SPORTSBRIEFING

Golden Bears fall

WHEELING, W.Va. — Hannah Walker had three hits and Hanna Patterson had two hits and an RBI as Oak Glen fell to Wheeling Park 2-1 in a softball contest at the I-470 Complex.

Madison McKay had 10 strikeouts for the Golden Bears.

Martell cleared to go

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Tate Martell practiced with the Miami Hurricanes for the first time on Tuesday.

Hours later, he got his first win.

Martell is eligible to play for the Hurricanes this season and will not have to sit out the customary transfer year, after the NCAA approved a waiver for the former Ohio State quarterback. Miami announced the verdict about three hours after the Hurricanes’ first spring practice and first under new head coach Manny Diaz.

“We are pleased with this ruling and appreciate the NCAA recognizing that this waiver met the criteria under the membership established guidelines,” Miami athletic director Blake James said. “We would like to thank the NCAA, as well as Ohio State University, for their assistance and support throughout the waiver process. We look forward to seeing Tate compete for the Hurricanes this season.”

Martell posted his reaction on Twitter, saying “we aren’t ready yet.. but we will be!”

Miami had lobbied for weeks to get Martell eligible, and Ohio State also voiced its support to the NCAA to approve Martell’s waiver seeking the right to play this season.

Victory is ticket out of shelter

NEW YORK (AP) — An 8-year-old boy’s victory as New York state chess champion will be his family’s ticket out of a homeless shelter.

The New York Times reported that Tani Adewumi won the state chess title for his age group this month even though he learned to play only about a year ago.

Tani and his family have lived in a New York City shelter since fleeing Nigeria in 2017. The Christian family feared attacks by the militant group Boko Haram.

Tani’s chess coach Russell Makofsky set up a GoFundMe account for the family after Tani won the championship.

Makofsky joined Tani on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday and said that thanks to donations, the family is moving into an apartment.

Tani says he “felt surprised” by his win.

Wrestling ref sues

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A referee who was heavily criticized for telling a New Jersey high school wrestler to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match has taken a step toward filing a defamation lawsuit.

The tort claim notice sent by referee Alan Maloney to a dozen possible defendants alleges $100,000 damages, defamation of character and emotional distress.

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