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Why Desmond King chose Iowa Hawkeyes over NFL

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa cornerback Desmond King is so efficient at making history that next season he needs only to set foot on the field to separate himself from recent legends of the game at his position.

No winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, in its three decades of recognizing the nation's top defensive backs, has returned to play college football. Every recipient with remaining eligibility -- from Charles Woodson to Eric Berry to Patrick Peterson -- left early for the NFL.

King pondered his future for two days after the Hawkeyes' Rose Bowl loss to Stanford, announcing on Jan. 4 that he would come back as a senior.


‘Captain America: Civil War’ Vs. ‘Batman V Superman’

Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters on May 6, 2016, and so far critics are loving it. Coming on the heels of the critically panned Batman v Superman, it’s difficult not to compare two of the year’s biggest films. Its important to look at this aspect because as much as studio executives hate to admit it, Hollywood’s superhero genre is a race between Marvel and DC, with Marvel being the clear front runner.

The Zack Synder-directed Batman v Superman has made over $850 million dollars worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. Normally, this would be considered a financial win for any film, but for this movie that isn’t necessarily the case. The film surprisingly underperformed in China — earning $70 million — a sum that is well under the $155 million earned by Avengers: Age of Ultron. So the evidence shows, as the Daily Beast reports.


Kris Bryant of Chicago Cubs not expected to go on disabled list after rolling ankle

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has a mild ankle sprain and is not expected to go on the DL, the team announced Friday.

An MRI confirmed that Bryant avoided a serious injury when he rolled his ankle while rounding the bases in Thursday's 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bryant, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, was not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves, but manager Joe Maddon said he might be available off the bench late in the game.

"I think if we just rest him a little bit right now and aren't really abusing it right now, it should go away relatively fast," Maddon said Friday. "The thing with sprained ankles is to not re-jam it somehow. That's the problem with an ankle. He could be feeling fine after a week or two weeks, and then you hit it wrong and feel it."


Friday's recap: Cubs 6, Braves 1 - Chicago Tribune

Cubs 6, Braves 1

Pinch-hitter Matt Szczur hit his first career grand slam during a five-run eighth inning Friday, when the Cubs topped the Braves 6-1 at Wrigley Field. Szczur’s previous four home runs had all been of the solo variety.  The Braves fell to 5-18.

At the plate

David Ross singled home Javier Baez in the fifth to tie it for the Cubs before Anthony Rizzo’s bases-loaded single made it 2-1 in the eighth.


Analyzing the Chicago Bears' 2016 NFL draft class - Chicago Bears Blog- ESPN

Jeff Dickerson breaks down the 2016 Chicago Bears draft class.

Round 1, Pick No. 9: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia | Highlights

My take: Maybe Floyd is the next Kyle Long. The Bears famously hit a home run with Long in the first round in 2013, despite the fact that the freakishly athletic offensive lineman played only one year at Oregon. Floyd spent three seasons at Georgia, but he didn't produce any eye-popping stats. In last year’s draft, Pace preferred players who had impressive production in college. Floyd did not. He left school with only 17 career sacks – 4.5 in his final year. This is risky. At 244 pounds (his weight at the NFL combine), Floyd has to get bigger and stronger to be a three-down player. Right now, he appears to be a situational pass-rusher.


First Congressional District Debate held on a Friday night?

"It's no surprise that Democrats would hold a debate on a Friday evening when the least amount of Iowans are paying attention to their radical ideas and unworkable liberal policies. I don't blame them for not wanting Iowans to hear the debate. The truth is, Murphy and Vernon support policies that will continue reckless spending and push massive tax increases on hard working middle class families. While Democrats propose new taxes or raise current taxes to pay for their big-government agenda, Congressman Blum is hard at work to cut spending, simplify the tax code, and create an environment that allows Iowans to succeed." - Iowa Republican Party Chairman Kaufmann

Grilling Good Eats: Yes, you can cook rice on a grill

By Mike Thayer

Rice can be truly exceptional on the grill, all you need is a cast iron skillet.

Put your cast iron skillet (one with a lid) over direct flame to heat it up.  No need for the lid yet.  Melt two tabs of butter in the skillet, add one cup rice, one tablespoon minced onion, one tablespoon garlic powder, stir just enough to mix and let it saute for a minute.  Add two cups chicken stock, a pinch of salt (IF your chicken stock is low sodium, otherwise, not salt needed). Bring to a boil,  then move to indirect heat, cover and smell those great aromas for 20 minutes.  Take off the grill and serve immediately.  If you did your coals right, you'll get a really nice, crispy, golden brown rice edge on the sides of the skillet.