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Garza coming back to Iowa for senior year

IOWA CITY (AP) — Big Ten player of the year Luka Garza announced Sunday he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and will return to Iowa for his senior season. “My heart is in Iowa City,” Garza said. “I love this place too much to leave it. I love my teammates, coaches, community, fans and ...

Ex-Hawk Wirfs will be ready if Bucs need him

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. — Tristan Wirfs knows he has a critical role to play in helping Tom Brady transform the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into winners. The rookie is undaunted by the challenge of preparing for the task without the benefit of a normal preseason. The former ...

No fall sports for Grinnell

GRINNELL (AP) — Grinnell College says it will cancel football and other fall sports because of concerns about the coronavirus. The Division III school announced Monday it would cancel sports including football, soccer, golf, cross country and volleyball. The college, located in the small ...

Cardinals will face White Sox in Field of Dreams game

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK — The St. Louis Cardinals have replaced the New York Yankees as the opponent for the Chicago White Sox in the Field of Dreams game on Aug. 13 at Dyersville, Iowa. The schedule change caused by the new coronavirus pandemic meant the White Sox no ...

Wadley chastises Iowa program

IOWA CITY (AP) — Former Iowa running back Akrum Wadley ripped the Hawkeyes on Monday, saying he was so mistreated by some coaches he now regrets playing there. Wadley’s statement, posted on Facebook, mentioned coach Kirk Ferentz, his son, offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, director of ...

Barta backs Ferentz; Doyle done at Iowa

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa athletic director Gary Barta gave a vote of confidence to longtime football coach Kirk Ferentz on Monday after deciding to cut ties with a strength coach accused of mistreating African American players. Ferentz has dealt seriously in addressing former and current ...

Turning point for Iowa football program?

IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa football team took a big step toward improving its lines of communication in the week since the program was hit with allegations of systemic racism, coach Kirk Ferentz and three of his players said Friday. Players returned to campus to begin voluntary workouts and ...

Wirfs taken 13th by Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs with the 13th pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, trading up one spot in the selection order to ensure they secured more protection for recently acquired quarterback Tom Brady. Bolstering the offensive ...

Largest Iowa school district could extend distance learning

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s largest public school district has a plan to extend its distance-learning program into next fall if a second wave of the new coronavirus hits the state. Des Moines Public Schools students are starting their first day of distance learning this week and will continue ...

Garza to enter draft, but doesn’t hire agent

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa All-America center Luka Garza announced he’ll enter the NBA draft process without an agent so he can maintain his college eligibility. “This year was one I could never have imagined,” Garza said Friday. “None of the awards or accolades could have happened ...

Cyclones edged, ousted

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Oklahoma State’s Isaak Likekele silenced an arena full of Iowa State fans by going coast-to-coast for the go-ahead lay-up with 3.8 seconds left, lifting his eighth-seeded Cowboys to a 72-71 victory over the No. 9 seed Cyclones in the first round of the Big 12 ...

Hawks drop finale at Illinois

By TERRY TOWERY Associated Press CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The rivalry between Illinois and Iowa is heating up. Ayo Dosunmu scored 17 points to lead No. 23 Illinois past No. 18 Iowa 78-76 on Sunday, securing the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten tournament for the Illini. “I mean, there’s a respect ...

Cyclone women stun No. 2 Baylor

By ROB GRAY Associated Press AMES — Baylor coach Kim Mulkey threw herself on the scorer’s table in disbelief after the whistle blew. Less than one second remained in Sunday’s tenser-than-usual Big 12 season finale at Iowa State. Her No. 2 Lady Bears were locked in a 56-56 tie. Didi ...

West Virginia holds off Cyclones

By ROB GRAY Associated Press AMES — Derek Culver and Miles McBride scored 17 points apiece and West Virginia outlasted Iowa State for a 77-71 victory Tuesday night. McBride hit four free throws in the final 16 seconds left to help quell the Cyclones’ last -gasp rally. Iowa State’s ...

Purdue completes season sweep of Iowa

IOWA CITY (AP) — Eric Hunter Jr., scored a career-high 19 points, and Evan Boudreaux had 14 points and 14 rebounds to help Purdue beat No. 18 Iowa 77-68 on Tuesday night. The Boilermakers (16-14, 9-10 Big Ten) swept the two games against the Hawkeyes this season. Purdue had already handed ...

Joens is toughness defined

By ROB GRAY Associated Press AMES — When Ashley Joens squared off with her sisters in basketball, one ground rule existed. No fouls. The future Iowa State star and her four talented siblings would simply compete — no holds barred — as their father, Brian, looked on. “He wouldn’t ...

UNI men secure outright MVC title

DES MOINES (AP) — Austin Phyfe scored 17 points and grabbed 18 rebounds and Northern Iowa rolled past Drake 70-43 on Saturday to capture the Missouri Valley Conference championship. AJ Green and Isaiah Brown added 15 points each for the Panthers (25-5, 14-4) and Noah Carter scored ...

Oklahoma State too much for Cyclones

By JOHN TRANCHINA Associated Press STILLWATER, Okla. — The Oklahoma State seniors each had lots of friends and family in attendance Saturday on Senior Day and their three most experienced players stepped up in the spotlight. Cameron McGriff scored 19 points and had seven rebounds to help ...

Iowa handles Penn State

IOWA CITY (AP) — Luka Garza knew he missed plenty of chances to score in the first half of Saturday’s game against Penn State. The Iowa junior center made sure that didn’t happen in the second half, and he got some help from his teammates. Garza scored 25 points and had 17 rebounds as ...

Spartans catch, pass Iowa

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. — Cassius Winston scored only one point in the first half and it looked like his team’s slim shot to win another Big Ten title was vanishing. The All-America point guard bounced back and scored 19 of his 20 points in the second half, ...