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Leetonia seeks football coach
LEETONIA — Leetonia High School is looking for a new football coach to get back on track.
Hadi Hadi, who tried to turn around a program that has now lost 31 straight league games, is done after three seasons as head coach.
“We had a meeting (last Tuesday) and mutually agreed to go our separate ways,” Leetonia athletic director Ed Ridgeway said. “He did some great things and was very professional about it.”
It was the first head coaching position for Hadi, who went 2-28 at Leetonia and finished with 15 straight losses.
He previously served three seasons as offensive coordinator at Youngstown Wilson and three seasons as an assistant at Georgia State University.
The Bears lost by an average margin of 38.3 points a game this season, surrendering 47.1 points a game.
Hadi took over a program that was coming off a 1-9 season and the Bears have gone 1-9, 1-9 and 0-10 since.
The Bears have lost 31 straight league games, 13 straight home games and 44 of their last 47 games overall.
Hadi does not teach in the district and is the head wrestling coach at Liberty High School.
Leetonia had just three head football coaches from 1976 to 2014 (Artie Altomare, Paul Cusick and Matt Altomare) and is now looking for its second in the last four years.
Rideway said the position will be posted inside the district for 10 days — no has one expressed interest so far — before being opened to anyone beginning Dec. 11.
Anyone interested should contact Ridgeway or principal Troy Radinsky at Leetonia High School.
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Emily Gosselin (Columbiana, senior), Marlana Frye (East Palestine, senior), Kimmi Wiggers (Lisbon, senior), Lizzie Willis (Southern, senior), Anna Sevek (Southern, senior), Alivia Brothers (Southern, senior) Camryn Jarrett (United, senior), Cameron Pierson (United, senior), Kiki Perry (Wellsville, junior), Emily Russell (Wellsville, junior)
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Morgan Highley (Columbiana, senior), Madyson Pickett (East Palestine, junior), Maddie Liberati (Lisbon, sophomore), Hailee Carpenter (Lisbon, junior), Riley Felton (Southern, junior), Jenna Leasure (Toronto, senior), Rachel Bowen (United, senior), Regan Peirson (Wellsville, junior)
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Alexis Cross (Columbiana, senior), Madison Foster (East Palestine, junior), Emma Kemp (Leetonia, sophomore), Kayla Jones (Leetonia, senior), Chloe Smith (Lisbon, junior), Hannah Hayes (Southern, junior), Gina Foggle (Toronto, senior), Hannah Mix (United, senior), Delaney Cochran (Wellsville, junior)
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Bob Shansky (Southern)
Otero agrees to new contract
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians reliever Dan Otero has agreed to a $2.5 million, two-year contract with Cleveland that includes a 2020 team option and could be worth $3.9 million plus bonuses over three seasons.
Otero agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year deal on Friday as the deadline approached for teams to offer contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters. The agreement announced Tuesday calls for salaries of $1.1 million next year and $1.3 million in 2019. The Indians have a $1.5 million option for 2020 with a $100,000 buyout.
Otero can earn an additional $100,000 a year in performance bonuses based on games finished.
The 32-year-old right-hander has been steady and dependable for manager Terry Francona since Otero was acquired from Philadelphia for $112,000 before the 2016 season.
Otero went 3-0 with a 2.85 ERA in 52 games last season as Cleveland won the AL Central. Otero went 5-1 with a 1.53 ERA in 62 appearances in 2016, when the Indians reached the World Series.
He has walked just 19 of 511 batters during his tenure with the Indians.
Otero is 20-7 with a 2.91 ERA in 272 major league games for San Francisco, Oakland and Cleveland.
Russians to compete as neutrals
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian athletes will be allowed to compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics as neutrals despite orchestrated doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday.
The IOC suspended the Russian Olympic committee and IOC member Alexander Zhukov, and also banned Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vilaty Mutko from the Olympics for life. Mutko was the sports minister in 2014 and is the head of the organizing committee of soccer’s next World Cup.
The IOC also imposed a fine of $15 million on the Russian Olympic committee to pay for investigations into the case and toward future anti-doping work.
Still, the IOC ruled that some Russians will be invited to compete as an “Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)” without their national flag or anthem.
Russia could refuse the offer and boycott the games. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said it would be humiliating for Russia to compete without national symbols.
“An Olympic boycott has never achieved anything,” IOC President Thomas Bach said at a news conference. “Secondly, I don’t see any reason for a boycott by the Russian athletes because we allow the clean athletes there to participate.”
The sanctions could be challenged at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Russian doping program caused “unprecedented damage to Olympism and sports,” said IOC-appointed investigator Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland who was asked to verify an “institutional conspiracy.”
Russia has repeatedly refused to accept that a state-sponsored doping program existed. Such denials helped ensure bans on its track federation and anti-doping agency have not been lifted.
Instead, Russia blames Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Moscow and Sochi testing laboratories, as a rogue employee. It wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness.
The executive board reached its decision Tuesday after a scheduled 4¢-hour debate when it heard from a Russian delegation that included world figure skating champion Evgenia Medvedeva. The delegation was led by Zhukov, who was later suspended.
Two IOC commission leaders — appointed after World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren upheld Rodchenkov’s doping claims in July 2016 — also reported to the Olympic board.
Schmid’s report included a 50-page sworn affidavit from Rodchenkov, who was also a key witness for McLaren and an IOC disciplinary commission.
The chairman of that disciplinary panel, Swiss lawyer Denis Oswald, reported about prosecuting Russian athletes implicated in cheating at the 2014 Sochi Games. By Monday, 25 Russians had been disqualified from the Sochi Games and banned from the Olympics for life, and 11 medals were stripped. One Russian was cleared.
Russia no longer leads the Sochi medals table. Even before the IOC reallocates the stripped medals, the United States has the most total medals and Norway has the most golds.
The banned Russian athletes have said they will appeal against the Oswald judgments at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.
Any sanctions imposed by the IOC can also be challenged at CAS, and later at Switzerland’s supreme court, which can intervene if legal process has been abused.
The IOC said a panel of officials chaired by former France Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron will decide which athletes to accept at the Olympics in February.
Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.