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James Bettcher’s defense looking to clean up run game after being mauled by the Bears.

If you were looking to see a solid defensive performance from the Cardinals’ starters on Saturday, you probably were better off flipping the channel. What usually is an inept offensive unit, the Chicago Bears took advantage of a weak front seven when the starters were on the field.

Tarik Cohen was running with the football like he stole something and collected 77 yards on just 11 carries against the starters. Not quite a concern yet, as they played only into the early minutes of the second quarter.

What will be a concern, however, is the loss of Robert Nkemdiche for the remainder of the preseason. For now, he will be out 2-3 weeks after suffering a calf strain, just ahead of the most important preseason game in Atlanta. He will sport a protective boot for now and is officially listed as “day-to-day.”

Kareem Martin looking to contribute in dime packages

When it comes to the positions of the two outside linebackers, the Arizona Cardinals are in good shape. More times than not, you’ll see perhaps one of, if not the best, pass-rush combos in the NFL in Markus Golden and Chandler Jones. But fourth-year man Kareem Martin would like to cash in his ticket to the sack party in 2017.

Martin, 6-foot-6, 272 pounds out of North Carolina, knows his time to contribute is now. With Alex Okafor now gone, Martin would like to take over his role as a pass rusher in the defense’s dime looks.

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Last night, Chicago traded up to take North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick, enraging Bears fans but absolutely delighting this Packers fan who turned up at the draft party to, presumably, mock his conference rivals.

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CHAPEL HILL, prostate N.C. (AP) — Another big victory was slipping away from North Carolina State. Because the Wolfpack finally learned how to finish a game, adiposity their season isn’t finished just yet.

Jaylen Samuels ran for one touchdown and threw for another on a trick play, and N.C. State held on to upset rival No. 25 North Carolina 28-21 on Friday, earning bowl eligibility while also locking up a division title for Virginia Tech.

It’s been a frustrating season for the Wolfpack (6-6, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who seemingly had victories in hand against a pair of nationally ranked division rivals — Clemson and Florida State — only to let them get away.

“It definitely makes you feel the worth of all your work,” coach Dave Doeren said. “We’re playing every game but one — Louisville — for four quarters, toe to toe, with every team. We haven’t won enough of them. I agree. But we are so much more competitive than we’ve ever been.”

In what at times seemed like a replay of N.C. State’s 35-7 rout here two years ago, Matt Dayes rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns. The second of those put the Wolfpack up 21-0 early in the second quarter.

Samuels threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Louis on a trick play on the opening drive, and ran 4 yards for the TD that made it 28-7.

Mitch Trubisky threw three touchdown passes for the Tar Heels (8-4, 5-3), including a 48-yarder to Bug Howard that made it a seven-point game with 7:52 left. But on their next possession, they were stopped on downs near midfield with 3:10 to go and N.C. State ran out the clock — with backup quarterback Jalen McClendon sealing it with a 14-yard run on third-and-5 with about 2 minutes left.

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What would a rivalry game be without a little bad blood? The tension was high and tempers eventually flared Friday afternoon in the North Carolina-North Carolina State game in Chapel Hill.

The underdog Wolfpack jumped out to a surprising 21-0 lead before the Tar Heels finally found the end zone to cut the deficit to 21-7. And then came this crazy play – it appeared to be a fumble but was ruled an incomplete pass after review – that resulted in a benches-clearing situation and an ejection in the second quarter.

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As North Carolina State lined up for a third-and-11 fourth-quarter snap, sales an SU assistant coach had his hands resting on his head in anticipation.

Quarterback Ryan Finley dropped back and threw the ball to Bra’Lon Cherry near the SU sideline. Cherry ran forward for 23 yards, picking up a back-breaking first down. The coach’s hands never moved, staying in disappointment. The play effectively ended the game for Syracuse.

Three plays later, running back Matthew Dayes ran it in for a score to open up a 15-point lead. As most fans started streaming out, SU’s chances of making a bowl game became slimmer.

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The Fayetteville Observer’s Sammy Batten has produced a ranking of the state’s top college football prospects in the high school senior class since 1994. Batten ranks players based on scholarship offers, conversations with other analysts and coaches, and his own observations after reviewing video of each prospect.

Included in this year’s rankings is an in-depth look at each prospect — where they rank in major networks, their statistics and honors, where their recruitment stands and Sammy’s personal evaluation.

Here are the players ranked 1 through 50.

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As an Illinois Fighting Illini fan, sickness I joined in the excitement about kicking off the Lovie Smith era.

The sigh of relief after beating the Racers was not because they were a tough team.  It was because, for the first time in a while, things went the Illini’s way.

 For years now, Illinois fans have dealt with agony from their revenue-generating sports programs because things weren’t going their way.

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Because of the College Football Playoff,  the last stretch of the season—which will conclude with Saturday’s conference championship games–has arguably become more fascinating and meaningful than the three playoff games themselves.

There are still eight teams left with a bona fide shot at the title, and the school that’s at the bottom of the list–10th-ranked North Carolina (11-1)—may be the most interesting of them all.

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A 14-year-old North Carolina boy has died a day after collapsing during a summer football workout, capsule school officials said.

Karson Cross was attending the first day of football workouts at Walter Hines Page Senior High School around 5pm on Monday when he became ill, dosage District Athletic Director Leigh Hebbard said.

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In basketball-mad North Carolina, buy cialis a 77-67 score is not out of the ordinary.

If those 144 points are scored on a football field, stomach though? Now that’s rarefied air.

Greenville rivals J.H. Rose and D.H. Conley played such a “save your ticket stub” game Friday night, totaling more points than in any other football game in the history of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association as Rose held off Conley for a 77-67 home victory.

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