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BRIEFLY Iowa State signs 5 junior college players


Iowa State signs 5 junior college players

AMES (AP) — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell has signed five junior college players to bolster the Cyclones in 2016.

Iowa State announced Wednesday that Campbell has brought in two defensive backs, a pair of linemen and a tight end. All five will enroll for the spring semester.

Perhaps the most intriguing new Iowa State player is defensive back D’Andre Payne, a former four-star recruit who played at Tennessee as a freshman in 2014 before redshirting last year at a junior college.

The linemen are Oge Odeogu and Karson Green, the tight end is Clifford Fernandez and the other defensive back is Thadd Daniels.

Kirk Ferentz wins Robinson Award

DALLAS (AP) — Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz has won the Eddie Robinson Award, given to the nation’s top coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

The Football Writers Association of America announced Wednesday that Ferentz was selected for the honor by its members.

Ferentz is the first Iowa coach to win the award in its 59-year history.

Ferentz, the AP national coach of the year in 2002, took a team that went 7-6 in 2014 and led them to the first 12-0 regular season in school history. Iowa lost to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game.

The Hawkeyes (12-1) close out their season by playing Stanford (11-2) in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

Frazier goes from Reds to White Sox in 3-team, 7-player deal

CHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox were looking to add some pop while solidifying third base, and they are counting on Todd Frazier to provide it.

The All-Star third baseman was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday as part of a three-team, seven-player trade that also included the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Los Angeles received second baseman Micah Johnson, righthander Frankie Montas and outfielder Trayce Thompson from the White Sox, and Cincinnati got infielders Brandon Dixon and Jose Peraza and outfielder Scott Schebler from the Dodgers.

The 29-year-old Frazier, who won last summer’s All-Star Home Run Derby in Cincinnati, was an NL All-Star in each of the last two seasons and hit .255 this year with 43 doubles, 35 homers and 89 RBIs.

Peyton Manning returns to practice

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning returned to practice for the first time in 32 days but not to his starting job.

That still belongs to Brock Osweiler for now.

“It was a little strange to watch Peyton take those scout team reps today,” Osweiler said after Wednesday’s workout.

Coach Gary Kubiak ruled out Manning for Sunday’s showdown at Pittsburgh, but said the five-time MVP took a “step in the right direction” in his return from a torn plantar fascia in his left foot.

Manning threw tight spirals without any apparent difficulty or pain during the brief media viewing period.

Osweiler, who gets his fifth start Sunday, said it was strange taking first-team snaps and watching They travel to Pittsburgh (8-5) Sunday. It’s the only game this weekend pitting teams with winning records.

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