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Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard rewards fantasy owners' patience

BALTIMORE -- Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard is making people forget about his early-season struggles.

Bothered by a shoulder injury, Howard rushed for just 59 yards combined in Weeks 1 and 2 and dropped several passes out of the backfield -- including a potential game winner against Atlanta. Howard basically disappeared in Tampa on Sept. 17, running the ball nine times for 7 yards.

The Buccaneers game was rock bottom. The past four games: Howard has gained 436 yards.

On Sunday, Howard set career highs in rushing yards (167) and carries (36), with 53 of those yards coming on one play in overtime.

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NLCS Game 2: Cubs-Dodgers recap, social media reaction

Justin Turner belted a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Dodgers a 4-1 victory over the Cubs in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with Game 3 scheduled for Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

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Chicago Cubs struggling to find right mix out of vulnerable bullpen

LOS ANGELES -- An overturned call at home plate in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers might get the headlines, but it shouldn't overshadow the emerging storyline of the defending champions in the 2017 postseason: Their bullpen stinks.

It was bad in Round 1 against the Washington Nationals, and it has carried over to this series as Chicago's 2-0 lead and then a 2-2 tie turned into a 5-2 victory for the Dodgers after Cubs starter Jose Quintana was pulled after only five innings.

"I thought he'd had it," manager Joe Maddon said after the loss. "Emotionally, he was pretty much drained at that point. The couple walks were indicators of that, right around 90 pitches after five, that's a pretty heavy load. Based on what he's been coming off of the last couple days, I thought it was the right time to get him out."

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Dodgers, Cubs get rematch of '16 NLCS

One team ended up winning it all and thrilling a fan base that had waited more than a century. One team went home early, spent the whole offseason shoring up weaknesses, and became the best team in the Major Leagues a year later.

A lot has changed for the Cubs and Dodgers since they met in the postseason last October, but as unpredictable as baseball might be, it does have a funny way of coming full circle. Both teams are back in each other's way in October, and once again the National League pennant is on the line.

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Nationals keep challenging Anthony Rizzo, and Rizzo keeps beating them

CHICAGO -- At the crack of the bat, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo thought for sure his eighth-inning duck snort in Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and Washington Nationals would fall in. But as he started to run to first base he changed his mind. In fact, he changed it more than once.

"I knew they were playing deep," Rizzo said after the Cubs' thrilling 2-1 win on Monday to take a 2-1 series lead. "But as I was running, I thought [center fielder] Michael Taylor was going to make a sliding catch."

Taylor did no such thing, nor did left fielder Jayson Werth or shortstop Trea Turner. The ball fell in between the three players as if it was placed there -- at about the same time pinch-runner Leonys Martin was crossing the plate to break a 1-1 tie. Wrigley Field went crazy.

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Chicago Bears' John Fox praises Mitchell Trubisky's debut despite turnovers

CHICAGO -- Bears coach John Fox said the team has complete confidence in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, even after the rookie committed a pair of costly turnovers in Monday night's 20-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

"I think our guys feel it. They feel his presence," Fox said.

Making his highly anticipated NFL debut in prime time, Trubisky's performance was up-and-down.

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Video Update: Fire Prevention Week, Book Festival and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include Fire Prevention Week, the Iowa City Book Festival and more. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update.


Iowa City Update


Fire Prevention Week

Learn how you can protect your family through this year’s theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

Rent Abatement

Housing Inspection staff have a new tool to ensure that rental units comply with the City’s housing code, specifically when there is a substantial risk to the health or safety of the tenant.

Leaf It To Us!

Need help raking leaves? During this event City staff lends a helping hand to seniors and others who need assistance with this seasonal task.

Iowa City Book Festival

Embrace our City’s love for literature through this weeklong festival, which includes author readings, panel discussions and many more activities.

Iowa City Update - Your source for Iowa City news and information.


Joe Maddon made right move in trusting Carl Edwards Jr.

Carl Edwards Jr. is one of the Cubs’ best relievers at retiring left-handed hitters. Maybe the best, in fact.

Lefties slugged only .193 against him this season, much better than left-handed relievers Mike Montgomery’s .333 and y Brian Duensing’s .381.

What’s more, Edwards is better against lefties than Wade Davis’ .233 slugging percentage if you’re thinking about a five-out save by the closer.

Edwards, then, was the right setup man to face Harper and protect the Cubs’ lead. He just threw the wrong pitch on a 3-and-1 count. That cement-mixer curveball looked like a soft-toss exercise against a hitter who has struggled since coming back from an injury the last week of the season.

“That was the right option,” Maddon said of sticking with Edwards, and I’m with him. “He hung a curveball and the guy didn’t miss it.”

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