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CMS girls basketball open gym starts

Open gym for the Connersville Middle School girls basketball team will be held on Nov. 8th, 15th and 20th.

The South Gym will be the location for each of the open gyms.

Gymnastics center open gym for toddlers

The Connersville Gymnastics Center will hold an open gym opportunity for toddlers (ages 1-5) on Tuesdays, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Cost to participate in the open gym is $5 per child. 

The gymnastics center is located at 440 Ariens Ave. For more information, call 765-825-2297.

Baseball writers reveal major award candidates

NEW YORK (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is a finalist for the AL Rookie of the Year award along with two New York Yankees infielders.

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed the finalists for its major awards Monday night. The winners will be announced next week.

Ohtani figures to be in a tight race with Yankees infielders Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres after a historic first season with the Los Angeles Angels. The two-way Japanese sensation is the first player ever to hit 15 home runs and strike out 50 batters in a season, and he joined Babe Ruth as the only players ever to hit 15 homers and pitch 50 innings.

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox might be in line for more hardware. Mookie Betts is a finalist for AL MVP, and Alex Cora is in the final three for AL Manager of the Year in his first season. Los Angeles’ Mike Trout and Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez are also finalists for AL MVP.

Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich is the favorite for NL MVP, and Colorado’s Nolan Arenado and Chicago’s Javier Baez were also revealed as top vote-getters.

Pulisic returns for U.S. soccer, Bradley dropped

CHICAGO (AP) — Christian Pulisic is scheduled to return to the U.S. national team after playing in just one match for the Americans in a 13-month span, but captain Michael Bradley was dropped after his first two appearances in a year.

Interim coach Dave Sarachan announced a 28-man roster Tuesday for exhibitions at England on Nov. 15 and against Italy five days later at Genk, Belgium.

Sarachan has given debuts to 22 players in 10 matches since taking over when Bruce Arena quit after the loss at Trinidad and Tobago in October 2017 that ended the Americans’ streak of seven straight World Cup appearances. Earnie Stewart, the new men’s team general manager, has said a new coach will be hired by the end of the year.

Romain Gall, a 23-year-old midfielder with Sweden’s Malmo, is the lone player on the roster with no international experience.