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Former Olympian helps inspire local gymnasts

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BEAVERCREEK — Courtney Kupets is an Olympic medalist. But she isn’t perfect.That was just part of the message Kupets, a bronze medalist in the individual uneven bars competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, had hoped to pass along to nearly 50 inspiring young gymnasts Tuesday at the Gymquest Sports Academy.

 

Brown to battle Lawler on Saturday

When he steps into the octagon for Saturday’s Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight bout against the division’s top contender, Robbie Lawler, Matt Brown will likely be a bit more animated. But during Wednesday’s phone interview, the Jamestown native seemed very subdued and serious.Brown vs. Lawler will be the main event for “UFC on Fox 12,” which will be broadcast starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.“I have no expectations for the fight....

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Dayton Dragons on TV today through SaturdayDAYTON — Dayton Dragons games today, Friday and Saturday will be televised from Fifth Third Field on WHIO Digital Channel 7.2 (channel 23 and digital channel 372 on most Time Warner Cable systems in the Miami Valley). The Dragons battle the Quad Cities River Bandits at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels at 7 p.m. on Saturday.Guest commentators for the three nights include Mi...

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Reynolds homers twice, Brewers top Reds 5-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mark Reynolds homered twice and the Milwaukee Brewers swept the three-game series from the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-1 win on Wednesday.Kyle Lohse pitched 6 2-3 innings to hand the Reds their sixth straight loss since the All-Star break.Lohse (11-4) walked two, struck out three and allowed four hits, the last to pinch-hitter Donald Lutz who doubled. Reliever Zach Duke retired Billy Hamilton on a chopper back to the mound to end the seventh....

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Marauders receive donation from Alabama churchWILBERFORCE — Troy L. Garner, pastor at Fellowship of Faith Church in Huntsville, Ala. has donated $10,000 to the Central State University football program.“We love and believe in Coach Pearl, and we want to sow into coach Pearl and the Central State University football program, because we want him to be successful. There is an old biblical principle that says, ‘You can’t beat God̵...

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Sprint wins encourage Stewart

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart heads into the busiest week of his year riding high from a win in his return to sprint car racing.Stewart raced in a sprint car last weekend for the first time since he broke his leg in an extracurricular race last August. He missed the final 15 weeks of the NASCAR season with the injury.He vowed he would continue to live his life, and made good on that promise in Michigan, where on Friday night he climbed into a car at Tri-City ...

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Bengals expect CB Hall, DT Atkins back during camp

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals expect cornerback Leon Hall to be ready for the start of training camp and defensive tackle Geno Atkins to join them for full workouts sometime later, bringing one of the NFL’s top defenses closer to full strength.Hall and Atkins are two of Cincinnati’s biggest questions heading into camp. Both are starters who mean a lot to a defense that ranked third in the NFL last season.They’re among 13 players who haven’t ...

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Cavs to sign Andrew Wiggins to contract

CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It’s still not clear if he’ll play for them.A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1 overall pick to his deal, an agreement that would prevent any potential trade involving the small forward from being completed for 30 days.Wiggins has been linked to a possible trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. The person familiar with t...

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Tour leader Nibali: A ‘flag-bearer’ against doping

By Jamey KeatenAssociated PressCARCASSONNE, France (AP) — Barring a disaster for him on French roads from now until Sunday, the man who looks set to win the Tour de France says he understands that cycling is still paying for its longtime doping plague.Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali knows that more than many. Both of cycling’s other “Grand Tours” that he has already won were marred by doping cases. Last year’s Giro d’Italia wa...

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McIlroy earns Nicklaus’s praise

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy clutched the treasured piece of silverware, his reward for winning golf’s oldest major championship.Now he’s got his eyes on a new jacket. Something in green, preferably.With a grind-it-out performance on the final day of the British Open, McIlroy checked off another requirement for joining perhaps the most exclusive club in the game.U.S. Open? He’s won that. PGA Championship? Yep, got one of those t...

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Pacers face uphill battle after signing Stuckey

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Last week, the Indiana Pacers lost Lance Stephenson.On Monday, they replaced one of the NBA’s best young players with shooting guard Rodney Stuckey.It’s a swap that will make it a challenge for Indiana to win a third straight title in a division that might be the toughest in basketball.“We just have to come out and play hard and play with each other,” Stuckey said of the vastly improved Central Division. “...

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Alliance may smooth NASCAR bumps

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There is no clearer example of the disconnect between NASCAR and its teams then the fight earlier this year over the procedures to cool cars down during qualifying.NASCAR refused to allow the use of cooling boxes, so teams had jerry-rigged a system that created a dangerous on-track situation for the drivers.NASCAR summoned the crew chiefs from every Sprint Cup organization to hash out a solution. The teams were almost unanimously in favor of ...

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