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Second Thoughts: Fairmont has great arena, but can it win?

The news coming out of Washington never ceases to amaze. The Benghazi scandal. The IRS scandal. Bryce Harper trying to run through an outfield wall. Not to be outdone, the Redskins plan to sign Tim Tebow to play quarterback and move RG3 to cornerback. And for the coup de grace, they’ll change their nickname to the Lobbyists.

The old guard is stepping aside (or being pushed aside) in area high school basketball gyms. High-profile schools Fairmont, Springboro, Northmont and Alter will have new boys basketball coaches next season. They will work long hours, put up with meddling parents and make little money. God bless them all.

Of those four schools, only Fairmont has struggled in recent years. The Firebirds went 7-17 last season, averaging 44 points per game. With great facilities (Trent Arena) and a huge student body, it’s only a matter of time before the Firebirds start contending in the GWOC. Right?

The Reds might not catch the Cardinals, but Cincinnati looks like a playoff team. I enjoy watching baseball players do little things to win, such as Zack Cozart’s sacrifice bunt in the 10th inning Thursday in Miami. Cozart moved the runners to second and third. Brandon Phillips followed with a sacrfice fly and Jay Bruce doubled.

Derrick Rose is only 24, so I’m willing to give him a pass on whatever got stuck between his ears after he was cleared to play a few months ago. But just to make sure he’s ready when the Bulls convene for training camp next season, I say they ship him to Pamplona in July and allow the real bulls to test that knee.

David Beckham announced his retirement from soccer last week. The news evoked a collective yawn in the colonies, further evidence that Americans care more about the brand of soccer their kids play than the kind that has mesmerized Europe since the days of William Wallace.

Ohio’s racing commission is kidding itself if it thinks thousands will show up at Dayton’s racino to watch harness racing. I covered harness racing at a county fair in Indiana many years ago. The best part of that day was when one of the drivers offered me some beer and fried chicken during our interview.

Maurice Clarett is giving rugby a try. The former Ohio State football star hopes to represent the U.S. in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Maurice Clarett in Brazil. What could go wrong?

Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 basketball recruit in North America, picked Kansas last week. Wiggins snubbed an already loaded Kentucky program, so I like him already.

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