New York Daily News

GW’S Mandl cuts deal


UNDER THE banner of better late than never, George Washington baseball coach Steve Mandl, who once coached Manny Ramirez, was cleared of all charges related to his year-long suspension for recruiting violations last season, costing him a 2011 city championsh­ip.

Mandl’s record has been wiped clean and $5,000 in lost wages will be returned in exchange for his agreeing not to sue the city and dropping his grievance, according to an agreement obtained by the Daily News.

The deal between Mandl and the city was struck on June 15, according to the document. Mandl had mixed feelings about it on Monday.

“I went through hell last year not being able to coach,” he said of the GW team that won the PSAL Class A crown without him. “It’s just unfortunat­e I had to suffer the way I did. That’s the crazy thing.”

Mandl was suspended by the PSAL on Feb. 15, 2011, after the league decided that he had illegally recruited Lehman’s Fernelys Sanchez, who was recently drafted by the Atlanta Braves. Lehman coach Adam Droz had filed a complaint with the PSAL.

Mandl went into State Supreme Court asking to be allowed to coach while his grievance played out. The motion was denied.

ANTIGUA EXITS: St. Raymond basketball coach Oliver Antigua is leaving to become an assistant at Manhattan, the college announced on Monday. The Daily News first reported his candidacy. He leaves after 10 seasons, having guided the Ravens to three CHSAA city titles, the last in March.

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