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Ezra Miller got the Iowa football program’s 2019 recruiting class off to a big start on Saturday.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound sophomore offensive lineman from Ridge View High School in Holstein, Iowa, became the first player from the Class of 2019 to indicate intentions to sign with the Hawkeyes.

“I am extremely excited and honored to announce that I am committing to the University of Iowa. Go Hawks,’’ Miller wrote in making his announcement early Saturday afternoon on Twitter.


Hawkeyes will head into fall with quarterback questions

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa opened spring practice hoping that quarterback Nathan Stanley would seize the starting job.

The Hawkeyes will open fall camp hoping for the same thing.

Stanley and Tyler Wiegers failed to clarify Iowa’s vacancy during spring workouts, which concluded Friday night with a scrimmage at Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said earlier this week that Stanley and Wiegers will compete to replace C.J. Beathard through the start of workouts in August.

“The cohesiveness, the timing hasn’t been there all spring, quite frankly, most of the time. At times it’s been there. This week it actually looked a little bit better,” Ferentz said. “We’re not that far off, and I think we’ll get that cleaned up as we move on.”


Milwaukee Brewers can't close out Chicago Cubs in 7-4 loss

CHICAGO — One mighty swing by Addison Russell finished off another comeback win for the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs say they never quit — it’s inscribed on their World Series rings — and they mean it.

Russell hit a game-ending, three-run homer off Neftali Feliz in Chicago’s four-run ninth, sending the Cubs to a 7-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.


Cook leaves QB race as Hawkeyes look to shape offense

IOWA CITY — There is one less candidate in the ongoing chase for Iowa’s starting quarterback position, but as Drew Cook settles into a new role as a tight end, the new-look Hawkeye offense remains a work in progress.

With only two practices remaining this spring, including Friday’s 7 p.m. spring game at Kinnick Stadium, first-year offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz is good with that.


Former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison cell

BOSTON -- Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday, Massachusetts prisons officials said.

Hernandez, 27, was found by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m., Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said in a statement.

The former New England Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later.


Bullpen struggles again, Cubs swept by Pirates

Manager Joe Maddon had a quick summary of why the Cubs were swept by the Pirates.

“That’s two days in a row we’ve just got to do a better job in the latter part of the game protecting leads,” Maddon said.

On Saturday, Jake Arrieta and a four-run first gave the Cubs a good chance to beat the Pirates. On Sunday, Jon Lester threw seven scoreless innings and was in line for his first victory of the season after Tommy La Stella’s go-ahead double in the seventh.

But like the day before, when the Pirates scored five in the seventh, the bullpen imploded in a 6-1 loss that dropped the Cubs’ record to 6-6. The bullpen allowed three runs in the eighth and three in the ninth.


O'Keefe: Competition is helping Hawkeyes QBs

IOWA CITY — Ken O’Keefe knows there will come a time when he will know who Iowa’s starting quarterback should be.

Just don’t ask the Hawkeyes’ quarterbacks coach when that time will arrive.

O’Keefe said Wednesday sophomore Nathan Stanley and junior Tyler Wiegers continue to battle “neck and neck’’ for the chance to replace C.J. Beathard behind center and are currently sharing an equal number of reps with the first team as Iowa works its way through spring drills.

“I have no idea how far it will go or when somebody separates totally from the group, but competition is never bad. It will only help us,’’ O’Keefe said.

Returning to Iowa this spring after spending the past five seasons on the Miami Dolphins’ staff, O’Keefe likes the quarterbacks he is working with this spring.


Rizzo, Cubs raise banner, beat Dodgers 3-2 in home opener (Apr 10, 2017) | FOX Sports

CHICAGO (AP) Anthony Rizzo sliced the ball into left field, and it was time to party – again.

Quite a night for the All-Star slugger.

Rizzo hit a game-winning single off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Monday after raising a World Series championship banner for the first time at Wrigley Field.


Anthony Rizzo provides perfect ending to Chicago Cubs' amazing night - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

CHICAGO -- It took a while, more than most denizens of Wrigley Field were willing to wait, but Anthony Rizzo made sure the ending of the Chicago Cubs' banner night was as memorable as the beginning. Amazing, in fact.

For a while, Monday felt like Cubs fantasyland, with the sun out, the temperature warm for early April and hordes of blue-clad fans descending on Wrigleyville to raise a banner 108 years in the making. Then, about two hours before the game, the sky opened up, and fans checking out the brand-new Park at Wrigley adjacent to the stadium had to scurry for cover. The rain eventually stopped, and the party resumed.