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Hawkeyes strengthen ground game

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa’s offense sputtered at times over the past few years because it never quite knew what it might get out of its rushing attack. The 14th-ranked Hawkeyes are soaring this season behind a ground game that appears to have found its way. Iowa ...

Hawkeyes improve to 4-0

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa’s defense has been among the nation’s best all season. The Hawkeyes’ offense joined in on the fun at just the right time, racking up more yards than it ever has under longtime coach Kirk Ferentz. Senior Nate Stanley threw for 276 ...

Cyclones rally, then come up just short

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer WACO, Texas — Baylor coach Matt Rhule passed on a field goal try early in Iowa State’s huge fourth-quarter comeback because redshirt freshman John Mayers badly missed a kick in the first half. After the Bears had blown the rest of their 20-point lead, ...

Bolton cleared to play for Cyclones this season

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State guard Rasir Bolton will be eligible for the upcoming season, a move that should vastly improve the Cyclones’ chances of competing for an NCAA Tournament berth during the 2019-20 campaign. The Cyclones announced Tuesday that Bolton, who ...

Duncan’s long road to becoming Iowa’s steady force

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Then-freshman kicker Keith Duncan etched his name into Iowa’s history books three years ago, drilling a game-winning 33-yard field goal to beat No. 2 Michigan 14-13 in a game the Hawkeyes entered as 24-point underdogs. Duncan then all but ...

Purdy leaning more on his tight ends

AMES (AP) — Seeing Charlie Kolar is Iowa State’s second-leading receiver might not raise many eyebrows until you consider his position. Kolar is a tight end, a position Iowa State has not targeted much in recent years. Two years ago, Cyclones tight ends went through an entire season ...

Cyclones rack up yards, points in rout

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State desperately needed a spark after barely beating Northern Iowa and losing a heartbreaker to rival Iowa. Sophomore Brock Purdy gave the Cyclones the jolt they were looking for with one of the best individual performances in school ...

ISU discussing big makeover

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State is exploring construction of a multi-use “arts, culture and community district’ between Hilton Coliseum and Jack Trice Stadium. The school announced the plan Tuesday, saying athletic director Jamie Pollard and Iowa State Research Park ...

Cyclones have work to do

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State has some cleaning up to do if it wants to become the team it hoped to be back in August. Iowa State (1-1) had a chance to field a punt and move within field-goal range with less than two minutes left in Saturday’s 18-17 loss to Iowa. ...

Game day in Ames

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Coach Matt Campbell has done just about everything Iowa State could have hoped for in his three-plus seasons in charge — except beat Iowa. Campbell is 0-3 against the 19th-ranked Hawkeyes (2-0, 1-0 Big Ten), including a 42-3 whipping in 2016 that ...

Hawkeyes shut out Rutgers

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa made Rutgers’ first trip to Iowa City as miserable as possible. Senior Nate Stanley had 236 yards passing and three touchdowns and No. 20 Iowa rolled past Rutgers 30-0 Saturday in its Big Ten opener, notching its third shutout in its ...

Cyclones relying on new faces at WR

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State lost star wide receiver Hakeem Butler to the NFL a year earlier than expected. Graduate transfer La’Michael Pettway joined the Cyclones in hopes of joining Butler in the pros in 2020. The 6-foot-3 Pettway led Arkansas in catches a ...

No timetable for Kimbrel’s debut

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES — Craig Kimbrel said Thursday there is no timetable for when he will join the Cubs and he will listen to his body before his expected promotion to beleaguered Chicago bullpen. Kimbrel, who reached a three-year, $43 million deal with Chicago ...

Dallas brings Gustafson back on board

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dallas Wings re-signed AP Player of the Year Megan Gustafson on Thursday. Gustafson was drafted 17th by the Wings, but was one of the final cuts from the roster before the season started. With injuries depleting Dallas’ roster, the Wings were able to sign the former ...

Beathard making waves

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — While Jimmy Garoppolo recovered from a torn left ACL, his backups took center stage during the 49ers’ minicamp. The 49ers coaching staff allowed Garoppolo to participate in seven-on-seven passing drills but not 11-on-11 team drills. So backup quarterbacks C.J. ...

Chastain a grinder

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer NEWTON — Ross Chastain seems like the busiest driver in NASCAR. Chastain opened the season with 36 consecutive starts across the Cup, Xfinity and Truck series and has logged a staggering 7,501 laps since February, a streak that only came to an end when he ...

No shortcut for Iowan Nurse

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer OAKLAND, Calif. — Whenever Toronto coach Nick Nurse needed inspiration this season, he merely needed to look at his office wall. Hanging there is a big photo, a finish-line shot of the 2015 Travers Stakes at historic Saratoga Race Course. There are two ...

Active offseason for Hawkeyes

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Fran McCaffery’s tradition of quiet offseasons was shattered this spring. It does not mean the Hawkeyes are in trouble next season. Iowa (23-12, second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2018-19) lost star Tyler Cook to the NBA ...

Gustafson going with the flow

By MEGAN GUSTAFSON For The Associated Press IOWA CITY — When I say that I have probably spent more time in the past couple of months flying in an airplane than on ground, I’m not kidding. When I also say that my life lately could be classified as a crazy roller coaster, I am telling you ...

Sutherland prevails in playoff

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES — This time, Kevin Sutherland only needed two extra holes to finish off Scott Parel. Two months after beating Parel in Mississippi on the seventh playoff hole, Sutherland birdied the second extra hole Sunday at Wakonda Club to win the Principal ...