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Reds fire Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins

The Cincinnati Reds, who are off to their worst start through 18 games since 1931, fired manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins on Thursday.

“At this time, we felt a change needed to happen in order to begin the process of getting this team back on the right track,” said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dick Williams in a statement. “We realize it is early in the season but feel it is important to be proactive. In addition to these staff changes, we will continue to examine all aspects of Baseball Operations to ensure we are doing everything we can to improve."

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Bench coach Jim Riggleman will serve as interim manager. He has managed 12 seasons in the big leagues with the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals. His career record is 662-824.

Pat Kelly was promoted from Triple-A Louisville to serve as interim bench coach. Double-A Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin will be the Reds’ pitching coach.

The Reds announced they “will conduct a thorough managerial search for a permanent replacement.”

The Reds fell to 3-15 on Wednesday with a loss in Milwaukee. They are off today and start a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday. They have the worst record in baseball. This is their worst record through 18 games since they were 2-16 in 1931.

This was Price’s fifth season as Reds manager. His final record was 279-387. The Reds never had a winning record in his tenure, finishing 76-86 in his first season and then 64-98 in 2015, 68-94 in 2016 and 68-94 in 2017.

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Price, 55, replaced Dusty Baker after the Reds won the wild card in 2013. Price served as Reds pitching coach from 2010-13.

On Sunday at Great American Ball Park after the team fell to 2-12 with a loss to the Cardinals the previous day, Price expressed confidence the Reds would turn the season around.

“It’s not fun,” Price said. “It’s not comfortable. It always turns; it will turn. When you’re in it, you feel, ‘When is it going to turn?’ You get impatient. We’re all impatient and frustrated, but inevitably, it will turn.”

Last September, Price talked about his job prospects, knowing the Reds would have to improve if he wanted to remain manager.

“You should get what you earned,” he said. “Since I’ve been the manager here we haven’t been real competitive. That shouldn’t put me on sound footing as the manager. What should is that from 2017 to 2018 we make significant improvements or they’re going to have to look at the direction of the club. One thing we do is we play hard. I don’t feel like I’m getting questioned a ton about managerial decisions, bullpen usage, lineup issues, etc. The last thing I’m going to worry about is the contract, because All-Star break 2015, the baseball community had me out of here – but I’m still here, and that’s really a credit to our ownership and front office to understand what we’re doing and what’s ahead of us. You get what you earn here. Until we show signs of great improvement, I’m in exactly the position I should be in.”

Legendary Pittsburgh wrestler, Bruno Sammartino has died

Legendary wrestler, Bruno Sammartino has died. He was 82.

Sammartino grew up in Italy, but moved to Pittsburgh in 1950. He held the WWE Championship title for nearly eight straight years, which remains a record to this day.

Sammartino went on to perform many feats in the ring.

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He held the WWF Title for 12 years, the longest anyone held the title. He survived a broken neck and went back to the ring to fight again. He sold out Madison Square Garden 187 times.

He left wrestling in the 1980’s.

After wrestling he stayed in Pittsburgh where he was most loved.

30,000 runners start wet, windy Boston Marathon

About 30,000 runners braved freezing and torrential rain and wind on the race between Hopkinton to Copley Square for the 2018 Boston Marathon.

Yuki Kawauchi from Japan won the men's Boston Marathon with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 58 seconds.

He’s the first Japanese man to win the Boston Marathon since 1987, according to The Associated Press, beating 

Geoffrey Kirui, of Kenya, to win his first Abbott World Marathon major title.

Desiree Linden is the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985, the AP reported.

Linden is a two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up. She ran the slowest time for a woman’s winner since 1978 with a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds, the AP reported.

Tatyana McFadden won the women's wheelchair race and her fifth Boston Marathon, while Marcel Hug took home his fourth consecutive Boston Marathon win in the male wheelchair division.

The cold weather was a big problem for some runners at the marathon. The marathon’s medical director told Boston 25 news that hundreds of people suffered from hypothermia and cold-weather related issues.

Weather can be a challenge for runners of the Boston Marathon, according to the AP:

  • Monday had temperatures in the 30s with rain and wind.
  • In 2007, the area had a nor’easter leading up to the race.
  • Five marathons were run in snow; latest in 1967.
  • In 1976 temperatures were so hot that the race was nicknamed “Run for the Hoses.” Runner’s World reported that temperatures hit mid-90s.
  • In 2012, temperatures hit 89 degrees.
  • In 1905, temperatures topped 100 degrees.
  • In 1939, racers ran in the dark at the start of the marathon thanks to a storm and partial solar eclipse.
  • In 2002, the mist was so thick that helicopters covering the race were grounded.
  • In 2010, flights for runners heading to Boston were grounded because of a volcano in Iceland that was spewing ash into the sky that stopped air traffic in Europe grounded for weeks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Boxer wearing border-wall shorts crumbles against Mexican opponent

An American boxer wearing boxing trunks that depicted a border wall was beaten by his Mexican opponent Thursday night.

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Rod Salka faced Francisco Vargas in Indio, California, KABC reported.

Salka's shorts had a brick-wall pattern in American flag colors, with the slogan “America 1st” emblazoned his waistband.

That didn’t matter to Vargas, who defeated Salka by TKO, sending Salka and the wall crumbling to the mat in the sixth round.

Salka, 35, fell to 24-5 as his five-bout winning streak was stopped. Vargas improved to 24-1-2.

KC Royals sign player with autism to minor-league contract

The Kansas City Royals signed a player with autism to a minor-league baseball contract Friday, WDAF reported.

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Tarik El-Abour, 25, an outfielder from San Marino, California, was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 and did not speak until he was 6. He is believed to be the first player with autism to sign with a major-league baseball organization, the Kansas City Star reported.

“Baseball and autism are very similar in terms of discipline and repetitiveness,” former Royals player and team special adviser Reggie Sanders told WDAF. “It kind of goes hand-in-hand. It’s a beautiful thing when it can marry together.”

Sanders’ 40-year-old brother, Demetrius, was diagnosed with autism at age 3, the Star reported. Sanders decided to launch a foundation to spread awareness about the condition.

“We’re doing something that provides an opportunity for people to see what it looks like for inclusion, number one, and creates that awareness — but also in sustainability,” Sanders, who ended his 17-year major-league career in 2007 after two seasons with the Royals, told the Star. “For me, that’s really what tugs my heart.”

El-Abour played baseball at Pasadena City College in California and transferred to Concordia University after his sophomore year. After being cut by Concordia, El-Abour played at Pacifica College and Bristol University.

In 2016, El-Abour played in the independent Empire League and won rookie-of-the-year honors after hitting .323, the Star reported. Last year, El-Abour batted .240 in league play.

El-Abour will play in rookie-league games at the Royals’ extended spring training facility in Surprise, Arizona, WDAF reported.

Golfer's tee shot hits bird in mid-air at PGA Tour event

This is not what Kelly Kraft had in mind when he wanted to shoot birdie.

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Playing at the RBC Heritage PGA Tour event at Harbour Town Golf Links on Friday, Kraft’s tee shot at the par-3 14th hole glanced off a “giant, black bird” and fell into the water in front of the green.

The bird flew away, and so did Kraft’s chances of playing this weekend.

“It cost me the cut, most likely,” Kraft told “There was a helping wind, and I hit a 7-iron, caught it perfect. It was probably 30 yards off the tee box and this giant, black bird swooped in front of it and hit it and the ball fell 20 yards short in the water. It would’ve been in the middle of the green. It might have been close. I got screwed.”

Hitting a bird on the golf course is a rarity, and Kraft called for a ruling from a Tour official. 

“Robert Garrigus (Kraft’s playing partner) came running up to me first,” said Mark Dusbabek, one of the Tour officials on site. “He said, ‘His ball hit a bird in flight! That’s a cancel-and-replay, right?’”

Wrong. The cancel-and-replay rule only applies when a ball hits a man-made object, like a power line, ESPN reported.

“The big difference is a bird is a God-made object,” Dillard Pruitt, another rules official, told “Whereas a telephone wire is man-made. It’s just a stroke of bad luck. It doesn’t happen very often, but today is Friday the 13th. Freaky Friday.” 

Kraft was forced to take a double-bogey on the hole. He recovered slightly with birdies at No. 17 and No. 1, but bogeyed the seventh hole to finish at 1-over par 71. His two-round total of 143 meant Kraft missed the cut by one shot.

“It’s kind of a dumb rule that you can’t re-tee there,” Kraft said. “If you hit a power line, you can re-tee, and if a bird moves your ball while it’s resting you can replace it. But there’s nothing you can do about this.“This has got to be more unusual than a hole-in-one. Two moving objects colliding? I mean you hit balls all day long on the range and you don’t hit another ball in the air.”

Kids skip school for Cubs home opener, run into school-missing principal at ballpark

Two boys from Illinois did what almost any diehard Cubs fan would do: They skipped school to get to the home opener this week.

Tucker and Gunner Speckman tempted fate with a sign that caught a lot of attention, WQAD reported. It said “Skipping school. S-h-h-h, don’t tell Principal Versluis.” The sign was intended to get them on television. It did its job and got the attention of the MLB, which posted it to its Twitter account.

But Tucker and Gunner weren’t alone at the game Tuesday . Little did they know Principal Patrick Versluis, the same principal on the sign, also skipped school. He actually called off sick so he could take his son to the first home game of the season.

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As much as the boys probably didn’t want to see the administrator, he didn’t want to see his students either.

“I saw him and I was kind of ducking down,” Versluis told the Chicago Sun Times. “I didn’t want him to see me either. I’m here with my son, Aiden, who’s in the fifth grade and I called out sick for the day.”

Versluis is part of a group of guys who share season tickets. This year he was the lucky one to get the opening day game. He said that while school and learning are important, so are some experiences that you can’t pass up.

“Attendance is important. But, we also learn from these experiences in life. Who’s giving up opening day? Come on,” Versluis told WQAD.

The boys are apparently good students, too. WQAD said they were given the tickets by their parents for straight A’s.

Tucker and Gunner did meet up with Versluis and snapped a photo of the trio of skippers.

The Cubs fell to the Pirates 8-5.


4 awesome adult sport leagues in Dayton to join this spring and summer

Looking to channel your inner gym class hero? Running around yelling excitedly until you get smacked in the head with a dodgeball? Because you should. 

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Luckily for those of you who didn’t find an excuse to dip out of P.E., adult sports leagues are very much a thing and there’s no better time to join than spring. It’s 2018, Dayton — get your game face on!

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Here are some of the places to find the right team for you in Dayton. But don’t wait -- some of these leagues have deadlines that are approaching FAST. Sign up now, before it’s too late. 

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Dayton Sportical

This social club in Dayton teams up with local bars and sets up sports leagues, tournaments and events for adults who want to channel their inner 4th grader. Kickball is one of Sportical’s most popular games, and they’re just beginning their first sessions of the season. Other sports include skeeball, wiffleball, cornhole and volleyball. Visit their website for all the current leagues available. 


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Gem City Social Sports

If there were to be any perks of growing up, the fact that mud volleyball definitely wasn’t a thing in gym class is one of them. Gem City Social Sports has a mud volleyball tournament in July, but April is when you’ll need to sign up.

There are also great opportunities to get involved with the kickball scene, even if you’re a little more “seasoned.” The “Legends 50+” kickball league begins May 15, so you’ll need to sign up before May 8. Many other leagues will be available as the season goes on, so visit their website for any additional upcoming leagues.


City of Dayton Recreation

You might’ve thought your local rec department stopped caring about you after your last T-ball championship tournament when you were eight years old. Not the case. The City of Dayton Recreation and Youth Services actually has some great options for adult sports. Classics like volleyball and softball are available, as well as sports like “spikeball” that will take you right back to your favorite gym class memories. See all their leagues available on their website.


Setters Sports Volleyball Dayton

Setters is thee spot for all things Dayton adult volleyball. They’re all about the late summer nights under bright lights while getting sand where sand doesn’t belong. With a lengthy spring and summer schedule, there’s definitely a way to make a league fit into your schedule. 


Father running in Boston Marathon to support center that treated daughter

Thousands of people will be running the Boston Marathon on Monday, all with their own reasons. But for one girl from Scituate, Massachusetts, and her father, the motivation is giving back.

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Maeve Kendall was 9 years old when she was diagnosed with a form of leukemia called acute lymphoblastic leukemia antigen, or ALLA.

“At first I was just worried about it. I was like, am I going to die?” said Maeve, now 12.

While ALLA is highly treatable, it was a long road for Maeve and her family with years of treatment.

“Injections in her spine to make sure the cancer doesn't go to her brain; a kid that age shouldn't have to go through that stuff,” said her father, Mike Kendall.

The family got through those difficult days with love, hope and the support of the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

“I love doing everything they have there, they have crafts. It just makes the experience more easier,” Maeve said.

She’s now cancer-free, but Maeve’s bones are still weak from the treatment. Her dad is her strength.

“He's kind of like my legs, because I can't run. So that's what's cool about it,” she said.

Now her father’s legs are going to carry him 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston to raise money for Dana-Farber.

He his running “to make sure that the next kid or the next man or woman who comes along has a better chance and a better quality of life as their going through treatment,” Kendall said.

Seeing Maeve at the finish line will make it all worthwhile.

“I think about that moment a lot when I'm out there running. That's exactly what I'm doing it for to have that fulfillment at the end,” Kendall said.

The Kendalls are hoping to raise $15,000 for Dana-Farber. To learn more about Mike’s run and donate, visit the Run Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge website.

Florida youth football coach punched 3 kids, police say

A Florida youth football coach has been arrested and faces child abuse charges for allegedly punching three kids during a fight on the field, New Smyrna Beach Police said.

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Larry Shawn Cruce, 33, of Orange Park, was arrested Saturday.

Police were called to the New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex at 1800 Turnbull Bay.

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Witnesses told police that after the last play of the game several kids got into an argument that turned into a fight on the field. Team players with the Middleburg Broncos, near Jacksonville, ran onto the field and got involved in the fight, police said. Cruce began to hit and punch several of the kids who belonged to the Cudas football team, police said.

Cruce grabbed one of the Cudas player’s face masks, punched him in the face and then attacked two other students, witnesses said.

“He came out of nowhere, just lifted up my helmet, hit me in my neck, then my coach grabbed me away,” said victim Omahri Meeks.

The kids were not seriously hurt.

Other coaches broke up the brawl.

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"There are consequences to actions and decisions that we make as adults. I definitely hope that it goes all the way. He needs some type of punishment for this, to teach him a lesson that this is not something you do,” said Meeks' mother, Charmaine Winter.

Cruce refused to comment to WFTV reporter Lauren Seabrook.

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