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LAS VEGAS — The second-largest World Series of Poker field of 8,569 players has been narrowed down to just five. Garry Gates, a Titusville native and current Henderson, Nevada resident, is one of those five vying for the top prize of $10 million. 

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MIAMI — Vanderbilt outfielder J.J. Bleday, the fourth overall pick in last month's amateur draft, agreed to a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins that includes a $6.67 million signing bonus.

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ERIE — Titusville native Trent Zdarko won his first bout as a professional mixed martial arts fighter at Bayfront Brawl 7, held at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, on May 18.

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It starts as a child. When the eyes of a young dreamer view the baseball diamond for the first time a small seed is planted into the heart. Once rooted, that seed grows into a passion and desire to play professional baseball.

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — Adam Bleday fired 3 and 2/3 scoreless innings of relief during the Greeneville Astros’ 9-6 loss to the Elizabethton Twins, on Saturday, at Pioneer Park.

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GREENEVILLE — Adam Bleday, a Titusville alumni, recorded his first professional win, on Tuesday, during the Greeneville Astros’ 4-1 triumph over the Johnson City Cardinals, at Pioneer Park.

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There’s quite a bit to write about now that the MLB trade deadline has officially passed. And to start off, I think it’s extremely clear that the Pittsburgh Pirates are all about next season.

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As I usually start my week, I was picking through the Sunday edition of The New York Times. This week, their feature sports story was about batters’ stances and the drastic change since the game’s greatest have played.  

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I wasn’t planning on writing a column when I arrived at The Herald Friday, but there were so many interesting headlines, it was hard not to. 

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(AP) — There was a chance the Steelers were playing with Le’Veon Bell as their running back for only one more season anyway. The former All-Pro is in a contract year and there was no guarantee the Steelers would be able to agree with him on a long-term deal, or use their franchise tag on him…

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On Aug. 5, athletes from around the world will travel to Rio to take part in the Summer Olympics, but not as many as in years past. 

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Exactly seven years earlier, to the day, he did it for the first time.

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Around 6:30 p.m., on Saturday night, Titusville native J.J. Bleday received a phone call, and heard words that every kid that’s played baseball wants to hear: “Congratulations, you’ve been drafted.”

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On May 26 2009, the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins picked up the Prince of Wales trophy. This is always the debate among the sport’s more superstitious participants and followers.

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The National Hockey League  Eastern Conference Finals are well under way, with two games that have already come and gone. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning have split the first two games, with the Lightning snagging home-ice advantage in the process.

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Before it started, a frenzy of controversy surrounded him. When it was over, a small “I’d have to say yes,” fueled the fire more. And the lucky winners of this 6’ 5” offensive tackle are the Miami Dolphins. 

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This far in the season, it’s hard not to be happy with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but then again, we’re only four games in, with a million to go.  

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Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins lost to the New York Rangers, by a score of 3-0. The last time these two teams played was April 24 of last year, in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, in which the Penguins fell to the Rangers 2-1, thus ending the former’s playoff run.

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(AP) — It happens at the end of every NFL season, but offensive lineman Ramon Foster admitted that it’s still odd to look around the locker room after the final game and think about how many faces will be back in August.

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PITTSBURGH — There was no explosion necessary, really. The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t need to be reminded how badly they looked while falling behind Denver by two touchdowns at halftime Sunday, even though linebackers coach Joey Porter decided to provide one anyway.

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SEATTLE — Not until Pete Carroll pulled everyone together after a fifth straight victory did the Seattle Seahawks find out they were bound for the postseason.

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NEW ORLEANS — John “Hot Rod” Williams, who spent 13 years in the NBA and was a popular and tough defensive sixth man on Cleveland Cavaliers playoff teams, has died. He was 53.