AMES — After an 8-5 record and a bowl victory expectations are high at Iowa State as the Cyclones open preseason practice on Friday. Matt Campbell begins his third season on the sideline.
Campbell says there is always a sense of urgency when practice begins.
Campbell says there will be plenty of position battles and most notably on offense it is in the offensive line where the Cyclones have added depth.
On defense there will be battles at linebacker and safety.
The Cyclones open at home on September first against South Dakota State.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings already own one of the strongest defensive lines in the league but have made another addition to their front four. He even was a former first-round draft pick. Anthony Barr has established his place as the strong side linebacker, an integral part of coach Mike Zimmer’s pressure-driven scheme. The Vikings are trying to put Barr in more situations where he can use his athleticism to his and their advantage. He’s been working often with the defensive ends in practice.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Michael Floyd makes it clear that he’s looking for a fresh start to what’s left of his once-promising NFL career. The Minnesota native floundered with his hometown Vikings last season. So the 6-foot-3 receiver is now working on the opposite end the Mississippi River and trying to show the New Orleans Saints that they were right to give him a look. The 28-year-old Floyd says he still has a lot to offer and hopes he can flourish in an offense led by quarterback Drew Brees.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker had 23 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for her ninth double-double of the season and the Los Angeles Sparks routed the defending champion Minnesota Lynx 79-57 on Thursday night.
Los Angeles (16-11) led by at least eight points from 15-7 on. Minnesota (15-11) was held to its lowest points total since 2011.
Chelsea Gray added 18 points and nine assists for Los Angeles. Nneka Ogwumike had 15 points in 28 minutes in her first game after since July 15 because of a mystery illness that she described as flu-like with extreme fatigue.
Parker had 16 points and six rebounds in the first half to help Los Angeles to a 40-29 lead. She is four points shy of reaching 5,000 for her career.
Sylvia Fowles was the only Lynx player in double figures with 14 points. Maya Moore was held to eight points on 4-of-7 shooting.