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Former players have spoken, and Iowa football has been rocked

Iowa Hawkeyes football under Kirk Ferentz has been an unqualified success in the area that matters most: The quality of his players as people. Over the last two decades, the vast majority of...
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Iowa’s Avery Guy ready to play ball again as summer softball league returns

CEDAR RAPIDS — Avery Guy is ready to return to softball competition. The last time she played an organized game was March 7, closing the shortened season with a three-game hit streak and...
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UNI bringing back athletes starting Monday

CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa’s athletics department has a plan to begin bringing its student-athletes back to campus for voluntary workouts, beginning as soon as Monday, according to a...
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Iowa wrestling newcomers should keep Hawkeyes at the top

The Iowa wrestling program has been called a lot of things during the Tom Brands era. Many felt — maybe even accused — the program of being all work and no play. The wrestlers were...
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On social media, former Iowa football players take the program to task for social issues

Kirk Ferentz began the week by opening dialogue with his players on the outrage over George Floyd’s murder at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. Floyd’s death launched...
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Popping up the question: C.R. Kennedy assistant baseball coach proposed marriage at Herkelman Field

CEDAR RAPIDS — It was a proposal that came out of left field. Actually, it was a proposal in left field and the site where Cedar Rapids Kennedy assistant baseball coach Connor Bartosh and...
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Earlville native Mitch Manternach has national goals in debut IMCA late model season

Mitch Manternach, a 25-year-old Maquoketa Valley alum from Earlville, took a very direct route to becoming a racecar driver. “My dad is a gear head and got me a go kart when I was in first or...
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Hawkeye Downs welcomes mud racing event this Saturday

CEDAR RAPIDS — With Iowans craving normalcy and a return to their regular routines, it’s vital restaurants, theaters and sports venues are diligent before allowing the masses to...
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Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission gives thumbs down to gambling on esports

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission rejected a formal request Thursday by the Iowa Gaming Association to allow casino wagering on esports. During its meeting at Grand Falls Casino and Resort in...
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Cedar Rapids RoughRiders name former USHL player Evan Janssen new assistant coach

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders announced Thursday that Evan Janssen has been added to the on-ice staff as an assistant coach. Janssen replaces Bobby Goepfert, who it was announced...
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Xavier’s Korey Johnson keeps his athletes motivated

CEDAR RAPIDS — There are no excuses. Working hard and improving is not limited to just the field, court or track. Korey Johnson is one of the girls’ track and field coaches at Xavier...
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Everyone’s excited for prep baseball/softball seasons, but some, especially older coaches, also wary of potential risks

CEDAR RAPIDS — This is it for Marv Porter. His final season as a high school softball coach. It’s been a great ride, 40-plus years of fun. He’s got a team at North Linn that won...
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Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz listened to his players, spoke truth and now there will be much more listening and talking

It’s been a week of finding your voice for a lot of college football programs. These teams are built within a total societal spectrum. You have players from Ottosen, Iowa, and you have players...
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Assistant coach Bobby Goepfert leaves Cedar Rapids RoughRiders organization

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders announced Wednesday that assistant coach Bobby Goepfert is leaving the organization to pursue other hockey opportunities in his native area of Long...
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Several Iowa men’s basketball nonconference games are booked for 2020-21 season

Almost all of the nonconference portion of Iowa’s 2020-21 men’s basketball schedule has been set. Two of the most-interesting games on the nonconference side, however, are to be...
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Football coaching legend Johnny Major dies

AMES — Johnny Majors, the man responsible for turning around Iowa State football and leading it to its first bowl game, has died. He was 85 years old. “Johnny Majors is one of college...
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Iowa State athletics department announces positive coronavirus test result

AMES — As college athletics begin to gear back up with voluntary workouts beginning, or beginning soon, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Iowa State athletics department announced...
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Former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders player, NHL draft pick Will Francis fighting his way through leukemia

CEDAR RAPIDS — The scouting reports on fishing around these parts have been kind of mixed so far. Some people are having good luck, others none at all. For Will Francis, it was a great last...
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University of Iowa moves ahead with athletics projects, despite coronavirus unknowns

IOWA CITY — After pulling several athletics construction projects from its April agenda amid a raging coronavirus pandemic and widespread uncertainty of the implications, the state Board of...
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Farley’s 300 Raceway welcomes back racing and fans Wednesday night

The 2020 season begins Wednesday night at 300 Raceway in Farley, giving fans and drivers alike an opportunity to learn what “new norms” are going to look like. “Our capacity is...
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