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Big Ten breakdown: Iowa

Coach: Kirk Ferentz (135-92 entering 19th season at Iowa, 147-113 entering 22nd season overall)

2016 record: 8-5, 6-3 Big Ten (second, West)

Offensive starters returning (7): OL Ike Boettger, OL James Daniels, FB Drake Kulick, OL Boone Myers, WR Matt VandeBerg, RB Akrum Wadley, OL Sean Welsh 

Defensive starters returning (8): DL Nathan Bazata, LB Bo Bower, DE Parker Hesse, LB Josey Jewell, DE Matt Nelson, LB Ben Niemann, DB Brandon Snyder, DB Miles Taylor

Specialists returning (1): K Keith Duncan

Returning statistical leaders: Rushing, Akrum Wadley 168-1,081; Passing, Nathan Stanley 5-9-0-62-0; Receiving, Akrum Wadley 36-315; Tackles, Josey Jewell 124; Interceptions, Brandon Snyder 3.

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Cubs walk off in 10th to sweep Blue Jays

CHICAGO -- Alex Avila belted a two-run walk-off single with one out in the 10th inning to power the Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays and complete a sweep of the Interleague series.

The Blue Jays had scored twice in the 10th, including the go-ahead run on Kevin Pillar's RBI single.

"We never feel like we're out of it," Kyle Schwarber said of the Cubs, who posted their fifth walk-off win this year and second this week.

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Bears show improvement in preseason win

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Solid performances by their No. 1 offense and defense plus an electrifying special teams play powered the Bears to a 24-23 preseason win over the Cardinals Saturday night.

After failing to score while committing two turnovers in the preseason opener against the Broncos, the first-team offense produced a touchdown and field goal on five first-half drives in Arizona.

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Ian Happ, Jose Quintana help Cubs defeat Blue Jays 4-3

There are no explosives to celebrate home runs hit by Cubs at Wrigley Field.

So Ian Happ settled for a flyover from the Blue Angels against the Blue Jays on Saturday after he hit a 417-foot, tying home run in the fourth inning of a 4-3 victory.

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Jake Arrieta, Cubs defeat Blue Jays at Wrigley

CHICAGO -- One day after hitting six home runs in a loss, the Cubs needed four run-scoring singles to post a 7-4 Interleague victory on Friday afternoon over the Blue Jays, who were making their first trip to Wrigley Field since 2005.

Jason Heyward, Javier Baez and Albert Almora Jr. each singled in one run, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run single and Baez added a two-run homer in the eighth for insurance to back Jake Arrieta, who notched his seventh straight quality start.

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Reds ride 9-run inning to overcome 6 Cubs HRs

CHICAGO -- The Cubs belted six home runs, including back-to-back-to-back jacks in the fourth inning, to erase a nine-run deficit, but the Reds reclaimed the lead on rookie Phillip Ervin's tie-breaking, two-run homer in the seventh to secure a crazy 13-10 victory on Thursday at Wrigley Field that split the four-game series.

Ervin finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle with an RBI single and an RBI double in Cincinnati's nine-run second inning. Joey Votto also belted a three-run homer that inning.

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Reds beat Cubs behind Castillo, Votto

CHICAGO -- One day after scoring 15 runs, the Cubs had trouble mustering anything against the Reds and rookie Luis Castillo, who threw six shutout innings in a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night. Joey Votto scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Scooter Gennett in the eighth inning and Billy Hamilton added an RBI single in the ninth to help the Reds even the four-game series.

Despite the loss, the Cubs hold a 1 1/2-game lead in the National League Central over the Cardinals and Brewers.

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Anthony Rizzo leads Cubs' win over Reds

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo smacked back-to-back home runs, reliever Mike Montgomery hit his first career double, driving in two runs, and Jon Jay missed hitting for a natural cycle by a home run to power the Cubs to a 15-5 victory Monday night over the Reds at Wrigley Field.

With the win, the Cubs opened a 1 1/2-game lead over the idle Cardinals in the National League Central. This four-game series against the Reds is the beginning of a 13-game stretch for the Cubs against last-place teams.

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Garza comes up big again, Hawkeyes 3-0 on tour

VEDANO, Italy — Luka Garza continues to give signs that he is going to be a very prominent part of the Iowa basketball team this season.

The freshman center led the Hawkeyes in scoring for the third straight game as Iowa romped past another undermanned European opponent Saturday, defeating the Milan All-Stars 106-64.

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Cubs sit atop division with win over D-backs

PHOENIX -- Jake Arrieta pitched six quality innings and Javier Baez smacked a three-run homer as the Cubs captured the series with the D-backs and moved a game ahead of the second-place Cardinals with a 7-2 win Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.

"We keep an eye on [the standings], especially at this time of year," Arrieta said. "All we can do is play the best we can and try to win that day."

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