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Chipper Jones apologizes for Sandy Hook 'hoax' tweet

Published: Sunday, February 08, 2015 @ 2:54 AM
Updated: Monday, February 09, 2015 @ 5:19 AM

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Former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has made more than 4,000 posts on his Twitter account. But there’s one he’d like to take back.

Jones apologized Saturday for a tweet that questioned the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed 26 lives – most of them children.

Jones, who retired from baseball in 2012 after a 19-year career in Atlanta, reportedly tweeted Friday: “So the FBI comes out and confirms that Sandy Hook was a hoax! Where’s the outrage? What else are we being lied to about? Waco? JFK? Pff … ”

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The tweet was deleted, but not before it was apparently captured by several Twitter users. Jones’ account has 446,000 followers.

Jones apologized Saturday in two tweets, saying he had “heard something from someone which I thought to be credible and tweeted w/out researching.” Jones also said, “It was irresponsible of me to do that and will not happen again. Please accept my heartfelt apology to those who were hurt or offended.” Click here to see the apology.

The school shooting occurred Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults before killing himself. Lanza also fatally shot his mother before going on the rampage.

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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France cruises past Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 12:54 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 4:44 PM

France Beats Croatia 4-2 to Win World Cup

France cruised to its first World Cup title in 20 years and its second soccer crown overall, dominating Croatia 4-2 in Sunday’s championship game in Moscow.

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The French, winning the Cup for the first time since 1998, scored first and then outran the Croatian squad, the smallest country to play in a World Cup final since 1950, when Uruguay defeated Brazil 2-1 in Rio de Janeiro.

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France opened the scoring in the 18th minute thanks to an own goal by Croatia. On a set piece after a free kick, Frances Antoine Griezmann kicked the ball toward the goal. The ball glanced off Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic and past goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

Croatia tied the match 10 minutes later when Ivan Perisic rocketed a left-footed shot past Hugo Lloris.

France was awarded a penalty kick when Perisic handled the ball in the box. After a video review, referee Nestor Pitana in favor of the kick.

Griezmann buried his shot past Subasic to give France a 2-1 lead, which it took into the half.

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France increased its lead to 3-1 in the second half, with Paul Pogba controlling his own rebound of a blocked shot and converting a left-footed shot in the 59th minute.

Six minutes later, Kylian Mbappe became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Brazil’s Pele did it in 1958. That gave the French a commanding 4-1 lead.

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Croatia cut the deficit to 4-2 in the 69th minute when Mandzukic sent a shot past Lloris.

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Report: Reds have expressed interest in long-term deal for Scooter Gennett 

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 4:26 PM

What to know about Scooter Gennett

Will Scooter Gennett still be a Cincinnati Red at the end of the month? 

That is a question that has been asked for much of the season, and it might have a new answer — one a lot of fans will probably like

"Just from the talks that I've had with the guys in control of all those things, I feel like they want me here. I feel like, just from what I've been told, they want me here for the long term," Gennett told MLB.com on Friday. "What I'm getting is [CEO Bob Castellini] wants me here for a while. When it comes to all of the trade stuff, it would be going against what I've been hearing.” 

Gennett, a Lebanon native, is having his second straight great season with the Reds

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This one earned him a trip to the All-Star Game

He has become both a fan favorite and a potentially valuable trade chip along the way, and Reds general manager Nick Krall was noncommittal in the same story from MLB.com

"If there is something out there that makes your club better going into the future and long haul, you have to explore every possibility. With that said, he's been one of the most productive players in the National League over the last year-and-a-half. We'd like him as part of this club. We think he's a valuable part of this club.”

On Sunday, national baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal reported the Reds have had “minimal talks” about a contract extension.

As a native of Southwest Ohio, he has called getting to wear a Reds uniform a dream come true and said he would like to be in Cincinnati for a long time

However, the general assumption has been he (and others) would likely be traded as the team continues to add assets to build for the future. 

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The team also will need to make room for top prospect Nick Senzel at some point, though not until next spring because he is out for the rest of the season after tearing a finger ligament. 

Senzel can play multiple positions, and the possibility of moving Gennett to the outfield was floated earlier this season. 

Making a long-term commitment to Gennett would certainly be a signal to fans the Reds believe they are done rebuilding after languishing in last place for most of the last four years. 

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Preseason football: Oakwood Lumberjacks

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 4:18 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 4:25 PM


            Oakwood graduated QB Brian Erbe led the SWBL in passing yards the last two seasons. NICK DUDUKOVICH / CONTRIBUTED
Oakwood graduated QB Brian Erbe led the SWBL in passing yards the last two seasons. NICK DUDUKOVICH / CONTRIBUTED

Team: Oakwood Lumberjacks

Division/Region: D-IV, Region 16; no change from last season.

Affiliation: Southwestern Buckeye League, Southwestern Division.

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Location: Mack Hummon Stadium, Oakwood (Montgomery County).

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Head coach: Butch Snider, entering his fourth season with the Lumberjacks after succeeding Rick Robertson; 12-18 combined record at Oakwood and 16-34 overall, which also includes two seasons at Cedarville.

Assistant coaches: Bob Franz, OC/WR; Ricky Ford, DC, LB; T.J. Smart, special teams/DL/RB; Tim Fielding, OL; Marc Pedro, QB; Nick Berger, DL/OL; Jamie Franz, volunteer; Nate Siebenaller, volunteer.

2017 records: 3-3 SWBL, 5-5 overall.

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2017 highlights: Benefiting from a prolific passing game, Oakwood appeared to be in contention for a playoff bid following a 3-1 start, losing only 43-41 at Carlisle in a Week 3 shootout. But the defense couldn’t match that scoring punch, allowing 41 or more points in five games.

Graduated QB Brian Erbe wasn’t the same after Oakwood switched to a pass-first offense in Week 5 of the 2016 season. Over the next 16 games Erbe threw for 4,747 yards (296 per game) and 46 TDs. As a senior he passed for 2,931 yards and 28 TDs, surpassing SWBL runner-up Anthony Carmichael by nearly 1,200 passing yards.

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In Week 5 Erbe torched Madison for 490 yards and four TDs. He topped that with a career-high 511 yards and five TDs the next week against Brookville. Oakwood lost both games, allowing a combined 111 points. Erbe will play baseball at Ohio Wesleyan.

Erbe’s go-to targets were Dylan Caplette (66 catches, 728 yards, 2 TDs) and Brendan Talarczyk (42-887, 10 TDs), both of whom also graduated. Caplette will play football at Ohio Wesleyan and Talarczyk at Brown.

Oakwood has posted a 5-5 record in four of the last five seasons.

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Key returners:

Josh Amongero, 5-9, 175, sr., RB.

Charlie Burke, 5-10, 180, sr., OL/DL; 4-year starter.

Mauricio Herringer, 5-6, 150, sr., RB/DB; second team All-SWBL, 4-year starter.

Tommy Lunne, 6-2, 170, sr., QB.

Jake Sargent, 5-10, 155, sr., WR/DB.

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About the Lumberjacks: Four of the first five games are home, which should be a benefit. The flip side is four of the five second-half games are on the road.

This will be the sixth season Oakwood will open against Cincinnati Mariemont. The Lumberjacks dropped a 30-29 thriller in 2016 and landed a 42-41 payback win last season.

Oakwood is at Brookville in a Week 6, Sept. 27 Thursday Night Lights matchup (ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum), Ch. 44 (Dish), mytvdayton.com).

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There is one schedule change from last season. Northridge (0-10) has bumped Middletown Madison (11-3) and will host Oakwood in Week 7.

“We are a very young team. Of the 40-plus players we have on the roster, only 14 returning lettermen. Several new players are out of the team this season.” – Snider.

Fun facts: Don’t look for the Lumberjacks football program to ever call the newly constructed Lane Stadium at nearby Old River Park home. The facility opened in spring of 2017 and was privately funded by $2.5 million. It accommodates Oakwood soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and track and field only.

That means the Oakwood home-game tradition of students and residents strolling to cozy Mack Hummon Stadium in droves on Schantz Avenue continues, as does the hunt for street parking by opposing spectators.

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• According to DDN archives, Mack Hummon Stadium was constructed in the mid-1930s as a Works Progress Administration project as part of the New Deal, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s initiative to end the Great Depression and put millions of unemployed men to work. Among the area’s oldest stadiums still in use for high school varsity football, the facility was renamed in honor of the Oakwood grad.

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Nicknamed “Mousie,” Hummon was the first University of Wittenberg athlete to letter in four sports in one year. He played professionally for the Dayton Triangles football team and played pro basketball and baseball, according to his Tigers bio. He was an Oakwood administrator from 1925-65, coaching football, basketball and tennis.

The Triangles played what is considered to be the first NFL game at Triangle Park in Dayton in 1920. Hummon’s Triangles helmet and jersey are on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

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Schedule: All at 7 p.m.

Week 1: Fri., Aug. 24 CIN. MARIEMONT

Week 2: Fri., Aug. 31 at Milton-Union

Week 3: Fri., Sept. 7 CARLISLE

Week 4: Fri., Sept. 14 VALLEY VIEW

Week 5: Fri., Sept. 21 EATON

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Week 6: Thu., Sept. 27 at Brookville, ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum), Ch. 44 (Dish), mytvdayton.com

Week 7: Fri., Oct. 5 at Northridge

Week 8: Fri., Oct. 12 MONROE

Week 9: Fri., Oct. 19 at Bellbrook

Week 10: Fri., Oct. 26 at Franklin

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Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon men’s final

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 11:30 AM
Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 11:53 AM

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns a forehand to South Africa's Kevin Anderson in their men's singles final match at Wimbledon .
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns a forehand to South Africa's Kevin Anderson in their men's singles final match at Wimbledon .(OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic, showing few effects from his marathon semifinal victory 24 hours earlier, won his fourth Wimbledon men’s singles title Sunday, defeating Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) at The All-England  Lawn Tennis Club.

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It was also the 13th career Grand Slam victory for Djokovic, 31, and the first for the Serb since the 2016 French Open. Anderson, the eighth seed, lost his second Grand Slam final. He lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2017 U.S. Open title match.

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Djokovic was coming off a grueling semifinal against Nadal, winning 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(9), 3-6, 10-8 in a 5-hour, 15-minute duel. It was the second-longest semifinal in Wimbledon history that began Friday and had to be resumed Saturday because of curfew rules.

The longest semifinal match was held Friday, when Anderson, 31, topped John Isner in a 7-hour, 36-minute five-set marathon.

Temperatures on Centre Court broke 100 degrees as the two finalists began play.

Celebrities in the stands included Hugh Grant, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Djokovic, the 12th seed, defeated Anderson in 2 hours, 15 minutes and took the first set in 29 minutes.  He improved to 6-1 against Anderson and defeated the South African for the third time at Wimbledon.

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