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PITCHER INDICTED FOR ROLE IN BRAWL

A grand jury in Dayton, Ohio, indicted a minor-league pitcher accused of throwing a ball that hit a fan in the forehead. The incident took place during a 10-minute bench-clearing brawl between the Peoria Chiefs (a Cubs affiliate) and Dayton Dragons (Reds) of the Class A Midwest League on July 24. Prosecutors allege Peoria's Julio Castillo threw at a Dayton player in the dugout but instead struck the fan. The fan was treated for a concussion at a hospital. Castillo is scheduled to be arraigned on one count of felonious assault with a deadly weapon and one count of felonious assault causing serious physical harm on Nov. 13. Attorney Dennis Lieberman said Castillo will plead not guilty. He faces up to 16 years in prison.

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Arkansas wants pig to travel more

University of Arkansas officials want their live mascot, a large, hairy pig named Tusk II, to attend more sporting events. And they're asking fans to donate money to make it possible. Tusk II lives on a farm in Dardanelle and makes the two-hour trip to Fayetteville for every football game. "The establishment of the Tusk Fund could allow ... Tusk II to attend more Razorback events such as basketball, soccer, baseball and many more of Arkansas' 19 intercollegiate sporting events," the school said in a news release. Athletic director Jeff Long said the Tusk Fund is a voluntary way for fans to help support the program: "Our live mascot is an integral part of our tradition and serves as a great source of pride for Razorbacks everywhere."

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"Translating genius is not an exact science. There's no assurance that a brilliant football mind will be a brilliant coach."

Carlos Rodriguez Duval, columnist for the Argentine soccer newspaper Ole, writing on legendary player Diego Maradona being named national coach 3C

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