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Bears Agree to Deal with Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes

Bears Agree to Deal with Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Chicago Bears are rolling the dice on a potential big return as ESPN is reporting the team has agreed to terms on a deal with wide receiver Santonio Holmes.
The 30-year-old Holmes spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets, but has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons.
He appeared in just four games in 2012 due to a lisfrank injury, and never fully regained his old form. 
The team decided that it was time for both sides to mutually part ways as he didn’t figure into the teams future plans.
In 11 games last season, Holmes caught 23 passes for 456 yards and one touchdown. He appeared in all 16 regular season games just once during his time with the Jets.
With the Bears set at wide receiver with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, Holmes figures to be a complimentary part of an already explosive Bears offense under second-year head coach Mark Trestman.
In 2014, the Bears had the eighth ranked offense in the NFL.
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Paul George Doesn’t Blame Team USA

Paul George Doesn’t Blame Team USA

NBA via Indiana Pacers(INDIANAPOLIS) — Pacers All-Star Paul George spoke for the first time since breaking his leg during a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas on Friday.
George wasn’t putting any of the blame on Team USA for his “freak accident” and even said that he wanted to play on the 2016 Olympic team.
“Freak accidents happen,” George said. “USA Basketball doesn’t deserve any criticism from this.”
George said he plans on being a leader on the bench for the rest of his teammates while he recovers.
“I plan on making a full recovery coming back from this,” George said at a news conference. “I’m taking this in a positive way. I get to sit back and watch the game — and just learn.”
George and the Pacers haven’t set a date for his return, but the All-Star wants to fully recover before he gets back on the court to avoid any other injury.
“I feel guilty about not being there for the start of (the) season,” he said. “To not be a part of that, it hurts. Something I have to live with.
“The last thing I will do is feel like I am not a part of this team because I’m out.”
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Jeff Gordon Wins Pole for Michigan

Jeff Gordon Wins Pole for Michigan

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(BROOKLYN, Mich.) — Jeff Gordon set the track record and won the pole for Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.
Gordon has two wins this season and had a speed of 206.558 mph for the record.
“I don’t know where to start,” Gordon said. “You can point at the repaving of the racetrack. This track is smooth — has a tremendous amount of surface area where the tire can get a lot of grip to it. The next thing is the cars.”
Joey Logano finished with the second fastest time and was followed by Carl Edwards.
“It has nothing to do with the racetrack picking up speed,” said Logano, who qualified second behind Gordon. “It has (to do with) what we’ve been doing to the race cars to go faster. … I believe it’s cooler out, too. So I think between those two things, that’s why we went faster again, but the racetrack itself isn’t picking up speed. The racetrack, if anything, is maintaining to getting slower. But it’s widening out, so it’s becoming a better race.”
Edwards, who has two wins this season, said that doesn’t mind the new paved track.
“It’s fast — that’s the simplest way to describe it,” Edwards said. “I wish you guys could ride in that car with me there. That is screaming.”
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Dodgers Ryu Heading to 15-Day DL

Dodgers Ryu Heading to 15-Day DL

Matt King/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — On Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that they have placed starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list with two strained muscles in his right buttock. An MRI revealed Grade 1-2 strains of the gluteus medius and piriformis muscles.
The injury occurs on Wednesday after Ryu delivered a 3-2 pitch to Atlanta’s B.J. Upton, walking the Braves outfielder. Almost immediately after delivering the pitch, the southpaw summoned Dodgers trainer Stan Conte. Los Angeles plans to replace Ryu in the rotation with Kevin Correia, whom they acquired last week from the Minnesota Twins.
Manager Don Mattingly is unsure as to when Ryu will return to the team, but is confident that he will pitch again this season. 
“We feel good about this in the sense that it’s not an elbow or a knee. It’s a muscle strain, and it’s going to heal,” said Mattingly.
Ryu was 13-6 on the season with a 3.28 earned run average at the time of the injury. The Dodgers hold a 5 1/2 game lead over San Francisco for the top spot in the South.
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Johnny Cueto First to 15 Wins

Johnny Cueto First to 15 Wins

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DENVER) — Kris Negron singled home Ramon Santiago in the top of the ninth inning to give Cincinnati a 3-2 lead over Colorado, and make Johnny Cueto the first 15-game winner in the Major Leagues. Cueto (15-6) pitched a full eighth innings and is now 7-0 since his last loss back on July 2.
It did not start off well for Cueto or the Reds (61-61) as Nolan Arenado hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first to give the Rockies (47-75) an early lead. Cincinnati countered with runs in the third and fourth, taking the lead on a Santiago RBI single in the top of the fourth. That would last until Corey Dickerson doubled in the sixth to plate Justin Morneau and tie the game at 2-2.
Cueto continued to keep his team in the ballgame using a devastating combination of his cutter and four-seam fastball. The righty allowed just six hits in the outing with six strikeouts, helping the Reds snap a three-game losing streak. 
After Negron gave Cincinnati the lead in the top of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman picked up his 26th save in 28 tries. 
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Graham Penalized, Scolded for Touchdown Dunks

Graham Penalized, Scolded for Touchdown Dunks

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — It didn’t take long for Jimmy Graham to violate the rule many feel was put in place because of him. Following both of his touchdown receptions in Friday’s 31-24 preseason win over Tennessee, Graham proceeded to dunk the football through the goalposts and was penalized 15 yards for it.
The second celebration drew the ire of head coach Sean Payton, who tracked his tight end down on the sideline to scold him. In total, the Saints committed 22 penalties throughout the game. Graham declined interviews as he left the locker room while Payton would not directly comment on the incidents.
The celebration of “dunking” a ball through the goalposts was lumped in with other taunting penalties where the ball is used as a “prop”. Many have referred to the rule chance as the “Jimmy Graham rule”.
“I understand Jimmy’s frustration with that rule change. I understand what he’s doing,” said offensive tackle and team captain Zach Strief.  “And yet it’s something, look, if this is a regular-season game, Jimmy’s not dunking over the goalpost. Coach Payton was completely, I think, correct to jump on him. Any of us, I think would expect it.
New Orleans was once again without quarterback Drew Brees who sat with an oblique strain. He is expected to be 100% healthy come the regular season. Wide receiver Marques Colston was also not dressed for action, but for an undisclosed reason.
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Rays Reach .500 With Shutout Of Yankees

Rays Reach .500 With Shutout Of Yankees

Tom Szczerbowkski/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — Just over two months ago, the Tampa Bay Rays sat 18 games under .500 at 24-42. Now, following a 5-0 win against the New York Yankees, the Rays are back even with a 61-61 record.
“Really proud of the boys,” manager Joe Maddon said. “It was not easy.”
Alex Cobb certainly made it look easy for the Rays who won their third straight. The righty pitched into the eighth inning, allowing just six hits in 7 1/3 innings of work with eight strikeouts. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay plated a pair of first inning runs in the first to give Cobb a lead to use.
The Rays become just the fourth team ever to get back to .500 after being 18 games under earlier. Back in 2004, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays also completed the feat, as did the 2006 Florida Marlins and 1899 Louisville Colonels. 
“It started with Joe and not letting us believe that we were that team,” Cobb said. “It’s mind-boggling that we went through the stretch we did, but we’re back on track now.”
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ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 8/15/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 8/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Washington Nationals 5 (67-53) – Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (64-58)
New York Mets 3 (58-65) – Chicago Cubs 2 (52-69)
Seattle Mariners 7 (66-55) – Detroit Tigers 3 (65-55) 2
Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (53-69) – Miami Marlins 2 (60-62)
Tampa Bay Rays 5 (61-61) – New York Yankees 0 (61-59)
Atlanta Braves 7 (62-60) – Oakland Athletics 2 (73-49)
Cleveland Indians 2 (61-60) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (69-51) – 11 Innings
Houston Astros 5 (51-72) – Boston Red Sox 3 (55-66) – 10 Innings
St. Louis Cardinals 4 (65-56) – San Diego Padres 2 (57-64)
Chicago White Sox 11 (58-64) – Toronto Blue Jays 5 (63-60)
Kansas City Royals 6 (67-54) – Minnesota Twins 5 (54-66)
Los Angeles Angels 5 (71-49) – Texas Rangers 4 (47-45)
Cincinnati Reds 3 (61-61) – Colorado Rockies 2 (47-75)
Milwaukee Brewers 6 (68-55) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (70-54)
Philadelphia Phillies 5 (54-68) – San Francisco Giants 3 (63-58) 10 Innings
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Notre Dame Investigating Academic Fraud

Notre Dame Investigating Academic Fraud

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The University of Notre Dame is investigating four football players for allegedly violating the university’s honor code by receiving improper help on classwork.
ESPN is reporting the two players are wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive back KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams, and linebacker Kendall Moore were among the players involved, along with some non-student-athletes.
“Integrity is at the heart of our mission and academic misconduct will not be tolerated at Notre Dame,” Rev. John I. Jenkins, the university president, said in a statement posted on the school’s website. “If the suspected improprieties are proven, we will use the experience to reinforce among our students the importance of honesty in all that they do.
“We are also examining ways of better conveying to students that they can avail themselves of legitimate academic assistance without resorting to cheating.”
Williams and Moore are seniors this season, Daniels and Russell are juniors. Notre Dame are ranked 17th in the USA Today/Coach’s poll.
The university have also come out and said that they will vacate any wins as a result of the investigation, if necessary.
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Chiefs Suspend Wide Reciever Dwayne Bowe One Game

Chiefs Suspend Wide Reciever Dwayne Bowe One Game

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Kansas City Chiefs will start their season without one of their best play makers as the team has suspended wide receiver Dwayne Bowe one game for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Bowe will now miss the team’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 7. He will be allowed to play in the Chiefs final three preseason games.
“I am extremely sorry that I can’t be on the field for the first game of the 2014 season because I made an error in judgment,” Bowe said in a statement. “I take responsibility for my mistake, and it will not happen again. I hope that my teammates, coaches and Chiefs fans accept my sincere apology.
“I will be supporting my teammates in Week 1, and I cannot wait to get back on the field to help us win in Week 2 and beyond as we work towards our goal of winning the Super Bowl.”
The 29-year-old Bowe has spent his entire seven-year career with the Chiefs.
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Terry Collins Wants Matt Harvey to Back Off His Rehab

Terry Collins Wants Matt Harvey to Back Off His Rehab

Norm Hall/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Mets manager Terry Collins doesn’t want rehabbing pitcher Matt Harvey to overdo it as he continues to come back from Tommy John surgery.
Harvey is the key to the Mets pitching staff moving into 2015 as the team continues to work towards their goal of getting back into the playoffs.
“No. 1, he’s a tremendous competitor,” Collins said. “That being said, he’s a bulldog at the same time. There’s no backing down with Matt Harvey — for anything. He was bound and determined to get ready. We slowed him down. It frustrated him to the max. He’s feeling good.”
Harvey has continuously said that he wants to pitch by the end of the season, but Collins believes he shouldn’t do anything to ruin 2015.
“He wants to try to get back here to help,” Collins said about Harvey. “And I explained to him, ‘I understand that. But…you have got to understand the big picture. And the big picture is 2015. So back off.’ …Now, does he get it? You’d have to ask him. I mean, I can’t answer that for him. I just trust him. I just trust him that he gets it. So we’ll see.”
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NASCAR Institutes New Rule to Keep Drivers in Car

NASCAR Institutes New Rule to Keep Drivers in Car

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — NASCAR vice president Robin Pemberton instituted a new rule on Friday that will not allow drivers to get out of their car until told to do so by a NASCAR official.
The announcement comes in the wake of Tony Stewart’s fatal sprint car crash that killed Kevin Ward Jr. in upstate New York on Saturday.
“Throughout the history of our sport, NASCAR has reviewed and analyzed situations and occurrences that take place not just in NASCAR racing but also throughout all motorsports and other sports,” Pemberton said. “When we believe we can do something to make our sport safer and better for the competitors and others involved in the competition environment, we react quickly. Safety always has been priority No. 1 at NASCAR.”
The rule, listed as Section 9-16, will be effective immediately. Here’s the rule below:

During an Event, if a racecar is involved in an on track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:

Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net
Do not loosen , disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle, or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron
At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle

All vehicles not involved in the incident or that are able to continue afterwards should slow down to a cautious speed as outlined in Section 10-4 (Yellow Flag), use extreme care as they approach an incident scene, and follow any directions given by safety personnel or NASCAR/Track Officials. Cars in line behind the safety car should not weave or otherwise stray from the line in the vicinity of the incident.

The Sprint Cup series will be in Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.
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Tony Stewart Will Not Race at Michigan This Weekend

Tony Stewart Will Not Race at Michigan This Weekend

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Tony Stewart has decided not to race this Sunday in the Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. It will be the second consecutive Cup event he will sit out since his involvement in a fatal accident in a sprint car race in New York that took the life of Kevin Ward, Jr.
Stewart’s NASCAR team, Stewart-Haas Racing, announced Thursday that Jeff Burton will drive the No. 14 car in Stewart’s place at Michigan. It also stated, “Stewart’s plans for upcoming Sprint Cup races have yet to be determined.”
Stewart struck and killed Ward Jr. during a sprint car race in Canandaigua, New York, last Saturday night. He missed the Cup event at Watkins Glen the next day.
A funeral for Ward Jr. was held Thursday in Turin, New York.
An investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/14/14

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (70-53) – Atlanta Braves 4 (61-60)
Detroit Tigers 5 (65-54) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (64-57)
Kansas City Royals 7 (66-54) – Oakland Athletics 3 (73-48)
Milwaukee Brewers 6 (67-55) – Chicago Cubs 2 (52-68)
Miami Marlins 5 (60-61) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (52-69)
Boston Red Sox 9 (55-65) – Houston Astros 4 (50-72)
Washington Nationals 4 (66-53) – New York Mets 1 (57-65)
Tampa Bay Rays 6 (60-61) – Texas Rangers 3 (47-74)
St. Louis Cardinals 4 (64-56) – San Diego Padres 3 (57-63)
Colorado Rockies 7 (47-74) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (60-61)
NFL Preseason: Chicago Bears 20 (2-0) – Jacksonville Jaguars 19 (1-1)
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Gordon Leads Dodgers Past Braves, 6-4

Gordon Leads Dodgers Past Braves, 6-4

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon scored four times as Los Angeles (70-53) took care of the Atlanta Braves (61-60) on Thursday, 6-4.
With L.A. leading 1-0 in the second inning, Dodgers catcher Drew Butera took the first pitch he saw from Braves starter Aaron Harang (9-7) and sent it over the left-field wall for a two-run home run. Harang allowed five earned runs on seven hits and three walks over 4 1-3 innings of work.
Robert Hernandez (7-8) kept the Braves in check across six innings, giving up just one earned run on three hits and four walks. Kenley Jansen picked up his 34th save of the season.
Braves outfielder Justin Upton left the game in the eighth with a mild left hamstring strain. The team says his status is day-to-day.
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Pedro Martinez: Bonds and Clemens are Hall of Famer’s

Pedro Martinez: Bonds and Clemens are Hall of Famer’s

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Former MLB pitcher Pedro Martinez believes Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Martinez, along with Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra, and broadcaster Joe Castiglione were all inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame on Thursday and spoke out about the issue.
“With all due respect to everybody that votes, I’ll have to say Roger and Barry Bonds are two guys that I think had enough numbers before anything came out to actually earn a spot in the Hall of Fame,” Martinez said. “I’m not quite sure 100 percent how close they will be before all the things came out, but in my heart, if you asked me before any of that, I would’ve said, ‘Yes, 100 percent,’ without looking back.
“It wasn’t just the individual performances. [It was] how they dominated the time that they came up and stayed in the big leagues until those things happened. I believe they have a legit chance, and I think, with time, the voters will take into consideration what they did previously,” Martinez continued.
Clemens was in attendance at the ceremony, but decided not to comment on the issue.
“I don’t know if it’s that important,” Clemens said. “It’s not going to change me as a person. I tell people I’ve got bits and pieces of us there now. We go visit those people and they’re great to us, but it’s not something I sit up and worry about every day.
“I’m far too busy to worry about something like that. I know what I did in my career and how I did it, and I did it right. I can’t control what people think or people that don’t look at facts.”
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ASU Offensive Lineman Chip Sarafin Announces He’s Gay

ASU Offensive Lineman Chip Sarafin Announces He’s Gay

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — Arizona State offensive lineman Chip Sarafin told Compete Magazine that he is gay.
Sarafin becomes the first openly gay player in Division I football and told the magazine that former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, who is currently fighting for a roster spot on the St. Louis Rams, inspired him to no longer hide his sexuality.
“It was really personal to me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly,” Sarafin told the mag — a Tempe, Arizona-based LGBT sports publication — of revealing his sexual orientation to teammates this past spring.
Sam, who continues to impress his teammates and head coach Jeff Fisher, sent his own message to Sarafin.
“Congratulations Chip Sarafin for having the courage to be yourself. Wishing you and your teammates much success this season. #courage2014,” Sam tweeted on Wednesday.
ASU head coach Todd Graham also had positive words for his player. “We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual’s commitment to the Sun Devil Way,” he said in a statement. “Chip is a fifth-year senior and a Scholar Baller, a graduate and a master’s student. His commitment to service is unmatched and it is clear he is on his way to leading a successful life after his playing career, a goal that I have for every student-athlete. Diversity and acceptance are two of the pillars of our program, and he has full support from his teammates and the coaching staff.”
Sarafin has spent most of his time as a reserve offensive lineman and has yet to play in a game.
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Rangers Send Darvish to DL

Rangers Send Darvish to DL

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The Texas Rangers sent starter Yu Darvish to the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation on Wednesday.Darvish felt tightness in the elbow while playing catch Monday. The tightness did not go away on Tuesday, so Darvish skipped his bullpen session. He played catch for a little bit on Wednesday before the Rangers decided to place the three-time All Star on the DL.Darvish has been a bright spot for a struggling Rangers team this season. The 27-year-old has thrown 144 1/3 innings, compiling a 10-7 record, 3.06 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 49 walks and 182 strikeouts.The Rangers will recall left-hander Robbie Ross from Triple-A Round Rock to make Darvish’s start Thursday.
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Yedlin Signs 4-Year Deal with Tottenham

Yedlin Signs 4-Year Deal with Tottenham

Michael Dodge/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defender DeAndre Yedlin is headed to England. Yedlin’s current team, the Seattle Sounders, reached an agreement Wednesday to transfer the 21-year-old to Tottenham Hotspur. Yedlin signed a four-year deal with Tottenham, but will stay with Seattle through the end of the 2014 MLS season, which ends in December, possibly longer.According to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman, the Spurs will pay MLS a $4 million transfer fee, 75 percent of that will go to the Sounders because Yedlin is a homegrown player from Seattle.”We are extremely proud of what DeAndre has accomplished in his young professional career,” Sounders part owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer said in a statement. “His success is a reflection of his individual ability as well as soccer development in Washington State and the continued commitment to progress the sport in this country. DeAndre is and always will be a special member of the Sounders FC family, and we are excited to have him in Seattle for the remainder of the season.”Yedlin came in as a substitute in three games for the U.S. National Team in the 2014 World Cup.
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Everett Golson Takes Back Notre Dame’s Starting QB Job

Everett Golson Takes Back Notre Dame’s Starting QB Job

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) — After missing all off last season due to suspension, Everett Golson is Notre Dame’s starting quarterback once again.Golson, who in 2012 led the Fighting Irish to the BCS national title game, beat out redshirt freshman Malik Zaire to reclaim the job. The decision was announced Wednesday by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.”Generally when you look at making that decision, I’m using from January through right now as the basis of that decision, so winter workouts, how he handled himself with the team, our workouts, his spring practice and then his leadership in the summer and in camp here,” Kelly said. “I think he’s put himself in a position to get that opportunity to be our starter against Rice.”Golson, 21, was suspended for the 2013 season for what he called “poor academic judgement.”In 2012, the 6-foot, 200-pound Golson completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 298 yards and six touchdowns. Golson and Notre Dame start their season August 30 at home versus Rice.
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