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Past articles by Rick:

From the archive: Pella's Korvers are the first family of Iowa basketball

Kirk Korver — the youngest of the Korver brothers from Pella — died March 27, 2018 at the age of 27. → Read More

Return to Ottawa finds Lightning's Condra in a different spot

BRANDON — When the Lightning takes on the Senators tonight, it will be a homecoming of sorts for forward Erik Condra. It will be his first trip to Ottawa to face the team that drafted him since he left in free agency in July. → Read More

Lightning needs power play to stay productive

TAMPA — Power plays are an important piece of a team's play. A power-play goal can provide the momentum a struggling team needs to claw out a victory. By the same token, a failed power play can siphon the energy out of a team and be the reason for a loss. → Read More

Lightning must pick up scoring pace

TAMPA — These are important games for the Lightning. It is hoping some home cooking can not only ignite an offense that has struggled at times this season but also a team that is trying to climb back up the standings. → Read More

Power play propels Lightning past Blue Jackets

TAMPA — The last game the Lightning played, there was a power outage with its power play. Tampa Bay had a season-high 10 power play opportunities but scored on just one of them in a 2-1 loss to the Canucks. → Read More

Lightning feels pressure to get back to winning

TAMPA — Coming off a tough 2-1 loss to the Canucks on Tuesday in which the Lightning had 10 power-play opportunities but scored on only one, the Christmas break was needed. Tampa Bay needed time to digest, then shake off the disappointment of that defeat. → Read More

Players called up from AHL give Lightning a jolt

TAMPA — The Lightning has had more than its fair share of injuries this season with close to 100 man-games lost due to injuries, a lot to the top-line players. → Read More

Power play fails again as Lightning falls to Canucks

TAMPA -The Tampa Bay Lightning had started to play good hockey having won three of its last four games before Tuesday's game against the Vancouver Canucks to climb back in playoff contention. But during the season, there have been times when the Lightning has had problems scoring. On Tuesday, those problems resurfaced in a huge way. → Read More

Lightning happy to be home after Christmas break

TAMPA — With the Lightning taking the next three days off for the NHL's Christmas break, coach Jon Cooper is glad it will resume play at home when it returns Saturday. The Lightning will take on the Blue Jackets at Amalie Arena. → Read More

Lightning's Mike Angelidis just happy to be living his dream

TAMPA — Wing Mike Angelidis doesn't know how long he's going to be with the Lightning. To be honest, it doesn't matter to him. → Read More

Brown: Deepest pain as Iowa sees foe finish epic march

An expert at finishing throughout its perfect season, Iowa came up one final stop shy against Michigan State. → Read More

12 things to know about the 12-0 Iowa Hawkeyes

This is a season that will be talked about and treasured for generations to come. 12 games, 12 victori → Read More

Brown: Austin Blythe an ideal Ferentz football player

Senior center epitomizes Iowa football under the Hawkeyes' coach of nearly two decades. → Read More

Lightning can't afford bad trip on West Coast swing

TAMPA — Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper didn't mince words when describing the Lightning's upcoming three-game western road trip: the team has to get some points. → Read More

Spartans' Cook had breakout game in 2013 at Iowa

Michigan State traveled to Iowa for its 2013 Big Ten football opener with an unsettled quarterback situation. → Read More

Iowa's 12-0 record silences talk of Ferentz, contract

Grumbling of Ferentz contract silenced by 12-0 season → Read More

Late goal sinks Lightning vs. Islanders

TAMPA — The Lightning game Saturday against the Islanders was a microcosm of Tampa Bay's past five games: fast start before fizzling at the end. → Read More

Tyler Johnson scratched vs. Isles, no word on injury

TAMPA — Add C Tyler Johnson to the Lightning list of walking wounded. Johnson left Friday's game against the Capitals just 48 seconds into the contest and was scratched from Saturday's contest against the Islanders. → Read More

Brown: Believe it — Iowa's 12-0, and more history awaits

So this is what perfection at 12-0 looks like. It's a special and unprecedented moment for this football program. → Read More

Desmond King: A story of thanks, tragedy and record-setting success

As a cornerback, Desmond King plays on an island. He often faces the opponent’s top receiver. → Read More