Jody Victor: Practice is underway for USA Football's Junior National Team. The team has completed its first days of practice in preparation for the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship beginning Saturday, June 27. Incoming Ohio State freshmen Storm Klein and Jack Mewhort will be checking in periodically in the days leading up to the championships. Members of the team arrived at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, Saturday from 22 states, each soon to enter one of 33 college football programs. The team conducted its first practice Sunday afternoon, led by head coach Chuck Kyle of Cleveland St. Ignatius High School.
Hockey – Many young players enter the NHL and think only about scoring goals. They feel that's the way to get noticed. Livonia native Ryan Kesler, of the Vancouver Canucks, has been a little different. Ryan Kesler is a symbol of all that is good for the Canucks. Kesler is among the three finalists for the Frank Selke Trophy, awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. The other nominees are Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, last year's winner, and Mike Richards of Philadelphia.
Football – Former Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman, who threw 25 touchdown passes in 2007 but lost his starting job early last season, has signed as a free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 6-4, 244-pound Boeckman has NFL size and a strong arm. If he can demonstrate accuracy and touch on a range of passes, he'll have a chance to stick with Jacksonville.
Women's Basketball – The Indiana Fever have signed third-year center Jessica Davenport. The former Ohio State star, released by the New York Liberty at the end of training camp earlier this month, replaces injured veteran forward Yolanda Griffith on the Fever roster.
Davenport was selected by San Antonio with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft and then traded to New York in the deal for Becky Hammon. The 6-foot-5 center averaged 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 47 games over two seasons with the Liberty. A two-time Big Ten conference player of the year with the Buckeyes, she led them to the Big Ten title game in all four years of her college career.