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Connersville track and field sweeps three-way meet

By The NEWS-EXAMINER NEW CASTLE — Both Connersville track and field teams hit the road for a three-way meet with New Castle and Greensburg on Tuesday. Both teams wound up earning a pair of wins on the day. The Connersville boys defeated both opponents with 68

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Patriot plunder

Union County senior Mason Miller (14) delivers a pitch against Connersville High School, while third baseman Blake Fields (13) awaits the delivery, Tuesday afternoon in Liberty. Miller, Fields and the Patriotsshut out the Spartans 8-0.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com LIBERTY — In the comfort of their home field, the Union County Patriots collected nine hits, drew five walks, and were the benefactors of three fielding errors by the Connersville Spartans at home on Tuesday. Those facto

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J.T. Barrett tries to make draft impression with Bengals

By JOE KAY - AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI — J.T. Barrett peeled off the orange No. 5 practice jersey, tossed it in a laundry bin and headed for the locker room. He stopped at one intersection and tried to get his bearings — he’d never had to naviga

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Sports Briefs

Connersville Youth Football to begin registering Registrations will be taken, beginning on Tuesday, May 1, for anyone interested in playing for the Connersville Youth Football League.  The fee for those registering between May 1 and July 13 will

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Big fish struggling: Stanton slumping in Bronx

The New York Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton struck out in all five trips to the plate in an 11-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium in New York on Tuesday, April 3.

By MIKE FITZPATRICK - AP Sports Writer NEW YORK — Coming up empty against his former team was hardly what Giancarlo Stanton had in mind. Same is true of the poor first impression he’s made in Yankees pinstripes so far. Last year’s NL MVP is off to

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NAIA votes to go to one division in basketball

By JEFF BUDLONG - AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NAIA Council of Presidents officially voted Monday to approve moving basketball from a two-division sport to one for both men and women beginning with the 2020-21 season. “It is time to move forw

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Sports Briefs

- N/A FC tennis picks off EIAC foe Batesville BROOKVILLE — Entertaining Batesville, the Franklin County girls tennis team were in search of an Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference win against the Lady Bulldogs. No. 1 singles player Lilli Stewart pointed the La

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Jake hopes to become 4th generation of major league Boones

By RONALD BLUM - AP Baseball Writer PRINCETON, N.J. — Jake Boone takes grounders on a chilly, wind-swept diamond, a month into his freshman season at Princeton University, hoping to follow Ray, Bob, Bret & Aaron and make his the first four-generation fami

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Victor-y: Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron, Cavs

Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James winces after a third quarter foul by Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson in an Eastern Conference first round game Sunday, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. James and the Cavliers were defeated by the Pacers in Game 1 of their series 98-80.

By TOM WITHERS - AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND — LeBron James figured he had experienced everything in 12 postseasons. Turns out, there was something new. Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and Indiana outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning

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Ball's return gives Hoosier defense big boost

By MICHAEL MAROT - gtate@newsexaminer.com BLOOMINGTON — Marcelino Ball is running around Indiana’s football field, making play after play this spring. It feels good to the redshirt sophomore. It looks natural to his coaches. Most of all, it’s a wh

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Pitch framing tactics under more scrutiny

By NOAH TRISTER - AP Sports Writer The concept of pitch framing is not exactly new, but it certainly seems to be under a bit more scrutiny now. There was even a bench-clearing incident earlier this month when Arizona manager Torey Lovullo started arguing with the p

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Sports Briefs

- N/A Parks & Rec accepting softball sign-ups The Connersville Parks and Recreation department is accepting spring sign-ups for Machine pitch softball. Two age groups are being signed — 14U and 10U. Deadline to sign up is Aug. 4. Cost is $25 per player. O

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False start

Connersville’s Breydan Shafer makes a shotfrom the fairway on hole eight at Greensburg Country Club on Friday evening. Shafer and the Spartans opened their 2018 season on Greensburg’s home course, coming away with a 167-192 loss to the Pirates.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com GREENSBURG — In what was the warmest day of the spring to date, the Connersville High School boys golf team pulled out their golf bags and kicked off the 2018 season on Friday afternoon. Traveling to Greensburg, the

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A'ja Wilson top pick of WNBA draft by Las Vegas Aces

By DOUG FEINBERG - AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A’ja Wilson is thrilled for the chance to head to Las Vegas. The South Carolina star was the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft by the Aces on Thursday night. “It’s such a great feeling, just an

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Connersville baseball suffers EIAC setback to Wildcats

By The NEWS-EXAMINER BROOKVILLE — Facing a 4-0 deficit after two innings, the Connersville High School baseball team fell to Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Franklin County on Thursday night by a 10-3 count. The Wildcats added two runs in the bot

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Sports Briefs

Parks & Rec accepting softball sign-ups The Connersville Parks and Recreation department is accepting spring sign-ups for Machine pitch softball. Two age groups are being signed — 14U and 10U. Deadline to sign up is Aug. 4. Cost is $25 per player. Other p

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Union County coach Scott Gray wins No. 300

Union County High School softball coach Scott Gray spends a teaching moment on the field with Haylee Richards last spring in Liberty. Richards is one of many players that haveworn theLady Patriots uniform for Gray, who has coached for 17 years. On Thursday, UC defeated Union City for Gray’s 300th coaching win.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com UNION CITY — The Union County High School softball team earned a win over Tri-Eastern Conference foe Union City on Thursday evening. The victory was big, as all conference wins typically are. But this one, 19-0

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Lincoln track teams take two from Tri-High

By The NEWS-EXAMINER STRAUGHN — Both Cambridge City Lincoln track and field teams came away winners in a meet against Tri-Eastern Conference on Tuesday night. The Lincoln boys wound up beating their conference rival by a large margin, taking the night 92-31.

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It's playoff time: The NBA's first-round pairings are set

By TIM REYNOLDS - AP Pro Basketball Writer MIAMI — The NBA playoffs that start this weekend already have an extremely tough act to follow. The regular season ended with a flourish. Wednesday’s final night of the regular season was well beyond dramatic &

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Return to Indiana helps Oladipo deliver breakout season

By MICHAEL MAROT - AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo feels right at home in Indiana. Here, he evolved from a high-flying, college acrobat for the Hoosiers into a legitimate NBA draft prospect. Here, he won over the hearts and minds of a basketbal

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Spartan netters compete but wind up swept away

Connersville High School tennis player Juliette Collins lunges for a return in her No. 3 singles match against Oldenburg’s Sarah Price, Wednesday at CHS. Collins lost to Price 6-3, 6-1.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Tradition, particularly a winning one, can sometimes be a very high hurdle to overcome. With that in mind, the Connersville High School girls tennis team gave it a try. Welcoming Oldenburg Academy to Spartan Courts, the Lady S

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Devil in the defense

Connersville’s Haylee Perry (33) gets set to step off of first base in the second inning, while Mount Vernon (Fortville) first baseman Cassidy Parker awaits the next pitch, Wednesday evening at Spartan Field. Perry wound up being one of nine runners stranded by the Spartans in a 17-8 loss to the Marauders

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com There was plenty that went wrong for the Connersville High School softball team in its 17-8 loss to Mount Vernon (Fortville) on Wednesday evening. At the plate, the Lady Spartans were guilty of 11 strikeouts. The primary

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Sports Briefs

Parks & Rec accepting softball sign-ups The Connersville Parks and Recreation department is accepting spring sign-ups for Machine pitch softball. Two age groups are being signed — 14U and 10U. Deadline to sign up is Aug. 4. Cost is $25 per player. Other p

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