IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's defense was back among the nation's elite last season.
The Hawkeyes offense failed to follow suit. Getting both units to play at an equally high level will likely be crucial to Iowa's hopes of competing for the inaugural Big Ten West title.
The Hawkeyes will be among the league favorites because it has a lot of returning starters and what appears to be a manageable schedule. But Iowa will need to score more than the 26.3 points it averaged a year ago, and quarterback Jake Rudock says the unit's continuity will be a big plus next season.
The Hawkeyes wrap up spring practice on Saturday with a scrimmage at Kinnick Stadium.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar has put Helio Castroneves on probation through June because he violated the series' social media policy.
Castroneves was penalized Tuesday for a tweet sent from his official account after the Long Beach, Calif., race on April 13 that criticized race control for not penalizing drivers during the race. The tweet included an image of IndyCar's official logo with a "thumbs down" symbol photo-shopped in the center.
The tweet was deleted not long after it appeared, and Castroneves later posted that his sister had sent the missive from his account without his permission.
"I apologize and the steward were correct with the call made," Castroneves posted.
Castroneves was fined $30,000 in 2011 for calling the race director "a circus clown" on Twitter.
Meb Keflezighi's Boston Marathon victory is a marketing opportunity for sponsor Skechers.
A top company executive calls the title "a major accomplishment both for Meb and the brand."
Skechers signed Keflezighi three years ago hoping he could help legitimize its foray into selling running shoes. The company considered Keflezighi's endorsement a success long before he won Boston on Monday.
His title is another boost to a small but growing venture. He became the feel-good story of the marathon's return a year after the bombings — the first American man to win the race in more than three decades.
David Weinberg, Skechers' chief operating officer and chief financial officer, congratulated Keflezighi on Tuesday's earnings call. The company plans to honor his accomplishment in future commercials.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has suspended four players involved in last Sunday's brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado was suspended five games while outfielder Carlos Gomez was suspended three games. Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider must sit two games, with Russell Martin also missing one game.
There was no immediate word on whether the players plan to appeal. Snider and Martin were in Pittsburgh's initial posted lineup before Tuesday night's game against Cincinnati.
Benches cleared after Gomez and Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole exchanged words after Gomez's triple in the third inning. Snider came onto the field and tackled Gomez, getting a minor assist from Martin in the process.
Snider was then punched in the face by Maldonado, receiving a small gash under his left eye.
BOSTON (AP) — Unfinished business. Defiance. Hope, strength and resilience.
They used different words but the meaning was the same for thousands of people who were stopped by twin bombings at last year's Boston Marathon and came back this year to finish what they started.
The 118th running of the storied race from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday was run under the long and still-sharp shadow of the 117th, which turned tragic when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. For this marathon, there was no choice but to remember, reflect and even confront the past, but the athletes found it easier — and more fun — to celebrate.
Said Vicki Schmidt of Nashville after finishing the race: "You can't hold us back."
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Basketball is helping students in Iowa City see local police in a whole new light, thanks to the idea of one officer's wife.
The South East Junior High students and police officers are getting together on Thursdays after school to play 3-on-3 basketball at nearby Scanlon Gym.
Michelle Cook, a teacher at South East and a police officers' wife, helped create the program after spring break this year and said its aim is to increase the availability of positive activities for students after school.
She says about 50 students have signed up for a spot on seven teams through the six-week program.
Cook says the program has tried to target kids who didn't have much else to do after school.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers honored the Iowa State University men's basketball team for what they deemed a "brilliant" season.
The state Senate and House adopted resolutions Monday to honor the team for its accomplishments and congratulate coach Fred Hoiberg for leading the Cyclones to 28 wins, a Big 12 tournament title and the program's first Sweet 16 appearance in 14 years.
Democratic Sen. Herman Quirmbach, of Ames, says the team has provided the Legislature with "tremendous pride" because of the courage and endurance they displayed throughout the season.
Hoiberg told lawmakers the bipartisan support the team has received from across the state is appreciated, and that the success they achieved wouldn't have been possible without it.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former UNLV star Bryce Dejean-Jones says he'll play his final season at Iowa State.
Dejean-Jones, a shooting guard who led the Runnin' Rebels with 13.6 points a game last season, told The Associated Press in a phone interview on Sunday that he decided Iowa State was the right fit after visiting Ames over the weekend.
Dejean-Jones says he's on track to graduate in May, which means he should be eligible to play as a senior for Iowa State next season.
The Cyclones landed point guard DeAndre Kane last spring under similar circumstances. Kane earned first-team All-Big 12 honors and helped lead Iowa State to the Sweet 16.
Dejean-Jones says he picked the Cyclones over Arizona State.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Grant Rohach made a strong case for himself in Iowa State's spring game Saturday in the Cyclones' seemingly annual competition for the starting quarterback job.
Rohach outshone Sam Richardson and Joel Lanning on a warm, windy day, completing 22 of 38 passes for 171 yards and two interceptions. He led three scoring drives -- two touchdowns and a field goal -- and scored one of the TDs himself from 8 yards out on a nifty read option.
With two more spring practices remaining, coach Paul Rhoads said no decision has been made on a starter.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's coaching staff has at times raved about its crop of redshirt freshman wide receivers.
Hawkeyes fans in central Iowa on Saturday got to see why the unit appears to have such a bright future.
Newcomer Andre Harris caught a pair of long touchdown passes at an open workout at Valley High in West Des Moines, about 120 miles from campus. Derrick Willies added another TD following broken coverage, and A.J. Jones and Derrick Mitchell Jr. certainly looked ready to compete for playing time next fall.
The Hawkeyes have plenty of depth at wide receiver. But senior Kevonte Martin-Manley is the only one who's proven he can be a consistent threat — and even he had just 388 yards last season.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has given coach Fred Hoiberg a $600,000 a year raise, bumping his annual salary to $2.6 million.
The Cyclones announced Hoiberg's revised contract on Friday.
Hoiberg just finished his fourth and most successful season at Iowa State. He led the Cyclones to 28 wins, a Big 12 tournament title and the program's first Sweet 16 appearance in 14 years.
Hoiberg, a former star with the Cyclones, agreed to a 10-year, $20 million contract in March of 2013. The $600,000 raise in annual compensation is the only change to that deal, which runs through 2023.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Buddy Lazier will return to the Indianapolis 500 this season in a car fielded by Lazier Partners Racing.
The announcement Thursday was expected after the family-organized team also entered Lazier last season, one month after forming the team.
Lazier started 32nd last May, ran only 44 laps because of a fuel pressure issues, and retired with a 31st-place finish.
The 46-year-old Lazier will drive the No. 91 Chevrolet with sponsorship from the University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research. The research center specializes in cures for rare, inherited retinal diseases.
Jacqueline Lazier, the drivers' 12-year-old daughter, was born with Aniridia, which is a complete or partial absence of the colored part of the iris. Jacqueline has lost vision in her right eye.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Lexington say they used tear gas to control rowdy fans and put out 17 couch fires in the streets after Kentucky's defeat by in the NCAA championship basketball match.
A government official, Susan Straub, said at least 17 couch fires were lit overnight in the State Street area of Lexington and there were 18 injuries, most of them minor and treated at the scene. She confirmed seven arrests but had no further details early Tuesday.
She said in a statement that one of the injured was hit by a train and taken to a hospital but she had no further word on that person's condition or identity.
Shirtless youths streamed into the streets and lit fires soon after Kentucky's 60-54 loss to Connecticut on Monday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ryan Boatright was his best on college basketball's biggest stage.
Capping a difficult year that included the death of his cousin, Boatright scored 14 points and helped shut down Kentucky's guards to help Connecticut win its second national title in four years with a 60-54 victory over Kentucky on Monday night.
Boatright fought through grief after his cousin, 20-year-old Arin Williams was killed in January and fought off the doubters in the NCAA tournament, teaming with Shabazz Napier to become an unstoppable duo.
In the title game, Boatright helped UConn jump out to a 15-point lead in the first half and hit a big step-back jumper down the stretch to win a national title.
Now Boatright must take a step back and look at his future, which could include the NBA.
Some of America's Olympic athletes say they were asked to keep their cellphones in their pockets last week when they visited the White House and met with President Barack Obama.
The request came after the selfie Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took with the president during his team's visit to the White House. The picture was later used by Samsung, the maker of the phone Ortiz used.
Slopestyle skiing bronze medalist Nick Goepper was among the Olympians visiting Obama. He said he thought about trying to sneak a selfie, but decided against it.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Joey Logano made a last-lap pass of Jeff Gordon during extra laps after a late caution Monday in a rain-delayed race at Texas, becoming the seventh different winner in as many Sprint Cup races this season,
Logano had a 2.2-second lead on teammate Brad Keselowski and was within a half-lap of taking the white flag, which would have guaranteed no extra laps. But then came the caution for debris after Kurt Busch's car brushed the wall and one of his tires tore apart.
On the ensuing pit stop, Gordon took only two tires and exited first. Both Team Penske drivers took four tires, but Keselowski missed a chance to become the season's first two-time winner when he was penalized for speeding on pit road.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Injuries and other issues have left Iowa State working from behind with the spring game a week away.
Iowa State offensive lineman Brock Dagel is out for the spring with a leg injury. Wide receiver Dondre Daley has been limited by a sprained ankle and defensive lineman Pierre Aka is out with a concussion.
Junior college transfer Devron Moore, a potential starter at safety, is homesick and has returned to Texas, according to coach Paul Rhoads. Freshman quarterback Trevor Hodge didn't participate in Saturday's scrimmage due to what Rhoads said was an "internal issue," but Rhoads added that Hodge remains with the team.
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Speedway in Newton can continue collecting tax credits from sales made at the racetrack.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad traveled to Newton on Wednesday to sign a bill extending the tax break for the Speedway.
The racetrack had previously received a state sales tax rebate, but it was set to expire on Jan. 1, 2016. The tax break had been contingent upon 25 percent of Iowa Speedway's ownership remaining within the state.
Under the law, that ownership requirement is removed, since the Speedway was bought by NASCAR last year. The law also extends the tax break by 10 years and maintains a rebate limit of $12.5 million.
The bill won overwhelming support in both the House and the Senate.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have recalled goalie John Curry and forward Jake Dowell from the AHL.
The 30-year-old Curry is 7-9-2 with a 2.62 goals against average and .920 save percentage this season for the Iowa Wild. With Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding and now Darcy Kuemper out injured, the Wild need a backup for Ilya Bryzgalov. They signed 43-year-old former minor leaguer Rob Laurie as the backup Monday at Los Angeles. Curry last appeared in an NHL game in 2010.
Dowell has 17 points and 56 penalty minutes in 54 games for Iowa. He has played in 156 career NHL games. Wild forwards Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter were hurt against the Kings and didn't finish the game.
The moves were made Wednesday, one day before the Wild play at Chicago.