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Hlas: Jim Harbaugh says Jake Rudock has “real pizzazz”

CHICAGO — Over the last seven years — three under Rich Rodriguez and four with Brady Hoke — Michigan was 24-32 in Big T ... »

Hlas: Big Ten football rises and sets in the East

CHICAGO — The Big Ten West was 7-7 against teams from the league’s East division last season, and five squads from each division went ... »

Iowa: Zero votes in coaches’ preseason football poll

There’s nowhere to go but up for Iowa’s football team this season, at least if you use the Amway Coaches Poll as a barometer. ... »

Hlas: Hawkeyes need to go from raw eggs to a souffle

CHICAGO — In a McCormick Place ballroom Thursday at the Big Ten’s preseason football yammer-a-thon, media mopes stood two- and ... »

Fun Facts: Big Ten Football Media Days

We’re an hour out from the start of Big Ten football media days, and what can a poor boy do except to sing for a rock ‘nȁ ... »

Zach Johnson shares stage in “Summer of Spieth”

It was a two-week golf saga that went from Cedar Rapids to the Quad Cities to Scotland to Jacksonville, Fla.

It might have been the st ... »

World media's view of Zach Johnson's British Open win

When you win the British Open, the world writes about you. Here is a collection of passages about Zach Johnson's Open Championship win on Monday: ... »

In ‘99, Zach Johnson tamed St. Andrews ... in Cedar Rapids

OK, Zach Johnson’s home golf course in Cedar Rapids is Elmcrest Country Club.

But before he ever played at St. Andrews in Scotl ... »

Hlas: In major encore, Zach Johnson is Open king

Legacy, meet cement.

Here is the list of those who have won both a Masters at Augusta National and a British Open at St. Andrews:

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Zach Johnson wins the British Open

Zach Johnson has won the British Open.

Johnson put on a world-class performance at St. Andrews’ Old Course, shooting a 6-under- ... »

Monday was nerve-racking for Zach Johnson’s parents

Zach Johnson’s parents worked at their jobs on Monday. It may not have been the most-productive days of their careers, but they tried ... »

Bret Bielema goes beyond coach-speak

Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema played and was an assistant coach at Iowa, so he’ll always be of interest where I live.

He ... »

Hlas: Curling is precision, passion, finesse, fun

CEDAR RAPIDS — Four women from Pittsburgh battling four women from Hollywood with 40-pound granite stones. On ice. In Iowa. In July. ... »

VIDEO: Blast that unnerved Zach Johnson Sunday

I was very close to the 16th green of TPC Deere Run when some genius in a boat on the bordering Rock River unleashed what was either an air ... »

Hlas: Jordan Spieth’s world dominance includes John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill. — Jordan Spieth was tied for 101st-place after Thursday’s first-round of the John Deere Classic.

He might a ... »

VIDEO: Blast that unnerved Zach Johnson Sunday

I was very close to the 16th green of TPC Deere Run when some genius in a boat on the bordering Rock River unleashed what was either an air ... »

Bill Murray gets in a dig at the Iowa Hawkeyes

Bill Murray is from Chicagoland. He is partial to Illinois over Iowa.

In the video included in this post from Wednesday’s John ... »

Bill Murray brings mischief and mirth to Deere

SILVIS, Ill. — Bill Murray autographed a woman’s head Wednesday.

With anyone else, it might be grounds to call a cop, a ... »

Hlas: Hoiberg leaves ISU comfort for Chicago challenge

CHICAGO — It isn't about suddenly having a national sports profile as large as the Chicago skyline when compared to coaching college basketba ... »