Published: Monday, July 23, 2007
Boardman goes for
Ohio title today
ASHTABULA Boardman's 14-year-old all-star fastpitch softball team will play in the state championship game today at 5 p.m. following a pair of victories over the weekend.
Boardman is 2-0 and the only unbeaten team following an 11-1 win over Kingsville on Saturday and a 5-0 win over West Portsmouth on Sunday.
On Saturday, Alex DiDomenico pitched a two-hitter in a game halted after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Against West Portsmouth, Brooke Meenachan and Nikki Gabriel combined on a three-hitter, while DiDomenico's two-run double and Bethany Haddle's RBI hit led the offense.
Phantoms wrap up
BOARDMAN The Mahoning Valley Phantoms concluded their annual four-day invitational tryout camp with their All-Star game on Sunday.
Team Orange defeated Team White 6-2 as Grant Blakey led the winners with two goals and an assist.
Team Orange outshot Team White 41-36. Team Orange was 0 for 1 while Team White finished 2 for 4. In goal, Jordan Tibbett stopped 16 of 17 shots and Johnny Morrow blocked 18 of 19 for Team White.
For Team Orange, Stefan Shively was 14 of 19 on his save opportunities while Garrett Bartus allowed just one goal on 22 shots. In four games, Bartus stopped 78 of 80 shots for a .975 save percentage.
HARTFORD Sharon Speedway officials were forced to cancel racing on Saturday due to an equipment failure and unsafe track conditions at the request of the competitors.
Sharon Speedway will honor all tickets and pit passes from July 21 for any regular night of Fantastic Five racing for the remainder of the 2007 season.
Fans should call the track at (330) 772-5481 with questions.
The nation's best late model drivers will be in Hartford on Saturday for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series' only visit to Sharon Speedway in 2007.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for kids.
3 draft picks
CLEVELAND The Cleveland Browns have signed three rookies to four-year contracts, just not the big three.
With the opening of training camp a few days away, the club has not yet reached deals with offensive tackle Joe Thomas and quarterback Brady Quinn both first-round picks or cornerback Eric Wright, a second-rounder expected to compete for a starting job.
The team did sign defensive back Brandon McDonald, defensive end Melila Purcell and wide receiver Syndric Steptoe.
The team's rookies begin an orientation program on Monday with veterans reporting later in the week. The team's first official training camp practice is Friday.
The Browns are hoping to have both Thomas, the No. 3 overall pick, and Quinn (No. 22) in camp on time. However, with few first-round picks signed, and because agents typically base rookie contracts on previous ones at the same draft spot, Thomas and Quinn both could be out for some time. Center LeCharles Bentley said he will undergo a physical in New York today, a checkup he hopes will allow him to get back on the field after suffering a career-threatening knee injury last summer.
Bentley tore his patellar tendon on the first contact play of training camp in 2006, and then underwent four operations, two surgeries to clean out a staph infection that nearly cost him his leg.
decisions Wright in 12
LAS VEGAS This was one for the aged.
Forty-two-year-old Bernard Hopkins used every ounce of his ring savvy to punish Winky Wright and walk away with a 12-round unanimous decision at the Mandalay Bay Event Center on Saturday night. Hopkins, the former undisputed middleweight champion, pounded Wright, the former undisputed junior middleweight champ, in a match in which both men weighed 170 pounds.
It was Wright's first fight at light-heavyweight, and it was Hopkins' second masterful performance in the division.
He dominated Antonio Tarver in the same manner last June.
Vindicator staff/wire reports