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Dietz is Academic All-OAC

ALLIANCE — Five former area standouts are among the 53 University of Mount Union spring sports student-athletes recognized as Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference.

The 53 selections were part of 432 student-athletes in baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis and softball across the conference that were honored.

To be Academic All-OAC a student athlete must be at least a sophomore, have at least a 3.50 cumulative grade point average and maintain varsity status.

Area honorees include:

• Junior Andrea Dietz (East Liverpool), women’s tennis, 3.60 GPA in middle childhood education.

• Graduate Lucas Cooper (United), men’s track and field, 3.92 GPA in educational leadership.

• Junior Ethan Griffith (West Branch), men’s track and field, 3.56 GPA in exercise science.

• Senior Quinn Crowe (Springfield), women’s track and field, 4.00 GP in international business.

• Senior Destanee O’Neil (West Branch), women’s track and field, 3.54 GPA in pyschology.

‘City Game’ out for 2020

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The annual “City Game” between Pitt’s and Duquesne’s basketball teams will remain on hiatus for a second straight year.

Duquesne announced Thursday that Pitt had backed out of a verbal agreement to renew the long-running series during the 2020-21 season. The game between the programs separated by just 3 miles in downtown Pittsburgh dates to 1932. The Panthers lead the series 55-32.

The rivalry took a break last season, with Pitt citing a scheduling issue with the Atlantic Coast Conference moving from 18 to 20 conference games. Both schools said they were planning to play each other in the 2020-21 season at PPG Paints Arena, a neutral site located a couple of blocks from the Duquesne campus.

Duquesne athletic director Dave Harper said the Panthers declined to resume the series this year even though the Dukes offered to play at the Petersen Events Center, Pitt’s home floor. Harper said the Panthers did offer to host Duquesne during the 2021-22 season. The Dukes are still considering the offer.

Penguins’ Simon has surgery

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Dominik Simon is out six to seven months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Simon initially hurt the shoulder in a loss to the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 29 and underwent surgery on April 29. The team announced the procedure on Thursday. The surgery would preclude Simon from returning if the 2019-2020 NHL season resumes. The league is currently on “pause” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 25-year-old Simon had seven goals and 15 assists in 64 games this season for Pittsburgh.

Smith wins in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Zach Smith won the Scottsdale Open on Thursday, closing with an 8-under 62 for a three-stroke victory in the mini-tour event that saw some PGA Tour players return to competition.

The PGA Tour suspended play in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is set to return June 11-14 for the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.

Smith finished the three-round tournament at Talking Stick Resort at 18-under 192. The 24-year-old former UC Santa Barbara player earned $20,000 from the $130,000 purse.

Carson Roberts was second, following a second-round 61 with a 68. He’s a regular on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada.

Colt Knost closed with a 66 to tie for third at 13 under, 3 1/2 months after missing the Phoenix Open cut and retiring. Korn Ferry Tour player Brandon Harkins and mini-tour player Brady Calkins also were 13 under.

PGA Tour player Joel Dahmen, the 2017 Scottsdale Open winner, tied for eighth at 11 under after a 71. Last week, Dahmen shot 58 at Mesa Country Club in a group that included Chicago Cubs Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber.

PGA Tour player Kevin Streelman was 10 under after a 67.

Costly shopping trip

DUSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich will miss his team’s first game when the German soccer league resumes Saturday because he broke quarantine rules to buy toiletries.

Herrlich apologized Thursday evening and ruled himself out of the game, his first in charge of the club.

Bundesliga rules mandate a seven-day quarantine for players and staff before the league resumes after a two-month halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. Teams are spending the time in hotels and in closed training sessions.

“We’re in quarantine in the hotel and aren’t really supposed to go out. However there are situations which just require it,” Herrlich told a news conference earlier in the day. “I had no toothpaste, it was running out, and no more skin cream, and then I went in my training uniform to a supermarket nearby.”

Herrlich said his shopping trip didn’t go smoothly. First he forgot his face mask in the hotel room and went back for it, and then had to ask a cashier to change a 20-euro bill into coins so that he could pay the deposit on a shopping cart. He then forgot the cart and went back to collect it. Many shops in Germany require customers to use carts to promote social distancing.

“In this situation I have not lived up to my position as a role model to my team and to the public,” Herrlich said in a statement on the club website hours later.

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