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Haught competes at Hoosier State Relays State Finals

Haught competes at Hoosier State Relays

Huntington North boys track and field senior Ricky Haught represented the Vikings at the Hoosier State Relays State Finals on Saturday in Bloomington, Indiana, at Indiana University’s Gladstein Fieldhouse.

Haught qualified to participate in the long jump at the meet and placed 11th with a jump of 20 feet and 8.5 inches. Brownsburg’s Pierce Thomas won the event with a jump of 23 feet and 6.25 inches.

Haught and the Vikings will return to action when they host Muncie Central for a boys and girls meet at Kriegbaum Field on April 5 at 5 p.m.

Indians star Ramirez hurts knee, opening day status unsure

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez bruised his left knee when he fouled a ball off himself Sunday and his status for opening day is uncertain.

X-rays on the two-time All-Star were negative. The team said Ramirez will remain in Arizona, and that it will be determined later whether he can play Thursday when the AL Central champions open at Minnesota.

The Indians already had a depleted infield when Ramirez was carted from the field after getting hurt against the Chicago White Sox in Cleveland’s final exhibition of the year in Arizona. He wasn’t able to put any pressure on his leg as manager Terry Francona and a trainer helped him onto the cart.

The 26-year-old Ramirez hit 39 home runs with 105 RBIs while batting .270 and stealing 34 bases last season. He has finished third in the AL MVP voting in each of the last two seasons.

Star shortstop Francisco Lindor is starting the season on the injured list after straining his right calf.

Arrieta convinced Phillies are a playoff team this season

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Jake Arrieta has no doubt the Philadelphia Phillies will be successful this season.

“Of course I think we’re a playoff team,” Arrieta said Monday after the Phillies completed spring training with a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 33-year old right-hander allowed two runs, six hits and struck out eight in over six innings. He induced 20 swings and misses.

“Lots of empty swings,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “Arm slot was perfect. I thought everything looked really good.”

Philadelphia opens at home Thursday against Atlanta. The Phillies transformed during the offseason, signing right fielder Bryce Harper to a titanic contract after adding left fielder Andrew McCutchen, shortstop Jean Segura and catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Aaron Nola starts the opener for Philadelphia and Julio Teheran for Atlanta.

Duke thriller helps boost TV ratings for NCAA Tournament

CBS Sports and Turner Sports say television ratings for the NCAA Tournament across four networks that broadcast the first week of games were up 8 percent over last year.

Tournaments games drew an average Nielsen rating of 6.4, up from 5.9 last year. The rating got a boost from the dramatic Duke-UCF game on Sunday. The Blue Devils’ one-point victory earned an 11.9 rating, up 35 percent from the game that aired in that same television window last year. The game had the second-highest rating in that time slot in the 29 years since the tournament expanded to its current format.

Ratings represent the percentage of U.S. television households tuned into a program.

CBS and Turner also announced Monday that NCAA March Madness Live set a new high for live streams and live hours of consumption, up more than 25 percent from last year.