With the first contests unfolding next year in South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire, small-town voters will play a critical role in choosing the next Democratic nominee.,Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lamented rural decline during an Iowa swing this weekend.,Several candidates plan to attend a March 30 rural issues forum at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa — population 10,600.,AP VoteCast, a national survey of more than 115,000 voters, found rural and small-town residents cast 35 percent of midterm ballots; 56 percent of those voted for Republican House candidates, compared to 41 percent for Democrats.,Sanders noted that many Vermonters, as in the rest of rural America, view guns differently than most big-city residents, but Clinton successfully used the issue against Sanders, particularly with black women.

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RIB LAKE - Jayden Dobbs hasn't been on a football field in a competitive game in almost two years.,Jayden, a 2012 graduate of Athens High School, was signed by the Salina Liberty of the Champions Indoor Football league earlier this month.,"I just didn't want to end a great time in my football career like that," Jayden said.,His dad knew, though, that Jayden wouldn't end his time in football like that.,(Photo: T'xer Zhon Kha/USA TODAY is a 'labor of love' for longtime high school coaches RELATED: Badgers star Sam Arneson passes on NFL "I don't want to look back with any regrets" Now, Jayden gets done substitute teaching at Rib Lake Elementary School and drives to Medford to work out at the local high school. read more

Chicago, IL (February 12, 2019) -- NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - along with the Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN), will deliver LIVE high-definition coverage of the 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Wrestling State Championships on Friday, February 15 & Saturday, February 16 from the sold-out Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines, IA.,In addition -- EVERY IHSAA Wrestling State Championship telecast on NBC Sports Chicago will be made available LIVE to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers at  Fans can also visit IHSNN.com to access the NBCSportsChicago.com live stream.,For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link: In addition to multiple cable and telco providers throughout the state of Iowa, NBC Sports Chicago is also available throughout the entire state on satellite via DIRECTV (ch.,For a complete schedule, cable/satellite channel locations, live streaming information, and additional details about NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the IHSAA Wrestling State Championships, fans are urged to visit the action for NBC Sports Chicago’s live coverage of the IHSAA Wrestling State Championships features Iowa/National Wrestling Hall of Famer Mark Ironside handling play-by-play, along with veteran Iowa sports radio & TV broadcaster Bob Selby providing expert analysis.,PROGRAMMING NOTE:  NBC Sports Chicago will carry and provide live stream coverage of the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships, featuring eight playoff semifinal match-ups (airing March 6-7), along with live coverage of the Class 1A-4A state title games (airing March 8).

The Chicago Cubs are teaming with Sinclair Broadcast Group to launch a regional sports network in February 2020 that will become the exclusive television home of the Cubs.,It marks the end of more than 70 years of over-the-air broadcasts for the Cubs, and the beginning of an ambitious endeavor to sell cable and satellite providers on the value of the carrying the new regional network — no sure thing in an increasingly fragmented world of cable TV.,But if all goes according to plan and cable providers from Southwest Michigan to Iowa — Major League Baseball’s designated home broadcast turf for the team — agree to carry the new network, viewers will have no choice but to watch local Cubs games on pay TV.,Having their own channel will enable the Cubs to have all of their programming in one place, versus splitting the games between two broadcast stations — WGN-Ch.9 and WLS-Ch.7 — and sharing coverage with the Bulls, Blackhawks and White Sox on NBC Sports Chicago, formerly Comcast SportsNet, the regional sports network formed in 2004.,But in the five years since the Cubs planted the seed of the regional sports network, the pay-TV landscape has changed dramatically, with cord cutting and skinny bundles squeezing the carriage fees cable companies are willing to pay for even sports, long the most valuable programming commodity.

• OU has three players ranked in the top 10 in rebounding in the Big 12: Christian James (sixth, 7.3), Brady Manek (eighth, 6.7) and Kristian Doolittle (10th, 6.3).,• James failed to record a double-double in his first 104 collegiate games, but has produced at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in six of his 14 games since.,• James failed to produce a double-double in his first 104 collegiate games but has produced at least 10 points and 10 boards in six of the 13 games since.,• With an average of 16.3 points per game, James is fourth in the Big 12 scoring race.,• By scoring 20 points on Jan. 16 against Kansas State, James became the 45th Sooner to eclipse 1,000 points in an Oklahoma uniform (eighth in the Lon Kruger era).

• The Sooners snapped ISU winning streak last year in Norman with a 21-point victory to close the regular season

• Oklahoma is the only school in the country with a win over a team from every major conference (Power Five + Big East).,• OU has three players ranked in the top 10 in rebounding in the Big 12: Christian James (sixth, 7.1), Kristian Doolittle (eighth, 6.6) and Brady Manek (ninth, 6.5).,• Oklahoma’s opponents are averaging 32.0 points in the first half.,• Graduate guard Miles Reynolds continues to make the most of his lone season with the Sooners, earning Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for games played Dec. 17-25.,Reynolds averaged 12.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Oklahoma’s two most recent wins (Creighton and at Northwestern) to earn the honor for the first time read more

In this Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 photo, Brad Pick, marketing officer at Primebank, passes out copies of the bank's Hotsheet to Don Davis, center, and Cash Howe, both of Kingsley, at JJ Cafe in Le Mars, Iowa.,(Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP) less

In this Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 photo, Brad Pick, marketing officer at Primebank, passes out copies of the bank's Hotsheet to Don Davis, center, and Cash Howe, both of Kingsley, at JJ Cafe in Le Mars, Iowa.,... more read more

Over the last few years fans of baseball literature have been given various perspectives of the shift in baseball analytics, from Brian Kenny’s book, Ahead of the Curve, to Keith Law’s, Smart Baseball.,Carleton, a veteran baseball writer whose work has appeared in Baseball Prospectus for over eight years, penned a new book called The Shift: The Next Evolution in Baseball Thinking.,Carleton offers insightful analysis into making better baseball decisions, but with the human element nature attached.,This is a book where I think if you dig deeper into the numbers you’ll find that baseball has a lot of places where very, very human things happen.,The thing about expected value is that it describes a lot of the decisions people have to make in baseball.

Oklahoma (5-12, 1-5 Big 12) returns home for its first conference game inside Lloyd Noble Center since Jan. 13 as OU hosts No. 2/3 Baylor on Sunday.,• Sophomore guard Shaina Pellington picked up her fourth 20-point scoring game of the season, adding 24 points off the bench at TCU last Thursday.,Freshman guard Taylor Robertson ranks ninth in the Big 12 in scoring with 15.9 points per game this season and leads the conference with 63 made 3-pointers.,• Llanusa averaged 12.6 points per game as a freshman last season, earning Big 12 All-Freshman Team and All-Big 12 Honorable mention honors.,She has also won Big 12 Freshman of the Week four times this season

• Robertson ranks fifth nationally in 3-pointers per game (3.71) and sixth in 3-point field goals made (63). read more