Dakota Access pipeline vandalism highlights sabotage risks

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline has reported "recent coordinated physical attacks" on the much-protested line, just as it's almost ready to carry oil. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners didn't give details, but experts say Dakota Access and the rest of the nearly 3 million miles of pipeline that deliver natural gas and petroleum in the U.S. are vulnerable to acts of sabotage.

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Iowa excited about future following 2nd-round NIT exit

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa won 10 conference games in the Big Ten this season despite starting its youngest team in decades. That's among the many reasons Hawkeyes fans are buzzing about the future. Iowa (19-15) wrapped up its season Sunday with a 94-92 overtime loss to TCU in the second round of the NIT.

Iowa mosque gets threatening note calling Muslims 'vile'

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- FBI agents have met with leaders of an Iowa mosque about a threatening note it received in the mail. Dr. Samir Shams, the president of the Islamic Center of Des Moines, says he found the handwritten note Sunday morning. It said Muslims were a "vile" people and that President Donald Trump would "do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews.

Iowa opens spring workouts with new coordinator, QB question

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz will open his 19th spring camp with a new offensive coordinator who is looking for a new starting quarterback. This might be among the most pivotal springs in Ferentz's tenure with the Hawkeyes. Iowa (8-5 in 2016) promoted Brian Ferentz, the coach's son, to lead the offense shortly after the season ended, highlighting a number of changes to the staff on that side of the ball.

Iowa State hits reset with Prohm firmly in control

AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Nearly seven years to the day he was hired, the Fred Hoiberg era is over at Iowa State. Steve Prohm is now completely in control of the Cyclones' future. The last of Hoiberg's recruits completed their careers Saturday in an 80-76 loss to Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Iowa State's Steven Leath named president at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn University hired Iowa State University president Steven Leath on Monday after a six-month presidential search process that some criticized as too opaque since no finalists were named publicly. Trustees unanimously selected the 59-year-old Leath to replace Jay Gogue, who is retiring. Leath, who has recently been under fire for his use of university aircraft at Iowa State, begins at Auburn on July 15. "Dr.

TCU advances to NIT quarters with 94-92 OT win over Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- This season was always going to be a rebuilding year for the Hawkeyes. Now that it's over, Iowa can start pushing toward a potentially long run as an NCAA Tournament program. Alex Robinson and Vladimir Brodziansky each scored 19 points and TCU survived 94-92 in overtime against No. 1 seeded Iowa on Sunday to advance to the NIT quarterfinals.

Swanigan powers Purdue into Sweet 16

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- When Purdue needed him the most, when the Boilermakers were on the brink of a heartbreaking loss, Caleb "Biggie" Swanigan lived up to his nickname -- over and over again. Swanigan had 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and Purdue reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in seven years with a wild 80-76 victory over Iowa State on Saturday night.

NCAA Tournament Capsules

Results from the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday: ___ EAST REGION WISCONSIN 65, VILLANOVA 62 BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Top-seeded Villanova was bounced from the NCAA Tournament by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, which overcame foul trouble for two of its stars in the second half Saturday to upset the defending champions 65-62 in the East region. Nigel Hayes scored 19 points, dropping a layup in traffic with 11.

Women's NCAA Tournament Capsules

Results from the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament on Saturday: ___ BRIDGEPORT REGION STORRS, Ct. (AP) -- Napheesa Collier and Kia Nurse each scored 24 points as top-seeded UConn routed Albany 116-55 on Saturday for the program's 108th straight win and 25th straight in the NCAA Tournament. Gabby Williams added 20 points for UConn.

Sykes leads Syracuse to first-round win over Iowa State

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Syracuse's Gabby Cooper had a feeling she might get a few open shots on Saturday. Iowa State left the freshman by herself early as it concentrated its defense on the Orange's two biggest scoring threats, guards Brittney Sykes and Alexis Peterson. Cooper hit five 3-pointers in the first 7 minutes and eighth-seeded Syracuse went on to an 85-65 win over the Cyclones in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Latest: After quiet start, March Madness gets big upset

The Latest on Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 12:05 p.m. It took three days for the NCAA Tournament to produce a major upset. It was a stunner that busted a ton of brackets. Villanova, the defending national champion and the top overall seed, was upended by eighth-seeded Wisconsin 65-62. Fellow No.

King maintains support in Iowa after inflammatory comments

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) -- Outside his rural congressional district stretching over 39 Iowa counties, conservative U.S. Rep. Steve King's stream of inflammatory comments generate outrage and condemnation, but back home they rate little more than a shrug. "That's just Steve being Steve," was how Tom Reiter put it, looking into a mirror while getting his hair cut Thursday in Carroll. "He doesn't pull any punches.

Clash of styles when Iowa State faces Purdue in NCAA tourney

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Iowa State starts four senior guards, and each of them averages in double figures. Purdue might have the most imposing frontcourt in the country. Big 12 versus Big Ten. A clash of styles in the NCAA Tournament. Monte Morris and the speedy Cyclones take on Caleb Swanigan and the bruising Boilermakers in the second round Saturday night at the home of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.

Iowa State readies for Purdue's big men in NCAA tourney

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- No. 4 seed Purdue (26-7) vs. No. 5 seed Iowa State (24-10) Second round, Midwest Region; Milwaukee; 9:45 p.m. ET. BOTTOM LINE: Iowa State goes for its third Sweet 16 appearance in four years, while Purdue is trying to make it to the third round for the first time since 2010. The red-hot Cyclones have won 10 of 11, storming through the Big 12 Tournament before downing Nevada 84-73 on Thursday night.

Women's NCAA Tournament Capsules

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Results from the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament on Friday: ___ LEXINGTON REGION Maci Morris made seven of eight free throws in the final 37 seconds, including two with 3.2 seconds remaining, to help fourth-seeded Kentucky edge No. 13 Belmont 73-70 victory on Friday in a first-round game of the NCAA Tournament.

Allen's 25 points lead DePaul over Northern Iowa 88-67

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- DePaul's Tanita Allen snagged a loose ball under the basket, but then lost her balance, awkwardly flipping the ball toward the rim as she was falling down and being fouled. Somehow, it bounced a few times on the rim and went through the hoop. It was that kind of charmed game for the Blue Demons -- especially Allen.

Morris leads Iowa State past Nevada in NCAA Tournament

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Monte Morris delivered another solid all-around performance. Deonte Burton, Naz Mitrou-Long and Matt Thomas took turns coming up with big plays. A little experience goes a long way this time of year. Morris had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Iowa State outlasted Nevada 84-73 on Thursday night to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.