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Seniors head to Clifton Springs

Former champions Kim Kaul (2008) of Gowanda and Kathy Hunt (2003, '04) of Brookfield lead the Western New York contingent of 15 golfers into the first round today of the New York State Women's Senior and Super Senior Amateur championship at the Clifton Springs Country Club.

Teresa Cleland of Syracuse and Sandra Wood of Ithaca will be looking for their third consecutive championships in the Senior and Super Senior tournaments respectively.

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Winnipeg center found dead

Police say Winnipeg Jets center Rick Rypien has been found dead in his home.

An official with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed Rypien's death on Monday, and said it wasn't suspicious.

The 27-year-old Rypien signed a $700,000, one-year deal with Winnipeg last month after spending parts of six seasons with Vancouver. He had nine goals and seven assists in 119 career NHL games.

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New name for North Dakota University

North Dakota's Board of Higher Education decided Monday to retire the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname by year's end in a move that anticipates lawmakers will soon repeal a law requiring the school to keep the nickname.

The board, which has eight voting members, agreed unanimously to restart the process of dumping the nickname and a logo depicting an American Indian warrior, symbols that the NCAA contends are offensive.

The decision, taken during a telephone conference call meeting, followed a session that was closed to the public, during which board members discussed their legal options with Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and the university system's attorneys.

The Legislature earlier this year approved a law that requires the board and UND to keep the nickname and logo, but Gov. Jack Dalrymple and legislative leaders have said they will ask that the measure be repealed during a legislative special session in November.

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Rodgers faces drug-related ban

Former American 100-meter champion Michael Rodgers tested positive for a stimulant found in an energy drink and could be ineligible for the world track championships later this month.

Rodgers is the 2009 national champion and qualified for this year's team by finishing third at nationals. He said on his Twitter account that he tested positive.

USA Track and Field spokeswoman Jill Geer said the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is handling his case and would decide Rodgers' eligibility for worlds.

From News Staff and wire service reports