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Published: Sunday, November 26, 2006

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LOCAL

Curbstone Coaches

There is no Curbstone Coaches meeting Monday because of the Thanksgiving holiday. For information about the Curbstone Coaches, visit their website at www.curbstonecoaches.org.

Prep hockey

BOARDMAN — Canfield lost to Ambridge, Pa., 8-1, in the championship game of the Thanksgiving Hockey Tournament at the Ice Zone Saturday.

Canfield's goal was scored by Zach Kovacs, assisted by Dan Johns.

Earlier, Canfield defeated Mooney/Ursuline, 7-6, in a shootout.

Greg Firestone and Connor McNamara scored two goals each for Canfield, while Kovacs, Tom Mikes and Gary Tomko scored one apiece.

Mooney/Ursuline goals were scored by CoreyTimmings and Darren Schuler, who had two each, and Dean Macklean and Eric Davignon, who had one apiece.

NABF all-star

CANFIELD — Brian Fox, a junior at Canfield High, was named to the NABF Junior (2006) all-tournament team as a pitcher following the World Series in Northville, Mich., in August.

Fox was a member of the Astro Falcons team in the Youngstown Class B League.

STEELHOUNDS

New voice

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown SteelHounds have named Tim Sampsell as the team's manager of broadcasting and media relations, and as the new play-by-play broadcaster.

Sampsell, a native of The East Rochester, N.Y., was with a weekly news publication in Ithaca, N.Y.

Minto wins

HALLE WESTFALEN, Germany — Heavyweight boxer Brian Minto of Butler, Pa., who is guided by Youngstown-area manager by Pat Nelson, came up with a big victory Saturday before 14,000 fans and a German national television audience.

Minto, who is trained by Tom Yankello of Pittsburgh, defeated former IBF world title challenger Axel Schultz of Berlin on a TKO in the sixth round.

Minto (27-1) was declared the winner after a barrage of left hooks to the head of Schultz (26-4).

Minto also floored Schultz in the fourth round with a right-hand, left-hook combination.

A videotape of the fight can be viewed on-line at www.sport.de.

NATION

Baseball trade

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired left-hander Doug Davis from Milwaukee on Saturday in a six-player deal that sent catcher Johnny Estrada to the Brewers.

Right-handers Greg Aquino and Claudio Vargas also went to Milwaukee, while the Diamondbacks obtained a pair of youngsters, left-hander Dana Eveland and outfielder Dave Krynzel.

The 31-year-old Davis is 62-63 with a 4.35 ERA in eight major league seasons. He was 11-11 with a 4.91 ERA in 34 starts last season with Milwaukee and, like Estrada, is arbitration eligible.

The 30-year-old Estrada hit .301 with 11 home runs and 71 RBIs during his only season with Arizona. The switch-hitting former All-Star had the sixth-best batting average among NL catchers.

Starting pitching behind NL Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb was a major weakness for the Diamondbacks last season. Davis, who has thrown at least 200 innings in each of the last three seasons, joins Webb and Livan Hernandez in Arizona's projected rotation for next year.

"With the addition of Doug we have three perennial 200-inning guys who more often than not are lower ERA guys," Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes said. "I think our rotation is really stabilized at the top and we have some good intriguing younger pitchers to battle for the other two spots."

Estrada was acquired by the Diamondbacks in a trade with Atlanta a year ago. Despite his success at the plate, he was unhappy in Arizona and made it clear late in the season he would prefer to move on.

"It's great to have another 200 innings guy to go along with Webb and Livan Hernandez," said Arizona manager Bob Melvin. "In addition, it's nice to have a quality left-handed starter, a variable we didn't have last year."

Estrada made the NL All-Star team with the Braves in 2004, when he hit .314 with 76 RBIs. He was limited to 105 games in 2005 after a collision at home plate with Darin Erstad of the Los Angeles Angels.

The Diamondbacks believe minor league catcher Miguel Montero is ready for the majors, and Chris Snyder is coming off a solid season as Estrada's backup.

The Brewers, meanwhile, like what Estrada brings to their lineup.

"Estrada has been a very good offensive catcher during his career," Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said. "His ability to switch hit, and his high contact-low strikeout approach is something that the Brewers offense has been missing."

The hard-throwing Aquino played parts of the last three seasons with the Diamondbacks, going 2-3 with a 4.93 ERA in 111 relief appearance. As a rookie in 2004, he had 16 saves.

Vargas resurrected his career after being waived by the Washington Nationals during the 2004 season. He was 21-16 with a 4.82 ERA in 52 appearances, 49 starts, for the Diamondbacks. Last season, Vargas was 12-10 with a 4.92 ERA.

Eveland is 1-4 with a 6.98 ERA in 36 major league games. He spent most of last season with Triple-A Nashville, going 6-5 with a 2.74 ERA in 20 games, 19 of them starts.

Krynzel has a .188 average in 21 big league games. Last year in Nashville, he hit .231 with seven homers, 40 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He was Brewers' first-round pick, 11th overall, in the 2000 draft.

Rushing record

CHADRON, Neb. — Danny Woodhead set an NCAA all-division record for rushing yards in a season and scored four touchdowns in Chadron State's 43-17 victory Saturday over West Texas A&M in the second round of the Division II playoffs.

Woodhead ran for 252 yards to raise his season total to 2,740, passing the mark of 2,653 set by Kavin Gailliard of American International in 1999.

Woodhead and the Eagles (12-0) travel to Northwest Missouri State for the quarterfinals.

Chadron erased a 17-12 halftime deficit after recovering a fumble by Buffaloes' quarterback Dalton Bell on the opening series of the second half.

Vindicator staff/wire reports

Sunday, November 26, 2006

LOCAL

Curbstone Coaches

There is no Curbstone Coaches meeting Monday because of the Thanksgiving holiday. For information about the Curbstone Coaches, visit their website at www.curbstonecoaches.org.

Prep hockey

BOARDMAN — Canfield lost to Ambridge, Pa., 8-1, in the championship game of the Thanksgiving Hockey Tournament at the Ice Zone Saturday.

Canfield's goal was scored by Zach Kovacs, assisted by Dan Johns.

Earlier, Canfield defeated Mooney/Ursuline, 7-6, in a shootout.

Greg Firestone and Connor McNamara scored two goals each for Canfield, while Kovacs, Tom Mikes and Gary Tomko scored one apiece.

Mooney/Ursuline goals were scored by CoreyTimmings and Darren Schuler, who had two each, and Dean Macklean and Eric Davignon, who had one apiece.

NABF all-star

CANFIELD — Brian Fox, a junior at Canfield High, was named to the NABF Junior (2006) all-tournament team as a pitcher following the World Series in Northville, Mich., in August.

Fox was a member of the Astro Falcons team in the Youngstown Class B League.

STEELHOUNDS

New voice

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown SteelHounds have named Tim Sampsell as the team's manager of broadcasting and media relations, and as the new play-by-play broadcaster.

Sampsell, a native of The East Rochester, N.Y., was with a weekly news publication in Ithaca, N.Y.

Minto wins

HALLE WESTFALEN, Germany — Heavyweight boxer Brian Minto of Butler, Pa., who is guided by Youngstown-area manager by Pat Nelson, came up with a big victory Saturday before 14,000 fans and a German national television audience.

Minto, who is trained by Tom Yankello of Pittsburgh, defeated former IBF world title challenger Axel Schultz of Berlin on a TKO in the sixth round.

Minto (27-1) was declared the winner after a barrage of left hooks to the head of Schultz (26-4).

Minto also floored Schultz in the fourth round with a right-hand, left-hook combination.

A videotape of the fight can be viewed on-line at www.sport.de.

NATION

Baseball trade

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired left-hander Doug Davis from Milwaukee on Saturday in a six-player deal that sent catcher Johnny Estrada to the Brewers.

Right-handers Greg Aquino and Claudio Vargas also went to Milwaukee, while the Diamondbacks obtained a pair of youngsters, left-hander Dana Eveland and outfielder Dave Krynzel.

The 31-year-old Davis is 62-63 with a 4.35 ERA in eight major league seasons. He was 11-11 with a 4.91 ERA in 34 starts last season with Milwaukee and, like Estrada, is arbitration eligible.

The 30-year-old Estrada hit .301 with 11 home runs and 71 RBIs during his only season with Arizona. The switch-hitting former All-Star had the sixth-best batting average among NL catchers.

Starting pitching behind NL Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb was a major weakness for the Diamondbacks last season. Davis, who has thrown at least 200 innings in each of the last three seasons, joins Webb and Livan Hernandez in Arizona's projected rotation for next year.

"With the addition of Doug we have three perennial 200-inning guys who more often than not are lower ERA guys," Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes said. "I think our rotation is really stabilized at the top and we have some good intriguing younger pitchers to battle for the other two spots."

Estrada was acquired by the Diamondbacks in a trade with Atlanta a year ago. Despite his success at the plate, he was unhappy in Arizona and made it clear late in the season he would prefer to move on.

"It's great to have another 200 innings guy to go along with Webb and Livan Hernandez," said Arizona manager Bob Melvin. "In addition, it's nice to have a quality left-handed starter, a variable we didn't have last year."

Estrada made the NL All-Star team with the Braves in 2004, when he hit .314 with 76 RBIs. He was limited to 105 games in 2005 after a collision at home plate with Darin Erstad of the Los Angeles Angels.

The Diamondbacks believe minor league catcher Miguel Montero is ready for the majors, and Chris Snyder is coming off a solid season as Estrada's backup.

The Brewers, meanwhile, like what Estrada brings to their lineup.

"Estrada has been a very good offensive catcher during his career," Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said. "His ability to switch hit, and his high contact-low strikeout approach is something that the Brewers offense has been missing."

The hard-throwing Aquino played parts of the last three seasons with the Diamondbacks, going 2-3 with a 4.93 ERA in 111 relief appearance. As a rookie in 2004, he had 16 saves.

Vargas resurrected his career after being waived by the Washington Nationals during the 2004 season. He was 21-16 with a 4.82 ERA in 52 appearances, 49 starts, for the Diamondbacks. Last season, Vargas was 12-10 with a 4.92 ERA.

Eveland is 1-4 with a 6.98 ERA in 36 major league games. He spent most of last season with Triple-A Nashville, going 6-5 with a 2.74 ERA in 20 games, 19 of them starts.

Krynzel has a .188 average in 21 big league games. Last year in Nashville, he hit .231 with seven homers, 40 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He was Brewers' first-round pick, 11th overall, in the 2000 draft.

Rushing record

CHADRON, Neb. — Danny Woodhead set an NCAA all-division record for rushing yards in a season and scored four touchdowns in Chadron State's 43-17 victory Saturday over West Texas A&M in the second round of the Division II playoffs.

Woodhead ran for 252 yards to raise his season total to 2,740, passing the mark of 2,653 set by Kavin Gailliard of American International in 1999.

Woodhead and the Eagles (12-0) travel to Northwest Missouri State for the quarterfinals.

Chadron erased a 17-12 halftime deficit after recovering a fumble by Buffaloes' quarterback Dalton Bell on the opening series of the second half.

Vindicator staff/wire reports

Sunday, November 26, 2006
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