back part of the Tigers’ 2016 national championship team, has died. He was 22.
The school confirmed Fuller’s death, and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday night his thoughts were with Fuller’s family.
There was no immediate cause of death. Messages left at the Pickens County Coroner’s Office were not returned.
Fuller played at Clemson from 2015-2017 after redshirting his first season. He rushed for 599 yards and four touchdowns.
Fuller had a 30-yard TD catch in a 31-0 Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State. A week later, Fuller’s 20-yard kickoff return started Clemson’s game-winning drive in a 35-31 win over Alabama for the championship.
Sood admits to paying
NCAA hoops recruit
A New Jersey financial adviser is testifying at a college basketball corruption trial about how he became the bag man for a secret cash payment to a highly prized high school prospect.
Munish Sood testified in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday that he gave about $19,500 last year to the father of top recruit Brian Bowen Jr. He said the money was meant to get Bowen to commit to the University of Louisville.
After the payments were revealed, Bowen left Louisville. The school also fired coach Rick Pitino.
Sood pleaded guilty in a case against a former Adidas executive and two other men charged in an alleged scheme. They have denied they harmed college programs.
He said he’s still advising pro athletes, including Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Caps’ Wilson banned
20 games for hit
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended 20 games by the NHL for a blindside hit to the head of an opponent during a preseason game.
Wilson’s punishment was announced Wednesday, just hours before the reigning Stanley Cup champion Capitals were to raise their banner and hosted the Boston Bruins to begin the season.
The physical right winger, who plays on Washington’s top line with captain Alex Ovechkin, drew a 10-minute penalty for the way he hit St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist in the second period of the teams’ exhibition game on Sunday.
Wilson had an in-person hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety in New York on Wednesday.