The Hlog by Mike Hlas

NHL/NBA Playoff Diary Vol. 1: Oh, Darling!

What is this, and why should you care?

I don’t know, and I don’t know.

It’s something I’ll do once o ... »

True Masters greatness: No ads or cell phones

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The vast majority of people who attend the Masters don’t arrive in used cars.

They don’t have brea ... »

Hlas: Highly satisfying 9th-place at Masters for Zach Johnson

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Before he got halfway through his final round at the Masters Sunday, Zach Johnson’s name showed up on the giant ... »

Zach Johnson matches personal Masters-best with 68

Before Friday, Zach Johnson had played the par-4 No. 10 hole at Augusta National 33 times in Masters competition. He had never birdied it, a ... »

Hlas: Spieth leaves door open, but has the key

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Jordan Spieth, human.

Well, sort of.

The 21-year-old continued to chomp and chomp on Augusta National and the res ... »

Zach Johnson goes from back against wall to foot on pedal

AUGUSTA, Ga. — For Zach Johnson, Friday was the worst of times, it was the best of times.

OK, those are both wild exaggerations ... »

Hlas: Spieth not kidding around at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — We in Eastern Iowa knew Jordan Spieth when he was just a kid.

Back when Spieth was two weeks from turning 20, he won th ... »

Zach Johnson will be in good Masters company


AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Masters hasn't stuck Zach Johnson with two hacks for playing partners.

The Cedar Rapids native will trav ... »

Hlas: Hornacek’s 2nd season as coach not as sunny as first

ATLANTA — Tuesday night, Jeff Hornacek could have told fellow former Iowa State basketball star Fred Hoiberg that coaching in the NBA isn&#x ... »

At 39, Zach Johnson thinks best may be yet to come

Nine of the top 20 players in the men’s World Golf Rankings are in their 20s. Six are 25 or under, including No. 1 Rory McIlroy.

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Hlas: Why not Wisconsin?

On, Wisconsin!

Since I’m watching the Final Four from two states away, I can be a fan Saturday. A Wisconsin fan.

It isn’t ... »

Hlas: Only the ending wasn’t great about UNI’s season

SEATTLE — There was a nice buffet set up in Northern Iowa’s KeyArena locker room after the Panthers’ NCAA basketball to ... »

Hlas: Hawkeyes hit a wall of Zags

SEATTLE — Few want to view the big picture in the gloom of a disappointing moment, but this was as far as it was fair to ask Iowa to ... »

Hlas: Pitino puts Panthers on pedestals

SEATTLE — Rick Pitino could sell vodka to Kentucky bourbon-distillers.

Saturday, the Louisville men’s basketball coach p ... »

Fun Facts: Iowa-Gonzaga

SEATTLE — What could be as fun as the potential for an Iowa-UCLA Sweet 16 game in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament?

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