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Chicago Bears' Mitchell Trubisky gets more aggressive in passing game

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals' injury-ravaged secondary provided Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the opportunity to take a few more calculated risks in the vertical passing attack.

"Sure, it's fair to say" that the Bears were more aggressive on offense, Trubisky said Sunday after a 33-7 victory. "Everyone's got opinions ... it's accurate."

The Bears will never truly deviate from their conservative offensive approach with their current group of coaches and players, but Trubisky wasn't drafted second overall to check down on every play.

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Iowa football will bowl in New York

Iowa finished 7-5 and will play in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium in New York against Boston College (7-5), which won five of its last six after starting the season 2-4 with losses to Notre Dame and No. 1 Clemson.

After the Hawkeyes pounded Nebraska last Friday, Iowa athletics director Gary Barta said the majority of Iowa fans he had heard from wanted the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. The ability to drive to the game appealed to Iowa fans, Barta said.

The Music City was the first second-tier bowl to chose on Sunday and it picked Northwestern, leaving Iowa to the Pinstripe.

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Robbie Gould's revenge obscures Mitchell Trubisky's modest growth

CHICAGO -- Jimmy Garoppolo decidedly won the head-to-head quarterback battle on Sunday, but the Chicago Bears (3-9) didn’t lose to one of the NFL’s worst teams because of rookie Mitchell Trubisky.

The Bears’ 15-14 loss to the lowly San Francisco 49ers can be pinned on the 2016 decision by general manager Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox to release veteran kicker Robbie Gould (5-of-5 on field goal attempts Sunday, including the game winner) and the defense’s failure to get off the field.

San Francisco’s offense crushed the Bears in time of possession.

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Points in Transition: Iowa vs. Penn State preview

Nothing like jumping into conference play right after a frustrating, fruitless half of basketball at Virginia Tech. The Iowa men’s basketball team has no small task in the 39th-ranked team on KenPom, which has started off this season quite nicely under Pat Chambers.

For every conference game, we’ll look at key players, strengths and weaknesses for both teams and the key to winning for both sides. Here’s a breakdown of the matchup between Iowa and Penn State:

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Hill carries Virginia Tech past cold-shooting Hawkeyes

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — As the nation's leading scoring team heading into Tuesday night's games, Virginia Tech tried a different approach toward finding success.

That approach worked, too.

Ahmed Hill scored 18 points to lift the Hokies to a 79-55 victory over Iowa on Tuesday night.

Hill hit 6 of 13 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, for Virginia Tech (6-1), which blew open a tied game at halftime with a big run early in the second half. P.J. Horne added 16 points for the Hokies, and Justin Bibbs had 14.

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Iowa's Josey Jewell earns Jack Lambert Award

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa senior Josey Jewell won the 2017 Jack Lambert Award as the nation’s top linebacker in the nation, the Touchdown Club of Columbus announced Monday.

The Jack Lambert Award, first presented in 1991, is named in honor of the former Pittsburgh Steeler, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and four-time Super Bowl champion.

The award will be presented Feb. 17 in Columbus.

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Iowa-Virginia Tech men's basketball preview capsule

Iowa probable starters: G Isaiah Moss (15.8 ppg), G Jordan Bohannon (14.5 ppg), F Tyler Cook (13.8 ppg), 6-foot-11 F Luka Garza (9.7 ppg) and either F Ahmad Wagner (3.8 ppg) or 6-11 F Jack Nunge (9.3 ppg)

Virginia Tech probable starters: F Kerry Blackshear (12.8 ppg), G Justin Bibbs (21.3 ppg), G Ahmed Hill (19.8 ppg), G Nickeil Alexander-Walker (16.8 ppg), G Justin Robinson (10.8 ppg)

Notes: Virginia Tech is 4-7 in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, including 3-0 against Iowa. The Hawkeyes are 5-11 in the Challenge. … The Quad-City Times reported that Wagner, who missed Iowa’s last game with a sore shoulder, is expected to play against the Hokies. … The newspaper reported that forward Nicholas Baer, who has yet to play this season because of a broken finger, is also expected to play against the Hokies. Baer was named the Big Ten sixth man of the year last season. … The newspaper reported that freshman Connor McCaffery, the son of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, will miss his fifth straight game Tuesday because of mono. … Iowa is coming off a 1-2 showing in the Cayman Islands Classic , including losses to Louisiana and South Dakota State and a win against UAB. Iowa allowed at least 80 points in each of the three games. … Iowa returns four starters from a team that made the NIT last season. …

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Bears no match for Eagles in 31-3 loss, suffer fourth straight defeat

The Bears’ season dipped to new lows Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field with a 31-3 loss to the Eagles.

The Bears didn’t record a first down in the first half and totaled 140 net yards of offense, including 6 yards rushing, in losing their fourth straight game.

The Eagles won their ninth straight game, outgaining the Bears in net yards 272-33 in the first half and also recording 16 first downs before halftime.

With the Eagles holding a 31-3 lead early in the fourth quarter, they pulled quarterback Carson Wentz in favor of backup Nick Foles. Wentz finished 23-for-36 for 227 yards and three touchdown passes.

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky was 17-for-33 for 147 yards and two interceptions. He ended his day by throwing an interception to Eagles safety Corey Graham on fourth down.

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4 things to watch: Bears-Eagles

The Bears will look to snap a three-game losing streak Sunday when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Here are four storylines to watch in the contest:

(1) Will Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky continue to make positive strides?

With the Bears mired in last place, this season has become all about the development of Trubisky, the second overall pick in the draft. And the good news is that the promising young quarterback has seemingly improved with each passing game. Last Sunday against the Lions he successfully directed a two-minute drive—putting the Bears in position to tie the game late—after failing to do so in similar situations in losses to the Vikings and Saints. Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains described the development as a "big step in his growth.”

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