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April 16, 2014 - 6:18am
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LONDON (AP) — The Russian city of Kazan will host the 2016 world junior athletics championships.

The decision was announced on Wednesday by the International Association of Athletics Federations at its council meeting in Dakar, Senegal.

The championships will be held in the 22,600-capacity Central Stadium.

Kazan, which hosted the World University Games in 2013, will also stage next year's world swimming championships....

April 16, 2014 - 4:18am
5 min 31 sec ago

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has ruled that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday and resume on May 5.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Wednesday that she was responding to a request for a break from the chief prosecutor and which was supported by the defense. Pistorius' trial started Mar. 3 and Masipa said the case had lasted longer than expected.

Chief defense lawyer Barry Roux...

April 16, 2014 - 4:02am
5 min 31 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials from the University of Illinois at Chicago are preparing to officially unveil the school's new baseball stadium this week.

Festivities are planned for Thursday at the $10 million Curtis Granderson Stadium, named for former the New York Mets outfielder and three-time Major League Baseball all-star.

Granderson is a former UIC student who contributed $5 million toward the stadium, the largest gift in UIC athletics history....

April 16, 2014 - 4:01am
5 min 31 sec ago

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The former head of the Illini men's gymnastics team has been named to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

The University of Illinois says Yoshi Haynasaki will be inducted into the hall on Aug. 22 in Pittsburgh. He was the school's head gymnastics coach for 33 seasons. During that time Haynasaki won six Big Ten titles and was named Big Ten Coach of the Year four times. He's also been personal coach to Olympic athletes.

Haynasaki...

April 16, 2014 - 3:31am
5 min 31 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hector Sanchez had his wife and young daughter waiting in the parking lot. He had to do something to end the game.

Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night after Brandon Belt's tying double in the ninth.

"They've been waiting for 3 hours," Sanchez said. "My daughter has school tomorrow."

Hunter Pence had...

April 16, 2014 - 3:30am
5 min 31 sec ago

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Volunteers are working to help save one of the only stadiums still in existence where black professional baseball teams once played.

Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson was once home to the New York Black Yankees, the New York Cubans and other Negro League teams.

Eleven members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame played there, including Larry Doby. He integrated the American League in July 1947, just months after Jackie Robinson...

April 16, 2014 - 3:19am
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner stepped in a pothole at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring and opened up a cut where his running blade attached below his right knee.

He cursed his luck as he stopped every mile to clean the wound. But that bump in the road just may have kept him from being in the midst of the chaos. Glasbrenner was three blocks from the finish when the marathon was halted by the two bomb explosions.

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April 16, 2014 - 3:17am
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April 16, 2014 - 3:16am
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Marian Gaborik's new teammates with the Los Angeles Kings initially wondered whether such a talented goal-scorer could fit into a defense-dominated team when he arrived in a trade last month.

Nobody is wondering anymore after Gaborik helped the Kings reach the postseason on a roll.

"It took me a little bit, but I think I adjusted pretty good," Gaborik said Tuesday while the Kings prepared for their first-round opener against...

April 16, 2014 - 3:13am
2 hours 45 min ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Epke Udoh will leave one positive lasting impression from this dreary season for the Milwaukee Bucks, and it has nothing to do with basketball.

Few, if any, NBA players can say they've started a book club over Twitter. Fewer still probably cite entertainment magnate Oprah Winfrey as a role model.

Udoh, a four-year NBA veteran, is thinking big.

"I want to be like Oprah. I want to be like Oprah's book club," the...

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