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Chiefs’ Hali to play vs Denver; Houston out

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November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali pronounced himself close to 100 percent for Sunday’s game against Denver, while fellow pass rusher Justin Houston is week to week with an elbow injury.  Hali went through practice Friday without feeling pain from a sprained right ankle sustained in last Sunday’s loss to San Diego. He initially thought that the injury was much more serious, but he received treatment early in the week and will play against the Broncos.

Houston dislocated his right elbow against the Chargers and it’s unclear when he’ll return. The Chiefs’ top pass rusher couldn’t have an MRI exam until Wednesday because of swelling, and trainer Rick Burkholder said Friday the elbow was still in a brace.  Chiefs coach Andy Reid does not believe the injury is season-ending.

Rudock passes for 2 TDs, Iowa tops Nebraska 38-17

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November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Jake Rudock threw for two touchdowns, including a 24-yarder to Kevonte Martin-Manley right after Iowa had stuffed Nebraska on a fake punt, and the Hawkeyes finished the regular season with a 38-17 victory on Friday.  The Hawkeyes converted two of Nebraska’s three turnovers into touchdowns and got a short field for a third TD after the failed fake punt. Seven of Iowa’s 15 possessions started in Cornhuskers’ territory.

Iowa (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) doubled its win total from a year ago and won a fourth road game for the first time since 2009. Mark Weisman ran 24 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Rudock left late in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury.

The Huskers (8-4, 5-3) had their lowest regular-season win total since 2008, coach Bo Pelini’s first year, and lost three games at home for the first time since 2007 under Bill Callahan.

Iowa St, West Virginia meet in 2013 finale

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November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Not long after Paul Rhoads finally thawed out from the coldest game in the history of Iowa State’s home stadium, the Cyclones’ coach recalled a night at West Virginia in 2005 that was even more bone chilling.

Rhoads was Pittsburgh’s defensive coordinator when the Panthers played in the Backyard Brawl in blustery snow and single-digit readings. He says the wind made that game feel colder than last week’s home finale against Kansas.

Still, Rhoads says the frigid Kansas win has mentally prepared Iowa State (2-9, 1-7 Big 12) for its first visit to West Virginia (4-7, 2-6) on Saturday. Temperatures for the late afternoon kickoff in Morgantown are expected to be balmy by comparison in the 30s.

The game marks the regular-season finale for both teams.

8AM Sportscast 11-29-2013

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November 29th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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No. 23 Iowa rallies past Xavier, 77-74 in OT; plays UTEP tonight (Friday)

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November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Roy Devyn Marble scored 30 points before leaving with a leg injury, and No. 23 Iowa rallied from a 15-point, second-half deficit to beat Xavier 77-74 in overtime at the Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinals Thursday night. The Hawkeyes (6-0) never led in regulation, but never trailed in overtime.

Zach McCabe scored 11 points, and Gabriel Olaseni had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes. Aaron White’s 10-point night ended with a clutch tip-in with 1:40 left in overtime. Xavier (5-1) had three 3-point tries all bounce off the rim in the final 10 seconds. Justin Martin led the Musketeers with 15points, Semaj Christon added 14, Myles Davis scored 12 and Matt Stainbrook finished with 11.

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McKenzie Moore led a balanced attack with 19 points and Texas-El Paso moved into the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis with a 78-70 win over Tennessee on Thursday night. UTEP (4-2) plays No. 23 Iowa tonight (Friday night) for a berth in the title game. Tennessee (3-2) faces Xavier in the consolation round.

8AM Sportscast 11-28-2013

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November 28th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Chiefs LB Hali plans to play vs Broncos

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November 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs pass rusher Tamba Hali plans to play in Sunday’s matchup with the Denver Broncos despite spraining his right ankle in last weekend’s loss to San Diego. The two-time Pro Bowl linebacker rolled over his right ankle in the first half of a 41-38 loss to the Chargers. He watched the second half from the training room with injured teammate Justin Houston, and said initially that he thought the injury might be serious.

Hali, who has nine sacks on the season, went through a walk-through Wednesday and said that he wants to play against the Broncos. Both teams are 9-2 and tied atop the AFC West, though Denver has already beaten Kansas City once this season. Houston is almost certain to miss the game after dislocating his elbow.

Iowa hopes to make Nebraska game true rivalry

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November 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The so-called Iowa-Nebraska football rivalry has been one-sided. The teams will meet Friday in Lincoln in the Heroes Game, which became another in a line of Big Ten trophy games when the Cornhuskers joined the conference in 2011.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz hopes his team can make the game a true rivalry, noting that it’s been decades since the Hawkeyes last beat the Huskers. Nebraska has won two straight since playing Iowa as a Big Ten member and five in a row overall since losing 10-7 in Iowa City in 1981.

Iowa (7-4, 4-3) and Nebraska (8-3, 5-2) will be playing for second place in the Legends Division and for a best possible bowl destination. The winner would be in line for an Outback Bowl bid. The loser might go to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

NASCAR buys Iowa Speedway east of Des Moines

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November 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — NASCAR is buying the Iowa Speedway in a move it says solidifies the future of one of the Midwest’s premier racing facilities. NASCAR announced the purchase Wednesday of the 0.875-mile tri-oval track in Newton. A purchase price wasn’t disclosed.

There has been talk of the Iowa Speedway hosting a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, but the organization says there are no plans to bring the Sprint Cup Series to Iowa in the immediate future. The Iowa Speedway, located 30 miles east of Des Moines, was designed by former NASCAR champion Rusty Wallace. It opened in 2006.

Iowa-Nebraska Preview Capsule

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November 27th, 2013 by Jim Field

By The Associated Press

Iowa (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten) at Nebraska (8-3, 5-2)

Radio:  KJAN AM 1220/FM 101.1 (9:00 am pre-game/11:05 kick-off)

TV:  11 a.m. CST (ABC)

Line: Nebraska by 3.

Series Record: Nebraska leads 28-12-3.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

If not Bo Pelini’s job at Nebraska, then certainly the bowl slot for both teams. Assuming Wisconsin earns an at-large BCS bid, the Cornhuskers could lock up a spot in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. The Buffalo Wild Wings and Gator bowls are in play for the Hawkeyes.

KEY MATCHUP

Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah vs. Iowa rush defense: With QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. (ankle) questionable, Abdullah will carry an even heavier load in the running game. Michigan State’s nation-leading defense couldn’t stop Abdullah, and now we’ll see if Iowa’s can. Abdullah has rushed for 100-plus yards in 10 of 11 games. The Hawkeyes are 20th nationally against the run and have allowed only four rushing touchdowns.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Iowa: TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has caught a pass in 29 straight games, the second-longest streak among active FBS tight ends. He has 23 receptions for 230 yards and a team-high five touchdowns, including a 5-yarder against Michigan last week.

Nebraska: QB Ron Kellogg III, a former walk-on who could make the first start of his career on his Senior Day. Kellogg threw the Hail Mary to beat Northwestern, and he took over for an injured Armstrong last week to lead the Huskers in their overtime win at Penn State.

FACTS & FIGURES

Iowa’s four losses are to teams that have a combined record of 42-3 (Northern Illinois, 11-0; Michigan State, 10-1; Ohio State, 11-0, Wisconsin, 9-2). All four are in the BCS top 15 … The Hawkeyes are going for their fourth road win, which would be their most since 2009 … The winner receives the Hero’s Trophy, which honors citizens in both states who have excelled at community service … Abdullah’s 1,483 yards rushing is most by a Nebraska player since Ahman Green went for 1,877 in 1997 … Nebraska’s Randy Gregory has had at least one tackle for loss in 10 straight games.