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IOWA CITY — Minnesota’s undefeated season came to an end in a place where the Gophers have struggled for a while. Nate Stanley threw two touchdown passes and Tyler Goodson ran for a score to help No. 23 Iowa beat No. 7 Minnesota 23-19 on Saturday, handing the Gophers their first loss ...

Iowa State field goal foils No. 22 Texas

AMES — For two teams used to seeing games come down to the final play, it was fitting that Iowa State and Texas left it all up to a kicker. Connor Assalley drilled the field goal of his life, sending the Cyclones home a rare winner over the Longhorns. Assalley kicked a 36-yarder as time ...

MCC withstands John Wood

The Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team earned its first home win against John Wood CC 76-74 in the first day of the Emerson Classic on Friday. At the start of the game, John Wood took an early 10-point lead with an 8-2 run to go up 26-16. “John Wood is so ...

Tigers turn up tempo to turn back DMACC

The Marshalltown Community College women’s basketball team pulled ahead with its leading scorer stuck on the bench, but needed her back on the court when it was time to finish off the win. Dana Stokes, who hadn’t attempted a shot since early in the second quarter, calmly sank a pair of ...

Redhawks’ Kopriva on all-tourney team in 1A

CEDAR RAPIDS — North Tama senior outside hitter Katie Kopriva was selected to the Class 1A all-tournament volleyball team on Friday night. In the first round win against Gehlen Catholic, Kopriva tallied 13 kills and nine digs. Then in the semifinal loss to eventual state champion Sidney, ...

Minnesota takes perfect season to No. 23 Iowa

IOWA CITY — Minnesota proved it was for real by beating No. 9 Penn State last weekend. The next challenge for the seventh-ranked Golden Gophers (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) will be to knock off yet another ranked opponent Saturday — in a stadium where they haven’t won in 20 years. No. 23 Iowa ...

No. 22 Texas takes slim Big 12 title hopes to ISU

AMES — No. 22 Texas still has a path to the Big 12 title game. But the Longhorns also head into Saturday’s game at Iowa State (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) knowing that they will have to start playing much better. The Longhorns (6-3, 4-2) have split their last four games, with wins over Kansas and ...

Garza gets 30 as Iowa outlasts Oral Roberts

IOWA CITY — Luka Garza has played against double-teams throughout his basketball career, so what he has seen in the first three games this season is nothing new. It wasn’t a problem for Garza on Friday night, when the Iowa junior center scored a career-high 30 points and added 10 rebounds ...

Redhawks raise the bar

CEDAR RAPIDS — North Tama volleyball’s most successful season came to an end on Thursday night in the U.S. Cellular Center with a four-set loss to top-seeded Sidney. But what will be remembered is the legacy the 2019 team has created. Katie Kopriva, North Tama’s all-time kills ...

Parity doesn’t bode well for Big 12 playoff push

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby watched parts of unbeaten Baylor slipping by TCU in triple overtime before he drove to Norman, Oklahoma, where the Sooners survived a scare from Iowa State. Competition in the Big 12 this season is fierce, unpredictable and fun. Parity ...

North Tama notches first state volleyball win in upset, sweep

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Fates again determined destiny, but this time it was in the U.S. Cellular Center on Wednesday night. In Greek Mythology, the Fates are three goddesses named Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos who determine the destiny of humans. In reality, those names are Kopriva, DeBoef ...

No. 9 Kirkwood clips MCC men

For nearly every step forward, the Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team took a step backward in Wednesday’s home opener. First-year head coach Ryan Flack added them all together and got an overall improvement in the Tigers’ performance, but for the fifth time in six games ...

North Tama culture trying to take next step

TRAER — North Tama volleyball culture is more than just a team searching for its first-ever state title in school history. Rather it’s a family and community that is hoping to add a legacy to its program. While family is often a term that gets thrown around in sports loosely, for North ...

Iowa State overwhelms NIU, 70-52

AMES — On a night when Iowa State couldn’t buy a basket from beyond the arc, the Cyclones leaned on their second-half defense to avoid an early home upset. Rasir Bolton scored 17 points, Solomon Young added 15 and Iowa State rallied from an early double-digit deficit to overwhelm Northern ...

No. 23 Iowa out to play spoiler vs. No. 7 Gophers

IOWA CITY — After a bitter loss to Wisconsin, No. 23 Iowa has been reduced to playing spoiler in the Big Ten race. The Hawkeyes have often excelled in that role in recent years. Iowa (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) has thwarted the national title hopes of four different teams with late-season wins at ...

ISU finds encouragement from narrow Big 12 losses

AMES — Iowa State is a handful of plays from being unbeaten in the Big 12 Conference and sitting alone at the top of the standings. That’s the dream scenario for the Cyclones’ season. The reality is they find themselves in the middle of the pack at 3-3 in the league and, with only three ...

Tigers succumb to Southwestern

The Marshalltown Community College women’s basketball team is still searching for its identity after losing to Southwestern CC 73-65 on Monday night. “This team is and probably will be more inconsistent the first half of the season than it will be consistent,” MCC head coach Steve ...

Hawkeye defense bedeviled by DePaul in home loss

IOWA CITY — DePaul’s Paul Reed was named the Most Improved Player in the Big East last season. Reed is still getting better by the day, leading the resurgent Blue Demons to their best start in over a decade. Reed scored 25 points with 12 rebounds and DePaul blew past Iowa 93-78 on the ...

Cincinnati beats Drake for Brannen’s 1st win, 81-59

CINCINNATI — John Brannen’s first win at Cincinnati was no big deal. The Bearcats had a low-key celebration in the locker room after their 81-59 victory over Drake on Monday night that displayed their new up-tempo offense under their first-year head coach. “We clapped it up, that’s ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Drake’s Rhine MVC Player of the Week

ST. LOUIS — Drake’s women basketball player Sara Rhine was honored as the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week. It is the second-straight year that Rhine was won the league’s first weekly honor of the season. Rhine helped lead Drake to a 2-0 start on the season after ...