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Safety a heightened issue for female athletes

AMES (AP) — It was decades ago, but Sara Schwendinger remembers perfectly the panic she felt when she realized a car was following her as she ran along a country road at dusk, just outside her small Wisconsin hometown. She desperately tore into a cornfield and listened as the vehicle ...

Noland ready to make the most of his opportunity at ISU

AMES (AP) — Zeb Noland always understood his responsibility as Iowa State’s backup quarterback. Be prepared, because you never when you’ll become the starter. It has happened to Noland twice and he has responded both times, most recently with a career-best performance in the Cyclones’ ...

Hawks hope their offense has turned a corner

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer It appears that Iowa has more than enough skill and talent on defense to compete for the Big Ten West championship. What the Hawkeyes really need to do is sort out their passing game, and there were indications last weekend that they’re getting closer to ...

ISU must get better up front

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — For all the progress Iowa State has made under coach Matt Campbell, the offensive line remains a sore spot. Iowa State (0-1), which had its Sept. 1 opener against South Dakota State canceled because of weather, got off to a sluggish start in last ...

Hawkeye defense has been dominant

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer It’s not unusual to see Iowa’s defense ahead of its offense in the middle of September. In fact, the Hawkeyes have long been known more for stopping opponents than winning shootouts under longtime coach Kirk Ferentz. But the difference between those two ...

Kempt’s injury not serious, but status for OU game still in doubt

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt is considered “day-to-day” with a knee injury and it is unknown whether he will play Saturday against No. 5 Oklahoma in the Big 12 opener for both teams. Coach Matt Campbell said Kempt injured the MCL in his left knee in ...

Lard: ‘I can’t mess up again’

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Cameron Lard would wake up, meditate and do yoga. That was followed by a trip to the gym, a meal, meetings, another meal and more meetings. It was a boring but a clean summer for Lard — and far healthier than the self-described “double life” ...

Jones gives ISU a burst of energy

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer The play that showed just how skilled Iowa State junior Deshaunte Jones is doesn’t count. Technically, it never happened. That doesn’t mean the Cyclones aren’t excited about it. Jones took a short pass from Kyle Kempt near the sidelines and wove ...

Hawks shift focus after strong opener

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa is starting to answer some of its offseason questions. Hawkeyes linebackers, buoyed by a dominant line, looked at times like seasoned veterans in Saturday’s 33-7 win over Northern Illinois that gave coach Kirk Ferentz his record-setting ...

Ferentz passes Fry atop Iowa record books

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Kirk Ferentz’s record-setting 144th win at Iowa could not have been more emblematic of his tenure in Iowa City. There were times when every play on offense looked like a struggle — especially early on. But they kept grinding, finally ...