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Caledonia County Special Olympics Seeks Volunteers

ST JOHNSBURY -- Caledonia County Special Olympics is looking for coaches and volunteers to help out with the soccer team.

It is one night a week, with that day of the week still be determined. Practices go for eight to 10 weeks starting next month at Riverside School in Lyndonville. The competition/tournament is in October, so coaches and/or volunteers would need to be present. The deadline is Aug. 5. For more info contact Ellen Hinman (535-9366, email address ellen.hinman@yahoo).


Babcock Returning as Canada's Olympics Coach

CALGARY, Alberta -- Mike Babcock is returning as coach of Canada's Olympic hockey team.

The Detroit Red Wings coach will have the St. Louis Blues' Ken Hitchcock, Dallas Stars' Lindy Ruff and Boston Bruins' Claude Julien as assistants at next year's Sochi Games, Hockey Canada announced Monday.

Julien is the only newcomer to the staff that led Canada to a gold medal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. He replaces Jacques Lemaire.

Babcock coached the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008 and also led Canada to gold at the world championships in 2004. He was behind the bench as Canada defeated the United States in overtime to win gold in Vancouver.

Canada opens the games Feb. 13 against Norway.

Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews are among 15 invitees who helped Canada win gold in Vancouver. Newcomers include defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and P.K. Subban and forwards Steven Stamkos, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, John Tavares, Claude Giroux and Brad Marchand.


Browns' Gordon Apologize for Drug Suspension

BEREA, Ohio -- Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has apologized for being suspended for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Gordon was suspended for the first two games of the upcoming season by the league. Gordon, who was also fined two additional game checks for the violation, spoke about his penalties on Monday for the first time as Cleveland's players trickled in for the start of training camp.

Gordon apologized to his teammates and Cleveland fans. He acknowledged that his suspension "hurt a lot of people."

He wants to move on from the suspension and Gordon maintains he does not have a substance-abuse problem. He claims he failed a drug test because cough medicine he was taking for strep throat contained codeine -- a banned substance.

Gordon was twice suspended in college for using marijuana.


Meyer Disciplines 4 Buckeyes, Including Hyde, Roby

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has disciplined four players for legal problems, including suspending leading-scorer Carlos Hyde from all team activities in the wake of an alleged assault against a female over the weekend in Columbus.

In addition, star cornerback Bradley Roby, who was arrested in Indiana for an altercation with a security guard at a bar this past weekend, will not represent the Buckeyes at this week's Big Ten media days. He was one of the players initially selected to speak to reporters at the annual event.

Freshmen recruits Marcus Baugh, a tight end, and defensive lineman Tim Gardner were also disciplined on Monday.

Hyde, a senior, rushed for 970 yards on 185 carries last season, second best on the team behind QB Braxton Miller, and was the unbeaten Buckeyes' leading scorer with 17 touchdowns and 102 points.

Roby, a redshirt junior, was Ohio State's third-leading tackler last year. He had two interceptions, one for a touchdown, to go with two tackles for minus yardage, one sack, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick.


Ex-Partners Brawl at Canada Open

VANCOUVER, BC -- A fight broke out between two former badminton doubles partners from Thailand at the Canada Open over the weekend.

During a change of ends Sunday in the doubles final, Bodin Issara lunged at Maneepong Jongjit, chasing him onto a neighboring court before punching him several times.

Issara was dragged away and held down by coaches and tournament staff, while his partner, Pakkawat Vilailak, escorted a shirtless Jongjit off the court.

Issara, who needed two stitches, says Jongjit hit him with a badminton racket. The pair had already received a warning from the referee following a verbal exchange.

Jongjit and Issara were among the top-ranked badminton pairings and reached the quarterfinals at the 2012 Olympics. They split in January.

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