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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 programs available later in the year include Fall Soccer, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Mixed League Volleyball, Mens League Basketball, Church League Basketball and Indoor Youth Soccer.

For more information about any of these programs, call Parks and Rec at 765-825-5244.

Cincinnati’s Burfict suspended 4 games

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will be sidelined to start a season for the fourth year in a row, this time serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers.

The NFL rejected Burfict’s appeal without comment and upheld the full suspension. It’s the third time the volatile linebacker has been suspended by the league in the past three years.

Orlando Magic fire head coach Vogel

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic fired coach Frank Vogel, one day after the team wrapped up its sixth consecutive losing season.

Vogel was with the Magic for two years, going 54-110. He came to Orlando after six seasons with Indiana, where he won 250 regular-season games and got the Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals in three consecutive seasons. But with the Magic, he went 29-53 and 25-57.

Vogel had one year left on his contract with the Magic.

Dallas Cowboys release receiver Bryant

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have released Dez Bryant, deciding salary cap relief with the star receiver’s declining production outweighs the risk of him returning to All-Pro form with another team.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said in a statement Friday it wasn’t an easy decision, but was what the organization believes is in its best interest.

Bryant signed a $70 million, five-year contract after leading the NFL with 16 touchdowns receiving in 2014.

Bryant sent a tweet late Friday morning addressing Cowboys fans to say he had met with Jones.

Tiger Woods files to play at U.S. Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Tiger Woods filed his entry to play in the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015.

The USGA said Woods officially entered, four days after he tied for 32nd in the Masters. Even exempt players have to formally enter the U.S. Open.