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Professional basketball leagues using platforms to promote social justice

The Los Angeles Lakers, including LeBron James and Anthony Davis, wear Black Lives Matter shirts while kneeling during the national anthem prior to a game against the Los Angeles Clippers and head coach Doc Rivers, right, at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Friday, July 30, 2020.

Chloe Peterson, Sports Reporter

August 4, 2020

Social justice activism in professional sports has come a long way since Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem in 2016. After nationwide protests erupted this summer after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, many professional athletes have joined in the fight for socia...

Former Hawkeyes Gustafson, Doyle set to face off in WNBA matchup

Iowa center Megan Gustafson and guard Kathleen Doyle hug after the win against NC State in the NCAA Sweet 16 game at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Wolfpack 79-61.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

July 30, 2020

Megan Gustafson and Kathleen Doyle shared the court for three years as teammates on the Iowa women’s basketball team. The two Big Ten Player of the Year winners are about to take the court together again. This time, on opposing teams. Gustafson and the Dallas Wings take on Doyle and the India...

Kathleen Doyle ready to take advantage of WNBA opportunity as start of regular season approaches

Iowa guard Kathleen Doyle jumps for a lay-up during the Iowa vs. Ohio State Women's Big Ten Tournament game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Friday, March 6, 2020. The Buckeyes defeated the Hawkeyes 87-66.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

July 19, 2020

Kathleen Doyle’s introduction to the WNBA hasn’t gone how she ever imagined it would. The former Hawkeye standout was a second-round pick by the Indiana Fever in April’s WNBA Draft. The season, which was originally set to start May 15, has been delayed for months because of the COVID-19 pande...

Kathleen Doyle named NCAA Woman of the Year nominee

Iowa guard Kathleen Doyle shoots during a women's basketball game between Iowa and Nebraska at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Monday Feb. 6, 2020. The Hawkeyes defeated the Cornhuskers 76-60.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

July 13, 2020

Former Iowa women's basketball player Kathleen Doyle was selected by the athletic department as the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee, the NCAA announced on Monday. For the past 30 years, this award has been given to a student-athlete that excels academically, athletically, and committed to co...

Opinion | Women’s sports deserve better

Iowa guard Kathleen Doyle takes the ball to the hoop during a women’s basketball between Iowa and Wisconsin at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. The Hawkeyes defeated the Badgers 97-71. (Nichole Harris/The Daily Iowan)

Chloe Peterson, Sports Reporter

July 12, 2020

Women have been left out of the limelight in professional sports for a long time. It’s time for that to change. Professional women’s teams get less coverage, pay, and respect compared to their male counterparts. They also get virtually no airtime. A University of Southern California study released in 2015 that spanned three decades ...

Iowa members of Big Ten Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition starting to take action

Iowa interim head coach Vicki Brown instructs her players during a volleyball match between Iowa and Washington at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Will Fineman, Sports Reporter

July 7, 2020

Ten student-athletes, coaches, and staff members from the University of Iowa have been chosen to be members of the Big Ten Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition. The team was announced by Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren in an open letter June 1, and according to Iowa’s members, is being forme...

Iowa women’s basketball team adapting to changes during voluntary workouts

Iowa center Monika Czinano shoots during a game against Iowa State at the Hilton Coliseum on Wednesday December 11, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Cyclones, 75-69. Cizano had a total of 20 points.

Chloe Peterson, Sports Reporter

July 1, 2020

The Iowa women’s basketball team returned Iowa City for voluntary workouts on June 15, but not without a few changes. Amid COVID-19 concern, no coaches other than the strength and conditioning coach — for safety reasons — are currently allowed on the floor during practice. Coaches are r...

Receiving LGBTQ Legacy Leader Award a ‘moment of gratitude’ for Iowa’s Jan Jensen

Iowa associate head coach Jan Jensen rallies the Iowa Hawkeyes during a timeout pep talk during a women’s basketball game between Iowa and Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, December 28. The Hawkeyes fell to the Huskers 78-69.

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter

June 30, 2020

Gratitude. Out of all the words Iowa women’s basketball associate head coach Jan Jensen could’ve used to describe receiving a LGBTQ Legacy Leader Award from dsm Magazine and One Iowa Leadership Institute, she used that one. Why? “When you’re originally coming out, you never ever...

Iowa women’s basketball freshman Caitlin Clark not intimidated by high expectations

A basketball is seen on the court during a game between Iowa and Wisconsin on Jan. 27 at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

Chloe Peterson, Sports Reporter

June 29, 2020

Incoming freshman Caitlin Clark joined the Iowa women’s basketball team June 15 for the program’s first voluntary workout since its 2019-20 season ended prematurely. Clark is facing high expectations despite only being a freshman, but she also has high expectations for herself. Clark was a...

Iowa grads B.J. Armstrong, Melissa Isaacson reflect on ‘The Last Dance’

Grand Marshal J.P. Armstrong rides in a Corvette during the 2019 Homecoming Parade on Oct. 18 in Downtown Iowa City.

Chris Werner, Sports Reporter

June 23, 2020

ESPN’s documentary The Last Dance, a 10-part series on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, took over the sports world for much of April and May. Two University of Iowa graduates with firsthand experience of the Bulls’ dynasty were among the dozens of people interviewed for the project. B....

Lisa Bluder looks back on Hawkeye career after finishing 20th season as Iowa’s head coach

Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder instructs her team on what to do during a women’s basketball between Iowa and Wisconsin at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. The Hawkeyes defeated the Badgers 97-71.

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter

June 23, 2020

When Lisa Bluder was hired as the head coach of the Iowa women’s basketball team, she was given a five-year contract for what she considered her dream job. Those five years turned into 20 — and counting. “I never dreamed that five years would turn into 20 years,” Bluder said. In those...

NCAA Division I Council approves plan for men’s and women’s summer basketball activities

Iowa guard Kathleen Doyle attempts a free throw during a women’s basketball game between Iowa and Maryland at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. The Hawkeyes defeated the Terrapins, 66-61.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

June 18, 2020

The NCAA Division I Council approved a plan for summer athletics activities for men's and women's basketball on Wednesday. The adopted plan extends the current rule, which allows voluntary workouts and up to eight hours of virtual nonphysical activities through July 19. The Council said it wi...