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Noble moves on in Beijing

Rogers High grad and current University of Oregon runner Rebekah Noble advanced Tuesday in the opening round of the women’s 800 meters at the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing.

The reigning NCAA 800-meter champion finished second in her heat, running 2 minutes 8.97 seconds. The other American, University of Florida freshman Shannon Leinert, took fifth in her heat, finishing in 2:07.24. The semifinal races are Wednesday.

You can find more at USA Track’s website here.

USA Today caught up with the fact Ken Hamlin, injured last year in an early morning fight outside a nightclub, is back in action. Here’s the link.

Could be the Shock may have a local rival in the near future. There’s a move afoot in the Tri-Cities to put an af2 team in the Toyota Center. The Tri-City Herald story is here.

One more Husky note: It seems the status of receiver Chancellor Young, currently academically ineligible, is in the news. His dad, former Seahawks Charle, told a radio station in Seattle his son, a transfer from Duke, was working to get eligible. According to multiple reports, including Mike Allende’s blog, Young’s chances of being eligible this year have improved.

Here’s one for you Big Sky football fans. According to the following Associated Press report, Montana’s lost one of its stars Monday.

Montana halfback Lex Hilliard, a first team all-Big Sky Conference player for the past two seasons, suffered a season-ending foot injury at practice Monday afternoon.

The injury requires surgery and Hilliard will redshirt this year, the school announced Tuesday.

“We’re very disappointed for Lex Hilliard,” said coach Bobby Hauck. “For him to lose his senior season, especially one he has prepared so hard for, is a hard pill to swallow. It’s difficult to put into words just how bad that myself, our coaches and our players feel for Lex.

“Obviously this is a tremendous loss to our football team and certainly puts a damper on our championship aspirations since we lost our best player for the season,” Hauck said.

UPDATE: Dave Trimmer writes about the injury, and Eastern’s practice on his blog.

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