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Hammer throw standouts make team

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Kibwe Johnson’s grandparents have someone special to cheer for in London. Johnson won the hammer at the Olympic trials with a throw of 245 feet, 11 inches Thursday to earn a trip to the London Games. ”My grandparents have been to every Olympics since 1976, I think,” he said. ”And now they...
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Catcher wristbands help coaches signal in pitches

OMAHA, Neb. – It’s been said that the catcher is the quarterback of a baseball team. These days, some catchers are looking more like their football counterparts with the playbook wristbands they wear. South Carolina catcher Grayson Greiner wears a wristband on his left arm that has a grid chart listing number combinations corresponding with...
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BCS changes: Who wins and loses?

CHICAGO – College football is headed toward a new era, with a four-team playoff deciding the champion starting in 2014. As the conference commissioners have said over and over during the six months it has taken for them to come up with a playoff plan to present to university presidents for approval, ”The devil is...
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Audio Wrap-Up: Gems hammer Bells in finale

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath Falls Gems bats lit up on Wednesday night at Kiger Stadium, propelling them to a 14-2 win over the Bellingham Bells. The Klamath Falls victory ended a six-game losing streak for the Gems in West Coast League play while erasing a winning streak of the same length for...
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Dealing King Felix not so crazy

Story by Ken Rosenthal The Mariners in recent weeks touched base with the Cubs on shortstop Starlin Castro, asked the Royals about designated hitter Billy Butler, talked to other clubs about other hitters. None of the talks progressed, according to major league sources. Virtually every team contacted the Cubs about Castro after a published...
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Pac-12 and Big Ten concede to BCS playoff plan

CHICAGO – The BCS commissioners are backing a playoff plan with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games and a selection committee picking the teams. The plan will be presented to university presidents next week for approval. Once the presidents sign off — and that seems likely — major college...
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Former UO assistant Dunlap hired for NBA post

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Mike Dunlap’s reputation as a ‘crazy worker’ was among the things that impressed the Charlotte Bobcats. The team formally introduced Dunlap as the fifth coach in the franchise’s eight-year history on Wednesday, and immediately began talking about changing the franchise’s culture of losing. The Bobcats finished 7-59 last season for the worst...
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Audio Wrap-Up: Gems squander early lead

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Leading 5-1, the Klamath Falls Gems looked good to break a set of streaks again against the Bellingham Bells Tuesday night at Kiger Stadium. It didn’t work out, though, as the Bells scored nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings to win 14-7 and extend their winning streak to...
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Mariners get win in extras over Arizona

PHOENIX – Daniel Hudson has been more than a little lost on the mound the past two weeks. ”I don’t know what’s going on right now,” Hudson said after the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-9, 10-inning loss to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. ”I’ve just got to figure it out. It’s just a stretch where when...
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Angels go double digits against Giants

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Although the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup has looked better on paper than in the batter’s box for long stretches of this season, Albert Pujols and his talented young teammates appear ready to turn that potential into results. Just ask Barry Zito and the Giants, who couldn’t keep up or slow them down....
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