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Jimmy Walker opens with 65 at stifling PGA

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — A drab year for Jimmy Walker took a turn for the worse two weeks ago at the British Open, when he stayed in what was dubbed the “frat house” at Royal Troon with Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson.

East Carolina proud of Big 12 dreams

East Carolina’s athletic department social media tag is “ECUndaunted.” The Pirates, for sure, are undaunted when it comes to their approach to pursuing membership in the Big 12.

Argyle’s King brothers commit to Oklahoma

Not many high school baseball teams can have four freshmen in the starting lineup and put together the run Argyle did last season, when it won 27 games and nearly made a return trip to the Class 4A state tournament.

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Moreland powers Rangers past KC

ARLINGTON (AP) — Mitch Moreland’s second home run of the game broke a tie in the eighth inning and Cole Hamels earned his 12th win of the season as the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Thursday night.

Ray Sasser: Get a dog, avoid snakes

Now that wild quail seem to be making a comeback, a good bird dog is more valuable than ever. That’s why it makes perfect sense to enroll your dogs in a snake avoidance clinic.

Putin calls Olympic bans ‘discrimination’

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin hit out at “discrimination” against the country’s banned track and field athletes at a Kremlin send-off ceremony Wednesday for its depleted Olympic team.

Pioneers add three cagers for this fall

TWU basketball coach Beth Jillson has added three players to the Pioneers’ 2016-17 roster with the signings of freshman Hailee Ashworth, sophomore KJ Stastny and junior Grace Mitchell.

Football: UNT receiver Smiley arrested on DWI charge

Turner Smiley, a key member of the North Texas football team, was arrested on a DWI charge early Wednesday.

UNT could introduce new AD next week

North Texas likely will wait until next week to hold a press conference to introduce its new athletic director, a school spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

Baseball: Argyle’s Dixon commits to Horns

Argyle High School second baseman Brenden Dixon always has imagined himself playing college baseball, but not once did he picture himself playing for Texas — a program he was used to rooting against. Apparently, things change.

C-USA seeks plan for more TV revenue

IRVING — Conference USA didn’t come away with the financial package it had hoped for in terms of its new television contracts earlier this year. A deal that fell short of expectations has C-USA searching for ways to boost television revenue.

Sources: Baker UNT’s leading AD choice

Wren Baker, the interim athletic director at Missouri, is the leading candidate for the North Texas athletic director’s job, multiple sources have confirmed to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

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105 Russians banned

MOSCOW — At least 105 athletes from the 387-strong Russian Olympic team announced last week have been barred from the Rio de Janeiro Games in connection with the country’s doping scandal.

Texas revival sought in C-USA

IRVING — Fred Scott is like a lot of Texas-bred players when it comes to the sense of pride he feels, not just for his own team but for football across the state.

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Federer ends season before Olympics

Roger Federer is sitting out the rest of this season, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and U.S. Open, to protect his surgically repaired left knee. Federer wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday that he needs “more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year.”

Littrell playing numbers game

IRVING — Most coaches put the finishing touches on their recruiting classes about the time national signing day arrives in early February.

New AD expected to be chosen on Friday

North Texas is expected to have a new athletic director in place by Friday afternoon, when the school will usher in a new era in program history.

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Two-out triumph

ARLINGTON — Adrian Beltre hit his second home run of the game with two outs in the ninth inning, a two-run shot that rallied the Texas Rangers past the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Monday night for their third straight win.

Mesquite Horn DT commits to UNT

Mesquite Horn defensive tackle Junius King was planning to hold off a bit longer before deciding where he would continue his football career in college.

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Spieth trying to ignore history in days before PGA Championship

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Jordan Spieth walked with purpose down the long corridor toward his locker, not stopping to look at the photos and scorecards that cover more than a century of golf history at Baltusrol.

Lack of offensive line depth concerns UNT coach

North Texas was expected to have a few key members of its offensive line returning when the Mean Green finished off their 2015 campaign.

Lake Dallas names Howard baseball coach

Ryan Howard seemingly has always been destined to lead a high school baseball program in Texas.After playing for his legendary uncle at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Howard went on to play collegiately at North Carolina State before serving as a graduate assistant.

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C-USA football media days kick off Monday in Irving

Irving will become the center of the Conference USA football universe for the next two days.

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Summer ice

While most Texas high school athletes spend the summer preparing for their upcoming football, basketball or volleyball seasons, Denton’s Kimball Johnson gears up for a cooler, less popular sport.

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Rangers hold off Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Cole Hamels allowed one unearned run in 5 1/3 innings, Nomar Mazara and Adrian Beltre homered and the Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-4 on Saturday night.

Australia’s Min Woo Lee wins US Junior Amateur

OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (AP) — Australia’s Min Woo Lee waited out a 47-minute weather delay to hole the winning 3 1/2-foot birdie putt Saturday in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

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Froome set to cruise to third title

MORZINE, France — After two crashes, a bloodied knee and an actual run up legendary Mont Ventoux, a relieved Chris Froome can cruise into Paris today and secure his third Tour de France title in four years.

Track and field: Denton’s McAfee off to Junior Olympics with eyes on 2020

Whether it’s just before the sun rises or long after it has set, Denton High School’s Ben McAfee can be found running. Committed to his dream of making the 2020 U.S. Olympic team, McAfee knows how much work is ahead of him. On Monday in Sacramento, California, he will take a major step toward accomplishing his goal as he competes in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships.

UNT paying $20,000 for evaluation

North Texas is paying a pair of Dallas-Fort Worth businessmen $20,000 to evaluate the school’s athletic program. Trip Kuehne and Michael Sicuro signed contracts with UNT on June 7 for $10,000 apiece. Their deals included nondisclosure agreements and stipulated that they report their findings to UNT President Neal Smatresk no later than Aug. 31.

Golf: Corinth’s Goodwin advances to U.S. Junior final

Noah Goodwin of Corinth will try to become the seventh Texan to win the U.S. Junior Amateur since 1999 when he plays Min Woo Lee of Australia in today’s 36-hole final.

Golf: Kraft remains one shot behind leaders

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Dustin Johnson started and finished the day tied with Luke List for the Canadian Open lead. The U.S. Open champion had to make up a lot of ground to do it.

SMU making its case to join Big 12

The Big 12’s announcement on exploring expansion candidates has sparked a flurry of activity from colleges and media outlets nationwide. But as the list of candidates grows, one big-market candidate with numerous ties to the league has been largely overlooked.

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Cowboys eye turnaround

IRVING — The health of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant gives the Cowboys reason to believe they can have a turnaround as dramatic as the one that sent them tumbling in the other direction a year ago.

UNT last in C-USA preseason media poll

North Texas will face a huge challenge in its first season under coach Seth Littrell. Just how big that challenge will be came into a little better focus Thursday, when Conference USA released its preseason media poll.

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Brazil nabs 10 Islamic State backers in pre-Olympics sweep

RIO DE JANEIRO — Ten Brazilians who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group were arrested Thursday, authorities announced, describing them as “amateurs” who discussed on social media the possibility of staging attacks during next month’s Olympics.

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Looking to move up

The good news for the Big 12 is that there is no shortage of suitors. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has been asked to start evaluating expansion candidates, and the league office should already have a stack of files from schools eager for a spot in the Power Five league.

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Mayfield, Mahomes among top QBs to watch on field

DALLAS — Baker Mayfield once hosted Patrick Mahomes on a recruiting visit at Texas Tech.

McClain named preseason All-C-USA

Kishawn McClain flew under the radar last season, despite being one of the most productive players in Conference USA. The North Texas safety racked up 110 tackles in 12 games and made play after play for the Mean Green.

Fielder, Choo placed on DL

Ranger slugger Prince Fielder is facing the prospect of season-ending neck surgery after an MRI revealed a herniated disk just above an area that was repaired two years ago.

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Gordon drafted with Junior out two more weeks

INDIANAPOLIS — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not race again this month because of concussion-like symptoms, and the No. 88 Chevrolet will be turned over to trusted former teammate Jeff Gordon for the next two weeks.

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Big 12 to evaluate expansion candidates

The Big 12 is accepting resumes from expansion candidates. The smallest Power Five conference took a significant step toward adding members Tuesday when its university presidents directed commissioner Bob Bowlsby to begin evaluating schools interested in joining.

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Stars look to shine again

Tony Romo taking snaps. Joe Flacco hurling passes. Jordy Nelson and Keenan Allen catching them. Terrell Suggs and Cam Wake harassing opposing quarterbacks. Ryan Clady trying to prevent such things.

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IOC explores legal options on banning all Russians from Olympics

LONDON — With just over two weeks until the opening ceremony, Russia still doesn’t know whether its athletes — all or even some — will be competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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A time of transition

Longtime North Texas fan Tony Barone can’t help but feel nervous — and at the same time hopeful — about the future of the North Texas football program following the departure of Rick Villarreal this summer.

Bowlsby: Big 12 intent on ending sexual assaults

DALLAS — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday that league members are committed to the difficult task of “eradicating sexual assault” on their campuses in the aftermath of a scandal at Baylor that has damaged the image of the conference.

Russia’s participation in Rio uncertain after doping report

A scathing report outlining a state-sanctioned doping system in Russia prompted immediate calls for the nation’s entire team to be sidelined from the Summer Games, raising the possibility that the Olympics could go on without a sports superpower for the first time since the 1980s.

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Troon trumps Turnberry with better golf

TROON, Scotland — Turnberry had the bigger stars. Troon had the better golf. That, along with 20 miles of Ayrshire coastline, might be all that separates two of the most compelling duels in 156 years of the British Open.

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Ambivalence at Apogee: UNT’s attendance falters as hopes of success go unrealized

Steven King was among thousands of North Texas fans who banded together to help make the dream of a new football stadium at the school a reality five years ago.

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The race is on

Optimism about North Texas’ athletic program reached new heights on a warm summer afternoon in 2011 when the school announced a naming rights deal for its brand-new football stadium.

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Denton resident in running for drag racing title

FORT WORTH — If it has a motor and wheels, Brent Harper is willing to race it.Harper, 47 and a Denton resident, has made a name for himself racing competitively in everything from karts to motorcycles.