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Posted on Tue. Mar. 20, 2012 - 12:16 am EDT

BRIEFS

Komets defenseman an all-league selection

Komets defenseman Frankie DeAngelis was named to the CHLís All-League team Monday. He has 17 goals and 42 points in 62 games.

ďAbsolutely, this is a big honor for me,Ē DeAngelis said. ďItís something Iíll look back on after my career is over and be really proud of. Itís not the overall goal weíre looking for Ė we want to win a championship Ė but it is really nice to be acknowledged like this.Ē

Rapid City defensman Riley Weselowski was also named to the All-CHL team along with forwards Shawn Limpright (Rapid City), Brandon Marino (Quad City) and Todd Robinson (Evansville) and Texas goaltender Mark Guggenberger. The team was chosen by league coaches.

DeAngelis is also one of five finalists for the CHLís Most Outstanding Defenseman award, which will be announced Friday.

ďI do really feel like Iíve improved this season,Ē DeAngelis said.

ďIíve really tried to become a more consistent player offensively and defensively.Ē

BASEBALL

Snider coach Owen retires

Snider coach Andy Owen retired over the winter after more than 300 wins and two Class 4A state championships (2006, 2009) for the Panthers. Assistant coach Marc Skelton was named head coach.

Around the leagues

Chase Utley is doubtful for opening day because of problems with both knees. Ö Boston pitcher Jon Lester was picked to start opening day for the Red Sox on April 5 in Detroit.

BASKETBALL

Snider senior to Holy Cross

Snider senior guard Kari Barnes will sign a letter of intent to play college basketball at Holy Cross on Thursday. Barnes helped the Panthers to a Class 4A sectional championship and a regional runner-up last season.

Cougars finish 19th in NAIA poll

Saint Francis jumped to 19th in the final menís NAIA Division II basketball poll released. The Cougars (21-13) received 141 votes, moving from 23rd. Indiana Tech (23-8) received 131 votes and fell from 18th to 21st. Grace (24-8) went from 11th to 12th, with 219 votes.

Around the NBA

Houston waived point guard Derek Fisher, less than a week after acquiring him in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Rockets forward Patrick Patterson was fined $25,000 for publicly criticizing officiating. Ö Bostonís Jermaine OíNeal will have surgery on his left wrist and miss the remainder of the season.

SOCCER

English playerís condition improves

English soccer player Fabrice Muamba began breathing independently and responding to family members on Monday, showing significant signs of recovery in intensive care two days after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match.


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