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    ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Riley Reiff was far from the bright lights of New York City during the NFL draft. To keep his mind occupied on a night out of his control, Reiff chose to just hang out in his family's barn back in South Dakota.

      Kirk Hinrich is glad to have 2011 in the rearview.  2012 has been anything but easy. Shoulder surgery and a torn hamstring would have slowed down anyone. Toss in a labor lockout, a compressed schedule and a major role change with the Atlanta Hawks, and Hinrich has had to pick things up on the fly.

      Virginia running back Mike Hollins knows he will never be the same. He also says the importance of college football has shrunk. But he can't wait to run onto the field with his teammates this season. Hollins was wounded in a shooting attack last November that left three of his teammates dead. He had a long rehabilitation but returned for spring practices. He has been an inspiration to his team. Virginia opens the season Sept. 2 against Tennessee in Nashville. 

      ATLANTA — Conference realignment means more work, less academic time for unpaid athletes. The callous disregard for the welfare of athletes by college sports leaders who are chasing money has become too much even for Missouri football coach Eli Drinkwitz. In May, Drinkwitz lamented the supposed negative effects of athletes earning what he considers to be too much money for the rights to their ...


      Lucas Glover is on a roll. One week after a clutch win just to get into the FedEx Cup playoffs, Glover beat Patrick Cantlay in a playoff at the St. Jude Championship. He was looking at an early end to his season two weeks ago. Now Glover is up to No. 4 in the FedEx Cup and assured a spot in the Tour Championship. He made one clutch putt after another to stay in the game and shot 69.

      Cameron Smith has won his second LIV Golf title of the year. Phil Mickelson's hope for his first title in the Saudi-backed league came to a spectacular and early end. Mickelson was three shots behind when he put two tee shots into the water on the par-3 seventh hole at Trump National. He made a quintuple-bogey 8 and was never a factor. Smith cruised to a 68 and won LIV Golf-Bedminster by seven shots over Anirban Lahiri.

      INDIANAPOLIS — Michael McDowell knelt down at Indianapolis Motor Speedway's yard of bricks and delivered the sweetest kisses of his racing career Sunday.

      The U.S. World Cup basketball team got its first big test of the summer Sunday, and a perfect shooting night from Jalen Brunson helped ensure the Americans passed. Brunson was 9 for 9 from the field on the way to a team-best 21 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 14 and the U.S. pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Spain 98-88 in a pre-World Cup exhibition between tournament favorites.

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