It may be hard to remember now, but Jafar Armstrong was having a breakout year to start the 2018 season for the Notre Dame football team. A redshirt freshman who converted from wide receiver to running back in the spring, Armstrong had 245 yards rushing and five touchdowns in the first four games. Notre Dame was 4-0, and the Kansas City native was a huge part of that.

Only Drue Tranquill knows how much pain he’s truly in as he runs onto the field every week. The Notre Dame linebacker has felt the wear and tear of a college football season more than most in 2018. It’s been more than just nicks and bruises that the graduate senior has played through.

The sights and sounds trapped inside the 4.5-acre atrium at the Gaylord Texan Resort make this scene look like a miniature Disney World. Instead of movie characters and fantasy rides, a scaled-down version of the Alamo and San Antonio’s Riverwalk help produce a world within a world where, night and day, suits walk among the passageways as if it was a Monday morning on Wall Street.

While Indian Hills Community College officials remain silent on the reasons behind the departure of two baseball coaches last May, several players believe they were forced out by an internal investigation into allegations of misconduct.

Each year the Kentucky Derby not only draws the best horses to Churchill Downs, it also brings the best stories. Mick Ruis’ rags-to-riches tale may be one of the more interesting stories on the backside this year. The charismatic owner-trainer of Santa Anita Derby runner-up Bolt d’Oro has found success on and off the track. His latest success brings him to Louisville for his first Kentucky Derby.

The first position groups will hit the field Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium here, and for many fans that’s when the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine truly will begin. The numbers that come out over the next four days from the 40-yard dash, the vertical jump, the three-cone drill and several other physical tests will be debated endlessly on live TV. NFL Network and ESPN provide nearly round-the-clock coverage, with an array of analysts debating whether each drill has caused a prospect to rise or fall. But what does it all mean? How do you make sense of the data overload? And which numbers mean the most to the NFL decision makers?

Rose returning to Hounds for 2016-17 season; TCJGA holding free golf day; Trojan Skills Camp set for July 18-21

TRAVERSE CITY — Annie Fuller and Holly Bullough produced a signature moment at last year's Ken Bell Invitational. While it may be hard to top the girls 1,600-meter run from the 2015 meet — when Fuller (Manistee) and Bullough (TC St. Francis) ran two of the five fastest times in the mile nationally — this year's Ken Bell Invite is shaping up to be an elite-level meet in its own right.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dusty Baker got another managing job, this time with the Washington Nationals. And Major League Baseball got another black skipper, something the man in charge of the sport called "encouraging."

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The jersey that Eric Hosmer wore in the decisive game of the World Series is headed to the Hall of Fame. So is the glove Salvador Perez used, the spikes Lorenzo Cain laced up and the bat that third baseman Mike Moustakas took to the plate.

SEATTLE (AP) — A football field in Washington state has become more than a battleground for athletes as the suspension of an assistant coach for praying at midfield after games divided people around the country over the religious rights of school employees.

editor's pick

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Flip Saunders, the longtime NBA coach who won more than 650 games in nearly two decades and was trying to rebuild the Minnesota Timberwolves as team president, coach and part owner, died Sunday, the team said. He was 60

"Why'd you snap that?" Chuck Pagano demanded when wide receiver Griff Whalen plodded to the sideline following one of the wackiest botched gadget plays in NFL history.

CHICAGO (AP) — Billy Siegel doesn't want to hear any talk about a billy goat curse or a Steve Bartman hex afflicting his beloved Chicago Cubs. He dismisses as rubbish any suggestion that a little black cat had anything to do with the team's heartbreaking collapse down the stretch in 1969, too.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Steve Spurrier knew it was time. South Carolina was struggling and the gregarious and once innovative coach was a big reason why. Always one to do things his way, Spurrier believed he needed to step aside, and no one was going to change his mind.

NEW YORK (AP) — Late in the season, as the New York Mets closed in on their NL East championship, one opponent after another sat in the visitors' dugout at Citi Field and commended manager Terry Collins.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey zips out of the locker room on a motorized board heading to a meeting. San Francisco nose tackle Ian Williams rides around, stops to toss shoes into his locker and then hops right back on.

U.S. captain Juli Inkster didn't want to see tattoos and red, white and blue face paint on her players at the Solheim Cup. She wanted them to view the competition in Germany over the weekend as a business trip, with none of the over-the-top displays of previous years.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The awkward dismissal of Texas football coach Mack Brown came first. That was followed by the firings of school President Bill Powers and basketball coach Rick Barnes.

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs with a ruling in a day or two.

BEIJING (AP) — Long after two of the all-time greats at 400 meters had left the track in second and third place, the winner was sprawled on the ground, gasping for breath and getting his pulse checked by a medic.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera offered this edict to his players before the start of this week's joint practices with the Miami Dolphins: You fight, you're out.

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge made clear Wednesday that the NFL's four game suspension of Tom Brady over "Deflategate" is in jeopardy as the star New England quarterback returned to practice.

CHICAGO (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board on Monday overturned a historic ruling that gave Northwestern University football players the go-ahead to form the nation's first college athletes' union, saying the prospect of union and non-union teams could throw off the competitive balanc…

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The World Health Organization's top water expert said Friday the body "never advised against viral testing" for Rio de Janeiro's polluted waterways where about 1,400 athletes will compete in Olympic events next year.

BAGHDAD (AP) — In one of the deadliest single attacks in postwar Baghdad, a truck bomb shattered a popular fruit-and-vegetable market in a teeming Shiite neighborhood Thursday, killing 67 people and wounding more than 150 others.

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ANN ARBOR (AP) — Jim Harbaugh hired Josh Gattis and handed him the keys to Michigan’s offense last winter, hoping the offensive coordinator would bring the program up to speed in college football.

It may be hard to remember now, but Jafar Armstrong was having a breakout year to start the 2018 season for the Notre Dame football team. A redshirt freshman who converted from wide receiver to running back in the spring, Armstrong had 245 yards rushing and five touchdowns in the first four games. Notre Dame was 4-0, and the Kansas City native was a huge part of that.

Only Drue Tranquill knows how much pain he’s truly in as he runs onto the field every week. The Notre Dame linebacker has felt the wear and tear of a college football season more than most in 2018. It’s been more than just nicks and bruises that the graduate senior has played through.

The sights and sounds trapped inside the 4.5-acre atrium at the Gaylord Texan Resort make this scene look like a miniature Disney World. Instead of movie characters and fantasy rides, a scaled-down version of the Alamo and San Antonio’s Riverwalk help produce a world within a world where, night and day, suits walk among the passageways as if it was a Monday morning on Wall Street.

While Indian Hills Community College officials remain silent on the reasons behind the departure of two baseball coaches last May, several players believe they were forced out by an internal investigation into allegations of misconduct.

Each year the Kentucky Derby not only draws the best horses to Churchill Downs, it also brings the best stories. Mick Ruis’ rags-to-riches tale may be one of the more interesting stories on the backside this year. The charismatic owner-trainer of Santa Anita Derby runner-up Bolt d’Oro has found success on and off the track. His latest success brings him to Louisville for his first Kentucky Derby.

The first position groups will hit the field Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium here, and for many fans that’s when the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine truly will begin. The numbers that come out over the next four days from the 40-yard dash, the vertical jump, the three-cone drill and several other physical tests will be debated endlessly on live TV. NFL Network and ESPN provide nearly round-the-clock coverage, with an array of analysts debating whether each drill has caused a prospect to rise or fall. But what does it all mean? How do you make sense of the data overload? And which numbers mean the most to the NFL decision makers?

Rose returning to Hounds for 2016-17 season; TCJGA holding free golf day; Trojan Skills Camp set for July 18-21

TRAVERSE CITY — Annie Fuller and Holly Bullough produced a signature moment at last year's Ken Bell Invitational. While it may be hard to top the girls 1,600-meter run from the 2015 meet — when Fuller (Manistee) and Bullough (TC St. Francis) ran two of the five fastest times in the mile nationally — this year's Ken Bell Invite is shaping up to be an elite-level meet in its own right.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dusty Baker got another managing job, this time with the Washington Nationals. And Major League Baseball got another black skipper, something the man in charge of the sport called "encouraging."

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The jersey that Eric Hosmer wore in the decisive game of the World Series is headed to the Hall of Fame. So is the glove Salvador Perez used, the spikes Lorenzo Cain laced up and the bat that third baseman Mike Moustakas took to the plate.

SEATTLE (AP) — A football field in Washington state has become more than a battleground for athletes as the suspension of an assistant coach for praying at midfield after games divided people around the country over the religious rights of school employees.

editor's pick

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Flip Saunders, the longtime NBA coach who won more than 650 games in nearly two decades and was trying to rebuild the Minnesota Timberwolves as team president, coach and part owner, died Sunday, the team said. He was 60

"Why'd you snap that?" Chuck Pagano demanded when wide receiver Griff Whalen plodded to the sideline following one of the wackiest botched gadget plays in NFL history.

CHICAGO (AP) — Billy Siegel doesn't want to hear any talk about a billy goat curse or a Steve Bartman hex afflicting his beloved Chicago Cubs. He dismisses as rubbish any suggestion that a little black cat had anything to do with the team's heartbreaking collapse down the stretch in 1969, too.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Steve Spurrier knew it was time. South Carolina was struggling and the gregarious and once innovative coach was a big reason why. Always one to do things his way, Spurrier believed he needed to step aside, and no one was going to change his mind.

NEW YORK (AP) — Late in the season, as the New York Mets closed in on their NL East championship, one opponent after another sat in the visitors' dugout at Citi Field and commended manager Terry Collins.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey zips out of the locker room on a motorized board heading to a meeting. San Francisco nose tackle Ian Williams rides around, stops to toss shoes into his locker and then hops right back on.

U.S. captain Juli Inkster didn't want to see tattoos and red, white and blue face paint on her players at the Solheim Cup. She wanted them to view the competition in Germany over the weekend as a business trip, with none of the over-the-top displays of previous years.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The awkward dismissal of Texas football coach Mack Brown came first. That was followed by the firings of school President Bill Powers and basketball coach Rick Barnes.

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs with a ruling in a day or two.

BEIJING (AP) — Long after two of the all-time greats at 400 meters had left the track in second and third place, the winner was sprawled on the ground, gasping for breath and getting his pulse checked by a medic.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera offered this edict to his players before the start of this week's joint practices with the Miami Dolphins: You fight, you're out.

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge made clear Wednesday that the NFL's four game suspension of Tom Brady over "Deflategate" is in jeopardy as the star New England quarterback returned to practice.

CHICAGO (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board on Monday overturned a historic ruling that gave Northwestern University football players the go-ahead to form the nation's first college athletes' union, saying the prospect of union and non-union teams could throw off the competitive balanc…

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The World Health Organization's top water expert said Friday the body "never advised against viral testing" for Rio de Janeiro's polluted waterways where about 1,400 athletes will compete in Olympic events next year.