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  • Drug policy lenient in the SEC

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Players testing positive for marijuana in the mighty Southeastern Conference do not face the one-year suspension that comes from getting busted by the NCAA.
    In the most successful league of the BCS-era, players routinely get third, fourth and even fifth chances before they’re booted from the team; failed drug tests administered by the NCAA result in the automatic suspension.
    The finding comes from an Associated Press examination of the drug policies at 11 current members of the SEC. Vanderbilt, a private institution, declined to make its rules available.
    All the SEC schools the AP looked at had far more lenient drug policies than the NCAA, though the penalties varied widely.

  • Barefoot running linked to injury

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Swept by the barefoot running craze, ultramarathoner Ryan Carter ditched his sneakers for footwear that mimics the experience of striding unshod.
    The first time he tried it two years ago, he ran a third of a mile on grass. Within three weeks of switching over, he was clocking six miles on the road.
    During a training run with a friend along a picturesque bike path near downtown Minneapolis, Carter suddenly stopped, unable to take another step. His right foot seared in pain.
    “It was as though someone had taken a hammer and hit me with it,” he recalled.

  • Aggies are No. 2 for regional

    The New Mexico State University Aggie baseball team (35-22) was selected as one of 34 at-large bids to participate in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
    The Aggies are going into the Tucson Regional as a No. 2 seed. The regional will be hosted by the University of Arizona.
    The Aggies are scheduled to face No. 3 seed Louisville Friday at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.
    Also in the double-elimination regional is fourth-seeded Missouri, which will meet top-seeded Arizona Friday night. The winners and losers of each game will play Saturday.

  • Venus joins Serena on tourney sidelines

    PARIS (AP) — Used to be that Venus Williams was the one who was highly ranked, the one considered a title contender, the one who would dominate foes so thoroughly that matches would be tidily wrapped up in an hour.
    Now 31, and figuring out from day to day how to handle an illness that saps her strength, Williams was on the wrong end of a lopsided 60-minute defeat in the second round of the French Open Wednesday.
    Looking glum and lacking the verve that carried her to seven Grand Slam titles in her career, Williams barely put up any resistance and lost 6-2, 6-3 to No. 3-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland at Roland Garros.

  • Williams bounced in French Open 1st rd.

    PARIS (AP) — For more than a decade, whatever the state of her health or her game, no matter the opponent or arena, Serena Williams always won first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments.
    Always.
    Until Tuesday at the French Open. Until Williams came within two points of victory nine times, yet remarkably failed to close the deal against unheralded and 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano of France.

  • Rodman found guilty of contempt

    ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman might soon find himself working with at-risk teens or cleaning up streets.
    The flamboyant former player known for his rebounding skills and wild, off-court behavior was sentenced Tuesday to 104 hours of community service after being found guilty last year of four counts of contempt for failing to pay child support.
    The ruling also placed Rodman, 51, on three years of informal probation on the condition he keep up his child and spousal support payments.
    It was the latest development in a series of legal disputes that began in 2004, when Rodman’s wife at the time filed for divorce.

  • 76ers force Game 7 in Eastern semifinal

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The buzz at the start was for Allen Iverson’s ceremonial return.
    By the end, more than 20,000 fans were on their feet and going wild for Jrue Holiday, Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala and the rugged-and-determined play that kept the eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers alive for at least one more game.
    Yes, the Sixers are talking about Game 7 — and they’re taking this improbable postseason run back to Boston.
    Holiday scored 20 points, and Brand had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sixers to an 82-75 victory over the Celtics on Wednesday night that tied the Eastern Conference semifinals.

  • Manning on Target at First Bronco Practice

    New quarterback Peyton Manning ran the offensive practice during the Denver Broncos workout Monday. After missing last season with a neck injury, it was the first time the media witnessed Manning throwing the ball since last year's training camp.

  • I'll Have Another wins Preakness, Triple try next

    BALTIMORE (AP) — I'll Have Another did just that, winning another Triple Crown race with even more flash and dash than he did in the Kentucky Derby.

    By bolting past Bodemeister — again — this time in Saturday's Preakness, all that stands in the way of racing glory is the Belmont Stakes in three weeks.

    Win that and the smooth-striding 3-year-old will find himself in the company of Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, the last to win thoroughbred racing's most coveted prize in 1978.

  • Pacers take 2-1 edge over Heat

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James grabbed a seat on Miami’s bench, lowered his head and stared down at the floor. Way down.
    Roy Hibbert had 19 points and 18 rebounds, George Hill scored 20 and Danny Granger 17 as the Pacers, showing more balance, toughness and togetherness than favored Miami, throttled the malfunctioning Heat 94-75 on Thursday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
    Overlooked during the regular season and given little chance to upset the reigning East champions, the Pacers took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
    Game 4 is Sunday at raucous Bankers Life Fieldhouse.