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    As expected, three former Nebraska volleyball players made the 14-player travel roster for the United States women’s national team for this week’s NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament in Lincoln.

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    The Carolina Panthers’ quarterback competition remains unsettled two weeks into training camp. Coach Matt Rhule said Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold have had good days, but he's not ready to declare a starter. Rhule has said that decision could come after the team’s second preseason game against the New England Patriots on Aug. 19. Mayfield and Darnold continue to split reps at Wofford College in the meantime as the Panthers work through the process.

    With the New York Giants ramping up practices in the middle of a heat advisory days before their first preseason game, it was only a matter of time before tempers flared. In a span a four plays Monday, running back Saquon Barkley plowed over cornerback Aaron Robinson and linebacker Tae Crowder got into it with running back Antonio Williams. The main attraction was starting center Jon Feliciano seemingly kneeing Crowder on an ensuing play and then exchanging punches with linebacker Cam Brown. The incidents forced coach Brian Daboll to stop practice for five minutes and address the team.

    Detroit Lions rookie offensive tackle Zein Obeid has retired, the fourth player to end his career with the team in two months. Lions coach Dan Campbell said Monday that Kendall Lamm was signed to fill Obeid’s roster spot. Obeid, who played at Ferris State, was an undrafted rookie as were recent retirees Jermaine Waller, a defensive back from Virginia Tech, and Corey Sutton, a former Appalachian State receiver. Defensive tackle John Penisini retired in late July after starting 12 games as a sixth-round pick in 2020 and playing in 16 games as a reserve last year.

    Saints projected starting quarterback Jameis Winston has a foot injury that coach Dennis Allen is describing as a “tweak.” Allen says Winston was rolling out during a passing drill on Monday when he began to feel pain in his foot. Winston did not receive any treatment on the field and remained at practice a period before walking on his own to the trainers room to have his foot evaluated. Winston is New Orleans’ projected starter despite tearing ligaments in his left knee in a game against Tampa Bay last Oct. 31. Winston signed a two-year extension worth up to $28 million in March. He has participated regularly in full-team drills since the start of camp on July 27.

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