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Bronco hoping girlfriend wins gold

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein is setting his alarm for the wee hours Saturday morning even though the Denver Broncos’ stadium scrimmage isn’t until mid-afternoon.Unrein is hoping to watch his girlfriend, Olympic trap shooter Corey Cogdell, strike gold in London. He’s hoping his Internet connection at his hotel is strong enough for...
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LSU No. 1; USC, Oregon top 5 in first poll

BATON ROUGE, La. — Despite its lopsided loss to Alabama in last January’s BCS national title game, LSU will open the 2012 season ranked No. 1 in at least one poll. LSU sits atop the USA Today Top 25 coaches poll released on Thursday, with Alabama second and Southern California third.
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Mariners continue hot streak beating Toronto

SEATTLE — The only grumpy person in the Seattle Mariners’ clubhouse was Felix Hernandez, who good-naturedly griped when the thumping music was turned down postgame. After all, the Mariners are enjoying making some noise. Seattle won its seventh consecutive game and completed a series sweep thanks to John Jaso’s go-ahead single in the sixth...
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D-backs sweep listless Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Patrick Corbin pitched two-hit ball over six innings following his promotion from the minors Wednesday, and the Arizona Diamondbacks got home runs from Miguel Montero and newcomer Chris Johnson in a 4-0 victory that completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Montero opened the scoring in the second inning...
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Dodgers designate Abreu for assignment

LOS ANGELES — Two-time All-Star Bobby Abreu has been designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers to make room on the 25-man roster for newly acquired left fielder Shane Victorino.
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Gems and Black Sox Wednesday night at Kiger

With the Klamath Falls Gems in the middle of a playoff race in the West Coast League, the Gems take a break from fully-serious baseball playing a non-league game against the Klamath Falls Black Sox at Kiger Stadium (6:30 p.m. – 960 the Sports Legend). While the competition will definitely be serious, the game...
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Fortt leaving Penn State for Cal

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State top reserve linebacker Khairi Fortt is heading to California, the latest Nittany Lion to transfer in the wake of tough NCAA sanctions against the program. The junior says in a statement Wednesday issued through his father, Guy Fortt, that he loved Cal when he visited when being recruited...
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Mariners net sixth win in a row over Jays

SEATTLE — The closed door during Mariners manager Eric Wedge’s postgame talk was not enough to stifle the whooping coming from the Seattle clubhouse. While Wedge explained his pleasure with Jason Vargas’ strong start, shortstop Brendan Ryan was being doused with ketchup and beer in the shower by his teammates. The team was celebrating...
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Giants defeat Mets

SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Harvey’s start to his major league career is giving the New York Mets hope that the future could be bright. If only the present was so pretty. Harvey struck out seven in six innings in his second straight solid outing, but the San Francisco Giants took advantage of a two-run...
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Dodgers make moves, but don’t win on deadline day

LOS ANGELES — The Arizona Diamondbacks have sent a message to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first two games of their NL West showdown: This is going to be a three-team race after all. Paul Goldschmidt homered in the first inning for the second straight game, Miguel Montero added a three-run shot and...
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