BRIEFS -- Front row seats open for 'U' men's basketball

The University of Minnesota will sell 14 courtside seats at men's basketball games next season that were previously reserved for sports writers, men's athletics director Tom Moe said Wednesday.

The seats, along with 18 in the first row of regular seats behind the scorer's table, will be sold in an online auction that ends Monday.

The minimum bid for a press row seat is $5,000 and the minimum for a "Row One" seat is $3,000 and the bidders must make an offer for at least two seats. About 25 seats will remain for reporters at men's basketball games. But Moe said some reporters will have to move to another seating area in the upper deck.


The Ottawa Senators hired John Muckler to be their new general manager.



With one eye on soccer's World Cup, Mi Hyun Kim of South Korea shot a 6-under-par 66 for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Evian Masters. Scotland's Mhairi McKay and Sweden's Carin Koch were tied at 67 in the LPGA event played on the shores of Lake Geneva.…

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Track and field

Alesia Turova of Belarus set a world record of 9 minutes 21.72 seconds in the women's 3,000 steeplechase at the Golden Spike meet. Turova broke the record of 9:22.29, set June 5 by Poland's Justine Bak at the IAAF Milan meet. Marrion Jones charged to the lead in the 200 and won in 22.32 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.


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Horse racing

The majority owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem has filed a lawsuit seeking the $1 million bonus for the colt's victories in the Illinois and Kentucky derbies. The dispute centers on who is entitled to the $1 million bonus -- Thoroughbred Corp. owner Prince Ahmed bin Salman or War Emblem's previous owner, Russell Reineman, who retains a 10 percent interest.


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Korey Stringer didn't appear to be suffering from heat-related illness until he lost consciousness after leaving practice, the Minnesota Vikings' trainers told attorneys in the wrongful death suit brought by Stringer's widow.

College football

Blair Hrovat, head football coach at tiny Allegheny College since 1998, has resigned after school officials said that they learned of discrepancies in his resume.


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Auto racing

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