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Basketball

Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named the Ann Myers Drysdale Women’s National Player of the Week, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) announced Wednesday. It is the first national honor of Gustafson’s career.

As the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, Gustafson was nominated for the award, which was chosen by Mel Greenberg, the USBWA coordinator for women’s basketball, from a list of Division I conference players of the week.

Gustafson averaged 24.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, and shot 61.9 percent from the field and 1.000 from the free throw line (22-for-22) to lead Iowa to a pair of wins against Wisconsin and No. 21/19 Michigan last week.

Wrestling

Iowa sophomore Michael Kemerer has been named the Big Ten Conference’s wrestler of the week after claiming the 157-pound title at the Midlands Championships in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Kemerer went 6-0 with four falls a technical fall and a 5-2 win over seventh-ranked Josh Shields of Arizona State in the championship match.

Baseball

The Iowa baseball team is ranked 44th in College Sports Madness’ Top 44 college baseball poll, it was released Wednesday. The college sports website also tabs the Hawkeyes as the fourth-best team in the Big Ten Conference.

Iowa returns seven starters from a team that won 39 games and claimed the first Big Ten Tournament title in program history in 2017. The Hawkeyes advanced to NCAA Regional play for the second time in three seasons. Among Iowa’s returnees are All-Big Ten selections Robert Neustrom and Tyler Cropley and Freshman All-Americans Ben Norman and Kyle Shimp.

Iowa opens the 2018 season Feb. 16, facing Toledo in the opening game of the Diamond 9 Sunshine State Classic Series in Kissimmee, Florida.

Football

Central Florida will hold a parade Sunday at Disney World to celebrate going undefeated and winning the Peach Bowl, feats the Knights say make them national champions.

The parade is set for 4:30 p.m. at Magic Kingdom and will feature the UCF football team, cheerleaders and marching band.

No. 12 UCF earned a 34-27 win over No. 7 Auburn in the Peach Bowl Monday, completing the first undefeated season in school history. The Knights went 13-0, won the American Athletic Conference title and posted the highest graduation rate among all Football Bowl Subdivision public schools.

The Knights knocked off the Tigers, who previously earned wins over Georgia and Alabama — the two teams set to face off Monday in the College Football Playoff national title game.

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Rosen made the expected announcement Wednesday with a post on Twitter. He is expected to be a high first-round pick in April.

Rosen has been the Bruins’ starting quarterback for the past three seasons, playing in 30 total games after missing half of his sophomore year with injuries. He passed for 9,301 yards with 59 touchdown passes and 26 interceptions.

Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold will skip his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Darnold made the expected announcement in an Instagram video Wednesday.

Darnold took over as the Trojans’ starting quarterback four games into last season as a redshirt freshman. He won the Rose Bowl in his first season with a record 453-yard, five-touchdown performance against Penn State, and he led the Trojans to their first Pac-12 championship since 2008 this season.

Darnold passed for 7,229 yards with 57 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions in 27 games behind center for the Trojans.

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