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ISU’s Campbell goes JUCO route in the trenches

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — One of Iowa State’s biggest questions entering preseason practice was its defensive line. The Cyclones are hoping to see three junior college transfers emerge as quality Big 12 players as soon as possible. Iowa State (3-9 in 2016) was hit hard by ...

Preece breaks through in Newton

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer NEWTON — Ryan Preece had waited his whole career for a chance to race in a car as strong as the No. 20 Toyota of Joe Gibbs Racing. Preece then went out and proved what he could do with top-notch equipment. The 26-year-old Preece survived a ...

Schwarber understands demotion

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES — Slumping slugger Kyle Schwarber said Monday that he’s not surprised the Chicago Cubs demoted him, saying “the numbers spoke for themselves.” Schwarber’s October return following a knee injury helped fuel Chicago’s first World Series ...

Hawkeyes are Big Ten champions

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Iowa achieved another milestone in the baseball rebuilding project Rick Heller started four years ago. Drake Robison held Northwestern to one run in seven innings, Jake Adams homered twice, and the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten Tournament for the first time with a 13-4 ...

Reunion of sorts at Drake Relays

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES — The Drake Relays served as a reunion of sorts for the 1,600-meter relay team from the U.S. that won gold at the Rio Olympics. True to form, the anchor of those Olympic champions came out on top in Iowa. LaShawn Merritt held off Rio relay ...

QB still a question mark for Hawkeyes

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa opened spring practice hoping that quarterback Nathan Stanley would seize the starting job. The Hawkeyes will open fall camp hoping for the same thing. Stanley and Tyler Wiegers failed to clarify Iowa’s vacancy during spring workouts, ...

Iowa, Iowa State renew series through 2023

Iowa and Iowa State announced Tuesday that their annual series has been extended through 2023, temporarily quelling fears that the matchup could be on the way out. The Hawkeyes and Cyclones tacked two years onto a matchup that’s been contested every season since 1977. The Hawkeyes lead the ...

Hawks hope to energize their offense

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer WEST DES MOINES — Iowa went 6-3 in the Big Ten last season despite an offense that often couldn’t out of its own way. The Hawkeyes are hoping a coaching overhaul can get its attack on track. Iowa (8-5 in 2016) has a new coordinator and running backs ...

Drake is ‘perfect fit’ for Medved

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES — Niko Medved is taking over a Drake program that has proven to be a coaching graveyard for plenty of his predecessors. Medved’s first challenge is convincing the Bulldogs he’s the right person for the job. Medved, who grew up in nearby ...

Important spring ahead for Hawkeyes

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz will open his 19th spring camp with a new offensive coordinator who is looking for a new starting quarterback. This might be among the most pivotal springs in Ferentz’s tenure with the Hawkeyes. Iowa (8-5 in 2016) ...

Cyclones say goodbye to memorable senior class

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Nearly seven years to the day he was hired, the Fred Hoiberg era is over at Iowa State. Steve Prohm is now completely in control of the Cyclones’ future. The last of Hoiberg’s recruits completed their careers Saturday in an 80-76 loss to Purdue ...

Hawks excited for future

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa won 10 conference games in the Big Ten this season despite starting its youngest team in decades. That’s among the many reasons Hawkeyes fans are buzzing about the future. Iowa (19-15) wrapped up its season Sunday with a 94-92 overtime ...

Hawkeyes advance in NIT

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Freshmen Jordan Bohannon scored 19 points with 11 assists, fellow newcomer Tyler Cook scored 18 with eight rebounds and Iowa opened the NIT with an 87-75 win over South Dakota on Wednesday. Senior Peter Jok had 20 to lead the Hawkeyes (19-14), ...

Burton back in Milwaukee and better than ever

By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE — Deonte Burton says his mother is with him all the time. He wears pink socks or shoes for breast cancer awareness when he plays for Iowa State. He says a prayer to ask her for strength before he takes the court. This week, they are home. The NCAA ...

Big Ten, Big 12 powers at the forefront of NCAA wrestling meet

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer Conventional wisdom held that Penn State would peak in March, just in time to win their sixth wrestling title in seven years. Ohio State and Oklahoma State will look to prove otherwise this weekend in St. Louis. The Nittany Lions, Buckeyes and Cowboys are ...

Cyclones are soaring

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer A month ago, Iowa State looked like a team on the verge of falling out of NCAA Tournament contention. The Cyclones have played like one of the best teams in the country ever since. Surging Iowa State (23-10) has won nine of its last 10 games, including an ...

Drake women fight off UNI for MVC title

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Caitlin Ingle’s jumper sent the game into overtime where she scored five points and led No. 20 Drake over Northern Iowa 74-69 on Sunday for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship and the Bulldogs’ conference-record 22nd consecutive victory. The ...

Former Hawkeye Reiff signs with Vikings

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have accomplished their most obvious offseason goal, bringing in two new tackles to bolster a lagging offensive line. After finalizing their contract with former Detroit left tackle Riley Reiff on Friday, the ...

Cyclones back in Big 12 finals

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Monte Morris helped Iowa State win a pair of Big 12 Tournament titles under Fred Hoiberg. Now he has a chance to do it under Steve Prohm. The all-Big 12 guard had 15 points, Deonte Burton scored a game-high 22, and the pair of seniors ...

Greenway to retire

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — After 11 seasons, 1,334 tackles, two Pro Bowls and an incalculable amount of work in the community, longtime Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway has decided to retire. Greenway, a former Iowa Hawkeye All-American, will hold a news conference on Tuesday to ...