SPORTSBRIEFING

Baker takes second

PITTSBURG, Kansas — Ashland University redshirt freshman shot putter Lindsay Baker was the runner-up at the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships on Saturday afternoon.

Baker, the 2017 Ohio high school champion while at East Liverpool High School, got off her best throw of 52-feet-2 on her second attempt in the finals at the Robert W. Paster Center.

It was the second-best throw in the competition.

Only Millersville (Pa.) University senior Sunflower Greene had a better one at 53-feet-3 on her third attempt.

Greene won her second straight NCAA Division II indoor national title in the shot put and has won four straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships.

Baker added throws of 51-9 3/4 and 50-6.

In the 20-thrower field, 19 went over 46 feet and eight over 50 feet.

She helped the Ashland women finish 11th in the team standings with 16 points.

The Ashland men won its first Division II national indoor title with 38 points, one more than Adams State (Colo.)

Mount gets second

BOSTON, Mass. — The University of Mount Union men’s track team finished second at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships on Saturday.

The Purple Raiders tied Wisconsin-La Crosse for runner-up honors with 39 points apiece. North Central (Ill.), which Mount Union edged out by a point last season, won its sixth indoor team championship with 55 points.

Mount Union junior shot putters Sean Sherman and Lucas Cooper competed at the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday afternoon.

Sherman, a starting offensive tackle on the football team, was an All-American for the second second year by placing fifth (56-feet-3 1/4).

Cooper, a state placer for United High School, placed 18th (49-feet-3 1/2). He was 14th at the outdoor nationals last May.

Crew bests Revolution

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Gyasi Zardes scored two goals and the Columbus Crew beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Saturday for coach Caleb Porter’s first victory with the club.

Zardes opened the scoring in the 26th minute with his first goal of the season for Columbus (1-0-1). Pedro Santos received a pass near midfield, dribbled it down the left side and found Zardes for a header at the edge of the 6-yard box.

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen kept Columbus in front in the 59th by denying Diego Fagundez’s penalty kick. Then Steffen’s long goal kick in the closing minutes of the game got past the defense and Hector Jimenez passed it to a wide-open Zardes in front of the goal for an easy finish.

Porter has been without a club since mutually agreeing to part ways with Portland after the 2017 season. He guided the Timbers to a 2015 MLS Cup victory and a playoff berth in three of five seasons.

The ninth overall pick in the 2019 SuperDraft, Tajon Buchanan, made his MLS debut for New England (0-1-1).

Chiefs sign Hyde

The Kansas City Chiefs bolstered their young, relatively unproven backfield Saturday by signing veteran running back Carlos Hyde to a $2.8 million contract for the 2019 season.

The deal includes $1.6 million guaranteed, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not disclosed.

The 28-year-old Hyde was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, and the Chiefs moved swiftly in inviting him for a visit. They were seeking help behind Damien Williams and Darrel Williams, who became their top two running backs when Kareem Hunt was released last season.

“We certainly like a bigger back,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said during last week’s scouting combine. “I certainly have a thing for 220-pound backs that can run and catch and block.”

The 6-foot, 229-pound Hyde certainly fits that mold.

He was a second-round pick of the 49ers in 2014, and he came within 50 yards of eclipsing 1,000 twice during his four-year stay in San Francisco. Hyde signed a $15 million, three-year deal with the Browns last season, but he appeared in just six games before a midseason trade to Jacksonville.

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