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Gazette sports coverage: We are what we are

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 9, 2017 - 2:12pm
The first email arrived at 6:54 a.m. Sunday. It was expected and, honestly, welcome. I enjoy the opportunity to explain our coverage philosophy and the chance to have a meaningful exchange with our...
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Iowa high school football rankings: West Sioux, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley climb to No. 1

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 9, 2017 - 2:08pm
Much is yet to be determined in this football season, but this much is clear: There will not be a wire-to-wire No. 1 in the Gazette/KGYM poll. Southwest Valley took care of that Friday night. The...
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Hawkeyes aced mid-terms in finishing first-halves

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 9, 2017 - 12:45pm
At the midway mark of this season, Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley and offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz should feel especially good about this statistic: The Hawkeyes have scored touchdowns in the...
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Big Ten football rankings: Is Russia backing Michigan?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 9, 2017 - 10:42am
The Big Ten has two unbeaten football teams left. But no one’s perfect. That said, here are this week’s Big Ten performance rankings: 1. Penn State 3-0 Big Ten, 6-0 overall The Nittany...
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Iowa State football wants win over Oklahoma to be program-defining

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 8, 2017 - 9:53pm
Iowa State football has been here before. The Cyclones were on top of the world after what was supposed to be a program-changing win against No. 2 Oklahoma State in 2011. Only the program...
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Solid start for Iowa’s new-look offensive line

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 8, 2017 - 12:57pm
IOWA CITY — It probably was no accident that Tristan Wirfs’ first start as an Iowa offensive tackle came at home against Illinois and not last week at Michigan State. You saw Michigan...
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Hlas: Cyclones make lore, want more

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 8, 2017 - 11:11am
For Iowa State’s football team, there was one thing better Saturday than the fact it defeated third-ranked Oklahoma 38-31 in Norman. It was the way the Cyclones won. There was nothing fluky...
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UNI falls in final seconds to No. 18 Western Illinois

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 7, 2017 - 8:34pm
CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa (2-3, 1-1) came up just short after an epic second half in its homecoming tilt, falling 38-29 to 18th-ranked Western Illinois (4-1, 1-1) at the UNI-Dome...
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Small-school volleyball giant Dike-New Hartford does it again at Westside

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 7, 2017 - 6:01pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Forget enrollment. As has been the case for decades, Dike-New Hartford is a volleyball Goliath. The top-ranked team in Class 2A, DNH took down six larger schools on its way to...
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Iowa's special teams trickeration shows degree of confidence

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 7, 2017 - 5:52pm
IOWA CITY — Miguel Recinos hasn’t been asked to run the ball. Not yet anyway. But maybe after the Hawkeyes pulled off an onside kick and a fake punt during their 45-16 victory Saturday...
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Iowa's big plays sink Illinois

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 7, 2017 - 5:02pm
IOWA CITY — The first half on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium was essentially even. The Iowa football team led, 17-13, but Illinois had outgained the Hawkeyes, 252-248 and had converted on four of...
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Iowa 45, Illinois 16 — A little exorcism, a lot of execution

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 7, 2017 - 5:00pm
IOWA CITY — If you believe in this sort of thing, sure, maybe the Hawkeyes needed a bit of an exorcism going into Saturday. Your head would probably be spinning, too, if you lost the last two...
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Hlas: Brandon Snyder leaves darkness of torn ACL, leads Iowa Hawkeyes to light

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 7, 2017 - 4:46pm
IOWA CITY — You can’t play football less than six months after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament. You can’t intercept a pass, return it 89 yards for a touchdown, and give your...
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Iowa receivers give boost in multiple phases against Illinois

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 7, 2017 - 4:19pm
IOWA CITY — Nick Easley could only laugh when it was brought up to him after Iowa’s 45-16 win against Illinois on Saturday that the receiving corps wasn’t exactly given high marks...
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Watch Iowa State’s locker room celebration after upsetting Oklahoma

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 7, 2017 - 3:51pm
As you might imagine, Iowa State was pretty fired up about beating third-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday, the program’s first win over OU since 1990. See for yourself in the video of the...
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Iowa football Game Report: Hawkeyes 45, Illinois 16

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 7, 2017 - 3:32pm
PLAY OF THE GAME The Setup — Players don’t get “days” until well after their helmets are centerpieces in dens/TV caves, but Saturday at Kinnick Stadium was unofficially...
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Watch: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa players talk win over Illinois

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 7, 2017 - 3:24pm
Hear from Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz (above) and eight Iowa players (playlist below) after the Hawkeyes defeated Illinois 45-16 Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa is now 4-2 overall, 1-2 in the Big...
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Joel Lanning impacts both sides of the ball in Iowa State’s win over Oklahoma

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 7, 2017 - 3:11pm
AMES – Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning saw a loose football on Iowa State’s 5-yard line after a bad handoff exchange between Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and running back Trey...
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Iowa State shocks No. 3 Oklahoma, 38-31

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 7, 2017 - 1:59pm
AMES – Iowa State didn’t haveits starting quarterback due to a personal health issue, and it didn’t have a starting linebacker due to injury. By all accounts Iowa State was...
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Clear Creek Amana football player target of classmate's racist social media post after kneeling for anthem

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 7, 2017 - 1:40pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A racist social media post emerged Friday night disparaging a Clear Creek Amana football player for deciding to kneel for the national anthem. A photo on Snapchat taken during...
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