YSU bows out
DETROIT–The Youngstown State women’s basketball team lost 55-53 heartbreaker to Green Bay in the Horizon League Semifinals Monday at Little Caesars Arena.
YSU drops to 22-9 overall and now will await their postseason fate. While the Penguins will not make the NCAA Tournament, invitationas to either the WNIT or WBI are still possible. Postseason selections will be announced on Monday.
With YSU trailing 54-53, West Branch graduate Melinda Trimmer missed a potential go-ahead jumper with 2.9 seconds left. Trimmers also missed a desperation heave as the clock expired.
Trimmer finished the game with 10 points and five assists, including a pair of three-pointers.
The Penguins battled back from a 13-point deficit to take a 50-47 lead after Trimmer hit a bucket with 4:33 left.
Youngstown State failed to extend the lead however, and Green Bay tied it with 2:37 left on a three from Jen Wellnitz.
Wellnitz hit another jumper with 1:27 left to put Green Bay ahead to stay.
Alison Smolinski led the Penguins with 18 points.
Green Bay (22-8) advances to take on Wright State for the Horizon League Championship at noon today.
EOAC stars to clash
LISBON — The Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference-Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference All-Star basketball games will be held on March 18 at Lisbon High School. The girls game will start at 6:30 p.m. with the boys to follow at 8 p.m. Three-point competitions will be held during halftime of each game.
Tournament needs teams
CHESTER, W.Va. — The TJD Sports/BUBS 44 girls and boys 4th-6th grade basketball tournament will be held March 16, 17, 23 and 24 at the Chester City Building. Four games are guaranteed. Cost is $150 per team. Make checks payable to BUBS 44. Deadline to enter is Wednesday. For more information call Steve Dawson at (330) 383-3259.
McGregor arrested in Florida
MIAMI (AP) — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said.
According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. An attorney for McGregor called the altercation “minor” and said the popular fighter would cooperate with authorities.
McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach shortly after 5 a.m. Monday when a 22-year-old man attempted to take a picture of McGregor, the police report said. Police said McGregor slapped the phone out of the man’s hand and then stomped on it several times. McGregor then grabbed the phone and left the area, the report said. Police later found McGregor at his local address.
McGregor was being held on $12,500 bail.
“Last evening Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation involving a cellphone that resulted in a call to law enforcement,” Samuel J. Rabin Jr., a Miami-based attorney representing McGregor, said in a statement. “Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”
McGregor, who’s from Ireland, is the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion and one of the biggest draws in MMA. He returned to UFC last fall after a hiatus during which he made his boxing debut, a loss to Floyd Mayweather. He was suspended from UFC for six months and fined $50,000 for a brawl after his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October.
George Foreman’s daughter dies
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Freeda George Forman, the daughter of former heavyweight champion George Foreman and briefly a boxer herself, has died at a suburban Houston home. She was 42.
The Harris County sheriff’s office said Monday that emergency crews found her Friday. The sheriff’s office says its investigators also responded and preliminary indications were that her death was a suicide, but the medical examiner’s office will make the final determination.
Foreman tweeted Sunday night: “First Sunday in 42 years without my Freeda. She’s With her maker now.” He said when she told him she wanted to box he told her to get a degree first, and she did.
Freeda Foreman fought briefly and was 5-1. Her career spanned 17 months in 2000-01.