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240 for 9 (Sciver 77, Hazell 45, Fernando 3-28, Ranaw
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Over the past two games, Iowa has looked nothing like the team that dominated the Big Ten West in 2015.The Hawkeyes (3-1) will look to re-assert themselves Saturday against Northwestern (1-3), but the loss of star wide receiver Matt VandeBerg wont be easy to overcome.VandeBerg is out indefinitely after injuring his right foot Monday in practice. VandeBerg, a senior, is the teams leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.Iowas offense hasnt been all that great anyway over the last two weeks, so losing its top outside threat stings.This is hardly a crisis stage. Were all really sorry that Matt got hurt, dont get me wrong, Im not minimizing that, but hey, were going to play. Weve got to play, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.The Hawkeyes were even more banged up heading into last years game against the Wildcats and left Evanston with a 40-10 win , one of their signature victories in coach Kirk Ferentzs 18 seasons.Northwestern doesnt look nearly as strong as it was around this time last year either. The Wildcats have already lost to Western Michigan, Illinois State and Nebraska -- all at home -- and will make their road debut on Saturday.Here are some of the key things to watch for as Iowa prepares to host its West rival:WILDCAT THREATSNorthwestern has yet to score more than 24 points in a game. But the Wildcats have some dangerous weapons, including senior wide receiver Austin Carr. He leads the Big Ten with 28 catches for 392 yards -- and had eight grabs for 108 yards and a touchdown in last weeks 24-13 loss to Nebraska . Junior running back Justin Jackson is on pace to become the first back in school history with three straight 1,000-yard seasons, and quarterback Clayton Thorson completed a career-high 24 passes last week after setting a personal best with 320 yards the week before.DOING IT WITH DEFENSEThe Hawkeyes defense hasnt been the problem. Iowa is allowing just 13.5 points per game and has held its two Power Five opponents, Iowa State and Rutgers, to just 10 combined points. Im really impressed with how hard theyre playing. Its Iowa. They do what they do and they do it well, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said.ROAD TRIPThe most disappointing thing about Northwesterns surprisingly poor start is that all three of its losses came at Ryan Field. But the Wildcats were tough on the road in 2015, winning at Nebraska, Wisconsin and Duke.This will definitely be a great challenge and a huge first test ... youre not going to play in a tougher environment than Kinnick Stadium, Fitzgerald said.FUNKY SERIESThe common thread for this series is that, more often than not in recent years, the results were unexpected. Few thought Iowa would beat Northwestern by 30 points last year or 48-7 in Iowa City in 2014. But the Wildcats ended Iowas national title hopes by knocking out quarterback Ricky Stanzi in the first quarter of a 17-10 win in 2009, and they took the Hawkeyes out of Big Ten title contention with a 21-17 win in 2010.NOTABLESIowa once took 21 consecutive games from Northwestern prior to a Wildcats win in 1995, the year they went to the Rose Bowl. Northwestern is 10-9 against the Hawkeyes since then. ... Iowa running back Akrum Wadley has rushed for 310 yards and five touchdowns in just two games against the Wildcats. ... Northwestern and Iowa are averaging nearly identical yards per game, but the Hawkeyes are averaging 30.5 points while the Wildcats are at just 16.2---Online: Geronimo Allison Super Bowl Jersey . And when it opened, every player was at his stall. Thats a sure sign that a team is in a slump and is searching for answers. "Its embarrassing to be at home and play the way we did," said defenceman Josh Gorges. David Bakhtiari Super Bowl Jersey . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. . Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. side, put it all into perspective. "We know whos in charge," he said. Marcedes Lewis Super Bowl Jersey .ca. Kerry,  Just watched the shootout in the Coyotes/Leafs game and I have to ask, why was the James van Riemsdyk goal allowed to count?  All of the video replays we were shown on TV were inconclusive about whether the puck had entirely crossed the line or not. JK Scott Super Bowl Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. England Women 240 for 9 (Sciver 77, Hazell 45, Fernando 3-28, Ranaweera 3-38) beat Sri Lanka Women 78 (Weerakkody 32, Marsh 4-21, Hazell 3-21) by 162 runs ScorecardEngland Womens offspinning duo of Laura Marsh and Danielle Hazell took seven wickets between them to decimate Sri Lanka Women for 78 and seal a 162-run win in the fourth ODI in Colombo. With the win, England completed a 4-0 sweep and their sixth consecutive series win.In a match that was pushed to the reserve day by the weather, Sri Lanka were bowled out in 33.1 overs, with Marsh taking 4 for 21 and Hazell returning figures of 3 for 21 - her best in ODIs. That, after England had put up 240 for 9 on Thursday after being lifted by contributions from Natalie Sciver (77) and the lower order.Sciver performed with the ball too, and was the first to strike, taking out Sri Lankas openers inside eight overs to reduce them to 21 for 2. Twenty balls later, in the space of which Sri Lanka had added just three runs, Marsh had her first victim, sending back Lasanthi Madhushani to expose Sri Lankas middle order.Marsh and Hazell then scythed through the middle order with the next three wickets falling for 17 runs as Sri Lanka slipped to 47 for 6. Prasadani Weerakkody, the only batsman to show some fight with 32, added 29 runs for the seventth wicket with Nilakshi de Silva - the highest Sri Lanka could manage - before the home team lost their last four wickets for the addition of two runs.dddddddddddd.England began in similarly poor fashion on Thursday, losing opener Tammy Beaumont for a duck in the second over after choosing to bat. Amy Jones (28) and Heather Knight (11), the captain, steadied them briefly with a 30-run second-wicket stand, before England slid drastically, losing five wickets for 20 runs to become 58 for 6.Natalie Sciver, who had walked out just at the start of the collapse with England 38 for 2, began the recovery. Like Sciver, who later supported them with the ball, Hazell and Marsh made crucial contributions with the bat. Sciver and Hazell added 104 runs for the seventh wicket. Sciver was bowled by Chamari Atapattu for a 74-ball 77, before Hazell added 44 more for the eighth wicket with Marsh. Marsh hung around till the end, staying not out on 36. She was helped by No. 10 Beth Langston, who chipped in with 21, to complete Englands recovery before rain stopped play.Inoshi Priyadharshani and Inoka Ranaweera inflicted the bulk of the damage, finishing with three wickets each. ' ' '

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