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Parks & Rec 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.

Celtics retire No. 34 to honor Paul Pierce

BOSTON (AP) — Paul Pierce used to walk onto the court at TD Garden and imagine seeing his number hanging from the rafters.

“The Truth” doesn’t have to dream about that day anymore.

The Celtics retired Pierce’s No. 34 following the Celtics’ 121-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He became the 23rd person in franchise history to have his number or name enshrined by the Celtics organization.

The honor capped a 19-year career for Pierce, who was named NBA Finals MVP in 2008 when the Celtics captured their 17th championship.

After the game, Pierce, clad in a green plaid blazer, entered the court via the newly named Paul Pierce Players’ Tunnel.

The team said the tunnel, featuring Pierce’s signature, will serve as a reminder to current and future players of what “being a Celtic” means.

When his jersey was raised, Pierce was serenaded with chants of “Thank You, Paul Pierce!”

Keselowski leads 1-2 Penske’s Sunday sweep

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Brad Keselowski opened Speedweeks, before he turned a single lap, as the 7-1 favorite to win the Daytona 500.

Now that he has the first victory of the season, Keselowski is shaping up to be a safe bet.

Keselowski led a 1-2 Team Penske sweep Sunday in the exhibition The Clash at Daytona International Speedway. The race marks the opening of Speedweeks and is the first chance for teams to show their offseason work.

Keselowski is one of the best restrictor-plate racers.

Although he’s a five-time winner at Talladega in Alabama, his lone victory at Daytona International Speedway was in the 2016 summer race.

Brittany Force injured in crash at NHRA Winternationals

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Brittany Force escaped serious injury in a wall-banging crash Sunday in the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.

John Force Racing said the 31-year-old Top Fuel driver, the daughter of Funny Car great John Force, sustained no major internal injuries, but does have some bruising of the lungs and will remain hospitalized overnight as a precaution.

The team said a CT scan came back negative and an MRI showed subtle findings likely from previous injuries.