Hawks to play 2 night games

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa will play its first night football games at Kinnick Stadium in three years with a pair of primetime contests this fall.

The Big Ten Network and the league announced Monday that the Hawkeyes will host Pittsburgh on Sept. 19 and Minnesota on Nov. 14 in primetime.

It will be the first time Iowa has hosted multiple night games in the same season. Since Kinnick Stadium is one of the few nationally without permanent lights, temporary lighting will be brought it.


IHSA seeks dismissal of concussion suit

CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's first high school sports governing body to face a class-action concussions lawsuit has asked an Illinois judge to dismiss the suit, arguing that if it prevails, it could kill football programs statewide.

In its 16-page motion filed in Cook County Circuit Court, the Illinois High School Association, or IHSA, says it and its 800 member schools have been proactive about improving head-injury management for the 50,000 football players they oversee each year.

The motion calls the suit "a misguided effort that threatens high school football."

The filing is the first full response to the lawsuit — filed in November and slightly amended in January — that seeks court supervision over how high schools manage head injuries.


Kane cleared by Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane was cleared for contact and practiced with the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. The dynamic winger, who broke his collarbone in February, then received medical clearance to play in Game 1 of the NHL playoffs Wednesday night in Nashville.

"Patrick has been working extremely diligently with his rehabilitation and has recently returned to full-contact practice without any difficulty," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a release. "After discussions with Patrick and the team, and examining Patrick today, we collectively feel it is appropriate, with minimal risk, for him to return to full participation."

Kane missed the final 21 games of the season, and the All-Star still finished second on the team with 27 goals and 64 points. He was a candidate for the Hart Trophy for NHL MVP when he was hurt in the first period of a 3-2 shootout win over Florida on Feb. 24. 

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