Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: SIUC, SEMO to Play Football at Busch

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: SIUC, SEMO to Play Football at Busch

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Football game at Busch to feature SIUC, SEMO

Southern Illinois-Carbondale and Southeast Missouri State will play the first college football game in the history of Busch Stadium on Sept. 21.

A news conference to announce the game is scheduled for Monday at the stadium.

Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III, SIUC coach Dale Lennon and SEMO coach Tony Samuel will attend the news conference along with athletics directors from both schools.

SEC network coming * The long-awaited announcement of the Southeastern Conference network is days away.

The SEC says that it will hold a news conference with ESPN executives Tuesday in Atlanta. The network is to be launched in a partnership between the SEC and ESPN.

Sports Business Journal reported Friday that the conference and the network would detail plans Tuesday to have the SEC cable channel up and running by August 2014. A person familiar with the announcement confirmed that to the AP.

Coyne loses * Ryan Coyne of St. Charles suffered his first loss as a professional boxer, losing by technical knockout to Marcus Oliveira in Las Vegas in a WBA light heavyweight elimination bout. Oliveira becomes the top-ranked challenger and will fight for the title in his next bout.

Oliveira (25-0-1) was in command of the fight from the start and in the 11th round, he knocked Coyne (21-1) down with a left hook. Coyne got up but Oliveira battered him with punches for about 20 seconds before Coyne dropped to one knee and referee Jay Nady stopped the fight at 1:15 of the round. Oliveira had a big lead on all the scorecards: 99-91 on two and 98-92 on the third. (Tom Timmermann)

New women's soccer league * Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan headline the National Women's Soccer League, the third incarnation of a women's professional soccer league in the United States.

The eight cities include old-timers Boston, Chicago, Rochester, N.Y, Piscataway, N.J., and Washington, plus newcomers Kansas City, Portland and Seattle. Most teams will compete in venues that seat between 3,000 and 6,000. …

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