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Kentucky must turn touted recruits into wins

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is still looking for his first victory in the Southeastern Conference following a 2-10 season in 2013, including an 0-8 mark in conference.

Tour leader Nibali: Doping belongs to cycling past

The Italian has had a praiseworthy, almost unbreakable lock on the yellow jersey, yet he will be looking over his shoulder more on Friday. The great race enters two days in the Alps that feature uphill finishes, starting with the hardest climb that the peloton has faced so far.

Armstrong met cycling doping panel in May

The probe has been expected to center on the International Cycling Union's handling of doping in the late 1990s and early 2000s, especially its links with Armstrong.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy lead pack at British Open

On the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, Rory McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major.

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace feels slighted by SEC, media

Mississippi's senior learned the media had selected him for the All-SEC preseason third team, putting Auburn's Nick Marshall on the first team and Mississippi State's Dak Prescott on the second team.

He wasn't happy about it.

Pitcher Jake Arrieta becomes bright spot for woeful Cubs

Heading into Sunday's start at Arizona, Cubs starter Jake Arrieta is 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA and a .160 opponents' batting average during an impressive six-week run.

Show-Me State Games to open Friday

The opening ceremony of the 2014 Show-Me State Games is 7 p.m. Friday at Mizzou Arena.

Columbia College hires Jessica Keller as women's basketball coach

Jessica Keller becomes the second coach since the Cougars reinstated the women's team in 2001. She was an assistant coach at Minnesota State for three seasons before accepting the Columbia College position.

Missouri's Pinkel, Mauk remain confident about coming football season

Even with the question marks, Missouri enters the season with nearly universal respect across the league after it made its impressive run through the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division.

VIDEO: Missouri football's Pinkel, three players speak at SEC Media Days

The Missouri football program got its moment in the spotlight Wednesday morning at the Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala.

FROM READERS: Volunteering as a Challenger Division "player buddy" is meaningful experience

"Player buddy" finds the Daniel Boone Little League program to be just as rewarding for the volunteers as it is for the children.

SEC Network availability gives some fans jitters

Cable and satellite providers such as DISH Network, Cox Communications and AT&T U-Verse have signed deals to carry the league's network. ESPN and the SEC are still in talks with other major distributors, including DirecTV and Comcast.

Razorbacks hope for big turnaround in 2014

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is hardly guaranteeing a dramatic turnaround in Year 2, but said positives he's seen in areas like academics, off-the-field behavior should translate into more success on the field.

LSU faces turnover, but coach Les Miles isn't concerned

The Tigers had nine players selected in May's draft — including several underclassmen — but expectations are still very high in Death Valley. LSU returns 13 starters from last season, including most of the offensive line.

Lance Stephenson shuns Pacers, opts for Hornets

The controversial shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season.

40-year-old woman earns spot on New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad

Kriste Lewis, a dance instructor, said she did not expect to make the Saintsations, which are comprised of mostly 18- to 28-year-olds.

State decides not to prosecute Providence College players

The Rhode Island attorney general's office said it presented the investigation to a statewide grand jury, which determined there was insufficient evidence to charge Providence college basketball player Rodney Bullock. The office said it then determined there was insufficient evidence to ask the grand jury to consider charges against Brandon Austin.

Tennessee's A.J. Johnson, Butch Jones aim for winning season

The Volunteers are gearing up for a chance to earn their first winning record since 2009.

NBA Commisioner says Donald Sterling saga might continue into season

"It's very difficult to say anything with certainty in a situation like this," Adam Silver said after the Board of Governors' meeting Tuesday. "I can say with certainty we are doing everything in our power to move Donald out as an owner in the NBA."

Kevin Love trade talks open again between Warriors, Timberwolves

Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders was seen talking to Warriors general manager Bob Myers at the arena on Sunday as the teams look to bridge the gap that caused discussions to stall. The Warriors have been reluctant to include shooting guard Klay Thompson in any package, which has been considered a deal-breaker for the Timberwolves.

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