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Snodgrass takes over sooner

COLUMBUS – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors has placed incoming Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass into his new post as leader of the OHSAA earlier than planned.

Outgoing commissioner Dr. Dan Ross planned to serve through Sept. 15, but the move was changed after Ross underwent a successful major medical procedure in June.

“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Ross and his family and he continues to recover,” said Paul Powers, OHSAA Board of Directors President and the athletic director at Aurora High School. “Jerry is ready to take over and the Board has all the confidence in his ability to make the transition quickly from his current position to Executive Director.”

Ex-player arrested in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say a former Detroit Lions player has been arrested in Pittsburgh for punching an officer after refusing to pay a limo driver.

NFL free agent Brandon Pettigrew is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, theft of services and public drunkenness.

Police say the 33-year-old tight end refused to pay $97 for a limo ride to a downtown hotel early Monday.

According to a complaint, when officers arrived Pettigrew became aggressive and punched one officer in the chest three times. Police allege he was visibly intoxicated. The complaint says officers drew their stun guns but Pettigrew, who lives in Flint, Texas, complied and was handcuffed.

Sale of NFL’s Panthers closed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers announced the sale of the franchise to David Tepper has closed.

Tepper becomes only the second owner in team history. He started work on Monday.

Tepper, the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management, L.P., bought the team from founder Jerry Richardson for $2.2 billion — the most ever paid for an NFL franchise. Richardson put the team up for sale in December after reports of sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace, which the league later confirmed .

Tepper said in a release Monday he’s thrilled to begin a “new era” in Carolina.

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