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Sportshorts for Monday, Sept. 16, 2013


Former Bear
Casares dies at 82

Former Bears running back Rick Casares died Friday at his Florida home, the Tampa Tribune reported. He was 82.

Casares was a member of the Bears’ 1963 NFL championship team, which coincidentally was honored at halftime of Sunday’s game against the Vikings at Soldier Field.

Casares, who played for the Bears from 1955-64, led the NFL in rushing in 1956. He played in five Pro Bowls.

He was the Bears’ all-time leading rusher with 5,657 yards until Walter Payton surpassed him in 1979.

Leshoure wants
out of Detroit

Former Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure would welcome a trade from the Detroit Lions to a team that would use him more, a source said.

Leshoure was inactive for the season opener, and is behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell on the depth chart.


Former NIU assistant Dunbar dies

The purpose of Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey’s trip to Washington last spring was to deliver
special cargo. He returned with a memory much more special.

The last time Carey saw former Huskies offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar was to place an Orange Bowl ring in his hands.

That memory is especially meaningful to Carey after Dunbar died Friday in his home state of Washington following a battle with

He was 64. Dunbar made 10 stops during his coaching journey, working as a coordinator at Northwestern (2001-05), California (2006), Minnesota (2007-08) and New Mexico State (2010) before joining the Huskies in 2012.

Huskies rally on road to beat Idaho

MOSCOW, Idaho – The Northern Illinois Huskies were anticipating the Idaho Vandals’ best effort Saturday, and that is exactly what they got.

With the Huskies coming off an Orange Bowl berth in January and a season-opening win at Iowa on Aug. 31, the Vandals were thinking upset in their home opener. That appeared a possibility until Northern Illinois scored the final 10 points in a 45-35 win, handing Idaho its 28th loss in its last 33 games.

The game featured five fumbles, with Northern Illinois recovering three of Idaho’s and Idaho falling on two of Northern Illinois’ loose balls.

Hawkeyes snap
skid against ISU

AMES, Iowa – Iowa is running the ball at will and daring opponents to stop them.
For the second week in a row, Mark Weisman powered the Hawkeyes to victory by leading a punishing ground game.

Jake Rudock threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score, Weisman added 145 yards rushing, and Iowa hung on to beat rival Iowa State 27-21 on Saturday night.

Kevonte Martin Manley had seven catches and a TD for the Hawkeyes (2-1).

Iowa ran the ball 60 times for 218 yards and snapped a two-game losing streak against the Cyclones.

Tide, Aggies set CBS afternoon record

Defending national champion Alabama’s win over Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M has drawn the highest preliminary television rating for an afternoon regular-season college football game on CBS in 23 years.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide’s 49-42 victory Saturday over the No. 6 Aggies earned a 9.0 overnight rating and 21 share. The network said Sunday that was the best since a 10.1 for Miami-Notre Dame on Oct. 20, 1990.

The rating was triple that for CBS’s first SEC broadcast of the season a year ago, a 3.0/7 for Alabama-Arkansas.

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