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By Paul Newberry The Associated Press

Kids still playing for all the marbles - literally

In this world of pompous athletes, overbearing coaches, money-grubbing owners and a win-at-all-costs mindset, it’s easy to become jaded.

And then in the parlance of another era — a brief story rolled across The Associated Press sports wire Friday morning.

“2 Pennsylvania kids win National Marbles Tournament,” the headline said.

I was intrigued.

Speedo USA becomes the first major sponsor to drop Lochte

Ryan Lochte lost his first major sponsor when Speedo USA announced Monday it was dumping the swimmer over a drunken incident during the Rio Olympics that he initially described as an armed robbery.

In a brief statement, Speedo USA said it would donate $50,000 of Lochte’s fee to Save The Children to benefit needy youngsters in Brazil.