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The Royals and Cardinals both took Thursday off. Kansas City will travel to Minnesota to take on the Twins tonight at 7:10. The Redbirds host the Pirates this evening at 7:15 at Busch Stadium.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is pushing back the start time of the second game of its Sunday TV doubleheaders by 10 minutes to ensure fewer fans miss any of the action on the field. The late afternoon matchups on CBS and Fox will kick off at 3:25 p.m. instead of 3:15.

During the 2009-11 seasons, 44 games lasted long enough to require part of the audience to be switched. Under the 3:25 kickoff, that number would have been reduced to 15.

Late afternoon games not on that week’s doubleheader network will still start at 3:05.

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Rose Bowl has agreed to a 12-year extension with ESPN that will keep the game on the network through 2026. ESPN will keep the rights to the Rose Bowl regardless of the final format developed for college football’s new playoff system, which kicks in for the 2014 season.

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SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Even as he traveled the world racing cars, Michael Waltrip always had a soft spot for his old Kentucky home.

On Thursday, the two-time Daytona 500 winner unveiled a car honoring his favorite college team.

Waltrip was at Kentucky Speedway, site of this week’s NASCAR races, to unveil a new paint motif on the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 Toyota that pays homage to the University of Kentucky national champion basketball team.

UK’s mascot and athletic director Mitch Barnhart were on hand as a black cover was pulled off the blue-and-white car to reveal several national championship logos. Like at a movie premiere, dozens of photographers snapped photos.

No Big Blue players were around, largely because six were expected to be taken Thursday night in the NBA draft.

Waltrip is driving the car this week. She shares the ride of Mark Martin and Brian Vickers.

At Talladega, MWR driver Clint Bowyer’s car featured a University of Alabama national football championship paint scheme.

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MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team took a hit today as Dwyane (dwayn) Wade of the Miami Heat announced he won’t be able to play. The veteran guard needs surgery on his left knee. He was the leading scorer on the team that won Olympic gold in Beijing four years ago. He also played for the U.S. on the squad that won bronze at Athens in 2004.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — David Beckham will not be taking part in the London Olympics. The former captain of the English soccer team failed to make the British roster. He was among the final 35 candidates but failed to make the cut.

OMAHA, Neb. — Missouri State University graduate Chris Novak concluded his U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials experience on Thursday (June 28) by competing in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Like his 100 breaststroke performance on Monday, Novak moved up the final rankings and was within .50 seconds of his career best. His time of 2:20.34 was good enough for 74th overall (out of 129) and he moved up 26 spots from his original seed position.

“It has been fantastic,” Novak said of his time in Omaha, Neb. “I have learned a lot from being here and being with some of the top athletes from across the country and the best in the world. Just watching them compete and seeing some American records has been a wonderful experience.”

Although he is uncertain if there is the possibility of another Olympic Trials appearance, the Kansas City, Mo., native isn’t ready to hang up his swim cap and goggle quite yet. In August, Novak will compete at the 2012 U.S. Open held in Indianapolis at the Indiana University Natatorium.

“I am training this next month and plan to go to the U.S. Open,” Novak said. “And hopefully I either end out my career with some best times or see where that takes me.”

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The Missouri 8-Man Football Coaches Association will be hosting its fourth annual Missouri 8-Man Football Senior All Star Game on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at William Jewell College in Liberty.

40 of the state’s top 8-Man senior football players have been invited to participate in this event. They will report Thursday, July 5th to William Jewell College and practice for three days as a member of either the Blue or Red team before the event.

The teams will be coached by area 8-Man football coaches from the eight teams that made the state playoffs last Fall. Coach Chuck Borey of Worth County is the head coach of the Blue Team. He is assisted by Dan Collins of Stanberry, Tyler Anderson of Southwest Ludlow and Caleb Crooker of Northwest (Hughesville). The Red Team is led by head coach Brian Messer of Mound City. He is assisted by Dana Dill of South Holt, Kurt Thacker of Hardin-Central, and Mark Juhl of St. Joseph Christian. The teams were “drafted” by the coaches; thereby pitting previous teammates against one another in certain instances.

Admission is $7.00 per person. Gates open up at 5:00 p.m. T-shirts, full color programs and DVDs of the game will be for sale throughout the contest. All proceeds go to the Missouri 8-Man Football Coaches Association. For more information and to purchase a highlight DVD, please go to www.mo8mancoaches.com

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There will be free sports physicals available at Waverly Clinic Wednesday August 1st from 2-5 and again on Thursday, August 2nd also from 2-5 p.m.