CEDAR RAPIDS — The NFL had Pat Summerall and John Madden, Major League Baseball had Vin Scully and Harry Caray and boxing had Howard Cosell.
Cedar Rapids — all of Eastern Iowa, really — had Bob Brooks.
Brooks, whose broadcasting career spanned seven decades, died Saturday at age 89.
IOWA CITY — Jarrod Uthoff visited 17 NBA clubs over a six-week period, yet the Iowa forward found no takers in Thursday night’s NBA draft.
A Marengo native and 2011 Cedar Rapids Jefferson graduate, Uthoff was a second- and third-team All-American by most outlets but went undrafted.
For all of the hoopla and credit former Iowa State head basketball coach Fred Hoiberg got for “having NBA connections” and “getting players to the pros,” the Hawkeye program is set to have its third player drafted in as many years today, a span in which Iowa State has failed to have one.
Last season, the Iowa Hawkeyes had their first 12-win season in program history and won the Big Ten West. Despite the disappointing outcome, the Hawks did also make it to the Rose Bowl, which was something that seemed out of the realm of possibility to pundits looking ahead to the 2015-16 season.
The Hawkeyes ran into a buzzsaw of a Stanford squad that blew them out of the water in a 45-16 rout.
Of course, the talk after the shellacking Iowa took was how far the program has to go to be among the elite programs in the country, and judging from that game, Iowa has nowhere to go but up. The offense was held to a season-low 287 total yards in the loss to Stanford.
The good news for Iowa is that quarterback C.J. Beathard, who didn’t play in the Hawkeyes’ spring game because of a bruised shoulder, will be back to lead his team in 2016. How good the Hawkeyes are on offense will depend on his arm and his ability to keep the chains moving.
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James delivered on a promise from two years ago to bring a championship to his native northeast Ohio, and he and the Cavs became the first team to rally from a 3-1 finals deficit by beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 93-89 on Sunday night to end a 52-year major sports championship drought in Cleveland.
James almost single-handedly carried the Cavs back into this series and finished with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds as the Cavs captured their first championship in franchise history and gave their city its first major sports winner since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964.
CHICAGO -- Magical seasons consist of magical nights, and Sunday's Chicago Cubs 10-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates should go on that list for the home team. The Cubs swept the Pirates, and in the process, opened up a 12½ game lead in the central division -- the second largest lead by June 19 in the divisional era, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
But that's big-picture stuff.
The smaller one on Sunday highlighted yet another Cubs rookie bursting onto the scene in a dramatic moment, while their soft-tossing starter confounded the Pirates en route to a career-high 12 strikeouts.
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The success of any college football program ultimately begins with finding the right head coach. Those men who have won the most generally share an ability to lead, strategize and recruit better than their contemporaries, and they are remembered long after their time in charge is complete.
This week on the Big Ten blog, we’re taking a look at the top-5 coaches over the years for each program. Some are more widely recognized than others, but all had a positive impact on the fortunes of their respective programs.
Next up: Iowa Hawkeyes
1. Hayden Fry, 1979-1998 (143-89-6)
He coached 10 Top 25 teams, led his team to three Rose Bowls and won three conference titles.
ATLANTA -- About the only time Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon takes a minute to assess where his team is in the baseball world is when they reach another “increment of five.” The Cubs did it again Sunday, despite making four errors, with their 13-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves, pushing their record to 25 games over .500 (43-18) for the first time this season.
“My expectation, honestly, is to play the game right every day,” Maddon told reporters after the game. “You do that enough and then you look up and maybe you have a nice lead. I don’t have any expectations about leads [at] times of the year. I have goals. I go in increments of five. That’s what I focus on more than anything.”
The Cubs might wait another generation before they draft another player that matches the instant impact and long-term value that Kris Bryant delivered to Wrigley Field after being the No. 2 overall pick in 2013.
Waiting to pick until near the bottom of the third round – and having the smallest bonus pool (less than $2.3 million) – also means the Cubs probably didn’t pick a future Rookie of the Year/All-Star in this year’s amateur draft.