WESTFIELD, Ind. -- Maybe it was the heat. Or the familiarity. Or just the naturally violent rhythms of professional football.

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EVANSTON — Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson got married in June, danced at the wedding and honeymooned in West Palm Beach.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind.— How quickly Brandon Wimbush forgets how his 2017 season ended could determine how successful Notre Dame is in 2018.

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CHAMPAIGN — A year's worth of experience, intensive strength training and an emerging leader at quarterback could combine to give Illinois a realistic shot at winning some games.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Sharpie in hand, Purdue offensive tackle Grant Hermanns scribbled signature after signature on the Boilermaker football posters during Saturday's fan day. For a minute, don't look at what he wrote. Instead, look at where.

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DETROIT — When a major league player hits his first home run, his team usually needs to negotiate with a fan to get the ball.

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ST. LOUIS — John Gant homered for his first major league hit and pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 on Tuesday night for their season-high seventh consecutive victory.

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ST. LOUIS — Paul DeJong handed the Washington Nationals a second straight walk-off loss, capping a back-and-forth finish with a game-ending solo homer in the ninth inning of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 7-6 victory Monday night.

WESTFIELD, Ind. -- It was a small gain. Just 3 yards off the right guard.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jack Flaherty got a lift from St. Louis' lineup, and the rookie right-hander made the most of it.

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CHICAGO — Ryan Zimmerman hit two home runs off a shaky Jon Lester and tied a career high with six RBIs, sending the Washington Nationals over the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on Saturday.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue cornerbacks coach Derrick Jackson is always talking. His raspy voice can be heard all over the practice field. A tip here. A criticism there. After every play, there's some coaching point or piece of information he needs to relay.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Deon Cain's promising rookie season is over before it even had a chance to get started.

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CHICAGO — Jason Heyward broke up a no-hitter with a tying two-run single in the sixth inning, Anthony Rizzo drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Friday.

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CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton made the Bengals’ new offense look like a comfortable fit.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Chase Claypool was being asked about the upcoming season when teammate Miles Boykin, who also had a fair amount of media members asking him questions a few feet away, asked Claypool a question across the aisle.

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ST. LOUIS — Gary Woodland fell in love with Bellerive when he first played it a month ago. It’s a big golf course that would play into the hands of a power player. It would be soft from the stifling heat and humidity of summer, allowing him to be aggressive.

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MIAMI — Matt Carpenter hit a tiebreaking homer for the second consecutive night, and the St. Louis Cardinals won their fourth series in a row Wednesday by beating Miami 7-1.

INDIANAPOLIS -- In response to an FBI probe that rocked college basketball, the NCAA approved several significant rules and policy changes on Wednesday.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- After completing six open practices, the Purdue football team will close the gates to its practice facility for the remainder of camp.

WESTFIELD, Ind. -- Back in his days as a wideout for Tulane, Ryan Grant looked up to Colts star Reggie Wayne.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Jared Sparks walked onto the practice field with Purdue wide receivers coach JaMarcus Shephard last summer, with a season of change on the horizon.

WESTFIELD, Ind. -- As the photographer approached, Jacoby Brissett walked up beside Phillip Walker and draped his arm across his teammate's back Monday morning.

MIAMI -- Javy Guerra kept closer Kyle Barraclough's struggles from costing Miami a victory Monday night.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Javier Baez went deep, Cole Hamels pitched six strong innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Monday night.

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CANTON, Ohio — One of the great leaders football has seen, Ray Lewis used his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech to call for more enlightened leadership in our country.

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Martin Truex Jr. has a chance to join former NASCAR greats Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart as kings of the roads.

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BOURBONNAIS — If training camp and the preseason opener have indicated anything positive to the Chicago Bears, it’s young talent at key positions could be deeper than anticipated.

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CHICAGO — With the wind blowing out on a warm Saturday at Wrigley Field, the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs appeared to be headed for a wild finish.

AKRON, Ohio — Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy have become friends more by location than youth. They live near each other in South Florida and said they spent last weekend practicing together at The Bear's Club.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm watched deep ball after deep ball hit the turf during the first day of fall camp Wednesday. At first, he wasn’t happy. That turned to frustration. Finally, he’d seen enough.

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CANTON, Ohio — The Ravens and Bears honored their great linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher with some defense to make them proud in the Hall of Fame game that opened the NFL's preseason Thursday night.

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CHICAGO — Austin Hedges hit a go-ahead, three-run homer, Robbie Erlin pitched two-hit ball over five innings in a spot start and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Thursday night to end a season-high, seven-game losing streak.

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PITTSBURGH — Cole Hamels had little trouble in his return to the National League, keeping the Pittsburgh Pirates in check over five innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 9-2 victory on Wednesday night.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Construction swirled around Jeff Brohm a year ago at this time, as the coach opened his first fall camp at Purdue.

ST. LOUIS -- Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez each went deep, Jon Gray pitched into the eighth inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Tuesday night.

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PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon spent the hours before the trade deadline doing some detective work. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher scoured Twitter for updates, asked team trainers if they were scanning medical records and touched base with acquaintances of potential targets for a brief rundown…

WESTFIELD, Ind. -- There aren't many sights defenses want to see less than Marlon Mack with the football in the open field.