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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.


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.


Milwaukee Brewers comeback falls short against Chicago Cubs | FOX Sports

CHICAGO -- Ryan Braun's two-run, pinch-hit double made it close. The Milwaukee Brewers needed a little more to stop the surging Chicago Cubs.

Addison Russell's two-out, two-run triple in the sixth inning snapped a tie and the Cubs held off the Brewers 4-3 on Tuesday night to secure their best 20-game start since 1907.


Spring breakout player: Iowa Hawkeyes - Big Ten Blog- ESPN

As spring camps close around the Big Ten, we’re looking at one player on each team who enjoyed a breakout spring and appears set to handle an important role when football resumes in August.

Up next is Iowa, featuring a one-time high school running back who’s looking to make a habit of stopping players at his former position.


Hawkeyes, Beathard survive spring practice | The Gazette

IOWA CITY — Sometime Wednesday morning, the Iowa Hawkeyes’ 2016 season endured a near-death experience.

Quarterback C.J. Beathard took an inadvertent shot in practice and suffered an injured shoulder. Before you decide to go bungee jumping without the bungee, Beathard met with reporters after Saturday’s spring game and said everything is fine and it’s just a bruise.


MLB: Can Jake Arrieta Repeat as the NL Cy Young Award Winner?

When the Chicago Cubs acquired pitcher Jake Arrieta from the Baltimore Orioles in July 2013, the club hoped that the young right-hander could become a reliable arm at the back end of the rotation. At the time of the deal, Arrieta was a 27-year-old pitcher struggling with consistency at the major-league level through his time with the Orioles. He held a disappointing 5.46 ERA in 358 innings pitched.