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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Indiana sports news from The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Adam Vinatieri spent 21 seasons perfecting the art of placekicking. Few have kept the ball between the goal posts so consistently for so long. The 44-year-old lost his longtime holder and long snapper during the offseason. But Vinatieri is working well with new teammates.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tommy Hawkins, the first black athlete to earn All-America honors in basketball at Notre Dame and who played for the Los Angeles Lakers during a 10-year NBA career, has died. He was 80. The Los Angeles Dodgers, for whom he once worked as director of communications, say Hawkins died in Malibu.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais has been cleared to resume racing, nearly three months after crashing during Indianapolis 500 qualifying. IndyCar medical director Dr. Geoffrey Billows said the 38-year-old Frenchman was evaluated by IndyCar orthopedic consultant Dr. Kevin Scheid on Tuesday and given clearance to fully return to racing activities.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas feels Brock Osweiler will be named the Browns' opening-week starter against Pittsburgh. Thomas said based on what he's seen in practice that the team is grooming Osweiler to start the Sept. 10 opener. That's fine with Thomas, who has been impressed with Osweiler and he also hopes the team will be patient with rookie DeShone Kizer. Coach Hue Jackson said Osweiler will start Monday night's exhibition against the Giants with Kizer coming in next.

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