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Parks & Recreation accepting spring sign-ups

The Connersville Parks and Recreation department is accepting spring sign-ups for the following sports:

• Spring Soccer — Children ages 3-14 may sign up for this program through March 16. Cost is $25 per player.

• T-ball — This is for children between the ages of 3-6. Deadline to sign up is April 6th. Cost is $25 per player.

• Girls slow pitch softball — Sign-ups are being taken through April 6 for three age groups — 18U, 14U and 10U. Cost is $25 per player.

• Church League softball — Deadline to sign up a team is May 18. Cost is $180 per team.

• 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.

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49ers give QB Garropolo largest contract in NFL history

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo signed a record-breaking, five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will pay him a reported $137.5 million to keep him off the free-agent market without forcing the team to use the one-year franchise tag.

NFL Network first reported the terms of the contract, which is worth $27.5 million per season to top the previous record set by Detroit's Matthew Stafford last year by $500,000 per year.

San Francisco acquired Garoppolo from New England before the trade deadline for a 2018 second-round pick. As soon as he took the field a few weeks later, he immediately turned around a franchise that started the year with a 1-10 record.

Garoppolo took over as starter and led San Francisco to five straight wins to end the season. That solidified the organization's belief in him and the willingness to offer him the largest average per year contract in NFL history.

He completed 67.4 percent of his passes this season, averaging 8.8 yards per attempt with seven TDs, five interceptions and a 96.2 rating. Among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts last season, Garoppolo ranked first in yards per attempt, fourth in completion percentage. His 308.4 yards passing per game in his five starts also would have led the league had he played a full season.

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MLB to open spring training camp for free agents

NEW YORK (AP) — The baseball players' union will open its own spring training camp for the first time since the end of the 1994-95 strike, inviting free agents to work out at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Union head Tony Clark said Thursday the camp will open Tuesday and workouts will start the following day under Bo Porter, the Houston Astros' manager in 2013-14. The camp is scheduled to run through March 4, and the union has the option to extend the camp through the end of the month.

More than 100 players who exercised their right to become free agents last November are without final agreements. Teams start spring training workouts next Wednesday.

The union sent an email to agents announcing the decision. The camp will be open to the players who became free agents under Article XXB of the sport's collective bargaining agreement, the most prominent group on the market.