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College football makes significant rule change

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College football makes significant rule change

From Comcast SportsNet
INDIANAPOLIS (AP)Kickoffs in major college football will move from the 30to the 35-yard line next season, a change intended to keep players safer.The change was approved this week by the NCAA playing rules oversight panel,which also said the running start by players on the kicking team will be limitedto 5 yards The NFL moved up kickoffs 5 yards this past season and touchbacks increaseddramatically. Another new NCAA rule involving free kicks will move touchbacksfrom the 20 to the 25-yard line, a move intended to encourage more touchbacks.The panel also approved a rule that will require a player who loses hishelmet during a play to leave the game for one play, and there are also newguidelines regarding blocking below the waist and blocking on punt returns.Players will also be prohibited from leaping over blockers when trying to blockpunts.

High School Lites Roundup Week 8

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NBC Sports Chicago

High School Lites Roundup Week 8

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 8 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from the games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

Drive: Phillips Epsidoe 8

Windy City Legends: Pierre Thomas

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Proviso East Pirates

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Maggie Biegalski

Phillips 58, Westinghouse 0

Coal City 29, Wilmington 14

Homewood-Flossmoor 14, Bolingbrook 13

Hillcrest 32, Lemont 26

Prairie Ridge 42, Cary-Grove 7

Grayslake North 20, Grant 17

Antioch 10, Lakes 7

Nazareth 21, Notre Dame 0

Warren 37, Stevenson 0

St. Francis 20, IC Catholic 19

Blackhawks recall Kirby Dach from AHL conditioning stint

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Blackhawks recall Kirby Dach from AHL conditioning stint

Six days after being assigned to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, No. 3 overall pick Kirby Dach has been recalled by the Blackhawks, the team announced late Friday night. He is not eligible to play in the AHL full-time this season, but he was allowed to stay in Rockford for up to 14 days on a conditioning stint, according to CBA rules.

Dach, who was sidelined for the first week of training camp with a concussion, appeared in three games with the IceHogs and was held off the scoresheet in each of them. He started on the fourth line in the first game, got promoted to the third in the second and played on the first line with Matthew Highmore and Dylan Sikura on Friday night against the Chicago Wolves.

The Blackhawks are coming off a 3-2 overtime victory over Columbus to improve to 2-0-1 in their past three games, and that helps ease Dach into the equation with the team riding some positive momentum. The next game is on Sunday at 6 p.m. against the Washington Capitals, which is possibly when he'll make his NHL debut.

Where Dach fits into the four-line rotation is unclear and will be interesting to monitor. It's possible he starts on the wing, especially with the third line of David Kampf, Dominik Kubalik and Brandon Saad clicking. Before Dach was assigned to Rockford, he was taking practice reps with Jonathan Toews and alternating on the wing with Drake Caggiula and Alex DeBrincat.

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