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College Football: VU’s Roberto Kelly chose football despite father’s professional baseball background

While watching the World Series on television, Valparaiso defensive end Roberto Kelly has a more personal investment in the games than the average sports fan. Kelly’s father, also Roberto Kelly, is the first base coach for the Giants. He played 13 seasons in the big …

 

VU Notebook: Jessica Richardson racking up cross country accolades

Valparaiso senior Jessica Richardson was named the Horizon League Runner of the Week for the third time this year on Monday. Richardson produced a personal-best 6K time of 21:12.4 at the Bradley Classic on Oct. 17, earning her fourth top-10 finish of the year. She …

Notre Dame’s rematch with Florida State four years away

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Notre Dame’s next crack at ­Florida State — barring a postseason clash — will come in 2018. The Irish and the Atlantic Coast Conference announced football matchups through the 2025 season Tuesday. Dates for all ACC games are set through 2019. The highlights include Notre …

MUTKA: Matt Painter casts No. 1 vote for Wisconsin veterans

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Basketball preseason polls usually aren’t worth spit, but it’s hard to complain about the hoopla being tossed at the Wisconsin Badgers. Coming off a 30-8 season and the school’s third Final Four appearance, which ended with a 74-73 loss to Kentucky, Coach Bo Ryan is …

Coach Brian Kelly still doesn’t agree with flag that wiped out Notre Dame’s winning TD

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Coach Brian Kelly found out it was Will Fuller, not fellow receiver CJ Prosise, who was flagged for offensive pass interference during Notre Dame’s final possession Saturday against Florida State. But that’s about the only thing Kelly was sure about a day …

Minnesota stalls Purdue’s progression

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MINNEAPOLIS — Purdue has made great strides in turning around its football program. But the Boilermakers were given a painful reminder on Saturday that there’s still room for them to improve. David Cobb rushed for 194 yards and a touchdown and Ryan Santoso kicked a …

Indiana still can’t pass test, falls to Michigan State

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BLOOMINGTON — Stats can lie, but this one couldn’t. Four completions, 13 attempts, minus-2 yards — Zander Diamont’s passing stats through three quarters Saturday in his Indiana debut. For all of Tevin Coleman’s success as the nation’s top rusher coming into Saturday’s 56-17 Big Ten …

Drake defense too much for Valparaiso

VALPARAISO — The Valparaiso defense turned in its best performance of the season on Saturday, but a lackluster offensive output prevented the Crusaders from securing a statement victory. Drake roared from behind after trailing 9-0 in the second quarter, scoring 14 fourth-quarter points to pull …

Flag burns Notre Dame in loss to Florida State

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It appeared, for a brief moment, that Notre Dame had a season-defining victory. Everett Golson threw a 2-yard pass to Corey Robinson for a go-ahead touchdown against No. 2 Florida State with 13 seconds to go. Only the play was wiped out …

Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz says loser isn’t done

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz didn’t see the Notre Dame-Florida State showdown Saturday as an elimination game for the College Football Playoff. “Florida State and Notre Dame, regardless of the outcome of this game, should win out,” Holtz said during a …

Quarterbacks headline Notre Dame-Florida State showdown

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SOUTH BEND — Jameis Winston doesn’t lose. The Florida State quarterback has made 19 starts. And the Seminoles have won each of those games. Everett Golson hasn’t been all that shabby himself. Notre Dame is 16-1 in games he’s started. His only loss came against …

College Football: Saturday’s Notre Dame, Purdue and Indiana previews

College Football: Stuart Barkley is Valparaiso’s ‘Jolly Green Giant’

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It was almost a nightmare scenario for a senior who wanted nothing more than to be on the field. Stuart Barkley’s final season at Valparaiso got off to an unfavorable start as he pulled his right hamstring while running a conditioning test at the start …

Briefs: Hardy may return to Irish soon

Reserve safety Eilar Hardy, the last football player named in Notre Dame’s academic probe, could be the only one returning to the roster soon. “I met with Eilar, we have some work to do in terms of some of his academic work he’s working on …

Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso picked fourth in the Horizon League

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — The consensus is that the Horizon League could be as up for grabs as it has been, particularly in the middle of the standings. Perhaps there’s more agreement about the top two teams and the bottom two. Ultimately, such preseason polls serve …