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Things to watch during the first week of play in the Big Ten Conference:

GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 5 Notre Dame in State No. 2 in Ohio

Ohio State wasn’t happy with how it ended last year, despite a thrilling Rose Bowl win over Utah.

The Buckeyes lost to Michigan for the first time since 2011, ending their four-year run as Big Ten champions. Coach Ryan Day said his team had been “nervous” in the offseason and Saturday night’s game against the Irish should be a good gauge of what’s possible for the Buckeyes.

Attack shouldn’t be an issue with CJ Stroud surrounded by many of the playmakers who have helped the Buckeyes tally 45+ points a game. Day’s most significant move was the hiring of Oklahoma State’s Jim Knowles to shore up an underperforming defense.

To make the matchup even more interesting, Marcus Freeman, linebacker for the Buckeyes from 2004-2008, is starting his first full season as Notre Dame coach.

Oddsmen obviously believe in the Buckeyes. According to FanDuel Sportsbook, they are preferred with 17.5 points.

BEST MATCHUP

Purdue offense versus Penn State defense. Thursday night’s opener is a great benchmark for Purdue. The Boilermakers are preseason darlings after a nine-win season that included two wins against top-five opponents and ended with an overtime bowl win over Tennessee. Aidan O’Connell is looking to build on one of the best seasons in the program’s history.

Penn State is in bounce back mode. The Nittany Lions were ranked fourth after a 5-0 start and have lost six of their last eight. QB Sean Clifford is returning but there are many questions about the Nittany Lions trying to rise from the middle of the pack in the Big Ten East.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Indiana will seek its fourth straight win in the series with Illinois visiting Bloomington on Friday night. Illini will be attempting to win his Big Ten opener in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1990-91. … Defending champion Michigan enters their game against Colorado State 10-0 all-time against current Mountain West teams. The Wolverines are 16-0 under Jim Harbaugh in non-conference home games. … Northwestern’s 31-28 win over Nebraska in Ireland last week was the first time since 2016 that the Wildcats had at least 300 yards of passing and 200 yards of rushing in a game.

LONG SHOT

South Dakota State will be the underdog going into its opener in Iowa. Fanduel Sportsbook hasn’t released a point spread for the game, but the Hawkeyes should expect a challenge from the Championship Subdivision’s jackrabbits.

SDSU convincingly beat Colorado State last year and is in the top three in preseason FCS polls. The Jackrabbits have also made the playoff semifinals or finals in four of the last five years.

IMPACT PLAYER

Minnesota RB Mohamed Ibrahim is back after suffering a leg injury in last year’s season opener. Ibrahim has 14 career 100-yard rushing games, including the last nine in a row. He is the eighth Minnesota player to reach 3,000 career yards and should have no problem increasing his total against a New Mexico state team that finished 112th last year.

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Dejan Kulusevski in doubt for Tottenham’s North London derby after hamstring injury

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Athletic say Tottenham could be without Swedish star Dejan Kulusevski for the north London derby against Arsenal after the winger suffered a hamstring injury. The 22-year-old has been one of the club’s standout stars this season, contributing 4 goals in seven league games.

With Tottenham and arsenal The season started relatively well and fans were very excited to see both sides play each other in the north London derby. This is especially true as only one point separates the two teams, although Arsenal were beaten Manchester United. But while the Gunners are reportedly nearing a fully fit squad of players, reports had suggested Tottenham would be without Dejan Kulusevski.

But while there’s no confirmation, the Athletic have revealed the Sweden international is in doubt for the north London derby and could miss a few more games for Spurs. This came after Kulusevski reportedly injured his hamstring during the international match with Sweden, despite being present in the 4-1 defeat by Serbia and the 1-1 draw with Slovenia. The report has revealed that the club’s medical staff are keeping a close eye on the forward, although they don’t want to rush into anything.

The 22-year-old has been one of Tottenham’s brightest stars, as only this season Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son have scored more goals in the Premier League than Kulusevski’s four. With Son back on form from his hat-trick just before the international break, Spurs have finally found their groove, although the Athletic have gone on to report that Richarlison’s form for Brazil means the club have options should Kulusevski not get fit in time.

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Mikey Musumeci says he hasn’t taken a single day off ‘in three months’

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Mikey Musumeci is in Singapore and ready to do a very important task this weekend: eat pizza. But before he does that, the man named “Darth Rigatoni” has another very important task ahead of him.

At ONE on Prime Video 2, Musumeci will enter the circle for the second time in what will be the biggest match of his career to date.

Mikey Musumeci meets the Brazilian Grappler Clever Sousa in US primetime to crown the first-ever ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion. Ready to seize the moment, Mikey Musumeci revealed on the ONE on Prime Video 2 press conference that he had not taken a single day off in the last three months.

“I’m here in Singapore to do two things – do jiu-jitsu and eat pizza. And pizzerias only open after the game. So I’m here to do Jiu-Jitsu with Cleber, he’s amazing. I’ve worked so hard preparing for this match and I’m so ready. I haven’t taken a day off in about three months so I’m so ready for this match.”

In his first ONE Championship appearance, the New Jersey native earned an impressive submission from grappling icon Masakazu Imanari, scoring a submission in just over four minutes.

The five-time IBJJF World Champion has 58 career wins in the world of submission grappling. He will be looking for win number 59 on September 30th.


Mikey Musumeci believes the ONE Championship Submission Grappling rules bring out the best in competitors

Always innovating, ONE Championship reintroduced the world to submission grappling at the ONE X event celebrating the 10th anniversary of the promotion. Since then, the promotion has signed a slew of incredible submission grappling superstars and developed a ruleset that encourages submissions over survival.

Mikey Musumeci shared his thoughts on the ONE Championship ruleset, saying:

“It’s just a straight fight between two guys trying to kill each other with submissions. I have a feeling this format will bring out the best version of Cleber. And it should bring out the best version of me because it’s just an attack.”

The biggest difference between ONE Championship’s submission grappling and what you would see in a typical BJJ competition is the emphasis on submissions and submission attempts.

Within the circle, Submission Grappling matches have a single 12-minute round, with the only way to win being by tapping or napping. However, if no submission is made by the time limit, the contestant with the most submission attempts will be declared the winner.

No points. No decisions. The man who puts his opponent in the greatest danger emerges victorious.




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Roger Federer Retirement: Tennis legend Roger Federer recently ended his illustrious 24-year playing career by making an emotional bid…

Roger Federer’s resignation: Tennis legend Roger Federer recently ended his illustrious 24-year playing career with an emotional farewell at the Laver Cup. The 41-year-old, who is considered one of the greatest players to grace the game, shared a witty post on his Instagram account about how it wasn’t a fairytale ending, teaching a very valuable lesson. Follow tennis news and LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN

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Federer, who has been out of action for more than a year since Wimbledon 2021 while recovering from knee surgery, announced his decision to retire from tennis just days before the Laver Cup, saying the tournament would be his last event on the ATP Tour in his career.

He then decided to only play doubles on the first day of the tournament, teaming up with his longtime rival and friend Rafael Nadal. The dream couple played against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe from Team World. It wasn’t a fairy tale ending for Federer as he and Nadal lost the match. In the days that followed, Federer sat on the bench with his Team Europe colleagues and gave valuable input. However, Team Europe lost the tournament for the first time as Team World won the title.

Federer shared his thoughts on the retirement and shared some of his memorable moments from this year’s Laver Cup on his Instagram account on Thursday, writing: “We all hope for a fairytale ending. Here’s how I felt: I lost my last singles, lost my last doubles, lost my last team event, lost my voice during the week, lost my job.

Roger Federer Retirement: LOST but WON, FedEx pleased with PERFECT goodbye despite illustrious career having no fairy tale ending, Check OUT
Roger Federer Retirement: LOST but WON, FedEx pleased with PERFECT goodbye despite illustrious career having no fairy tale ending, Check OUT

However, he was delighted with the perfect farewell, writing: “Even so, my retirement couldn’t have been more perfect and I’m so happy with how it all turned out. So don’t think too much about that perfect ending, yours will always be awesome in your own way.”

He played his last singles match in Wimbledon in 2021, where he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals. Despite not having a perfect endgame, Federer was the first man on the planet to win 20 Grand Slam titles and created his own legacy in the Tennis’ Open era.

It was a farewell never seen before as Federer has had players like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray with whom he has shared some major rivalries in his career. All four players were collectively referred to as the “Big Four” and all were with Federer in his last match and played on the same team. Despite being rivals on the pitch for a long time, Federer had a great relationship with each of them and each of them gave him an emotional and fitting farewell, celebrating the person he is and his career that the sporting world would never forget .

Roger Federer Retirement: LOST but WON, FedEx pleased with PERFECT goodbye despite illustrious career having no fairy tale ending, Check OUT

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