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Kickin’ it

Dream Factory of Syracuse to host annual kickball tournament fundraiser

To help make a dream come true for a chronically ill child, all you have to do is play a game of kickball. The Dream Factory of Syracuse is hosting its fourth annual Kicks for Kids Kickball Tournament Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Syracuse Kickball Park on Oswego Road in Liverpool. The co-ed tournament, which begins at 10 a.m., lasts all day and features food, games and live entertainment (donated by RMD Premier DJ Ryno), as well as raffles, a silent auction, a dunk tank and a bounce house for kids.

Annual golf tourney to memorialize Jenni-Lyn Watson

Jenni-Lyn Watson lived to dance. In her memory, her family is holding a golf tournament to help others who share the same passion. Jenni-Lyn Watson, a 2008 Liverpool High School graduate, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Steven Pieper, in November of 2010 while she was home on break from Mercyhurst College, where she was studying dance. Pieper is currently serving a 23-year-to-life sentence in prison. The golf tournament, to be held Saturday, July 20, at Radisson Greens in Baldwinsville, raises money for the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Fund.

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Hot Stove here Friday: Chiefs welcome IL president to baseball banquet

For 22 years, Randy Mobley has served as president of baseball’s International League. Mobley is scheduled to appear at The Syracuse Chiefs’ 53rd annual Hot Stove Dinner on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, on Electronics Parkway, in the town of Salina. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction of sports memorabilia, and the dinner program starts at 7 p.m.

Prominent Bayberry businessman elected to Syracuse Chiefs board

One of the most successful businessmen in the Liverpool area, Joseph J. Janowski, has been elected to the Syracuse Chiefs board of directors. The Chiefs baseball club — which is playing in its 52nd season of community ownership – is the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Janowski’s membership on the Board of Directors of the Community Baseball Club of Central New York, Inc. took effect in April and was officially announced by the ball club last week. Janowski is the managing general partner of the Bayberry Plaza and Clay Medical Center. He replaces Jay Wason Jr. on the Chiefs board.

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Touching BASE in the classroom

School Is In

To a large degree, Mark Teahen and Josh Wilkie are baseball opposites.

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Laurie Fine accuses ESPN of libel

Laurie Fine has accused the sports network ESPN of libel.

Chiefs on a roll: Five-game win streak shows Syracuse’s strengths

After a nightmarish month of April, the Syracuse Chiefs are finally enjoying sweet dreams in May.

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New scoreboard brightens stadium; Chiefs need more wins to brighten season

Syracuse Chiefs fans now bask in the glow of color video images beaming down upon them from a spanking new scoreboard.

Downtown Writing Center offers pro baseball as inspiration

In conjunction with The Syracuse Chiefs, the Downtown Writing Center is offering “Writing at the Ballpark,” an opportunity for writers to use a professional baseball game as inspiration.

Onondaga Lake Park to host Race on the Lake

The excitement of high speed boating racing is set to return to Onondaga Lake next month Onondaga County Parks Commissioner Bill Lansley announced Wednesday. Race on the Lake, an American Canadian Hydroplane Association-sanctioned event, will be held at Onondaga Lake Park from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17 and feature on-water action all day.

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Bryce Harper, Tyler Moore both promoted

Meanwhile the Chiefs show some life after sluggish start

In the middle of the Syracuse Chiefs’ first significant winning streak of the 2012 International League season, two of the team’s most promising young players were suddenly called up to the Washington Nationals last weekend.

Crunch falls to St. John’s in first-round of AHL playoffs

Making the American Hockey League playoffs had been the Syracuse Crunch’s No. 1 objective over its 2011-12 season.

Syracuse Crunch lose one, win one against first-round rival St. John’s

Just 41 seconds into Saturday night’s game, the Onondaga County War Memorial crowd of more than 5,000 went silent after St. John’s IceCaps center Aaron Gagnon pushed the puck past Syracuse Crunch netminder Iiro Tarkki.

Crunch evens playoff series with St. John's

Friday evening at the Onondaga County War Memorial, it was right wing Jason King who played the role spoiler in the Syracuse Crunch's long-awaited return to the American Hockey League's Calder Cup playoffs.

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Dormant since opening day, Harper hits first home run for the Chiefs

The 19-year-old prospect from Las Vegas drilled a 3-1 fastball from Buffalo Bisons hurler Jeurys Familia over the 350-foot sign in right-field in the fourth inning of the first game of an April 22 doubleheader at Alliance Bank Stadium.