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August 22, 2014 - 6:35pm
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Central Bank says spending by foreign tourists shot up 60 percent during the two months overlapped by its hosting of the World Cup, reaching nearly $1.59 billion.

But the bank's Friday report says Brazilians themselves spent even more abroad — $4.4 billion during June and July.

The bank says tourists in Brazil spent $797 million in June and $789 million in July. Bank economic department chief Tulio Maciel he expects tourists...

August 22, 2014 - 6:33pm
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and athletic director Mike Alden say they followed protocol when former running back Derrick Washington was accused of rape in 2008.

Pinkel said Friday at a news conference that he learned of the allegation in October 2008 but did not take action because no charges were filed.

Alden said he was not aware then of reporting requirements for sexual violence to the Title IX coordinator. Legislation mandates...

August 22, 2014 - 6:27pm
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Close Hatches ran her win streak to four races with an authoritative five-length victory in the Grade 1 $500,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga Race Course.

Neither the 4-year-old filly nor jockey Joel Rosario came to the winner's circle Friday with a speck of dirt despite the muddy conditions, never were challenged in leading from start to finish in 1:50.62 for 1 1/8 miles.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for owner...

August 22, 2014 - 6:25pm
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ATLANTA (AP) — This isn't another column about Florida State or Alabama.

They get enough attention.

With the start of college football right around the corner, we'd like to give a shoutout to the Bottom 10, those schools where optimism is about as appropriate as refusing to dump a bucket of ice water on your head.

Schools such as Georgia State, losers of 16 in a row and one of only two FBS teams that failed to win a game, any...

August 22, 2014 - 6:07pm
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BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Bristol Motor Speedway is getting its wish — a later race date in the spring.

NASCAR says the schedules for all three top series will be announced on Tuesday night, but the sport's governing body did share the news about a new date at the track hosting this weekend's races. BMS will host a NASCAR weekend next April 17-19, instead of mid-March like this year.

Rain has often been an issue in mid-March at Bristol, and this year's...

August 22, 2014 - 6:00pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — An attorney for M.I.A. says his client and the NFL have reached a settlement ending their multimillion dollar dispute over the Sri Lankan rapper's flash of the middle finger during her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance with Madonna.

Attorney Howard E. King said in a statement Friday that the two had reached a confidential settlement, but offered no further details.

The Hollywood Reporter reported last year that the NFL took action...

August 22, 2014 - 5:54pm
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina state trooper who arrested NFL defensive lineman Sam Montgomery at a traffic stop last June has been fired.

The state Department of Public Safety said Friday that Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter was terminated for violating agency policies including conduct unbecoming a state employee. Salter stopped Montgomery in June when the Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman was returning to his Greenwood home.

Montgomery was...

August 22, 2014 - 5:53pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post says it will stop calling Washington's football team the "Redskins" on its editorial page.

The paper's editorial board announced Friday that it will refrain from using the term that it says "unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too."

The board operates independently of the paper's newsgathering operation. The Post will continue to use "Redskins" in the news and sports...

August 22, 2014 - 5:51pm
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic advanced to the finals of the Winston-Salem Open on Friday after beating Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the final tuneup for next week's U.S. Open.

Rosol, seeded seventh, will take on the winner of Friday's second semifinal between Sam Querrey of the U.S. and Poland's Jerzy Janowicz on Saturday at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.

"I've been trying to get ready for the hard-court season...

August 22, 2014 - 5:48pm
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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds sent left-hander David Holmberg back Triple-A Louisville on Friday, a day after another rough start, and called up right-handed starter Daniel Corcino.

Holmberg gave up six runs in 2 2-3 innings of an 8-0 loss to Atlanta on Thursday night. In two starts for Cincinnati this season, the left-hander has faced 37 batters and allowed 21 of them to reach base: 12 hits, seven walks, two hit batters, four homers.

Corcino was called...

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