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August 29, 2013

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Preseason Fever

The high school sports season begins next week, but all teams are right in the thick of their preseason schedules with important scrimmages coming up in the next week.

Here’s a look at some of the notable scrimmages on and around Cape Ann.

Gloucester football completed a four squad scrimmage yesterday in Chelmsford and is right back at it this weekend with a scrimmage at former Northeastern Conference rival Peabody (10:00 a.m.). Staying on the gridiron, Manchester Essex has its second scrimmage of the season on Saturday when Pentucket pays a visit to Hyland Field (10:00 a.m.).

The Gloucester girls soccer team travels to Bedford this afternoon (2:00 p.m.) in preparation for its September 10 opener. Manchester Essex field hockey will scrimmage Danvers for a second time on Friday at Hyland Field.

Gloucester and Rockport boys soccer will also meet in a Cape Ann on Thursday, September 5 in Rockport (5:00 p.m.).

The regular season begins on Wednesday, September 3 for most schools.

Coming down soft

The NCAA handed down a ridiculously light punishment on Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

Manziel reportedly reached an agreement with the NCAA to serve a half game suspension, the first half of this weekend’s season opener against Rice, for allegedly taking money to sign autographs.

Manziel could have been ruled ineligible for the season, instead he gets suspended for the first half against a team that he doesn’t really even need to play against for Texas A&M to pick up a win.

I’ll be ready

Patrice Bergeron played through nearly every injury imaginable during the Bruins run to the Stanley Cup Finals this past season. But the Bruins assistant captains says he plans on being on the ice for the first day of training camp.

“I’m pretty sure I’ll be fine,” Bergeron told The Boston Globe. “I’m hoping I’ll be fine. I’m feeling good. It took me longer to start my workout program and all that, but I had to take the time to heal and be ready.”

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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