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Mount has a long way to go

GENEVA, N.Y. — The University of Mount Union football team is going to have to take the long way if it wants to defend its NCAA Division III national championship.

The eighth-ranked Purple Raiders (9-1) will travel to 18th-ranked Hobart College (9-1) in the opening round of the NCAA Division III playoffs at noon Saturday.

Mount Union is playing a team-record seventh road game of the season and will have logged more than 3,000 miles on the road in 2016 after this weekend.

It is the 25th straight year the Purple Raiders are in the playoffs, but the first time they are playing on the road since 1996.

Vader says he has two years to live

Former pro wrestler and NFL lineman Big Van Vader has announced that doctors have told him he has just two years to live due to congestive heart failure.

Vader made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday. He says his wrestling and football careers are to blame.

Vader, whose real name is Leon White, was an All-American at the University of Colorado before being drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1978. He took up wrestling after being forced into early retirement from football due to an injury.

He went on to win the championship belt in World Championship Wrestling and later grappled for World Wrestling Entertainment.

Vader was known in the ring for his catchphrase, “It’s Vader Time.”

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