Iowa Sports

Hawks shift focus after strong opener

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa is starting to answer some of its offseason questions. Hawkeyes linebackers, buoyed by a dominant line, looked at times like seasoned veterans in Saturday’s 33-7 win over Northern Illinois that gave coach Kirk Ferentz his record-setting ...

Ferentz passes Fry atop Iowa record books

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Kirk Ferentz’s record-setting 144th win at Iowa could not have been more emblematic of his tenure in Iowa City. There were times when every play on offense looked like a struggle — especially early on. But they kept grinding, finally ...

ISU make-up date undetermined

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer A night of miserable and dangerous weather put a damper on one of the most highly anticipated season openers in recent memory at Iowa State. The game against South Dakota State was canceled on Saturday night after a 2 ¢-hour delay caused by lightning. The ...

Iowa expecting big things

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Entering 2018, Iowa looks like it usually does in August: a decent team with a chance to be a special one. The Hawkeyes should know by the end of September which outcome they are destined for. Iowa, which went 8-5 last year, won’t get to ...

Newcomers key for Hawks

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Coach Kirk Ferentz will go for his record-breaking 144th win at Iowa this weekend. To get it, he will have to rely on a bunch of players making their first significant appearances for the Hawkeyes. Ferentz’s quest to pass Hayden Fry as the ...

Expectations high for Iowa State

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer For years, one of the challenges for Iowa State ahead of its season opener was trying to overcome low expectations that often turned out to be justified. How will the Cyclones handle being expected to be a handful for once? Iowa State (8-5 in 2017) will ...

Kelly-Martin has leg-up in Hawkeye backfield race

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Sophomore Ivory Kelly-Martin will likely start the season as Iowa’s top running back, according to offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz. The move could be categorized as a mild surprise given that fellow sophomore Toren Young was listed ahead ...

Iowa’s Fant a preseason All-American

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP Football Writer Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love of Stanford and Outland Trophy winner Ed Oliver of Houston highlight The Associated Press preseason All-America team. Chosen by AP poll voters, the team announced Tuesday also features West Virginia quarterback Will ...

Hawks ready to move forward

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Sophomores Alaric Jackson and Tristan Wirfs each possess the potential to finish their Iowa careers ranked among the best tackles the lineman-rich Hawkeyes have ever produced. They’ve just got to stay out of trouble. Jackson, who was ...

Sargent ready to contribute at Iowa

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — After largely avoiding the junior college and graduate transfer markets under coach Kirk Ferentz, Iowa found success a year ago with one-and-done running back James Butler. The Hawkeyes might have landed another solid transfer back in Mekhi ...

Montgomery, Cyclones are no longer a secret

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Big 12 coaches and football junkies know all about Iowa State junior running back David Montgomery. Montgomery is poised to make his presence felt throughout the rest of the country this fall. Montgomery racked up 1,146 yards rushing and 11 ...

Resilient Bobcats bring joy to devastated Marshalltown community

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES — Last Wednesday, the high school baseball team in Marshalltown was busy celebrating an unlikely berth in the state tournament. Less than 24 hours later, the Bobcats, their families, neighbors and friends were ducking for cover as an EF-3 ...

Hesse on familiar Hawkeye road

By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO — Parker Hesse was lightly recruited coming out of Waukon High School in the northeast corner of Iowa. He played all over for the Indians and captained the team as a senior, but he heard mostly from Missouri Valley and Division I-AA programs when he ...

Orji sets record at USA Track and Field Championships

DES MOINES — Keturah Orji set a meet record in the triple jump with a leap of 47 feet, 10 1/2 inches, highlighting the opening session Thursday at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships. Mike Rodgers, at 33 years old, set a world mark for 2018 in the 100 meters at 9.89 seconds in an ...

‘Big Four Classic’ nixed

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — The annual doubleheader between Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Drake will come to an end after next season. The Hawkeyes announced on Thursday that they are pulling out of the Des Moines-based event partly because the Big Ten is moving ...

Cook coming back to Iowa

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa forward Tyler Cook will withdraw his name from NBA Draft consideration and return to the Hawkeyes for his junior season. Cook announced his decision on Wednesday, which means the Hawkeyes are getting their best player back after a trying ...

Wigginton returning to ISU

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State guard Lindell Wigginton says he is withdrawing from consideration for the NBA draft and returning to school for his sophomore season. Wigginton, who averaged 16.7 points and 2.8 assists a game as a freshman, announced his plans on ...

Daniels headed to Chicago

By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Bears went back to building their offense on the second day of the draft. Chicago took Iowa center James Daniels and Memphis receiver Anthony Miller on Friday night, giving prized quarterback Mitchell Trubisky more protection and ...

Green Bay picks Jackson

By GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers prioritized the secondary first in the NFL draft. Josh Jackson is joining a revamped cornerback group after the Packers took the Iowa junior with the 45th overall pick in the second round on Friday night. Jackson ...

Iowa holds spring game

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa’s offense was as inconsistent as any in the country last season, capable of hanging 55 points on Ohio State one week and getting shut out by Wisconsin the next. A more reliable attack could help vault the Hawkeyes back atop the Big Ten ...