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NFL draft averages record 8.4M viewers across 3 days

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Seth Markman was just as nervous as NFL coaches and general managers about the unknown factors involved with a virtual draft. But the ESPN executive producer said he was overwhelmed with how everything came together over the three days. It also ended up being must-see TV as the first ...

AP source: Saints, Winston in ‘advanced’ negotiations

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NEW ORLEANS — The Saints and quarterback Jameis Winston are working on a contract proposal to make the former Buccaneers starter a backup to Drew Brees in New Orleans, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Winston and the Saints are in "advanced" talks, the person ...

Bowman makes it 3 straight for Hendrick with virtual victory

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Talladega Superspeedway wasn't immune from "The Big One" or a typical overtime finish, even in virtual racing. Alex Bowman scored his first iRacing victory of NASCAR's invitational series by holding off Corey LaJoie and Ryan Preece in a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish ...

Bobcats preparing, hopeful for season under the sun

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A week after Gov. Kim Reynolds snuffed out the spring sports season by canceling the remainder of the school year, her announcement to lighten restrictions on elective surgeries and farmers’ markets gave Marshalltown High School softball coach Jim Palmer a glimmer of hope. It breathed life ...

Bell honored as cross country official

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The Iowa branch of the National Federation Officials Association was unable to conduct its awards banquet because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the organization still honored Marshalltown’s Tim Bell as one of its 15 recipients of Official of the Year. Bell, the longtime Marshalltown High ...

Four more Hawkeyes selected

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — A.J. Epenesa might not know much about Buffalo yet, though the Iowa defensive end is sure familiar with Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Drafted by the Bills with the 54th pick on Friday, Epenesa began to laugh when reminded how his first college career sack came against Allen ...

Five Iowa State football players sign after the draft

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AMES — Five Iowa State football players signed free agent contracts after the 2020 NFL Draft ended Saturday night. The following Cyclones will enter NFL rookie camps when practice resumes: long-snapper Steve Wirtel (Detroit Lions), linebacker Marcel Spears Jr. (Cincinnati Bengals), ...

UNI’s Green to test NBA draft waters

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CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa guard AJ Green, the Missouri Valley Conference’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. The Panthers made the announcement in a brief statement Saturday afternoon, noting that Green would not hire an agent and therefore ...

Wieskamp withdraws from draft

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IOWA CITY — The uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic made the choice an easy one for University of Iowa sophomore Joe Wieskamp: he’s withdrawing from the NBA Draft. Wieskamp announced on Saturday that he will bypass the 2020 NBA Draft process and return for his junior year with ...

Cyclones add transfer from Memphis

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AMES — For all the Cyclones have lost to transfers, the Iowa State men’s basketball team is finally on the receiving end. University of Memphis transfer Tyler Harris announced with a video on his Twitter page on Saturday that he has committed to join the Cyclones. The status of his ...

NFL DRAFT: Round 2 heavy on receivers

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Pitch and catch. While only one quarterback, Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts, was taken on the second day of the NFL draft Friday, the guys who haul in passes were everywhere. Starting with the top two selections on Day 2 — Clemson's Tee Higgins to Cincinnati and Southern California's Michael ...

First night of NFL Draft draws record 15.6 million viewers

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The first night of the NFL draft averaged a record 15.6 million viewers on television, easily shattering the record set six years ago. Thursday night's first round was aired on ABC, ESPN, the NFL Network and ESPN Deportes. The coverage peaked from 8:45-9 p.m. EDT when 19.6 million viewers ...

NCAA denies request to drop Division I sport minimum

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The NCAA Division I Council denied a request to temporarily waive the minimum number of sports required to be a Division I member and delayed a decision on allowing all college athletes to be immediately eligible one time after transferring. The NCAA announced Friday night that a request made ...

Tampa Bay tabs Wirfs to protect Brady

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers landed more help for Tom Brady in the opening round of the NFL draft, moving to bolster the six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback’s protection by selecting Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs with the 13th pick. “It’s pretty crazy to think about. Tom ...

Ex-Hawkeye Till transfers to Cal Poly

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly men’s basketball coach John Smith announced former University of Iowa forward Riley Till as the sixth member of the Mustangs’ incoming class for the 2020-21 season on Monday. Till, a three-year letterwinner at Iowa, is a graduate transfer who will have ...

Pemsl picks Virginia Tech

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BLACKSBURG, Va. — Cordell Pemsl is bringing size and rebounding to Virginia Tech — both of which are in big demand. Pemsl, a 6-foot-9, 248-pound power forward from the University of Iowa, announced his intent to transfer to Virginia Tech on Monday after more than two weeks of being in the ...

NCAA grants Kemerer a sixth year

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IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa wrestling program announced Monday that Michael Kemerer has been granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. The NCAA granted the three-time All-American a clock extension resulting from a redshirt year during initial year of enrollment and a ...

Drake men add Seton Hall transfer

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DES MOINES — Darnell Brodie, a 6-foot-10, 265-pound forward has joined the Drake University men’s basketball program, head coach Darian DeVries announced Monday. Brodie recently completed his sophomore season at Seton Hall. “We are excited to have Darnell Brodie joining our ...

For all the changes, NFL draft kind of looked, well, normal

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For all the uniqueness of this NFL draft, including the angst over a potential communications fiasco, things looked and sounded pretty normal Thursday night. Quarterbacks were in demand. Ohio State (the top three picks played there) and the Southeastern Conference (a record 15 picks) ...

Red Sox stripped of pick, Cora banned in sign stealing scams

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NEW YORK — The Boston Red Sox escaped major penalties in Major League Baseball's cheating investigation on Wednesday, with Commissioner Rob Manfred concluding that the 2018 World Series champions' sign-stealing efforts were less egregious than the Astros' when they won it all the previous ...