Burley namedby Sports Network
HATBORO, Pa. -- For the second time this year a Youngstown State football player as earned national player of the week honors by the Sports Network, Division I-AA information service.
Junior wide receiver Jerald Burley was named special teams player of the week for his performance in YSU's 44-30 win over Illinois State last Saturday.
Burley returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown and also scored a TD on a 33-yard pass reception.
Harmon tied for 1st
BOWLING GREEN -- Youngstown State golfer Ryan Harmon was in a first-place tie Monday after the first two rounds of the John Piper Intercollegiate Invitational.
Harmon had rounds of 69 and 71 (140) to tie with Wright State's John Schones. The Penguins were fourth as a team with 585, while Bowling Green held first (582).
Youngstown State's Jonah Karzmer was tied for 14th with 146.
Matasek in second
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. -- Youngstown State senior golfer Stephanie Matasek was tied for second place at the Great Smokie Women's Collegiate Invitational after the first day of competition Monday.
Matasek fired a 73 and trailed Murray State's Cuyler Hedley (72).
The Penguins were 12th as a team with 323 in the two-day competition.
Fitch's Stubbsplayer of week
AUSTINTOWN -- Fitch High senior Dajwan Stubbs, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver/safety, was named the Steel Valley Conference football player of the week.
Stubbs recorded eight tackles, one interception and two catches in the Falcons' 31-3 victory over Cardinal Mooney.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Ursuline High senior receiver Jimmy Riley caught a 77-yard touchdown pass and threw a 23-yard touchdown pass in the Irish's 31-27 loss to Boardman last week.
Riley was left off Weekend Leaders in Monday's edition.
B-W's Halltabbed by OAC
BEREA -- Baldwin-Wallace football player Jeff Hall, a graduate of Ellwood City High School, was named a special teams player of the week in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Hall had two punt returns for 51 yards including a 45-yard touchdown and he added four tackles.
Nichols promoted
MONACA, Pa. -- Ron Nichols has been named director of athletics, intramurals and recreational sports at Penn State Beaver, where he has served as acting director for a year.
Nichols has been the head baseball coach since 1999 and is an instructor in kinesiology.
Strickland added
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Miami Heat have added trouble-prone point guard Rod Strickland to their thin backcourt.
Heat coach Pat Riley said Strickland worked out in Miami and would stay there until the Heat's opener Oct. 31.
Wedding bells
LAS VEGAS -- Tennis stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf were married in Las Vegas.
The couple exchanged vows in a small, private ceremony before District Judge Michael Cherry, said Todd Wilson, spokesman for Agassi.
Mercer drops out
HAMBURG, Germany -- Ray Mercer dropped out of his Dec. 1 bout against World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko because of a cut.
Ivanisevic strong
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic used his strong serve to beat Nicolas Massu 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the $800,000 St. Petersburg Open.
No. 8 seed Nicolas Escude lost to Vladimir Voltchkov 6-2, 7-6 (4).
Also, Fabrice Santoro defeated Michael Elgin, Daniel Vacek eliminated Olivier Rochus, and Alberto Martin outlasted Lars Burgsmuller.
More tennis
*LINZ, Austria -- Iva Majoli rallied to win the last 11 games against local wild-card entry Evely Faith on and reach the second round of the $565,000 Generali Ladies.
Majoli, the 1997 French Open champion, was down a set and trailing 4-1, 40-0 in the second before turning things around and beating Faith 5-7, 6-4, 6-0.
*STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Swedish teen Robin Soderling made an impressive ATP tournament debut, beating Ramon Delgado of Paraguay 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the Stockholm Open.
*LUXEMBOURG -- Kveta Hrdlickova of the Czech Republic beat Lilia Osterloh, of Canal Winchester, Ohio, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the $170,000 SEAT Open.
Vindicator staff/wire reports