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AUTO RAC­ING: Brett Mof­fitt passed Jimmy Sauter just be­fore the fin­ish line Sat­ur­day at Michi­gan In­ter­na­tional Speed­way for his fourth NASCAR Truck Se­ries vic­tory of the sea­son. Mof­fitt edged Sauter — the leader the pre­vi­ous 12 laps — by 0.025 sec­onds. John Hunter Ne­mechek fin­ished third, Noah Grag­son took fourth and Todd Gilliland was fifth af­ter lead­ing a race-high 18 laps.

COL­LEGES: Mary­land placed head coach DJ Durkin on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave while the school scru­ti­nizes al­le­ga­tions of poor be­hav­ior by the foot­ball staff, ap­par­ent mis­deeds that came to light fol­low­ing the death of of­fen­sive line­man Jor­dan McNair in June on the prac­tice field. In an open let­ter, ath­letic di­rec­tor Da­mon Evans wrote: “At this time, the best de­ci­sion for our foot­ball pro­gram is to place Mary­land Head Foot­ball Coach DJ Durkin on leave so we can prop­erly re­view the cul­ture of the pro­gram.” Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Matt Canada will serve as in­terim coach. … South­ern Mis­sis­sippi sus­pended se­nior QB Kwadra Griggs for an undis­closed rea­son. The school said in a state­ment the in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion will re­main “pend­ing res­o­lu­tion of a stu­dent-con­duct mat­ter.” Griggs played in 10 games last sea­son, throw­ing for 1,879 yards, 16 touch­downs and just two in­ter­cep­tions. … Michi­gan is try­ing to de­ter­mine if any of its ath­letes vi­o­lated NCAA rules by sell­ing teamis­sued shoes. The school said the ath­letic depart­ment’s com­pli­ance of­fice is look­ing into the mat­ter, and it’s not clear which ath­letes may have been in­volved. North Carolina an­nounced Mon­day that 13 play­ers will miss games while serv­ing sus­pen­sions for sell­ing the shoes . ... Texas foot­ball coach Tom Her­man said a re­port on Face­book claim­ing he was the one who alerted sports reporter Brett McMur­phy about do­mes­tic-vi­o­lence al­le­ga­tions against fired Ohio State as­sis­tant coach Zach Smith was “ab­so­lutely un­true.” In a story posted on the so­cial me­dia site, Jeff Snook, a pub­lished au­thor with deep Ohio State ties, al­leged that Her­man did so be­cause he was an­gered over los­ing WR Gar­rett Wil­son to the Buck­eyes.

NFL: The Jaguars re­moved DE Dante Fowler, who missed the first two weeks of train­ing camp while re­cov­er­ing from a shoul­der in­jury sus­tained late last sea­son, from the phys­i­cally-un­able-to-per­form list. Fowler was the third over­all pick in the 2015 draft out of Florida . ... Jets LB Kevin Pierre-Louis was sus­pended for the first game of the reg­u­lar sea­son with­out pay by the NFL for vi­o­lat­ing its sub­stance-abuse pol­icy.

TENNIS: Greek teen Ste­fanos Tsit­si­pas be­came the youngest player to beat four straight top-10 play­ers in an event since the ATP World Tour was es­tab­lished in 1990, out­last­ing fourth-seeded Kevin An­der­son 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (7) in Toronto to reach the Rogers Cup fi­nal. Tsit­si­pas, who will meet ei­ther top-ranked Rafael Nadal or Karen Khachanov for the cham­pi­onship, pre­vi­ously de­feated sev­enth-seeded Do­minic Thiem, ninth-seeded No­vak Djokovic and sec­ond-seeded de­fend­ing cham­pion Alexan­der Zverev . ... Top-ranked Si­mona Halep beat 15th-seeded Ash­leigh Barty 6-4, 6-1 to reach the fi­nal of the women’s Rogers Cup in Mon­treal. Halep, who reached the fi­nal for the third time in four years, com­pleted the vic­tory in just 71 min­utes.

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