Strong leader helps Blackford turn program around

HARTFORD CITY, Ind. — “I got you.”

When Kristie Malott first took over the Blackford swimming and diving program three years ago, that was what she’d tell everyone who walked into the pool. And while those three words are no longer printed on the back of the Bruins’ T-shirts, like they were her first year, the meaning behind them remains as true as they were when Malott first began.

“I always tell them: to walk through the door, that’s the hardest part,” Malott said. “Come through the doors, I got you.”

Over the past few years, Malott’s leadership has helped

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M.L.B. Will Change Its Baseballs After Record Home Run Rates

After years of fielding questions about record home run rates and variations in its baseballs, Major League Baseball informed its 30 teams in a memorandum on Friday of changes to the balls — and how they will be handled — for the 2021 season. Chief among the differences will be a slightly reduced weight and slightly decreased bounciness, the latter of which could reduce home runs.

“As you are aware, M.L.B. has engaged a committee of scientific experts over the last several years to study the construction and performance of the baseball,” said one of the first lines of the

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Andreescu makes a return after 15 months on sidelines

Bianca Andreescu began her first news conference at her first tournament in 15 months with a broad smile and more than a hint of giddiness.

“Well, first of all: Hi, people. It’s been a while,” the 2019 U.S. Open champion said. “Um, yeah, it’s been a very long while, but I’m happy to be back.”

As well she should be. As should her entire sport. Because no matter how the No. 8-seeded Andreescu fares at the Australian Open — where she was scheduled to take the court today in the first round against Mihaela Buzarnescu — and no matter the

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GHSA Swimming and Diving State Championship updates from Friday

1. Johns Creek (408.5) 2. Dalton (304.5) 3. Lakeside-DeKalb (282)

Girls

1. Lassiter (413.5) 2. Cambridge (377) 3. Lakeside-DeKalb (240)

Class 6A INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Boys

200-Yard Medley Relay

1. Centennial (1:33.44) 2. Johns Creek (1:33.74) 3. Lakeside-DeKalb (1:34.30)

200-Yard Freestyle

1. Sebastien Sergile, Centennial (1:35.36) 2. Roman Valdez, Dalton (1:37.13) 3. Ben McClain, Kennesaw Mountain (1:38.99)

200-Yard IM

1. Henry Bethel, Dalton (1:45.54) 2. Andrew Simmons, Johns Creek (1:48.51) 3. Cale Martter, Riverwood (1:50.06)

50-Yard Freestyle

1. Brett Reason, Kennesaw Mountain (20.71) 2. Noah Smith, Allatoona (21.06) 3. Thomas Shannon, Riverwood (21.06)

100-Yard Butterfly

1. Adam O’Brien, Lassiter (48.86) 2.

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MLB, players agree on COVID protocols, but DH will not be universal

Spring training can start as scheduled next week after Major League Baseball and the Players Association reached agreement Monday night on expanded COVID-19 health and safety protocols, according to baseball sources.

On field, there will be two leftovers from 2020′s abbreviated season: Runners on second base in extra innings and seven-inning doubleheaders. What they could not come to a consensus on, as they did last summer, is a universal designated hitter.

Among the new practices to be employed among players, coaches, and staff is using advanced technology to conduct contact tracing, with the hope the league will be able to

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Michigan State Basketball wasn’t ‘Ready to Play’ Nebraska

East Lansing, MI – Michigan State basketball is an interesting team to watch this year.

At times, they are unorganized, and nowhere near the Big Ten contender fans are used to seeing; other times, the Spartans look like themselves, but in the blink of an eye, it’s gone again.

That’s how it felt watching MSU compete against Iowa Tuesday night, then travel home to face Nebraska, a team who hadn’t played in 26 days.

Michigan State turned the ball over 22 times (a season-high) while shooting 39% from the floor (23-for-59) and an uninspired 26% from deep (6-for-23).

“I did

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