AROUND THE HORN
Ross stars at Adrian
ADRIAN, Mich. — Adrian College sophomore golfer Taylor Ross was named the Michigan Intecollegiate Athletic Association student-athlete of the week on March 9, just before the spring season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ross, a Columbiana High School graduate, transferred from Alderson Broaddus University and made an immediate impact in the Adrian lineup.
In her first collegiate event for Adrian, Ross had rounds of 90 and 84 to take 11th place at the 2020 Pfeiffer University Invitational in Hardeeville, S.C. The Bulldogs took runner-up honors in the eight-team event.
Browns have ticket option
CLEVELAND (AP) — Planning for a season they acknowledge will be “very different,” the Cleveland Browns told their season-ticket holders they can opt out of the 2020 season without penalty and other plans related to the COVID-19 virus and its impact on the NFL.
The Browns sent a letter to their fans on Thursday that outlined some new policies due to the pandemic. Anyone attending a game at FirstEnergy Stadium will have to follow physical-distancing guidelines and wear “mandated facial coverings.”
The team did not say how many fans will be allowed in the 67,000-seat stadium, which has been the Browns’ lakefront home since 1999.
Earlier this week, the Baltimore Ravens said they’ll seat fewer than 14,000 fans at M&T Bank Stadium. The Browns are scheduled to open the season there on Sept. 13.
If Cleveland season-ticket holders decide not to attend games in 2020, they can retain their same seat location in 2021.
Mount Union’s 2005 title run
ALLIANCE — Mount Union’s run to the 2005 NCAA Division III national football championship will be highlighted by WIVM at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
At 8:30 p.m., the 2005 national semifinal game between Mount Union and Rowan at Mount Union Stadium will be broadcast.
Freshman running back Nate Kmic ran 48 times for 160 yards and scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to guide Mount Union to a 19-7 win. The Purple Raiders advanced to the Stagg Bowl on the way to their eighth national title.
The game is on Channel 39 over the air, Spectrum Channel 989 in Canton and online at WIVMTV.com.
Cindric makes it a sweep
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Austin Cindric dominated Friday night to sweep the NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader at Kentucky Speedway.
A night after racing to his first career oval victory in an overtime finish, the Team Penske driver was even stronger in the No. 22 Ford Mustang in the 300-mile capper.
Cindric was third in the first stage, won the second and stretched it out in the final segment. He trailed briefly on the final restart, then sliced through two cars out of Turn 2 and rolled to victory by 2.262 seconds over points leader Chase Briscoe in the No. 98 Ford.
“What we did tonight was really impressive because we ran one setup last night and won the race and came with another setup and won the race again,” said Cindric, who started 15th. “That happens at the shop, that happens with the guys on the box. All credit to them.”
Just after Cindric celebrated his victory with a burnout, drivers Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson argued before throwing punches in a fight that lasted several moments before they were separated.
Virus postpones WVU workouts
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia women’s basketball program has pushed back the start of its summer workouts by two weeks after six players tested positive for the coronavirus, the school said Thursday.
The players who tested positive will enter a 14-day quarantine period along with others who were identified through contact tracing procedures as potentially being exposed, WVU’s athletic department said in a news release.
Workouts for athletes who test negative for the virus will now start on July 20. The Big 12 previously allowed workouts to start on July 6 but the Mountaineers have not yet started their summer prep.
Earlier this month, West Virginia’s men’s basketball team also postponed the start of its workouts by two weeks after five players and a staff member tested positive for the virus.
The statement said three West Virginia football players also recently tested positive for the virus and they have gone into self-isolation.
Dartmouth cuts golf and course
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth is eliminating five varsity sports teams and several staff positions.
The Ivy League school announced Thursday that men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s lightweight rowing, have been cut, effective immediately. That drops to 30 the number of varsity teams and will reduce the number of recruited athletes in incoming classes by 10%. A total of about 110 student-athletes are affected. Jobs for 15 staff, including eight coaching positions, also will end.
Dartmouth also is permanently closing its Hanover Country Club, which has deficits expected to swell to $1 million a year.
The cuts are projected to save more than $2 million.
as the school addresses a projected $150 million deficit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.