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Slow start for Northern Iowa results in 79-59 loss to Missouri State in Conference opener

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 27, 2020 - 6:58pm
CEDAR FALLS — Playing its first game in 18 days Northern Iowa was overwhelmed in its Missouri Valley Conference opener Sunday, losing 79-59 to Missouri State. Despite trailing the entire first...
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No Music City Bowl, but Iowa football’s 2020 song isn’t a sad one

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 27, 2020 - 4:21pm
Perhaps more surprising than Missouri pulling out of Wednesday’s scheduled Music City Bowl was the number of Iowa fans who planned to go to the game. I heard from many Hawkeye supporters who...
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No bowl game for Iowa football, as Music City Bowl is canceled

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 27, 2020 - 2:35pm
Just like that, the Iowa football season is over. COVID-19 issues within the Missouri program prompted the cancellation of Wednesday’s Music City Bowl against the Hawkeyes at Nashville, Tenn....
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Iowa vs. Missouri Music City Bowl canceled

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 27, 2020 - 12:46pm
Iowa is without a bowl game. Missouri has pulled out of Wednesday’s Music City Bowl against Iowa in Nashville, Tenn., because of a rise in COVID-19 cases in the Tigers’ program. The...
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An outdoor year to remember ... and forget

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 27, 2020 - 9:33am
Looking back at 2020, which thankfully is almost over, it turned out to be a banner year for outdoor activities. You could see it coming in mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic began shutting down...
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A strange MVC season about to begin for UNI Panthers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 27, 2020 - 8:16am
CEDAR FALLS — An unprecedented Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball season begins today for Northern Iowa. To reduce travel and mitigate COVID-19 risk, the MVC implemented a...
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Upper Iowa Coach Heath Grimm excited about Peacocks’ potential

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 27, 2020 - 2:37am
FAYETTE — Excitement in the future has surpassed pride in the past. Upper Iowa Coach Heath Grimm values his program’s achievements to date, willing to compare them with most in NCAA...
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Coe’s Brock Henderson remains driven despite past disappoints

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 26, 2020 - 1:21pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Brock Henderson considers it a blessing every time he steps into a wrestling room. Each muscle-tiring practice is time well spent. Every puddle of sweat at his feet is welcome....
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Joe Evans goes from unknown walk-on linebacker to scholarship, pass-rushing defensive end for Iowa Hawkeyes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 26, 2020 - 1:19pm
This was about as matter of fact as you could get. Iowa’s football team was going through a Monday morning practice here fairly recently. The Hawkeyes specifically were working on...
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Tristan Bohn provides inspiration for Linn-Mar swimmers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 26, 2020 - 10:17am
MARION — Victories in sports aren’t always seen in the final results. You won’t see Linn-Mar’s Tristan Bohn on the top step of any podiums during this high school...
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Fran McCaffery calls Iowa’s defense “unacceptable,” and who’s to argue?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 26, 2020 - 8:18am
MINNEAPOLIS — It’s an old, familiar song, but it hits harder this season when so much is expected. Defense did in the Iowa men’s basketball team Friday night in its 102-95 overtime...
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Looking for something to do? Try volunteering

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 26, 2020 - 8:02am
We are 10 months into a global pandemic. Though there are hopeful signs of vaccines in the near future that will bring this 2020 nightmare to an eventual end, there remain ebbs and flows for every...
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For Iowa men's basketball, Christmas was for giving ... a game away

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 25, 2020 - 9:21pm
MINNEAPOLIS — If there had been any fans in Williams Arena Friday night, they surely would have been chanting “Overrated!” That’s how fans are, you know, and that’s...
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Cyclones enjoy high-profile foes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 25, 2020 - 8:17pm
AMES — Playing in the Big 12 Conference, Iowa State has a few opportunities every season to play “national brands.” Iowa State’s games against Oklahoma and Texas always...
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This winter, Mike Sconsa’s victories are coming away from the court

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 25, 2020 - 3:33pm
CASCADE — Clench your left hand into a fist. Now release. Simple, isn’t it? For Mike Sconsa, it’s a chore. For weeks, it was an impossible task. “As hard as I tried, I...
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The Year in Photos 2020: Iowa Sports

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 25, 2020 - 1:56pm
The Gazette’s visuals staff shares their sports photos of 2020
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Judge: Female athletes have ‘fair chance’ at proving University of Iowa is violating Title IX

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 24, 2020 - 2:26pm
IOWA CITY — In spelling out her reasoning for temporarily blocking the University of Iowa from cutting its women’s swimming and diving program, a federal judge said in a written order...
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Boys’ basketball notebook: 9 wins in the books already for 4th-ranked Springville

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 24, 2020 - 1:29pm
Maybe it was just the principal in him. Springville boys’ basketball coach Nick Merritt was asked to grade his team’s performance so far this season, especially a week-long stretch in...
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Iowa Hawkeyes hope to make lots of Christmas baskets in Minnesota

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 24, 2020 - 9:20am
Christmas is for children, peace on earth, and the NBA. That league has had Christmas games every year since 1947, except 1998 when there was a lockout. Wilt Chamberlain had 59 points and 36...
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Iowa vs. Minnesota men’s basketball on Christmas Day: Time, TV, live stream, team data

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - December 24, 2020 - 9:20am
What: No. 4 Iowa (7-1, 1-0 Big Ten) at Minnesota (7-1, 0-1) in men’s basketball When/where: 7 p.m., Williams Arena, Minneapolis TV: BTN Live stream: FoxSports.com Radio: Hawkeye Radio...
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