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Foot Golf Offered at Jones Golf Course

Cedar Rapids, IA – Foot golf, one of the country’s fastest growing sports, can now be played at Jones Golf Course, 2901 Fruitland Blvd SW. The sport combines soccer and golf, being more closely related to golf. It is played with a regulation #5 soccer ball and 21-inch diameter cups on the golf course. Players kick the ball into the cup in as few shots as possible.

A nine-hole course is available at Jones Golf Course on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. until dusk. The golf course remains open during this time and does not interfere with traditional golf play. The fee to play foot golf is $10 per player, with a $5 rental for a ball, if needed. The sport is also available as part of birthday party packages for youth.

Foot golf has been used across the nation to drive younger generations back to the fairways and as an alternative source of revenue generation for golf courses. During hours when foot golf is not available, foot golf flags are removed and each hole has a lid to allow traditional golf play.

Cubs score 17 runs in rout of Mets

CHICAGO -- It wasn't that long ago when the Mets swept the Cubs in the 2015 National League Championship Series. Last year, the Cubs wiped that bad memory away, winning 100-plus games in the regular season and their first World Series since 1908.

This week, the Cubs and Mets squared off again, but clearly the two teams are having different seasons. Chicago posted a 17-5 victory on Wednesday to maintain a 2 1/2-game lead over the Brewers while opening a three-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. The Mets are looking ahead to next year.


MLB roundup: Bryant, Quintana help Cubs beat Mets

Kris Bryant hit a three-run homer, Jose Quintana pitched seven effective innings and the host Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 8-3 on Tuesday night for a sorely needed victory.

Quintana (10-11) also helped himself at the plate with a pair of sacrifices, including a perfectly placed safety squeeze that drove in Kyle Schwarber in the fourth. Quintana got another bunt down in the sixth, sending Javier Baez to third ahead of Ben Zobrist’s RBI single.

Chicago had lost three in a row and six of eight. The Cubs lead the Cardinals by two games and the Milwaukee Brewers by 2½ in the National League Central with 18 games left.  


Sam Bradford, Vikings Beat Saints in Adrian Peterson's Return to Minnesota

The Minnesota Vikings kicked off their 2017 regular season with a 29-19 victory at home over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night in U.S. Bank Stadium.

Sam Bradford threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns on 27-of-32 passing, and Stefon Diggs had seven receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns.

Adrian Peterson returned to Minneapolis for the first time since he signed with the New Orleans Saints. Not only is Peterson the leading rusher (11,747 yards) in franchise history, but he's also one of the greatest players to wear a Vikings uniform.

Peterson was a non-factor for the Saints offense, carrying the ball six times for 18 yards. At one point in the game, he appeared to have words with Saints head coach Sean Payton.


Brewers sweep Cubs to gain ground in division

CHICAGO -- Mission accomplished for the Brewers. Travis Shaw smacked a two-run homer to back Zach Davies, who won his Major League-leading 17th game, and lift the Brewers to a 3-1 victory over the Cubs on Sunday. With the win, Milwaukee completed a sweep of the weekend series, and it is now two games behind Chicago in the National League Central.

"We know what needs to be done, and we've been through it," Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks said. "Nothing needs to be said. ... We're all on the same page. We just have to win ballgames."


Week 1 NFL predictions: Scores for every game


Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons, looking to avoid a Super Bowl hangover, are healthy once again on offense and better on defense. Reigning MVP Matt Ryan and All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones guide an offense that went 12-1 (including playoffs) when it scored 30-plus points last season. Although the Falcons have a new offensive coordinator in Steve Sarkisian, the offense shouldn't miss a beat. Defensively, the return of Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant from a season-ending pectoral injury should provide a big boost. So should rookies Takk McKinley and Duke Riley, who bring more physicality to a group that gave up too many yards and surrendered 25.4 points per game last season. Falcons 24, Bears 17 -- Vaughn McClure

Chicago Bears

The Falcons averaged 33.8 points last year. The Bears' offense scored 17.4 points per game in 2016. Super Bowl hangover or not, Atlanta still looks dangerous with Ryan, Jones and Devonta Freeman. Chicago, while slightly improved on defense, has too many question marks at quarterback and wide receiver to keep up on Sunday. Falcons 30, Bears 13 -- Jeff Dickerson



Iowa football takeaways: Hesse's huge play, Boettger's bad injury, a new punt returner

AMES, Ia. — The Iowa defense had its obvious struggles Saturday against Iowa State, and that comes from its fearless leader.

“A lot of the defensive guys were down on themselves,” middle linebacker Josey Jewell said. “I should be down on myself for what I did today. It was pretty dang bad. But we have to understand, we got the victory.”

Indeed they did — a 44-41, overtime thriller in a shootout at Jack Trice Stadium.


Cubs giving Brewers life in race to the postseason

CHICAGO -- The good news for Chicago Cubs fans is that all the statistical forecasts still give the Cubs a high probability to win their division, despite dropping the first two games of their series against the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend, including a 15-2 pounding on Saturday. They were also shut out 2-0 on Friday.

Those forecasts, though, don't take into account the idea of breathing life into the opposition. Looking nearly buried after a three-game sweep by the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the week, the Brewers must be feeling pretty good about themselves now, despite still being three games behind the Cubs in the standings. They've gotten the attention of the defending world champions.