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  • Trail Blazers say Aldridge suffered left hip injury
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  • Trail Blazers say Aldridge suffered left hip injury
    PORTLAND — All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge has a hip flexor strain and is day-to-day.
    The 6-foot-11 Aldridge sustained the injury during Wednesday night's practice and did not participate in practice on Thursday. His return is uncertain.
    The Blazers opened training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the coming season.
    Aldridge, a seven-year NBA veteran who was named an All-Star for the second straight year, averaged 21.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game last season.
    The Blazers also say guard Will Barton sustained a concussion.
    Report: Alabama coach gave money to player
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Tuscaloosa News is reporting that Alabama has placed an assistant strength and conditioning coach on administrative leave for lending money to suspended defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
    Clinton-Dix was suspended indefinitely by the coach Nick Saban on Wednesday for violating unspecified team rules, but no other details were released.
    The Tuscaloosa News, citing unidentified sources, reported Thursday that Corey Harris was put on administrative leave. The newspaper said that while the Alabama compliance office was looking into the loan of less than $500 that Harris made to Clinton-Dix it found that Harris also had a connection to a sports agent. The loan could violate NCAA rules about student-athletes receiving extra benefits. Alabama athletic department spokesman Doug Walker said he could not comment on personnel matters.
    Southern California athletic director Pat Haden, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long and Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich are expected to be members of the committee that will chose the four teams that will play for the national championship when the College Football Playoff starts in 2014.
    A person with knowledge of the process told The Associated Press that the three ADs were expected to be part of the 12-18 member panel being put together by conference commissioners. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the committee members were still being finalized.
    The committee is expected to be comprised of current athletic directors, along with former college football players, coaches and administrators, and former media members.
    CBS.com has reported that Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez and West Virginia AD Oliver Luck also are expected to be on the committee.
    BCS executive director Bill Hancock has said the commissioners likely will have the 12-to-18 member panel completed by the end of this season.
    Uchimura wins record 4th world all-around title
    ANTWERP, Belgium — Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura won a record fourth all-around world championship Thursday, beating Japanese compatriot Ryohei Kato in a final that had a sense of inevitability from the start.
    Uchimura opened with the best floor exercise of the six top qualifiers, and was in command the rest of the way. He mixed strength, poise and elegance in every discipline, setting himself apart from all gymnasts and reinforcing his reputation as the greatest in the history of the sport.
    Even though Uchimura already held the men's record for all-around world titles, he still shared it overall with retired women's great Svetlana Khorkina of Russia, who also won three.
    Compiled from wire reports
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