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SPORTS SHORTS: Iowa’s Bluder named Naismith finalist

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IOWA CITY — University of Iowa women’s basketball head coach Lisa Bluder has been named one of four finalists for the 2019 Naismith College Coach of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Thursday. Bluder has led the Hawkeyes to a 26-6 overall record and its first Big Ten Conference ...

Michigan State seeking to survive weekend in Des Moines

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DES MOINES — It seems as though coach Tom Izzo has Michigan State poised to make a Final Four run nearly every year. The Spartans need to focus on surviving the first weekend this time around. It has been four years since Michigan State (28-6) made it to the Sweet Sixteen, the longest such ...

Thunder retire Collison’s number

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Nick Collison’s No. 4 jersey was retired by the Oklahoma City Thunder during a ceremony before their game against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. It’s the first number the Thunder have retired since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. The Seattle ...

Penn State seeks 8th title in 9 years

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PITTSBURGH — Penn State is poised to send out another senior class as four-time national champions and cement its status as the college powerhouse of the past decade. The Nittany Lions (14-0) are the prohibitive favorites to claim the team title at this weekend’s NCAA Championships for ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Hipsley named ICCAC Player of Week

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Marshalltown Community College freshman Taylor Hipsley was named the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Division I Player of the Week, the ICCAC announced Tuesday. Hipsley went 7-for-20 for a .350 average in eight games last week. She hit her first three home runs of the season in ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Garber wins hurdles at ISU indoor

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AMES — Both the Marshalltown and BCLUW boys track teams were in attendance at the Iowa State Boys High School Classic. Comet senior Jack Garber won the 60-meter hurdles over 95 other competitors with a time of 8.21, nudging by Southeast Polk’s Jace Christensen by two tenths of a second. ...

Second-seeded Hawkeyes host Mercer

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IOWA CITY — The NCAA Division I women’s basketball brackets were announced on Monday and the University of Iowa women were selected as the No. 2 seed in the Greensboro Regional and will host the first two rounds of the tournament at Carver-Hawkeye arena. It’s the first time the Hawkeye ...

Iowa State to host after earning 3 seed

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AMES — The Iowa State University women’s basketball team knew it had done enough to earn a bid to the NCAA Division I Tournament, but where it would be seeded was still a mystery. That riddle was solved on Monday, earlier than expected, as the brackets were revealed and the Cyclone women ...

Drake drawn into Iowa’s pod

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DES MOINES — For the third time in the last three seasons, the Drake University is going dancing after being selected as the No. 10 seed in the Greensboro Region for the NCAA Division I Tournament. Each of the last two seasons the Bulldogs have been a lock on Selection Monday after winning ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Drake men accept CIT berth

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DES MOINES — The Drake University men’s basketball team has accepted an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). The Bulldogs open postseason action Friday at Southern Utah, with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m. This is the second-straight CIT appearance for Drake and ...

Cyclones find 6-line

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AMES — The Iowa State men’s basketball team is heading to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in the last eight years. After beating Kansas for a Big 12 Conference Tournament win on Saturday, the Cyclones (23-11) were awarded the sixth seed in the Midwest Region, and they will face ...

Iowa backs into a 10

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IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa men’s basketball team received an at-large berth for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, the 26th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Hawkeyes and fourth under head coach Fran McCaffery. “We are just really thrilled for our players and the ...

Drake denied MVC three-peat

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MOLINE, Ill. — Only twice in its last 67 games against Missouri Valley Conference competition has the Drake women’s basketball team been defeated. Missouri State has now accounted for both. The Lady Bears got a career-high 30 points from junior guard Alexa Willard and second-seeded ...

Kings of KC

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lindell Wigginton found his way to Iowa State from Canada, Marial Shayok took a detour through the University of Virginia, and Michael Jacobson started his career at the University of Nebraska. Three players from three very different backgrounds now have something in ...

Drake turns back Redbirds, 65-54

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MOLINE, Ill. — The Drake women’s basketball team endured a rough shooting day, but for the 13th time in as many performances like it this season, the Bulldogs found a way. Top-seeded Drake rallied behind a 16-3 scoring surge to end the third quarter en route to a 65-54 victory over No. 4 ...

Panthers bow to Missouri St, 89-64

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MOLINE, Ill. — The opportunity to erase a forgettable second quarter came and went in the third, and the Northern Iowa women’s basketball team couldn’t capitalize on it. Second-seeded Missouri State scored a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament record 35 points in the second quarter ...

Trojan seniors wrap year at WaMaC Senior Shoot Out

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VAN HORNE — The WaMaC Conference Senior Shoot Outs might have both gone to the East Division teams on Saturday night at the Benton Community gym, but the South Tama County athletes participating made their presence felt. The East girls withstood a late comeback attempt by the West for a ...

Shayok comes up clutch for Cyclones

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Marial Shayok had watched shot after shot hit everything but net Friday night, and Iowa State’s leading scorer and veteran leader could very well have grown hesitant and frustrated. Instead, he hit the two biggest shots of the game. Shayok rattled in a tying 3-pointer ...

No. 10 Wolverines wallop Iowa in Big Ten semifinals 74-53

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CHICAGO — Zavier Simpson was pretty much perfect, and everything fell into place for No. 10 Michigan. Just another day at the Big Ten Tournament for the Wolverines. Simpson sparked Michigan’s balanced attack with 10 points and 11 assists, and the Wolverines rolled past Iowa 74-53 on ...

East gets revenge in NICL All-Star games

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REINBECK — Last season the West Division swept the boys and girls games in the North Iowa Cedar League Senior All-Star Games, but this year the East got its revenge. First in the girls game, which featured players from four different state tournament teams, the East came back from a ...