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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.

Women’s hoops names 2018 HOF class

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and Chamique Holdsclaw headline the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame class for 2018 announced Monday.

The three former WNBA stars were eligible for the first time.

Joining them in the seven-member class are former Colorado coach Ceal Barry, longtime assistants Chris Dailey and Mickie DeMoss and longtime New Jersey high school and college coach Rose Marie Battaglia. Dailey and DeMoss are the first two assistant coaches to get into the Hall.

The group will be enshrined on June 9 at the Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Smith was a three-time Olympic gold medalist, former Ohio State star, and led the Detroit Shock to two WNBA championships in 2006 and 2008. She Is fifth on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list.

Thompson won four consecutive championships with the Houston Comets after getting drafted first in the inaugural 1997 WNBA draft. She was the league’s No. 1 all-time scorer until being passed by Diana Taurasi last year.

“I am extremely honored to be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. It is a true privilege to have my name reside in the home where so many of the greats of our game are housed,” said Thompson, who played at Southern California. “As a young girl, little did I know how good old-fashioned hard work and passion would affect my life in such a grand way. Fabulous indeed.”

Holdsclaw was the all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Tennessee and led the Lady Vols to three straight NCAA championships from 1996-98.

Greg Oden ready to attempt comeback

NEW YORK (AP) — Former No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden will attempt a comeback this summer in the Big3.

The 3-on-3 league says Monday that Oden will be part of this year’s draft pool and take part in the draft combine.

Oden was picked first in 2007 by Portland, which selected him over Kevin Durant. But the 7-footer battled injuries throughout his career and played in just 105 games, averaging 8.0 points. His last NBA season was in 2013-14 with Miami.

The league of former NBA players co-founded by entertainer Ice Cube completed its first season last year. The players who were not on the championship team or are captains or co-captains of teams in the eight-team league will be part of the draft pool.