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Across America, most high school football seasons are winding down. It will wrap up the first year since the Supreme Court ruled it was OK for a public school coach near Seattle to pray on the field. The decision prompted speculation that prayer would become an even bigger part of the game-day fabric, though that hasn’t seemed to be the case. Outside Detroit, coaches have found ways for their diverse rosters to pray if they wish. Some keep it behind closed doors to avoid potential anti-Islamic jeers from fans in other communities.

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Bill Belichick's Patriots were getting thrashed so soundly by Tony Sparano's Dolphins back in 2008 that some greenhorn rookie third-string quarterback named Kevin O'Connell came in and mopped up the final six minutes. "Mopped up?! That's a heck of a term!" said O'Connell, feigning outrage at the term when it was presented to him on Tuesday, two days before the Vikings head coach faces ...

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Mark Stoops knows the timing was awkward. As the college football coaching carousel kicked into gear early with several high-profile firings in season and Kentucky climbing into the top 10 of the Associated Press top 25 after a 4-0 start to the 2022 season, Stoops’ name was beginning to be prominently linked to jobs like Nebraska and Auburn. Stoops, Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart and ...

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No. 3 Michigan running back Blake Corum may be the most pivotal player in The Game against No. 2 Ohio State on the road Saturday with a spot in the Big Ten championship game and likely the College Football Playoff at stake. His numbers stack up well with players at his position who have won the Heisman Trophy this century. Corum might have a shot to win the award if he can put together a spectacular performance in a win against the Buckeyes as former Michigan stars Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson did before being voted college football’s most outstanding player.

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Thousands of people have joined Virginia’s football team, coaches and staff in honoring three players who were shot dead as they returned from a field trip last weekend. Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler were remembered during a Saturday memorial service in Charlottesville as great teammates who wore constant smiles and sought to brighten the lives of those around them, from fellow players to other students and fans. First-year head coach Tony Elliott said “only time will reveal God's purpose in the adversity.” Athletic director Carla Williams shared stories she heard from family members of the players and vowed that “we will make sure their legacies never fade at the University of Virginia.”

Sam McKewon and Amie Just discuss what to expect from the end of the football season and the legacy this season’s team will leave behind, if it’s time for fans to worry about the women’s basketball team, and just how many losses the volleyball team can afford as the regular season winds down. For the full episode, subscribe at https://go.huskerextra.com/Showdown

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From the owner’s suite to the front office to the sideline, the number of women in the NFL is steadily rising. And, they’re here to stay. Kalen Jackson was born into football, one of three daughters for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. Her introduction to the sport came by attending community events. Now, she has a seat at the table for owners’ meetings. Sam Rapoport fell in love with football the first time she held a ball and threw a spiral as a 12-year-old growing up in Canada. Rapoport ended up becoming a professional quarterback in a women’s tackle football league and has spent two decades working to expand career opportunities for women in the sport.

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There is no playbook to instruct how athletic departments are to respond to the tragic death of one of their athletes. But those who have experienced the trauma say the increased emphasis on mental health care in athletic departments and universities at-large — spurred in part by the pandemic — help when a crisis strikes. Tragedy struck the University of Virginia earlier this week. Three members of the football team were shot and killed while on a bus returning to the Charlottesville campus from a field trip to Washington.

A Southern California water polo coach has been convicted of sexually assaulting teenage girls during underwater training sessions while he claimed to be preparing them for competition. Prosecutors say a jury on Wednesday convicted Bahram Hojreh of felony counts including sexual battery on nine teenage victims from 2012 to 2017. He was also convicted of a lesser charge on a 10th victim. Victims testified that Hojreh abused them underwater during coaching sessions, sometimes while parents were poolside. Hojreh previously coached for a water polo club and local high school. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January. The Associated Press has left a message for his attorney.

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The three University of Virginia football players who were killed are being remembered as funny, sweet and ambitious. Lavel Davis Jr., aspired to be the country’s best wide receiver and to play in the NFL. The 6-foot-7 sports star was known to be ambitious and sought out friendships with students who weren’t athletes like him. D’Sean Perry had shifted seamlessly from linebacker to defensive end. He was also an amazing studio artist who loved to cook. Devin Chandler transferred in from Wisconsin, where the wide receiver returned a total of four kicks for 85 yards. He was known for his sense of humor and for lifting people up. Authorities say that all three men were killed Sunday by a fellow student and former football player.

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Jimmy Johnson won two Super Bowls as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and a national championship at Miami. He’s in the Pro Football, College Football and NAB Broadcasting halls of fame. In his view, Johnson’s biggest success has nothing to do with football. The 79-year-old Johnson describes in “Swagger,” his memoir that released on Tuesday, how his addiction to football and winning caused him to never have a family dinner. His two sons, Brent and Chad, played football but Dad never saw them play a full game. He was too busy coaching his teams to victories. Johnson now says his biggest win came when he stepped away from coaching to spend more time with his family.

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The three University of Virginia football players who were killed are being remembered as funny, sweet and ambitious. Lavel Davis Jr., aspired to be the country’s best wide receiver and to play in the NFL. The 6-foot-7 sports star was known to be ambitious and sought out friendships with students who weren’t athletes like him. D’Sean Perry had shifted seamlessly from linebacker to defensive end. He was also an amazing studio artist who loved to cook. Devin Chandler transferred in from Wisconsin, where the wide receiver returned a total of four kicks for 85 yards. He was known for his sense of humor and for lifting people up. Authorities say that all three men were killed Sunday by a fellow student and former football player.

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