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No. 21 Nebraska still has tests to pass

No. 21 Nebraska still has tests to pass

For the Nebraska Cornhuskers, November is shaping up like one big obstacle course.

After beating Michigan last weekend, 21st-ranked Nebraska can wrap up a spot in the Big Ten title game with four more wins - but it won't be easy. First up is a major test at Michigan State on Saturday.

``My message to the team is you get what you earn in this world. They are not going to give you anything,'' Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini said. ``You have to earn it and you have to be ready to go take it. It's as simple as that. It's not going to just happen by mistake. It's not going to happen by magic. You have to put the work in and match the work ethic and the process with what you want to result to be.''

Nebraska (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) certainly earned the inside track to the conference title game with its 23-9 win over Michigan. But a lot can change over the next month. After facing Michigan State (5-4, 2-3), the Huskers have a home game against Penn State. They also play at Iowa in the regular season finale.

Michigan State has struggled this year, but the Spartans are certainly capable of winning this weekend and shaking up the Legends Division race. In fact, Michigan State already threw a bit of a wrench into the Leaders Division last weekend with a victory over Wisconsin.

``We understand where we're at right now, but let's see where we're at at the end. Let's focus on the next game, not worry about things too far in the distance,'' Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said. ``We have played well in November around here. We need to continue doing that. Again, I think it gives credit to our players, how they've hung in there regardless of what season we've had. They've hung in there and played well down the stretch, which is a positive thing for us.''

Nebraska's Taylor Martinez is set to break 2001 Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch's school career total-offense record Saturday. Martinez has 7,801 career yards of total offense. Crouch had 7,915.

The Huskers have never lost to Michigan State and beat the Spartans 24-3 last year. That was Michigan State's only conference loss of the regular season.

The Spartans are a longshot to return to the Big Ten title game, but they're used to playing on a big stage and they've been tested plenty this season. All five of Michigan State's conference games so far have been decided by four points or less.

Dantonio was pleased that his team was able to win at Wisconsin after an emotional loss to Michigan.

``To be able to sort of regroup, get it back into context, whether you win or you lose, play the next football game, to me sends a message that we're not complacent, that we're going to continue to focus and bring energy to the next game,'' he said.

The Spartans lean on running back Le'Veon Bell, who has rushed for 1,061 yards this season. Quarterback Andrew Maxwell is also making strides despite an inexperienced receiving corps.

``I feel comfortable with the guys around me,'' Maxwell said. ``I feel that way because we have a group of guys who are going to do whatever it is they're asked to do. A lot has been made of the different lineups, different starters we've had. The thing about that is you know every guy that goes in there is going to have an attitude and mindset to do whatever it is they're asked to do.''

Still only a junior, Martinez could finish his career as one of college football's most prolific quarterbacks - but the short-term question is whether Nebraska can finish atop the Big Ten this year. With the Rose Bowl looking more and more plausible, Martinez can help cement his legacy with a strong finish over these next few weeks.

``I think he's done a lot of great things since he's been here,'' Pelini said. ``I think the best part about it is I think there is still a lot more out there for him. He continues to work hard. I think he's developing in a lot of different ways. I think he's maturing as a football player. I think there's still a lot more he can do to get better.''

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.

REDSKINS vs. JETS, PRESEASON WEEK 2

Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy

REDSKINS vs. PATRIOTS TV SCHEDULE:

5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live

REDSKINS 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 

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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

Marcell Ozuna homered and Austin Gomber tossed six shutout innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

St. Louis has won a season-high eight straight. The Cardinals, who are 18-9 since the All-Star break, captured their sixth successive series after taking the first three of the four-game set.

Daniel Murphy homered in the ninth for Washington, which has lost four in a row and seven of nine to fall below .500 and nine games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The current skid began with a loss to the Cubs on a two-out, walk-off grand slam.

Ozuna homered in the second inning, his 14th of the season and his first since July 30.

Gomber (3-0), in his fourth start of the year, gave up three hits, struck out six and walked four.

Bud Norris pitched the ninth to pick up his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.

Harrison Bader and Yadier Molina added run-scoring hits for St. Louis, which improved to 19-9 since Mike Matheny was fired and replaced by interim manager Mike Shildt.

St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter extended his on-base streak to 33 games with a walk in the fifth. It's the longest current streak in the majors. Carpenter left the game in the seventh after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Matt Grace, but X-rays were negative.

Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) left in the fifth inning after colliding with Bader on a play at the plate following a wild pitch. Hellickson gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Bader, who had three hits, also made a diving catch of a liner off the bat of Bryce Harper in the fourth.

The Cardinals, who have an NL-best 12-2 mark in August, remain one game behind Philadelphia for the second wild card spot. They are four games behind Chicago in the NL Central.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg threw a simulated game on Wednesday. He threw around 70 pitches and could be ready to return early next week, manager Dave Martinez said.

Cardinals: LHP Brett Cecil was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Cecil, who had been sidelined with inflammation in his right foot, pitched four scoreless innings in four appearances with Triple-A Memphis. LHP Tyler Webb was optioned to Memphis.

UP NEXT

RHP Tanner Roark (7-12, 4.12) will face RHP Luke Weaver (6-10, 4.66) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday. Roark has won his last four decision, Weaver is 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA in nine career games against NL East foes.