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Iowa football seeks new strength coach for similar results, better environment

IOWA CITY — Amani Hooker’s name and image are on an outer wall of Kinnick Stadium, part of the celebration of the glories of the University of Iowa’s football program. Hooker was...
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Iowa high school baseball rankings: Preseason coaches poll released

Two defending state champions begin a shortened 2020 Iowa high school baseball season ranked No. 1. Urbandale in Class 4A and Van Meter in 2A are top-ranked teams in the Iowa High School Baseball...
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Black lives matter more than a stadium and more than sports

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 15, 2020 - 11:56am
Growing up in Eastern Iowa, but specifically Iowa City, the progressive ideals of the community have always been touted as a positive. Iowa City’s acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community was and...
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Hawkeye football failed to create a culture of trust and accountability

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 15, 2020 - 11:02am
As the nation navigates pressing issues of racial justice, so, too, is the University of Iowa football team. Last week, several Hawkeye alumni posted about racism they experienced during their time...
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Iowa announces ‘separation agreement’ with Chris Doyle

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa announced Monday it has reached a “separation agreement” with strength and conditioning Coach Chris Doyle, effective Monday. The athletics...
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Iowa safety Jack Koerner tweets his gratitude, says he’ll be OK after Friday night jet-ski accident

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa football safety Jack Koerner tweeted his gratitude to fans and other well wishers Sunday after a jet-ski accident early Friday evening in Missouri left him and a friend in...
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Not all bugs are created — or treated — equally

The bugs in my world are a mixed blessing. Some can be annoying and destructive, while others are beneficial and beautiful. Among the most annoying now are the clouds of gnats that swarm around my...
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Quiz: Iowa high school baseball and softball history

It’s time to play ball again in the state of Iowa. The 2020 Iowa high school baseball and softball regular seasons begin Monday night, the first high school sports to return in the U.S. since...
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It’s a perfect time to play video games. Here’s how to determine which ones are right for you.

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 13, 2020 - 12:05pm
This sheltering in place seems to be going on forever. Maybe it has you desperate enough to try something completely different. Many gamers have been enjoying the extra time to spend on their...
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Hawkeye Downs lifer Elliott Vogel earns first career win at the track

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 13, 2020 - 11:53am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Elliott Vogel has been attending races at Hawkeye Downs Speedway since the summer of 1997. He wasn’t born until New Year’s Eve, but that didn’t stop his...
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Hawkeye Downs kicks off second season of Street Drags on Sunday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 13, 2020 - 11:44am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Since the dawn of the automotive age, speed seekers have asked “Who’s faster?” Promoter Keith Simmons and his SPI Outlaw Street Drag event Sunday at Hawkeye...
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10 Iowa State athletes, including 2 football players, test positive for COVID-19

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 13, 2020 - 11:16am
AMES — As college athletes across the U.S. return to their respective campuses and get tested for COVID-19, athletics departments are getting put to the test in how they respond. That includes...
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Iowa defensive back Kaevon Merriweather finds he isn’t alone on an island

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 13, 2020 - 10:37am
IOWA CITY — He has just one career start, but redshirt sophomore safety Kaevon Merriweather became a voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team recently, and in a way that would have seemed...
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Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner injured in boating accident

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 13, 2020 - 10:18am
Jack Koerner, a junior safety on the University of Iowa football team and member of the team’s 2020 Leadership Group, was injured in a watercraft accident at Lake of the Ozarks in central...
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New dawn breaks in the Iowa football building

IOWA CITY — One of the quieter interviews on the Iowa football team has been running back Ivory Kelly-Martin. The Plainfield, Ill., native had injuries during his freshman year and sat out...
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Iowa’s Ride director to take new job in Arizona

Former RAGBRAI director T.J. Juskiewicz, who resigned in October to launch a now-postponed alternative bike ride across Iowa, is leaving Iowa to head an Arizona bike event. On July 1, Juskiewicz will...
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Q and A with USHL President/Commissioner Tom Garrity, who is encouraged there will be a 2020-21 season

CEDAR RAPIDS — Tom Garrity was named President and Commissioner of the United States Hockey League in May 2018. Spending over a quarter-century in sports administration and sales, Garrity has...
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Former Iowa DB D.J. Johnson transferring to Purdue

Former Iowa defensive back D.J. Johnson is staying in the Big Ten West, announcing Friday on Twitter that he is transferring to Purdue. The Indianapolis Star reported that Purdue will try to get...
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Iowa City West 3-sport athlete Marcus Morgan excels in baseball, too

IOWA CITY — Don’t ask Marcus Morgan to pick a favorite sport. The calendar will likely dictate that choice. Football takes over during the fall, giving way to basketball in winter....
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