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Young Hawkeyes face tough trip to Michigan

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Young Hawkeyes face tough trip to Michigan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa opened the Big Ten season on New Year's Eve with a close loss to No. 5 Indiana, which was ranked first for much of the season.

Next up for the young Hawkeyes?

A weekend trip to Michigan, which is currently ranked second.

The league's schedule makers certainly didn't do any favors for an Iowa team with three freshman starters. But Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says the only way to approach the tough week is to approach it like any other week.

The Hawkeyes (11-3, 0-1 Big Ten) and Wolverines (14-0, 1-0) - who routed Northwestern 94-66 Thursday - face off Sunday in Ann Arbor.

``We lock in to what we need to do to get better,'' McCaffery said. ``We lock in to what we think we need to do to beat that team. In my estimation, there's no other way to do it.''

The developing Hawkeyes are coming off their first exposure to an elite team. They fell to Indiana 69-65 at home on Monday before a sellout crowd that believed Iowa was primed to pull off the upset.

The Hawkeyes nearly did it. But then again, they also showed that - at least for now - they remain on the other side of that thin line that separates aspiring contenders from true ones.

``When you have a young team, confidence is important. And what effects confidence are mistakes. Fortunately, we have a pretty resilient group,'' McCaffery said.

Iowa held Hoosiers guard Jordan Hulls scoreless on 10 shots, forced Indiana into 15 turnovers and were within a 3 of tying the game in the final minute.

But the Hawkeyes shot also just 33 percent from the floor against one of the nation's best defenses, and leading scorer Devyn Marble was an abysmal 1 of 14 from the field.

Still, McCaffery was encouraged by the way the Hawkeyes hung around even though they committed a number of Indiana-induced miscues and hoisted brick after brick.

``I was really impressed with our ability to consistently stay in the game when we were struggling on offense in the first half,'' McCaffery said. ``It was frustrating because we had a number of opportunities to take the lead and would make a mistake. But when we were making mistakes, they were kind of aggressive mistakes. We were attacking, and I'm obviously more comfortable with those kinds of mistakes. But you've got to eliminate those if you're going to beat the fifth-ranked team in the country.''

The matchup Sunday in Ann Arbor will be the first trip outside of Iowa since late November for the Hawkeyes, who are leaning on many players with scant experience in the Big Ten.

Freshman guard Mike Gesell scored 13 points against Indiana to bump his average near 10 a game as he transitions from point to shooting guard because of the emergence of fellow freshman Anthony Clemmons.

For freshman Adam Woodbury, facing the Hoosiers meant facing Indiana center Cody Zeller - the player the Hawkeyes hope the 7-foot-1 Woodbury might resemble someday.

Woodbury helped keep Zeller in check in the first half, but he fouled out for the first time after 18 minutes with four points and eight rebounds.

The Indiana game should serve as a measuring stick for Woodbury, who has slowly improved since early December.

``You have to let experience take its course,'' McCaffery said. ``You can't rush that. You've just got to go through it. And that was his first Big Ten game. That was his first game going against a consensus first-team All-American.

``So, he'll learn from that. He'll benefit from that tremendously. Now we've got to go on the road and do it in an environment where it's not going to be easy.''

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Redskins Week 3 injury report — Lauvao out, O-line will have to shuffle

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Redskins Week 3 injury report — Lauvao out, O-line will have to shuffle

The Redskins will be without starting left guard Shaun Lauvao against the Packers on Sunday. Lauvao has been out of practice all week with a calf injury.

In his absence, starting center Chase Roullier will move over to left guard and veteran Tony Bergstrom will start at center. Earlier this week Gruden explained that the coaches believe that this is their most effective combination. 

Reserve safety, Troy Apke, is also out. He will miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury. 

Questionable are WR Maurice Harris (concussion), WR Paul Richardson (shoulder), and LB Zach Brown (oblique). 

Harris missed the last three preseason games and the first two games of the regular season with his concussion. After being a full participant in practice all week, it appears that he is ready to play but they are awaiting final word. 

“We’re going to find out tomorrow whether he can go or not,” said Jay Gruden. “But he’s been cleared to practice, he had a good week of practice. We’ll find out the final word tomorrow.”

If Harris plays that means that it is likely that new receivers Brashaud Perriman and Michael Floyd will be inactive. That is Gruden’s preferred plan as both just joined the team earlier this week. 

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John Wall joins Stephen Curry and Chris Paul in raising money for Hurricane Florence relief efforts

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John Wall joins Stephen Curry and Chris Paul in raising money for Hurricane Florence relief efforts

Three of the NBA's best North Carolina-raised stars are teaming up to help relief efforts back home following the devastation of Hurricane Florence.

Wizards guard John Wall has collaborated with Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Rockets guard Chris Paul to field donations through social media in an initiative aptly called 'Assist for Hurricane Florence.' 

The trio has joined forces on Twitter and Instagram to get the donation link out there:

Wall, who is originally from Raleigh, also did his part to warn residents before the storm hit land to prepare for its impact.

As with other big storms, the rebuild of communities affected by Hurricane Florence will likely take years. As of Friday morning, the three All-Star guards had raised over $50,000.

Unfortunately, the hometowns and states of Wizards players have been rattled by hurricanes in recent offseasons. Last summer, they had three players from Houston, Texas who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

Then-Wizards guard Sheldon Mac was in Houston when the hurricane hit and was staying in a neighborhood that flooded. Wall and teammate Bradley Beal organized fundraising for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts as well.

To donate to the organization Wall, Curry and Paul are promoting, click here.

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