Fantasy football 2013 draft preview: Minnesota Vikings team report

College football top 25 countdown: No. 10 Northwestern

Prior to last year, his career high for yards in a season was 1,760, set in 2008. That also marked the only time he ran for more than 1,400 yards in a season. Peterson’s greatness is that at a position of ultimate attrition, he remains remarkably consistent. Having said that, Peterson doesn’t need 350-plus touches to be the best back in the land. He has earned his spot at the top of the draft board, and no one is going to lose a league by drafting him. Unlike last year, though, he may not have the opportunity to win leagues singlehandedly. Schedule analysis Stats via Thanks to the turbulent nature of the NFL, it’s hard to predict preseason strength of schedule based on last season’s results. However, we can say with as much certainty as we can have in the preseason that the Vikings will face one of the toughest slates this season. We already know the NFC North is likely to be one of the league’s strongest divisions.

Ex-Marine’s Pick-Up Football Nearly Derails NCAA Dream

‘The University of Miami has informed football player Dyron Dye that he will no longer be a member of the Miami football program,” a statement from Miami said. ”Given the totality of the circumstances and unresolved issues regarding the NCAA investigation, the University has decided to move ahead.” Darren Heitner, Dye’s attorney, told the Associated Press that the decision does not affect Dye’s tuition aid. In the NCAA’s notice of allegations against the Miami program, Dye and two other recruits were provided lodging and meals by former Miami assistants Aubrey Hill and Clint Hurtt that would be in violation of NCAA rules. Dye is also one of 38 who allegedly partied at former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro’s house against NCAA rules. Dye met with the NCAA three times during the NCAA’s investigation of the Miami football program.

Football donuts? Only at Tim Hortons

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The bakery cafe chain’s Game Day Donuts are back in restaurants and ready to be the sweetest treat at football fanatics’ tailgates this season. The custom created Vanilla Dip donuts are adorned with sprinkles in team colors for high school, college and professional teams. New in 2013 is the limited edition Football Donuta football shaped donut dipped in chocolate fondant and finished with white frosting as football laces. “We are proud to call a number of collegiate and professional sport programs our partners,” said Mike Meilleur, executive vice president, Tim Hortons U.S. “Our Game Day Donut collection gives our guests, many of whom are avid sports fans, the chance to enjoy a delicious donut with a great cup of coffee and cheer on their local team.” In addition to the Game Day Donut collection, Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop offers its guestsespecially familiesgreat tailgate essentials like the Take Ten boxed coffee or hot chocolate to-go, Timbits and other assorted baked goods. Game Day Donuts retail for regular donut price per market and are available in half-dozen or dozen quantities. Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is the official coffee of select NCAA and NFL teams and the official coffee served at a number of collegiate and professional sports venues, including the Ohio State University Athletics, Michigan State Athletics, University of Michigan Athletics, as well as the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions. Suggested by the author

Former Marine faces fight to fulfill football dream


Recalled record-breaking pass catcher David Ball: “Whenever they would chirp, the only thing I would say back to them was, ‘I don’t even know who you are. You’re not even on my scouting report. We don’t even have a scouting report. We worry about us, and we beat you. That’s how it works.'” The response is illuminating not because it reveals what type of offense Kelly will run as first-year coach of the Philadelphia Eagles the league’s biggest mystery heading into the 2013 season but the attitude Kelly has instilled in his players since he was offensive coordinator at New Hampshire from 1999-2006. “We didn’t even notice [defensive players] until we were in the end zone to us, they were simply something in our way,” said Ball, who caught 58 touchdown passes, shattering the NCAA Division I-AA career record of 50 held by future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. Ball was briefly with the Eagles this summer, helping fill out the depth chart at receiver after Jeremy Maclin ‘s season-ending knee injury. “We didn’t know their names, we didn’t know their number,” Ball continued. “The only thing we cared about was what the play was, what our signal was, and executing it.

Afghan fans abuzz over return of international football


20; Lunt then returned, replaced by Chelf two weeks later. I don’t think this portends anything for OSU’s continued competition. What about the fact that Chelf ended last year as the starter? It’s something to consider, but experience didn’t matter a hair in last year’s competition, of course. Instead of focusing on the past, let’s consider what each brings to the table in 2013: Chelf is a pocket passer, one who can stand and deliver to OSU’s terrific receiver corps, while Walsh is the more agile, dual-threat, well-rounded option. In a sense, OSU could use both quarterbacks though that’s not in the cards, barring injury. If Chelf gets the nod, OSU will average more than 40 points per game and finish in the top 10 nationally in total, passing and scoring offense. On the other hand, if Walsh gets the nod, OSU will average more than 40 points per game and finish in the top 10 nationally in total, passing and scoring offense. Pick your poison.

Football: Germany’s Klose set to retire after World Cup

“I’m sure Afghanistan are going to score a dozen goals and win. We have a strong team. I have bought 10 tickets and I also have Afghanistan flags to wave. I’m very excited.” Tickets cost between 100 and 300 Afghanis ($2 and $5) for the game, which will be played on an artificial pitch at the 6,000-seater ground. The FIFA-sanctioned match is being promoted as an international friendly, but cross-border tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan are likely to boost patriotic fervour on both sides. Afghans and Pakistanis blame each other for violence plaguing both countries, with many in Afghanistan convinced that Pakistan is still pulling the strings behind a 12-year Taliban insurgency. Pakistan was one of only three countries that recognised the 1996-2001 Taliban regime in Kabul until the hardline Islamists were defeated by a US-led invasion for sheltering Al-Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks. “I am sure Afghanistan will win, and hope this victory will be a response to Pakistan’s interference in Afghanistan,” said Mohammad Ali, 20, as he picked up two $5 tickets. “I’m going with all my friends to this match to support our team.

Dyron Dye off of Miami football roster

While the Ragin’ Cajuns’ have some issues with the kicking game, that shouldn’t prevent this team from winning eight or nine games during the regular season. USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen 48. San Diego State: SDS’s schedule should prevent another season with nine wins, but the Aztecs are easily one of the top three teams in the Mountain West Conference and a threat to Fresno State in the West Division. Games against Ohio State, Oregon State, Fresno State and Boise State should end in defeat, but the majority of the Mountain West lacks SDSU’s talent, experience and solid coaching. USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen 47. Mississippi: Ole Miss returns 18 starters, the most in the SEC, and reeled in one of the nation’s best recruiting classes on national signing day. Will it be enough to join Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU in the race for the SEC West Division championship? It would not be wise to doubt coach Hugh Freeze, but the Rebels might need another year (and another recruiting class) before challenging for the SEC championship. USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen 46. Ball State: The Cardinals have gone 15-10 under coach Pete Lembo, winning nine games and reaching a bowl in 2012 The offense, led by quarterback Keith Wenning, should be one of the MAC’s three best. To beat Northern Illinois and Toledo, the Cardinals must improve defensively. Danny Wild, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen 45.

New Eagles Coach Chip Kelly brings his fast-forward football to NFL

Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller to miss season with knee injury

Alas, Stanford will rely upon running backs Anthony Wilkerson and Tyler Gaffney for a close victory. A strong running attack will open up the play action pass for Hogan. In particular, tight end Luke Kaumatule could have a big day. UCLA is one year away from potentially being on the same level as the Cardinal. Stanford 28, UCLA 24 QB Marcus Mariota is one of the best dual-threat QBs in the nation. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The atmosphere at Autzen Stadium in Eugene is unlike any in the country. Couple that with the breakneck speed of Oregon’s highly potent offense, and life is made extremely difficult for opponents. It might be too much to ask of UCLA’s young team to get a victory against the Ducks on the road.

Virginia realignment could shake up high school football playoffs

Woodward/The Washington Post – After claiming three consecutive state championships in AA Division 4, Briar Woods will face a challenging road to a four-peat with the implementation of Virginias new playoff structure. By Brandon Parker, E-mail the writer Charlie Pierce and the Briar Woods football team had been preparing for this season for years. The Falcons competed in the Class AA ranks, but with the Ashburn schools high-end enrollment of about 1,750 students and its team in the midst of a three-year run as Division 4 football state champs, Pierce made sure to schedule preseason games against some of Northern Virginias top AAA teams. Whatever changes were ahead as the Virginia High School League debated realignment in recent years, the Falcons would be prepared to face them. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) – M.J.

UCLA Football: Game-by-Game Schedule Predictions for 2013


Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who is set to break Gerd Mueller’s goal-scoring record, has said he will retire from international football after next year’s World Cup. Caption BERLIN – Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who is set to break Gerd Mueller’s goal-scoring record, has said he will retire from international football after next year’s World Cup. “I assume that is what will happen with regards to the national team,” he told German magazine Kicker when asked if he would retire after the Brazil 2014 World Cup. The 35-year-old Lazio star has made 128 appearances for Germany and scored 67 goals — just one short of Germany’s record scorer Mueller. The ex-Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich forward has claimed 14 of those goals at three World Cups, leaving him just one behind the competition record of 15 held by Brazil’s Ronaldo. Klose could finish the 2014 World Cup with two personal records, but said his priority is winning the world title with the German team. “The title with the team Cheap Jerseys China has top priority,” he said. “If I can win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that would be the greatest for me. Everything else would be secondary.” Klose, who is now in the final year of his Lazio contract, has said he could be prepared to return to the Bundesliga next summer.

College football countdown | No. 20: Oklahoma State


“Man, it was like intramurals for us. There were guys out there anywhere from 18 to 40-something years old,” Rhodes told the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal . “The games were spread out. We once went six weeks between games.” Rhodes told the newspaper he even sent video of his games to coaches, which helped the 6-foot-3, 240-pound athlete land the walk-on opportunity. Chris Massaro, the athletic director at Middle Tennessee State University, tweeted that he and Dr.

Northwestern returns 15 starters from a squad that finished 10-3 last season with a win over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl. Mississippi State, if you didn’t know, is a team from the vaunted Southeastern Conference. Pat Fitzgerald, entering his eighth season at Northwestern, may be the best coach in the Big Ten and top 10 in the country. He’s gone 50-39 in Evanston, Ill., while doing everything clean and right. He’s reinvented a football program that went winless in the seasons of 1955, ’78, ’80, ’81 and 1989. Gary Barnett got the Purple back to Pasadena back in 1995, but Fitzgerald has been working on a more sustained excellence. Northwestern also lost that Rose Bowl, to USC, and it’s become a cornerstone of Coach Fitz’s motivational arsenal. Interestingly, Northwestern opens the season at California, the team it defeated in the 1949 Rose Bowl.


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