>>Braggin’ Rights Game To Be Played December 23rd At Scottrade
(Columbia, MO) — The date is set for this year’s Braggin’ Rights Game between Missouri and Illinois in St. Louis. The two teams will meet December 23rd at Scottrade Center. Both squads feature new head coaches this season, with Cuonzo Martin now in charge at Mizzou and Brad Underwood running the show at Illinois. The Fighting Illini won last year, 75-66.
>>Ravens Owner Resistant On Signing Kaepernick
(Owings Mills, MD) — Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti appears to be the only thing stopping the team from signing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. ESPN reports head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome are in support of signing Kaepernick, but have met some resistance from Bisciotti.
>>Cowboys, Cardinals Kick Off NFL Preseason With Annual HoF Game
(Canton, OH) — The NFL preseason begins tonight. The exhibition season kicks off with the Cardinals facing the Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. It’s the first time the game has been held on a Thursday ahead of the inductions. The Class of 2017 will be enshrined on Saturday.
>>Molina Homers Twice As Cardinals Hold Off Brewers
(Milwaukee, WI) — Yadier Molina hit a pair of solo homers as the Cardinals built a 5-1 lead and hung on to beat the Brewers 5-4 in Milwaukee. Kolten Wong had a two-run double for St. Louis, which has traded wins and losses in its last seven games. Luke Weaver pitched two-run ball into the seventh for the win. Trevor Rosenthal got four outs for his seventh save.
>>Cubs Blanked By D’backs
(Chicago, IL) — The Cubs were held to just three hits in a 3-0 loss to the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. Jake Arrieta allowed two runs, but just one earned, in seven frames to fall to 10-and-8 with the loss. The Cubs had won three straight. They lead the NL Central at 57-and-49, two-and-a-half games ahead of the Brewers. Chicago and Arizona finish their series today.
>>Happ Leads Blue Jays Past White Sox
(Chicago, IL) — J.A. Happ tossed seven strong innings to lead the Blue Jays past the White Sox 5-1 in Chicago. Leury Garcia plated the lone run for the Sox, who lost the final two in the three-game set. Derek Holland permitted two runs in six frames to fall to 5-and-11.
>>Colts Back On The Field
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Colts are back on the field today for training camp after getting Wednesday off. Scott Tolzien is the team’s starting quarterback at the moment, as Andrew Luck has yet to return from offseason shoulder surgery. Luck’s status for Week One is in jeopardy. Other quarterbacks on the roster include second-year player Stephen Morris and rookie Phillip Walker. The Colts face the Lions next Sunday at home to kick off preseason play.
>>Bears Continue Training Camp
(Bourbonnais, IL) — Training camp continues for the Bears. Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky saw action with the second team during yesterday’s workout. However, head coach John Fox said “don’t read too much into it.” The Bears will be back on the field this morning.
>>Famed Notre Dame Coach Parseghian Dies At 94
(South Bend, IN) — Famed Notre Dame head football coach Ara Parseghian is dead at the age of 94. Parseghian led the Fighting Irish to national championships in 1966 and 1973. He retired from coaching after the 1974 season and entered broadcasting as a color commentator.