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OJ paroled from prison for botched heist

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LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star.

Simpson, 70, could be released as early as Oct. 1. By then, he will have served the minimum of his nine-to-33-year sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabilia he claimed had been stolen from him.

During the more than hourlong hearing on live TV, Simpson was, by turns, remorseful, jovial and defensive, heatedly insisting the items taken in the armed robbery were "my stuff."

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Ole Miss' Freeze resigns over misconduct

Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday after university officials found a "pattern of personal misconduct" that started with the school's investigation into a call to an escort service.

Freeze's resignation brings a stunning end to a five-year tenure that saw a Sugar Bowl victory, but also a wide-ranging NCAA investigation into rules violations. His ultimate downfall came after school officials investigated Freeze's phone records and found misconduct.

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Florida starting S Harris out for year

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida senior safety Marcell Harris will miss the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during conditioning drills, a significant setback for a defense already replacing seven starters.

Harris sustained the season-ending injury while running with teammates on Wednesday.

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Tide RB Emmons transfers to JUCO school

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama running back B.J. Emmons has transferred to Hutchinson Community College.

Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades said Thursday that Emmons has already arrived at the Kansas junior college.

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Vols not fazed by meek expectations

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee doesn't mind adopting an underdog mentality a year after the Volunteers failed to meet preseason expectations.

The Volunteers have been picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division by the league's media. They didn't have any first-team selections on the media's preseason all-SEC team.

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Iowa OL Welsh opens up about depression

Iowa All-Big Ten lineman Sean Welsh released a letter to the public Wednesday in which he opened up about his lengthy battle with depression.

One of the nation's top offensive lineman, Welsh said he first began to notice signs of the illness as a redshirt freshman in 2014. Welsh said he ate less, isolated himself from his teammates and spent "more time asleep or in front of a TV than I did with people."

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Cards' Jackson headlines all-ACC team

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville and five players from reigning national champion Clemson headline the preseason all-Atlantic Coast Conference team.

The ACC on Wednesday announced the team following a vote of 167 media members who attended last week's media days in Charlotte.

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