IOWA FALLS – The No. 2 NIACC wrestling team topped No. 5 Ellsworth 24-19 in its season-opening dual on Wednesday in the Ellsworth gym.NIACC picked up wins from Clarance Lee-Green (125), Brock Luthens (133), Hunter Luke (141), Tony Mendoza (149), Christian Minto (174) and Holton Truax (197).Luthens, who is ranked third, took a 6-5 decision from top-ranked Hector Candelaria, who was the national runner-up at 133 pounds in 2019.Luthens now owns a 2-1 record against Candelaria. Luthens nipped Candelaria 8-7 in last season’s dual meet and Candelaria edged Luthens 3-1 at the NJCAA Region XI tournament.At 141, Luke, who is ranked third, pinned Ellsworth’s Jackson Wenberg in six minutes, 33 seconds.At 149 pounds, Mendoza, who placed fifth at nationals a year ago and is ranked second, improved his career record to 24-8 with a pin of the Panthers’ AJ Mills in 2:34.NIACC returns to action Nov. 16 at the Luther College Open. IOWA CITY — Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley gets a final crack at Wisconsin when the 18th ranked Hawkeyes visit the 16th rated Badgers. The native of Wisconsin has lost his first two starts in the series.Junior running back Toren Young is also a native of Wisconsin.Sophomore linebacker Djimon Colbert says the key for the Iowa defense is to slow down Badger running back Jonathan Taylor.Kickoff in Madison is scheduled for 3 o’clock, with the pre-game starting at 1 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have claimed safety Andrew Sendejo off waivers from Philadelphia to bring back a longtime piece of their secondary. They made the move the day after Sendejo was cut by the Eagles, for whom he played in all nine games. He had an interception against the Vikings on Oct. 13. Sendejo spent eight seasons with the Vikings, first cracking the starting lineup in 2013 and accumulating 59 starts. The 32-year-old will provide depth behind starters Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris. AMES — Iowa State tight end Charlie Kolar will be going home this weekend when Iowa State visits ninth ranked Oklahoma. The redshirt sophomore from Norman, Oklahoma has 34 receptions this season, including five for touchdowns.Kolar says the Cyclones have tried to shore up the offense after a home loss to Oklahoma State.Kolar says with four games remaining it was a good time for a bye week.Kickoff in Norman is scheduled for 7 o’clock on Saturday night. TONIGHT:== AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa women vs. Flordia Atlantic — pre-game 6:15, tipoff 6:30 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored 31 points, rookie Ja Morant added 26 and the Memphis Grizzlies held onto a lead to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 137-121. Rookie Brandon Clarke made all seven of his shots and scored 18 points, and Jae Crowder also had 18 points for Memphis. The Grizzlies snapped a three-game losing streak. IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeye women open the season tonight by hosting Florida Atlantic. Coach Lisa Bluder will make one lineup change from Sunday’s exhibition. Senior Amanda Ollinger will move into the lineup and redshirt freshman Kate Martin will come off the bench.Bluder wants to see the Hawkeyes improve in rebounding and defensive transition.You can hear the Iowa-Florida Atlantic game on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at about 6:15 with tipoff scheduled for 6:30.
“Modric is a fantastic player, it was a pleasure to work with him for four years, he’s an amazing player and a great guy. Low maintenance, never a problem. He just came in every day, trained great and fantastic to watch on the training ground. He’s a model professional and an absolutely top-class player.“They are a dangerous team, they can play. They keep the ball and they’ve got quality. In midfield they are top-class.“It’s going to be a tough game for England.”Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of Croatia v England in the World Cup semi-finals: Wednesday July 11 – KICK OFF 7PM BST Harry Redknapp has warned England they will face their toughest test of their World Cup run yet when they play Croatia in their semi-final clash on Wednesday.The Three Lions have completely surpassed the country’s expectations by getting this far in Russia, and they now have a chance to become the first England team since 1966 to reach a World Cup final.Only Croatia stand in their way – but they have been one of the most impressive teams at the tournament so far.While their previous two results – back-to-back penalty shoot-out wins over Denmark and Russia – have made many England fans confident, they would do well to remember their brilliant form in the group stages, where they won all three games, including a brilliant victory over Argentina.And Redknapp, who coached Croatia stars Luka Modric, Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar during his spell in charge at Tottenham Hotspur, says England will face one of the world’s most cohesive units when they meet at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.Speaking on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Spurs boss said: “Croatia have got a togetherness about them, that’s what makes them special.“It’s a small country but I’ve managed a lot of Croatian players and they’ve all been great lads, they’ve got a real bond between them. 2 2 Both Modric and Corluka (both 32) remain key players for Croatia and are likely to play against England Luka Modric was one of Harry Redknapp’s most important players during his Tottenham reign