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Flowers, a hat and the number of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez is shown on the pitching mound at Marlins Park on September 25, 2016 in Miami. Fernandez died in a boating accident.  (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)

Fernandez’s missing high school jersey returned

Jose Fernandez’s original high school jersey, which went missing during a candlelight vigil Wednesday night for the late Miami Marlins pitcher, was returned Thursday. >> Read more trending stories  Nearly 600 friends and fans gathered at the baseball field at Alonso High School in Tampa, Florida, for a Wednesday night ...

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Knicks’ Joakim Noah skips dinner at West Point, says he is against war

Explaining that he was not “anti-troops,” New York Knicks center Joakim Noah said he skipped a team dinner Thursday night at the U.S. Military Academy that featured cadets and a speech by a former colonel because he is against war. His decision was criticized by a West Point spokesman, who called the action ...

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 29: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals attempts to run the ball past Tony Lippett #36 of the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on September 29, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Marvin Lewis: Bengals offense needs more than Andy Dalton, A.J. Green

Heading into a mini bye after Thursday Night Football, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis spent much of his Friday morning press conference assessing the team’s offensive production after a 2-2 start.Bottom line: The Bengals can’t just rely on the A.J. Green to Andy Dalton connection, as good as it ...

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price left, talks with home plate umpire Bill Welke right, after a balk was called on pitcher Michael Lorenzen during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Reds manager Price wants to see rebuild to the end

Bryan Price has guided the Cincinnati Reds through the beginning of the rebuilding effort. Now, he’s hoping to get to the end, which also would be his reward. The Reds announced before Friday’s first game of the season’s final series and home stand that the team and Price had agreed ...

Mechanicsburg smothers West Liberty-Salem, 31-0

Is there any team in the Ohio Heritage Conference that can give powerhouse Mechanicsburg a serious challenge?After Friday night’s home game against rival West Liberty-Salem, the answer remains a resounding “no.”The Indians rolled for 405 yards of offense, 289 accounted for by senior quarterback Kaleb Romero, en route to an ...

Springfield’s Shane Ramey avoids a tackle by Xenia’s Meechi Harris as he carries the ball. Bill Lackey/Staff

Quick start sends Springfield past Xenia

If Springfield football coach Maurice Douglass was looking for some sustained offense Friday against Xenia, he didn’t get it — not that he’d have a problem with what unfolded.The Wildcats scored on their first two snaps from scrimmage on lengthy runs by Shane Ramey and added two more long-distance touchdowns ...

Greeneview dominates Catholic Central

Greeneview senior Isaiah Harding lives on the line of scrimmage. He stops the run and chases the quarterback on defense. He blocks for big runs and protects his quarterback on offense. And he has plenty of experienced help in both groups.Those big guys set a physical tone for Greeneview once ...

Springfield's Daniel Davis comes down with a leaping catch under pressure from Xenia's Jonny Shampton in the endzone for a touchdown. Bill Lackey/Staff

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Steelers' Antonio Brown to honor Arnold Palmer on his cleats

Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown will honor Arnold Palmer during Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, not with an end zone dance, but on his feet.   Brown told ESPN.com that he’s planning to wear black and gold cleats with Palmer’s image on them. http://twitter.com/AntonioBrown/status/781962960776364032 >> Read more trending ...

Bryan Price will return as Cincinnati Reds manager in 2017

The Cincinnati Reds announced Friday manager Bryan Price has signed a one-year extension and will manage the team in 2017. The rest of the coaching staff was also offered contracts for 2017. HAL MCCOY: Reds hope Price provides comfort level to help rebuild Price, 54, signed a three-year contact after ...

Springboro QB Brody Mahle (left) is met by Beavercreek defenders. Springboro defeated Beavercreek 31-28 in a GWOC crossover high school football game at Frank Zink Field on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Beavercreek vs. Springboro football

Springboro defeated host Beavercreek 31-28 in a GWOC crossover high school football game at Frank Zink Field on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2016.

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers takes the field for the 2015 NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

NFL’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix wants to teach kids ‘the law isn’t against you’

Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is going back to school at Alabama, but not just to have a piece of paper to take with him to post-football job interviews.He wants to use it to make a difference in communities where distrust between police and citizens — particularly minorities — has ...

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: Running back Spencer Ware #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes through a hole against the New York Jets at Arrowhead Stadium during the first quarter of the game on September 25, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

5 things to look for this weekend in the NFL

The Bengals are the first winners of the week (even if it wasn’t pretty), but there is lots more NFL action on tap.Here are the top things to watch around the league.1. The NFL International Series resumes Sunday morning with Colts-Jaguars from Wembley Stadium in London.That can only mean one ...

Ohio State’s Demetrius Knox talks to reporters during Media Day on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

OSU O-line reportedly takes hit with injury to Springfield native

Ohio State reportedly lost some depth this week with an injury to Springfield native Demetrius Knox.A sophomore offensive lineman, he had foot surgery that will knock him out for eight weeks according to a report by ElevenWarriors.com.Knox was not a starter, but he is a veteran former four-star recruit on ...

LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 17: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers runs with the ball during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on September 17, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

CFB Week 5: Buckeyes back in action, big matchups in ACC, Pac 12

September winds down with college football conference play cranking up.The first big game of the weekend is actually Friday night as No. 7 Stanford plays at No. 10 Washington on ESPN at 9.Can the Huskies slow down Christian McCaffrey? Yes, but only if you can name more than one Washington ...

Wittenberg takes the field before a game against Wabash on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Edwards-Maurer Field in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff

Preview: Wittenberg Tigers at Wooster Scots

Who: No. 17/18 Wittenberg (3-0, 1-0) at Wooster (1-3, 1-2)When: 2 p.m. SaturdayWhere: John P. Papp Stadium, Wooster.Online: Live feed at WoosterAthletics.comLast game: Wittenberg beat Wabash 24-17 on Sept. 24 in Springfield. Wooster lost 45-7 at Denison on Sept. 24.Series history: Wittenberg leads 37-12-1. The Tigers have won the last ...

Wittenberg Tigers seek eighth straight win over Wooster

Days after beating their biggest rival, the Wittenberg Tigers returned to reality. That reality was cold, wet and muddy — and a little bit painful. Playing the Little Giants left the team with all sorts of nicks and bruises, coach Joe Fincham said.Fall has arrived, and the Tigers are sitting ...

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 29: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals scores the game-winning run against the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth inning at Busch Stadium on September 29, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Controversial endings nothing new for Major League Baseball, Cardinals

A seemingly blown call by the umpires in the Reds’ loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night has people buzzing Friday. It is far from the first game to end in controversy. 1. Looking for precedent for the ending of the game to be replayed? The famous Pine Tar Game ...

Archdeacon: Bengals’ A.J. Green makes it look easy against Dolphins

It was the only time all night he had let something slip right through his fingers.As he stood at his locker in the postgame dressing room, a box of diapers next to some footballs on a top shelf behind him, A.J. Green quietly admitted his fumble.He said he hadn’t thought ...

Dayton huddles during practice on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at the UD’s Cronin Center. David Jablonski/Staff

Guard from Brooklyn to visit Dayton Flyers

Keith Williams, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard in the class of 2017 from Brooklyn, N.Y., will begin an unofficial visit with the Dayton Flyers today, he announced Thursday on Twitter.Williams, a senior at Bishop Loughlin High School, is a three-star recruit, according to Rivals.com. He visited the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sept. ...

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