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Illinois looks to extend streak vs Iowa

Illinois (6-2, 1-0) vs. Iowa (7-1, 0-1) Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa; Monday, 6 p.m. CST BOTTOM LINE: Illinois looks for its ninth straight conference win against Iowa. Illinois’ last Big Ten loss came against the Michigan State Spartans 81-72 on Feb. 23. Iowa lost 77-70 on the road to Purdue in its most recent…

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Kickers missed seven extra points in Sunday afternoon games

It’s been another rough day for NFL kickers. With only the Sunday night matchup between the Broncos and Chiefs remaining, kickers have already combined to miss seven extra points on the day. Jets kicker Alex Kessman missed his first two extra point attempts during his NFL debut after he signed from the practice squad Saturday…

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On college football: What if the 12-team CFP was here?

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer IRVING, Texas (AP) — A fun thing to do this season has to been ponder how the College Football Playoff race would have played out if expansion to 12 teams had already happened. The CFP selection committee set the four-team field on Sunday, matching top-seeded Alabama against…

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Bears to go with Andy Dalton as QB starter against Cardinals

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Quarterback Andy Dalton will be making his second straight start Sunday for the Chicago Bears as a result of Justin Fields’ broken ribs. The Bears face the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field, and on Friday coach Matt Nagy said Fields’ health improved, but not enough to play. Fields is doubtful…

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Plummer, Cockburn lead Illinois past Rutgers 86-51

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Alfonso Plummer scored 24 points, Kofi Cockburn had a double-double and Illinois cruised to an 86-51 victory over Rutgers on Friday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Cockburn, who came in leading the nation in scoring at 26.8 points per game, scored a season-low 13 points on 4-of-8…

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Cubs give Stroman $71M, 3-year deal to improve rotation

CHICAGO (AP) — Marcus Stroman rushed to the airport and caught a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago as soon as he got the word from his agent. The right-hander arrived just in time with a lockout looming to complete a $71 million, three-year contract. And the Cubs landed one of the top remaining starting…

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Top scorers meet in Brooklyn- Chicago matchup

Chicago Bulls (15-8, second in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (16-6, first in the Eastern BOTTOM LINE: Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan meet when Brooklyn hosts Chicago. Durant ranks first in the NBA averaging 28.6 points per game and DeRozan ranks fourth in the league averaging 26.3 points per game. The Bulls have gone…

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With NFL-best record, Cardinals roll into matchup with Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals come in with the best record in the NFL, a perfect mark away from home, and maybe some fresher legs following a bye. No matter who they have suiting up or where they’re playing, they continue to rack up wins. The NFC West-leading Cardinals will try to…

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Former NFL players with lots of concussions may have higher stroke risk

Catherine S. Williams American Heart Association News The National Football League over the past decade has launched concussion protocols in response to scientific studies showing repeated head injuries during play could cause serious neurological disorders. Now, a new study funded by the NFL finds the odds of having a stroke are much higher for former…

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Nagy denies report he will be fired

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Who coaches the Chicago Bears after Thursday seems to be the bigger topic now than who their starting quar- terback will be this week. Bears coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday Andy Dal- ton will start against the Detroit Lions for injured Justin Fields, then spent half of his press conference dealing…

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