TERRE HAUTE —
College football kicks off this week with games slated for Thursday and Saturday.
Missouri Valley Conference teams again will hit the road to take on BCS opponents. Indiana State is at Indiana on Thursday and will be at Purdue next week.
Note: television schedules list both the IU-ISU and Minnesota-UNLV games in the 7 p.m. Big Ten Network slot on Thursday.
In other MVFC games this week, Northern Iowa is at Iowa State on Saturday, Illinois State is at Ball State on Thursday and Southern Illinois is at Illinois on Saturday. Missouri State is at Iowa on Sept. 7.
SEC and ACC teams will be matched in three key games. North Carolina is at South Carolina on Thursday. On Saturday, Virginia Tech faces top-ranked Alabama and Clemson is host to Georgia in a matchup of two ranked teams.
Sports Illustrated released its Top 25 list this month and it is a little different since Ohio State is not second behind Alabama. The top 15: Alabama, Stanford, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Oregon, South Carolina, Louisville, Notre Dame, Florida, Clemson, Texas, Georgia, Florida State, LSU, Michigan State.
Texas A&M will open against Rice and it will be interesting to see if Johnny Manziel will play due to the matter of signing some autographs.
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• On the links — Golfers have been busy in tournaments in the area this month and will continue to vie for honors in September.
Chris Cassell won the Rea Park Championship and tied the course record with his 63, the second time he has fired that score at the course. He and Bryan Parks still share the course record.
Tom Jones has been a big winner this summer and recently shot 63 at Geneva Hills to tie the record for that course.
On the card this week are the Old Man Scramble, Idle Creek Championship and Mundy’s Game.
The Mini-City and Spaghetti Open are slated in September and the Interclub is set for Oct. 13 at the Country Club of Terre Haute.
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• Tom-Cattin’ It — Pittsburgh won four games on the West Coast last week. Former Sycamore Clint Barmes hit a three-run home in one to give the Bucs a 3-1 victory.
• Preseason games don’t mean much in football, but the New Orleans Saints are 3-0 with Sean Payton back on the sidelines coaching the team.
• Another Little League World Series has been concluded. Lloyd McClendon remains the all-time slugger in the event, going 5 for 5 with five home runs and five intentional walks in three games for Gary in 1971. He now is the hitting coach for Detroit.
Japan won the title for the ninth time this season.
• In high school football last week, Brebeuf bested Chatard 22-17 for its first victory over the Trojans since 1976. In other one, Carmel edged Indianapolis Tech 6-2.
• U.S. Open tennis action began Monday. Rafael Nadal took a 53-3 mark into the event. He was the men’s champ in 2010.
• The Indianapolis Indians have clinched the West Division title and will meet Durham in the playoffs.
• Calbert Cheaney has resigned as director of basketball operations at IU to be an assistant coach on Jim Crews’ staff at St. Louis.
n Blackstock Stadium at DePauw now has an AstroTurf field and the artificial grass will be put on two other fields at the school.
• Southern Illinois has lost junior guard Josh Swan due to a knee injury. Illinois State has lost freshman wide receiver Jon-Marc Anderson with a knee injury. He played high school football at Castle.
• Former Indianapolis North Central cager Patrick Ingram has left Iowa and enrolled at Indianapolis; he will be eligible immediately.
• Ichiro Suzuki recently got his 4,000th hit in major league baseball. His mark is not recognized since some came in Japan.
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