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Iowa Sports

Chastain a grinder

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer NEWTON — Ross Chastain seems like the busiest driver in NASCAR. Chastain opened the season with 36 consecutive starts across the Cup, Xfinity and Truck series and has logged a staggering 7,501 laps since February, a streak that only came to an end when he ...

No shortcut for Iowan Nurse

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer OAKLAND, Calif. — Whenever Toronto coach Nick Nurse needed inspiration this season, he merely needed to look at his office wall. Hanging there is a big photo, a finish-line shot of the 2015 Travers Stakes at historic Saratoga Race Course. There are two ...

Active offseason for Hawkeyes

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Fran McCaffery’s tradition of quiet offseasons was shattered this spring. It does not mean the Hawkeyes are in trouble next season. Iowa (23-12, second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2018-19) lost star Tyler Cook to the NBA ...

Gustafson going with the flow

By MEGAN GUSTAFSON For The Associated Press IOWA CITY — When I say that I have probably spent more time in the past couple of months flying in an airplane than on ground, I’m not kidding. When I also say that my life lately could be classified as a crazy roller coaster, I am telling you ...

Sutherland prevails in playoff

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES — This time, Kevin Sutherland only needed two extra holes to finish off Scott Parel. Two months after beating Parel in Mississippi on the seventh playoff hole, Sutherland birdied the second extra hole Sunday at Wakonda Club to win the Principal ...

Parel ties course record at Wakonda

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES — Scott Parel matched the course record with a 9-under 63 on Friday to take a two-shot lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Principal Charity Classic. Parel tied the Wakonda Club mark set by Billy Andrade in 2016. Chris DiMarco shot 65, Andrade ...

Iowa Central hoop recruit Deng has a unique story to tell

STORM LAKE (AP) — Five siblings gathered in Storm Lake this weekend to watch their youngest brother graduate from high school, decades after their parents emigrated from war-torn Sudan to the United States. Cham Deng received his diploma Sunday from Storm Lake High School with a 3.4 grade ...

Iowa’s Bohannon to undergo hip surgery

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa point guard Jordan Bohannon is out indefinitely with a hip injury that could put his senior season in jeopardy. Bohannon, who suffered the previously undisclosed injury early in 2018-19, will undergo surgery Wednesday, the team said. ...

Harrison does it again

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES — Keni Harrison cruised to her fourth straight win in the 100-meter hurdles on Saturday at the Drake Relays, joining Lolo Jones as the only women in meet history to do so. Harrison crossed in a wind-aided 12.65 seconds on a miserable day at ...

Iowa tight ends the talk of the NFL Draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Talk about a culture change. Not long ago, drafting a tight end in the first round was taboo for NFL teams. On Thursday night, two might go very high — and they come from the same school. T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant of Iowa are projected to go early, and it’s ...

Hawkeyes ready to find next reliable targets

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Two of the best tight ends in Iowa history have left for the NFL. The Hawkeyes might finally have the wide receivers it needs to revamp its offense. With T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant expected to be taken in the first round of next week’s ...

Gustafson shares her perspective

By MEGAN GUSTAFSON For The Associated Press NEW YORK — Picture this: a little girl growing up in a town with a population of 164 people shooting hoops at the town hall outdoor court has now arrived in New York for the 2019 WNBA draft. Who would have thought? I certainly didn’t. To say ...

A Hawkeye brotherhood

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson spent their three years at Iowa trying to one-up each other in a friendly but fierce competition. So, why should the NFL draft be any different? The latest members of the Hawkeyes’ long pipeline to the pros are expected ...

Hoiberg headed to Nebraska

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Fred Hoiberg, the former NBA player who coached Iowa State and the Chicago Bulls, was hired Saturday to coach a Nebraska team that had big hopes this season but finished with a 19-17 record and out of the NCAA Tournament yet again. Hoiberg has strong ties to ...

Hawkeye women will play for a Final Four berth

By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer GREENSBORO, N.C. — Iowa did what it always does, working the ball around and getting it to Megan Gustafson. Now the Hawkeyes are sticking around longer in the NCAA Tournament than they have in a generation. Gustafson had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead ...

Hawkeye women know balance is the key

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa reached the Sweet Sixteen in large part because of the spectacular play of Megan Gustafson. If the Hawkeyes want to go further, they’ll need Gustafson’s teammates to continue to give her some help. Gustafson, a candidate for national ...

Cyclone women stunned by Missouri State

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Alexa Willard scored 17 points to help 11th-seeded Missouri State stun third-seeded Iowa State 69-60 on Monday, becoming the only double-digit seed to reach this year’s Sweet 16. Abby Hipp had 11 points and Danielle Gitzen scored 10 for the Lady ...

Iowa’s Lee, UNI’s Foster will wrestle for national titles

By TRAVIS JOHNSON Associated Press PITTSBURGH — With swollen foreheads and bloody lips, 20 of the NCAA’s toughest athletes huffed and puffed Friday night as they tried to describe their journey through March’s other grueling tournament. “I worked my whole life since I was 4 years old ...

Drake women drop OT heartbreaker

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Just moments after the worst foul of her career, Drake’s Becca Hittner got her chance for redemption. Hittner’s wide-open jumper as time expired instead clanked off the back of the rim, a cruel reminder that for every March buzzer-beater ...

Iowa women survive a scare

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — For second-seeded Iowa, Friday’s win over 15th-seeded Mercer felt more like survival than vindication after nearly making the worst kind of history imaginable. Megan Gustafson scored 30 points with 16 rebounds and the second-seeded Hawkeyes ...