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Hawkeyes Rally to Complete Weekend Sweep

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two eighth-inning RBI singles from Tyler Cropley and Kyle Crowl sent the University of Iowa to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory, leading the Hawkeyes to a three-game series sweep over Evansville on Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.
The win was Iowa's third come-from-behind win of the season, improving the team's record to 11-6 overall.
"We've taken some big strides this weekend," said Crowl. "We came out with a lot of energy today and I think we did a good job executing. We've been getting it done late in the games and I think we did a good job showing that again today."


Spencer Lee Wins NCAA Championship

Lee, the No. 3 seed at 125, scored a takedown with three seconds left in the first period, escaped in the second, and added another takedown with 1:03 left in the third to top the fourth-seeded Suriano. Suriano escaped in the closing seconds for the final 5-1 decision.
"I got to hug my teammates and my family. That was an awesome feeling," Lee said. "I have the best teammates in the world. Kemerer and Sorensen and Marinelli, they're great leaders; I can name the whole team. They did a good job of making me believe in myself and I think that's why I'm here."
Lee is the 55th Hawkeye in program history to win an NCAA title. Those 55 champions have combined for 83 titles. He is first Hawkeye true freshman to win a national title since Lincoln McIlravy in 1993.


Cubs like the way their bullpen is coming together

Pedro Strop glanced in the direction of the lockers Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm once occupied and assessed their departures.

“It’s not easy, but I also know it’s a business and this is the way it goes,” Strop said Friday. “And hopefully not, but one time it’s going to be me. I wish to retire here when I’m done playing. It’s a business. If it happens, it happens.”


Funding now available to preserve Iowa City historic homes

A before and after photo of porch restoration done to a historic Iowa City home.



Reopening an enclosed porch is one example of a project the Historic Preservation Fund can support. 

Historic homeowners in Iowa City are invited to apply for funding to rehabilitate significant exterior features of their homes. 

The new Historic Preservation Fund provides grant and loan opportunities for owners to make exterior improvements, like removing synthetic siding or repairing and recreating missing historic details – all in an effort to preserve each home’s unique, historic character. 

Qualifying properties must be located within Iowa City’s historic or conservation districts, or be designated as a local, historic landmark and can be owner occupied or rental properties. 

Funding is available to cover up to half of the project costs, including professional architectural services, materials, skilled labor and more. Zero-interest loans are available, in addition to income qualified grants of up to $5,000 for households under 140 percent of median income. 

All applications must meet Iowa City Historic Preservation Guidelines and be reviewed by historic preservation staff and/or the Historic Preservation Commission. Projects will typically involve restoration or repair of original materials.  

To download an application, visit

For more information, contact Jessica Bristow at 319-356-5243 or

Apply for the Public Art Matching Grant

Public ArtThe Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee will once again fund its Matching Grant Program, matching up to $2,000 for public art projects in 2018.

The final deadline for proposals is March 23, 2018. 

The Committee will consider visual, audio or performance-based art. Examples include sculptures, murals, performances, readings, interactive exhibits, video productions, soundscapes, spoken word and other mediums.

Eligible project proposals must be publicly accessible and viewable within the city limits of Iowa City. Art can be displayed or performed on private property with the property owner’s permission.

The application and call to artists, which includes additional information on selection criteria, submission requirements, eligible expenses and other conditions for the program, are available online at

Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2018, and should be emailed to Marcia Bollinger at marcia-bollinger@iowa-city.orgFinal selections will be determined by the Public Art Advisory Committee.

For more information, contact Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237 or

This grant is made possible by the Iowa City Public Art Program.

Iowa Hawkeyes first to wear custom fit helmets


The Iowa Hawkeyes will be the first football team in the United States to wear brand new helmets designed to properly absorb impact. They're custom made for each player and every Iowa football player will be fitted for their own helmet.

Riddell, the company that makes the helmets, will then customized eight pieces of padding to keep the player's head as safe as possible.

"Our hope is the way this is made it will soften the blow and take some of the blows away, if we again can better protect somebody's brain, why not?" said Greg Morris, Iowa Hawkeyes Football Equipment Manager.

The Iowa Hawkeyes Football Team will be the first football team to wear the custom fitted helmets, including NFL teams.

"Starting this fall all of our upperclassman, 80 plus players, will have custom made helmets just for them, it's not interchangeable," said Morris.

For the past two years more than a dozen players have already been wearing the new helmet.

"In our two years with them, our 15 guys that have worn them, we've had no problems, no concussions, no comfort issues, no sizing because of all those factors that's how we made our decision to go with custom for everybody," said Morris.


Iowa Falls in Series Opener at No. 23 UNLV

LAS VEGAS -- The University of Iowa baseball team was limited to six hits by five Rebel pitchers as 23rd-ranked UNLV won the opening game of the weekend series, 4-0, on Friday night at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
Starter Alan Strong (3-0) scattered four hits over 5 1/3 innings and four UNLV relievers limited the Hawkeyes to a pair of hits as the Rebels improved to 13-2.   Closer Bryan Menendez got the final three outs in the ninth to record his fifth save of the season.


Iowa at No. 23 UNLV this weekend

The University of Iowa baseball team heads to Las Vegas for a three-game weekend series against 23rd-ranked UNLV.  All three games will be played at Earl E. Wilson Baseball Stadium.  Friday's game will begin at 8:05 p.m. (CT) followed by 4:05 p.m. and 3:05 p.m. starts on Saturday and Sunday.

• All three games will be streamed online via  The stream is free of charge and the link is available on
• All Iowa games will also be available via the Hawkeye Radio Network with Zach Mackey on the call.  The games can be heard on Hawkeye All-Access and on select stations across the state, including WMT-AM 600 (no Sundays) in Cedar Rapids, WDBQ-FM 107.5 (all games) in Dubuque, KXIC-AM 800  in Iowa City, KJAN-AM/FM 1220 and 101.1 in Atlantic, KDEC-FM 100.5 in Decorah, and KKFD-FM 95.9 in Fairfield.
• Live statistics are available on and fans can follow along via social media at


Yu Darvish's long-awaited Cubs spring training debut should pack the dugout

Yu Darvish’s long-awaited Cubs spring training debut Tuesday at Sloan Park should bring more players into the dugout than usual.

Even players allowed to leave camp early for their day off might be interested in seeing what Darvish can show in his first start, facing his former Dodgers teammates. Darvish was sick and missed his first scheduled start.


Hawkeyes Bounce Blazers, Lead Series 2-0

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Iowa baseball team commanded nine innings en route to an 11-3 win over UAB on Saturday afternoon at Regions Field. The Hawkeyes lead the series 2-0 and are 8-1 this season.
The Hawkeyes grabbed an early 3-0 lead in the third. After loading the bases, junior Robert Neustrom had an RBI single to left field to make the score 1-0. Iowa pushed its lead to 2-0 when Tyler Cropley was hit with the bases juiced a second time and freshman Brett McCleary's sacrifice fly accounted for the third run.