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Kennedy claims Truck race at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) – Ben Kennedy moved past NASCAR Truck season leader William Byron with 19 laps to go and held at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night for his first series victory.

Byron, a rookie won has won five races this season, looked as he would make it six when he took the lead from teammate Daniel Suarez with 21 laps left. But Byron went high into a turn and Kennedy was able to sweep past him. Kennedy had to hold on through a restart with seven laps to go, fending off Brett Moffitt the rest of the way for the victory.

“Someone asked me what it was like to come to Bristol for the first time,” Kennedy said. “To win here, I’m speechless. It’s so cool.”

The victory locked up a spot for Kennedy in the series’ eight-driver championship chase that begins in New Hampshire next month.

Daniel Hemric was third, followed by Byron and Johnny Sauter.

Kennedy had not led a lap all season before moving in front on a damp night at Bristol. The race’s start was delayed more than an hour when storms hit the area. When the green flag dropped, it looked as if Christopher Bell and Suarez had the strongest machines.

Each, though, couldn’t sustain things.

Bell led a race-high 101 of 200 laps until spinning out while racing Suarez up front. Suarez led 77 laps until he was passed by Byron.

Bell held on for seventh, while a late spin dropped Suarez to 29th in the 32-car field.

AGSA to host final sign-ups for fall

AMSTERDAM – The Amsterdam Girls Softball Association will host its final signups for fall softball today, Friday and Saturday at Shuttleworth Park.

There are openings at all levels from 10-and-younger through 18-and-younger.

Today’s sign-ups will be in conjunction with free skills training for girls of all ages from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday’s sign-ups will be in conjunction with pickup/sandlot games from 6 to 8 p.m.

All interested girls to age 18 can just show up and pick teams to play against each other. On Saturday registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, during 14U travel tryouts.

Registration may also be completed online at www.amsterdamgirlssoftball.org through noon Aug. 20.

Premiere Scratch League to meet

GLOVERSVILLE – The Premiere Scratch League will host a captain’s meeting on Friday at 7 p.m. at Arterial Lanes.

The league bowls on Friday nights.

A league meeting and free practice will take place Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.

The first week of the 2016-17 season will be on Sept. 2.

Possible openings for teams and individuals may be available,

For more information, call Jerry Marshall Jr. at 844-7141 or attend the captain’s meeting Friday.

YMCA set to host basketball camp

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County YMCA will host a youth basketball camp for children ages 6 to 13 on Aug. 29 through Sept. 2 from 9 a.m. until noon.

This year’s camp will be run by E.J. Gallup. Gallup is a former Gloversville High School and Foothills Council MVP with over 1,500 career Division I points combined at UAlbany and Coastal Carolina University. He has been playing professionally for more than 10 years and is a member of the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame. The cost will be $40 for members and $55 for the public.

For more information, call the YMCA at 848-3447.

Leagues forming at Arterial Lanes

GLOVERSVILLE – Bowling leagues are now forming at Arterial Lanes.

A youth league will be offered on Saturday mornings.

To join a league or for more information, call Arterial Lanes at 725-0512 or Karen Marshall at 775-9059.

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AGSA to host free skill training

AMSTERDAM – The Amsterdam Girls Softball Association will host free skill training on Thursdays at 6 p.m.

The clinics are open to all girls in Montgomery, Fulton and Saratoga counties and will take place at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam.

Skills practiced will include hitting, fielding and throwing. Older and former players, who would like to come and work with younger players are encouraged to attend. Other sessions may be added if interest is shown.

Players are also needed at most age levels for fall ball. Interest may be expressed by signing up at the concession stand.

Fort Plain to host sports physicals

FORT PLAIN – Fort Plain Central School will host pre-screening for summer sports physicals Aug. 16 from 8 to 10 a.m.

The pre-screening consists of height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, standard urine sample for kidney function and a health history. the pre-physical screening must be done before the doctor is able to do the actual physical.

Physicals will take place Aug. 17 at 8:30 a.m. and those receiving physicals are encouraged to arrive early and not be late. The student must report both days to have their physical done completely and approved by the chief school medical officer.

Meet-the-coaches night slated at NCS

NORTHVILLE – There will be a meet-the-coaches event in the Northville Central School auditorium at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

This is a mandatory event for any NCS student-athlete going into grades seven to 12 interested in playing soccer or golf.

For more information, call athletic director John Karbowski at 863-7000, Ext. 4111.

Hales Mills to host junior golf camp

JOHNSTOWN – Hales Mills Country Club will host its second session of junior golf camp from Aug. 8 to 11.

The camp is open to children ages 9 to 16.

The camp will cost $150 per child and lunch is included.

Those interested need to register by Saturday.

Hales Mills to host adult-child outing

JOHNSTOWN – Hales Mills Country Club will host an adult-child golf outing Aug. 12.

For $10 per team, there will be an instructional clinic at 12:30 p.m., a nine-hole two-person scramble at 2 p.m. and a barbecue.

For more information, call the pro shop at 736-4622.

Youth football camp slated for Saturday

FONDA – Fonda-Fultonville Youth Football will host its annual football clinic Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the the Fonda Little League and Football field.

The clinic is open to children in first through sixth grade.

The clinic will be run by Fonda-Fultonville varsity football coach Tom Carpenter and his staff. Those who have not signed up for the 2016 season may do so at the clinic.

The season is scheduled to begin Monday.

Nike leaving golf equipment business

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) – Nike is getting out of the golf equipment business, a surprising announcement that is sure to send Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and other players searching for new clubs and golf balls next season.

Nike said it would stop making clubs, golf balls and golf bags, instead devoting its resources to shoes and apparel, longs its strength in the golf marketplace.

Woods has been with Nike since he turned pro in 1996 with that “Hello, World” advertisement, and he remains the most famous figure among Nike golfers. The Beaverton, Oregon-based company also signed Rory McIlroy in a splashy announcement in Abu Dhabi to start the 2013 season.

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NEATV event this weekend at Royal

CAROGA LAKE – The second annual Monster New England ATV event will be run Saturday and Sunday at Royal Mountain Ski Area. Over 200 of the fastest ATVs are expected for this weekend’s event.

Saturday will feature a practice and motos for the mini quads. For the first time this year, there also will be a cross-country event on the mountain for ATVs and side-by-sides on Saturday.

For more information visity the NEATV website at www.neatv-mx.com or www.neatv-xc.com.

Youth football camp slated for Saturday

FONDA – Fonda-Fultonville Youth Football will host its annual football clinic Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the the Fonda Little League and Football field.

The clinic is open to children in first through sixth grade.

The clinic will be run by Fonda-Fultonville varsity football coach Tom Carpenter and his staff.

Those who have not signed up for the 2016 season may do so at the clinic.

The season is scheduled to begin Aug. 8.

Cowboys’ Moore breaks ankle

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) – Dallas quarterback Kellen Moore broke his right ankle in a training camp practice Tuesday, likely forcing the Cowboys to look outside the organization for an experienced backup.

The injury happened during one of the last plays of 11-on-11 work in the second full-pad practice of camp. Guard Jared Smith was pushed back by defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye and stepped on Moore’s ankle.

Without Moore, there isn’t a backup behind Tony Romo with any NFL experience. Dallas drafted former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth round this year, and undrafted free agent Jameill Showers is in his second year. Prescott and Showers have been sharing third-team work.

Moore started the last two games of last season for the Cowboys, losing both as Dallas finished 4-12.

New Vikings HQ name announced

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have secured naming rights for their new headquarters, with local physician group and sports medicine provider Twin Cities Orthopedics.

The Vikings announced a 20-year agreement with the orthopedic care company Tuesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the training facility and team offices they’ll move into in 2018. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

The Vikings’ campus will be called the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. An expandable 6,000-seat venue, one of five outdoor fields, will be named TCO Stadium.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell attended the event, endorsing the project as “good for the game.” The Vikings headquarters will sit on a 40-acre site intended to anchor a 200-acre development with commercial, retail and residential buildings among others.

Milwaukee re-signs Miles Plumlee

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks are making it official, re-signing restricted free-agent center Miles Plumlee.

General manager John Hammond announced the deal Tuesday. Plumlee’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said last month that his client agreed to a four-year deal worth $52 million.

The 6-foot-11 Plumlee averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 61 games in 2015-16, his fourth season in the league and first full year in Milwaukee.

Plumlee received more playing time in the second half, giving the team a spark off the bench. He started 14 games.

Hammond calls Plumlee an athletic big man who gives Milwaukee frontline depth.

The Bucks also announced Tuesday that they were returning to Madison for four days of training camp in late September.

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Mohawks playoff game postponed

AMSTERDAM – The Amsterdam Mohawks had their Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League playoff game with Oneonta postponed Monday due to wet weather.

The game was rescheduled for today at 6:35 p.m. at Shuttleworth Park.

The winner will advance to the best-of-three East Division finals to face the winner of today’s game between Albany and Mohawk Valley.

Fort Plain to host sports physicals

FORT PLAIN – Fort Plain Central School will host pre-screening for summer sports physicals Aug. 16 from 8 to 10 a.m.

The pre-screening consists of height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, standard urine sample for kidney function and a health history. the pre-physical screening must be done before the doctor is able to do the actual physical.

Physicals will take place Aug. 17 at 8:30 a.m. and those receiving physicals are encouraged to arrive early and not be late. The student must report both days to have their physical done completely and approved by the chief school medical officer.

Johnstown to host make-up physicals

JOHNSTOWN – The Greater Johnstown School District Athletic Department will host make-up sport screenings Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Johnstown High School in the nurse’s office.

For more information, call the athletic office at 762-7636.

Bush, Bills agree to one-year contract

PITTSFORD (AP) – Running back Reggie Bush wasn’t going to let a freak accident on the concrete surface ringing the Edward Jones Dome field in St. Louis end his career.

Declaring his surgically repaired left knee 100 percent, Bush eagerly looked forward to the opportunity of playing an 11th NFL season – and on his fifth team – after signing a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills on Monday.

“I’m in shape. I’m full strength. I’m ready to go,” Bush said during a news conference at the Bills training camp facility in suburban Rochester. “It feels good to be back on a team and back to playing football.”

The 31-year-old Bush has reason to be upbeat some nine months since tearing his meniscus ligament in St. Louis. It happened while he was pushed out of bounds while returning a punt and lost his footing on the concrete before sliding into the padded wall of the stands.

“I thought my career could be over. Those were my initial thoughts,” he said.

Instead, Bush joins a Rex Ryan-coached, run-first-oriented offense that led the league in rushing last season, and a team with a hole to fill in its return game.

Bush expects to take part in practice today, and estimates it’ll take him no more than a week to become accustomed to his new surroundings, teammates, coaches and playbook.

“I guess the good thing is I’ve been around long enough where I’ve pretty much been through every offensive system possible,” he said.

Bush traveled to Buffalo to take a physical in the morning and then met with Bills officials at training camp before signing his contract.

“We are always looking to improve our roster,” general manager Doug Whaley said. “We had targeted Reggie because we feel a player of his caliber can help us in a variety of areas.”

The question is how much Bush has left in him after injuries hampered much of his career since being selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2006 draft. Bush has played 16 games in a season just twice and been limited to playing 29 games over the past three years.

“The competitor in me says forever, but realistically, I don’t know,” Bush said, when asked how much longer he thinks he can play. “I’m just happy to be back to football. And after this season, and granted that I’m able to stay healthy, I’ll make a decision after that.”

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