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Earned Redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota has won the starting quarterback job for the fifth-ranked Oregon Ducks. Football coach Chip Kelly announced Friday that Mariota earned the position over sophomore Bryan Bennett, who was Darron Thomas’ backup last season. Thomas left school early to declare his eligibility for the NFL draft. The Ducks open this season at home against Arkansas State on Sept. 1. Mariota is the first freshman to start in an opener for Oregon since Danny O’Neil in 1991.

Ailing Saint Louis men’s basketball coach Rick Majerus is taking a leave of absence for at least the upcoming season. The university said that assistant Jim Crews will direct the team as interim coach, and that a decision hasn’t been made for the 2013-14 season, leaving the door open for Majerus. Majerus, 64, is hospitalized in California undergoing evaluation and treatment for a heart condition, school spokesman Brian Kunderman said.

Scheduled Heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko will defend his WBA, IBF and WBO titles against Polish challenger Mariusz Wach on Nov. 10 in Hamburg, Germany. It will be the first time Klitschko, 36, has fought a taller opponent. Wach, 32, is 6-foot-6, more than an inch taller than Klitschko. Wach is 27-0 (15 knockouts), while the champ is 58-3 with 51 KOs.

Died Racecar driver Jerry Grant, who made history by breaking 200 mph in an Indianapolis 500-style car, has died from liver failure and diabetes at a hospital in Orange, Calif. He was 77. Grant was in 10 Indy 500s in the 1960s and ’70s. His best finish was seventh.

Selected Former tennis player Richard Krajicek, the 1996 Wimbledon champion, is one of six members of the ATP’s new competition committee, which will recommend possible changes to men’s professional tennis. The panel’s other members are Sergio Palmieri and Graham Pearce, chosen by the ATP Tournament Council; and Mood Media Corporation’s Lorne Abony and former ATP employee Weller Evans, selected by the ATP Player Council.



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