Around the Nation (July 16): Kent State kickoff time set for Sept. 13 matchup with Ohio State

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COLLEGE

Kent State gets noon kickoff Sept. 13 at Ohio State

The Kent State football team's Sept. 13 matchup with Ohio State has been scheduled for a noon start, according to a release by the university Wednesday.

The game will be nationally televised and will be the Golden Flashes' third of the 2014 season.

The Flashes have not played the Buckeyes since the 2007 season, when Ohio State won 48-3 in Columbus.

Wolfpack assistant coaches aid driver in automobile wreck

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Two North Carolina State assistant football coaches stopped at a wreck to help remove the driver from an overturned car.

Receivers coach Frisman Jackson says he and defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable were driving separately from Raleigh to their homes in nearby Holly Springs on Tuesday evening when they encountered the accident.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Jackson said the driver was OK with some abrasions and was "more in shock." He said the coaches and other people stopped because "human nature just kicked in."

Jackson tweeted a photo of the overturned car.

Spokeswoman Patty McQuillan with the Department of Public Safety says a state trooper reported to the same location Tuesday to investigate an overturned car in a ditch. An incident report was not available Wednesday.

Michigan receives grant for mental health initiative

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan has received a grant from the NCAA to develop and evaluate a program for supporting mental health initiatives for student-athletes.

Michigan's athletic department is partnering with the school's depression center and school of public health. Former Michigan football player Will Heininger says this issue is important to athletes across the country, who are under a lot of pressure and are sometimes afraid to speak out.

Daniel Eisenberg, an associate professor at the school of public health, says student-athletes might be more vulnerable to significant mental health problems because in sports, toughness and resiliency are often emphasized. That might make it more difficult for athletes to seek help.

Michigan will present its project results at the NCAA Convention in Washington in January.

BASKETBALL

Bird, Latta named WNBA All-Star game replacements

NEW YORK -- Sue Bird and Ivory Latta have been selected as replacements for Saturday's All-Star game by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie.

Bird, who stars for Seattle, will join the Western Conference roster, filling the spot of Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus, who has missed the last seven games due to bursitis in her left knee. Latta, who leads Washington in scoring, joins the Eastern Conference roster in place of Elena Delle Donne, who has been sidelined for 12 of the Chicago Sky's last 13 games due to the effects of Lyme disease.

Delle Donne had been voted into the game as a starter by fans, while Augustus was selected as a reserve by Western Conference head coaches.

With the additions, every team in the league now has at least one player participating in the All-Star game.

Bird will be making her eighth All-Star appearance while Latta's making her second.

Griner blossoms in WNBA after rough first year in league

PHOENIX -- After a tough first season in the WNBA, Brittney Griner is blossoming into the player everyone thought she would be, all the while embracing her status as a role model for gays.

Last season, Griner was in the spotlight after leaving Baylor, coming out and writing a candid memoir "In My Skin" that was critical of her college coach Kim Mulkey.

Griner says the book wasn't really a distraction, but the media attention "was crazy."

After playing in China during the WNBA off-season, Griner returned to the Phoenix Mercury stronger and more confident. As her Mercury teammate Diana Taurasi says, "She's a totally different player."

The 6-foot-8 Griner had her second dunk of the season in a win on Tuesday night, when Phoenix improved to a league-leading 17-3 record.

GOLF

Police: Stolen golf cart hurts guard

HOYLAKE, England -- Police say a man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after allegedly taking a golf cart from the course staging the British Open and driving it into a security guard.

The incident occurred at about 7.30 p.m. local time (1830 GMT) on Wednesday at the end of the final practice day before the tourney begins Thursday.

Merseyside police say in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press that a 45-year-old man from the local area took the golf cart from the Royal Liverpool course and collided with the guard, who sustained a slight leg injury.

Police say the man then steered the cart into a barrier near an entrance to the course in Hoylake.

GYMNASTICS

Douglas leaving Chow again after short reunion

Olympic champion Gabby Douglas is searching for a new coach after leaving Liang Chow following their brief stint back together.

Douglas, the all-around champion at the 2012 Olympics, went back to Chow's gym in April, but decided to part ways again after a reunion that lasted less than three months.

Last month, the 18-year-old said she hoped to compete in the all-around at this year's nationals, set for Aug. 21-24.

She originally left Chow last August, sparking questions about whether she would try for a repeat Olympic title. Going back into the gym with Chow was a first step, but now her future seems less certain.

No woman has repeated as all-around Olympic champion since 1968.

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