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Bandits Win Opener
DAVENPORT — Taylor Jones's "excited energy" helped the Quad-Cities River Bandits win the season-opener.
Jones, who also homered in the 2016 season-opener, homered in the fourth inning on Thursday in a 3-0 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers...
Bandits, LumberKings start season today
While the weather may not feel like it, the Minor League Baseball season starts today with the Quad-Cities River Bandits being at home and the Clinton LumberKings are on the road at Kane County.
The River Bandits open tonight against Wisconsin, and their starting pitcher for Opening Day is Hector Per…
Iowa State Avoids Upset
MILWAUKEE — There was a 12 seed that upset a 5 seed on Thursday in Milwaukee in the NCAA Tournament first-round, but it happened earlier in the day.
(Middle Tennessee State sent MInnesota home in the other 5 vs. 12 game.)
Iowa State, a 5 seed, denied Nevada a chance at an upset with an 84-73 win…
Drake punches NCAA ticket with OT win
MOLINE, Ill. — At this point in the season, Drake Coach Jennie Baranczyk admits that the Bulldogs haven’t been running on “Plan A,” especially this weekend.
The Bulldogs had to rely on a different scheme to force extra time on Sunday...
Hoops in the Heartland Quarterfinal Recap
MOLINE, Ill. — Illinois State tried to slow the pace down so that the top-seeded Drake Bulldogs would get flustered, and it worked, but for only a half in the Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball tournament quarterfinals.
Drake outscored the Redbirds 24-8 in the third quarter &mda…
Lancers claim crown
DES MOINES — North Scott Coach TJ Case admitted after losing to Marion in last year's regional final that the two teams should have played each other in the state tournament.
Case got his wish, and it was on the biggest stage in Class 4A...
North Scott advances
DES MOINES — Tuesday night was a good time to be a Rucker, or for that matter, any member of the North Scott Lancers.
North Scott defeated Nevada in the Class 4A state tournament 57-27 to advance to Friday morning's semifinal at 10 a.m...
Mallards Back Home This Weekend
MOLINE, Ill. — After being away on the longest road trip of the season, the Quad-City Mallards are back home tonight for a 3-game home stand.
Tonight's game (7:05 p.m.) is against Kalamazoo, and the last two games of the weekend series are against the Elmira Jackals...
World Series Trophy Visits Davenport on Monday
Another piece of baseball history is visiting the Quad-Cities next week.
The Chicago Cubs are doing a Midwest tour this winter of the 2016 World Series trophy. It is coming to Davenport on Monday.
In the post up above is an interview with Cubs EVP of Community Affairs Mike Lufrano with Zach James...
Iowa-Illinois men’s basketball preview
Tonight, two Big Ten teams play one another to try and keep above float in the conference standings. Here are a few game notes from both athletics communications departments leading up to the game at 8 p.m. on Big Ten Network.

Illinois is 12-8 overall, and 2-5 in conference play while Iowa is 11-9 ov…

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