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Byron wins virtual Bristol; Bubba ‘rage quits’ early in race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — William Byron led the most laps in NASCAR's first two virtual races and had nothing to show for his gaming skills. The third time out, he got the win. Byron easily won the iRacing event Sunday at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway, where NASCAR would have been really racing ...

Texas hires Schaefer from Mississippi State

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas moved quickly to hire a new women's basketball coach, luring Vic Schaefer away from powerhouse Mississippi State on Sunday. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte announced the move by tweeting a picture of himself with Schaefer and his family holding up the "Hook'em ...

Ex-NFL kicker, Saints hero Tom Dempsey dies at 73

NEW ORLEANS — Tom Dempsey, the kicker born without toes on his kicking foot who made a then-record 63-yard field goal, died late Saturday while struggling with complications from the new coronavirus. He was 73. The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate first reported Dempsey's death. ...

Flora enters IHSAA Officials Hall of Fame

Baseball, basketball, football; take your pick — around the state and, heck, even parts of the Midwest, Jay Flora has long been renowned as an official in each. He’s spent decades working all three beats at the prep and collegiate levels with the type of success that only the best of the ...

Iowa PF Pemsl to transfer

After four years in Iowa City, Dubuque native Cordell Pemsl is saying goodbye to the Hawkeyes. The redshirt junior forward announced Friday that he is planning on finishing his degree and transferring for his final year of basketball. Pemsl, a 6-foot-9 power forward, averaged 5.9 points and ...

Bulldogs’ star center departing

After a stellar breakout season for the Bulldogs in 2019-20, 7-foot sophomore center Liam Robbins announced Saturday that he is leaving the Drake men’s basketball team and will enter the transfer portal. Robbins posted a short note on Twitter minutes after Tommy Birch of the Des Moines ...

Iowa football finds ways to recruit amid pandemic

Spring reps on a practice field are only part of what college football programs are missing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation that led to the cancellation of the 15 spring practices that Iowa and Illinois were preparing for is also impacting the way those Big Ten programs ...

Dayton’s Toppin, Oregon’s Ionescu win Naismith

ATLANTA — Dayton forward Obi Toppin has been awarded the Naismith Trophy as college basketball's most outstanding player. Toppin was named the Naismith Trophy winner on Friday, adding to an award collection that includes national player of the year by The Associated Press. Iowa’s Luka ...

UNI launching new online discussion show

CEDAR FALLS — The Northern Iowa athletic department is set to launch Panther Chats, a discussion video series with head coaches and administrators. The show will launch April 9 with Director of Athletics David Harris as the first guest. While the athletics staff is working from their ...

WNBA postpones start of season this month because of virus

NEW YORK — The WNBA season will not start on time next month because of the coronavirus pandemic, and when it begins is unclear. The league announced Friday it will delay the season for an indefinite period. Training camps were to open on April 26 and the regular season on May 15. WNBA ...

Pollard, ISU coaches take pay cuts

AMES — With difficult times befalling college athletics during the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa State and athletic director Jamie Pollard took a large and unprecedented step Wednesday in an attempt to limit the financial damage the school’s athletic department faces — with coaches and other ...

UNI’s Moore enters transfer portal

Tight end Briley Moore ran a route that Northern Iowa wasn’t expecting. The 6-foot-4, 249-pound redshirt senior announced on his Twitter account Wednesday night that he was entering the transfer portal. Moore, a native of Blue Springs, Missouri, thanked “Panther Nation” and head coach ...

Iowa’s Garza a finalist for Wooden

LOS ANGELES — Udoka Azubuike of Kansas, Luka Garza of Iowa, Markus Howard of Marquette, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Obi Toppin of Dayton are the five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s top college basketball player. The 44th annual award will be presented on Tuesday ...

Doyle leads Iowan trio on WBCA All-America

ATLANTA — Three Iowa universities had players honored by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s All-America team Thursday afternoon, led by Iowa’s senior guard Kathleen Doyle. Doyle is the fourth Iowa player in school history named to the WBCA All-America team after Kachine ...

Born wins Gatorade hoops honor again

CHICAGO — Norwalk High School senior point guard Bowen Born has been named the 2019-20 Gatorade Iowa Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Born, a Northern Iowa recruit, was named Iowa’s Mr. Basketball after leading the Warriors to a Class 3A state basketball championship. The 5-foot-11 ...

Rams’ O-line counting on boost from continuity

LOS ANGELES — If NFL teams are unable to hold offseason workouts amid the coronavirus pandemic, Andrew Whitworth and Austin Blythe believe continuity will be a valuable commodity this fall. That’s an area where the Los Angeles Rams’ offensive line should be much stronger this ...

Marshalltown Speedway delays start of racing

The Marshalltown Speedway has pushed back the start of its racing season to May 7 with the Dale DeFrance Memorial. The Speedway’s website said that in accordance with President Donald Trump’s decision to extend the social distancing recommendation through April, the Marshalltown Speedway ...

Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII

Wimbledon was canceled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won’t be played. Britain imposed a nationwide lockdown just over a week ago, and the All England Club announced after a two-day emergency ...

Law firm criticized by USSF asks to withdraw from lawsuit

LOS ANGELES — Seyfarth Shaw, the law firm whose arguments critical of American women’s players led to the resignation of U.S. Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro, has asked to withdraw from representing the federation in the lawsuit. Members of the women’s national team filed a ...

Study: racial graduation-rate gap grows for men’s NCAA teams

A diversity report for graduation rates among potential NCAA Tournament teams found a larger gap between white and black men’s players from the previous year, while male players continue to lag behind their female counterparts overall. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) ...