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Parole board votes to release O.J. Simpson from prison in October

LOVELOCK, Nev. — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football star. With the ruling, the 70-year-old Simpson, who was convicted in 2008 of an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room, could be out of prison as early as Oct. 1 after serving the minimum nine years of a 33-year sentence. When the final…

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Martin Flores, Cameron Tringale, Zac Blair share Barbasol Championship lead

OPELIKA, Ala. — Martin Flores, Cameron Tringale and Zac Blair shared the Barbasol Championship lead at 6-under 65 on Thursday when first-round play was suspended because of darkness. Flores and Tringale played in the morning on the Lake Course at Grand National, and Blair finished his afternoon round after a rain delay of nearly two hours. Robert Allenby, Chad Campbell, Rory Sabbatini and Tag Ridings shot 66, and Richy Werenski also was 5 under with two holes left. Steven Alker was 6 under after eight holes, then bogeyed two of…

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Peter Gojowczyk upsets defending champion Ivo Karlovic at Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

NEWPORT, R.I. — Peter Gojowczyk upset defending champion Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (5), 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4) on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Gojowczyk, a 28-year-old German, overcame 30 aces from the second-seeded Croatian. Gojowczyk converted all three of his break points. “In the end, it didn’t go my way,” Karlovic said. “That’s life, that’s tennis. That’s how it goes sometimes.” Gojowczyk will face Australia’s Matthew Ebden, a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 winner over Germany’s Tobias Kamke. Ebden is the first qualifier to reach…

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Aaron Pico returns to the cage at Bellator 183

Aaron Pico, Bellator MMA’s prized 20-year-old prospect, will return to the cage on Sept. 23 in San Jose. Bellator president Scott Coker told ESPN on Thursday that Pico (0-1) will be featured on the main card of Bellator 183, which will take place at SAP Center and air on Spike TV. According to Coker, the promotion is still in the process of finalizing Pico’s opponent. The bout will take place at lightweight. Aaron Pico will look to get his pro career on the right track at Bellator 183 after losing…

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Twins close to acquiring left-hander Jaime Garcia from Braves

The Minnesota Twins are in the final stages of acquiring left-hander Jaime Garcia in a trade with the Atlanta Braves for a minor league player, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. Garcia has gone 3-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 17 starts over the past three-plus months for the Braves, who picked up the 31-year-old in an offseason trade with the St. Louis Cardinals for a trio of prospects. A source says the Twins are nearing a trade for lefty starter Jaime Garcia, who’s gone 3-7 with a 4.33…

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Udonis Haslem returning to Miami Heat for 15th season

MIAMI — Udonis Haslem says he believes he can still play, and the Miami Heat apparently agree. The three-time NBA champion has signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal to remain with the Heat for what will be his 15th season. Haslem was already the longest-tenured player in Heat history, with all of his NBA seasons coming for his hometown team. While he played in just 16 games last season, Udonis Haslem signed a one-year deal to return to the Heat for a 15th season on Thursday.¬†Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports Among…

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Africa Cup of Nations: Date switch makes African players more attractive, say agents

Cameroon won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in February African players will be “more attractive” to European clubs now the Africa Cup of Nations will take place in the summer, say leading agents. The tournament, held every two years, is being moved to June and July from January and February. Previously, Premier League clubs were among those who faced losing players mid-season for several weeks. “It’ll make my job easier as an agent. Clubs use it as an excuse not to sign African players,” said Papa Agyemang. Changes to…

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Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome ‘should’ claim fourth title – Rob Hayles

Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey with a fourth-place finish on Col d’Izoard on Thursday’s stage 18 Tour de France: 1-23 July Coverage: Live text commentary of every stage on the BBC Sport website. BBC Radio coverage on 5 live sports extra and/or website from 14:30 BST on every stage Chris Froome should win his fourth Tour de France title this weekend – but the race is “not over yet”, says ex-British road race champion Rob Hayles. Briton Froome, 32, finished fourth on Thursday’s tough stage 18 and has a…

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Scuba diver finds Hall of Fame ring of former AHL star Dick Gamble

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — A scuba-diving treasure hunter has found the American Hockey League Hall of Fame ring belonging to Dick Gamble in one of New York’s Finger Lakes. Gary Gavurnik says he found the ring in Canandaigua Lake on Fourth of July weekend and plans to return it to the 88-year-old Gamble. The AHL said Thursday that Gamble ordered a replacement ring several years ago and that his name is inscribed on both. Gamble, who starred for the Rochester Americans, retired early in the 1969-70 season. He was inducted as…

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Arizona Cardinals re-signing RB Chris Johnson to one-year deal

The Arizona Cardinals re-signed running back Chris Johnson to a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday. Johnson, 31, was placed on injured reserve last season after suffering a groin injury in Week 4 that required surgery. He wasn’t chosen by coach Bruce Arians to return late in the season, and he finished with 95 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 25 carries. It was the second consecutive season ended by injury for Johnson, who was third in the NFL in rushing and on pace for his seventh 1,000-yard season when…

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