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July 6, 2011

VIDEO: The human home run takes off

He's high, he's far, heeeee's gone!

Want to see a man fly? Thousands did in person in Lowell yesterday and now you can see it.

David Smith Sr., a 69-year-old professional "human cannon ball" was fired out of a cannon behind second base and sailed over the right field wall and into a net outside of LeLacheur Park in a promotion called "The Human Home Run."

It occurred between games of a Lowell Spinners doubleheader against the Connecticut Tigers.

To see video of Smith's flight, plus an interview about his life and bizarre career, visit eagletribune.com.

Pre-season All-American

Merrimack College senior linebacker Tony Johnson of Lynn has been named a Consensus Draft Services pre-season All-American. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder was last year's Northeast-10 Conference defensive Lineman of the Year and an honorable mention All-American.

Awarded scholarship

Andover's Joe Kuykendall was among six juniors awarded a $2,000 Future Leaders Scholarship by the Bay State Games. Kuykendall is a two-year captain of the Andover volleyball team, a member of the Andover Youth Council and Youth Alpha Group and has a 3.95 GPA.

Corvo for Kaberle

The Carolina Hurricanes signed free-agent defenseman Tomas Kaberle yesterday to a three-year, $12.75 million contract.

The Hurricanes announced the signing shortly after they traded defenseman Joe Corvo to Boston for a draft pick.

The 33-year-old Kaberle was dealt from Toronto to Boston at the trading deadline and helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup. His brother, Frantisek, was a member of the Hurricanes' 2006 Cup-winning team.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said the Bruins felt strongly about pursuing Corvo, who became available when the Hurricanes signed Kaberle. Corvo had 11 goals with 29 assists last season.

"This came as a surprise to me and a very pleasant surprise," Corvo said. "I'm happy to come to a team that is coming off an outstanding season and hasn't made many changes at all."

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