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September 4, 2015 - 3:28pm
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke's men's basketball team is headed back to the White House next week to celebrate its latest national title.

School officials announced Friday that President Barack Obama will honor the Blue Devils on Tuesday for their NCAA Tournament championship.

Duke won its fifth NCAA Tournament title in April by beating Wisconsin 68-63 in the championship game in Indianapolis.

It marks Duke's second White House...

September 4, 2015 - 2:21pm
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ATLANTA (AP) — Elijah Holyfield, the top-rated running back in the state of Georgia and the son of former boxing champion Evander Holyfield, says he will sign with Georgia.

Holyfield, a senior at Woodward Academy in the Atlanta area, announced his decision on Friday. He says he chose Georgia over Alabama and Auburn. He also had offers from Tennessee, South Carolina and other schools.

Holyfield brought out two white bulldog puppies for his...

September 4, 2015 - 2:06pm
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bo Pelini and Pat Narduzzi have spent the better part of their lives occasionally staring across the football field at one another.

They'll do it for the first time as coaching equals on Saturday.

The kids who played against each other in high school growing up in Youngstown, Ohio then became two of the nation's top defensive coordinators will meet as head coaches when Pittsburgh hosts Youngstown State on Saturday....

September 4, 2015 - 1:52pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs rookie slugger Kyle Schwarber is expected to miss three to five days because of a mild rib cage strain.

He hurt himself on a checked swing during batting practice before Wednesday's game against Cincinnati. The left-handed hitter hopes to be in the lineup Monday when Chicago opens a three-game series at St. Louis.

Manager Joe Maddon says the team is "just going to chill a little bit right now and figure it out from there." He...

September 4, 2015 - 1:51pm
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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Five rhythmic gymnastics judges at the 2014 world championships have been sanctioned for biased judging.

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) says three judges received a warning for "partisan judging" while two were suspended — one for six months, the other for three — for allegedly favoring gymnasts from their own countries at the championships in Izmir, Turkey.

FIG did not give the names of the judges, who can...

September 4, 2015 - 1:28pm
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At The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
New York
Purse: $42.3 million
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
Third Round

Benoit Paire, France, def. Tommy Robredo (26), Spain, 7-6 (3), 6-1, 6-1.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (19), France, def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2....

September 4, 2015 - 1:26pm
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Canoeists at an Olympic test event complained Friday about the polluted water at the venue but were most outspoken about aquatic plants that tangled with their oars and rudders.

German canoeist Franziska Weber calls the floating weeds "unfair." She says "we work four years for this moment, and to lose then because of plants. It's hard."

She described the water color as "red and brown. It's not the typical water color."...

September 4, 2015 - 1:17pm
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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have activated outfielder George Springer from the 15-day disabled list.

Springer has been out with a right wrist fracture since July 2, a day after he was hit by a pitch against the Royals. At the time he was hitting .264 with 14 doubles, 13 home runs, 29 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 75 games.

The Astros lead the AL West, but the gap has shrunk to two games over the Texas Rangers entering Friday's games....

September 4, 2015 - 1:07pm
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have traded with the Titans for veteran guard Andy Levitre in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2016 and a conditional pick in a future year.

The Titans announced the deal Friday.

Tennessee gave the 6-foot-2, 303-pound Levitre a six-year, $46.8 million contract in March 2013. Levitre has started all 96 games in his six seasons.

Levitre, however, was benched for Byron Bell for the last...

September 4, 2015 - 1:05pm
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MILAN (AP) — Dragged down by fan violence and match-fixing in recent seasons, Italy's Serie B is introducing virtual green cards to award instances of fair play on the pitch.

League president Andrea Abodi tells The Associated Press, "We need to provide good examples — because clearly they're lacking lately."

The cards won't be handed out during matches, as that would alter the rules of the game. Instead, the referee and assistants will decide after...

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