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Gophers star Rashod Bateman opts out this season, citing pandemic – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Bateman was named the Big Ten’s top receiver and a third-team All-American last season as a sophomore with 1,219 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Rashod Bateman, a star receiver for the Gophers, has opted out for this season because of the pandemic and declared for the 2021 NFL Draft, according to his social media accounts.
I am now making the hardest decision that I have ever had to make in my life, Bateman said in the video.
Bateman was named the Big Tens top receiver and a third-team All-America last season as a sophomore with 1,219 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
Minnesota, you have my heart forever, Bateman said in the video. T…

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Mariners remind you they can be fun, too, use young core to defeat super-fun Padres, 4-1 – Lookout Landing

Justus solid again, Luis Torrens continues to hit, Kyle Lewis wins ROY (of this game)

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As the Mariners have sagged out of the brief fever-dream of playoff contention, I have steeled myself for a barrage of losses while willing them to crawl back inside the Top 10 for draft picks. I dont know enough about the class yet to know what number will be the cutoff between elite and merely very good, but any time youre picking in the Top 10 youre upping the odds significantly. However, it is much more fun to recap wins than losses, and it is especially the most fun when said win is spearhe…

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Chicago Bears reach 3-year extension with RB Tarik Cohen – ESPN

The Chicago Bears and running back Tarik Cohen have agreed to a three-year extension worth $17.25 million, his agent told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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The Chicago Bears and running back Tarik Cohen have agreed to a three-year extension, Cohen’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Cohen’s new deal is worth $17.25 million in new money ($5.75 million per year) with the opportunity to be worth $18.25 million at $6.093 million per year. Cohen’s extension includes $9.533 million fully guaranteed and a $12.033 million max guarantee.
Cohen, 25, is an all-purpose threat on offense who earned a trip to the 2018 Pro Bowl as a return man o…

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College Football Top 10: UCF Poised to Insert Itself Into College Football Playoff Discussion – Sports Illustrated

The UCF Knights have no shortage of playmakers. Six players had double-digit runs in Saturday’s rout of Georgia Tech.

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We went a whole year without a UCF undefeated national champion squabble. Everyone ready to resume?
The Knights got the argument started emphatically in Atlanta Saturday, blitzing Georgia Tech 49-21 in their season opener. This was exactly the kind of victory a non-Power 5 program needs and which will be in rare supply in 2020, with so many non-conference games canceled. Kudos to the Yellow Jackets for keeping the UCF game on their revised schedule—and for giving the Knights a bigger target to …

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