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As probe into incident begins, Stewart steps away from the track

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart's No. 14 car struck fellow racer Kevin Ward Jr. when Ward exited his car to confront Stewart at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Although, on Sunday, Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said that investigators don't have any evidence at this point to support criminal intent in the death of Ward, Povero also said that criminal charges have not been ruled out.

Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon case

A federal judge ruled that the NCAA can't stop players from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses, striking down NCAA regulations that prohibit them from getting anything other than scholarships and the cost of attendance at schools

No Manziel? No Clowney? SEC says no problem

Presumed top contenders like Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and LSU are breaking in new quarterbacks. Those factors — and the wild, unpredictable 2013 season — are giving other teams around the league hope.

LSU opens fall camp with questions on offense

The Tigers lost 3,000-yard passer Zach Mettenberger, 1,600-yard rusher Jeremy Hill and 1,000-yard receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry from last season's 10-3 squad. Moreover, guard Trai Turner joined all of the above entrants into the NFL. All but Mettenberger had remaining eligibility.

Florida seeks quick turnaround after 4-8 debacle

Coming off the program's worst showing since 1979 — a 4-8 record that included seven consecutive losses and a humbling setback to Georgia Southern — Florida is banking on a quick turnaround in 2014.

Malzahn: Marshall, Mincy won't start vs. Arkansas

Coach Gus Malzahn made those announcements Friday after the defending Southeastern Conference champions finished their first practice of preseason camp. He didn't say how long Marshall or Mincy will remain on the bench against the Razorbacks on Aug. 30.

Allen healthy, ready to prove self at quarterback for Arkansas

Allen's quest for redemption will begin in earnest when Arkansas' players report for preseason practice on Sunday. They'll take the field a day later, eager to shake any hangover from last season's winless march through the Southeastern Conference.

Mississippi St working to expand offense

Mississippi State is expecting quarterback Dak Prescott to have an all-Southeastern Conference caliber season in his first full year as the starter.

NCAA proposed settlement raises medical questions

A key feature of a proposed settlement of a head-injury lawsuit against the NCAA is the creation of a $70 million fund to pay for medical evaluations of current and former college players in several sports. The provision raises some sticky medical questions

NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

College sports' governing body also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows, according to a filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Critics have accused the NCAA of giving too much discretion to individual schools about when athletes can go back into games, putting them at risk.

Spurrier: Gamecocks 'close' to being title team

Spurrier's getting closer each year and he enters his 10th season — only two shy of his national championship tenure at Florida — with expectations higher than ever after a third consecutive 11-2 season.

2 Texas football players charged with sex assault

Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.

Texas' Strong prefers not talking national title

The new coach toned down his honest assessment in future stops, then said Tuesday in his first appearance at Big 12 media days that he prefers not even talking about championships.

Aggies Sumlin can't escape Manziel questions

Texas A&M won 20 games in its first two seasons in the SEC with Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. Now, the Aggies get a chance to prove they can win big in the powerhouse league even without Manziel. Sumlin said having players like the nation's top-rated quarterback recruit, Kyle Allen, makes the task more exciting.

Star power lacking at SEC Media Days

One year after high-profile players such as Alabama's A.J. McCarron, South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel brought a rockstar feel to SEC Media Days, the buzz is largely missing this week at the league's preseason showcase.

Mississippi State eyes jump in SEC standings

Mississippi State returns a veteran defense and one of the league's few experienced quarterbacks. Dak Prescott threw for 1,940 yards and 10 touchdowns — and also rushed for 13 touchdowns — after becoming the starter early last season. The charismatic junior is now the unquestioned leader of the Bulldogs' offense.

Former TV exec says college pay a dangerous path

A former president of CBS Sports says he fears the popularity of college sports would suffer if athletes receive money to play because fans enjoy the concept of young people playing sports for the love of the game.

Duke beats Notre Dame to win NCAA lacrosse title

The top-seeded Blue Devils (17-3) limited the Irish to one goal over the first 35 minutes, built a six-goal lead in the third quarter and held on.

Sam finds comfortable landing spot in St. Louis

Sam was picked by St. Louis near the end of the seventh round Saturday, with the 248th overall pick. He will try to become the NFL's first publicly gay player when in the Rams' training camp.

 

Hart: Tennessee hoops job still 'extremely attractive'

Former coach Cuonzo Martin led Tennessee to an NCAA regional semifinal during a season in which disgruntled fans circulated a petition calling for the return of former coach Bruce Pearl, now at Auburn. Martin left Tuesday to take over California's program. Hart acknowledged Martin faced plenty of "distractions" this season.

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