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Special teams a secret weapon for Iowa

By ADAM HENSLEY The Associated Press IOWA CITY — Charlie Jones and Tory Taylor didn’t take conventional paths to Iowa. Three games into their first season with the Hawkeyes, they’re feeling right at home. Their performances highlighted a big day for special teams in last week’s 49-7 ...

Hall’s stock soaring for ISU

When Iowa State running back Breece Hall discusses his role, he first mentions his blocking in pass protection, being a dependable check-down receiver and communicating with teammates. Everybody else wants to talk about what he does as a ball carrier. Hall is averaging 150.2 yards per game ...

Cyclones look to get back on track at Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Iowa State learned in an opening home loss to Louisiana-Lafayette that you can’t overlook anybody in college football. Especially in such a bizarre season as this one. Maybe that’s why Cyclones coach Matt Campbell made winless Kansas sound like the best of Clemson ...

Hawkeyes take on Northwestern

IOWA CITY (AP) - Kirk Ferentz’s best Iowa teams tend to improve by the week, which means the Hawkeyes better get going if they want to be a factor in the Big Ten West. The timetable is accelerated this season because of the conference’s shortened schedule. Ferentz is looking for his team ...

Rose anchors Iowa State defense

Mike Rose, like everybody else in college football, had no idea last spring if there would be a season. Iowa State’s junior linebacker wanted to be ready just in case, so day in and day out for three months he went to his high school in the Cleveland suburb of Brecksville, Ohio, to do ...

Frustrating opener for Hawkeyes

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell noticed how special sophomore receiver David Bell was from the time he came on campus. “He’s a kid that physically is a mismatch for more players,” O’Connell said. “Even more than physically his mental makeup is extremely ...

Oklahoma State fights off Cyclones

STILLWATER, Okla. — Spencer Sanders waited a long time for this moment. Oklahoma State’s sophomore quarterback passed for 235 yards and ran for 71 and a touchdown in his return from injury, and the sixth-ranked Cowboys defeated No. 17 Iowa State 24-21 on Saturday afternoon. Sanders ...

Iowa will cut four programs

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer The University of Iowa will drop four sports programs as part of the athletic department’s response to a projected loss of $100 million in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. School president Bruce Harreld and athletic director Gary Barta said Friday ...

Iowan Johnson to receive Payne Stewart Award

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Zach Johnson had quick success after a long road to the PGA Tour. He won as a rookie and reached the Tour Championship in Atlanta, where one of the perks was attending a ceremony to watch Jay Haas accept the Payne Stewart Award. He remembers it being powerful, ...

Garza coming back to Iowa for senior year

IOWA CITY (AP) — Big Ten player of the year Luka Garza announced Sunday he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and will return to Iowa for his senior season. “My heart is in Iowa City,” Garza said. “I love this place too much to leave it. I love my teammates, coaches, community, fans and ...

Ex-Hawk Wirfs will be ready if Bucs need him

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. — Tristan Wirfs knows he has a critical role to play in helping Tom Brady transform the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into winners. The rookie is undaunted by the challenge of preparing for the task without the benefit of a normal preseason. The former ...

No fall sports for Grinnell

GRINNELL (AP) — Grinnell College says it will cancel football and other fall sports because of concerns about the coronavirus. The Division III school announced Monday it would cancel sports including football, soccer, golf, cross country and volleyball. The college, located in the small ...

Cardinals will face White Sox in Field of Dreams game

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK — The St. Louis Cardinals have replaced the New York Yankees as the opponent for the Chicago White Sox in the Field of Dreams game on Aug. 13 at Dyersville, Iowa. The schedule change caused by the new coronavirus pandemic meant the White Sox no ...

Wadley chastises Iowa program

IOWA CITY (AP) — Former Iowa running back Akrum Wadley ripped the Hawkeyes on Monday, saying he was so mistreated by some coaches he now regrets playing there. Wadley’s statement, posted on Facebook, mentioned coach Kirk Ferentz, his son, offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, director of ...

Barta backs Ferentz; Doyle done at Iowa

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa athletic director Gary Barta gave a vote of confidence to longtime football coach Kirk Ferentz on Monday after deciding to cut ties with a strength coach accused of mistreating African American players. Ferentz has dealt seriously in addressing former and current ...

Turning point for Iowa football program?

IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa football team took a big step toward improving its lines of communication in the week since the program was hit with allegations of systemic racism, coach Kirk Ferentz and three of his players said Friday. Players returned to campus to begin voluntary workouts and ...

Wirfs taken 13th by Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs with the 13th pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, trading up one spot in the selection order to ensure they secured more protection for recently acquired quarterback Tom Brady. Bolstering the offensive ...

Largest Iowa school district could extend distance learning

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s largest public school district has a plan to extend its distance-learning program into next fall if a second wave of the new coronavirus hits the state. Des Moines Public Schools students are starting their first day of distance learning this week and will continue ...

Garza to enter draft, but doesn’t hire agent

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa All-America center Luka Garza announced he’ll enter the NBA draft process without an agent so he can maintain his college eligibility. “This year was one I could never have imagined,” Garza said Friday. “None of the awards or accolades could have happened ...

Cyclones edged, ousted

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Oklahoma State’s Isaak Likekele silenced an arena full of Iowa State fans by going coast-to-coast for the go-ahead lay-up with 3.8 seconds left, lifting his eighth-seeded Cowboys to a 72-71 victory over the No. 9 seed Cyclones in the first round of the Big 12 ...