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On to the 'ship

Union County shortstop Tara Williams eyes a ground ball against Northeastern in the semifinals of the Class 2A Sectional 41 tournament, Wednesday in Liberty. UC pitcher Rainey Shepler forced the Lady Knights into hitting 10 ground ballsthroughoutthe game. Williams and the Lady Patriots won the game, 5-3.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com LIBERTY — Injuries have had a large impact on the Union County softball line-up throughout the 2018 season. On Wednesday evening, head coach Scott Gray and the Lady Patriots put all those bumps and bruises

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NFL sparks new questions with anthem policy

By PAUL NEWBERRY - AP Sports Writer ATLANTA — With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL just wanted to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem. Put the focus back on football. Inste

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Close calls force Indy 500 to learn lessons

By MICHAEL MAROT - AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato learned a tough, painful lesson from his spectacular final lap crash at the 2012 Indianapolis 500. Eventually, it paid dividends. The Japanese driver believes he might not be the defending Indy wi

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Sports Briefs

- N/A CONNERSVILLE BABE RUTH   MINOR A Tuesday’s score Reds 8, Red Sox 0 MINOR B Tuesday’s scores Mets 10, Mariners 8 — Yankees 11, Indians 10 Today’s games Cubs vs. Mets, 5:30 p.m. ̵

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Oldenburg reverses season outcome vs. Wildcats

By The NEWS-EXAMINER RICHMOND — In the closing days of the regular season, the Franklin County girls tennis team earned hard-fought 3-2 victory over traditional powerhouse Oldenburg Academy. In that match, FC grabbed wins at No. 1 and 3 singles, and at No. 2

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Task too tall

Connersville outfielder Katie Steele gets the ball back into the infieldaftera base hit by New Palestine on Tuesday night. Following a loss to the top-ranked Lady Dragons in the opening round of the Class 3A Sectional 27 tournament, CHS ends its 2018 season at 13-14.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com NEW PALESTINE — The Connersville High School softball girls had no illusions, going into their semifinal game of the Class 3A Sectional 27 tournament. Their opponent, New Palestine, was not only the top-ranked team in In

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As retirement looms, is Danica Patrick a Hall of Famer?

By NOAH TRISTER - AP Sports Writer DETROIT — As Danica Patrick prepares for her farewell at this weekend’s Indianapolis 500, another big event on the auto racing calendar looms earlier in the week: The vote for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Jeff Gordon is th

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NFL discussing possible steps to deal with anthem protests

By PAUL NEWBERRY - AP Sports Writer ATLANTA — The NFL approved a new owner for the Carolina Panthers, passed a rule to eject players who hit with their helmets, and took steps to spice up the kickoff. Still to be resolved: a much more contentious issue. What

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Gratification it is! FC wins sectional opener in nine

By The NEWS-EXAMINER BROOKVILLE — Wondering what would happen once they resumed their Class 3A Sectional 29 softball contest against 11th-ranked Greensburg, the fifth-ranked Franklin County Lady Wildcats had to wait a few innings to get their answer on Tuesda

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Sports Briefs

- N/A CONNERSVILLE BABE RUTH MINOR A Today’s game Rays vs. Cubs, 5:30 p.m. Friday’s game Reds vs. Rays, 5:30 p.m. MINOR B Today’s games Reds vs. Indians, 5 p.m. — Mets vs. Orioles, 6:15 p.m. Friday’

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Delayed ... gratification or disappointment?

RIGHT: Franklin County infielder Makaylee Woods throws over to first base during warm-ups, prior to FC’s Class 3A Sectional 29 quarterfinal game against Greensburg on Monday night. The game was called, due to bad weather, in the sixth inning, with the two teams tied 0-0.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com BROOKVILLE — Thunder storms and rain have had their way with spring sport schedules throughout the past two months, sending athletic directors scrambling to find open dates to re-schedule postponed events. Why

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Ohtani off to flying start with Angels, yet still improving

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani points to a teammate after finishing pitching in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

By GREG BEACHAM - AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. — The most remarkable aspect of the first two months in Shohei Ohtani’s major league career is how the unprecedented has become normal. After 90 plate appearances and seven starts on the mound for the L

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Celebrating bumping at Indy is a short-sighted victory

By JENNA FRYER - AP Auto Racing Writer Bumping was back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and everyone was thrilled. Until people actually got bumped. Only 33 drivers get to race in the Indianapolis 500, and that’s the way it is because that’s the way it a

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Chevy hoping it finally has edge on Honda in Indy 500

By MICHAEL MAROT - AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Chevrolet engines have powered some of IndyCar’s biggest wins over the last six years. Their drivers have won three of the first five races this season, four straight series titles and claimed the top f

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CMS sends six to Middle School State Championships

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com TERRE HAUTE — Six members of the Connersville Middle School track and field trip made the long trip to Terre Haute on Saturday to participate in the Indiana Middle School State Championships. Braylind Colassaco, Garrett

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Sports Briefs

- N/A CONNERSVILLE BABE RUTH MINOR A Thursday’s game Rays vs. Cubs, 5:30 p.m. Friday’s game Reds vs. Rays, 5:30 p.m. MINOR B Thursday’s games Reds vs. Indians, 5 p.m. — Mets vs. Orioles, 6:15 p.m. Friday’s game<

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Batter up!

Connersville first baseman Dylan Lynn makes a throw over to second in a game against South Dearborn, in an Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference game between the two teams on May 10.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com All the ground ball drills, batting practice, long tosses and even the regular-season games themselves have been building toward this. It’s playoff time. Sectional softball and baseball tournaments are under way this wee

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Sports Briefs

CONNERSVILLE BABE RUTH Majors Friday’s score Blue Jays 11, Yankees 4 Tonight’s game Cubs vs. Yankees, 6 p.m. Minor A Friday’s scores Red Sox 9, Cubs 5 — Dodgers 4, Rays 2 Tonight’s game Red Sox vs. Reds, 5:3

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Expansion Vegas Golden Knights advance to Cup Final

ASSOCIATED PRESS WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Vegas Golden Knights are going to the Stanley Cup Final — with a chip on their shoulder. “Everybody on this team has something to prove,” Ryan Reaves said. “We call ourselves ‘The Golden

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Carpenter takes top starting spot at Indy 500 for 3rd time

By MICHAEL MAROT - AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Ed Carpenter and Danica Patrick got exactly what they needed in qualifying Sunday. Now comes the hard part: Finding a way to victory lane next weekend. After crashing Roger Penske’s front-row party by c

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Connersville boys fourth at home invitational

Connersville senior Dalton Lee chips toward the cup on the 10th hole, Saturday at Willowbrook Country Club.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Gloomy skies greeted the Connersville Spartans and their guests, Saturday at Willowbrook Country Club, as the 2018 Connersville High School Invitational prepared to tee off. “Yesterday, we weren’t entirely certain

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Power Broker

Trot Davidson holds the ball that he hit for a home run in Majors League baseball. Davidson’s home run helped the Cubs to a win over the Blue Jays.

Power Broker

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By a whisker

Union County’s Justin Beasley concentrates on clearing the final hurdle in the 110event at the Connersville sectional meet on Thursday evening. Beasley finished second in the 110 hurdles, qualifying him to compete at the regional meet, Thursday at Franklin. Beasley and the Patriots wound up seventh in the team standings.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com After fans witnessed one of the closest finishes in girls sectional track and field history two days earlier — a result so close that it was actually changed less than 16 hours later — it was only fitting that

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Franklin County Wildcats continue 2018 tennis run with sectional title

Members of the 2018 Franklin County girls tennis team pose with the trophy after winning its third consecutive IHSAA sectional crown, Friday night at Connersville High School. The Lady Wildcats defeated Connersville, 5-0, to claim the championship. Singles players for FC are Lilli Stewart, Megan Routh and Lauren Klei. Doubles players are Grace Moster, Allie Routh, Maggie Brack and Taylor McCreary. Coaches for Franklin County are Jeff Seibert and John Ingermann.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com With storm clouds gathering, the 2018 IHSAA girls tennis sectional championship match at Connersville High School got off to an earlier-than-expected start on Friday night. Looking to beat the approaching weather, the first se

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CHS baseball falls behind early in loss to Pirates

By The NEWS-EXAMINER GREENSBURG — Surrendering three runs to Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Greensburg in the first inning, the Connersville High School baseball team was unable to recover, as it wound up on the wrong end of a 5-1 score Thursday even

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Sports Briefs

- N/A Connersville Babe Ruth MINOR A Thursday’s score Reds 9, Cubs 7 Monday’s game Dodgers vs. Cubs, 5:30 p.m. MINOR B (coach pitch) Thursday’s scores Mets 7, Giants 6 — Mariners 18, Cubs 17 Monday&

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