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Vintage Aaron Rodgers returns in Philadelphia Eagles win, Green Bay Packers have playoff life - 2016

So this is why it was so much fun to watch No. 12 look like No. 12 again, opening Monday's 27-13 victory with two touchdown passes to Davante Adams on his first two drives and punctuating the first with a fist pump and the second with a Tiger Woods uppercut. Did you happen to catch that second one? It's pretty hard to believe Adams happened to catch it in the back of the end zone with Nolan Carroll draped all over him.

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ESPN Pays Top Dollar for Football, but Audience Isn’t Buying - The New York Times

With ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” viewership still falling after the presidential election, I began to think about what it meant to be the network that pays, by far, the most for its N.F.L. rights.

ESPN gets a less-impactful schedule than NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

ESPN never gets a Super Bowl and only began to carry a single annual playoff game in 2015.

ESPN lacks the flex rights of NBC, which can swap a suboptimal matchup for one that is more promising on CBS or Fox, as it did Sunday. Instead of carrying its scheduled Jets-New England game, NBC took Denver-Kansas City from CBS.

For that lesser deal ESPN pays the N.F.L. $1.9 billion annually, nearly twice what any of its network rivals shells out. Yes, the contract includes the extremely valuable video and highlights rights that sustain the network’s numerous programs and platforms, as well as the draft and other goodies. But it hardly seems like a bargain.

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McCaffery may alter lineup for 3-3 Hawkeyes | Iowa Hawkeyes Basketball | qctimes.com

Fran McCaffery admitted he is thinking about it.

His Iowa basketball team is 3-3 and looking at the very real possibility of dropping below .500 for the first time since his debut season at Iowa in 2010-11. The Hawkeyes go on the road to face unbeaten Notre Dame tonight at 8 p.m. in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

McCaffery has gone with the same starting lineup through the first six games and he admitted his team didn’t make as much progress as he hoped it might in the Emerald Coast Classic in Florida over the weekend. It might be time for him to contemplate some sort of change in the lineup.

“I think that a fair question …’’ McCaffery said Monday morning on a teleconference with reporters. “Contemplating changes is exactly what I’m doing, but I haven’t decided anything yet.’’

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Aero Rental added to the Corridor Search business directory

The Coralville Courier is pleased to announce the addition of Aero Rental to the 'Rental Services' and 'Wedding Supplies & Services' categories in the Corridor Search business directory.

Aero RentalAero Rental & Party Shoppe is a locally owned and operated business serving Eastern Iowa for over 40 years. A truly unique business offering a wide range of construction and tool rental combined with party rentals. Our party store includes a large retail section consisting of themed, decorative and everyday party supplies. A true must see.

Our mission statement says it best: Aero Rental exists to provide its diverse rental and party customers with the finest service, products, and equipment available.

Serving Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin, Solon, Mt. Vernon, Hills, Riverside, Kalona, Washington, West Branch, West Liberty, Tipton, Muscatine, Oxford, Amanas, Williamsburg, and all other surrounding communities with top-quality, affordable equipment rentals and party rentals.

227 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City

PH: 319-333-7737

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Chicago Cubs' Aroldis Chapman may be on the move

It may be a tad too soon to read the tea leaves, but there are indications that Aroldis Chapman, 28, the hard-throwing lefty reliever, of the Chicago Cubs could be re-signed by the New York Yankees.

Several articles recently came out in the New York press that said Chapman would like to return to the Yankees and that the Yankees would be happy to resign him. At first glance, the issue is money. And the Yankees have the dollars to spend to get Chapman.

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Iowa 34, Purdue 3: Trainwreck'd | Go Iowa Awesome

Iowa began the season with competition against mainly non-Division I competition at the Iowa City Duals and the Luther Open and rolled to easy victories. They faced their first real Division I competition of the season on Sunday -- and they rolled to an easy victory anyway.  In part, that's because Iowa is a very good team.  But it's also because Purdue is a very poor team this season.  None of Purdue's ten wrestlers are ranked in the Top 20 of the various wrestling ranking services, which was a good sign that they would be in for a long day on Sunday.  SPOILER ALERT: They were. 

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Breaking Down Iowa, Big Ten Bowl Projections | HawkeyeNation

IOWA CITY, Iowa – It looks like Iowa’s bowl destination boils down to two options. In other words, nothing is really different than last week. Iowa’s 40-10 destruction of Nebraska Friday makes it more likely it’s headed to the Holiday Bowl but the Music City Bowl remains in play.

I had the Hawkeyes (8-4 overall, 6-3 Big Ten) marked for San Diego in last week’s projections. Connecting the complicated dots that determine bowl destination, it remained the most likely landing spot with the regular season behind us.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when executing this exercise:

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Hawkeyes return to college rankings | Iowa Hawkeyes Football | qctimes.com

A strong finish to the regular season led Iowa to return to the weekly college football polls unveiled Sunday, the first appearance for coach Kirk Ferentz's team in either poll since September.

The Hawkeyes are rated 22nd by the Associated Press and 25th in this week's USA Today coaches poll after dominating then-No. 17 Nebraska 40-10 on Friday to complete an 8-4 regular season.

The victory was the third straight for Iowa, including a 14-13 win over then-No. 2 Michigan and a 28-0 shutout of Illinois prior to the win over Cornhuskers.

The Hawkeyes are among six newcomers in this week's top 25, which is led by unanimous pick Alabama at No. 1 followed by Ohio State, Clemson, Washington and Michigan.

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Bears drop chance to rally late, lose 27-21 to Titans | Chicago Sun-Times

Starting for Jay Cutler one week after he injured his right shoulder, Barkley threw two red-zone interceptions — one in the end zone after a successful onside kick —but rallied the Bears late. Down 20, he found Marquess Wilson for an 8-yard touchdown with 8:23 to play and Thompson for a 6-yarder about five minutes later to pull the Bears within six.

After Eddie Goldman stuffed a Titans shovel pass on third-and-2 with 2:06 left to force a punt, Barkley marched the Bears to the Titans’ 7 before throwing four incompletions. Two were drops — Bellamy on first down and Thompson on fourth.

Despite the all-too-typical result, the effort, at least, indicates the outmanned Bears haven’t quit on coach John Fox or his staff.

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Cyber Monday becomes next big target for shoppers | 9news.com

USA TODAY - After a four-day holiday weekend shopping frenzy, consumers have their sights set on the next discount shopping target — Cyber Monday.

Some 122 million Americans are expected to take to their computers, smartphones or other devices to scoop up bargains, up by 1 million from a year ago, the National Retail Federation forecasts.

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