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It’s soccer time at Kansas State

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We’ve also got a smattering of football, basketball, and high jump fun.

No, we’re not playing at Old Trafford.
No, we’re not playing at Old Trafford.
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It’s finally here. Tonight at 7pm CT, Kansas State will make its long-awaited debut on the pitch at Robert R. Hermann Stadium in Saint Louis against, well, Saint Louis. In SportsExtra, Corbin McGuire gets you ready for the action. You can stream the game on KStateHD.tv.

The Wildcats picked up a 5-0 win over Washburn in an exhibition contest which helped remove the sour taste of a horrible 2-0 exhibition loss to Arkansas which saw the Wildcats utterly dominated. Arkansas had 31 shots and 11 corner kicks, while K-State had none of either. Technically, this entire season is “exhibition” play, but starting today the games actually count on the permanent record. We’ll see how it goes, eh?

Football is so, so close now. Can you taste it?

A couple of JUCO transfers can. The Capital-Journal’s Riley Gates profiles offensive linemen Abdul Beecham and Breontae Matthews. Meanwhile, our own BracketCat shone his countdown spotlight on wide receiver Zach Reuter yesterday afternoon, and started your morning with quarterback Hunter Hall.

ESPN’s Max Olson ranked the Big 12’s top five cornerbacks. Sophomore Duke Shelley made the cut, which should surprise precisely no one.

As illuminated by E.J. Holland of the Dallas Morning News, James Lynch has decommitted from TCU. Lynch, a three-star defensive tackle from Round Rock (Tex.), had an offer from K-State, so we’ll see what happens here.

Last year, while we were busy playing pin the tail on the quarterback, a lot of you joked about letting Will Geary behind center. As it happens, down in Joe Hubener’s hometown, Cheney head coach Cory Brack has moved offensive lineman Micah Grover to quarterback. Bob Lutz of the Wichita Eagle has the story.

Dean Wade dropped 17 as the Wildcats ended their tour of Europe with a 68-47 win over Swiss team BBC Lausanne in a game where Bruce Weber decided to go young with the starting five (except for D.J. Johnson).

Current Wildcat Akela Jones didn’t make the Olympic high jump finals, but former Cat Alyx Treasure, competing for Canada, did — and posted a personal best at 1.94m. She’ll be on the main stage Saturday night at 6:30pm CT. For her part, Jones topped out at 1.85m.

Also at the Olympics, Team USA women’s basketball destroyed France yesterday to advance to the gold medal game. Their opponent, tomorrow night at 5:30pm? Spain. Which means you can cheer against Leticia Romero for probably about five minutes.