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Full steam ahead for Cyclones

Most college football teams use the spring to experiment with schemes, initiate position battles and work on fundamentals. Coming off the best season in program history, Iowa State coach Matt Campbell sees no need to tinker with the offense or defense, and with 20 starters returning, ...

Bohannon back for sixth season

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon announced Monday he will return to the Hawkeyes for his sixth season in 2021-22. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA granted eligibility relief to winter sport athletes in 2020-21. Bohannon is Iowa’s career record holder in assists (639), ...

Drake taps Pohlman as next head coach

DES MOINES (AP) — Allison Pohlman has been promoted to head coach of the Drake women’s basketball team and will take over for Jennie Baranczyk, who was hired by Oklahoma last week. Drake athletic director Brian Hardin announced Pohlman’s hiring Sunday. Pohlman has been a member of the ...

Fredrick enters transfer portal

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa starting guard CJ Fredrick has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, the school confirmed Monday. Fredrick started 52 games the last two seasons and is a 47% career 3-point shooter. Fredrick averaged 7.5 points per game last season and had 52 assists against 10 ...

Grill headed back to Iowa State

AMES (AP) — Caleb Grill will transfer back to Iowa State after playing last season at UNLV for new Cyclones coach T.J. Otzelberger. Otzelberger announced Grill’s move Tuesday. The 6-foot-3 guard started all 27 games for the Runnin’ Rebels last season and averaged 9.1 points, 3.2 rebounds ...

Hawkeye Express derailed by pandemic, funding issues

IOWA CITY (AP) — The train that has carried thousands of Iowa football fans from Coralville to Kinnick Stadium on games days will cease operations, the athletic department announced Wednesday. The Iowa Northern Railway’s Hawkeye Express has made the 10-minute trip on game days since 2004. ...

Garza wins Wooden Award

IOWA CITY — Senior Luka Garza became the University of Iowa’s first winner of the John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award. The announcement was made Tuesday evening by the Los Angeles Athletic Club during ESPN SportsCenter. Garza, the most dominant player in men’s college basketball, ...

Bolton leaving Iowa State

AMES (AP) — Rasir Bolton, Iowa State’s leading scorer this past season, has entered the NCAA transfer portal and will be looking to play at his third school in four years. Bolton left Penn State in 2019 after then-coach Patrick Chambers made a race-tinged comment to Bolton. Chambers ...

Iowa’s Lee a repeat Hodge winner

Iowa’s Spencer Lee and Minnesota’s Gable Steveson have been named winners of the Dan Hodge Trophy as the most dominant college wrestlers in 2020-21. The announcement Monday marked the first time in the award’s 20-year history that two wrestlers shared the honor. Lee won the Hodge last ...

Iowa women ousted by powerful UConn

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The game was billed as a marquee matchup of uber-talented freshmen Paige Bueckers and Caitlin Clark. While those two didn’t disappoint, it was Christyn Williams and UConn’s other upperclassmen who stepped up and helped the Huskies advance. Williams scored 27 points and ...

Iowa women put on a show, reach Sweet 16

SAN ANTONIO — Iowa freshman Caitlin Clark is stepping up on the big stage of the women’s NCAA Tournament, and really stood out in a small gym to send the Hawkeyes to the Sweet 16. Clark finished with 35 points on 13-of-21 shooting and six 3-pointers after outscoring Kentucky on her own in ...

Cyclone women march on

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Ashley Joens scored 33 points on Monday to set an Iowa State record for an NCAA Tournament game but it may have been unsung senior Madison Wise and a couple freshmen who saved the day. Joens also made the clinching free throw with 3.1 seconds left to give the ...

Oregon ends Iowa’s storybook season

INDIANAPOLIS — Oregon weaved its way through a pandemic-altered season filled with injuries, pauses and uncertainty to win a conference title. When another kink surfaced in the NCAA Tournament, the resilient, adaptable Ducks shook it off and soared. Off to another Sweet 16. Chris Duarte ...

Iowa women advance

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A showdown of two of the nation’s top-10 scorers was nearly over before it really got going. Central Michigan star Micaela Kelly picked up her third foul with 1:11 left in the first quarter. And the nation’s leading scorer, Caitlin Clark, and her Iowa teammates took ...

Drake men bow out

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Evan Mobley had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 6 seed Southern California used smothering defense to earn a 72-56 victory over Drake on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Mobley, a 7-foot freshman forward and AP second-team All-American expected to ...

Hawkeye men pass first test

INDIANAPOLIS — Iowa watched as higher seeds dropped out of the bracket in an opening day of upsets in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes avoided joining the list with an impressive shooting night and another dominating performance from their All-American. Luka Garza scored 24 points and Iowa ...

Iowa back on top of wrestling world

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Iowa won its first NCAA wrestling team title since 2010, and Hawkeyes star Spencer Lee took his third individual title Saturday night competing on a badly injured knee. Already one of Iowa’s greats, Lee further burnished his image in the state’s wrestling lore when he ...

Otzelberger named new ISU coach

T.J. Otzelberger is returning to Iowa State as head coach after two years at UNLV, athletic director Jamie Pollard announced Thursday. This will be the 43-year-old Otzelberger’s third stint in Ames, his first as head coach. He was an assistant under Greg McDermott, Fred Hoiberg and Steve ...

Drake rallies for first NCAA win in 50 years

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Drake’s small, energetic contingent of fans sounded like it had waited forever to let loose. The several hundred blue-clad supporters who got to see the Bulldogs in person on Thursday night ended up witnessing the team’s first NCAA Tournament win in a ...

Hawkeyes still in control at NCAAs

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Iowa still leads the team race heading into the final day of the NCAA wrestling championships, but Penn State showed it’s not going to easily loosen the grip it’s had on the title for nearly a decade. Spencer Lee and two of his Iowa teammates won semifinals Friday night, ...