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Monday, August 3, 2015

Ronda Rousey flipped her script but kept the timing the same Saturday night.

Using her newly developed punching power instead of her famed armbar, Rousey knocked out challenger Bethe Correia 34 seconds into their Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight title bout in Brazil.

Rousey (12-0) has now won 11 of her 12 fights in the first round, and she has ended her last four in 34 seconds, 14 seconds, 16 seconds and 66 seconds.

Monday, August 3, 2015
Mike Feifel/Times News Chase Utley runs the bases during Sunday's Lehigh Valley game against Norfolk.

Chase Utley took his first step to returning to the Phillies lineup Sunday at Coca-Cola Park. The 36-year-old second baseman, filled with trade rumors involving the Cubs, served as the IronPig designated hitter and had a successful day.

"Some at bats I had decent timing and others I didn't. It's a work in progress, but overall it was good," said Utley after his 2-for-3 outing.

Battling a sore ankle all season, Utley has hit just .179 this season in 65 games.

Monday, August 3, 2015

When it comes to getting the skinny on behavior of potential Penn State prospects, coach James Franklin says his staff will go through as many character evaluations as possible.

He said no decision can be made with just one or two pieces of information. So the staff talks to coaches, teammates, teachers, lunch ladies and custodians. They scour a kid's transcript for courses, tardy marks, absentees and of course the grade-point average. If a kid comes from a single-parent home Franklin said that one parent "better be strong."

Monday, August 3, 2015

August 3, 1981 Rudy Butterworth pitches a one-hitter to lead Tamaqua to a 14-1 victory over Franklin Township in the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. Butterworth strikes out eight and doesn't walk a batter. The Tamaqua hurler also hits a grand slam during a nine-run first inning. Keith Wunderlick contributes a pair of homers, including a three-run shot in the second frame, while Rich Wentz collects three hits and an RBI. The winners also receive two hits from A.J. Caldonetti.

Monday, August 3, 2015

LONG POND In the world of storybook endings, the outcome of Sunday's Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway might not have been exactly how Jeff Gordon would have scripted it.

Gordon, making his final start at the "Tricky Triangle" in his last season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, is the track's all-time wins leader with six. His last victory came in August of 2012, a triumph that kick started a string of five straight victories for Gordon's team, Hendrick Motorsports.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Before I email a "Fitness Master" column to this paper, I proofread it a number of times. Yet even after I correct the grammatical errors, I sometimes struggle to hit the send button.

Not because I've written a second-rate article but because I've read a first-person narrative.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Most dogs are expected to grab food at any opportunity. Here, a German shorthaired pointer named Lozen eyes a plate that looks good to her.

Question: Which of the following scenarios represents the most dangerous situation for your dog?

A. In his efforts to extract a pizza box containing a few leftover slices, your black lab, Vacuum, has tipped over the trash can, strewing its contents across the kitchen floor. You're not sure exactly what he has eaten, but he seems content to lick his jowls and digest, dreaming of future garbage forays.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
ap photo Kyle Busch climbs from his car after qualifying for Sunday's Pocono 400 auto race. Busch is riding a three-race NASCAR Sprint Series win streak.

LONG POND Kyle Busch is coming and fast.

The Joe Gibbs Racing Driver has been the class of the field in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series over the past few weeks, stringing together three consecutive wins, and four victories in the last five races.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August 1, 2004 Lehighton defeats Jim Thorpe in the championship game to claim the second annual Carbon County Summer Basketball Tournament title. Tyler Kistler tallies a team-high 15 points in the 52-31 victory. Danny Miller contributes 14 points and leads his team in rebounds. The winners, coached by Caszy Kosciolek, jump out to an 11-1 lead and finish the five-team double-elimination tourney undefeated with a 4-0 record.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
ap photo Kyle Busch poses with the pole award after qualifying for Sunday's Pocono 400.

Before Kyle Busch climbed into his No. 18 Toyota on Friday for qualifying at Pocono International Raceway, he stated to NBC Sports on track reporter Mike Massaro that he didn't think his car was good enough to capture the pole.

Well, it's a good thing that Kyle Busch isn't going to be going into the fortune telling business anytime soon. That's because Busch's car was plenty fast and good enough to win the Microsoft Windows 10 400 Coors Light Pole Award.