Former Chanhassen High School star Frank Ragnow of Arkansas was named to the second team of the Associated Press' first Preseason All-American team ever.

The 6-5, 317-pound senior center from Victoria is on the Rimington and Outland Trophies watch list and made the Pro Football Focus All-America first team last year. Ragnow has started 26 consecutive games for the Razorbacks and didn't allow a sack last year for the second consecutive season.

Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley are among the top names selected to the first team.

Darnold was voted to the first team by a panel of 51 Top 25 voters, edging out Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, who is the second-team quarterback on the lists released Tuesday.

Center Billy Price of Ohio State, tight end Mike Gesicki of Penn State and linebacker Josey Jewell of Iowa were the other first team picks from the Big Ten.

Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli, Ohio State defensive end Tyquan Lewis, Michigan defensive end, Indiana linebacker Tegray Scales and Northwestern safety Godwin Igewbuike made the second team.

•Wisconsin and UCLA have scheduled a home-and-home series with games in 2029 and 2030.


Fight could be seen by 50 million

Conor McGregor's improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be seen by a staggering 50 million people in the United States as fans and the curious gather in small and large parties.

The fight Saturday night threatens the pay-per-view revenue record set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao two years ago and could dwarf it in viewership as people use the event as a reason to have friends and family over for a little escapism and controlled violence.

"It's a cultural event that crosses all demographics and all social and economic factors," said Mark Taffet, who formerly ran pay-per-view for HBO. "People are getting together to have a great time and we surely need an excuse to have a great time."

Taffet said that while an average of 5-6 people normally watches a pay-per-view, he wouldn't be surprised if the fight averages 10 people a household. If it sells 5 million pay-per-views as widely anticipated, the fight could be watched by nearly one in six Americans.

around the horn

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers center Max Tuerk was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. ... Giants offensive lineman Michael Bowie was charged with assault and battery in Oklahoma. Bowie allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the neck during a fight at her home, then broke two televisions and punched a hole in the wall.

MMA: Jon Jones could face a lengthy suspension from mixed martial arts after the UFC light heavyweight champion was notified of his second potential violation of the promotion's anti-doping policy. Jones' potential violation stems from a sample collected after his weigh-in July 28 for his title fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.