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Atlanta headed for new late-winter NASCAR slot
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:15:50 +0000

HAMPTON, Ga. — Atlanta Motor Speedway’s slot in NASCAR’s schedule is going from Labor Day weekend to late winter. The move, however, does not leave AMS President Ed Clark cold.

The track’s final Labor Day weekend Sprint Cup race is Sunday night. Next year, Atlanta racing shifts to the second week in the schedule, right behind the Daytona 500.

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Trinity shows its heart in win against Loraine
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:09:00 -0500
A year ago, Trinity falling behind in a game might have caused some panic for the Chargers and their coaching staff.

Antwan Goodley: Baylor Bears WR aggravates his quad against SMU
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:51:00 -0500
Baylor senior wide receiver, and Midland High grad, Antwan Goodley did not have the season-opener he wanted against SMU on Sunday evening.

Rally falls short as ’Hounds fall into tie for 1st
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:44:00 -0500
FRISCO — The Midland RockHounds and Frisco RoughRiders will need at least one more game to decide the Texas League South Division’s second half championship.

Old-school Tide shows glimpse of no-huddle offense
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:18:23 +0000

ATLANTA — Looking for a way to calm a jittery first-time starting quarterback, No. 2 Alabama broke out the no-huddle offense for a while against West Virginia.

The move helped recalibrate Blake Sims, and the Tide rolled to victory.

Up-tempo Alabama? And with the shifty Sims, guiding the offense could the zone-read and spread be next?

Not happening.

Nick Saban is fine with the Tide’s old-school ways. In fact, being the “dinosaur” in this age of high-tech offenses is now to Alabama’s advantage, Saban said after a 33-23 victory against West Virginia.

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Wozniacki outlasts Sharapova, in U.S. Open quarters
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:20:43 +0000

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon.

Maria Sharapova, usually the one wearing down opponents in the third set, sure couldn’t keep up on a steamy Sunday at the U.S. Open. Wozniacki won 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 37 minutes to get back to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in more than two years — and get back in the headlines for reasons other than her personal life.

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RG3 statue, boats on water at Baylor’s new stadium
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:18:55 +0000

WACO — RG3 in bronze and boats on the water at Baylor.

Before the 10th-ranked Bears played their first game at McLane Stadium on Sunday night, a 91/2-foot bronze statue of Robert Griffin III was unveiled.

The statue of Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner is in a plaza between the stadium and the Brazos River, where some fans arrived by boat for the game — and others dived in for relief from temperatures in the mid-90s. That plaza is at the end of a 775-foot pedestrian bridge over the water that many fans walk over to get to the stadium.

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AP source: Chiefs’ Smith agrees to 4-yr extension
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:15:43 +0000

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, quarterback Alex Smith professed his admiration for coach Andy Reid and his excitement at playing for the storied franchise.

Now, he could have that opportunity for at least four more years.

Smith signed a $68 million extension Sunday to remain with the Chiefs through the 2018 season, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose the terms of the contract.

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Sam clears waivers, meets with Fisher
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:16:35 +0000

ST. LOUIS — Michael Sam was probably never an ideal fit with the St. Louis Rams and it had absolutely nothing to do with his sexual orientation.

They’re just too well-stocked at defensive end, Sam’s position.

Sam showed up for his face-to-face exit meeting with coach Jeff Fisher Sunday, a few hours after clearing waivers.

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Henley takes a 1-shot lead at Deutsche Bank
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:19:43 +0000

NORTON, Mass. — Russell Henley doesn’t get into contention as much as he’d like, though he is tough to beat when he’s anywhere near the lead.

Rory McIlroy seems to be there all the time.

They were among a host of contenders Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, setting up the second straight week in the FedEx Cup playoffs that the final round resembles more like a free-for-all.

The difference at the TPC Boston is the presence of McIlroy so high on the leaderboard.

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Dominguez, Altuve team up, lead Astros over Texas
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:17:46 +0000

HOUSTON — Jose Altuve leads the majors in hits and is 11 away from 200 for the season.

He insists he’s not counting.

“If you’re thinking hits, you’re not paying attention to wins,” Altuve said Sunday after leading the Houston Astros past the Texas Rangers 3-2.

Altuve matched his career high with four hits, including two doubles. His single with two outs in the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run.

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