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Cambridge City Lincoln runners Dylan McCullum and Payton McGriff run side-by-side at the Connersville Invitational cross country meet on Tuesday afternoon. McCullum finished sixth, and McGriff wound up ninth, helping to lead the Golden Eagles to a third-place team finish at the 14-team event.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Anyone paying a visit to Connersville High School on Tuesday afternoon would have been greeted by cross country teams in every color of the rainbow, running all over the place. The Lady Spartans played host to a dozen tea

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Lincoln tennis earns pair of TEC victories

By The NEWS-EXAMINER LIBERTY — Following a close win at Winchester on Monday afternoon, the Cambridge City Lincoln boys tennis team traveled to Union County High School on Tuesday, searching to make it back-to-back road wins within the Tri-Eastern Conference

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Sports Briefs

Connersville Parks and Recreation girls basketball Individuals from first- to sixth-grade can now register for the Connersville Parks and Recreation girls basketball league. Registrations will be accepted through the close of business on Friday, Sept. 28, and the c

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Young players emerge on Bengals' defense

By JOE KAY - AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI — Defensive end Sam Hubbard dreamed about chasing Ravens, Steelers and Browns quarterbacks around the field someday. Early in the Bengals’ first prime time game of the season, the rookie sacked Joe Flacco for a k

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Jones leads trio reshaping Irish offense

By JOHN FINERAN - AP Sports Writer SOUTH BEND— There doesn’t seem to be a load that Notre Dame running back Tony Jones Jr. cannot handle. The junior shed more than 10 pounds from his 5-foot-11 frame over the summer after playing at 230 pounds during an

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Pirates repelled

Connersville’s Deecon Precht (15) sends a pass with his head, as Greensburg’s Grayson Newhart looks on. Precht and the Spartans improved to 8-2-1 on the season, following an 8-0 win over Newhart and the Pirates.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Senior night at the Connersville High School soccer field brought Greensburg to town on Monday evening. And though they might not have appeared to be prior to the game, the Spartan boys were ready for the match with the E

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Rally lifts CHS volleyball to five-set win over Devils

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Anyone who left Connersville High School gymnasium following the first two sets of Connersville volleyball dual with Richmond on Monday night really missed out on a fantastic finish. Of course, there was probably very little p

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Connersville boys tennis knocks off Franklin County

By The NEWS-EXAMINER BROOKVILLE — In what could be a sectional preview, the Connersville boys tennis team traveled to Franklin County for a dual with the Wildcats. In this round, at least, the day belonged to the Spartans. Connersville won every match in

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Winless Purdue trying to dig out of problematic start

By MICHAEL MAROT - AP Sports Writer The problems continue to pile up for Purdue. After losing twice at least in part because of late personal foul calls, the Boilermakers blew another chance Saturday when a late touchdown was overturned by replay review and the def

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Renewed push to protect QBs has defenders stumped

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (90) hits New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) for a sack during the first half on Sunday, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. With increased safety measures provided for NFL quarterbacks, pass rushers like Lawrence are being forced to re-learn tackling techniques.

By ARNIE STAPLETON - AP Sports Writer Pass rushers like Clay Matthews are stumped as to what constitutes a clean hit on quarterbacks anymore. Lending a sympathetic ear is none other than Mike Zimmer, one of the biggest beneficiaries of the league’s renewed em

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Bengals try to extend early surge without RB Joe Mixon

By JOE KAY - AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI — Joe Mixon’s chair was upside-down in his locker on Monday, a reminder that the Cincinnati Bengals are moving ahead without the running back who’s been a key part of their 2-0 start. Mixon had debris remov

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Sports Briefs

Correction In Tuesday’s edition of the Connersville News-Examiner, it was reported that the Union County High School football team’s record was 2-2 on the season. It should have read that the football team’s record is 3-2 on the season. The News-E

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Regional ready?

Connersville’s Alexa Weber hits a shot of the 14th fairway at the Elks Country Club in Richmond on Saturday. Playing in the Indiana High School Athletic Association sectional meet, Weber and the Lady Spartans returned home following a sixth-place team finish.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com RICHMOND — Four local teams traveled to the Elks Country Club to take part in the Indiana High School Athletic Association girls golf sectional on Saturday. The goal for each was simple. Earn a top-three finish among the

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Union County football evens record at 2-2

By The NEWS-EXAMINER WINCHESTER — The Union County football team traveled to Winchester on Friday night and picked up a Tri-Eastern Conference win over the Golden Falcons, returning home following a 12-8 verdict. Offensively, at least on the ground, the Patri

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Sports Briefs

Spartan Open golf tournament accepting registrations   Registrations are now being accepted for Connersville High School basketball’s Spartan Open golf tournament. The event will be held at Willowbrook Country Club on Saturday, beginning with a 9 a.m. sh

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Into the lion's den

Connersville junior Colten Glover (4) looks to get around the corner against the Rushville defense, Friday night at the Connersville High School football stadium. CHS finished with 224 rushing yards as a team, its best output of the season on the ground.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com The back-and-forth with the War on 44 trophy continues. After winning the prize from Rushville with a 44-34 victory last season, the Connersville football team made several key mistakes on Friday, allowing the Lions to reclaim

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Connersville soccer boys post shut out over Devils

Connersville junior Brayson McQueen leaps to settle a ball against Richmond in game between the two teams, Thursday at Spartan Field. McQueen scored the first goal of the game, with 4:02 left in the first half, helping the Spartans claim a 2-0 victory over their Wayne County rival.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com It is said that patience is a virtue. Entertaining Richmond on Thursday afternoon, the Connersville High School boys soccer team got the opportunity to discover what truth there is to that. Watching shot after shot m

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CHS boys tennis edges visiting Oldenburg

By The NEWS-EXAMINER In any tennis match that delivers a 3-2 final score, there has to be one match making both teams hold their breath, hoping for a positive outcome. For the Connersville Spartans in their tilt with visiting Oldenburg Academy,

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Sports Briefs

Lady Spartan basketball camp The 2018 Connersville Lady Spartan basketball camp will be held at Spartan Bowl on Oct. 1 and 3, and on Oct. 8 and 10 (both weeks on Monday and Wednesday). The camp is for girls in grades K-6th (based on current grade). On all four days

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Vinatieri visits Washington with chance at field goal record

By MICHAEL MAROT - AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Vinatieri’s weekend preparations have already kicked into full force. He’s working with wet footballs, determining his best footgear and getting ready for another potentially big day in messy

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Diametric decisions

Connersville’s Kelsey Smith tangles with Delta’s Addie Chester (8) at Spartan Field on Wednesday afternoon. Tasked with defending Chester,the leading scorer for the Lady Eagles with23 goals, throughout Wednesday’s contest, Smith limited the freshman striker to one goal, helping the Lady Spartans earn a 7-1 victory.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com In a span of 24 hours, the Connersville girls soccer team ran a gamut of emotions on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. On Tuesday night, the Lady Spartans defeated Shelbyville, winning the 3-2 contest on a goal by Maddie Gregory

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CHS tennis celebrates senior night with shutout

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com On Monday night, No. 1 singles player Justus Parvis was the final varsity player still hitting backhands and sending serves over the net for the Connersville Spartans. His three-set win over Rylan Hundley put the fin

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Lady Spartans tame Panthers in 3 sets

Connersville hitterLaina Fields (7) goes up for a spike against Franklin County in an Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference match on Wednesday evening. The Lady Spartans finished the night with 36 kills, on the way to a straight-set victory over the visiting Lady Wildcats.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Whether the Connersville High School volleyball team is back in charge of its game, and closing in on being sectional-ready, remains to be seen. After all, in its last four matches, the team is 2-2. But in spite of t

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Area golf teams head to Richmond

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com RICHMOND — If the 2018 Indiana High School Athletic Association girls golf sectional in Richmond has a Tri-Eastern Conference feel to it on Saturday, well, that’s completely understandable. Nine teams will tee it u

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Spartans and Lions renew gridiron skirmish

Connersvillerunner Landon Cerqua, left, looks for running room against South Dearborn,while Nate Pruitt for the Knights (33) moves in to attempt a tackle, last Friday night at CHS field. Connersville entertains Rushville tonight for the annual War on 44 with the Lions.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Two years ago, the Rushville Lions defeated Connersville on the football field to keep control of the War on 44 trophy, a traveling award given to the team that wins the contest between the two squads. Last year, the Spartans

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Area grid teams look to hit midseason on a roll

Union County’s Tucker Coffman (27) tries to break free from Cambridge City Lincoln’s Jeremiah Holder in a Tri-Eastern Conference game between the two teams at Ball State University on Saturday, Aug. 25. The Patriots will travel to Winchester, while the Golden Eagles will play host to Hagerstown in a pair of TEC games tonight.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com With temperatures this week starting to feel like fall, and the NFL kicking off its season last weekend, football is in the air nearly everywhere one turns. While the big boys in the pros and college are trying to get their le

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Franklin County cross country splits with Patriots

By The News-Examiner LIBERTY — Both Franklin County cross country teams hit the road on Tuesday, traveling to Union County for dual meets. The Wildcat boys returned home with a 22-36 win, but the Franklin County girls were handed a heartbreaking 27-28 loss. T

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