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  • US decathlete Trey Hardee out of worlds with back injury

    BEIJING (AP) — Three events in and American decathlete Trey Hardee had to withdraw. His throbbing lower back couldn’t take anymore punishment. The two-time world champion hurt his back on Friday in the long jump,…

  • The Latest: Decathlete Hardee out of worlds with back injury

    BEIJING (AP) — The Latest from the IAAF world championships (all times local): ___ 4:35 p.m. American decathlete Trey Hardee has withdrawn from the competition at the world championships because of a lower back injury.…

  • Pick 6: Heisman hopefuls short on preseason hype

    Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota broke a Heisman Trophy trend last season by winning the award after being considered the preseason favorite. Heisman winners no longer need preseason hype — just ask Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston…

  • A look at Serena Williams’ possible path to true Grand Slam

    Shortly after the draw for the U.S. Open set up Serena Williams’ path to completing a Grand Slam, she offered her own analysis. “It’s not anything simple or easy to go through,” Williams said. Actually,…

  • Spieth tries to make the cut and stay No. 1

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) — In his first tournament at No. 1 in the world, Jordan Spieth posted his worst score in three months with a 74. Bubba Watson saw the whole thing at The Barclays…

  • Oklahoma LB’s Evans, Shannon competing for starting spot

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Now that Oklahoma has chosen a starting quarterback, the inside linebacker battle between Jordan Evans and Frank Shannon is the most compelling decision left for the coaches. Last season, while Shannon…

  • Goodyear retiring blimps, rolling out new cigar-shaped craft

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring. But don’t fret, blimp fans. That big, cigar-shaped thing you’ve seen floating over sports events all your life will still be there. It will also…

  • Horse riding program teaches sport of kings to at-risk youth

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carmen Sharpe doesn’t let her children play outside their home in a dangerous, gritty section of Philadelphia she refers to as “The Badlands.” So her 9-year-old daughter Marisol Jimenez cherishes the periodic…

  • Eaton is back, and immediately he leads decathlon at worlds

    BEIJING (AP) — After a two-year absence, Ashton Eaton needed only 10.23 seconds to establish himself again as the favorite to win the decathlon at the world championships. That’s how long it took the American…

  • Programs run into pitfalls with fining college players

    Take away game tickets for missing class. Hold back a bowl gift for being late. Maybe even dock a player his $15 per diem for skipping study hall. For years, college football coaches have been…

  • Cal hires Andre Carter as student assistant coach

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Former California and NFL star Andre Carter has returned to the Golden Bears’ football program as a student assistant coach. Head coach Sonny Dykes said Thursday that Carter will assist with…

  • Web.com-Portland Open Scores

    Thursday At Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Witch Hollow North Plains, Ore. Purse: $800,000 Yardage: 7,041; Par: 71 (36-35) First Round Curtis Thompson 31-31—62 Adam Svensson 33-31—64 Ryan Blaum 32-33—65 Michael Kim 35-30—65 Dicky Pride 33-32—65…

  • NC State RB Shadrach Thornton suspended for 1st 2 games

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State suspended rushing leader Shadrach Thornton for two games Thursday for a violation of athletic department rules. Team spokeswoman Annabelle Myers said the unspecified violation occurred during the spring…

  • Anderson advances to Winston-Salem Open semifinals

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa beat eighth-seeded Borna Coric of Croatia 6-2, 7-6 (1) on Thursday night to advance to the semifinals in the Winston-Salem Open. Anderson, ranked 15th, will…

  • Defending champion Kvitova advances in Connecticut Open

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Second-seeded defending champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic beat seventh-seeded Agnieska Radwanska of Poland 7-5, 6-4 on Thurday night to reach the Connecticut Open semifinals. “She’s a smart player,”…