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NFL announces festivities, celebrations for First Week of Kickoff for 100th season

NEW YORK, NY – The National Football League is kicking off the first week of its landmark centennial season with local Fantennial Weekend celebrations and Huddle for 100 community service opportunities across the country, as well as the release of the “NFL100: A Century of Pro Football” book chronicling the last hundred years of the sport.

This Week in NFL100

September 2-8

Tuesday, September 3

  • The National Football League and Abrams Publishing released “NFL100: A Century of Pro Football,” celebrating the history of America’s most popular and highly-watched sport. Beginning with a forward from Peyton Manning, the book animates the story of the NFL with photos and charts chronicling how the sport’s players, teams and equipment have evolved over the last hundred years.

Wednesday, September 4

  • The NFL hosted its third national huddle, HUDDLE UP TO PLAY IT FORWARD as part of the NFL’s Huddle for 100 campaign. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, NFL Legends, and volunteers participated in a revitalization project at Douglas Park. Fuel up to Play 60 students, program advisors and dairy farmers also took part in the volunteer event.

Thursday, September 5

  • NFL100 Game of the Week: The NFL kicks off its 100th season with Green Bay @ Chicago. Beginning in 1921, this is one of the oldest rivalries in the League and the teams’ 199th meeting, including regular-season and post-season games. Watch on NBC at 8:20 PM ET.

Friday, September 6

  • Carolina Panthers Fantennial Weekend: Players and alumni attend several high school football games, with marching bands forming the NFL100 logo during their halftime performances.
  • Cleveland Browns Fantennial Weekend: Players and alumni attend high school football games.

Saturday, September 7

  • Carolina Panthers Fantennial Weekend: Panthers will host a Panthers Fantennial Street Festival, which will include visits from current players and Legends, food trucks, photobooths and on-stage programming from cheerleaders and the drumline. Additional details can be found here.
  • Cleveland Browns Fantennial Weekend: Fans celebrate outside FirstEnergy Stadium with Browns Legends, cover bands, a DJ, and giveaways. Additional details can be found here.
  • Chicago Bears Huddle for 100: The team, players and fans will beautify and clean up neighborhoods and parks in the Chicagoland area. Participating parks and additional details can be found here.

Sunday, September 8

  • Carolina Panthers Fantennial Weekend: Panthers announce “Tickets for 100th Season” winner.
  • Cleveland Browns Fantennial Weekend: Browns will host an Alumni Legends game and have a First and Ten Coin Toss captain who will be connected to the #BrownsHuddlefor100 movement.
  • Peyton’s Places Episode 9, “The Lombardi Trophy,” airs on ESPN+. Peyton and his brother, Eli Manning, the Giants two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, go on a journey to discover the history behind the trophy and attempt to recreate the original prototype.



NASCAR rising star Kyle Larson wins 2019 Stoops Pursuit Race at The Dirt Track at IMS



INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 – NASCAR star Kyle Larson prevailed in a thrilling, late-race battle to emerge from a last-lap, last-corner fracas victorious in the Stoops Pursuit race at The Dirt Track at IMS on the opening night of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink.

Michael Pickens finished second, while Justin Grant was third.

“This track is so racy that sliders are easy to throw, and Mike (Pickens) was throwing everything he had at me,” Larson said after the race. “We made contact there on the backstretch. He was trying to park it on the bottom. That was wild. I didn’t know it was going to be that crazy of a race. I hope you guys enjoyed it.”

The field of 24 cars was whittled to just Larson, Grant and Pickens for the final five-lap segment of the elimination-format exhibition race for USAC National Midget Championship cars. Larson was nearly eliminated from the event in the second-to-last segment, but he gained two positions before the end of the segment to keep himself in the event.

Larson, Grant and Pickens traded all three positions back and forth in the final segment. As the white flag came out, the three drivers found themselves bunched together heading into Turn 3 of the quarter-mile dirt oval.

Pickens committed his car to the inside groove, while Grant went to the outside and Larson found himself in the middle lane. Pickens rutted his car and flipped in Turn 3. Larson spun trying to avoid Pickens’ airborne car, and Grant backed his car into the wall and flipped as he evaded Pickens.

With Larson’s car staying on the ground, he did a 360-degree spin on the inside line. He spun his car in the right direction, gassed it up and crossed the finish line for the victory. Both Grant and Pickens were unhurt in the wreck.

Larson is perfect so far through one of his three races this weekend at IMS. He also hopes to qualify for the A-Main feature for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink on Thursday night at The Dirt Track at IMS and also will race in the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

“That’s probably one of the most fun times I’ve ever had in a race car,” Larson said after the Stoops Pursuit victory. “For an off night (from Cup Series racing) like that, that was a ton of fun. You can’t say enough about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and (IMS President) Doug Boles and what they do to put this event on. Awesome crowd tonight; I’m sure it will be even bigger tomorrow. Hopefully we can build this event into something huge. I look forward to it.”

Larson earned $2,100 for the win.

Larson did not race in the inaugural BC39 last year. He said that after seeing last year’s thrilling action in front of a sold-out crowd and feeling like he missed out on something big, he knew he had to race in this year’s event.

“I was bummed I couldn’t make it last year,” Larson said. “I saw how exciting it was, and I said, ‘Screw it: I’m going to try and make it this year.’ I landed at the Indy airport at 3:45 p.m. or so and got here at 4:45 p.m. (today) in time for hot laps. It was worth it, though.”

The Stoops Pursuit race consisted of 24 drivers that raced their way into the event via heat race wins, as well as drivers that were the top in qualifying points from each heat. Plus five drivers were placed into the field through promoter options.

The 25-lap event was broken into five-lap segments. After each segment a caution was thrown, and cars that were passed, along with the car running last at the end of the segment, exited the track. The field was filled with racing stars such as NASCAR’s Christopher Bell and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., as well as defending Stoops Pursuit winner Zeb Wise and defending BC39 winner Brady Bacon.

The Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink will feature another full night of action Thursday at The Dirt Track at IMS. Public gates open at 3 p.m., with hot lap sessions starting at 5 p.m.

Qualifying races at 6 p.m. and Main races at 7:45 p.m. will whittle the third largest USAC field in recent history of 90 cars to 26 starters for the 39-lap feature event, which starts at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink are available at and at the gate.

All Shaw Grandstand seats are reserved Thursday, with prices ranging from $35-$75. There is no General Admission seating available Thursday night. All kids need a ticket to the event regardless of age. Pit passes are available for $25 and do not include gate admission.




Ohio State Wrestling selects Moore, Pletcher as 2019-20 Captains


Sept. 5, 2019





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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kollin Moore and Luke Pletcher will serve as team captains for the 100th season of Ohio State University Wrestling. The senior tandem has been embedded in the starting lineup since campus arrival as freshmen and are now solidified as the 2019-20 Buckeye leaders.

Kollin Moore

Luke Pletcher


Moore and Pletcher have both qualified for the NCAA Championships in each season and have combined for five All-America recognitions. Each Buckeye owns over 80 career wins through their first three collegiate campaigns.



• Three-time All-American (2017, 3rd | 2018, 4th | 2019, 2nd)

• Two-time Big Ten Champion (2017, 2018)

• 83-11 career record with 18 major decisions, 13 pins and eight tech falls



• Two-time All-American (2018, 4th | 2019, 4th)

• Two-time Big Ten finalist (2018, 2019)

• 82-20 career record with 12 major decisions, five pins and three tech falls


Ohio State begins Season #100 on Nov. 2 at the Michigan State Open before christening the Covelli Center on Nov. 10 when the Stanford Cardinal visits for a dual.




Former coach and Iowa standout Tom Hayes to be Hawkeyes honorary captain for Saturday’s game


Tom Hayes (courtesy Kansas State Athletics)

Sept. 5, 2019


IOWA CITY, Iowa – - Former University of Iowa defensive back Tom Hayes will serve as honorary captain when Iowa hosts Rutgers at Kinnick Stadium, Saturday (11:05 a.m., FS1).


Following his Hawkeye playing career, Hayes enjoyed a 40-year coaching career, including 29 seasons at the collegiate level prior to his retirement in 2017. Hayes coached at Kansas State from 2011-17, completing his career as the Wildcat defensive coordinator during his final six seasons. Kansas State posted an 8-5 record in 2017, concluding the season with a win over UCLA in the Cactus Bowl, the 20th bowl game of his career.


Hayes began his coaching career at Coe College in 1976 before returning to Iowa to coach defensive backs in 1977 and 1978. From there, he was the defensive coordinator at Cal State Fullerton in 1979. He joined the UCLA staff in 1980, coaching defensive backs for two seasons before serving as co-defensive coordinator from 1982-88.


Hayes was assistant head coach and defensive backs coach at Texas A&M in 1989 and 1990, and defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Oklahoma from 1991-94. He later coached at Kansas (2001), Stanford (2005), and Tulane (2010) before his stint at Kansas State. Hayes coached more than 30 defensive backs who went on to play in the NFL, including five first-round draft selections.


Hayes coached in the NFL for seven seasons, including five years as defensive backs coach with Washington (1995-1999) and two years as defensive backs coach with New Orleans (2006-07). The Saints featured the top-ranked defense in the NFC in 2006.


Hayes joined the Iowa football program from Atlantic, Iowa, where he earned all-state honors in football and basketball. He earned a degree in finance/insurance from Iowa in 1971.


Hayes will accompany the Iowa captains to midfield for Saturday’s pregame coin toss. He will also be with the Hawkeyes in the locker room before and after the game.




Indianapolis Motor Speedway announces chart-topping Florida Georgia Line to be Grand Marshals at NASCAR’s Big Machine 400 on Sunday


INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 – Global superstars Florida Georgia Line will serve as grand marshals of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race bearing their name this Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will call drivers to their cars before the Big Machine 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line, which airs live on NBC starting at 2 p.m. (ET). This marks the final race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season, setting the field of 16 drivers for the NASCAR Playoffs.

Adding this major role to the chart-topping duo’s race weekend, Kelley and Hubbard will be full speed ahead following their headline FGL Fest on Saturday, Sept. 7 in the infield at IMS. Other artists performing in the star-studded lineup include Dan + Shay, Nelly, Mitchell Tenpenny, Blanco Brown, Canaan Smith and Payton Smith.

“From sellout crowds to record-breaking chart history, no feat is too big for Florida Georgia Line, and that includes hosting their own headlining festival at the Racing Capital of the World,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Brian and Tyler are such great ambassadors for our event, and we’re honored they will serve as grand marshals of the race.”

In other ceremonial roles for the 26th annual NASCAR Cup Series race at IMS, Big Machine President and CEO Scott Borchetta will give the command to start engines, while Tenn South Distillery/Big Machine Vodka Executive Vice President Mark Borchetta will wave the green flag to send the field thundering toward Turn 1 at the start of the race.

“Our longtime relationship with Big Machine also has been very fulfilling and continues to grow,” Boles said. “We’re very grateful for the passion shown for racing and IMS from Scott and everyone at Big Machine. They’re fantastic partners.”

Amassing the best-selling digital country single of all time (SoundScan) with 11X-Platinum breakout “Cruise,” Grammy-nominated duo Florida Georgia Line has been making history since 2012. As the first country act to achieve RIAA’s Diamond certification (10 million copies sold) and holding the longest reign on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart (50 straight weeks) with 8X Platinum, No. 1 “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha, the trailblazers have topped 9.3 billion streams, exceeded 33.6 million track downloads, and sold more than 4.6 million albums worldwide. FGL’s fourth studio album, “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country” (BMLG Records), features their 16th No. 1 overall as artists, Platinum hit “Simple.”

Playing to millions of fans spanning massive arena and stadium headline tours, they’re currently on the Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour and will reprise Florida Georgia Line Live from Las Vegas due to popular demand. Honored by the AMAs, CMA Awards, Billboard Music Awards, CMT Music Awards and ACM Awards, their creative empire also includes thriving business initiatives: FGL HOUSE, meet + greet, Tree Vibez Music, Round Here Records and Tribe Kelley.

Practice for the Big Machine 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line will take place Saturday, Sept. 7 at IMS, with qualifying and the 160-lap race scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8. NASCAR Xfinity Series racing also will take place during the event with the Indiana 250. Practice is Friday, Sept. 6, with qualifying and the race Saturday, Sept. 7.

Visit throughout the weekend to purchase tickets for the Big Machine 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line, Indiana 250, FGL Fest and the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink, and for more information on the event.




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