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Of course Indiana State would rather be hosting this weekend's NCAA baseball Super Regionals. They've earned it. But finding workers for an unexpected third consecutive weekend of baseball tourneys and a scheduling conflict with Indiana's annual Special Olympics Summer Games made it impossible. So the surprising Sycamores promise will hit the road, needing two wins at TCU this weekend to make their second College World Series and their first since 1986. And a win at perennial power Vanderbilt earlier this season has made them fearless.

Alabama coach Nick Saban is going from a visit with children with cancer to a business trip to Washington. Saban heads to Capitol Hill on Wednesday as part of a Southeastern Conference contingent to make the pitch for federal regulation of how college athletes can make money off their fame. It's the most significant trip of the week for the Alabama coach, if not the most personally meaningful for the grandfather of a 9-year-old and 3-year-old. That was a trip to Children's Hospital for the Aflac man, who handed out robotic ducks produced by the company.

Oklahoma can become the first Division I softball program in more than 30 years to win three straight national championships. To get there, the Sooners must get through Florida State's Kathryn Sandercock — one of the nation's top pitchers in recent years. Oklahoma and Florida State will meet Wednesday in Game 1 of the Women's College World Series best-of-three championship series. Oklahoma is on a Division I-record 51-game win streak and leads the nation in scoring, batting average and home runs.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Not satisfied with what the 49ers got from Deebo Samuel last season? You’re not alone. “It was awful,” Samuel said Tuesday. ‘I was awful . . . in every way.” Samuel offered that harsh self-assessment on the first day of the 49ers’ mandatory minicamp, which continues Wednesday and ends Thursday with a family gathering and marks the end of the offseason until training camp ...

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan spent more than an hour explaining to players Tuesday afternoon why he changed his mind about taking Saudi funds in a surprise collaboration, saying it ultimately was for their benefit. And to think it was nearly a year ago to the day that Saudi-funded LIV Golf teed off in its inaugural event as a rival and a threat, flush with defectors from golf's top circuit.

Online racist abuse of soccer players is prolific on social media platforms. It's the latest form of racism blighting the world's most popular sport. It's technology-fueled, visual, permanently intrusive, 24/7 and a haunting reminder of the 1980s-style monkey chants and banana throwing. Players and teams targeted by abuse are coming up with ways to raise awareness and reduce their exposure to offensive users. 

Forte is finally getting a crack at running in a Triple Crown race. The colt who was scratched the day of the Kentucky Derby is the early favorite for the Belmont Stakes. Forte was last year's 2-year-old champion. He is the slight 5-2 favorite for the grueling 1 1/2-mile race. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Forte will break from the No. 6 post in the nine-horse field on Saturday at Belmont Park. Pletcher's other horse, Tapit Trice, is the 3-1 second choice and drew the No. 2 post. Preakness winner National Treasure is 5-1.

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