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Sideline protection for Fry, Ferentz passing the torch

[ 0 ] August 31, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – The man who escorted Hayden Fry and Kirk Ferentz on jogs to and from the Iowa football locker room for the better part of three decades is passing the coach-watching torch. Ron Stewart, a retired Polk County deputy sheriff, wore street clothes on the Hawkeye sideline Saturday – rather than his […]

Bryce Miller: Patience with Peter Jok wearing dangerously thin

[ 0 ] July 15, 2014

Peter Jok: First of all … stay … off … the … moped. Second of all: You’re treading dangerously close to that old baseball phrase, “Three strikes, you’re out.” No matter how good you are as a basketball player, no matter how many 3-pointers you can drain, no matter how many minutes Iowa hopes you’ll […]

Dan Gable tells us which Iowans could have been MMA stars

[ 0 ] July 9, 2014

Dan Gable pondered the question. Dan Gable loves to ponder those what-if kinds of questions. Which former wrestlers in his wrestling-zany life would have been cut from the kind of bloody, bruised cloth that makes up the multi-million dollar world of mixed-martial arts? Who could survive — and thrive — in The Octagon, a place […]

McCaffery’s wife strong in family’s battle against cancer

[ 0 ] May 3, 2014

There’s no manual to show a family how to deal with cancer, no guidebook, no clear and single path to walk. The disease drains hearts, demands to be thought about in the quiet darkness of the night, selfishly brings lives to jarring and fog-inducing halts. That realization came to Margaret McCaffery on March 10, while […]

Video: Bobby Hansen talks about Donald Sterling, more

[ 0 ] May 1, 2014

Nine-year NBA veteran Bobby Hansen sat down with Register sports columnist Bryce Miller to offer his thoughts on the NBA’s ban of embattled owner Donald Sterling and more. Hansen, who played at Dowling and the University of Iowa, also talks about players he’d draft for an NBA playoff run from his playing days, as well […]

Bryce Miller: Same location, much different feeling

[ 0 ] April 12, 2014

To understand how long ago Iowa football’s last spring football practice at Valley Stadium felt, you’d need lab coats and carbon dating. The days were separated by a single year on the calendar, but enough mental and emotional distance to make April 2013 seem like a hazy, barely visible afterthought. A year ago, Iowa practiced […]

Iowa’s Bluder: From $2,500 salary to hall of fame-caliber career

[ 0 ] March 22, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. — It’s the pause that Jan Jensen remembers — one of those moments when time seems suspended, frozen without warning, leaving a person suddenly unprepared for what’s going to happen next. He did … what? The thought raced through the head of Jensen, a first-year assistant coach for the Drake women’s basketball […]

Bryce Miller: Why Wednesday’s Tennessee tempo may not be to Hawkeyes’ liking

[ 0 ] March 16, 2014

The moment Selection Sunday reveals the included and excluded for the NCAA Tournament, it’s an exercise in Mach 1, March reactions. What about this seed? What about that matchup? This team’s a sleeper. That one’s a fraud. So what does that gray matter spilling out between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers signal about the fast-approaching […]

Bryce Miller: March matters again in this state, and that’s reason to celebrate

[ 0 ] March 15, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s an intoxicating mix of state pride, work avoidance, bracket-related wrist injuries, Jim Nantz, vasectomy-procedure ads and impulsive big-screen television sales. It’s caring yourself crazy about the home team, but also your new love — triple-secret, pool-eviscerating Cinderella pick Foghorn Leghorn State. In the world of college basketball’s NCAA Tournament, the […]

K-State coach gets facts wrong and is bad at math in jab at Hawkeyes

[ 0 ] March 13, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas State coach Bruce Weber used Iowa, of all teams, as an example of what he said is lacking respect for the Big 12 Conference. The problem: Weber misfired on both of his facts. In the postgame press conference after Iowa State beat the Wildcats, 91-85, Weber was asked about the […]