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August 29, 2015 - 1:33pm
9 min 2 sec ago

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
9 min 2 sec ago

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
9 min 2 sec ago

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
9 min 2 sec ago

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
9 min 2 sec ago

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
9 min 2 sec ago

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
9 min 2 sec ago

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...

August 29, 2015 - 12:35pm
9 min 2 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for a racecar driver who was killed when he was run over by Tony Stewart's car says legal claims by the NASCAR star in response to a lawsuit are "appalling."

Attorney Mark Lanier said in an email Saturday that Kevin Ward Jr. was killed last year as he walked on a dirt track in upstate New York even though Stewart is one of the world's best drivers.

The lawyer noted five other cars drove around Ward during a yellow caution...

August 29, 2015 - 12:20pm
9 min 2 sec ago

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch will miss "significant time" early in the season after spraining a ligament in his left knee.

The Jaguars made the announcement Saturday, one day after Branch injured his knee in a preseason game against Detroit. Branch sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee early in the game, when teammate Aaron Colvin landed on him.

It's the latest setback for Jacksonville's...

August 29, 2015 - 11:38am
19 min 8 sec ago

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Baseball's banned "hit king" will take a swing at campus lecturing this fall at Miami University in southwest Ohio.

The school says Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist Paul Daugherty (DAHK'-er-tee) will lead a discussion with Pete Rose the evening of Sept. 21 in Miami's Hall Auditorium.

Rose, a Cincinnati native who holds the career hits record with 4,256, was banned from Major League Baseball in 1989 for betting on baseball....

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