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  • Youth Olympian oversleeps for event, loses chance at medal

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    Ukraine’s Polina Konarieva arrived late for the 10m air pistol team shooting event at the Youth Olympics after oversleeping, costing her and her male teammate from Moldova a chance to win a medal.

    The 10m air pistol team event at the Youth Olympics is mixed, meaning shooters from different nations pair up for competition. Konarieva and Moldova’s Ion Aric were scheduled to face a duo from Armenia and Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals.

    “I don’t know what to say to [Aric],” Konarieva said, according to the Nanjing 2014 website, which reported Aric was in tears.

    “Yes, there was a lot of emotion,” Aric said, according to the report. “Why she was late, I don’t know why. … She is not responsible for her action. I’m a little angry.”

    The Ukrainian’s coach took responsibility after Konarieva, 16, arrived via taxi.

    “She was sleeping and woke up at 8 o’clock and went to the station to get a taxi,” the coach said, according to the report. “The driver didn’t know the road, but he said, ‘OK, I know, shooting range … no problem.'”

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  • 49ers tear up Levi's Stadium turf just days before preseason game

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    After just three events, including one NFL game on sod that was installed in mid-April at $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium, the field is undergoing some major repair.

    Coach Jim Harbaugh abruptly halted practice Wednesday at the 49ers’ new stadium in front of thousands of fans and took his team off the field due to safety concerns from poor field conditions.

    On Thursday morning, the stadium’s the heavy-traffic area of grass, stretching several yards beyond the hashmarks, was torn up from goal line to goal line. The 49ers plan is to re-sod the field so it can provide solid enough footing for Sunday’s exhibition game against the San Diego Chargers.

    Several players lost their footing and large divots were created on seemingly every play. There were small patches of replacement sod that were discolored and looked uneven. Finally, when wide receiver Stevie Johnson hit the ground hard after slipping on a routine out-route, Harbaugh stopped practice.

    On Wednesday, the 49ers issued a statement, which stated the organization “determined the appropriate measures necessary to have the field ready for Sunday and look forward to hosting the San Diego Chargers.”

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  • Possible punishments for Blount and Bell after pot charges

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    The top two running backs on the Steelers were pulled over and  are expected to be charged with possession of marijuana on Wednesday. Bell may also face the additional charge of driving under the influence. Mike Florio breaks down what ramifications the two rushers may face from the league and from the law.

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  • Washington Nationals in midst of 'absolutely epic' winning streak

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    This shouldn’t be happening, not like this. It’s not that the Nationals have won nine straight games. And it’s not that they’ve won in walk-off fashion four of the last five nights. It’s that they’ve won three of the last four nights after blowing a lead in the eighth or ninth inning.

    Really, who does this?

    “I mean, just absolutely epic,” Bryce Harper said. “That’s the best word I can put on it for you. It’s been incredible.”

    The events taking place each evening on South Capitol Street are beginning to defy explanation. Four nights after rallying from 3 runs down to beat the Pirates, three nights after watching Rafael Soriano melt down in the ninth before they came back to win in the 11th, two nights after watching Tyler Clippard blow his own ninth-inning lead before they again came back to win in the 11th, they did it yet again.

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  • Did Johnny Manziel's partying help Brian Hoyer's cause?

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    Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer joined The Dan Patrick Show to discuss the Browns' decision to name Brian Hoyer their starting quarterback. Though Johnny Manziel statistically outplayed Hoyer over the team's first two preseason games, Cabot says the rookie's offseason partying had a definite impact on his case to start under center.

    "He started losing it on draft day when he decided that he was going to go on this eight- to ten-week long sort of frat boy partying spree," Cabot said. "And he continued to lose it all the way through flipping off the Redskins' bench on national TV on Monday night."

    After going 22nd overall in April's draft, Manziel did end up in the tabloids a little more often than the Browns' front office might have wanted. Despite the team's desires for the former Heisman winner to tone down his off-the-field activity, Manziel's actions led some to believe that he wasn't ready for life under the NFL microscope.

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  • CEO says Little League Baseball is not big business

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    President and CEO of Little League International Stephen D. Keener joins Mike Florio to discuss the evolution of Little League. Keener says while Little League gets a lot of television coverage, it is still a relatively small business. Keener also discusses how transportation, housing and food is paid for by the teams traveling to Williamsport for the Little League World Series, saying that it is all financed by the league itself.

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  • FedEx Cup Playoff Preview: Only top 100 advance past Barclays

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    It's no secret that this hasn't been a typical Phil Mickelson season.

    His first top-10 on the PGA Tour didn't come until the recent PGA Championship, where he needed a runner-up finish just to vault himself onto the Ryder Cup roster for next month.

    Mickelson heads into the FedEx Cup playoffs with some momentum now, but he's not sure even a few strong showings would alter how he'll forever view this season.

    "I have to play well this week and in the FedEx Cup," he said in advance of The Barclays, "to really make the year salvageable."

    But really: Would it?

    The Barclays: Articles, videos and photos

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  • Ryder Cup Qualifiers take ice-bucket challenge

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    In tonight's edition of the Ryder Cup Report, 7 of the 9 automatic qualifiers took Tom Watson's Ice Bucket Challenge.

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  • John Farrell notes the consequences of chewing tobacco

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  • Rory McIlroy on Tiger Woods: 'I don't think any torch has been passed'

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    Another day, another Rory McIlroy interview session with the media and, yes, another round of questions asking him to compare and contrast himself with Tiger Woods.

    Here’s how McIlroy answered those various questions Wednesday afternoon.

    On whether the torch has been passed from Woods to himself: “I'm just going to keep playing my golf and play as good as I can, and I'll see where that takes me. But I don't think any torch has been passed and I don't think any torch will ever be passed because I never think of myself in that way. I never see myself like that. I see myself as a golfer on the PGA Tour that wants to win tournaments and wants to be the best that he can be, and I don't see the need for me to carry any sort of torch. I just want to win golf tournaments.”

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