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August 29, 2015 - 3:00pm
8 min 50 sec ago

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa won his first pro title in more than three years when he beat French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-5 in the Winston-Salem Open final on Saturday.

Anderson, ranked 15th, needed just 92 minutes to secure his third career ATP World Tour tournament title, and his first since winning at Delray Beach, Fla., on March 4, 2012.

Since then, Anderson was winless in seven finals...

August 29, 2015 - 2:44pm
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GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) — Oracle Team USA held the lead after the first day of the America's Cup World Series regatta in Goteborg after winning Saturday's two opening races.

Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR, which won the opening regatta in Portsmouth in July, was second in both races with Emirates Team New Zealand in third. That gives Oracle a slim two-point lead heading into Sunday's two races, which count for twice as many points.

Oracle skipper Jimmy...

August 29, 2015 - 1:59pm
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TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion has extended his career-long hitting streak to 24 games with a three-run homer in the first inning against Detroit.

Encarnacion's streak is the longest in the majors since Colorado's Nolan Arenado had a 28-game run in 2014.

Encarnacion connected against right-hander Buck Farmer for his 27th homer, giving Toronto a 3-0 lead on Saturday. The designated hitter has reached base safely in each of the past...

August 29, 2015 - 1:33pm
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BEIJING (AP) — This was going to hurt. No way around it for Ashton Eaton.

To get where the American decathlete wanted to go, he had to endure just a little more pain, dig just a little deeper. So Eaton gritted his teeth and charged ahead, grimacing as he stepped over a low railing and into the stands to wrap his exhausted arms around his wife.

That was about all the strength he had left. Setting a world record takes that much out of you....

August 29, 2015 - 1:32pm
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BEIJING (AP) — It only took moments after Zhang Peimeng crossed the finish line for the Chinese 4x100-meter relay team's historic medal to be upgraded from bronze to silver.

Not long after that, teammate Xie Zhenye drew some laughs when he thanked the Americans for their contribution.

Usain Bolt anchored the Jamaican team to a big win, and was followed across the line by the United States and China, giving the host nation its first medal in the 4x100...

August 29, 2015 - 1:29pm
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh junior James Conner shed some weight in the offseason in hopes of shedding more tacklers this fall.

Conner was the ACC Player of the Year in 2014, running for 1,765 yards and accounting for a school-record 26 touchdowns. Still, he dropped 10 to 15 pounds off his 6-foot-2 frame to give him a little more speed once he reaches the secondary.

The Panthers will rely heavily on Conner under first-year coach Pat Narduzzi. New...

August 29, 2015 - 1:16pm
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BEIJING (AP) — Same stadium, same positions on the podium.

Just like at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Blanka Vlasic won the silver medal and Anna Chicherova took the bronze at the world championships on Saturday.

Both matched champion Maria Kuchina at 2.01 meters and finished behind the Russian on a countback.

Even though their medals weren't gold, Vlasic and Chicherova still celebrated as if they'd won. Both women are former world...

August 29, 2015 - 1:10pm
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A surge in students from China has prompted the University of Illinois to add Chinese-language broadcasts of its football games this season.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette (bit.ly/1JodfPl ) reports that the broadcasts will begin Friday when the Illini open their season at home against Kent State and will be available online as well as through a mobile app.

The university has more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students...

August 29, 2015 - 1:04pm
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BEIJING (AP) — Only seven years ago, Mo Farah was daydreaming about winning a medal — just one, any color.

On Saturday, the British distance runner was on the track posing with Usain Bolt at the Bird's Nest as the friends continue to collect gold by the bagful.

With his runaway victory in the 5,000 meters, Farah now has five world titles in as many major races dating back to the same event in Daegu in 2011. He's also got two from the 2012 London...

August 29, 2015 - 12:49pm
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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America has been cancelled due to wet track conditions.

Rain fell overnight and into the morning.

Ben Rhodes was awarded the pole because he had the fastest speed from the first of two practice sessions held at the rural Wisconsin road course on Friday. He got to 108.500 mph.

Chase Elliott, Rhodes' JR Motorsports teammate who is third in the series...

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