Coliseum eager to host Trojans, Rams amid renovation project

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In Hollywood, even a 95-year-old celebrity isn’t too old for a facelift. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is getting much more than a little cosmetic work done, however. The University of Southern California is just past the halfway point of a two-year, $300 million renovation project that will add dozens of modernizing features to the venerable arena that hosted the first Super Bowl and two Olympics — with a third on the way in 2028. “You’re going to look around the bowl and see this isn’t…

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Wisconsin capable of airing it out with Hornibrook at QB

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Badgers are well-equipped to shatter perceptions about their offense this year. Focusing on just slowing down Heisman Trophy candidate Jonathan Taylor on the ground might be a risky proposition for the rest of the Big Ten. The Badgers are loaded at receiver, capable of putting four proven playmakers out wide at the same time. And that’s not even counting a more concerted effort to get Taylor more involved in the passing game in his sophomore season. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook is in an enviable position.…

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Danny Kannell details how Lamar Jackson will have the biggest impact on his team than any QB in the rookie class

– Oh, as far as who will have the biggest impact this season, I’m not going to go with the sexy pick of Darnold with the Jets. I’m not going to go with the number one overall pick Baker Mayfield. I’m going with the player that’s on a team that’s on the cusp of the playoffs and the player that I think is electric and he’s a big play in a bottle. And it’s Lamar Jackson. – Wow! – I think you see what he’s done throughout his career at…

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Colorado State football coach Mike Bobo hospitalized

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado State football coach Mike Bobo has been hospitalized to undergo a medical evaluation after experiencing numbness in his feet. Bobo said in a statement Monday that he’s “very encouraged by the test results to this point and hope to have some answers soon.” But he gave no indication about how long he might be away from football. His coaching staff is running practices in his absence. “I also feel very encouraged about our 2018 CSU Football team. We have excellent coaches and excellent leadership…

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Dallas Wings coach Fred Williams out after 8th straight loss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dallas Wings coach Fred Williams was relieved of his duties Sunday with the club mired in an eight-game losing streak that jeopardized a playoff spot that once seemed secure. Team President and CEO Greg Bibb announced his decision several hours after a 93-80 road loss to Washington. Assistant Taj McWilliams-Franklin was named interim coach. The Wings (14-17) have a one-game lead over Las Vegas for the WNBA’s final playoff spot with three games remaining. Bibb said the club will look for a new coach after the…

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Cousins perfect in Minnesota debut, Vikings beat Broncos

DENVER (AP) — Kirk Cousins was perfect in his cameo, and then kicked back and watched two former Broncos quarterbacks tear apart their old teammates. Cousins completed all four of his passes in the Vikings’ 42-28 exhibition victory Saturday night, including a 1-yard touchdown strike on a quick slant to Stefon Diggs . “I think it was a smooth first drive but it is a small sample size and the next couple of weeks will be a good test for us,” Cousins said. Diggs called it a good first step.…

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Transfer RB Sargent impressing the Hawkeyes in camp

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — After largely avoiding the junior college and graduate transfer markets under coach Kirk Ferentz, Iowa found success a year ago with one-and-done running back James Butler. The Hawkeyes might have landed another solid transfer back in Mekhi Sargent. Sargent parlayed one brilliant season at junior college power Iowa Western into a full ride with the Hawkeyes — and it sounds as though he won’t have to wait long for playing time. Ferentz said Saturday that he envisions a three-man backfield in 2018 with Sargent complementing…

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Jets get strong QB play against sluggish Falcons, win 17-0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold sparkled in his NFL debut, Teddy Bridgewater looked sharp and healthy, and the New York Jets earned the franchise’s first preseason home shutout by beating the sluggish Atlanta Falcons 17-0 on Friday night. Darnold, the No. 3 overall draft pick in April, was the Jets’ third quarterback of the game, following Josh McCown and Bridgewater. The former USC star was greeted by loud cheers and a standing ovation as he jogged onto the field at MetLife Stadium with 8:41 in the first half.…

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Tannehill starts fast in return; Dolphins lose to Bucs 26-24

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Back in a game for the first time in 20 months, Ryan Tannehill had plenty of time to throw Thursday night. “The protection was awesome,” coach Adam Gase said. “He was back there peeling an orange.” An untouched Tannehill completed passes on the first four plays in his return from two serious injuries to his left knee, and the Miami Dolphins lost their exhibition opener to Tampa Bay 26-24. Tannehill, seeing his first action since December 2016, led a 40-yard drive that ended with a…

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL ’18; D-line is where stars are this season

If you are looking for the best players in college football this season, pay attention to the defensive line. A group of former blue chip prospects has bloomed into dominant defenders who will be wrecking offenses across the nation in 2018. Then in 2019, they will likely be packing the first round of the NFL draft. Narrowing the star-studded class to six is difficult. Clemson alone has four. But here are the best of the big fellas who could be draft eligible in 2019: ED OLIVER, DT, Houston The junior…

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