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NFL says Abdullah should not have been penalized

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September 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The NFL says Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for dropping to his knees in prayer in the end zone after an interception. NFL spokesman Michael Signora writes in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday that “the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression.

Signora says “there should have been no penalty on the play.” The flag thrown in the fourth quarter of Kansas City’s 41-14 victory over New England on Monday night touched off a firestorm on social media, with many wondering how it was different from players dropping to one knee in Christian prayer.

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. Sports, 9/30/2014

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September 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Clarinda Cross Country Meet Results

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September 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

Shenandoah won both the boys and girls team titles at the Clarinda Cross Country Meet on Monday.  Erica Munsinger of Shenandoah was the individual girls winner and Joe Blake of Shenandoah won the boys race.  Click this link for complete results:  Clarinda CC Meet

Western IA Volleyball Scores from Mon., 9/29/14

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September 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(3-0) East Sac County 25-25-25, St. Mary, Storm Lake 19-19-17
(3-0) East Sac County 25-25-31, Alta/Aurelia 20-17-29
(2-1) Maple Valley-Anthon Oto 25-22-15, Siouxland Community Christian 18-25-9
(3-0) Treynor 25-25-25, Missouri Valley 21-13-21

Chiefs beat New England Patriots

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September 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jamaal Charles returned from an ankle injury to score three touchdowns, Alex Smith threw for 248 yards and three scores, and the Chiefs routed the Patriots 41-14 on Monday night, getting the sports week off to a smashing start in Kansas City with the Royals preparing to open the baseball playoffs on Tuesday.

They held the Patriots’ Tom Brady to 159 yards passing and a touchdown, picking him off twice and returning one for a touchdown. Brady was also strip-sacked by Tamba Hali to set up a Chiefs field goal, capping off a miserable night for the two-time NFL MVP. The Chiefs forced the Patriots to air it out by stuffing Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley. And when Brady dropped back, their front seven ran roughshod over New England’s suspect offensive line.

It hardly helped the Patriots offense that it was trying to operate on the same night Chiefs fans were trying to reclaim the record for loudest outdoor sports venue. The record was set in the first half, when Guinness World Records noted a noise level of 142.2 decibels — breaking the mark of 137.6 that Seattle Seahawks fans set last season.

Chiefs break Seahawks’ Guinness noise record

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September 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Arrowhead Stadium is once again the loudest outdoor venue in sports. After claiming the record last season, and then losing it to the Seattle Seahawks, the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs reclaimed the mark with a reading of 142.2 decibels in the first half of their game against the New England Patriots on Monday night. Guinness World Records was on hand to record the noise level. The record had been 137.6.

To put that in perspective, a jet engine at 100 feet is about 140 decibels, which means the sustained noise in the stadium was enough to jeopardize the hearing of the fans. Among them were several members of the Kansas City Royals, who will play the Oakland A’s in an AL wild-card game across the parking lot at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night.

Autopsy shows Chiefs LB Belcher had brain damage

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September 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An autopsy performed a year after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his baby’s mother and himself found the 25-year-old sustained the same kind of brain damage that has turned up in other NFL players. Belcher fatally shot 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins on Dec. 1, 2012, in the couple’s Kansas City home before driving to Arrowhead Stadium and killing himself in front of the team’s general manager and head coach.

Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd, sued the team, claiming the Chiefs failed to care for her son after he was subjected to repetitive head trauma. The autopsy found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain injuries. Attorneys for Shepherd and other plaintiffs suing the team released the findings.

AP- Iowa High School Football Poll, 9/29/14

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September 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school football polls of the 2010 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:
Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. Bettendorf (8) 5-0 110 1
2. Cedar Rapids Washington (1) 5-0 105 2
3. West Des Moines Dowling (3) 4-1 95 3
4. West Des Moines Valley 4-1 90 4
5. Waukee 4-1 73 5
6. Sioux City East 5-0 52 6
7. Ankeny Centennial 4-1 44 7
8. Johnston 4-1 36 9
9. Eldridge North Scott 4-1 20 10
10. Marion Linn-Mar 4-1 9 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Cedar Falls 7. 12, Dubuque Hempstead 6. 12, Southeast Polk 6. 14, Ankeny 5. 15, Fort Dodge 1. 15, Ottumwa 1.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (6) 4-1 114 2
2. Pella (5) 5-0 110 1
3. Manchester West Delaware (1) 5-0 93 3
4. Carroll 5-0 86 4
5. Sioux City Heelan 4-1 72 5
6. Solon 4-1 51 7
7. Waverly-Shell Rock 4-1 50 8
8. Gilbert 4-1 34 9
9. Carlisle 4-1 12 NR
10. Dallas Center-Grimes 4-1 11 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Newton 6. 12, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 5. 12, Huxley Ballard 5. 14, Davenport Assumption 4. 14, Humboldt 4. 16, Charles City 2. 17, Clear Creek-Amana 1.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. Clear Lake (10) 5-0 116 1
2. Spirit Lake (1) 5-0 106 2
3. Sioux Center (1) 5-0 85 3
4. Williamsburg 5-0 75 4
5. Albia 5-0 71 5
6. Hampton-Dumont 5-0 64 6
7. New Hampton 4-1 44 8
8. West Union North Fayette 4-1 35 9
9. Cascade 4-1 13 NR
(tie) Center Point-Urbana 4-1 13 7

Others receiving votes: 11, Baxter CMB 11. 11, Mediapolis 11. 13, Union, La Porte City 6. 14, Clarion-Goldfield 4. 15, Tama South Tama 3. 16, Central Lyon-GLR 2. 17, Clarinda 1.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Iowa City Regina (7) 4-1 114 1
2. Calmar South Winneshiek (2) 5-0 105 2
3. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (2) 5-0 97 3
4. West Branch (1) 5-0 83 4
5. St. Ansgar 5-0 70 5
6. IKM Manning 5-0 58 6
7. Ogden 5-0 50 7
8. Hinton 5-0 34 8
9. Inwood West Lyon 4-1 30 9
10. Dike-New Hartford 4-1 12 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Stanwood North Cedar 3. 11, South Central Calhoun 3. 13, Madrid 1.

Class A
Record Pts Prv
1. Logan-Magnolia (7) 5-0 108 1
2. Delhi Maquoketa Valley (4) 5-0 104 2
3. Ackley AGWSR (1) 5-0 96 3
4. Packwood Pekin 5-0 80 5
5. Nashua-Plainfield 5-0 76 4
6. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 4-1 66 6
7. Montezuma 5-0 47 8
8. Bedford 5-0 28 10
9. Sloan Westwood 5-0 27 NR
10. Algona Garrigan 3-2 9 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Mount Ayr 8. 12, Hawarden West Sioux 5. 13, Moville Woodbury Central 2. 13, Belle Plaine 2. 13, Brooklyn BGM 2.

Class 8-Man
Record Pts Prv
1. Elk Horn-Kimballton Exira (6) 5-0 108 1
2. Gilbertville-Don Bosco (5) 5-0 107 2
3. Fremont Mills, Tabor (1) 5-0 100 3
4. Janesville 5-0 69 4
5. Coon Rapids-Bayard 5-0 58 5
6. HLV, Victor 5-0 51 6
7. Glidden-Ralston 5-0 44 7
8. Jackson Junction Turkey Valley 5-0 40 8
9. Elkader Central 5-0 33 9
10. Marcus MMC 4-1 25 10

Others receiving votes: 11, Lamoni 13. 12, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire 8. 13, West Bend-Mallard 4.

Tuttle set to emerge as star for Northern Iowa

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September 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Wichita State has been so dominant in the Missouri Valley that it can be tough for players who don’t play for the Shockers to get noticed. Northern Iowa star Seth Tuttle might be good enough to buck that trend.

Tuttle enters his final season with the Panthers as one of the nation’s most overlooked big men — and the key to their hopes of a return to the NCAA tournament after a four-year absence. Tuttle, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, was a first-team All-Valley pick in 2013-14 after leading Northern Iowa in points (15.4), rebounds (8.0) and blocks (1.1) per game.

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. Sports w/Jim Field, 9/29/2014

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September 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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