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With soccer fever spreading across the nation, San Luis Obispans finally have someone with local ties to cheer on abroad. Just remember to leave those obnoxious World Cup horns for the overseas audience. They’re called vuvuzelas, and I don’t want to hear them anywhere near me.

Former Cal Poly men’s soccer midfielder Anton Peterlin resumed his professional career with Walsall Football Club, making him the first Big West Conference player to appear in an English Football League match. Go online and watch perhaps the greatest Mustang footballer in action when Walsall opens its season on Saturday, Aug. 6.

With the NBA forecasting a lockout, many of the league superstars are taking their game overseas. It appears the Cal Poly men’s basketball program has caught the travel bug as it opens a nine-practice stint on Monday, Aug. 1, in preparation for a mid-August tour of Costa Rica.

Head coach Joe Callero, whose 2010-11 Mustang squad finished 15-15 overall, said the trip will be much more than just a vacation.

“The players are looking forward to the three games we have scheduled in Costa Rica, but the practice time will allow us to implement a press and a new transition game, which, we hope, will increase scoring this season,” he said.

If you think the way politicians handled the national debt crisis (or our local government) is a joke, make sure to check out political comedian Lewis Black as he returns to the Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m. as part of his all-new “In God We Rust” national tour. (Beware of adult content/language, and again, leave the vuvuzelas at home.)

Black is a frequent commentator on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and he should provide some much due comedic relief in this time of political blasphemy.

But with tickets ranging from $40 to $68, it seems the funnyman has forgotten the nation is in a recession. Or perhaps that’s the punchline!

Kai Beech compiled this week’s column. Send your collegiate news to cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com.

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