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April 2016

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.


First Congressional District Debate held on a Friday night?

"It's no surprise that Democrats would hold a debate on a Friday evening when the least amount of Iowans are paying attention to their radical ideas and unworkable liberal policies. I don't blame them for not wanting Iowans to hear the debate. The truth is, Murphy and Vernon support policies that will continue reckless spending and push massive tax increases on hard working middle class families. While Democrats propose new taxes or raise current taxes to pay for their big-government agenda, Congressman Blum is hard at work to cut spending, simplify the tax code, and create an environment that allows Iowans to succeed." - Iowa Republican Party Chairman Kaufmann

Grilling Good Eats: Yes, you can cook rice on a grill

By Mike Thayer

Rice can be truly exceptional on the grill, all you need is a cast iron skillet.

Put your cast iron skillet (one with a lid) over direct flame to heat it up.  No need for the lid yet.  Melt two tabs of butter in the skillet, add one cup rice, one tablespoon minced onion, one tablespoon garlic powder, stir just enough to mix and let it saute for a minute.  Add two cups chicken stock, a pinch of salt (IF your chicken stock is low sodium, otherwise, not salt needed). Bring to a boil,  then move to indirect heat, cover and smell those great aromas for 20 minutes.  Take off the grill and serve immediately.  If you did your coals right, you'll get a really nice, crispy, golden brown rice edge on the sides of the skillet.


A vote for Trump is a vote for more of the same in Washington

By Mike Thayer

Donald Trump is Michael Bloomberg on an national scale and that's dangerous. The "R" next to his name is calculated, not valued. We aren't just facing higher taxes, salt taken off restaurant tables or bans on fountain pop over 16 ounces, we're looking at much worse. Some people need to realize just how liberal a Trump presidency would be. All they have to do is look at his record. The argument that we get Hillary if we don't support Trump is a hollow one, as they are essentially one in the same.

Coralville: Mayor's Clean Up Week is May 9 to May 13, 2016

Clean out for Mayor’s Clean up Week

May 9-13

Set out big items, such as wrecked furniture or washed-up bathroom fixtures, for free pickup on trash day from May 9 to May 13.  

For unwanted (but usable) building and housing materials and appliances, consider donating them to ReStore. Free pickup is available, donations are tax-deductible, and ReStore sells the items to support Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity.  Learn more


Coralville's City-wide Garage Sale - April 30, 2016

Shop the City-Wide Garage Sale

Saturday, April 30 | 8:00 am to noon

Find a treasure at the annual city-wide garage sale! Starting at 8:00 am on Saturday, stop by the Coralville Recreation Center to pick up a map of participating sales and grab a first come, first served continental breakfast. Learn more