AROUND THE HORN
North-South football canceled
MASSILLON — The 75th annual Ohio North-South Classic scheduled for April 25 at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Salem’s Niko Walter, South Range’s Chris Brooks, Springfield’s Evan Ohlin and Springfield’s Garrett Walker were selected for the North’s Division IV-VII team.
“The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association’s main priority is the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, event staff, fans, volunteers and media,” association president Tom Pavlansky said in a statement.
The Ohio North-South Classic is the longest running high school football all-star game in the country.
Pro Football HOF closes
CANTON — The Pro Football Hall of Fame will be closed to the public today through March 27 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hall of Fame officials said they will continue to closely monitor the situation.
Tickets and official packages for Enshrinement Week remain on sale online. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to play in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 6.
The Hall of Fame draws around 225,000 visitors annually.
So does Baseball HOF
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum closed to the public indefinitely at 5 p.m. Sunday due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Hall of Fame will provide updated information regarding this closure at noon every Sunday beginning March 22 and post it on the Hall of Fame’s website.
The Hall of Fame draws around 280,000 visitors annually.
Indians traded for Ted Cox
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — Ted Cox, the first major league player with hits in his first six at-bats, has died. He was 65.
Cox was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in November and died Wednesday at Hospice Quality Care in Midwest City, according to his son, Billy.
Cox was born in Oklahoma City, played at Midwest City High School and was selected by Boston with the 17th overall pick of the 1973 amateur draft.
“He really enjoyed coming up through the whole Boston farm system,” Billy Cox said Friday. “He got to brag quite a bit that he was coached by Ted Williams.”
Cox made his major league debut for the Red Sox on Sept. 18, 1977, at Baltimore and singled twice and walked off Mike Flanagan, then singled and doubled against Scott McGregor. The next day at Fenway Park, he singled twice off the New York Yankees’ Ed Figueroa to break the record set by Cecil Travis of the 1933 Washington Senators. Cox grounded out against Figueroa in the fifth inning.
“His record was a big thing. We talked about that a lot,” Billy Cox said. “He was very proud of that.”
Cox hit .362 in 13 games that September, then was traded to Cleveland in the offseason with catcher Bo Diaz and right-handers Mike Paxton and Rick Wise for right-hander Dennis Eckersley and catcher Fred Kendall.
Pitino goes back to college
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — Hall of Famer Rick Pitino was named basketball coach at Iona College on Saturday. Pitino coached at Louisville from 2001-17 before being fired in a pay-for-play scandal and had been coaching in Greece.
He replaces Tim Cluess, who resigned Friday due to health concerns after 10 years and six NCAA Tournament appearances. The 67-year-old Pitino has a 770-271 overall record in college.