Joseph’s Transfer a Timely One Both for Him and Wolfpack

Daniel Joseph’s debut as a member of the NC State football team will have to wait an extra week because of a schedule change brought about by a COVID-19 outbreak on campus.

But that’s still not as long as he would have had to wait to play again had he still been at Penn State, which won’t be playing at all in 2020 because of the Big Ten’s decision to cancel the entire fall season.

It’s a reality of which the graduate transfer defensive end is all too aware.

“I definitely feel for those guys at Penn State because I know how hard they prepare and how hard those guys work as well,” he said during a virtual media conference Wednedsay. “To not have the opportunity to play and perform and showcase their abilities on the field, for me I definitely feel for them.”

As much as Joseph commiserates with

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Texans-Chiefs about much more than just football

This is about the team that blew a 24-0 lead in a playoff game returning to the football home of Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid and the reigning Super Bowl champions.

a person standing on a baseball field: Bill O’Brien, wearing a mask during a recent scrimmage, and the Texans kick off a unique season on Thursday in Kansas City that will be about more than football.

© Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

Bill O’Brien, wearing a mask during a recent scrimmage, and the Texans kick off a unique season on Thursday in Kansas City that will be about more than football.

This is round three between Deshaun Watson, the Texans’ 24-year-old franchise quarterback, and Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs’ 24-year-old franchise QB, during the same year they received life-changing contract extensions totaling an absurd $659 million.

And this is the all-powerful, all-consuming NFL back on your TV screen during a season when seventh-year head coach Bill O’Brien will officially double as the Texans’ general manager, Tom Brady is a proud member of the remade (again) Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Bill Belichick enters Week 1

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Football provides ‘normalcy’ and an escape

College Football season is upon us after all sorts of turbulence in the month of August. Two of the three Power Five conferences that’ll be playing football this fall, the ACC and Big12, are set to get things rolling this weekend and the SEC will start up on September 26 with its conference only schedule.

Since the 2020 National Championship game, the world has dealt with a pandemic and the United States has experienced all sorts of unrest over issues surrounding social justice and racial equality. Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee, an African-American man, has stood by his players as they’ve expressed their discontent racial inequality while also making his thoughts known in his own way.

He has joined them in their quest to make a difference in the local community with the “Dawgs for Pups” initiative and when he held his first ever meeting with

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Mascot Uga won’t be on sideline this year

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald
Published 3:42 p.m. ET Sept. 9, 2020


USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the state of college football in 2020.


Georgia football games this season will be missing a well-known attraction.

Uga, the iconic live bulldog mascot, won’t be present due to COVID-19 protocols.

“It’s my understanding the SEC and NCAA consider the field a ‘bubble,’ and the only people allowed in the bubble are essential,” said Charles Seiler, the white English bulldogs’ handler and owner. “As of now, no dog on the field.”

Uga X, whose name is Que, assumed the mascot role on Nov. 21, 2015 after three months of an audition of sorts. There is no plan to have the dog in Athens elsewhere in the stadium as of now.

“The whole idea is to have not people to congregate,” Seiler said, “and if you know anything about the

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Japanese Women’s World Cup champion Yuki Nagasato loaned to men’s club

Yuki Nagasato, a Women’s World Cup winner with Japan, will make history as she joins men’s club Hayabusa Eleven in the Kanagawa Prefecture League in Japan.

The Chicago Red Stars loaned Nagasato to the club for the NWSL fall schedule and the offseason. She is the first woman to play for the team and one of only a few in soccer history to play for a men’s squad.

Nagasato will return for 2021 Red Stars

Nagasoto will return to the Red Stars before the 2021 NWSL preseason, the team said in a release.

Nagasato, 33, started for Chicago in the NWSL Challenge Cup this summer, but didn’t play in the knockout stage games due to a leg injury. The forward was a big part of the team’s 2019 season, which concluded with a 4-0 loss to the North Carolina Courage in the final.

She led the league with eight assists

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Alex Scott thrilled at return of Lucy Bronze to WSL with Manchester City

Alex Scott is thrilled at the return to English football of Lucy Bronze, the “superstar” to whom she has felt like a “proud sister”.

Bronze rejoined Manchester City this week after leaving Lyon following the conclusion of her contract.

The 28-year-old returns having won three Champions League titles during her three years away.

Lucy Bronze, who has 70 England caps, returned to Manchester City after leaving Lyon (John Walton/PA)

In 2019 she was named UEFA’s women’s player of the year, and awarded the silver ball at the World Cup in France – a third successive tournament in which she helped England reach the semi-finals.

Fellow right-back Scott, who was also involved in the previous two, the 2015 World Cup and Euro 2017, told the PA news agency regarding Bronze: “We are friends and always have been.

“We formed this good partnership when she broke into the England team and

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Big Ten reacts to letter from leaders of six state legislatures wanting football

The Big Ten released a letter in response to leaders of six legislatures in the conference’s footprint, asking commissioner Kevin Warren to reconsider the decision to postpone the fall football season.

The letter was written on the letterhead of Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and also signed by statehouse leaders from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

“Recent actions taken by other conferences around the country to start football and other fall sports have placed the Big Ten, its members and students at a disadvantage,” the letter said. “These athletes are losing a vital part of student life and are becoming less marketable to future employers with each passing week. Additionally, our local universities stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars that support vital student scholarships.

“This is even more frustrating when we think of how our Big Ten athletic programs are leading the way by providing outstanding health

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The Latest: Wisconsin football, hockey taking 2-week break

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:


Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the school’s football and men’s hockey teams are taking a two-week break from team activities as part of the school’s COVID-19 testing protocols.

The announcement comes two days after Chancellor Rebecca Blank ordered undergraduate students to restrict their movements for the next two weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Blank’s restrictions included closing all student gyms and recreational facilities through Sept. 21, dining halls offering carry-out only and dorms not allowing visitors.


Middle Tennessee is allowing 20% fan capacity, or about 7,000 fans, inside Floyd Stadium on Sept. 19 for the Blue Raiders’ home opener against Troy.

Athletic director Chris Massaro announced the update Wednesday.

Tailgating will not be allowed. Massaro says the plan was drawn up after consulting with university, local and state

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How have other states have navigated coronavirus pandemic?


Seventeen states have started high school football in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with another six set to play this week and 11 more coming in the fall.

Arizona is one of those waiting and watching and wondering.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Executive Board is set to vote on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee’s latest recommendations on Wednesday before moving forward with next Monday’s start date for practices in helmets.

Let’s look at some of the states that have already experienced Friday night lights amid the active COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are the states, according to, that have already kicked off their seasons:

Utah, began Aug. 13

Alaska , Aug. 20

Indiana, Aug. 20

North Dakota, Aug. 20

South Dakota, Aug. 20

Tennessee, Aug. 20

Alabama, Aug. 21

Idaho, Aug. 27

Iowa, Aug. 27

Montana, Aug. 27

Nebraska, Aug. 27

Texas, Aug. 27

Wyoming, Aug. 27


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Miller Forristall Leads More Experienced Tight End Room for Alabama in 2020

Elwanda Tulloch

Like everyone else in the University of Alabama football program, tight end Miller Forristall is prepping for a season full of unknowns, but the redshirt senior is certainly taking advantage of his final year at the Capstone, and enjoying every moment along the way.

“No one’s senior year has ever been like this,” Forristall said during his media availability via Zoom on Tuesday afternoon. “Not Coach [Nick Saban], definitely not us, I’ve been alive for 22 years. There’s people who have been alive a lot longer than I have and haven’t seen anything like this. This has been nothing like [I envisioned]. I mean no spring ball. No class. We’re at home all this time. We’re in Zoom meetings. 

“I think you can kind of applaud our coaches and the university for how they’ve handled this, with so much uncertainly. Whether it be: are we going to play, what we’re

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