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The Fast Break (August 18, 2015): Participation trophies, Men's soccer preseason awards and more

We've got a lot to cover in Today's Fast Break, ranging from a broad variety of topics.

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Men's Soccer picked to repeat; Sparrow named preseason goalkeeper

It was preseason soccer award day in the Big East, and the Creighton Bluejays were the big winners. After winning the Big East last season, the Bluejays returned the bulk of their team and are ranked sixth in the nation going into the season. Their keeper, Connor Sparrow is coming off a season in which he amassed a 16-3-3 record with 11 shutouts, eighth best in the NCAA

Participation trophies are great - Jon Bois, SBNation

One of the most talked about issues of the week so far has been participation trophies, thanks to James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bois does a great job explaining why participation trophies are good for kids, and why, all in all, the outrage is ridiculous.

Villanova Football- Where the Wildcats are from VUHoops

Football season is right around the corner! Get ready with this great look at the geographical makeup of Villanova's roster, featuring an awesome graphic showing where everyone is from.

Adidas wins rights to NHL jerseys; Big changes coming? - Eye On Hockey

I just felt a chill go up my spine. As if ruining college jerseys isn't enough, Adidas is now setting their sights on hockey jerseys. As a Chicago Blackhawks fan, I absolutely won't be purchasing an Indian Head sweater with three stripes haphazardly strewn about the sleeves

Featured games for Tip-Off Marathon announced ESPN

Is that a Big East team I see on an ESPN network? Yes! But the Hoyas and Terps will be airing on ESPN2 while Kentucky and Duke air at the same time on ESPN. Because, of course.