SPORTS IN BRIEF: Iowa, Iowa State, Drake
Iowa’s Bluder agrees to contract extension
IOWA CITY (AP) — Hawkeyes women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder has agreed to a one-year contract extension.
University of Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta’s announcement Thursday means Bluder will be head coach of the women’s basketball program through the 2019 season.
The school says Bluder is one of 13 active Division I coaches with 600 or more wins. She has coached the Hawkeyes to the NCAA tournament in each of the last six seasons.
Bluder is in her 14th season as Iowa’s head coach and her 30th year overall. She said in a statement Thursday that she was honored by the extension.
Drake bulldog mascot dies
DES MOINES (AP) — Officials say the Drake University bulldog mascot has died.
The university says the owners of Porthouse, Kevin and Erin Bell, announced his death through his blog on Sunday. They’d shared Porterhouse with the school since he was crowned Beautiful Bulldog during the Drake Relays-week competition in 2009.
Drake athletic director Sandy Hatfield Clubb says “no bulldog has had such a meaningful and lasting impact on the Drake community.”
Iowa State women roll past William & Mary
AMES (AP) — Brynn Williamson and Jadda Buckley scored 19 points each to help No. 14 Iowa State remain perfect with an 85-65 victory over William & Mary in the championship game of the Cyclone Challenge on Sunday.
Nikki Moody added 14 points and Hallie Christofferson had 11 for the Cyclones (11-0).
Kyla Kerstetter scored 12 points, and Marlena Tremba and Latrice Hunter each had 11 to lead the Pride (3-8).
Iowa State used an 8-0 run to take a 10-2 lead less than 3 1/2 minutes into the game, then closed the first half with a 15-0 spurt to extend the lead to 55-23 at the break.
Moody’s jumper in the opening minute of the second half put the Cyclones up 34 — their largest advantage of the game. The final margin was the smallest of the second half.
Former F1 driver Schumaker in critical condition
PARIS (AP) — Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday, doctors said.
The Grenoble University Hospital Center said the retired racing driver arrived at the clinic in a coma and underwent immediate surgery for a serious head trauma.
It was not clear whether the 44-year-old Schumacher was still in a coma but the hospital statement, which was signed by a neurosurgeon, an anesthesiologist and Marc Penaud, the hospital’s deputy director, said “he remains in a critical condition.”
Schumacher fell while skiing off-piste in Meribel earlier Sunday and hit his head on a rock, according to a statement from the resort. Resort managers said he had been wearing a helmet and was conscious when rescuers first responded to the scene.
Earlier in the day, the Meribel resort said Schumacher had been taken to Grenoble for tests and authorities said his life was not in danger.
But the situation began to appear more serious when the resort said that orthopedic and trauma surgeon Gerard Saillant had traveled from Paris to the hospital in Grenoble to examine Schumacher. German news agency dpa said it was Saillant who operated on Schumacher when he broke his leg during a crash at the Silverstone race course in 1999.