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Former Iowa running back, NFL coach Dennis Green dies at 67 | The Gazette

Former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green died early Friday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 67.

Family friend and former agent Ray Anderson confirmed the death to ESPN’s Adam Schefter after speaking with Green’s wife. Anderson said Green died after a cardiac arrest.


Cubs GM Jed Hoyer: ‘Expect the unexpected’ at trade deadline | CSN Chicago

Cubs executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made their bones with the Boston Red Sox, helping build the 2004 World Series team that finally took down the New York Yankees. That intense rivalry shapes how the Cubs view the St. Louis Cardinals and the no-shortcuts belief that a championship-caliber organization is built to win 90-plus games year after year.    

The Yankees now have the potential to unlock the entire market around the Aug. 1 trade deadline, whether it’s shutdown relievers (Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller) or change-of-scenery starting pitchers (Nathan Eovaldi, Michael Pineda) or an outstanding postseason hitter like Carlos Beltran. 


The case for Kyle Schwarber to the Yankees and other trade rumors

Brian Cashman is a sinner.

So long as geographically boundaries are stretched and New York is considered a neighbor to Chicago, he is spending his July breaking the 10th Commandment: “Thou shalt not covet your neighbor’s house. Thou shalt not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

As he was ascending the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system, Kyle Schwarber was referred to by more than one scout as an “ox.” In the kindest terms, naturally. And now, with Cashman, the New York Yankees’ general manager, controlling the July trade market with his cache of dominant relievers, he gets to covet whomever he pleases. And atop that list is Schwarber, whose monstrous left-handed swing is made for Yankee Stadium.


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Iowa basketball: Cook embraces defensive role | Iowa

CEDAR FALLS — Tyler Cook didn’t have a chance to take any warm-up shots before his Prime Time Basketball League game tipped off last Sunday at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex.

With his jumper missing its mark early, the University of Iowa’s prized recruit showed his ability to influence a basketball game goes beyond offense. The power forward, ranked as the No. 38 player in ESPN’s 2016 class, didn’t pass on any opportunities to defend his future teammate, Dom Uhl.

Using quick feet and the size to match Uhl’s muscular 6-foot-9 frame, Cook held his counterpart to 1 of 11 shooting in the opening half.


Lackey goes 8 innings, but Rangers beat Cubs 4-1 - SFGate

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs came out of the All-Star break showing signs that their midseason skid is done.

Right-hander John Lackey pitched well enough Sunday to end his own winless streak, except he ran into Cole Hamels at a park where he has some strong recent history.

Lackey allowed four runs and six hits in eight innings, but Hamels dominated for eight innings in his first game at Wrigley Field since throwing a no-hitter at the famed ballpark a year ago to help the Texas Rangers beat the Cubs 4-1.


Hawkeye receivers catching passes, not accolades | Iowa Hawkeyes Football

IOWA CITY — Matt VandeBerg is more worried about catching passes than catching any preseason accolades that might be thrown at Iowa receivers.

The Hawkeyes are currently working to replace five of their top seven receivers from last year’s 12-2 team, building chemistry with quarterback C.J. Beathard and necessary depth.


Chicago Cubs remain big favorites to win World Series at multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks

The Chicago Cubs remain consensus World Series favorites heading into the final 2½ months of the regular season.

The Cubs are 7-2 to win the World Series at multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks. The Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants and upstart Cleveland Indians are next at around 6-1, followed by the Texas Rangers (10-1) and Baltimore Orioles (12-1).


Anthony Rizzo of Chicago Cubs leads offense in win over Rangers - Stats & Info- ESPN

The Chicago Cubs have a three-game winning streak. All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo came through in a big way.

Rizzo delivers a big hit

When Rizzo came to the plate in the bottom of the third, the Texas Rangers had a one-run lead and it appeared as if the Cubs' offense might be in for a long day.

Prior to Rizzo's third-inning at-bat, Cubs hitters were 0-for-6 with six strikeouts in at-bats ending in a slider from Rangers starter Yu Darvish.

One of those victims was Rizzo, who struck out on a slider down and in during the first inning.

The second time around, Rizzo saw another slider down and in from Darvish, but this time, the first baseman deposited the pitch into right field for a two-run double to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead.


ESPN writers weigh in on Chicago Bears' playoff chances

Will the Chicago Bears make a playoff push this season? 

ESPN's NFC North writers weighed in this week on what would happen playoff-wise in the NFC North, and while the common opinion was that the Packers and the Vikings were the division's two playoff teams, some improvement was projected from the Bears.

"The Bears will win more than six games," wrote Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson. "But Chicago's defense still lacks enough playmakers to hang with the NFL's elite. And Jay Cutler is the ultimate wild card. Cutler thrived under former offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who is now the coach of the Dolphins. Can he play as well for new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains? That's tough to say. Chicago looks like a team destined to be .500."