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Apr. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

MU hosting Pitch, Hit and Run for children

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University is having a Pitch, Hit and Run Skills Competition for youngsters.

The free event is Sunday, April 14, at Dot Hicks Field following the Marshall softball game with East Carolina that begins at noon.

Age groups for boys and girls are 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.

Participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate. A parent or guardian must fill out a registration form prior to the start of the contest.

Events will be scored individually and total points will determine local level champions for boys and girls who qualify for sectional competition. From the sectionals, winners advance to the Major League Baseball Team Championships in all 30 major league ballparks.

The final stage will be held during MLB All-Star Week.

LeBron returns, Heat defeat Sixers, 106-87

MIAMI -- LeBron James scored 27 points in his return from a strained right hamstring, five other Miami players reached double figures and the Heat moved closer to securing home-court advantage for the entire NBA playoffs by topping the Philadelphia 76ers 106-87 on Saturday night.

Rashard Lewis scored 14 and Norris Cole added 13 for the Heat, whose magic number for clinching the league's best regular-season record was trimmed to two.

Miami moved to 60-16, one win shy of matching the franchise single-season record. The Heat got there after outscoring Philadelphia 29-11 in the fourth quarter.

Jrue Holiday scored 18 points for Philadelphia, which got 14 from Evan Turner and an 11-point, 11-rebound night from Spencer Hawes.

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