SPORTSBRIEFING

Baker honored

ASHLAND — The 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held Wednesday though Friday in Kingsville, Texas, but two members of Ashland University’s track and field program already have earned some bigger hardware.

As announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, redshirt freshman and East Liverpool High School graduate Lindsay Baker has been named the 2019 Div. II Women’s Field Athlete of the Year in the Midwest Region, and associate head coach Ernie Clark is the 2019 Div. II Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year in the Midwest.

Baker joins Jamie Sindelar (2016) and Tara Cooper (2009) as Eagle women who have earned USTFCCCA Div. II Midwest Women’s Field Athlete of the Year honors outdoors. Baker is headed to nationals this week in three events (shot put, hammer throw and discus throw), and is the top-ranked women’s shot putter (53-feet-10™) entering nationals.

Edgewater ace recorded

MINERVA — Dan Cunningham aced the 192-yard, No. 5 on Monday at Edgewater Golf Club. His playing partners were Carl Covert, Tom Thayer and Jim Casto.

Bickerstaff hired by Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have given new coach John Beilein a seasoned right-hand man.

Former Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff is joining Beilein’s staff as an associate head coach, and potentially as his replacement in a few years.

Bickerstaff was a candidate for Cleveland’s opening and interviewed for the job before the Cavs lured Beilein from Michigan after a successful 12-year run. The 66-year-old signed a five-year contract last week.

Bickerstaff was fired in April by Memphis following a 33-49 season. He was also Memphis’ interim coach in 2017-18.

The Cavs believe the 40-year-old Bickerstaff’s familiarity with the pro game will be a huge help to Belein, who has won at every level in college but never coached in the NBA.

“J.B. has spent his entire life in and around the game and his knowledge of the league and basketball will bring a full spectrum of value to the team,” general manager Koby Altman said.

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