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The Insider: Missouri cowboy wins bull riding at fair

Skylar Simms of Peculiar, Missouri, placed first in the six-man ride-off to determine the champion Wednesday of Great Frontier Bull Riding at the Kandiyohi County Fair.

Travis Fagen of Sacred Heart was runner-up, then came Brad Check of Eastman, Wis; Rudy Borntrager of Wadena, Levi Berends of Maynard and Lee Whitcomb of Atwater.

Twenty-two cowboys and one cowgirl competed at the 4H arena that filled to capacity with 650 in attendance plus other standing three-deep watching at the main entrance.

Green Lake Tri

Sunday morning

The Green Lake Triathlon starts in waves beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday at Zorbaz, next to Saulsbury Beach in Spicer. The Sprint Course if quarter-mile swim, 14 mile bike and 3 mile run; the OIympic Course is three-quarter mile swim, 22 mile bike and 6 mile run.

The Kids Tri starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the beach parking lot for ages 3-12.

Selig denies rift with White Sox owner

Three days after USA Today reported that the search for commissioner Bud Selig’s successor was whittled down to three candidates, Selig addressed the process on Friday.

Selig also denied reports of a rift between him and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

The owners will reportedly choose between Rob Manfred, Tim Brosnan and Tom Werner during an Aug. 14 vote.

“As we approach next week’s vote, I will continue to encourage clubs to voice their opinions within the confines of this process,” Selig said in a statement.

Selig also said there are no hard feelings between him and Reinsdorf.

“Reports of personal animosity between Jerry Reinsdorf and me -- or any other alleged disputes between owners regarding the process or the candidates -- are unfounded and unproductive,” he said.

George promised spot

on ’16 Olympic team

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told Thursday that injured Indiana Pacers forward Paul George has been promised a spot on the 2016 Olympic team.

“We thought it’s the right thing to do,” Colangelo said. “That’s it. ... We didn’t give thought to all the detail. Just that when a guy goes down and all these things, the circumstances, his career passes before him, he’s out for a year, a year-plus, he’s not able to participate now with us. We wanted to throw that out and say, ‘We’re counting on you. You’ve got a spot in ‘16.’ “

The 2016 games are in Rio de Janeiro.

George is expected to be sidelined at least a year after breaking his right leg during the U.S. team’s intrasquad scrimmage a week ago in Las Vegas.

Ruling: NCAA violates anti-trust laws

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has violated antitrust laws and must allow colleges to offer student athletes a limited share of revenue, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday in a lawsuit that seeks to redefine traditional notions of sports amateurism.

More than 20 current and former athletes sued, saying that players should share in the profits of college athletics, a highly lucrative business in which universities reap billions of dollars from men’s football and basketball.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, California, on Friday issued an injunction to allow students to recover some revenue generated from use of their names, images and likenesses. Wilken did not put the injunction on hold pending appeal but said it will not take effect until the start of the next recruiting cycle.

“We disagree with the Court’s decision that NCAA rules violate antitrust laws,” said NCAA Chief Legal Officer Donald Remy.

Phils pull Hamels

off waiver wire

Philadelphia Phillies left-handed starter Cole Hamels was pulled off waivers.

The Chicago Cubs claimed Hamels on Wednesday and the two teams had 48 hours to complete a trade. The Cubs and Phillies were unable to strike a deal by the deadline so Hamels was pulled off waivers.

Players can only be exposed to waivers once, so the Phillies cannot trade Hamels until after the season is over.

— Reuters/Staff reports