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RAGBRAI 47: Cedar Rapids cross-country septuagenarian biker honoring American Legion

CEDAR RAPIDS — By the time Larry Ritland spins his first pedal next week on RAGBRAI, he will have already biked more than 2,000 miles. The 71-year-old Cedar Rapids man plans to connect with...
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Iowa City Liberty makes strides in second baseball season

Iowa City Liberty baseball coach Tom Cronk can see the progress. The Lightning have doubled their victories from their inaugural season and posted a winning record in the Mississippi Valley...
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Big Ten media days: Iowa has a new depth chart

CHICAGO — This is the end of the silence for college football people. Big Ten media days screamed into action Thursday. Yada, yada, yada ... The Hawkeyes put out their first depth chart in the...
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From immigrants come some fine Big Ten football stories

CHICAGO — Immigrants. This isn’t a political screed. It was just interesting that some of the players the Big Ten Conference brought here for interviews at their football media days are...
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Nebraska knows 4-8 to a Big Ten West title is a huge leap

CHICAGO — Storms rattled around the midwest Thursday. That sent the Nebraska contingent on a little bit of a journey to get to Big Ten media days. That gave Huskers head coach Scott Frost the...
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Iowa State football is no longer an afterthought in the Big 12

ARLINGTON, Texas — Three summers ago, Matt Campbell sat at the dais at Big 12 football media days, then held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas, as the Cyclones’ first-year head...
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Road races can bring out competitiveness

MOUNT VERNON — Not all people love running, but everyone can enjoy competition. This is why the Brannaman family volunteers for Mount Vernon’s Heritage Days 5K, a “town...
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Big Ten kinda media days and, why not, the official prediction

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 17, 2019 - 11:22am
Big Ten coaches and players will be speaking in Chicago tomorrow. I hesitate to call this “Big Ten media days” anymore. It used to be. You used to get two hours at a table with a...
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Jonathan Feldick still passionate about golf

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 17, 2019 - 10:59am
If you haven’t noticed, golf has kind of swung into high gear. Pun intended. The British Open — or The Open Championship — starts Thursday in Northern Ireland, always among the...
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2019 all-conference softball teams

Updated all-conference softball teams: MVC, Wamac, River Valley and all-Metro. Will continue to add other conferences’ honor teams as they are released. MVC MISSISSIPPI DIVISION First Team...
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Former doormat Purdue is No. 6 most-interesting game on Iowa’s football schedule

I once grimaced at the prospect of covering Purdue-Iowa football games, particularly the ones that required me to travel by automobile to West Lafayette, Ind. Nothing against West Lafayette, which...
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Joel Lanning, Kyle Kempt join ISU football staff

AMES — Two former football players responsible for changing the culture of the Iowa State football program have joined the Cyclone staff. Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell announced today...
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Cedar Rapids Kennedy makes it worth the wait in regional softball final

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 16, 2019 - 11:36pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Before answering questions, Maddison LeClere asked one of her own: “What time is it, anyway? How about 11:20 p.m.? Or, if you prefer, winning time. Third-ranked Cedar...
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Photos: Cedar Rapids Kennedy vs. Cedar Rapids Prairie in softball regional final

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 16, 2019 - 11:27pm
Cedar Rapids Kennedy advanced to the Class 5A state softball tournament with a regional final win over Cedar Rapids Prairie.
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Independence rallies past Iowa City Liberty for second-straight state softball berth

INDEPENDENCE — Late-inning composure is a staple of any successful postseason march. Down to its last six outs in front of an overflow home crowd Tuesday night, the Independence...
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Iowa City High books state softball return with pair of homers in regional final

IOWA CITY — The first one was sort of just a pop fly, it seemed. The second one was absolutely crushed. Iowa City High’s softball team did what Iowa City High’s softball team...
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West Branch puts up 14 runs against Iowa City Regina in district baseball semifinals

WELLMAN — The score resembled a football game. The length seemed like a marathon and the effects may have felt like they ran it during midday in summer. Hot, sweaty and tired aren’t so...
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Iowa City Jingle Cross champ wins Tour de France 10th stage

IOWA CITY — Before winning the 10th stage of the Tour de France on Monday, cycling phenom Wout van Aert was a regular participant in the World Cup of Cyclocross hosted at the annual Jingle...
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Iowa State football Big 12 media day notes: Defense can be ‘as good as we want it to be’ in 2019

ARLINGTON, Texas — Sometimes numbers speak for themselves. Iowa State’s 2018 defensive statistics form tell an inspiring tale. Last fall, the Cyclones led the Big 12 Conference by...
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Iowa high school softball regional finals: Tuesday's 4A, 5A schedule, live updates

There are 16 bids left for the 2019 Iowa high school state softball tournament, and they’re set to be awarded Tuesday night in Class 5A and Class 4A regional finals around the...
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