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My Kentucky Derby: All dressed up and somewhere to go

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The sun shines bright on the old Kentucky home? I’ll have to take the Commonwealth’s word on that. It rained Saturday at the first Kentucky Derby I’ve...
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Coe softball receives at-large bid to NCAA Tournament

Coe, Cornell and Luther are heading to the NCAA III softball tournament. Cornell (Midwest Conference) and Luther (Iowa Conference) were automatic qualifiers after winning their conference...
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Preseason area softball Super Ten: Cedar Rapids Kennedy starts No. 1

High school softball practice begins in Iowa Monday, so it seems as good a time as any to present a preseason area Super Ten. 1. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 2017: 37-8, 20-6 MVC (T-1st, Valley...
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Karter Schult attempting to land another NFL opportunity

CEDAR FALLS — After piling up 31 sacks in his final two seasons at Northern Iowa, the prevailing thought was Karter Schult would find his way onto an NFL roster in 2017. The Tripoli native...
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Freshman Jack Dreyer helps Iowa get win and series against No. 12 Oklahoma State

IOWA CITY — With a depleted and thin pitching staff, University of Iowa Coach Rick Heller turned to freshman Jack Dreyer for a crucial start. Dreyer embraced the opportunity and deliver a...
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Hard-luck Bryan Sammons throws well for C.R. Kernels but takes loss to West Michigan

CEDAR RAPIDS — Bryan Sammons was asked if he is able to sleep on the team bus, or if that’s an impossibility. “We’re going to find out,” the Cedar Rapids Kernels...
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Kirk Ferentz expects Iowa-Nebraska Black Friday football game to return in 2022

JOHNSTON — Nebraska still is expressing FOMO (basically fear of missing out) over its decision to leave the Black Friday tradition it started in 1990. The topic seeped out this week with...
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Cedar Rapids Titans bit again by Arizona Rattlers, 50-42

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Titans should have cut the snake’s head when they had the chance. Perhaps the Arizona Rattlers were overlooking the one-win Titans when the defending...
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Potential tragedy to potential stardom for Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher Blayne Enlow

CEDAR RAPIDS — He whips out his cellphone and shows you a bunch of photos. It’s surprising he still has them, let alone is eager to share. Blayne Enlow was a sophomore-to-be in high...
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Resurgent Trey Cabbage homers, has 3 hits to help C.R. Kernels beat West Michigan

CEDAR RAPIDS — There is nothing more miserable than knowing you don’t have a chance when you go to the plate. That’s where Trey Cabbage was about a week and a half ago. The Cedar...
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College roundup: Cornell softball wins Midwest Conference tournament title

Cornell roared back from the consolation side of the Midwest Conference Tournament bracket Saturday and beat Illinois College, 10-0 in five innings and then again, 4-0, in Lake Forest, Ill., to earn...
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How Iowa State and Iowa basketball navigate the grad transfer route

DES MOINES — Graduate transfers are used in a variety of ways in men’s basketball. They can be used to bridge gaps in a class, put a team over the top or provide experience to a young...
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Luther shuts out Coe in Iowa Conference softball championship

CEDAR RAPIDS — Samantha Bratland was resting and refueling between games. She said she was not expected to be the starting pitcher after throwing six innings against Central, but that changed...
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How They’re Doing: Former Kernels in the major leagues

l Cam Bedrosian (Los Angeles Angels) — Reliever is 1-0 with a save and 4.30 ERA in 15 games. l Jose Berrios (Minnesota Twins) — Starting pitcher is 3-3 with a 3.98 ERA in seven starts,...
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It’s all a Super Bowl with kids and Iowa football players

JOHNSTON — After awhile, the kids just wanted to dive through the middle of the rolling hole that is the latest in tackling dummies. Senior safety Brandon Snyder could only smile. You can tell...
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Hard-throwing Brusdar Graterol shines in latest start for Cedar Rapids Kernels

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Kernels fans received their first look at hard-throwing Brusdar Graterol. The 19-year-old right hander tabbed the Minnesota Twins’ No. 5 prospect by Baseball...
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Mid-Prairie boys, North Cedar girls rule at River Valley track meet

WEST LIBERTY — Floyd Evans is heading for the University of Iowa next year. Not for track and field. For microbiology. “I might run for their club team,” the Mid-Prairie senior...
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James Calhoun, Cedar Rapids Titans ready for another tussle with league champions

CEDAR RAPIDS — James Calhoun had given up on football. Seven years ago, a much-too brief college football stint at Division-I New Mexico State returned the Cedar Rapids Titans defensive back...
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Early experience pays off for goalkeeper Anna Kimball, Linn-Mar girls’ soccer

IOWA CITY — For Anna Kimball, the realization that her place on the soccer field was in goal was an eye-opener. “Almost right away,” the Linn-Mar junior goalkeeper said after the...
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Time Machine: Iowa’s only College World Series appearance

Memories of the play still rattle around in Tom Hurn’s head. In the summer of 1972, Iowa’s baseball team made its only appearance in the College World Series. The Hawkeyes’...
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