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NEW YORK — Pre-Olympics media reports about the Zika virus, polluted water and political unrest in Brazil raised awareness about the Rio de Janeiro Games and thus helped NBC’s advertising sales, network executives said Thursday.

NEW YORK (AP) — The College Football Playoff has abandoned a plan to play most of its semifinals on New Year’s Eves after television ratings tumbled last year, moving the dates of future games to ensure they will be played either on a weekend or a holiday.

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CEDAR FALLS — Clinton native David Johnson scored four touchdowns in less than three quarters of play to help his Northern Iowa Panthers defeat Stephen F. Austin 44-10.

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WAVERLY — Rick Willis is set to lead his Wartburg Knights into the NCAA Division III National Football Tournament on Saturday after a perfect 10-0 regular season. Because of that, the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference named the Camanche native as its Coach of the Year.