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RUSH Sprint Cars to appear at Speedway

HARTFORD

The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply “410” Sprint Cars will be the featured attraction on Saturday at Sharon Speedway.

The first appearance by the RUSH Sprint Cars also is scheduled. The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will round out the out the program on Diamond Steel Night. Race time is 7 p.m.

Pits are open throughout the day with pit passes going on sale at 4 p.m., while the main grandstands open at 5. Pill cutoff is 6:20 p.m. and racing at 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and older is $13. Seniors 62 and older cost $10. Patio seating upgrades cost $5 and fan suite seating upgrades cost $20 over the cost of general admission. In order to reserve either of these ahead of time, call the office today until 2 p.m. at 330-772-5481.

Correction

A Sunday story about the Champion softball team defeating Independence 13-3 incorrectly said Golden Flashes catcher Gabby Hollenbaugh overthrew pitcher Allison Smith, allowing a run to score. Smith was the player who threw the ball past second base.

Steelers ditch ‘bumble bee’ throwbacks

PITTSBURGH

The Pittsburgh Steelers are ditching their “bumble bee” throwback uniforms for something with a more 1970s feel.

The team announced Wednesday it will wear replica jerseys of the 1978 and 1979 clubs that won back-to-back Super Bowls when the Steelers host the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 28. The franchise will spend the next two seasons honoring the 40th anniversary of the teams.

The move means the Steelers are ending the use of their 1933 throwbacks that featured black-and-gold horizontal stripes that made the team resemble a pack of bees.

Dead G League player’s mother files lawsuit

DETROIT

The mother of a G League basketball player who died in March after collapsing on the court during a game has filed a lawsuit accusing the NBA and the Detroit Pistons of negligence.

Zeke Upshaw played for the Grand Rapids Drive, a G League affiliate of the Pistons. He collapsed during a game at Grand Rapids on March 24 and died two days later .

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The NBA and Pistons are named as defendants, along with SSJ Group and The DeltaPlex Arena.

The lawsuit alleges that medical personnel at the game failed to attempt lifesaving measures in a timely fashion.

76ers president linked to critical tweets

PHILADELPHIA

The Philadelphia 76ers are investigating whether team president Bryan Colangelo used Twitter accounts to anonymously trash some of his own players and fellow executives and to defend himself against criticism from fans and the sports media.

The five accounts took aim at Philadelphia players Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, other NBA executives and former Sixers players Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel, according to a report by The Ringer website.

Colangelo acknowledged using one of the accounts to monitor the NBA industry and other current events, but said he wasn’t familiar with the other four.

Embiid, the 24-year-old All-Star center, tweeted that he didn’t believe the report.

The Ringer said it has been monitoring the accounts since February, when it received an anonymous tip about the accounts. The site said it does not know the source of the tip, but archived and monitored the tweets themselves and found connections between the accounts.

The Ringer said it asked the Sixers about just two of the five accounts to see if anything would change with the other three after its query, and the same day the other three accounts were made private.

Staff/wire report

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