The Columbus Lions secured some defense for the 2010 season this week with the re-signing of Damian Daniels.
Daniels is the Lions’ all-time leader in interceptions (45) and tied for the best in the American Indoor Football Association last season with 17.
“Damian is the cornerstone of our team,” Lions coach Jason Gibson said in a release. “He is without a doubt one of the best DBs in the all of indoor football.”
Daniels will have an opportunity to set records in a new league as the Lions recently joined the Southern Indoor Football League for the 2010 season. Columbus will release its schedule next month and the season beings in March.
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Meadors named Coach of the Year
PHOENIX — Marynell Meadors was honored as the WNBA Coach of the Year after leading the Atlanta Dream to a remarkable one-season turnaround.
With Meadors serving as the team’s general manager and coach, Atlanta went from 4-30 in its expansion season a year ago to 18-16 this season. Atlanta finished second in the Eastern Conference to earn a playoff berth.
Meadors received 30 votes from a national panel of writers and broadcasters. Dream forward Angel McCoughtry is the WNBA’s rookie of the year.
Fever knock off Mercury
PHOENIX — Tamika Catchings fell one rebound shy of the first triple-double in WNBA finals history and the Indiana Fever beat the Phoenix Mercury 93-84 on Thursday night to square the best-of-five series 1-1.
Catchings had 19 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to help the Fever steal homecourt advantage in the series with the next two games in Indianapolis, beginning with Game 3 on Sunday.
Former Columbus High standout Ketia Swanier was 0-for-2 from the floor but had two rebounds for the Mercury.
Watson moves into second-place tie
TIMONIUM, Md. — Tom Watson made four birdies on the front nine and shot a 4-under 66 to move into a second-place tie with Jay Haas, one stroke behind unheralded Lonnie Nielsen after the first round of the Senior Players Championship..
Rookie Olson ties Petrovic for lead
VERONA, N.Y. — Rookie Leif Olson has shot a 6-under 66 to tie Tim Petrovic for the first-round lead at the Turning Stone Resort Championship.
The opening round of the first event of the Fall Series was rainy and cold, but Olson, a 28-year-old native of Denver, found it to his liking. He had never held or shared the lead after any round on the PGA Tour and has made only four of 17 cuts this year.
Moodie takes 1-stroke lead at tourney
PRATTVILLE, Ala. — Scotland’s Janice Moodie shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over 14-year-old Alexis Thompson in the Navistar LPGA Classic, with Michelle Wie and top-ranked Lorena Ochoa two strokes back.
Moodie, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, played her final nine holes — the front nine on The Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill complex — in 6-under 30. She birdied her final four holes and six of her last seven.
— From staff, wire reports