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Michigan, Notre Dame prepare for last meeting
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Sunday, August 31, 2014 8:00 PM


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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry is about to go dormant again.

The series dates to 1887 when Michigan students traveled to South Bend to teach Notre Dame students the game. The game has featured exciting games, standout players and feuding coaches from schools 150 miles apart that are both coming off easy opening victories.

Michigan defensive end Frank Clark doesn't like what's happening.

In the NFL, imitation is often a form of flattery
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Sunday, August 31, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


NEW YORK — Troy Vincent pounds his fists on a conference room table and smiles.

"We are a copycat league, you bet," he says. "If Peyton and Philip and Brees and Brady are doing something that's good, then go out and try to do the same thing."

Easier said than done if you don't have such star quarterbacks but Vincent's point is well taken. The NFL's head of football operations, a star player for 15 pro seasons and former president of the players' union, recognizes that trends always will be a part of the sport.

Henley takes a 1-shot lead at Deutsche Bank
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Sunday, August 31, 2014 4:14 PM

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NORTON, Mass. — Russell Henley doesn't get into contention as much as he'd like, though he is tough to beat when he's anywhere near the lead.

Rory McIlroy seems to be there all the time.

They were among a host of contenders Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, setting up the second straight week in the FedEx Cup playoffs that the final round resembles more like a free-for-all.

Metcalfe's Musings — Gordon learns his fate and it isn’t nice
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:00 PM


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Finally, the National Football League has come down with the expected calendar-year-long suspension of the Cleveland Browns gifted but troubled (sound familiar?) wide receiver, Josh Gordon.

I really wonder why it took the NFL that long — it must have seemed like years, especially for Browns’ fans — to come to a decision.

How many times must a guy screw up before he gets set down?

To claim it was second-hand marijuana smoke seemed, to say the least, an interesting legal move.

At worst, it seemed it was a “don’t blame me/it wasn’t my fault I was with these guys/I didn’t know what they were doing when they lit that match or flicked that lighter and I smelled something funny” stratagem that only a … er … dolt would have accepted.

Maybe the NFL’s totally blown 2-game suspension of running back Ray Rice — forget everything else; that was ridiculous — also had something to do with the wait.

Supposedly, the NFL is making changes in its player-conduct policy to deal with it but apparently, Rice won’t be affected.

As far as Gordon, you hope for his sake he gets some help and he can return next year.

However, perhaps it opens up another can of worms.

They just did a survey of players — apparently only 82 guys responded — who believe marijuana is no worse than alcohol.

I also have read articles that there is a move among some players — it seems to be growing, too — to ask the NFL to allow marijuana use to deal with the pain issue, especially since two states (Washington and Colorado) have legalized it.

We shall see where that goes but if something happens quickly, you think perhaps Mr. Gordon will ask the NFL to reconsider?



The Cincinnati Reds put starting pitchers Mat Latos and Mike Leake on revocable waivers.

That means they have three options: if some team claims them — my guess is more than one will, especially Latos — either the Reds can pull them back, let them go straight up or they have 48 hours to work out a trade with the offenders!

Champ Bailey, Michael Sam among NFL cuts
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Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:00 PM


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For the first time in his career, Champ Bailey was told he isn't good enough.

Jettisoned by the New Orleans Saints after a difficult training camp, the 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback was the most notable name when NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 active players Saturday.

A close second was Rams rookie Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.