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South Carolina, Nebraska to meet in Cap One Bowl

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December 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – South Carolina and Nebraska will play in the Capital One Bowl Jan. 2 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Both teams accepted their bids Sunday. It will be the first meeting between the schools since 1987 and first-ever postseason matchup. Nebraska (9-3) is wrapping up its first year in the Big Ten and has a chance to post 10 wins for the third straight season. The Cornhuskers are making their fourth straight bowl appearance, with their last win coming in the 2009 Holiday Bowl over Arizona. South Carolina (10-2) is also making its fourth straight bowl appearance, but hasn’t won a bowl game since Houston in the 2006 Liberty Bowl. The Gamecocks won their final three games of the season, including a win over rival Clemson in the regular-season finale.

Oklahoma, Iowa to play in Insight Bowl

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December 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Oklahoma and Iowa are returning to the desert to face each other in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 30 in Tempe, Ariz. Iowa (7-5) beat Missouri 27-24 in last year’s Insight Bowl for its school-record third-straight bowl win. Oklahoma (9-3) also played in the Valley of the Sun last year, routing Connecticut 48-10 in the Fiesta Bowl. The Sooners will be playing in their 13th straight bowl game, but had higher expectations after opening the season at No. 1. Oklahoma is coming off a 44-10 loss to Oklahoma State that spoiled any chance it had of playing in a BCS bowl. Iowa, bowl eligible for the 11th straight season, had four wins over ranked opponents. The Hawkeyes struggled down the stretch, though, losing two of their final three games.

Rutgers to face Iowa State in Pinstripe Bowl

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December 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — Rutgers will play Iowa State in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 30th. It’s the first meeting between the Scarlet Knights of the Big East and the Cyclones from the Big 12. Rutgers (8-4) is back in the postseason for the sixth time in seven years. The Scarlet Knights had their streak of five straight bowl appearances snapped last season. They finished tied for fourth in the Big East.

The Cyclones (6-6) have made only one bowl appearance since 2006. Iowa State knocked off No. 3 Oklahoma State 37-31 in double overtime to become bowl eligible. Syracuse beat Kansas State 36-34 in last season’s inaugural Pinstripe Bowl.

No. 23 Wisconsin-Green Bay Women Beat Northern Iowa

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December 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The way things started for Julie Wojta and Wisconsin-Green Bay, it was hard to fathom anyone would be talking about a career-best performance. As it turned out, Wojta and the Phoenix quickly turned things around to stay unbeaten.The senior forward scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the No. 23 Phoenix to a gritty 75-67 win over Northern Iowa on Sunday. She scored 16 of her points in the first half as Green Bay (7-0) bounced back from a sluggish start in which the Panthers jumped out to a 13-0 lead.

Green Bay (7-0) had survived seemingly the toughest part of its schedule with wins over Illinois, Georgia Tech and Marquette. But this was a scrappy Northern Iowa team coming off a Missouri Valley Conference title last season that nearly ended up facing the Phoenix in the second round of the NCAA tournament. So, while others may have looked past the Panthers, Bollant was relieved to escape with a win – especially considering his team’s early struggles. “I think Northern Iowa’s better than Marquette. I think they’re more dangerous, I think they’re better than Illinois and they might not be quite Georgia Tech but them and Toledo are two of the best teams we’ve played,” Bollant said. “You could see we didn’t have the adrenaline going, didn’t have the edge. So we’ll learn from that and hopefully not have that mentality because that will keep us from being the team we want to be in March.”

After their hot start the Panthers struggled, falling behind 42-28 at the half. They battled back in the second half, cutting the gap to 64-59 with only 3:56 left, but the Phoenix responded with eight straight points to put the game away.Katelin Oney had a stellar outing for the Panthers with 25 points. K.K. Armstrong added 14 points for the Panthers (5-2).Lydia Bauer scored 19 points and Megan Lukan added 13 off the bench for the Phoenix.Green Bay has won 27 straight regular season games.

Palko Prayer Leads Chiefs Over Bears 10-3

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December 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) – Tyler Palko shook off two miserable starts and threw for 157 yards and a touchdown even though he was briefly lifted for Kyle Orton, and the Kansas City Chiefs beat Chicago 10-3 Sunday on a day when the Bears lost Matt Forte to a right knee injury. Orton came on to start the second quarter and immediately left the game with an injured finger on his right hand. Palko connected with Dexter McCluster on a wild 38-yard pass to end the first half on a ball that got deflected by Brian Urlacher and Chris Conte, giving the Chiefs a 7-3 lead and their first touchdown in three games.

Kansas City (5-7) got a 21-yard field goal from Ryan Succop in the third quarter, and Jon McGraw intercepted struggling backup Caleb Hanie in the end zone in the fourth. The Chiefs also recorded seven sacks – three by Justin Houston.

UNI @ Montana Playoff Game Set for Friday

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December 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Northern Iowa will face fourth-seeded Montana in the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs on Friday. The fifth-seeded Panthers will play the Grizzlies in Missoula at 7 p.m., a game that will be broadcast on ESPN2. Northern Iowa (10-2) reached the quarterfinals by beating Wofford 28-21 on Saturday night. Montana (10-2) beat Central Arkansas 41-14 in its playoff opener. The Northern Iowa-Montana winner will face either top-seeded Sam Houston State or Montana State in the semifinals on Dec. 16 or 17.

Saturday High School Basketball Results

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December 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

BOYS BASKETBALL

A-D-M 63, Creston 60, 2OT

Guthrie Center 43, Panorama 37

Kuemper Catholic 70, IKM-Manning 52

Ogden 81, West Central Valley 52

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS

Council Bluffs St. Albert vs. Atlantic, ppd.

Dunlap Boyer Valley vs. Oakland Riverside, ppd.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

IKM-Manning 52, Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 49

Panora Panorama 73, Guthrie Center 35

Drake Survives Comeback, Beats Air Force 62-60

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December 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Ben Simons scored 16 points, Rayvonte Rice added 15, and Drake survived a wild finish to beat Air Force 62-60 Saturday in a Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge game. Drake led the entire game, but almost found itself on the losing end after Air Force erased almost all of an eight-point deficit in the last two minutes. The Falcons (3-2) had two shots at potential game-winning 3-pointers in the final five seconds, but Todd Fletcher and Mike Fitzgerald both missed.

Before that, Fletcher and Fitzgerald had each converted two free throws to pull Air Force within 61-60 with 42 seconds left. With 15 seconds to play, Fitzgerald fouled Karl Madison, who made one of two foul shots to put Drake (5-3) up by two. Fitzgerald and Michael Lyons led Air Force with 13 points apiece. The teams had not met since 1981. Drake is now 6-0 all-time against Air Force.

Mabry Hired as Cards Assistant Hitting Coach

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December 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – New St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny finalized his coaching staff, hiring John Mabry as assistant hitting coach working under Mark McGwire. The 41-year-old Mabry replaces Mike Aldrete, who was promoted to bench coach. Mabry had three stints with the Cardinals during his playing career and had his best season in 1996 with a .297 average, 21 home runs and 74 RBIs. Longtime trainer Barry Weinberg was hired as the senior medical adviser working out of Jupiter, Fla., and Chris Conroy was promoted from Triple-A Memphis as assistant trainer with the Cardinals.

Northern Iowa Beats Wofford 28-21 in FCS Playoffs

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December 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Tirrelle Rennie threw a pair of touchdown passes and fifth-seeded Northern Iowa rallied to beat Wofford 28-21 Saturday and advance to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Jared Herring caught both TD passes for the Panthers (10-2), who will face Number 5 Montana on the road either Friday or Saturday. David Johnson’s 1-yard TD run put the Panthers up 21-14 to start the fourth quarter. Wofford fumbled the ensuing kickoff in the end zone, and Phil Wright’s recovery gave the Panthers a 14-point lead. Wofford (8-4) outgained the Panthers 478-238 but committed three costly turnovers.