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Pre-run stretching doesn't protect against injuries--study

You might have been advised to stretch before a work out or long run to reduce the risk of injury, but this doesn't hold true, according to a new study.

COL BKB: Notre Dame 83, Gonzaga 79

South Bend, Ind. -- Tim Abromaitis scored 21 points and Ben Hansbrough made four key free throws down the stretch Saturday, allowing No. 23 Notre Dame to edge Gonzaga 83-79.

Abromaitis collected eight rebounds, Carleton Scott scored 23 points and Eric Atkins contributed 12 points and seven boards for the Fighting Irish (9-1).

Mangisto Arop's 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining pulled Gonzaga to within two at 79-77. But Hansbrough responded with a pair of foul shots and repeated the feat after Marquise Carter's layup with 6 seconds left made it two-point game again.

Elias Harris led the Bulldogs (4-5) with 19 points and Steven Gray added 18 points and eight assists.

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Scott forges to Singapore Open lead

Singapore -- Adam Scott, who was 7-under-par in one six-hole stretch Friday, took the clubhouse lead after two days of play at the European Tour's Barclay's Singapore Open.

Scott, playing the Tanjong Course at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore, finished with his second 6-under 65 and is at 12-under 130 halfway through the tournament.

He is two strokes ahead of Ian Poulter, who had an 8-under 63 in his second round. Four golfers are tied for third at 9-under. Joost Luiten is in that group but he is one of the players unable to finish his second round Friday.

Harsh weather delayed play Thursday and caused a backup Friday so several players were unable to complete their rounds because of darkness.

Calif. hit by 'nuisance' algae in rivers

Sacramento -- Scientists say they don't know why a "yucky" kind of algae is fouling a stretch of a California river to the displeasure of swimmers and fishermen.

About 10 miles of the Bear River northeast of Sacramento is clogged with a strange algae called "didymo," short for its scientific name, Didymosphenia geminata, The Sacramento Bee reported Monday.

People's dislike of the algae has earned it the nickname "rock snot."

"No doubt, it is pretty yucky, and that's the complaint from a lot of recreationists," Leah Elwell at the Center for Aquatic Nuisance Species in Livingston, Mont., said. "If you're kayaking, you don't want to get a mouthful of that. It does kind of foul up your day."

Franchitti edges Power for Mid-Ohio win

Lexington, Ohio -- Dario Franchitti hung on down the stretch, holding off a determined Will Power Sunday to claim the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Franchitti used smart pit stop management in the late going, beating Power out of the pits twice and then beating back a furious charge to win by a half-second.

The victory was Franchitti's second of the year following his win at the Indianapolis 500 in May. It was also the 15th of his IndyCar career.

Power's second-place finish allowed him to clinch the IZOD Series' first road/street course championship, posting a 41-point lead over Franchitti in the rankings.

Third place went to Helio Castroneves.