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Sports briefs: Iowa State tandem earns academic All-America honors
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Sports briefs: Iowa State tandem earns academic All-America honors

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Track and field

  • Iowa State track and field/cross country's Cailie Logue and Thomas Pollard have been named third team Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the organization announced Thursday.

Both Logue and Pollard earned Big 12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year honors during the cross country season.

Golf

  • Mackenzie Hughes shot a career-low 60 Thursday to take the first-round at the Travelers Championship as the PGA Tour tried to switch its focus back to golf amid growing concerns about the coronavirus.

Hughes, a 29-year-old Canadian, had a chance to shoot the 12th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history, but his 40-foot birdie attempt on his final hole came up short. Jim Furyk shot a 12-under 58 on the same TPC River Highlands course four years ago, the lowest score in a tour event.

β€œI kind of joked walking off there that 59 wasn't even the record because of Jim's 58,” Hughes said. β€œIt's probably not even that special around here. But as a personal milestone it would have been neat.”

It was good enough for three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Viktor Hovland, who each shot 63 on a day of low scoring.

Soccer

  • The Women's World Cup is heading to Australia and New Zealand in 2023 after a concentrated effort by the joint bidders to secure the global soccer event in the southern hemisphere for the first time.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the mother of a 2-year-old daughter who should be old enough to watch some of the action live in three years, worked the phones overnight in a bid to lobby any members of the FIFA Council who hadn't made up their mind.

It will be the first-of-a-kind World Cup, co-hosted by members of different confederations. Australia joined the Asian confederation after qualifying for the 2006 men's World Cup, leaving New Zealand as the largest member of the Oceania confederation.

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