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Iowa Hawkeyes Dropped out of the Coaches’ Poll, Remain Unranked by the AP - Black Heart Gold Pants

The latest AP and coaches polls were just released, and after another unimpressive performance against Rutgers, Iowa remains unranked by the AP and dropped out of the Coaches’ Top 25.

The Big Ten continues to have two top-four teams, with Ohio State coming in at No. 2 and Michigan at No. 4. Alabama retained its spot at No. 1 and Louisville remains No. 3.

Michigan State plummeted 9 spots to No. 17 after a 30-6 thumping by Wisconsin, while Bucky jumped 3 spots to No. 8. Nebraska moved to No. 15 to round out the Big Ten’s representation in the top-25.

Iowa still received 126 votes and 25 votes in the Coaches’ and AP Polls, respectively. So there’s that.

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Chicago Bears' rebuilding plan takes steps backward with 0-3 start - Chicago Bears Blog- ESPN

ARLINGTON, Texas -- After 20-plus months on the job, Chicago Bears coach John Fox's ship is sinking fast.

Not since the gloom-ridden days of Dave Wannstedt (1997-98) has the NFL's charter franchise endured back-to-back winless Septembers.

The latest setback, Sunday night's 31-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, puts Fox's overall record at 6-13 (3-11 against the NFC) since he arrived in town on the heels of a successful four-year stint in Denver.

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Jack Nicklaus writes beautiful message to Arnold Palmer: ‘Arnold always had my back’ | For The Win

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer took on each other in their primes. Golf was Arnie’s when the younger Nicklaus arrived for the crown and the crowd — dubbed Arnie’s Army — couldn’t stand him because of it.

Rivalries like that often get heated. The two will share a mutual respect but will largely stay out of each other’s way. Not so with Arnold and Jack.

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Iowa v Rutgers Post Game Notes

Iowa (3‐1, 1‐0), defeated Rutgers (2‐2, 0‐1), 14‐7, Saturday at High Point Stadium.   The Hawkeyes have a Big Ten best nine‐game regular season conference winning streak. It’s their longest such streak since winning 10 straight from 2001‐02.

The Hawkeyes have won seven consecutive road games (the final road game at Illinois in 2014, all five road games in 2015, first road game of 2016).

Today marked the 14th time in Kirk Ferentz’s 18 years at Iowa that the Hawkeyes opened the conference season on the road. Iowa has won its last five Big Ten openers, the last four on the road (24‐10 at Purdue in 2014; 23‐7 at Minnesota in 2013; 10‐6 at Wisconsin in 2015; 14‐7 at Rutgers in 2016).

Senior QB C.J. Beathard improved to 10‐0 in Big Ten regular season games and 7‐0 in true road games.  He is 16‐3 asIowa’s starting quarterback.

Iowa was +1 in turnovers, recovering a fumble that resulted in the go‐ahead score. The Hawkeyes are +5 in turnover margin this season.

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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Preview and Prediction

The Iowa Hawkeyes arrive in New Jersey fresh off of a shocking home loss to FCS king North Dakota State. It would be tough to point to a more damaging loss suffered by any would-be College Football Playoff contender to this point. Nonetheless, Kirk Ferentz's bunch will need to dig deep, regroup and focus on the goal of winning the Big Ten West. That all starts Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.

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Ditka tees off on Cutler and disappointing Bears | Chicago Sun-Times

Did you expect the Bears to collapse so soon?

They’re not very good right now and they know it. The snowball’s rolling downhill and you gotta stop it. I’m not seeing any fire at all. I see too many guys that are comfortable in their jobs. You gotta give your best effort on every play and I don’t see that. This was a marquee game for this reason: It could springboard the team for the whole season. Monday Night Football. National TV. Everybody has a chance to find out who the Bears are. Now nobody knows who they are. They don’t look like a very good team to me right now. They don’t look like a committed group of guys. Guys that go out there with a passion and say we’re gonna go out there and play as hard as we can for as long as we can and we’re going to try and win this football game. I didn’t see that. If you’re going to tell me that Philadelphia is that much more talented than the Bears, I’m not buying it. You can’t line up and let people kick your ass, I’m sorry.

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New York Mets sell Tim Tebow jerseys as former QB begins pro baseball career

The selling of Tim Tebow has begun.

This weekend, products with Tebow's name and jersey No. 15 started appearing on the New York Mets' online shop. Based on jerseys sold Monday, Tebow's was shown as the No. 1 best-seller on Fanatics and MLB's online shop, ahead of stars such as David Ortiz and Kris Bryant.

Teams usually are not allowed to use a player's name or image until he makes the 40-man major league roster, as those players are not considered part of the union. But sources said Tebow signed a bridge agreement with the official jersey supplier Majestic Athletic last week, which allows the company to merchandise him before he makes the majors.

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The Chicago Bears already look like a five-alarm dumpster fire

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears are nothing if not considerate.

With the city agog over the Cubs and the possibility that the most sorry oh-fer streak in sports might finally end, the Bears have been kind enough to ensure there will be nothing to get in the way of the party. There will be no distractions or tough choices to make come October because the Bears sure won’t be worth watching.

Just two games into the season, they are already a five-alarm dumpster fire. The defense has forgotten how to tackle, the offense is in shambles, and quarterback Jay Cutler left Monday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with an injury to his right (throwing) thumb.

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MLB ERA leader Hendricks loses as Brewers beat Cubs 3-1

CHICAGO (AP) -- A year ago, Kyle Hendricks might have been satisfied giving up a couple runs in a start.

Now, as a Cy Young candidate, Hendricks expects more from himself.

Hendricks, the major league ERA leader, allowed two runs in six innings and remained stuck on 15 victories as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the NL Central champion Chicago Cubs 3-1 Sunday.

''It definitely means my mentality is just in a different place,'' Hendricks said. ''This game last year, I probably would have been a lot happier with it. Resulting in a loss, I feel like I could have done a little more just with the tools I have available to me, where I'm at this year.''

Hendricks (15-8), making his first start since losing a no-hit bid in the ninth inning at St. Louis, struck out nine and gave up six hits. His ERA rose from 2.03 to 2.06 as he lost for the first time since July 26 at the White Sox.

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