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Near-misses motivate Iowa State football more than big wins

FRISCO, Texas — Last season, Iowa State finished 8-5 and won the Liberty Bowl. The Cyclones’ five losses came by 25 total points with only one of those setbacks being by more than a...
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No. 4 Dyersville Beckman, No. 5 Wilton face off for Class 2A state baseball berth

The postseason has been a virtual minefield of Class 2A upsets this postseason. The district field lost three of the top six ranked teams, four from the top 10 and two more that received votes. One...
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Iowa State Big 12 Media Day notes: Ray Lima, Hakeem Butler and new uniforms

FRISCO, Texas — Ray Lima doesn’t post eye-popping numbers for the Iowa State defense, but third-year head coach Matt Campbell sees the junior as a textbook “glue guy,” that...
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He wasn’t around for this victory, but Randy Dobnak’s father won’t miss many more of his C.R. Kernels game

CEDAR RAPIDS — Dad couldn’t make it to watch him pitch Monday afternoon, but he won’t miss too many more of Randy Dobnak’s starts for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Dobnak...
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Ricky Stanzi's knee almost went the wrong way, but no pop and all was well

Three cool things: 1. A honest-to-thud Paki bomb happened in this one. Of course, you remember former Iowa running back Paki O’Meara. The former Cedar Rapids Washington prep was a backup for...
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At 10-1 to win Big Ten West, Iowa seems undervalued

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop? Seems harsh, but this post may help answer the question. I’m taking a few moments of idle time today to suggest something’s out of whack in...
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NBA situations improve for ex-Cyclones, maybe Jarrod Uthoff

We watched second-team and third-team All-Americans, first-team All-Big Ten and All-Big 12 players in our state over the last few years. Those were surefire NBA players, right? No. There...
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‘What’s next’ for Lisbon? First trip to semifinals in 22 years

FORT DODGE — The Lisbon Lions didn’t hit consistently, and they didn’t hit hard. But they bunched just enough hits together to advance. And at this point, that’s all that...
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Iowa City gets shot at first pro tennis tournament

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 16, 2018 - 11:35am
IOWA CITY — When you’re served a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you step on the court and swing. University of Iowa lecturer Alex Voss knew preparing for Iowa City’s first-ever...
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Iowa State stacked at backup running back

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 16, 2018 - 10:04am
AMES — Iowa State football released its first depth chart of the season on Monday. The depth chart was mostly as expected, but there were still some noteworthy observations. Every running back...
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Iowa’s Nate Stanley, Anthony Nelson earn preseason football honors

IOWA CITY — The preseason honors continued to roll in for members of the University of Iowa football team on Monday. Junior quarterback Nate Stanley has been named to the Maxwell Award Watch...
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Iowa high school state softball: Monday's schedule, scores, live updates

It’s here! The state softball tournament begins Monday at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge with 10 games split between two fields. We’ll update this post throughout the day with...
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C.R.’s Mitch Keller gets the start, throws perfect inning in MLB Futures Game

CEDAR RAPIDS — Mitch Keller turned out getting the bonus prize. The Cedar Rapids Xavier graduate not only got to throw in Sunday’s MLB Futures Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C....
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Mister Tough Luck: Bryan Sammons pitches well again, takes the loss for C.R. Kernels

CEDAR RAPIDS — There are some overrated statistics in baseball. You can choose your personal favorite. But right at the top of the list has got to be wins and losses for pitchers. You can...
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Rout for Michael Kim, good feels for Zach Johnson

SILVIS, Ill. — Would you bet a 10-pound note on Zach Johnson to win the British Open next Sunday? Johnson is listed at 80-to-1 to win the Open at Carnoustie Golf Links by British wager-taker...
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France beats Croatia, fans watch World Cup Finals at NewBo

Soccer fans gathered at NewBo City Market on Sunday to watch the World Cup final between Croatia and France. France came out on top, beating Croatia 4-2.
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Cedar Rapids Kernels begin life without Royce Lewis by beating Lake County

CEDAR RAPIDS — The post-Royce Lewis era began Saturday night with a bang ... literally and figuratively. Fireworks dotted the sky at Veterans Memorial Stadium after the Cedar Rapids Kernels...
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Oelwein stuns No. 1 Cascade in 2A district baseball final

CASCADE — If you weren’t wearing purple and gold, you probably did not expect this result. The 20 players on Oelwein’s baseball roster believed it was possible. If you can...
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Experienced and unbeaten, Lisbon baseball a game away from returning to state

LISBON — The Lisbon baseball team features seven seniors that have played together since youth ball a decade ago. As juniors, the group was instrumental in helping the Lions reach the state...
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Hot, long, wet, draining day at John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill. — The word “grind” has been ground to dust in sports. No one works anymore. Instead, they grind. No one practices, either. They grind. They stay on their grind. Or...
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