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SAN FRANCISCO - A trial date has been set in the case against Trevor Graham, the elite track coach who helped launch the government's probe of steroids in professional sports and later became a target for allegedly lying to federal agents. Graham's trial is to begin Sept. 24 in San Francisco federal court. A pretrial conference is set for Sept. 11. Graham, who coached track stars Marion Jones, Justin Gatlin and Tim Montgomery, was indicted in November on three counts of making false statements to a government agency. He is accused of lying when he said he did not distribute steroids or tell his athletes where they could get them.

Imus' apology does little to calm critics

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NEW YORK - Unimpressed by his on-air apology or corporate promises of a tighter leash, angry critics of nationally syndicated radio host Don Imus called Saturday for his dismissal over his racially charged comments about the mostly black Rutgers women's basketball team. "I accept his apology, just as I want his bosses to accept his resignation," said the Rev. Al Sharpton. Sharpton was not alone in his anger over Imus' description of the Rutgers' women as "nappy headed hos" during a Wednesday morning segment of his show. The National Association of Black Journalists, the editor in chief of Essence magazine and a New York sports columnist joined the chorus against Imus.

Michigan State wins NCAA hockey title

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ST. LOUIS - Justin Abdelkader snapped a tie with 18.9 seconds to go in Michigan State's 3-1 victory over Boston College in the NCAA hockey championship game Saturday night. Chris Mueller added an empty-net goal with 1.2 seconds left to clinch it for the Spartans (26-13-3), who won their third championship. Boston College (29-11-2) lost in the championship game for the second straight year. The Eagles fell 2-1 to Wisconsin in 2006.

Slovenian concludes Amazon swim

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - After 3,272 miles of exhaustion, sunburn, delirium and piranhas, a 52-year-old Slovenian successfully completed a swim down the Amazon river Saturday that could set a new world record for distance - one he's broken three times already. After nine weeks, Martin Strel arrived near the city of Belem, the capital of the jungle state of Para, ending a swim almost as long as the drive from Miami to Seattle. Strel began his odyssey at the source of the world's second-longest river in Peru on Feb. 1. If confirmed by Guinness World Records, the Amazon swim will be the fourth time Strel has broken the world record for long-distance swimming.

Long Beach State hires Monson

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - Dan Monson was hired as Long Beach State's men's basketball coach Saturday after quitting as Minnesota's coach in November following a 2-5 start. He replaces Larry Reynolds, whose contract was not renewed. The 49ers lost to Tennessee 121-86 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Talbert breaks Milligan record

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DURHAM, N.C. - Milligan sophomore Jacklyn Talbert broke the school record in the 1,500 meters at the Duke Invitational on Friday. Talbert, who ran for Volunteer High School, posted a time of 4:42.39, which also qualified her for the NAIA outdoor national championships.

Golovin, Petrova advance to B&L finale

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AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. - France's Tatiana Golovin moved a step closer to her first WTA Tour singles title, beating Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in cold and windy conditions Saturday in the Bausch & Lomb semifinals. The eighth-seeded Golovin, 0-3 in WTA Tour finals, will face top-seeded Nadia Petrova, a 7-6 (4), 6-1 winner over Sybille Bammer.

Mellinger hired full time at Virginia-Wise

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WISE - Former Virginia-Wise player and two-year student assistant Blake Mellinger has been hired as assistant men's basketball coach. His main duties will be coordinator of basketball recruiting activities, and he'll also assist with the program's daily operations and scheduling.

Rusedski retires from tennis

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BIRMINGHAM, England - Greg Rusedski retired from tennis after a Davis Cup victory Saturday, ending a 16-year career in which he reached the U.S. Open final in 1997 and was once ranked No. 4. The 33-year-old left-hander won a doubles match to give Britain a 3-0 lead and a spot in the World Group playoffs.

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