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Sports headlines.

NFL: Pittsburg at Philadelphia 6:30

MLB today:
Houston at the Yankees 12:05
Cleveland at Minnesota 12:10
Detroit at Tampa Bay 12:10
San Francisco 0 4:05
Cubs 2 complete suspended game
Then regular game at 7:05

Little League World Series:
Guadalupe
Tokyo 2pm

Chicago
Philadelphia 630

PGA Tour: The Barclays 1st round at NJ

Iowa Minors:
Iowa at Reno
Cedar Rapids at Burlington
Quad City at Beloit
Clinton at Kane County

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Racing in Marshalltown Friday night.

There will be Auto Racing in Marshalltown Friday night at the Marshalltown Speedway.
Organzers say the action will get underway at 7:30 p-m.
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Steelers play the Eagles tonight.

The Pittsburg Steelers play the Philadephia Eagles tonight in the NFL. The Steelers are 1-1 while Philly is 0-2. The game kicks off at 6:30 Iowa time.
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ICubs slide continues.

The Iowa Cubs lost Wednesday night to Reno 11-4. They have lost 13 of 14 games and are 3 games in back of Omaha in their divisional race at 67-66. They play Reno again tonight in Nevada, play ball is 9:05 p-m.

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Nation's winningest prep baseball coach steps down

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The nation's winningest prep baseball coach is calling it a career.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association says coach Gene Schultz has resigned after 45 years and 1,754 wins at Kee High School in Lansing, Iowa.

Schultz took over at Kee in 1969 and led them to nine state titles, tied for the most in school history. Schultz helped put the Hawks in the state championship game 16 times, and his 32 state tournament wins is also an Iowa record.

Schultz also coached boys basketball at Kee, racking up 398 wins.

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Youth coach: Inspiring speech was spontaneous

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A youth baseball coach from Rhode Island who has become an Internet sensation for the inspiring speech he made after his team was eliminated from the Little League World Series says the talk was spontaneous and from the heart.

Players on David Belisle's team from Cumberland were crying after Monday night's 8-7 loss to Chicago in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, when he kneeled down and told them they should be proud.

Belisle told the players they were one of the best teams in the world and they had their hometown and the state of Rhode Island jumping with excitement. One YouTube video of the speech had more than 350,000 views early Wednesday.

Belisle told NBC's "Today" show Wednesday that he wanted the boys to walk off that field as proud as could be.

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Hoyer gets starting spot over rookie Manziel

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Mike Pettine has picked Brian Hoyer as starter over hotshot rookie Johnny Manziel.

Pettine met with his coaching staff Tuesday night and announced in a release Wednesday before practice that he'll go with Hoyer in the Sept. 7 opener against Pittsburgh. The decision ends weeks of competition and analysis.

Pettine delayed his decision after both Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in an exhibition loss at Washington on Monday. During that game, Manziel gave the finger to the Redskins sideline, an act Pettine said was factored into the decision.

Hoyer didn't win the job over Manziel as much as he hung onto it after beginning training camp as the No. 1 quarterback. Hoyer made three starts before a season-ending knee injury in 2013.

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Cubs beat the Giants.

The Chicago Cubs downed the San Francisco Giants 2-0 Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
It was a rain shortened affair. The game went five innings before the rains came.
The Cubs are now 55-70 on the year and will play San Francisco again tonight at Wrigley Field.

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ICubs slide continues.

The Iowa Cubs dropped a day game to the Salt Lake Buzz at Principal Park in their latest outing 4-2. The team has lost 12 of 13 games. They find themselves 3 games in back of Omaha in a divisional race. Iowa plays at Reno tonight. Game time is 9:05 p-m Iowa time.
Iowa is 67-65, Reno is 70-61.

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Racing update.

This weeks stop on the Nascar circuit is an event called the Irwin Tools Night Race being contested Saturday at Bristol Tennessee.

There will also be racing Friday night in Marshalltown at the Marshalltown Raceway.
Action will startat 7:30 p-m.


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Gibbs hires Carl Edwards and Daniel Suarez

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs Racing has hired Carl Edwards to drive a new fourth Sprint Cup car in 2015.

The team also added Daniel Suarez, who will drive a full-time Nationwide Series entry for Gibbs and run a partial schedule in the Truck Series. Suarez becomes the first Mexican driver to race full-time in NASCAR's second tier series.

The ARRIS Group will sponsor Edwards' No. 19 Toyota for 17 races. The company will also support Suarez.

JGR also launched a diversity initiative with the Escuderia Telmex team to provide development opportunities to Mexican and Latin American drivers in the NASCAR Toyota Series in Mexico.

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Manziel's gesture taints Browns' loss to Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — If the Cleveland Browns pick a quarterback based solely on numbers, there's not much either Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer did to show he deserves the job.

If the choice is based on maturity, the hot-shot rookie's obscene gesture lost him some ground to the nondescript sixth-year veteran.

Manziel raised his middle finger toward the opponents' bench as he returned to the huddle late in the third quarter of Monday night's 24-23 loss to the Washington Redskins. Truth be told, it was one of the few times a Browns QB actually found his intended target.

"It does not sit well," Cleveland coach Mike Pettine said. "It's disappointing, because what we talk about is being poised and being focused. ... That's a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback."

Manziel called the moment a "lapse of judgment" and suggested it was brought about by another game of unprintable verbal grief from another team's players and fans. He was openly mocked by Brian Orakpo in the first quarter when the Redskins linebacker raised both hands and performed the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner's "money" gesture after a sack by Ryan Kerrigan.

"I get words exchanged throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week after week, and I should've been smarter," Manziel said. "It was a 'Monday Night Football' game, and cameras were probably solid on me, and I just need to be smarter about that.

"It's there, and it's present every game, and I just need to let it slide off my back and go to the next play."

Meanwhile, Pettine needs to pick a starting quarterback. The performances were so unspectacular that the coach suggested he might audible from his previously stated plan of announcing his regular-season starter on Tuesday.

"All the options are still on the table," Pettine said.

Hoyer started Monday night and completed 2 of 6 passes for 16 yards. His self-assessment: "It probably couldn't have been any worse. It's disappointing. It was embarrassing."

Manziel, the No. 22 pick in the NFL draft, was 7 for 16 for 65 yards and a touchdown. Of his series early in the game, he said: "I really tried to force everything and not let it fly like I should have. I need to get better at that and throw the dang ball."

Those stats, as mediocre as they are, were padded by series against the Redskins' backups. In the first quarter — when Washington's starters were in the game — Manziel was 2 for 7 for 29 yards, and Hoyer was 0 for 2.

"They both missed some throws," Pettine said.

If there's any hint as to which way Pettine is leaning, it's worth noting that Hoyer started for the second consecutive game and played mostly with the first-team offense. Manziel was sent out with the reserves to play in the second half.

Manziel took advantage by leading a 16-play, 68-yard drive capped by an 8-yard pass to Dion Lewis for Cleveland's first touchdown.

But the six points were overshadowed by the one finger.

"A lot of people just scream out things that are very, very disrespectful," Browns cornerback Joe Haden said. "He's just got to zone it out."

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Redskins show solidarity with Ferguson protest

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — The "Hands up, don't shoot" protest has made its way to the NFL.

The Washington Redskins secondary emerged from the stadium tunnel during pregame introductions Monday night with hands raised and palms forward.

It was a show of solidarity with the people in Ferguson, Missouri, who are protesting the shooting of teenager Michael Brown.

Eleven players took part as the team was preparing to face the Cleveland Browns.

Safety Ryan Clark said Brown "could have been any one of us. That could have been any one of our brothers, our cousins. ... When you get an opportunity to make a statement and be more than a football player, it's good."

Protesters have gathered daily in Ferguson since Brown was fatally was shot by a police officer Aug. 9.

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2013 champ Nadal out of US Open with wrist injury

Rafael Nadal will not defend his title at the U.S. Open because of an injured right wrist.

Nadal and the tournament announced his withdrawal Monday, a week before the year's last Grand Slam tournament begins.

The 27-year-old Spaniard was hurt July 29 while practicing on his home island of Mallorca ahead of the North American hard-court circuit. The next day, Nadal said he had been told by doctors to wear a cast on his wrist for two to three weeks, but he hoped to be able to return in time for the U.S. Open.

The second-ranked Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand.

It's only the fourth time in the Open era, which began in 1968, that the reigning U.S. Open men's champion is not in the field.

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Philadelphia's Davis, Chicago team talk of LLWS

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — An African-American female pitcher from Philadelphia and a team from Chicago have created a buzz at the Little League World Series.

Philly's Mo'ne Davis and the Jackie Robinson West squad are the talk of the series; professional athletes and politicians alike are following their every move.

Davis, one of two girls in this year's tournament, is the unquestioned fan favorite. The crowd cheers her every pitch and at-bat. Canada's Emma March also felt the support before her team was eliminated Saturday.

Paul Graziano, a LLWS press box announcer since 1980, says "two girls and a team from the inner city" at the series "will just bolster" Little League — which is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Davis (1-0) could return to the mound Wednesday when Philadelphia takes on Las Vegas.

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Pole-sitter Power wins at Milwaukee Mile

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Pole-sitter Will Power fended off Juan Pablo Montoya to win Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile, giving a huge boost to Team Penske's chances for the IndyCar season title.

The 33-year-old Australian added to the slim lead he had in the standings over teammate Helio Castroneves. A Penske driver has finished second each of the previous four seasons and five of the last six.

Power raced to his third victory of the season, and his first on an oval. He has said his top priority is to win a title for Penske.

Montoya, another Penske driver, finished second. Tony Kanaan was third.

Power's victory ended Ryan Hunter-Reay's two-year winning streak at the Mile. Hunter-Reay won the Indianapolis 500, but his championship hopes took a hit after exiting following 168 laps with mechanical problems.

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Gordon races to first win at Michigan since 2001

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Jeff Gordon raced to his third NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of the year, holding off Kevin Harvick on Sunday for his first win at Michigan International Speedway since 2001.

Gordon broke the track qualifying record Friday when he took the pole at 206.558 mph. He followed that up with his third Cup victory at MIS.

After a series of cautions, Gordon came off the final restart well and led with 16 laps remaining. He fought off a challenge from Joey Logano and maintained a comfortable margin over Harvick, winning by 1.4 seconds in his No. 24 Chevrolet.

Harvick was second, followed by Logano, Paul Menard and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Gordon completed a sweep at MIS for Hendrick Motorsports. Jimmie Johnson won the June race on the two-mile oval.

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Iowa Cubs.

The Iowa Cubs lost to Salt Lake 3-2 on Sunday. Iowa`s downhill slide continues. The two teams will play Monday night at Principal Park with a game time of 6:35 pm.

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Sports notes.

NFL exibition play Sunday:
Denver 34 San Francisco 0
Carolina 28 Kansas City 16

Tonight at 7pm from Washington D-C:
Cleveland 0-1 at Washington 1-0





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Iowa St still searching for No. 1 QB

AMES, Iowa (AP) — It's become a late summer tradition that Iowa State would like to break.

If it's the middle of August, the Cyclones are in the middle of yet another quarterback controversy.

Iowa State is again unsettled at the game's most important position. The Cyclones have narrowed their choices down to junior Sam Richardson and sophomore Grant Rohach, and coach Paul Rhoads said Thursday that he'll name a starter by Monday.

Iowa State opens the season at home on Aug. 30 against FCS power North Dakota State.

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Bears win "barely" in Chitown.

At Soldier Field in Chicago Thursday night the Bears beat Jacksonville by a point by the score of 20-19. Chicago improved to 2-0 on the exibition slate with the win. It was the opener of the exibition weekend in the NFL.
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Bobcats beat Fort Dodge in boys golf.

The Marshalltown High School Boys Golf team beat Fort Dodge on Thursday 297-368 at Elmwood Golf and Country Club. Michael Scrempf was the medalist as he carded a 70.
A 71 stroke victory for Marshalltown in its season opener at home.

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I Cubs update

The Iowa Cubs outlasted Las Vegas at Principal Park in Des Moines Thursday night 6-5 in 12 innings. Iowa won game 3 of a four game set in the midst of an 8 game homestand.Omaha lost to Salt Lake and so the Iowa team has a one game lead in their divisional race.

Iowa will wind up the series with Vegas tonight in a game that will start at 7:05.



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Chris Kirksey making presence felt to Browns

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — In his first training camp, linebacker Chris Kirksey is making his presence known to the Cleveland Browns.

The rookie, though overshadowed by Johnny Manziel, is pushing to be a major contributor early, as he is competing with inside linebacker Craig Robertson for playing time. Kirksey should, at the very least, be solidly in the rotation.

Pleased with his young linebacker's performance so far, Browns coach Mike Pettine said earlier in the week that Kirksey would get more time with the first-team defense. He was on the field alongside veteran Karlos Dansby a number of times Wednesday, lining up to cover both tight ends and receivers in team drills.

Kirksey, a third-round draft pick and two-time captain at Iowa, had three tackles in the Browns' preseason-opening loss to the Detroit Lions.

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Nebraska AD: Football program 'stable' with Pelini

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst says the football program is stable under coach Bo Pelini.

In a 45-minute interview Wednesday with The Associated Press and reporters from the state's two largest newspapers, Eichorst said the program is "stable" and the Huskers have a "seasoned coach who has won a bunch of games."

Last season, a secretly recorded audio of Pelini criticizing fans went public. He also nearly struck a sideline official with his cap during a loss to Iowa. Nebraska finished 9-4 after a bowl win over Georgia.

Eichorst says he wants his coaches to represent the university with "honor and distinction," to provide athletes with a good experience and compete for championships.

Eichorst says Pelini meets those goals.

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Cyclones set sights on winning bowl game

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Even Iowa State knows that it probably won't win the Big 12 this year.

The Cyclones just want to win a bowl game.

Iowa State went to three bowls in its first four years under coach Paul Rhoads. But the Cyclones lost seven straight Big 12 games and finishing 3-9 — by far their worst mark for Rhoads.

Iowa State has predictably been picked to finish ninth in the 10-team league, ahead of only Kansas. But Rhoads has set the bar at a postseason victory, which the Cyclones have achieved just once under Rhoads and three times in school history.

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Hawkeyes poised for revival in 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Most coaches only get one chance to turn around a program.

Iowa's Kirk Ferentz is poised to revive the Hawkeyes for the third time in 12 years.

Many dismissed Ferentz and the Hawkeyes after a 4-8 finish in 2012. But Iowa answered its critics with eight wins last season, including victories at Minnesota and Nebraska and a trip to the Outback Bowl.

A veteran roster and a favorable schedule should put Iowa in position to contend for the inaugural Big Ten West title in 2014.

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High school golf at Elmwood today.

The Marshalltown Boys Golf team is hosting Fort Dodge today in a meet that will take place at the Elmwood Country Club. Tee time is 10:00 a-m. This is a season opener for the Bobcat Golf Squad. Fort Dodge is known as the Dodgers.
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Iowa loses to Las Vegas again.

Las Vegas beat the Iowa Cubs on Wednesday night 6-4. They have taken both games of a four game set so far. Iowa remains in a tie with Omaha for first place in the American North Division of the Pacific Coast League after Omaha beat Salt Lake 5-3 at home at Werner Park in Suburban Omaha Wednesday.

Iowa will play the Area 51's at Principal Park in game three of a four game set, play ball is 6:35 p-m.



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Iowa Cubs drop one run decision.

The Iowa Cubs lost at home to Las Vegas 6-5 on Tuesday night losing the opener of an 8 game home stand. Iowa kept its half game lead in the American North division of the Pacific Coast League though as Omaha lost to Salt Lake in Omaha. Las Vegas and Iowawill play again tonight at 6:35 p-m at Principal Park in Des Moines.



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Results of Marshalltown Junior Golf Tournament.

Beau Ragland won the age 15 to 18 division of the City Junior Golf Tournament in Marshalltown.

Jennifer Hart of the Marshalltown Parks and Recreation Department says Tate Carlson won the age 13 to 14 division, Colin Schmidt won the boys 9 to 10 division, Ryan Schmidt won boys 8 years old and under, Amber Hensen won girls age 9 through 10 and Natalie Hensen was girls 8 and under.

Competition was played at the Elmwood Country Club, American Legion Memorial Course and Collison Par 3 Golf Course.
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Sports schedule 8-12-14

PCL baseball tonight
Las Vegas 69-55
Iowa Cubs 66-58 635 tonight at Principal Park

Peoria at Burlington
Quad City at Kane County
Cedar Rapids at Beloit
Clinton at Wisconsin
Sioux City at Gary

MLB today:
Minnesota at Houston
Oakland at Kansas City
St.Louis at Miami
Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox at San Francisco

East Waterloo at Marshalltown 8-29 KFJB
UNI at Iowa 8-30 KFJB
North Dakota State at Iowa State 8-30 KIX 101.1…

NFL exhibition play Thursday:
Jacksonville 1-0 at Chicago Bears 1-0 7pm

CFL tonight:
Winnipeg at Toronto 6:30





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I-Cubs win on the road Monday night.

The Iowa Cubs shut out Oklahoma City Monday night 3-0. Iowa took three out of five games with the Redhawks and lead Omaha by a game and Oklahoma City by four games in first place in the American North Division of the PCL with a record of 66-58.
Iowa host Las Vegas tonight at Principal Park in Des Moines at 6:35 p-m.

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Iowa State looks to plug holes at defensive line

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State looked relatively set at defensive line at the end of last season.

It all fell apart in the offseason.

Nose guard Brandon Jensen quit the team with a year of eligibility left, and starting tackle Rodney Coe was dismissed for violating team rules. Fellow tackle David Irving was kicked off the team after photos of him holding an uprooted stop sign in the midst of a campus-wide disturbance emerged on social media.

The Cyclones know they'll need to find some stability along that line to have any shot at besting last year's 3-9 record.

Jensen's return following an offseason chat with coach Paul Rhoads should help the Cyclones compensate for losing Coe and Irving.

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Cyclones with plenty of receiving options

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Those who think Mark Mangino can fix Iowa State's offense point to the program's wide receivers as a major reason for their optimism.

The Cyclones look like they've got a lot of potential targets in the passing game.

Iowa State's receiving corps could be as deep as it's been in years. Led by junior Quenton Bundrage, the Cyclones should have multiple options for whoever wins the starting quarterback competition between Grant Rohach and Sam Richardson.

Iowa State opens on Aug. 30 against North Dakota State, the three-time defending FCS champion.

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I-Cubs back in action tonight.

The Iowa Cubs will be back in action tonight playing the Oklahoma City Redhawks in Oklahoma City at 7:05 pm. Iowa had the day off Wednesday after splitting a road series with Omaha and two games apiece. Iowa is in a race with both Oklahoma City and Omahafor first place in the American North Division of the Pacific Coast League.

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Iowa creates personnel division within staff

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has established a personnel and recruiting division within the Hawkeyes coaching staff.

Ferentz announced Tuesday that former graduate assistant Kelvin Bell will be the director of on-campus recruiting and that Max Allen, an administrative assistant, will be the director of new media. Both are newly created positions for the Hawkeyes.

Scott Southmayd, a quality control director at Iowa for the past nine seasons, will now be the program's director of player personnel. The Hawkeyes have also brought back former defensive end Broderick Binns as a graduate assistant.

Ferentz says the changes are designed to make Iowa's prospect identification and evaluation process more efficient.

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Baez gets start in major league debut for Cubs

DENVER (AP) — Touted prospect Javier Baez is making his major league debut for the Chicago Cubs at Colorado.

Baez is batting second and playing second base in the series opener against the Rockies. He was the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft and was the organization's player of the year last season after hitting 37 home runs in Class A and Double-A.

Baez had his contract selected from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, and right-hander Blake Parker was optioned to Chicago's top minor league affiliate.

Baez got off to a slow start this year in the minors, but has been playing well of late. The middle infielder, who is known for his tremendous bat speed, hit .300 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs in his last 32 games for Triple-A Iowa.

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Michigan St. girding for Ohio St. in Big Ten East

Michigan State has played in two of the three Big Ten title games, is the defending Rose Bowl champion and on the best run in program history with 42 wins in four years.

Yet the Spartans cling to an underdog mentality. It's the product of being overshadowed historically by Michigan and Ohio State. Coach Mark Dantonio never wants his team to stop playing with that edge.

The Spartans likely will have to beat the Buckeyes to win the East Division. They also have a major September test with a road game against Oregon.

Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin are the top contenders in the West.

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Hawkeyes optimistic as fall camp opens

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The uncertainty that hung over Iowa heading into last year's fall camp has been replaced by stability and reasonably high expectations.

That doesn't mean the Hawkeyes can afford to cruise through August.

Iowa has five starters to replace on the back end of its defense, including three linebackers that reached the NFL. The Hawkeyes also need to sort out playing time at running back, wide receiver and tight end, and the new starters on the offensive line need to be ready by the end of the month because the program's depth isn't what it used to be.

But the good news for the Hawkeyes is that they appear to have solid options at every position. The task for the next three weeks will be to settle on starters for the opener on Aug. 30 against Northern Iowa and beyond.

"This is a very, very pivotal three weeks for our football team," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Monday. "It's a great time for development. And we've got a lot of things that we're curious to learn and curious to see."

Here are five things to watch as Iowa opened fall practice on Monday.

NEW LINEBACKERS: The Iowa coaching staff has long been high on senior Quinton Alston whose playing time had previously been limited because of the presence of standouts Christian Kirksey, Anthony Hitchens and James Morris. Alston is expected to lead a unit featuring sophomore Reggie Spearman, junior Travis Perry and as many as four redshirt freshmen in the rotation. "Some guys just make you feel good," Ferentz said of Alston, who struggled earlier in his career. "When you see that light come on or the switch flip a little bit, it's fun."

FREE LOMAX: Junior defensive back Jordan Lomax was expected to start at cornerback for Iowa a year ago, but injuries and the emergence of freshman Desmond King scuttled those plans. The Hawkeyes felt strongly enough about finding a spot for Lomax that they moved him to free safety though, and he's expected to start there this season. Lomax, a 5-foot-10 junior, should be able to lean on senior strong safety John Lowdermilk as he navigates his first fall camp in a new position.

SKILL QUESTIONS: The Hawkeyes will likely split most of their carries between senior Mark Weisman and junior Jordan Canzeri this season. Iowa is deep and experienced at wide receiver as well, though rising redshirt freshman Derrick Willies could earn a starting spot over the next three weeks after an electrifying spring camp. Senior Ray Hamilton will finally get his chance as Iowa's top tight end following C.J. Fiedorowicz's graduation, but Jake Duzey will also get a chance to be a major factor for the Hawkeyes. "Ray Hamilton is a guy, in my opinion, that is probably better than we think maybe he is," Ferentz said.

LINED UP: Iowa returns three starting offensive linemen, including All-America candidate Brandon Scherff at left tackle, and senior Andrew Donnal has been installed at right tackle after playing both guard and tackle a year ago. Redshirt freshman Sean Walsh will open camp as the starting left guard, and the Hawkeyes will be counting on Walsh to prove he belongs there because their rotation behind him is filled with untested underclassmen. "We've got to focus on the smaller details, because that's what got us in trouble last year, with false starts. We've all got to be on the same page," Scherff said.

EXTRA POINTS: Wide receiver Damond Powell suffered a sports hernia injury this summer, but he said Monday that he should be ready for the opener...The competition between Maurice Fleming and Sean Draper for the left cornerback spot might be the closest of any starting job in the program...True freshman Tyler Wiegers will likely start the season as Iowa's third quarterback after Nic Shimonek left the program to walk on at Texas Tech.


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Cubs prospect Baez set to join team in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Touted prospect Javier Baez will join the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday in Colorado and could make his major league debut in the three-game series against the Rockies.

The 21-year-old Baez got off to a slow start this year in the minors, but has been playing well of late. The middle infielder, who is known for his tremendous bat speed, hit .300 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs in his last 32 games for Triple-A Iowa.

Baez will have his contract purchased from the minors before the series opener against Colorado. There was no word Monday on a corresponding roster move.

Baez is part of a loaded minor league system for Chicago that Cubs fans are hoping will lead the team back to respectability after a string of down years. The Cubs are 47-63 this season and in last in the NL Central.


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News from the Iowa Cubs.

The Iowa Cubs downed Omaha last night 6-0. Iowa had dropped the first two games of the series to Omaha. The two teams will play a day time game today at 12:05 p-m this afternoon at Werner Field at Pappilion in suburban Omaha. Infielder Javier Baez has been called up to the big Cubs and will join them for their series at Colorado. Baez was a top draft pick and had hit 22 home runs at the time of his call up.
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Keselowski wins NASCAR Nationwide race in Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Brad Keselowski held off the charging Michael McDowell on Saturday night to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway.

Keselowski, the Sprint Cup driver commuting from Pocono in Pennsylvania, led 146 of 250 laps for his third Nationwide victory of the season and second in two starts.

Trevor Bayne was third, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Ty Dillon.

Keselowski was set to cruise to an easy win when James Buescher's crash erased his lead. But Keselowski went high to overtake McDowell and held on for his 30th series victory.

Points leader Chase Elliott finished eighth. He leads Regan Smith by two points.

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Scott Dixon wins 5th Mid-Ohio IndyCar in 8 years

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Scott Dixon went from last in qualifying to capture his fifth win at Mid-Ohio in the last eight years, coasting in on low fuel to end Target Chip Ganassi Racing's victory drought in 2014.

The 34-year-old New Zeland driver, who started last in the 22-car field, also won on the twisty road course between Cleveland and Columbus in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Target Chip Ganassi has won the last six races at the track, including the last four of Dixon's triumphs. It finally broke through in a familiar place.

Dixon took advantage of a gaffe by Josef Newgarden and his pit crew to pull away.

Pole-sitter Sebastien Bourdais was a distant second, with James Hinchcliffe third, rookie Carlos Munoz fourth and favorite son Graham Rahal fifth.

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Earnhardt win completes season sweep at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead off the final restart with three laps left and won Sunday to complete a season sweep at Pocono Raceway.

Earnhardt held off the hard-charging Kevin Harvick to win for the third time this season. Earnhardt is the first driver to sweep both races at the track since Denny Hamlin in 2006.

He tweeted "Lookin for a broom" when he landed in Pocono. He could use one in Victory Lane.

Earnhardt also became the fifth straight Hendrick Motorsports driver to win at Pocono. His third win, he also won the Daytona 500, ties him for the most in Sprint Cup this season.

Harvick was second, followed by Joey Logano, Clint Boywer and Greg Biffle.

Earnhardt has his most wins since he won six times in 2004.

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ICubs lose to Omaha.

The Iowa Cubs lost to Omaha on Sunday 7-5 at Werner Park in suburban Omaha.
The two teams play again tonight at 7:05 p-m. Omaha edges ahead by a half game over Iowa in the American North Division of the Pacific Coast League as a result.
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Racing update.

Brad Keselowski won the U-S Cellular 250 at the Iowa Speedway at Newton, Brandon Jones won the Autolite 150 event. Dale Earnhardt Junior won the GoBowling.Com 400 event at Long Pond Pennsylvania.

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State 16 inch softball tourney wraps up.

C-J's Sports Bar and Grill beat the Old Timer Tavern 3-2 in the finals of the ASA State Men`s 16 inch Softball Tournament at the South 6th Street Softball Complext at Marshalltown. John Casey of Marshalltown was inducted into the Slow Pitch Hall of Fame during the course of the event.

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Zoske runs away and wins 3rd Marshalltown City Golf trophy.

Sam Zoske won his 3rd Times Republican City Golf Tourney at the Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown by 11 strokes over his nearest two competitors.
Zoske shot a two day total of 134 finishing 11 shots in front of Chad Moler and Troy Underhill.
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