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Iowa CB suspended for opener

IOWA CITY, Iowa, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Iowa senior cornerback Antwan Allen has been suspended for Saturday's season opener against Ball State after being found guilty of assault.

Allen was convicted earlier this month for his role in an off-field incident last November. He is to be sentenced Friday, one day before the 11th-ranked Hawkeyes begin their 2005 campaign.

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"We do not condone the use of physical force and I feel confident Antwan fully understands that," said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz in a release. "He is very regretful for his actions in this incident."

Allen was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2004 and has started 38 consecutive games. He tied for the team lead with four interceptions last season.

"I am horribly sorry for any harm I have caused and I accept full responsibility for my actions," Allen said in the university's statement. "I deeply regret that this incident took place and pledge to be a model member of the community in the future."

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