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Golfers to watch at Zach Johnson Foundation Classic

Today’s eighth annual Zach Johnson Foundation Classic will include some of top names on the PGA Tour. Here is a closer look at some of the bigger names. JOHN DALY l Age: 52 l Hometown:...
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IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe earns redemptive victory in Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway

NEWTON — James Hinchcliffe described the May 19 scene as “grown men in tears, a lot of them and a lot of tears.” This vivid depiction was a snapshot from “Bump Day”...
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DJ Carton crosses Iowa off his recruiting list

Five-star men’s basketball recruits don’t come from Iowa often, and they stay here less frequently. So is the case with 2019 recruit DJ Carton, point guard from Bettendorf. Carton...
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Zach Johnson Foundation Classic features rising PGA stars

Unless you’re an rabid PGA Tour follower, Trey Mullinax likely isn’t a household name. That’s nothing against Mullinax, who will play in the eighth annual Zach Johnson Foundation...
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Linn-Mar softball ‘could not have played any better’ in regional upset of No. 2 Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS — A milestone victory for a coach would surely pale in comparison to one more for the team. Linn-Mar softball coach John Begley earned career win No. 700 in spectacular fashion...
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City High outslugs Prairie, 16-8

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa City High’s offensive explosion was a surprise. So is the Little Hawks’ next opponent. Carey Koenig drove in five runs, and City High pounded out 18 hits in a...
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Marco Andretti hoping for more IndyCar magic at Iowa Speedway despite heavy heart

NEWTON — Marco Andretti has had his moments at Iowa Speedway. The 7/8-mile oval was the scene of the last victory for the 29-year-old Verizon IndyCar Series driver. Though it has been seven...
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Profile: Marion’s Kevin Kamp has been hot-air ballooning for decades

MARION — While many people were gathering to watch fireworks shows on the Fourth of July, Kevin Kamp was just getting home following one of his most grueling weeks of the year. Kamp is a...
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Close proximity, same challenge for Lisbon, Mount Vernon

Lisbon and Mount Vernon are separated by just a mile or two, and they face virtually an identical softball challenge Monday. Both hit the road, trying to slay Goliath. For Lisbon, it’s a...
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A fishing trip to reflect and ponder the future

Ouch! That marked the third time I impaled myself with that counterfeit insect. The tiny hook clad in decorative feather and wire went by the name “Copper John.” I suggested to my guide...
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Minor league notebook: Kernels infielder Jordan Gore gets call all the way to Double-A

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Kernels’ most unsung player got moved up Saturday. All the way to Double-A. Jordan Gore was promoted to the Chattanooga Lookouts, skipping the high-Class...
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How area, local and former Hawkeye players are doing in pro baseball

HOW THEY’RE DOING l Jake Adams (Iowa) — First baseman had three hits Friday night to raise his batting average at high-Class A Buies Creeks (Astros) to .160 in 23 games. Has two home...
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Covering the bases: Weekly Gazette-area prep baseball highlights

Some Gazette-area highlights for the week of July 1-7 and a look at the upcoming schedule in “Covering the Bases.” MARION CAPTURES WAMAC WEST: The Indians swept Vinton-Shellsburg in a...
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Zach Johnson isn’t one of a kind in Cedar Rapids

“I’m Zach Johnson, and I’m from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.” That was said in a press conference by a person who became quite famous on an Easter Sunday in April 2007 after...
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Williamsburg extends late-season surge, upsets West Liberty

WEST LIBERTY — Less than a month ago, the Williamsburg softball team was sitting at 5-12, not looking much like a state tournament contender. Now, the Raiders find themselves one win away from...
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Benton trips No. 10 Solon, advances to 3A regional final

SOLON — You knew Grace Martensen had immense athletic talent. Now you know this: She has guts, too. “She’s an absolutely fierce competitor,” Benton Community Coach Eric...
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#OnIowaPod talks Iowa athletics under director Gary Barta and Learfield Directors’ Cup standings

Every year at this time, you hold your breath for the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. Wait, you don’t hold your breath. Why would you? These are the standings for the big all-sports...
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Mitch Keller, former Kernels Alex Kirilloff and Lewis Thorpe picked for prestigious Futures Game

CEDAR RAPIDS — Former Cedar Rapids Xavier prep Mitch Keller has been selected to participate in baseball’s prestigious Futures Game in a week and a half. The game is conducted in...
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Maryland basketball subpoenaed in college basketball corruption probe

A federal grand jury in New York investigating corruption in college basketball has requested records from Maryland regarding one unnamed former player, assistant coach Orlando “Bino”...
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Cornell Coach Mike Duroe dies after fight with brain cancer

After a lifetime devoted to wrestling, one of the sport’s top ambassadors and Cornell College Coach, Mike Duroe, died early Friday morning after a battle with brain cancer. Duroe, a...
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