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Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence gives college football season validation it needs

The nitpicking started when Trevor Lawrence took a sack on third down for a 16-yard loss and a three-and-out on Clemson’s first possession Saturday night against Wake Forest.  

The junior quarterback left little to overscrutinize after that. He backed his billing as the best player in college football as the No. 1 Tigers (1-0, 1-0 ACC) flexed in a 37-13 victory, a result that wasn’t exactly shocking considering they were 33.5-point favorites coming in.

Lawrence (22-of-28 passing, 351 yards, three total touchdowns) also backed up what he did off the field in the offseason, when he established himself as a leading voice in the push to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

BENDER: Can Notre Dame be a worthy challenger to Clemson in ACC? 

It was Lawrence, who threw five interceptions in his first three starts last season, who drove home the point about his on-field standing by showing no early-season

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Oklahoma names Spencer Rattler starting quarterback entering 2020 college football season

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The Spencer Rattler era has officially arrived at Oklahoma after Sooners coach Lincoln Riley announced Tuesday that the redshirt freshman will be the team’s starting quarterback to begin the 2020 season. Rattler entered preseason camp as the favorite to replace Jalen Hurts at the position but faced a worthy challenger in redshirt sophomore Tanner Mordecai, who dealt with a hamstring injury during preseason camp.

“It’s been a little bit different competition,” Riley said. “Spencer, I think, has played very well and is certainly very deserving of it. Disappointed for Tanner Mordecai. He had to end up missing 70 to 75% of fall camp, which obviously severely limited his reps or true opportunities to really go play his best ball and have a shot at it. That’s football.”

Rattler is a former five-star prospect who ranked as the top quarterback and No. 11 overall player in the class of 2019,

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College Football Holds Its Breath as Season Approaches

Alabama recently reported 1,200 positive COVID-19 tests among its students.

Auburn returned to practice Monday without 16 football players for virus-related reasons.

Iowa, while taking a Big Ten-ordered pandemic pause from games, called off all athletic practices because of a virus spike until Sept. 7.

Notre Dame just announced only students, players’ families, faculty and staff will be permitted inside its stadium on game day. 

Kansas will play football without any fans. 

In a virus-free world, the Michigan-Washington game would have been played Saturday.

OK, what football season?

As the college game pushes toward the FBS season openers on Thursday — roughly 60 percent of the teams are pursuing games while the others are sitting out the season — the novel coronavirus is still not cooperating. 

There remains a general sense that while the coming NCAA season will launch for most of the 76 hard-liners over the next month, it’s

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President Trump talked to Big Ten about starting fall football season

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President Donald Trump says he is offering his assistance to the Big Ten as the conference attempts to make plans for starting its college football season. 

The president tweeted Tuesday that he had spoken to Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and had a “productive conversation.”

“Had a very productive conversation with Kevin Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, about immediately starting up Big Ten football,” the tweet said. “Would be good (great!) for everyone – Players, Fans, Country. On the one yard line!”

The Big Ten announced Aug. 11 that it would not play in the fall and instead attempt to hold a football season in the spring. However, there has been significant pushback from coaches and parents after the decision. A report last week said the league was considering a start on the week of Thanksgiving.

A court filing as part of a lawsuit filed by

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What’s next for college football players who don’t have fall season?

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SportsPulse: Mackenzie Salmon connected with Yale’s Dr. Sten Vermund, who specializes in the field of infectious diseases, to get his thoughts on the conferences that are still attempting to play college football in the fall. He did not hold back.

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For college football players at 54 schools across the Football Bowl Subdivision, this will be a semester like no other — a fall without the familiar rhythm of football season.

But that doesn’t mean they’ll be leaving campus, or away from football entirely.

Though their seasons have been scrapped due to concerns about COVID-19, football players across the Big Ten, Pac-12, MAC and Mountain West are still living on campus, still attending practices or workouts, and still benefiting from the usual resources that accompany a football scholarship, including access to academic tutoring and athletic training services.

Those arrangements will continue through the fall after the NCAA’s Division

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US convention season set to begin, with (virtual) spotlight on Biden

As Democrats on Monday open an unprecedented virtual convention, the party’s disparate factions are projecting a united front behind Joe Biden, brought together by their common determination to oust Donald Trump in November’s election.

“It is absolutely imperative that Donald Trump be defeated,” Bernie Sanders, a former Biden rival and a keynote speaker on the event’s opening night, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

Adding to the drama, the four-day convention — originally planned for the Midwestern city of Milwaukee but forced to go online by the COVID-19 pandemic — takes place amid a furor over Trump’s efforts to limit mail-in voting.

The president, insisting without proof that mail-in voting fosters fraud, has threatened to block extra funding that Democrats say is urgently needed to allow the US Postal Service to process millions of ballots.

In normal election years, nominating conventions are a raucous scene. Tens of thousands of party

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‘The Crown’ Season 4 to Show Charles and Diana’s Tensions in Australia

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After The Crown Season 3 arrived on Netflix last fall, fans have been eagerly looking forward to its fourth season—and the long-awaited arrival of Princess Diana. As the royal family enters the 1980s, fans can expect to see more of the Princess (and Prince) of Wales and the queen’s dynamic with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming episodes. Here’s everything we know about Season 4 thus far.

1 | Season 4 reportedly began filming in August 2019.

Olivia Colman revealed during the 2019 Oscars in February that Season 4 would begin filming that August, per Yahoo. Additionally, Backstage, a career resource for actors, had a notice on its site about Season 4 filming from August 2019 to February 2020.

Additionally, an announcement on The Crown‘s Twitter page on Thursday, April 11, confirmed Season 4 of the series would begin filming later in 2019.

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Sex Education is looking for people to appear in season 3

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Netflix is looking for people to star in Sex Education season 3 and, um, where do we sign up?

Production on the Netflix original was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s thought filming will start this month, per Deadline, which would explain why a casting company just put a call out for extras.

Mad Dog Productions is looking for people aged between 18 and 26 to appear in the next season, with filming scheduled for September on location in Newport, Cardiff and surrounding areas. If you fancy it, you can apply here.

If you’ve got a musical background, you’ll be happy to hear they’re also after a choir and vocal ensembles. “Seeking a real choir for Sex Education series 3,” the ad says. “Playing ages 18-25. Must be local or able to travel to south Wales. Seeking clips of performances. Vocal ensembles

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Scenes from ‘The Crown’ Season 4 Weren’t Filmed Due to the Coronavirus Shutdown

From Harper’s BAZAAR

After The Crown Season 3 arrived on Netflix last fall, fans have been eagerly looking forward to its fourth season—and the long-awaited arrival of Princess Diana. As the royal family enters the 1980s, fans can expect to see more of the Princess (and Prince) of Wales and the queen’s dynamic with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming episodes. Here’s everything we know about Season 4 thus far.

1 | Season 4 reportedly began filming in August 2019.

Olivia Colman revealed during the 2019 Oscars in February that Season 4 would begin filming that August, per Yahoo. Additionally, Backstage, a career resource for actors, had a notice on its site about Season 4 filming from August 2019 to February 2020.

Additionally, an announcement on The Crown‘s Twitter page on Thursday, April 11, confirmed Season 4 of the series would begin filming later in 2019.

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2020 Big 10 College Football Season Postponed Due to Coronavirus

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Rising cases and deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of the 2020 Big Ten football season — the latest conference to pull the plug on the collegiate fall sports season.

The Big Ten conference voted on Tuesday to cancel all fall sports, including football, multiple outlets reported. The conference later confirmed the news in a press release.

“In making its decision, which was based on multiple factors, the Big Ten Conference relied on the medical advice and counsel of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee,” the press release said.

Morton Schapiro, chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University president, said in a statement that “Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff.”

The other sports

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