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Names in the Game

The world's fastest man might be tearing up the track in Toronto this June.
Organizers of an international track meet proposed for June 10 in Toronto are negotiating with Olympic superstar Usain Bolt's agent to have the Jamaican phenom headline the event.
It's believed that Bolt, who rocked the "Bird's Nest" stadium in Beijing with three world-record breaking performances last summer, would command an appearance fee of around $250,000 to run at the University of Toronto's Varsity Centre.
A spokesperson for the university confirmed that discussions have taken place, but declined further comment.
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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (AP) _ Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin has a new son.
Kiffin's wife, Layla, gave birth Tuesday night to Monte Knox Kiffin. The news was announced at the Kentucky-Tennessee basketball game.
Tennessee Athletics spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter told WVLT-TV that the baby was born at a California hospital and was 21 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces.
Carpenter says he'll go by "Knox," a reference to Knoxville. He also has the name of his grandfather, Monte Kiffin, who is the Vols' defensive coordinator.
The Kiffins have two daughters, Landry and Presley.
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CLEMSON, South Carolina (AP) _ Clemson tailback C.J. Spiller has been named the team's offensive MVP.
The school announced the award Tuesday.
Along with his offensive award, Spiller was a co-recipient with linebacker Brandon Maye of an academic achievement honor. The school says Spiller, nicknamed "Lightning" for his speed and elusiveness, is the first player to make the dean's list and be a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection since offensive lineman Kyle Young did it in 2000.
Left to be determined is whether Spiller returns to school for his senior season or enters his name in the NFL draft. He has until Thursday to make his choice.
Earlier this week, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says his star tailback is torn between going pro or staying in school.
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BEIJING (AP) _ China now has an official day to shape up: Aug. 8, the date the Beijing Olympics opened just over five months ago.
The State General Administration of Sport offered few details in announcing National Fitness Day, although the state-run China Daily said Wednesday it might include music and dance to promote physical activity.
"The move is to meet people's need for doing sports and to further help promote sports among people," sports minister Liu Peng told China Daily. "At the same time, it is also the best way to commemorate the day the Chinese realized their ... Olympic dream."
The inaugural day seems likely to involve some Olympic venues, many of which are seeking post-Games purposes.
The "Bird's Nest" national stadium has been turned into a sightseeing destination. Ordinary citizens can pay $7 to enter the stadium and look around.
The $450 million venue has yet to find a permanent tenant and has confirmed only one booking for this year _ Puccini's opera "Turandot," directed by Zhang Yimou and set for Aug. 8.


Updated : 2021-07-29 03:34 GMT+08:00