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Blue Jackets get Left Wing Matt Calvert back from Injured Reserve

Matt Calvert CBJ (2014 photo by Lisa Gsansky via wikipedia commons)




COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated left wing Matt Calvert off Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  Calvert has missed the past 15 games due to a concussion.


Calvert, 25, has registered 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points with 28 penalty minutes in 49 games this season.  The Brandon, Manitoba native was Columbus’ fifth pick, 127th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft and has collected 39-43-82 and 141 penalty minutes in 202 career NHL games.    In 2013-14, he posted 9-15-24 and 53 penalty minutes in 56 games, setting career highs in assists, points and penalty minutes.  He added 2-2-4 and four penalty minutes in six Stanley Cup playoff games.  Calvert registered 9-7-16 with 32 penalty minutes in 2012-13.


The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the New Jersey Devils.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET.  Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.  The game will also be broadcast live on the Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, and online at


Individual game tickets for all home games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now. Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting




Hampton University’s Babinsack earns ECAC Division I South Pitcher of the Week

(Photo by Mark W. Sutton)


HAMPTON, Va. – Hampton University freshman Allyson Babinsack was named ECAC Div. I South Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday for her performance on the softball field this past week.


Babinsack (Hampton, Va.), the MEAC Pitcher and Rookie of the Week, was a big part of the Lady Pirates winning six of seven games this past week, including a three-game MEAC sweep of Delaware State. She has won her last five decisions, and she struck out a season-high eight against Liberty on Tuesday.


At the plate, Babinsack is on a five-game hitting streak, and she drove in four runs in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Delaware State. She also had two home runs for the week.


For more information on Hampton University softball, please call the Office of Sports Information at (757) 727-5811, or visit the official Pirates website at



Columbus hosting Country’s largest invitational meet, Rhythmic Gymnastics as part of 7th Annual Spring Fling this weekend


More than 550 gymnasts from 19 states and eight countries around the world

will compete at the Greater Columbus Convention Center


BlackWhite Logo - no dateWHAT: Integrity Rhythmic Gymnastics and the Boosters of Rhythmic and Artistic Gymnastics are pleased to announce the 7th annual Spring Fling Invitational competition in Columbus, April 3-5. For the 5th year in a row, the meet will be held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Battelle Grand, which is the largest, multi-purpose ballroom in Ohio.


Ticket prices for the three-day event are $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12 years of age.  One ticket covers spectator entry for the entire weekend. The competition is expected to run from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.


WHO: Over 550 gymnasts are expected to compete, making it the country’s largest rhythmic gymnastics invitational. Columbus will welcome international competitors from 19 states and eight countries around the world including: Brazil, Canada, Chile, Greece, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Russia.

Integrity is pleased to announce that six-time Greek National Champion Varvava Filiou will compete at Spring Fling. Filiou was an All-Around Finalist at the past three World Championships. Another high ranking competitor expected to participate is U.S. co-national champion Rebecca Sereda.


The Integrity Rhythmics team is led by last year’s Level 7 National Champion 12-year-oldGrace Bundy of Galloway.  Other Integrity team members include sisters Christina (10) and Brittaney Jin(13) of Dublin who are both current members of the United States Rhythmic Gymnastics Youth Elite Squad.


VISUAL: The centerpiece of the event is the Grand March-In on Saturday, April 4 @ 12:30 p.m. Josh Levi, an X Factor competitor and star of the TV show Friday Night Lights will sing the National Anthem. All competitors from around the world will be recognized at that time, followed by a special gala performance from Greece’s Varvava Filiou.

WHEN/ See the full schedule | April 3-5

WHERE: Greater Columbus Convention Center | Battelle Hall


Integrity Rhythmics is part of Integrity Gymnastics of Plain City, home of Blaine Wilson, who earned a silver medal in the team competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and was a member of the U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Olympic team for the 1996 Atlanta Games and 2000 Sydney Games. Founded by Coach Loescher in 2005, the Integrity Rhythmic program has grown into the largest rhythmic gymnastics program in Ohio. Rhythmic gymnastics is an Olympic sport that combines the strength of gymnastics, the beauty and expression of dance, flexibility, and the use of apparatus such as ribbon, ball, and hoop.


PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Bruce Wimbish of Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Taub Swartz of Rhythmic & Artistic Gymnastics


The Rolling Stones in concert at Indianpolis Motor Speedway July 4

The Rolling Stones


The Rolling Stones are back! The band has announced their new 15-city, North American stadium ZIP CODE tour and make a stop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 13, at 10 a.m. ET.  For ticketing information please visit

“The Rolling Stones concert on July 4 will mark the first time the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has hosted a concert on a non-race weekend,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “The biggest band in the world playing at the biggest sporting venue in the world will provide an unbelievable experience for our fans. It doesn’t get any better than the Rolling Stones on Fourth of July Weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour will see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood head back out on the road after their critically-acclaimed 14 ON FIRE tour in Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand in 2014. The iconic band will treat their generations of fans to special one-night-only shows, with a set packed full of classic Stones hits such as “Gimme Shelter”, “Paint It Black”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Tumbling Dice” and “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll”, as well as special gems from their extraordinary catalog.

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Newark, Ohio’s Larry Morgan ends winless drought by capturing NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Pro Stock title



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Larry Morgan drives FireAde 

Chevrolet to victory in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE (March 29) — The drought is over for Larry Morgan. 


The veteran Pro Stock campaigner scored a victory at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on Sunday, driving his FireAde Chevrolet to the winner’s circle for the first time since October 2009 in Las Vegas.


“I couldn’t be happier,” Morgan said. “I’ve won a lot of races, but this has to be one of the best ones I’ve ever won.”


The victory was Morgan’s 11th in Pro Stock but his first since aligning with Gray Motorsports and partnering with Fire Service Plus and FireAde. Gray Motorsports supplies engines and technical support to Larry Morgan Racing, and FireAde and President/CEO Ron Thames supply the resources for Morgan to go fast.


Morgan had some lean years since his last win. His most recent final-round appearance came in 2011 as he struggled with his underfunded, independent team, but his driving was still as good as anyone in Pro Stock, even if he couldn’t always show it.


“I knew I could drive,” Morgan said. “I’m still good enough that I can still let the clutch out. The only thing I was worried about was getting the funding to do it. I knew I was capable and I knew getting into a Camaro, getting hooked up with Johnny (Gray), and getting all the support I get from FireAde was going to be good.”

Larry Morgan's FireAde Chevrolet (2015 photo courtesy of Geiger Media Global)


The alliance with Gray has allowed Morgan to shift his focus from worrying about whether he had enough horsepower to worrying about driving his race car.


“I’ve just got to drive the car,” Morgan said. “If there’s something I don’t see that I don’t like, I can overrule what they decide to do. But those guys are really good at what they do, and they do a fabulous job. It showed today.”


Morgan and his FireAde Chevrolet were terrific on Sunday. In the first round, Morgan had the best reaction time in his quad, leaving with a .006-second light. His pass of 6.501 seconds at 214.42 mph was quick enough to finish second and advance to the second round.


In round two he had another stellar light, .022, and then made the best run of the round, 6.477 at 214.25 mph, to charge into the final round.


Lining up against Greg Anderson, Jonathan Gray, and Vincent Nobile, the 60-year-old Morgan was quickest on the Christmas Tree (.006) and quickest on the track (6.464 at 214.52 mph) to win the race.


“When it comes to racing on Sunday, you better get after it or you won’t be here,” Morgan said. “I told them, ‘This is what we’re going to do.’ We made the changes and it picked up to a .47 the next run. Everything turned out perfect for us.”


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