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Jackson, Hawkeyes create defensive havoc

IOWA CITY — Nate Stanley understands.

The Iowa quarterback deals with the same headaches Josh Jackson created Saturday night for Minnesota on a daily basis.

“He gives me nightmares every day in practice," Stanley said following the Hawkeyees’ 17-10 win over the Golden Gophers at Kinnick Stadium.

 

Jackson left the same impression on Minnesota, breaking up four passes and helping Iowa create plenty of defensive havoc in its third straight victory over its border rival.

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2-Minute Drill: Minnesota Golden Gophers at Iowa Hawkeyes

The Hawkeyes and the Gophers are 4-3. Getting to a bowl game is a big thing for both. Let’s call this the Pinstripe Bowl Pre-Bowl.

After the Hawkeyes, Minnesota travels to Michigan, hosts Nebraska, visits Northwestern and closes with Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes play host to No. 6 Ohio State, travel to No. 5 Wisconsin, play host to Purdue and then finish at Nebraska.

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Astros even World Series with wild Game 2 victory over Dodgers in 11 innings

The result cannot be considered unthinkable, because October baseball expands the realm of possibility and exposes the soul to untold anguish. The Dodgers had avoided this fate for so much of these playoffs. They were the team who broke hearts, who snuffed out dreams. Except until this week, they had not stared down an opponent like the Houston Astros.

On Wednesday evening, in the final innings of Game 2 of the World Series, the veneer of invincibility surrounding the Dodgers bullpen shattered beneath the might of Houston’s offense in a 7-6 defeat that tied this series at one victory each.

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Your guide to World Series Game 2 -- Can Verlander help Astros even series

Clayton Kershaw spun his magic in Game 1 with the first 11-strikeout game in the World Series since Randy Johnson in 2001. Chris Taylor and Justin Turner continued as the dynamic duo at the top of the lineup, hitting the two home runs that powered the Dodgers to their 3-1 victory over the Astros on Tuesday night. Nobody melted in the 103-degree heat and it might actually have helped on Turner's home run, which just cleared the fence in left-center.

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Windy City Gridiron picks Bears-Panthers

It's been a long time since the Chicago Bears won consecutive games. In fact, this organization hasn't won two straight since the peak of the John Fox era in November 2015. Needless to say, consistency, or even mediocrity, hasn't been a strong suit for Chicago.
Coming off of the heels of a thrilling overtime victory over the Ravens, a wounded Panthers team visits in Chicago offering the opportunity for the Bears to win two straight for the first time since the Industrial Revolution. Fun fact: with All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly out, the league's 7th ranked rushing defense in Carolina now has to play Chicago's 4th ranked rushing offense.
There's a shot here. It's just a matter of if the Bears will take it.

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Hlas: Iowa football's daylight is dimming

The Hawkeyes made their return to Evanston Saturday, and gave a performance nothing like their 40-10 triumph here in 2015. Their 17-10 overtime loss Saturday was a slog, which would be a generous way to describe their running game.

Outside of a 61-yard bomb from Nate Stanley to Matt VandeBerg on Iowa’s lone touchdown drive, its passing game was ordinary at best. And Stanley, though he has potential o’plenty, simply isn’t where Beathard was two years ago or last year, as you would expect.

Do those sound like the ingredients of a mediocre offense? Of course they do.

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Hawkeyes' Daniels settles into his comfort zone

EVANSTON, Ill. — As Iowa opens the second half of its football schedule today, James Daniels finds himself in his comfort zone.

Now in the midst of his junior season, he’s settled in as the Hawkeyes’ starting center.

For the second straight game, Sean Welsh will line up at right guard next to Daniels, another reason to be comfortable as Iowa prepares for its 11 a.m. game at Northwestern. 

"We’ve been out there a lot together, and Sean does a great job at guard. Nobody has to say anything, we just do it," Daniels said. "We work together well."

The Hawkeyes are counting on the offensive line to help invigorate a rushing attack that has averaged 3.7 yards per carry during Iowa’s 4-2 start to the season.

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Why the Cubs can't come back against the Dodgers

"I feel like we're still not on track as a team," said second baseman Javier Baez, who launched two home runs — his first two hits of the postseason — to help the Cubs Wednesday night. "But I think if we get back on track, everybody — as a team — we're going to be the best again."

Easy, now, Javy. There is a Game 5 Thursday night, and the Cubs have a chance to win it. If they do, they'll fly back to Los Angeles for a sixth game Saturday and — potentially — what would be an epic seventh game Sunday.

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