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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 01: Owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan, watches on during their game against the Atlanta Hawks at Time Warner Cable Arena on November 1, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

'I can no longer stay silent': Michael Jordan pledges $2M to foster community, police relations

Michael Jordan announced he will donate $2 million to two organizations that strive to improve community and police relations, according to ESPN's sports and culture website The Undefeated. Jordan released a letter to the sports news site saying that he would donate $1 million to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for ...

Nebraska football players attend a vigil for Nebraska punter Sam Foltz, Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Lincoln, Neb. Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler died in a car crash in Wisconsin after working at a kicking clinic, a sheriff's department official said Sunday. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was injured in the crash. (Francis Gardler/The Journal-Star via AP)

Nebraska punter and former Michigan State punter killed in crash

Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler died in a car crash in Wisconsin after working at a kicking clinic, a sheriff's department official said Sunday. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was also injured in the crash. Waukesha County Sheriff's Lt. Thom Moerman said speed was likely ...

Troy Wagner

Athlete of the Week: Troy Wagner, Lakota West High School

Name: Troy WagnerSchool: Lakota West High SchoolSport: BaseballClass: SeniorAge: 17Toughest opponent/why? PoundTown BaseballFavorite book: The Harry Potter seriesFavorite movie: Harry Potter And the Deathly Hallows Part IIFavorite TV show: The Walking DeadFavorite musical artist: Zac Brown BandFavorite pro athlete/why? Mike Trout because he seems to always be having fun.Favorite smell: ...

Abbey Mullins

Athlete of the Week: Abbey Mullins, Mason High School

Name: Abbey MullinsSchool: Mason High SchoolSport: SoftballClass: 2018Age: 16Toughest opponent: Lebanon because they are a well-rounded and competitive program.Favorite book: Fault in Our StarsFavorite movie: SistersFavorite TV show: Grey’s AnatomyFavorite musical artist: Chris StapletonFavorite pro athlete: Joey Votto because he is a hard workerFavorite smell: Laundry detergentFavorite home-cooked meal: Burger ...

Tyler Mitchell

Kings point guard Mitchell enjoying recruiting attention

Kings High School incoming senior Tyler Mitchell has enjoyed his summer — partly because a vast majority of the summer has been spent with a basketball in his hands.But mostly it’s because what he can do with a basketball has drawn an increased number of college coaches to his court ...

Tryouts, practices approaching for fall sports

This weekend kicks off a busy march to the start of the fall sports season at Mason High School.The annual Mason Pre-Season Soccer Classic begins July 15 at Heritage Oak Park with the boys tournament.The girls tournament takes to the fields July 22-24 before the Mason campus will host the ...

Former NFL coach Dennis Green dies at 67

Former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green has died. He was 67.  ESPN first reported the news Friday morning. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. >> Read more trending stories  Green coached over 13 seasons in the NFL and made 8 playoff appearances. With Green as coach, the ...

Topgolf’s first Ohio location opens July 29 in Butler County’s West Chester Twp. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Topgolf’s reach extends beyond Butler County

Topgolf’s first Ohio location swings into action next week and its clientele of golfers and non-golfers are expected to create a more than $260 million economic impact over the next 10 years in Butler County. ———MORE: 11 things you need to see at West Chester’s new sleek golf facilityPHOTOS: Take ...

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet (left), celebrates with Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, in victory lane after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 23, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announces break from racing, Jeff Gordon steps in

It’s official. After much talk and concern over concussion symptoms displayed by NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr., it's been announced that his break from driving may end up being out for longer than anyone first thought. >> Read more trending stories The symptoms kept Earnhardt from racing in New Hampshire on July ...

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NBA pulls 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte

The NBA decided to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte with the hope of rescheduling for 2019, due to the controversial HB2 law. Officially known as The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, the state law which went into effect earlier this year restricts public restroom use to the sex ...

Video of Carolina Panthers MVP quarterback Cam Newton playing beach volleyball and getting blocked at the net by a female player has gone viral on Instagram. (Photo: Screengrab via Brandon Serfass/Instagram)

Cam Newton gets stuffed at net playing beach volleyball

Video of Carolina Panthers MVP quarterback playing beach volleyball and getting blocked at the net by a female player has gone viral on Instagram. The video was posted by Instagram user Brandon Serfass and has been viewed nearly 40,000 times in two days. >> Read more trending stories The video shows Newton ...

Topgolf opens July 29 to the public. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Take a look inside Topgolf before it opens

Guests were teeing off Wednesday night at Topgolf’s new three-level location during a sneak peek before the Butler County attraction opens July 29. The 64,232-square-foot facility in the Streets of West Chester features 102 climate-controlled hitting bays that are able to host up to six players at one time. That ...

Ken Griffey Jr. and Marlins catcher Matt Treanor watch Griffey’s 600th career home run against Mark Henderson in the 1st inning. Photo by JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Our 5 favorite comments from Ken Griffey Jr.’s amateur scouting report

So, how can you spot a future Hall of Famer among teenage baseball players in Cincinnati? Anyone who figures out how to answer that question accurately ahead of time could become awfully rich, so we’ll have to settle for hindsight. That brings us to an interesting item tweeted by the ...

NBA legend Nate Thurmond dies at 74

Nate Thurmond, the Golden State Warriors center who was voted one of the 50 best players in NBA history had died at the age of 75. According to the NBA, Thurmond died after a short battle with leukemia. >> Read more trending stories  Known as "Big Nate," Thurmond was a seven-time ...

NBA legend Nate Thurmond dies at 74

Nate Thurmond, the Golden State Warriors center who was voted one of the 50 best players in NBA history had died at the age of 75. According to the NBA, Thurmond died after a short battle with leukemia. http://twitter.com/warriors/status/754366236792721408 http://twitter.com/warriors/status/754369489639120896 >> Read more trending stories  Known as "Big Nate," Thurmond ...

Kaleb Lepper

Athlete of the Week: Kaleb Lepper, Lakota East

Name: Kaleb LepperSchool: Lakota EastSport: BaseballClass: 2016Age: 18Claim to fame: Making an impact on the varsity as a sophomoreBet you didn’t know: I have six pet catsToughest opponent/why? Mason because they always field a fundamentally solid and talented teamFavorite book: Harry Potter seriesFavorite movie: Saving Private RyanFavorite TV show: Impractical ...

Jessie Hartman

Athlete of the Week: Jessie Hartman, Lebanon

Name: Jessie HartmanSchool: LebanonSport: Track and cross-countryClass: 2017Age: 17Claim to fame: I run fast sometimesBet you didn’t know: I actually enjoy runningToughest opponent/why? Myself because you set your own limitationsFavorite book: The Hunger GamesFavorite movie: GreaseFavorite TV show: The OfficeFavorite musical artist/song? Cigarette Daydreams/Cage the ElephantFavorite smell: Fresh air in ...

Angela Bizzarri, second from right, is accompanied by her current coach, Danny Mackey (red coat), and her Mason High School coach Tony Affatato (right) and his family in Eugene, Oregon for the Olympic track trials. CONTRIBUTED

Mason grad Bizzarri relishes Olympic Trials experience

Angela Bizzarri admits when she was walking the halls at Mason High School, the Olympics were not something she thought of.Sure, she watched on TV every four years, but the thought of someday being at the trials in Eugene, Oregon was not in the plans.“I was focused on state and ...

Mason head football coach Brian Castner.

Mason coach encouraged by ‘great summer’

Mason High School football coach Brian Castner doesn’t like to dwell on the past or look forward to what lies down the road.The mission each day is simple. Win it.“We go in every day trying to get every player to believe they can get better that day,” Castner said. “If ...

Katy Perry has been chosen for this year's Olympics anthem. She released "Rise" Thursday night.

Katy Perry releases Olympics single

Katy Perry has gone from "Roar" to "Rise." The songstress surprised fans Thursday night with her latest single "Rise" "This is a song that's been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface," Perry said in a release. "I was inspired to finish it now, rather ...

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