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US decathlete Trey Hardee out of worlds with back injury

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 05:17 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Three events in and American decathlete Trey Hardee had to withdraw. His throbbing lower back couldn't take anymore punishment.

The two-time world champion hurt his back on Friday in the long jump, then struggled in the shot put before shutting himself down at the world championships. Hardee said he was "devastated" to have to pull out of the 10-event competition, but it "just wasn't meant to be."

"I need to focus now on getting prepared for 2016 and what will be my final Olympic campaign," Hardee said.


Here is the Illinois Scorecard from the Associated Press:

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 03:05 AM

THURSDAY'S RESULTS

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

San Francisco 9, Chicago Cubs 1

St. Louis 5, Arizona 3

Chicago White Sox 4, Seattle 2

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Kane County 5, Cedar Rapids 0

Quad Cities 8, Peoria 6

FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Seattle at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.


Oklahoma LB's Evans, Shannon competing for starting spot

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 02:15 AM

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Now that Oklahoma has chosen a starting quarterback, the inside linebacker battle between Jordan Evans and Frank Shannon is the most compelling decision left for the coaches.

Last season, while Shannon was serving a suspension, Evans stepped in and finished second on the team with 93 tackles. Shannon, a dynamic player who started every game in 2013 and led the team with 92 tackles, is back. Both are good enough to make Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops hesitant to name a starter.


Goodyear retiring blimps, rolling out new cigar-shaped craft

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 02:07 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring.

But don't fret. The cigar-shaped thing most people have seen floating over sports events will still be there.

It just won't be, technically, a blimp.

The nation's three Goodyear blimps are being replaced by larger semi-rigid dirigibles. Goodyear's Priscilla Tasker says its brand new design.

Such a craft differs from a blimp in that the big, helium-filled balloon that carries it aloft won't go flat when the gas is drained.


China gets 1-2 in sporting finish to 20K walk at worlds

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 01:25 AM

BEIJING (AP) — With China's first gold of the world championships virtually assured, the only thing for teammates Liu Hong and Lu Xiuzhi to decide was who should win it.

Liu and Lu entered the Bird's Nest side by side at the end of the women's 20-kilometer walk on Friday and chatted about how to finish — a duel down the final stretch?


Horse riding program teaches sport of kings to at-risk youth

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 01:20 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carmen Sharpe doesn't let her children play outside their home in a dangerous, gritty section of Philadelphia.

So her 9-year-old daughter Marisol Jimenez (hih-MEN'-ez) cherishes the periodic escapes she gets through the Work to Ride program.

The nonprofit initiative helps at-risk children become equestrians while teaching them responsibility and respect. Founded in 1994, it's located at stables in the city's leafy Fairmount Park.


Home runs, clutch relief help Cardinals top Diamondbacks 5-3

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 01:18 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — Brandon Moss hit his first home run with St. Louis and Tony Cruz hit his first of the season, leading the Cardinals to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night to complete a four-game sweep.

It was the Cardinals' fifth straight win overall and they finished 7-0 against the Diamondbacks this season.

Moss's tiebreaking two-run shot in the fifth inning off starter Rubby De La Rosa (11-6) put the Cardinals ahead 5-3.


Analysts question costs in Los Angeles 2024 Olympics bid

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 12:53 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — City analysts are warning that construction costs for athlete housing in Los Angeles' 2024 Olympic bid may be significantly underestimated.

A preliminary report Thursday from Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon Tso finds that the cost of acquiring land and building an Olympic Village for athletes near downtown Los Angeles "may significantly exceed" the projected $1 billion cost.

The report says more study is needed.


Cal hires Andre Carter as student assistant coach

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 12:39 AM

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Former California and NFL star Andre Carter has returned to the Golden Bears' football program as a student assistant coach.

Head coach Sonny Dykes said Thursday that Carter will assist with the team's defensive line.

Carter enrolled as an undergraduate at Cal earlier this year to pursue his bachelor's degree in American studies.

Carter played 13 years in the NFL after being drafted seventh overall by San Francisco in 2001. He also played with Washington, New England and Oakland.


Japan scales back Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium plans

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 12:32 AM

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has reduced the seating and slashed the cost of its planned stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after public opposition to the earlier approved design.

The Cabinet approved a revised plan Friday that would cap the price tag at 155 billion yen ($1.3 billion), down from the plan for a 252 billion yen stadium that the government abruptly scrapped in July.

The plan calls for a 68,000-seat stadium for the Olympics, down from 80,000, though it would be expandable to 80,000 for later events.


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