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Ranking the best sports movies of all-time

Strangely, while thinking about the very real possibility of no football in the fall, all I can think about is “Wildcats.” Yes, I can’t stop thinking and laughing about the 1986...
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B.J. Armstrong more famous Sunday than when he started for Michael Jordan's Bulls

B.J. Armstrong, 52 and over two decades removed from his last game as a basketball player, was trending on Twitter Sunday night. Such is life when you’re part of “The Last Dance”...
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Cedar Rapids’ John Manning continues to take his shot (put)

John Manning of Cedar Rapids loves track and field. Well, let’s rephrase that. Manning loves field. OK, more specifically, the 84-year-old loves putting the shot. “That’s all I...
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A look at the Iowa State women’s basketball 2020 recruiting class

AMES — Bill Fennelly got his Iowa State women’s basketball team to largely overperform even his own expectations throughout the 2019-20 season. It was a young team with only one senior...
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Vote for the best former Iowa high school mascot: Far Northwest District sectionals, May Mascot Madness

The journey we call May Mascot Madness begins in the northwest corner of the state. There were so many qualifiers in this region, we split this districts into Far Northwest (Monday) and Near...
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What's the best former Iowa high school mascot? Vote in May Mascot Madness

Everybody, it seemed, was doing brackets this spring. One of the most interesting ones locally was one by Maquoketa Valley football coach Trevor Arnold, who conducted a poll in an effort to find the...
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Geocachign is a ‘treasure hunt’ that’s fun for all

Hunting and gathering, humanity’s first and most successful adaptation, is far less necessary in today’s world. However, some still feel the urge to track treasures across the...
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Spencer Lee feels at home in Iowa

IOWA CITY — Iowa is home for Spencer Lee. This is where he has made his mark as one of the best college wrestlers. He plans to train for more international success with sights set on Olympic...
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Bowen Born itching to start basketball career at UNI

CEDAR FALLS — Like many high school seniors across the country, Norwalk’s Bowen Born is unsure when he’ll be able to get on campus at the University of Northern Iowa and begin...
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Best sports movies: ‘Brian’s Song’ is about more than football — it’s about friendship

Editor’s note: The Gazette sports staff has compiled lists of its top 15 favorite sports movies. Each day, a different staffer will share some insight into one of their favorites. Some of them...
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CPU’s Peyton Kriegel credits mother for her success

We’ve all been reminded recently of the cutthroat fierceness of Michael Jordan, but remember even MJ is really a “mama’s boy” at heart who wisely relies on the advice of...
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No baseball right now, but Cedar Rapids Kernels offering a bit of the ballpark taste

CEDAR RAPIDS — You weren’t taken out to the ballgame or the crowd. You couldn’t get Cracker Jack, though you could get peanuts. Not to mention hot dogs and bacon cheeseburgers, a...
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Photos: Cedar Rapids Kernels offer curbside ballpark food to fans

The team will be offering carry-out ballpark food to fans on Fridays with orders placed during business hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
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Former Hawkeye defensive lineman Jeff Koeppel tackled COVID-19 and prevailed

Jeff Koeppel, a North Liberty businessman who played on Iowa’s football team from 1986 to 1989 — he was a second-team All-Big Ten defensive lineman for two years — caught COVID-19...
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Best sports movies: College football managed to survive ‘Horse Feathers’ takedown

Editor’s note: The Gazette sports staff has compiled lists of its top 15 favorite sports movies. Each day, a different staffer will share some insight into one of their favorites. Some of them...
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A rebirth by fire

I knew the woodcock could see me. It’s uniquely formed head has the eyes over the brain. Set atop its head and splayed, the eyes can notice what’s above and behind like few animals. The...
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Best sports movies: It’s OK to say it — ‘The Bad News Bears’ rules

Editor’s note: The Gazette sports staff has compiled lists of its top 15 favorite sports movies. Each day, a different staffer will share some insight into one of their favorites. Some of them...
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Iowa’s Gary Barta says college football could be on a ‘dimmer switch’ when it returns

Iowa athletics director Gary Barta began Thursday’s meeting of the UI’s presidential committee on athletics with two numbers: It’s been 56 days since COVID-19 shutdown the world,...
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Iowa high school wrestling programs will have option to sit out regional duals competition

DES MOINES — The Iowa high school wrestling state duals tournament isn’t going anywhere. The event is remaining at Wells Fargo Arena, taking place the day before the three-day...
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After 1 season, Matt Lesan resigns as boys’ basketball coach at Solon

CEDAR RAPIDS — After one season, Matt Lesan has resigned as head boys’ basketball coach at Solon, he said on a social media post Thursday. Lesan took over the program at his alma mater...
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