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Oklahoma State’s John Smith carries on after loss of father

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 20, 2019 - 3:28pm
PITTSBURGH — Oklahoma State Coach John Smith has experienced an emotional roller coaster the two weeks. In the midst of the stressful postseason with his wrestlers’ goals in the...
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Some employers go all in with March Madness

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 20, 2019 - 12:55pm
When the NCAA men’s basketball tournament tips off Thursday, millions of viewers at offices across the country will huddle over their screens of choice, doing their level best to look busy...
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#oniowapod needs to talk about Iowa men’s basketball

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 20, 2019 - 12:14pm
Let’s not kid ourselves, the On Iowa Podcast knows who and what it is. You guys know the #oniowapod is a football school. But we need to talk about basketball. It’s that time of year and...
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Xavier boys’ aiming high on track — and in field

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 20, 2019 - 11:03am
CEDAR RAPIDS — As winter sports end, spring sports begin. The Cedar Rapids Xavier boys’ track and field team is looking to have a competitive season under the leadership of senior...
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Iowa football recruiting 2019: Defensive linemen, punter en route and soon in competition for roles

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 20, 2019 - 10:22am
We’ve been over the potential deficit of defensive linemen the Hawkeyes face in 2019. Let’s slide "potential" in there, because it’s February and 1) that’s a long way from...
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Compromise advances sports betting bill in Iowa House

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 19, 2019 - 5:22pm
DES MOINES — Iowa bettors would not be allowed to make in-game “prop” wagers on contests involving Iowa athletes, their colleges or their opponents under a change expected to be...
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Kirkwood powers past North Central Missouri in NJCAA tournament

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 19, 2019 - 3:05pm
DANVILLE, Ill. — The top-seeded Kirkwood men’s basketball team scored 53 firsts-half points and rolled to a 96-66 win over No. 16 North Central Missouri in a first-round game at the...
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Iowa’s Spencer Lee on familiar NCAA wrestling path

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 19, 2019 - 1:25pm
IOWA CITY — The challenge remains the same for Iowa wrestler Spencer Lee. As a matter of fact, the scenario is very similar from a year ago. For the second straight year, Lee enters the NCAA...
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Iowa men's basketball is 2 NCAA wins from program facelift

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 19, 2019 - 12:57pm
This is the week that matters most in Division I men’s basketball if you’re from a major conference. If you aren’t still alive in the NCAA Tournament when this week is over, your...
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Recovered from 2 knee injuries, Tania Davis leads Iowa into NCAA Tournament

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 19, 2019 - 9:21am
IOWA CITY — Growing up, Tania Davis’ radius of freedom was less than one city block. “Most of my childhood, I lived on the same street as my aunt, five houses down,” she...
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Williamsburg boys’ track team has high hopes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 19, 2019 - 9:07am
WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg boys’ track and field team is feeling quite enthusiastic about the outdoor season. With plenty of returning state-tested talent, Coach Matt Matthes is...
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Minnesota guard Lauren Jensen picks Iowa women's basketball

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 18, 2019 - 7:42pm
IOWA CITY — Lauren Jensen will be in Florida for spring break this weekend. Her afternoon Friday is blocked out. “I’ll be watching the NCAA Tournament, for sure,” she...
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Iowa State quickly turned attention to New Mexico State once NCAA Tournament bracket was leaked

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 18, 2019 - 7:26pm
AMES — The Iowa State women’s basketball team was in the middle of practice when director of basketball operations Josh Carper told head coach Bill Fennelly there was a...
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Iowa Hawkeyes avoided spoilers after NCAA Tournament bracket was leaked

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 18, 2019 - 6:52pm
IOWA CITY — The mandate came from Hannah Stewart, via group text: Stay off your phones. The brackets have been leaked. “We had just gotten done with practice, and we were getting dolled...
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Chase Straw bought into coaching at Iowa State and is seeing the rewards

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 18, 2019 - 6:28pm
AMES Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser told Chase Straw at the beginning of the season that he could be a Big 12 champion. Straw looked at him like he was nuts. At the end of the season, the...
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No. 1 Kirkwood men’s basketball ready ‘to go prove it’ at NJCAA D-2 national tournament

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 18, 2019 - 5:55pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Bryan Petersen has fond memories of Danville, Ill. Three years ago, the Kirkwood men’s basketball coach navigated the Eagles through the NJCAA Division-II national...
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Iowa women's basketball: Get to know NCAA first-round opponent Mercer

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 18, 2019 - 4:22pm
A No. 15-seed has never won a game in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. The Mercer Bears will try to become the first when they take on No. 2-seed Iowa at 1 p.m. Friday at Carver-Hawkeye...
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NCAA women's basketball tournament bracket: Iowa, Iowa State are hosts

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 18, 2019 - 3:06pm
If you don’t like waiting until Monday night for the NCAA women’s basketball tournament selection show, 2019 is your year. ESPNU mistakenly leaked the brackets Monday afternoon, and the...
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Iowa is No. 2-seed in NCAA women’s basketball tournament, hosts Mercer in first round

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 18, 2019 - 2:53pm
IOWA CITY — If the Iowa Hawkeyes advance to the second round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, Coach Lisa Bluder will be facing a former player. No matter what. The Hawkeyes...
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Xavier duo have high hopes for 2019 boys’ soccer season

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - March 18, 2019 - 2:11pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A 2-1 loss to Pella in last year’s Class 2A state semifinals still is fresh in the minds of Cedar Rapids Xavier seniors Andrija Mijatovic and Kristijan Smolcic. The...
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