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Connersville senior Shaina Laughlin, center, smiles as she signs her letter-of-intent to play tennis at IU East in 2018-19. From left: Connersville High School Athletic Director Brent Duncan, IU East head women’s tennis coach Erskine Ratchford, Joey Laughlin (father), Laughlin, Amanda Laughlin (mother), IU East assistant women’s tennis coach Ty Butler, and Connersville High School girls tennis coach Chris Diercks.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Shaina Laughlin’s fourth year of competitive tennis will be played on a level that few players achieve. Picking up her racquet and joining the Connersville High School girls team in her sophomore season, Laughlin ha

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Game on: Businesses participate in golf outing

Jason Woods got a hole in one on a par 3 hole at the Chamber Golf Classic and won a golf driver and a set of fairway woods as part of the Advantage Ford Par 3 Hole In One Challenge. He’s pictured getting ready to drive a ball down a fairway at Willowbrook Country Club.

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com One golfer’s hole in one livened Thursday’s Fayette County Chamber of Commerce’s Golf Classic. Teams sponsored by local businesses played a friendly game of golf at Willowbrook Country Clu

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Sports Briefs

Connersville Parks Department fall soccer The Connersville Parks Department is accepting registrations for its fall soccer program. Those wishing to sign up may do so through Friday, Aug. 17, at the Connersville Parks office in Roberts Park. Cost for the progr

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America's pasttime

The Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve celebrates after scoring the game-winning run against the New York Yankees duruing the ninth inning in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Oct. 14.

By PAUL SULLIVAN - Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — Appearing before a Senate subcommittee on antitrust and monopoly on July 9, 1958, Yankees manager Casey Stengel gave a couple of long-winded and convoluted answers to the questions of Sen. Estes Kefauver. After one

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Center of Attention

Connersville senior Xance Martinez, third from left, signs his letter-of-intent to play football at Anderson University. From left: Connersville High School football coach Adam Kelly, Andy Beckman (father), Martinez, and Tanya Beckman (mother).

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Give Xance Martinez a football, and in no time at all, he'll hand it to someone else. That's just what he does. In fact, as the center for the Connersville High School football team, snapping the ball to the quarterback was hi

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Sports Briefs

CMS football practices scheduled Connersville Middle School football practice starts Monday, according to Macaully Vessels, coach.  Practice will be 8-10 a.m. weekdays until Friday, Aug. 3. Weekday practice time moves to 4-6 p.m. starting Mond

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Millennials tuning out of Major League Baseball

Young fans wait to snag souvenir balls during batting practice before the start of Game 1 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Oct. 24, 2017.

By CHRIS HINE Star Tribune (Minneapolis)     MINNEAPOLIS -- Travis Tobin turned to his 8-year-old son, Gus, as they sat in Section 106 of Target Field last week and asked: "Is this boring?" Gus, wearing a Twins hat and T-shirt, shook his head "no." He

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No-brainer for National League to adopt designated hitter

By CARLOS MONARREZ - Detroit Free Press Talk of instituting a universal designated hitter is gaining traction among players and it’s the right thing to do. In Detroit, I’m probably preaching to the choir. Since the American League adopted the DH in 19

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NASCAR's Big 3 are as dominant as ever

NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. (78) faces his teammates as he celebrates in the winner’s circle after winning the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., on June 24. One of Truex Jr.’s sponsors, 5-hour ENERGY, will not be returning after the 2018 season and is leaving NASCAR altogether.

By BRENDAN MARKS - The Charlotte Observer We've all been kidding ourselves. That we is collective, by the way: It's the whole lot of NASCAR reporters, fans, drivers, sponsors, everyone. It's me. It's you. All of us, even those only tangentially interested in, or af

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Sports Briefs

CMS football practices scheduled Connersville Middle School football practice starts Monday, according to Macaully Vessels, coach. Football camp was July 9-13 and equipment handout was July 16 and 18. Practice will be 8-10 a.m. weekdays until Friday, Au

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Future Lady Quaker

Cambridge City Lincoln senior Hannah Hall signs her letter-of-intent to play softball for Wilmington College in Ohio. Joining her for the event is father Jason and mother Pam. Hall helped lead the Lady Golden Eagles to No. 6 in the Class 1A final rankings in 2018.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Hannah Hall and the Cambridge City Lincoln High School softball team closed out an extremely successful season. During the 2018 campaign, the Lady Golden Eagles spent time in the No. 1 spot in the Class A rankings, and wound u

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Baseball analytics make it a whole new game

Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor ponders his lineup in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, July 10, at Target Field in Minneapolis.

By CHIP SCOGGINS and JOE CHRISTENSEN - Star Tribune (Minneapolis)   The game was grinding. Paul Molitor’s wheels were turning. Two outs, top of seventh, runners on second and third. One of baseball’s best hitters, J.D. Martinez, staring down Twins

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Greens keepers

Connersville senior Cade Kelley follows through with a tee shot at Greensburg in this photo from April 13. The Spartans finished 11-3 in dual play through the spring of 2018.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Numbers were high at the start of the 2018 Connersville High School boys golf season, as third-year coach J.J. Huber found himself with 15 names on his roster. In that crowd, the level of experience was mixed. The list fe

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Sports Briefs

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Connersville Youth Football taking registrations Registrations are now being taken at www.connersvillefootball.com for anyone interested in playing for the Connersville Youth Football League. The fee for th

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Intriguing prospect

The Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout watches the flight of his solo home run against the San Francisco Giants at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., on April 21.

By BILL SHAIKIN - Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON -- In Mike Trout, the Angels have the best player in baseball. In Shohei Ohtani, they have the most intriguing player in baseball. And, in Jo Adell, they just might have the most dynamic prospect in baseball. That coul

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Jabari Parker's arrival presents both known and unknown

Chicago Bulls guard E’Twaun Moore (55) and Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker battle for the ball on March 7, 2016, at the United Center in Chicago.

By K.C. JOHNSON - Chicago Tribune The jersey number, according to a picture posted on the Bulls’ social media accounts, will be No. 2. The position, at least in the starting lineup, will be small forward. Time will tell whether public address announcer Tommy

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