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Cal lineman Agu dies after a training run

California defensive lineman Ted Agu died Friday morning after taking part in a training run with teammates. He was 21.

“This is one of those tragedies that no one can understand and comprehend,” Golden Bears coach Sonny Dykes said. “Ted was a very special young man. As a coach, you have the opportunity to be around a lot of special kids day in and day out. He was a special young man. He just had a passion and energy for life that’s contagious. He will be deeply missed. Our players loved him dearly and he was a big part of our family.”

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The training run near Memorial Stadium was supervised by multiple members of the team’s medical staff. Team physician Dr. Casey Batten said the medical staff saw Agu had difficulty completing the workout and he was transferred by cart about 150 yards to the stadium.

“He was on the back of the cart, he was talking, he was hydrating, he did not exhibit any labored breathing or other signs until he got to the north tunnel,” Batten said.

Agu, listed on the Cal roster at 6 feet 1 and 240 pounds, collapsed when he got to the medical facility at the Simpson Center at the stadium around 7 a.m. Emergency medical personnel were alerted and Agu was given CPR. The athlete from Bakersfield, Calif., was taken to Alta Bates Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A medical examiner will determine the cause of death, a process that can take several weeks.

Batten said Agu didn’t have previous problems with workouts or practice during his time at Cal.

Michigan to receive $6 million for ’17 game

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Minnesota releases linebacker Henderson

The Minnesota Vikings have released linebacker Erin Henderson, who was second on the team in tackles last season but recently was arrested twice on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Henderson, 27, had one season at $1.95 million left on his contract.

Chiefs cut Robinson

Cornerback Dunta Robinson, 31, was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs, who reportedly will save slightly more than $3 million against the 2014 salary cap.

Judge rejects request for audio of Hernandez

A judge rejected a request by prosecutors in ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez’s murder case for his jailhouse phone recordings, then ordered them to turn over to the defense copies of calls they acknowledged already having.

Judge Susan Garsh said prosecutors did not make a sufficient case for her to order the Bristol County (Mass.) sheriff to release the recordings, but she is allowing them to make the request anew. She said the prosecutors must provide more information about what led them to believe the recordings are relevant to the case.

Defense attorney James Sultan called the state’s request “grossly overbroad” and said prosecutors are on a “fishing expedition.”

Former tight end Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June killing of semipro player Odin Lloyd, 27, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée.


Vidic plans his exit

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic, 32, is leaving the English Premier League team at the end of the season, his eighth with Man U.

Worker in Brazil dies

A worker was killed in an accident outside the World Cup stadium in Manaus, Brazil, in the latest incident tarnishing the country’s image as it tries to get ready for the sport’s showcase event in June.

Organizers in charge of the city’s preparations said Antonio Jose Pita Martins, 55, died while dismantling a crane used to install the roof of the Arena da Amazonia.


• Former U.S. soccer captain Thomas Dooley, 52, was hired as coach of the Philippines national team. He will immediately start preparing the team for the Asia Challenge Cup in May in the Maldives.

• Top-ranked tennis player Serena Williams withdrew from the Qatar Open and the Indian Wells, Calif., tournament because of a back injury.

• Defenseman Kris Letang of the NHL Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins will be out for at least six weeks. Penguins general manager Ray Shero said Letang, 26, had a stroke last week.

Letang will be treated with blood thinners and the stroke is not expected to threaten his career.

The Penguins lost to the New York Rangers 4-3 in a shootout Friday.

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