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Paralympics

Lamback fails to medal this time

In London, Augusta swimmer Lantz Lamback watched his bid to win another gold medal this week fall short on Thursday in the Paralympics.

Lamback finished sixth in the 400-meter freestyle finals with a time of 4:56.07.

Josef Craig, a 15-year-old swimmer from Great Britain, won the event with a world-record time of 4:42.81. Craig bested the world record he set in the heats by almost three seconds.

The 26-year-old Lamback was almost three seconds faster in the finals than in the heats, when he finished seventh. Earlier this week, he won a gold medal in the 50-meter free.

Lamback still has one more event this week. He will compete in the 4x100 medley relay Saturday.

Basketball

Mexican league is courting Shaq

Shaquille O’Neal is in talks to play a few games in the Mexican league, Sergio Ganem, president of the Fuerza Regia team, said this week.

The 15-time NBA All-Star would play a couple of games this October.

The 40-year-old retired NBA center received the invitation this past August during a visit to Monterrey, where he did some social work at a community center for youth in wheelchairs.

No deal is in place, but Ganem spoke with O’Neal by phone in an attempt to convince him to return to action, and the team expects a response from O’Neal next week.

Ganem noted that O’Neal’s availability will depend, in large part, upon his schedule as analyst for TNT’s Inside the NBA.

Auto Racing

Extension signed by Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman has signed a contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing for next season.

Newman is in the final year of the deal he signed in 2009. The extension is a one-year agreement, and he said Thursday he took a paycut just like almost every driver has of late.

SHR is searching for heavy sponsorship for next year. The U.S. Army said earlier this summer it’s not returning to NASCAR next season, and Office Depot said Sunday it won’t be back as co-primary of Tony Stewart’s car.

Newman says he’s not aware of any signed sponsors for next season on his No. 39 Chevrolet.

Colleges

Oregon to test all its athletes

The University of Oregon is implementing random drug testing of all its athletes, following a media report earlier this year that estimated from 40 to 60 percent of the football team smoked marijuana.

Oregon’s previous drug policy allowed for testing when there was reasonable suspicion. A recent decision by the general counsel gives temporary permission for random testing effective this month. The policy still faces a public hearing.

NHL

Labor talks may restart this week

While the NHL and the players’ association stay away from the negotiating table, discussions have taken place behind the scenes in an effort to restart talks as a lockout deadline looms.

NHL Deputy Commis­sioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr have discussed procedural details that could soon lead to a continuation of negotiations that broke off last week – perhaps as early as this week.


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