Saturday, May 29, 2004

Sports digest

No football for Horace; no hoops for Van Buskirk

The Enquirer and wire reports

Danny Horace won't be playing football at Miami next season, and Eric Van Buskirk won't be playing basketball.

The football team couldn't free up a scholarship that would allow Horace, a Western Hills graduate and MU forward, to play tight end this fall, Miami spokesman Mike Harris said. NCAA rules prohibit athletes on scholarship in another sport from playing football. Van Buskirk, a Loveland graduate, decided to leave the basketball program. He scored seven points and had nine rebounds in 14 games as a freshman last season.

--Mark Schmetzer

'Crybaby' comes out on top

A New Jersey middle school honor student who was humiliated when his basketball coach gave him a "Crybaby Award" last month was feted at a school assembly Friday with applause from his peers and an apology from the coach.

Ousted Pleasantville Middle School coach James Guillen presented eighth-grader Terrence Philo Jr. with a certificate, a trophy and the first-ever Terrence Philo Jr. Award. Guillen blamed his error last month on "my lack of experience as a coach and as a teacher." Guillen, in his first year as coach, gave Philo the Crybaby Award for pleading to get into games. Guillen was removed as coach and suspended from his teaching job for five days.

UC's Payne sets mark in NCAA Regional

UC senior David Payne (Wyoming High) broke his own school record in the 400-meter hurdles en route to qualifying for the finals in two races at the NCAA Mideast Regional at LSU. Payne, who set the record of 51.20 seconds while winning the Conference USA title two weeks ago, was timed in 51.16 seconds, qualifying fifth for today's final.

He also qualified for the final in the 110-meter hurdles, an event in which he earned All-America status last year, with a time of 13.66 seconds.

Junior Kenny Wade qualified seventh for the 200-meter final in 20.87 seconds and finished 12th in the 100-meters in a personal best of 10.39 seconds.

MIAMI BASEBALL: Second-seeded Miami (36-20) eked out a 7-6 victory over third-seeded Ball State (28-28) Friday in Mount Pleasant, Mich., and advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals against fourth-seeded Eastern Michigan.

Miami needs two victories today to win the tournament championship and gain the MAC's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

On Thursday, Miami knocked out top-seeded host Central Michigan 6-0. Sophomore left-hander Graham Taylor (Dixie Heights) pitched a 10-hit shutout.

OSU BASEBALL: The Buckeyes defeated Michigan State 8-3 and Purdue 6-4 in the Big Ten Tournament at Minneapolis. Ohio State (34-24) meets the loser of the winner's bracket game between top-seeded Minnesota and third-seeded Michigan today in the semifinals.

UK FOOTBALL: Offensive coordinator Ron Hudson has been reprimanded and will not receive a scheduled pay raise after an investigation concluded he had been "careless" with four complimentary tickets last season.

Harness racing

BEISSINGER HONOR: Hamilton native Howard Beissinger, one of the top trainers of trotters in history, has been selected by an international panel as the 20th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame inductee. Beissinger was a 1974 member of the Harness Racing's Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., and became a member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1977.

Beissinger guided the 1969 Trotting Triple Crown winner, Lindy's Pride; the 1971 Hambletonian winner, Speedy Crown; 1978 Hambo winner Speedy Somolli; and Defiant One, winner of the 1987 Breeders Crown.

Beissinger will be inducted at the Little Brown Jug Mayor's Breakfast at Ohio Wesleyan University on Sept. 22, the morning before the 59th Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

Horse racing

BELMONT STAKES: Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones, under regular rider Steward Elliott, breezed 7 furlongs in 1:29 1/5 Friday at Philadelphia Park.

A victory next Saturday at Belmont Park and Smarty Jones would join Seattle Slew as the only horses to sweep the Triple Crown with an undefeated record. He also would become racing's richest thoroughbred with earnings of almost $13 million.

CHURCHILL DOWNS: Jockey P.J. Cooksey, still celebrating a victory in Thursday's third race aboard Donner Pass at the Louisville track, said she was "sore ... but a good sore." The win was her first since a Keeneland spill in April 2003 in which she broke both legs.

RIVER DOWNS: The Ohio State Racing Commission granted permission to Beulah Park and RD to open before noon today to simulcast the Epsom Derby.

High schools

ST. HENRY: Ernie Florkowski, 29, has accepted the same position of the District Athletic Director at Tipp City (Ohio) Schools. During his five-year tenure, the Crusaders won 45 conference, district, region and state titles.

Casey hit parade rolls on
ONLINE EXTRA: Photos of Friday's game
Expos playing to empty seats
Mondesi says he's reached deal with Angels
NL: Pirates take two from Cubs
AL: Rivera reaches 300 saves
AAA: Louisville 6, Durham 3

Cuts coming for some Bengals
Blake signs one-year deal with Eagles

Cincinnati's titans meet today
McNicholas survives against Watterson 3-2
Softball round-up
McCarthys lead local advancers
Young players tumble but will be back in '05
Taylor's Thompson pulls off regional sweep
Moeller, LaSalle still alive in semifinals
Prep sports results, schedules

Twins steal show on amateurs' day
ONLINE EXTRA: Photo gallery of Mobile Skatepark Series
Air France: Overseas venture translates into gold for teen

Indy's figures proven inflated
Fisher trying to get her IRL career back on track

Flames and Lightning learning quickly to be enemies
Sutter not shy about getting messages to his players

Croshere adds punch to Indiana's offense
Lakers push to finish series in Minnesota

Haas debuts in thick of Senior PGA hunt

Safin loses shorts, but wins

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