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July 2016

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant Leading National League MVP Race

Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs seem to be back on track following the MLB All-Star break and are once again viewed as a favorite to win the World Series. They have one of the most potent offenses in Major League Baseball and have a talented starting rotation. Now that they have made additions to their bullpen, the sky is the limit for the Cubs’ 2016 season.

Theo Epstein has been very aggressive so far ahead of the MLB trade deadline. He still could try to make another move before it’s too late to bolster the team’s playoff chances even more.

Mike Montgomery was acquired from the Seattle Mariners, as Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports originally reported. Next up was the Cubs’ blockbuster acquisition of Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees.

Those two moves have energized the Cubs to say the very least and hopefully will have them playing their best baseball down the stretch of the regular season and into the postseason.

via www.inquisitr.com


Iowa City groomer accused of kicking dog, breaking its ribs | New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Police in Iowa City say a dog was kicked by a worker at a veterinary center, causing serious injuries including broken ribs.

According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Lucas Van Orden V., 22, told investigators he kicked the dog during a grooming session on July 9 at Creature Comfort Veterinary Center in Iowa City.

The dog sustained broken ribs and bruised lungs, according to the paper. The animal was kept under observation at an animal emergency room for several nights after the incident.

In a post on reddit, the owners wrote that they knew their dog, a corgi named Jasper, was in pain as soon as they picked him up. The dog reportedly walked slowly with his ears pointed down and yelped when he was picked up.

via pix11.com


Iowa Bets Big on Wind Power

Two Iowa utilities are investing a combined $4.6 billion to build 2,500 megawatts of new wind energy in the state over the next four years.

On Wednesday, Alliant Energy announced a $1 billion, 500-megawatt expansion of its 200-megawatt Whispering Willow Wind Farm in north-central Iowa, while MidAmerican Energy announced that it had settled a rate agreement that would allow its Wind XI project, a $3.6 billion, 2,000-megawatt wind farm, to proceed.

via www.takepart.com


Texas hot air balloon crash: 16 on board; no survivors - CNN.com

(CNN)A hot air balloon carrying 16 people crashed in central Texas after catching fire in the air Saturday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

There were no survivors in the crash near Lockhart, about 30 miles south of Austin, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.
    Here's the latest information on the crash:
    -- Two sources told CNN the balloon may have struck power lines.
    -- Caldwell County Judge Ken Schawe said information on cause is very limited but that it appears the balloon collided with a power line before catching fire and crashing to the ground.

    via www.cnn.com


    Cubs getting healthy as Joe Maddon downplays another trade - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

    CHICAGO – The Cubs chose “inventory” over perhaps keeping their best 25 players in the surprise move which sent infielder Tommy La Stella to the minors on Friday while activating outfielder Chris Coghlan (rib cage) from the disabled list.

    “It’s just about rules,” manager Joe Maddon said. “Coghlan is ready to come back and Tommy had an option.”

    The Cubs wanted to keep both left-handed hitters in the organization, so even though La Stella has a .388 on-base percentage, he’s the one to go – for now. Otherwise Coghlan would have been placed on waivers. He may very well be designated for assignment at some point, but this move bought the Cubs some time without losing anyone from the organization.

    via espn.go.com


    Beer sales at Iowa college football games discussed | News & Observer

    A debate is brewing over expanding beer sales at Iowa college football games.

    A key state lawmaker is proposing a legislative review, while Gov. Terry Branstad and some other policy makers want to let state university officials and the Iowa Board of Regents control the bar taps.

    Most areas inside Iowa's university football stadiums are now officially alcohol-free zones, and many politicians and educators are reluctant to start urging young and old fans to hoist foamy, ice-cold beers in college sports venues. But they also face a reality of ever-rising athletic department budgets that constantly demand more money.

    Democratic State Sen. Brian Schoenjahn, who chairs the Senate's higher education budget subcommittee, told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/2adyyt9 ) the Legislature should "absolutely" study the issue before any decisions are made whether to expand beer sales at Iowa's three state universities' sporting events.

    via www.newsobserver.com


    Iowa Hawkeyes have 'unfinished business' entering season - Big Ten Blog- ESPN

    CHICAGO -- In the quiet moments this offseason when linebacker Josey Jewell's body ached from overexertion, when he felt like shutting down, he did not picture the magical joyride that represented most of Iowa's 2015 season.

    Instead, he went to the dark place that offered a fuel reserve. It had nothing to do with the Hawkeyes' 12-0 start and everything to do with their 0-2 finish on the biggest setting of their college football lives.

    "Whenever you get tired at a workout, you’re thinking about it," Jewell said this week at Big Ten media days. "Because if you don’t push yourself even more, you’re not going to get better than last year -- and you’re going to do the same thing as last year. So during workouts, when you’re tired, when you’re mentally weak, you really want to push through because you’re thinking about those bad things."

    via espn.go.com


    Bears Hopeful Trend Of Successful Second Seasons Continues For Fox

    Even though the Chicago Bears finished last season with a 6-10 record, fans have reasons to be optimistic for 2016.

    First, several additions should bolster a defense that was No. 20 in the NFL in points allowed last season. Second, wide receiver Kevin White — the Bears’ first-round draft pick in 2015 — is completely healthy and ready to contribute on offense. Third, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos showed significant improvement in John Fox’s second season as their head coach.

    Fox’s first season win-loss record with the Panthers and Broncos was 15-17. His second season record was 24-8. The question about the Bears is: Are they ready to take the same step the Panthers and Broncos made? As the team heads into training camp, let’s run a few comparisons.

    Passing Games

    In 2001, the Panthers started fourth-round draft pick Chris Weinke and finished 1-15, which cost coach George Seifert his job. In 2002, Fox’s first season as an NFL head coach, the Panthers started Rodney Peete and finished 7-9. In 2003, they signed free agent Jake Delhomme from the New Orleans Saints, finished atop the NFC South with an 11-5 record, and fought the New England Patriots to the final seconds of Super Bowl XXXVIII before losing, 32-29.

    via www.todayspigskin.com


    Friday's recap: Cubs 12, Mariners 1 - Chicago Tribune

    The Cubs put it all together on a rainy Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field and pummeled the Seattle Mariners 12-1 for the North Siders’ third consecutive victory.

    At the plate

    Jason Heyward homered and knocked in three runs, Anthony Rizzo drove in three and Chris Coghlan two to lead the Cubs’ offense. Kris Bryant went 3-for-3 with an RBI and David Ross found the seats in left as the Cubs reached double-figures in runs for the first time in over a month.

    via www.chicagotribune.com