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IOWA CITY — Iowa redshirt freshman D.J. Johnson hopes to be money in the cash position. It is a position named by defensive coordinator Phil Parker. The Hawkeyes replace a linebacker with a defensive back who must cover as well as be a factor in the run game. It has allowed Iowa to remain in its traditional four man front even against modern day spread offenses.Parker says the term cash was used to distinguish it from their nickel and dime packages.It is a position Amani Hooker played so well he left early for the NFL after being named the Big Ten’s top defensive back. Johnson hopes to follow in his footsteps.Johnson feels the cash position fits his style.Iowa opens the season August 31st hosting Miami of Ohio MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Those 10 days off sure didn’t hurt Nelson Cruz’s swing.Whatever’s been thrown his way this season, Minnesota’s designated hitter has rarely been deterred.Cruz homered and drove in three runs on four hits in his second game back from a wrist injury, yet another powerful performance at the plate by the 39-year-old for the Twins in a 14-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.Max Kepler hit a two-run homer to stay one ahead of Cruz for the team lead, starting pitcher Michael Pineda (9-5) stayed strong for seven innings, and the Twins raised their lead on Cleveland in the AL Central race to three games. That’s the biggest it’s been in two weeks.Cruz, who gave the Twins a scare by rupturing a tendon in his left wrist during a swing in a game against the Indians on Aug. 8, returned from the minimum stay on the injured list on Monday. He’s 6 for 11 with four RBIs after his reinstatement, pushing his age-defiant season totals to 33 home runs and 80 RBIs in just 89 games.Cruz, who signed with the Twins for $14 million this year with a club option for 2020 at a market-bargain $12 million, has 15 homers in his last 20 games. He hit a career-high three doubles in this one and became the first Twins player since Michael Cuddyer in 2005 with four extra-base hits in a game. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker had 20 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double, Chelsea Gray added 17 points, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-71 on Tuesday night.Los Angeles used a 23-4 second-quarter spurt to take a 49-32 lead at the break and opened the second half on a 17-4 run for a 30-point advantage.The Sparks scored just six points through the first 8 minutes of the fourth quarter as Minnesota pulled to 74-67 on Lexie Brown’s fourth 3-pointer of the game. But Parker answered with a 3 and the Lynx did not get closer than eight points from there.Alexis Jones scored a career-high 15 points — all in the first half — for Los Angeles (16-10). Nneka Ogwumike added eight points and eight rebounds for the Sparks, who have won nine straight at home.Brown led Minnesota (13-15) with 20 points, and Napheesa Collier added 14. The Lynx have lost three straight. read more
PNG is hoping to win this match to stay in the top four after losing one of three pool matches to competition leaders Tahiti.Kiribati however is yet to win a match in this Pacific Games tournament and is hoping to give a big challenge to PNG in this match.In other matches today, Tahiti defeated Guam 3-0 and Wallis & Futuna beat Nauru 3-0. The home side is aiming for gold after taking out bronze in the 2011 Games behind gold medal holders Wallis & Futuna and silver medal holders Tahiti. read more
New Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI) To check the high number of road accidents caused by stray animals, government has decided to make fencing mandatory on either side of expressways.”Fencing is made mandatory on either side of expressways also,” Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Pon Radhakrishnan told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.He said as per the manuals regarding specifications for widening of roads, fencing has already been made mandatory.”Fencing at the edge of Right of Way is included in the strandard cross sections in the IRC publications Manual for Specifications & Standard for four laning of Highways through Pulbic Private Partnership (PPP) and Manual for specifications & standard for six laning of highway through PPP,” Radhakrishnan said.The minister said 1,892 road accidents were caused in 2014 on national highways due to animals.The number of such accidents in 2013 was 3,103 while in 2012 it was 2,739. PTI NAM SA read more