Iacovone signs with Marshall
CINCINNATI - Spencer Iacovone has signed to continue his baseball career at Marshall University. He is the designated hitter for Cincinnati Moeller and will play first or third base at Marshall. Iacovone is currently the quarterback for the 10-3 Moeller football team, which will take on Pickerington North at 7 p.m. Saturday in the OHSAA Division I state semifinals.
Iacovone verbally committed to play baseball for coach Jeff Waggoner in August. He also had offers from Dayton, Xavier and Northern Kentucky University. He hit .403 with nine doubles, five home runs and 26 RBIs for the state champion Crusaders last year.
He is the son of Dominick and Lisa Iacovone. He is a 1981 graduate of Catholic Central High School and she is a 1981 graduate of Cadiz High School. Iacovone is also the grandson of Dom and Maggie Iacovone of Mingo Junction and Auggie and Ginnie Keyser of New Athens.
Also on the Moeller football team, leading the defensive attack, is Jake McCluskey, whose mother Kim (Weeda) McCluskey was born in Steubenville and spent the first few years of her life in Mingo Junction.
His grandparents were born, raised, and married in the Ohio Valley. His grandmother is Anita Rae (Couch) Weeda, originally from Wintersville and his grandfather Vito (Chip) Weeda was a Mingo High School graduate.
Ward upset over fine for hit
BEREA, Ohio - Browns safety T.J. Ward is appealing a $25,000 fine for a hit he maintains was legal under the NFL's rules on helmet-to-helmet contact.
Ward received a letter from the league on Wednesday informing him of the penalty for hitting Dallas wide receiver Kevin Ogletree on Sunday. Ward said replays conclusively show he did not touch any part of Ogletree's head. Ward was called for unnecessary roughness, a 15-yard penalty that helped the Cowboys' drive that set up a game-tying field goal in the closing seconds of regulation.
Dallas won 23-20 in overtime.
"It was completely legal," Ward said. "I hit him in the chest as he was falling forward. No part of my helmet hit his helmet. No part of my shoulder pad hit his helmet. I think it was a blown call and a blown punishment.
"It's not even fair. It's not fair at all and if you look at the hit a thousand times, it's not an illegal hit at all."
Ogletree sustained a concussion and has been ruled out for Thursday's game against Washington. Browns cornerback Buster Skrine also suffered a concussion during the play when he collided with Ogletree just after Ward delivered his blow. Skrine did not practice and Browns coach Pat Shurmur said the second-year player "is going through the (concussion) process."
Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron defended Ward, saying he "did not see any helmet-to-helmet contact on the play."
"I saw the replays multiple times," Jauron said. "I don't know if anybody else did. I don't know, they have to figure it out. But I don't know what you tell a defensive player today."
Ward believes Commissioner Roger Goodell and league officials are taking the correct steps in cracking down on hits to the head for player safety. But the rules have made it "ridiculous" to play defense.
"The funny thing is, it won't change it." Ward said. "Things are going to happen. The next thing is you're going to see guys with blown out knees because they're going to start to get hit low and before you know it, that's going to be illegal and we'll start getting fined for that. I think it's taking away from the game."
From staff and wire reports