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The Greatest: Phelps returns for another Olympic farewell
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 23 Jul 2016 05:07:36 +0000

Michael Phelps is back for a sequel to his Olympic farewell.

This time, he insists, it really is goodbye.

After retiring and then un-retiring, Phelps will be in Rio as the first U.S. male swimmer to compete in five Olympics. He is already the most decorated athlete in the history of the games, with 18 golds and 22 medals overall, and at age 31 remains the biggest star in a sport that will also feature teen sensation Katie Ledecky and an increasingly diverse pool of potential champions from around the world.

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FANTASY COLUMN: Change is good for everyone
TheFacts.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 02:00:00 -0500
Most fantasy drafts are about a month away, but it’s never too early to look at players who can potentially help your team.

Dustin Johnson, Luke List share Canadian Open lead
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 05:04:51 +0000

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Dustin Johnson made a 10-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole Thursday for a 6-under 66 and a share of the Canadian Open lead with Luke List.

“My game feels good,” Johnson said. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in it. I feel like I’m swinging really well. I felt like I rolled the ball really nicely with the putter today. I’m definitely driving the ball nicely. I’ve got a lot of confidence in the driver. I feel like I can hit it in the fairway.”

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NCAA to survey potential host cities on discrimination laws
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 23 Jul 2016 05:11:35 +0000

The NCAA is sending a questionnaire about potential discrimination laws to organizers in cities that will be or are hoping to host sanctioned college sports events.

The NCAA board of governors’ decision comes a day after the NBA announced it would pull its All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of its objections to a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

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Tillman gets 14th win, Orioles avert 4-game sweep vs Yankees
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 05:11:56 +0000

NEW YORK — Worn down and banged up, the Baltimore Orioles found the perfect remedy for all their ailments — a well-pitched game.

Chris Tillman tied for the major league lead with his 14th win, throwing four-hit ball for seven innings and helping the depleted Orioles avert a four-game sweep at Yankee Stadium, beating New York 4-1 Thursday.

“You could tell he was trying to give us what we really needed,” manager Buck Showalter said.

The Orioles had lost four straight overall, costing them their lead in the AL East.

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Franklin, Lochte facing more down time at Rio Games
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 05:04:33 +0000

Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte will be busy in the pool at the Rio Olympics. Just not as busy as they wanted to be.

The two popular stars from the U.S. swimming team four years ago in London have just three individual events between them in Rio, hardly the frenetic schedule they’ve grown accustomed to over the years.

Four years ago, Franklin swam four individual events and three relays, while Lochte had four individual events, plus two relays. Together, they won 10 medals.

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‘Never a quiet day’: Froome crashes but keeps yellow at Tour
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 23 Jul 2016 05:06:47 +0000

SAINT-GERVAIS-LES-BAINS, France — If Chris Froome wins the Tour de France on Sunday, it won’t have been an easy ride to the Champs Elysees.

After a pile-up forced him to run up part of Mont Ventoux last week, the two-time champion escaped from another crash on Friday during a chaotic and spectacular penultimate Alpine stage held in stormy and wet weather.

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Former Vikings, Cardinals coach Dennis Green dies at 67
elpasotimes.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:19:25 -0400
Green coached in the NFL for 13 seasons and compiled a 113-94 record.

UConn AD preparing pitch, waiting to hear from Big 12
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:43:03 +0000

STORRS, Conn. — UConn’s new athletic director says he’s waiting to hear from the Big 12 about its interest level in the school before reaching out with an official pitch to join the conference.

The Big 12’s school presidents on Tuesday moved closer to expansion, directing Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to begin evaluating schools interested in joining.

UConn’s David Benedict, in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press on Friday, acknowledged the Huskies are interested in being evaluated.

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Amusan advances at World Juniors
elpasotimes.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:58:40 -0400
UTEP sophomore-to-be easily wins heat at U-20 championships

Rowdy and friends at the Outlet Shoppes
elpasotimes.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:23:21 -0400
Dallas Cowboy fans line up to see official mascot Rowdy and Cowboys reporter Mickey Spagnola and bus driver Emory Tyler Friday at the Cowboys Official Pro Shop.

El Paso high school baseball players honored
elpasotimes.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:20:56 -0400
Three El Paso HS baseball players earned Class 5A, All-State honors on Friday

UNC tries to stop revolving door atop ACC’s Coastal Division
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 05:09:02 +0000

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora knows all about the unpredictable nature of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division after his Tar Heels made a surprise climb to the top last season.

Staying there? Now that will be tough based on the division’s recent run.

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