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Victor Cruz agrees to one-year contract with Bears - NFL.com

Since being released by the Giants in mid-February, Cruz had garnered interest from the Bears, Jaguars and Ravens, but only met with Chicago. His unceremonious departure from Big Blue continued to bother him as he went unsigned throughout the offseason, even up until this week when he told a radio show that his dip in production down the stretch in 2016 was due to the Giants' front office intentionally sabotaging his season

Cruz is the fourth notable wide receiver to join the Bears this offseason. Chicago has signed former Steelers wideout Markus Wheaton, former Titans receiver Kendall Wright and Cruz's ex-teammate Rueben Randle to complement Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.

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Cubs' Anthony Rizzo's power surge could be start of something special

CHICAGO -- Slowly but surely, the Chicago Cubs are climbing the ladder that is the home run standings in the National League. Thanks to Anthony Rizzo’s two bombs off San Francisco Giants lefty Matt Moore on Wednesday night, his team now ranks sixth in homers, having caught the Cincinnati Reds, who have led Chicago all season. The Cubs are trailing the National League lead by just 11 home runs, in fact.

“It’s nice to see, as opposed to the rollover ground ball,” manager Joe Maddon said after the Cubs' 5-4 win. “Balls in the air. That’s the big thing right there. I think you’re going to see that out of more guys.”

Maddon went on to praise Jason Heyward, who homered the night before. In this one, Heyward hit a long foul to right that the wind blew away from the playing field, then tripled off the wall and scored to provide the Cubs with a huge insurance run in the eighth inning. But it was Rizzo who impressed the most, hitting two of the first three pitches he saw from Moore out to right field.

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Pemsl has surgery, expected to be out 8 weeks

CLINTON — The University of Iowa’s frontcourt took a small hit this week.

Nothing too big, nothing too major, nothing that should impact the Hawkeyes next season.

And besides, if there’s any team in all of college basketball that has an extreme amount of depth at the power forward and center positions right now, it’s Iowa.

So Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery wasn’t at all concerned by the fact that Cordell Pemsl underwent sports hernia surgery on Tuesday, especially since the 6-foot-8 sophomore-to-be came through the operation very well.

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Iowa Hawkeyes to pay $6.5M to settle discrimination lawsuits

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements their attorneys called historic Friday.

Iowa will pay $2.33 million to Meyer and $1.49 million to Griesbaum to cover lost wages and emotional distress damages. The school will also pay $2.68 million to Newkirk Zwagerman, the Des Moines law firm that represented both women. In exchange, Meyer and Griesbaum will drop their lawsuits and requests for reinstatement.

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Hawkeyes' Wadley prepares for a heavier workload

IOWA CITY — Through his first three seasons at Iowa, finding the end zone has seemingly been easier for Akrum Wadley during his Iowa football career than weighing in at 190 pounds with regularity.

But as he prepares for his senior season, Wadley has finally added that to his list of accomplishments.

His goal is to get to 195 pounds by the time Wyoming arrives at Kinnick Stadium for the season opener on Sept. 2. Wadley figures a few extra pounds could help him carry a potentially heavier workload for the Hawkeyes during the upcoming season.

In addition to building on the 1,081 yards he rushed for as a junior, Wadley is positioned for a more expansive role in the passing game and may find himself returning punts, kicks or both during his senior season with the Hawkeyes.

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The Situation Room: Iowa Football Class of 2018 Recruiting Overview

Following a long period of relative quiet on the recruiting trail, we’ve seen things pick up in recent weeks. On the heels of the spring game, which brought a number of visitors to Iowa City, we saw commitments from 2019 OL Ezra Miller and 2018 RB Henry Geil. That was followed closely by the departure of Iowa’s first commitment in the class of 2018, Mike Bruner, and the commitments of WR Tyrone Tracy and DL Tyler Linderbaum. As the momentum begins to build, let’s take a look at the current scholarship situation for the Hawkeyes, key upcoming departures and who might replace them in the class of 2018.

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Mitchell Trubisky Drives Grandma's '97 Toyota to Bears' Rookie Minicamp

Drafted second overall by the Chicago Bears, Mitchell Trubisky will receive a lucrative starting salary for a 22-year-old's first post-college job.

He's not letting that change him just yet.

The rookie quarterback drove to the team's facilities in his 1997 Toyota Camry, a car he inherited from his grandmother. While he told ESPN The Magazine's Tim Keown in a predraft feature that he'd "be fine just keeping" the old vehicle, he acknowledged that everyone will expect him to upgrade. 

"That's another thing," Trubisky said. "I'm going to have to step up my car game, I guess."

Not just yet. The former North Carolina gunslinger honored a pledge to Bears general manager Ryan Pace, who asked him on draft night to take the sedan to Halas Hall.

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Cubs place Jason Heyward on DL, opt for nine-man bullpen

The Cubs took the safe route Monday night by placing outfielder Jason Heyward on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Saturday.

The move means Heyward, who suffered a sprained finger on his right hand, will miss this weekend's series in St. Louis but will be eligible to return for a 10-game homestand starting May 16.

 

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The Only Recap: Michigan State loses weekend series to Iowa - The Only Colors

Michigan State lost a three game home series against Iowa over the weekend. The Spartans overall slid to 24-19 and 8-10 in the conference. While Iowa improved to 29-17 and 11-7 in B1G play.

MSU lost the series two games to one — Iowa won 3-2 during Friday’s opener before the Spartans fought back for a 2-1 Saturday victory. Unfortunately Michigan State was not able to keep it up during Sunday’s finale, losing 9-4.

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Former Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler says he wouldn't play Mitchell Trubisky if team has bad start

CHICAGO -- Former Bears quarterback-turned-Fox analyst Jay Cutler advised against Chicago playing second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky if the club gets off to a bad start.

"If it's going downhill, there is no way I'm playing him," Cutler said on ESPN 1000's Waddle and Silvy Show. "For what? So he can go out there and take a beating and get off to a rough start as an NFL quarterback?"

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