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  • Oden arrested for battery

    INDIANAPOLIS — Police arrested former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden on battery charges early Thursday, alleging that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight at his mother’s suburban Indianapolis home.

    The free agent center, who played for the Miami Heat last season, was taken into custody at the home in Lawrence on two preliminary counts of misdemeanor battery. Oden, 26, remained in Marion County Jail as of mid-afternoon Thursday.

  • Westwood, McIlroy ride momentum at PGA

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rory McIlroy showed no sign of letting up. Lee Westwood might just be getting started. Momentum was a big theme Thursday in the opening round of the PGA Championship, and it even applied to Tiger Woods.

    Except that Woods kept going the wrong direction.

  • Overlooked no more: Cincinnati favored in American

    Being overlooked won’t be a problem for Cincinnati this season.

    The Bearcats are favored to win the American Athletic Conference — and loving it.

    “As my teammates would say, ‘It’s about time,’” Cincinnati cornerback Adrian Witty said. “Since we’ve been here, it’s no respect. We’re winning. What else more do you want?”

  • New season, new coaches

    Florida high schools kicked off their official fall practices on Monday, and take to full pads starting Saturday. With all the coaching changes, the spring season proved to be a baptism by fire for many local programs. After a summer of workouts and familiarizing, first-year head coaches Justin Taylor (Citrus High School and Greg Harper (Lecanto High School) say they’re encouraged by the improvements they’ve seen from their kids since May.

    Healthy Hurricanes

  • O’Steen inks, off to play ball at next level

    LECANTO — As a do-everything baseball standout at Lecanto High School, Levi O’Steen was a good fit anywhere head coach Dave Logue penciled him in at. O’Steen doesn’t know which position(s) his multi-tool talents will land him at for the next level, but he can be confident he’s joining a program known as a perennial winner.

  • FACA honors local coahces Dupler, Bishop

    If you’ve spent any time around Citrus County high school sports over the years, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Robert Dupler and Larry Bishop.

    The pair of longtime coaches, who’ve been involved in sports ranging from softball and golf to football at Citrus and Lecanto High School, were recently presented with the Meritorious Service Award by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA), for “serving the athletic coaching profession above and beyond the call of duty.”

  • Woods ready to tee it up in PGA Championship

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Barely able to tie his shoes three days ago, Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up in the PGA Championship.

    Woods caused the biggest sensation of the week Wednesday afternoon simply by driving his silver SUV into the parking lot at Valhalla. He has never arrived so late for a major championship and had so little time to prepare — just nine holes at Valhalla, which he had not seen since winning the PGA Championship in 2000.

    But at least he’s playing.

  • Rays break loose, avoid sweep in Oakland

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer to help Jeremy Hellickson end a six-start winless stretch for his first victory in 11 months, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3 Wednesday to avoid a sweep.

  • ‘All or nothing’

    James Blevins, Correspondent

    Crystal River — Kyle Kidd, 17, a two-time Chronicle Boys Golf Player of the Year recipient (2012, 2013) from Crystal River, has been racking up some impressive scorecards this summer on the Florida Junior Tour as well as qualifying for a recent Amateur Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournament at Ocala National on July 28 to 31.

  • Jaguars seek improved pass rush

    JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville’s Ryan Davis jokingly rehearsed a sack celebration in the locker room Tuesday, giving fellow defensive end Andre Branch a preview.

    The routine included an imaginary cellphone and a selfie.

    It drew chuckles from Branch and nearby teammates. It surely would get an even better reception on the field. After all, the Jaguars are desperate to improve their pass rush — and sack totals — this season.