• MLB returns after All-Star party

    Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League’s 5-3 victory. Baseball’s All-Star party in the Twin Cities was a long series of smiles for players and …

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  • SEC players leave lobbying to others

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference players have mostly been content to let league administrators and coaches take up the drumbeat for NCAA reform — not that they’re complaining. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive has even said the Big Five conferences could break away from the …

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  • Three state running backs named to Walker watch list

    Three Arkansas collegiate running backs have been named to the watch list for the 2014 Doak Walker Award. Arkansas Razorback’s Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins, and Arkansas State’s Michael Gordon are preseason candidates for the award named after 3-time All-American running back Doak Walker of …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Golf SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Laura Diaz got off to a surprising start at the Marathon Classic, shooting a 9-under-par 62 for a 4-stroke lead in the opening round. U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie shot a 2-over 73, 2008 Marathon winner Paula Creamer was at …

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  • Smash finishes 2nd in world baseball event

    Arkansas Smash, a 13-year-old baseball team with several circulation-area athletes, finished second to another Arkansas squad last weekend in the Global World Series in Joplin, Missouri. The team posted a 7-2 record in the United States Specialty Sports Association event. After going 4-0 in pool …

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  • Lyon College women’s golf team wins academic award

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Lyon College women’s golf team was one of 79 squads in the sport honored this week when the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that 1,290 athletic programs have been named 2013-14 NAIA Scholar-Teams. The Scots squad, made up …

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  • Son of McEnroe, O’Neal arrested on drug charge

    NEW YORK (AP) — The son of former tennis great John McEnroe and actress Tatum O’Neal has been charged with drug possession. Authorities say Kevin McEnroe and another man were arrested Tuesday night during “a narcotics transaction” in New York’s East Village. McEnroe didn’t enter …

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  • Bielema still believes uptempo football is dangerous

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Bret Bielema didn’t bite this time. Not really. For the second straight year, the Arkansas coach had to respond at Southeastern Conference media days to another coach’s skepticism about his contention that fast-paced offenses are hazardous to defensive players. A year …

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  • SEC Network, providers still negotiating contracts

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Fan Lee Massengale is already worried about Georgia’s game with Troy, even with Clemson and South Carolina coming up first. Massengale’s not sure if his cable provider will be carrying the SEC Network, which broadcasts the Sept. 20 contest with the …

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  • Woods starts shaky at Hoylake

    HOYLAKE, England (AP) — On a day when Tiger Woods returned to the majors, there was an Italian flair to the British Open leaderboard. Matteo Manassero took advantage of prime scoring conditions to shoot a 5-under 67 at Royal Liverpool, while brothers Edoardo and Francesco …

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  • Five players who needed mulligan at British Open

    HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Major championship can turn on a single shot, good (winner) or bad (loser). Every now and again, golf’s oldest major championship is remembered as much for the bad shots as the good ones. And the glory of golf is that there …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Pro basketball CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Lance Stephenson is bringing his swag to Charlotte. The controversial shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, 3-year deal with the Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the …

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