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Cardinals rebound with 6-2 win against Padres


July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Shelby Miller and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and Oscar Taveras hit a two-run homer for the St. Louis Cardinals, who beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep. The Cardinals acquired right-hander John Lackey from Boston just before the trade deadline to bolster their rotation. They open a series Friday against NL Central-leading Milwaukee on Friday in St. Louis.

Miller (8-8) held San Diego to two runs and three hits in six innings, struck out five and walked none. He earned his first win since June 7. St. Louis roughed up San Diego rookie Odrisamer Despaigne a day after playing what manager Mike Matheny called the team’s ugliest loss of the season, a 12-1 defeat Wednesday night.

AP source: Lackey traded from Red Sox to Cards


July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday’s deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither club announced the trade.

Earlier, the Red Sox sent their top starter, left-hander Jon Lester, to the Oakland Athletics with outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a 2015 draft pick. Lackey was 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA as the No. 2 starter in Boston’s rotation.

Kelly is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in seven starts. He has made four starts since being activated from the disabled list on July 11. Craig is batting .237 with seven homers and 44 RBIs.

Chiefs safety Berry leaves practice with injury


July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Eric Berry left Chiefs practice on Thursday after hurting his lower right leg, the second injury that the Pro Bowl safety has sustained so far in training camp. Berry missed some time earlier with a dislocated finger.

It was unclear what happened to Berry during one of the early sessions of practice at Missouri Western. He was checked by trainers in the injury tent next to the field, then talked with other team officials on the sideline before leaving the field on a cart.

Berry was able to put weight on the leg, but was noticeably limping. Chiefs coach Andy Reid was expected to discuss the nature and severity of the injury after practice.

2014 Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-State Softball Selections


July 31st, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 1-A First Team:

Rachel Smith, Jr., Exira/EHK; Kennedy Madsen, Jr., Exira/EHK; Ashley Ewoldt, So., Charter Oak-Ute; Emilee Meadows, So., Charter Oak-Ute; Kayla Tindall, Sr., Akron-Westfield; Dana Hedlund, Sr., Akron-Westfield; Renee Maneman, Sr., Newell-Fonda; Nicole Shutt, Jr., Martensdale-St. Marys; Morgan Christner, So., New London; Bella Berthel, Jr., Bellevue Marquette; Kate Patton, Sr., Murray; Brittney Roby, Sr., Twin Cedars; Madison Rasmusson, Jr., Lynnville-Sully; Ashley Sicard, Jr., AGWSR; Kendra Cooper, 8th, Kee; Madison Fryslie, Sr., AGWSR; Breanna Fortune, Sr., Wayne; Jossie Ferrari, Sr., SE Webster; Kasiah Ehresman, So., Lynnville-Sully; Blake Banowetz, Jr., Bellevue Marquette; Courtney Cooper, Fr., Kee; Jamie Jordan, So., Martensdale-St. Marys.

Coach of the year: Todd Colt, Akron-Westfield.

Class 1-A Second Team:

Abby Dobernecker, Sr., Charter Oak-Ute; Kerrigan Riley, Sr., Springville; Kortney Hedlund, Jr., Akron-Westfield; Melinda Gerrietts, Sr., Remsen St. Mary’s; Carley DeRoin, So., Westwood; Sami Koontz, Sr., New London; MacKenzie Suntken, Sr., Melcher-Dallas; Autumn McDanel, So., Moravia; Deena Snyder, Jr., Murray; Shelby Davis, Jr., Lynnville-Sully; Becca Huberty, Sr., Mason City Newman; Morgan Frost, Jr., Don Bosco; Nicole Pietig, Sr., Mason City Newman; Emily Carrol, Sr., Rockford; Nicole Blum, Jr., Bellevue Marquette; Riley Verwers, So., Martensdale-St. Marys; Paige Felderman, Sr., Lisbon; Jordan Wilken, So., Newell-Fonda; Jordan Carter, Jr., Sigourney; Kendyl Sorge, Jr., Janesville; Emily Parks, Jr., New London; Shania Austin, Fr., Wayne.

Class 1-A Third Team:

Mara Burmeister, Fr., Exira/EHK; Holly Handlos, Fr., Glidden-Ralston; Taryn Williams, Jr., Fremont-Mills; Becca Vos, Sr., Lynnville-Sully; Kaylee Whittington, Jr., DM Grandview; Reiley Rodman, Jr., DM Grandview; McKenzie McIntosh, So., Murray; Johanna Vaske, So., Algona Garrigan; Marina Keck, So., Kingsley-Pierson; Bailey Davis, Fr., Akron-Westfield; Kylah Schumacher, Jr., Martensdale-St. Marys; Madelyn Flemr, Sr., Lone Tree; Haley Seuferer, Sr., SE Warren; Brennan Banks, Sr., Wayne; Olivia Ingledue, Sr., AGWSR; Victoria Leyh, Sr., Janesville; Tori Even, Jr., Don Bosco; Valerie Meyer, Jr., Kee; Dani Reicherts, So., Dunkerton; Gabby Tath, Jr., Bellevue Marquette; Alexis Bunkers, Jr., Remsen St. Mary’s; Sydney Fransiscus, Sr., Mason City Newman.

Class 2-A First Team:

Baily Janssen, Jr., Missouri Valley; Abbey Murphy, Sr., Earlham; Kristen Weber, Jr., Earlham; Cheyann Adamson, Sr., Highland; Kaylie Brindley, Sr., Earlham; Tasha Alexander, Sr., E-B-F; Katie Jo Springer, Jr., Highland; Nataliah Hopkins, Sr., E-B-F; Halle Still, Jr., Woodbury Central; Keely Steffen, So., Woodbury Central; Megan Bonnett, Sr., Iowa City Regina; Taylor Huber, So., Alburnett; Alexis Korte, Sr., Central Springs; Morgan Craig, Jr., Highland; Dena Looft, Sr., North Union; Amanda Lansman, Jr., Fort Dodge St. Edmond; Lisa Feldman, Sr., North Butler; Maddison Volesky, So., Alburnett; Emily Dolan, Sr., North Butler; Bailey Victoria, Sr., Denver; Tara Converse, Sr., Sumner-Fredericksburg; Anna Bentley, Sr., Durant.

Coach of the year: Chris Caskey, Earlham.

Class 2-A Second Team:

Abby Straight, So., Logan-Magnolia; Hayley Seuntjens, Sr., Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto; Lexi Killinger, So., Treynor; Peyton Gross, 8th, IKM-Manning; Jillian Haberichter, Jr., MFL-Mar-Mac; Kendall Scurr, Sr., BCLUW; Maggie Harvey, Fr., Fort Dodge St. Edmond; Delaney Bice, So., Woodward-Granger; Bailey Richards, So., Van Meter; Sarah Rolling, So., North Union; Ashley Hahnbaum, Jr., Wapello; Summer Jansen, Sr., Hull Western Christian; Emma James, Sr., DM Christian; Addie Herman, Sr., Earlham; Ellen Gallagher, Sr., Woodbury Central; Jordan Bendixen, Jr., North Cedar; Kelsey Hora, Fr., Highland; Shannon Laing, Sr. West Branch; Megan Kublick, So., Wilton; Mallory Vawter, Jr., BCLUW; Jayden Wolters, So., Denver; Ally Flaucher, Jr., Jesup.

Class 2-A Third Team:

Tobey Yates, Jr., Underwood; Abbey Youngren, So., IKM-Manning; Emalee Fundermann, So., Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto; Chelsea Lautrup, Sr., Logan-Magnolia; Andrea Nulle, Jr., IKM-Manning; Kennedy Carithers, Sr., Edgewood-Colesburg; Anna Seeger, Jr., Okoboji; Taylor Rohwer, Sr., Alta-Aurelia; Ali Verzani, So., Lawton-Bronson; DJ Flores, So., Alta-Aurelia; Tessa Howerzyl, Jr., Pella Christian; Brittany Schindelar, Jr., South Winneshiek; Lindsay Davis, Sr., Cardinal; Jessica Kuebler, Sr., Fort Dodge St. Edmond; Naomi Dalton, Sr., Madrid; Peyton Oleson, Jr., North Union; Olivia Callaway, So., BCLUW; Kyra Hoffman, Sr., Ridge View; Autumn Radig, So., Pocahontas Area; Krayton Allen, 8th, Sumner-Fredericksburg; Amy Russell, Fr., Colfax-Mingo; Clara Pearson, Sr., Prairie Valley.

Class 3-A First Team:

Jensen Boger, Sr., OA-BCIG; Libby Bemis, Sr., Clarke; Amber Fiser, So., Benton Community; Taylor Fricke, Jr., East Marshall; Riley Hale, Jr., West Burlington/Notre Dame; Sydney Weldon, Sr., Albia; Ashley Burrows, Sr., Bondurant-Farrar; Marissa Promes, Jr., Greene County; Emily Wilson, Jr., Bondurant-Farrar; Kennedy Crees, Sr., Clarke; Alyssa Wiebel, So., Benton Community; Mariah Fritz, Jr., East Marshall; Amber Kral, So., Mid-Prairie; Brooke Craig, Jr., Waterloo Columbus; Molly Jacobsen, So., ADM; Samantha Croghan, Jr., Center Point-Urbana; Aleenah Marcucci, So., Northeast; Shanaya Schutt, Sr., Iowa Falls-Alden; Avery Terwilliger, Fr., Humboldt; Cassidy Mohl, Sr., Osage; Brooke Brommel, Sr., Interstate 35; Abigail Gilson, Sr., PCM.

Coach of the year: Lindsay Diehl, Clarke

Class 3-A Second Team:

Miles Ludwigs, Sr., Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Ashtin Hazel, Sr., Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Alex Rath, So., Mid-Prairie; CJ Van Der Zwaag, Jr., Boyden-Hull/RV; Kenzi Sutton, Jr., ADM; Sydney Robertson, Jr., Vinton-Shellsburg; Katelyn Banning, Fr., Center Point-Urbana; Emily Christensen, Jr., Greene County; Bailee Newman, So., Spirit Lake; Regan Wolverton, Sr., North Fayette Valley; Madison Beaver, Jr., Sioux Center; Emma Fuhs, Sr., Chariton; Courtney Coffin, Jr., West Burlington/Notre Dame; Libby Ryan, Fr., Mount Vernon; Audra Bridenstine, So., West Liberty; Anna Strein, Sr., Waterloo Columbus; Ashley Rosenstiel, Sr., Oelwein; Krista Bouesma, Sr., Sheldon; Alison Sandbulte, Sr., Sioux Center; Cassie Van Beek, Fr., Boyden-Hull/RV; Lexi Berry, So,. East Sac County; Steph McMillan, Sr., Independence.

Class 3-A Third Team:

Cheyenne Wilcke, Sr., OA-BCIG; Elise Berg, Jr., Kuemper Catholic; Erin Olsen, So., Atlantic; Klarissa McElroy, Jr., Clarinda; Lynsey Dolphin, So., Cascade; Megan Cleveringa, Jr., Sioux Center; Megan Gavin, So., North Fayette Valley; Carley Robins, Sr., Clarke; Darby Massner, Jr., Mediapolis; Ellen Morris, Sr., Central Lee; Randyn Carter, Fr., Louisa-Muscatine; Lexi Duwa, Jr., Mid-Prairie; Carley Vaske, Sr., Dyersville Beckman; Tawny Menster, Jr., Anamosa; Sonya McCormick, So, Monticello; Lea Brunnsen, So., Benton Community; Abbie Decker, Jr., Dyersville Beckman; Elizabeth Hearn, Jr., Center Point-Urbana; Mackenzie Thate, So., Spirit Lake; Tori Applegate, Sr., South Tama; Chandler Banta, Sr., Osage; Sydney Berends, Sr., Roland-Story; Shelby Tidman, Jr., Hampton-Dumont.

Class 4-A First Team:

Paige Lowary, Sr., Dallas Center-Grimes; Emily Ira, Jr., Solon; Hannah Cole, Sr., West Delaware; Taylor Goode, So., Norwalk; Kenzie Ihle, Sr., Ballard; Gabby Schnathorst, So., Carlisle; Clair Bird, Sr., Davenport Assumption; McKenna Heim, Jr., North Scott; Mallory Killian, Jr., Fort Dodge; Mallory Madsen, Sr., Solon; Sammie Nicholson, Sr., Winterset; Taylor Davis, Sr., Carlisle; Mara Forsyth, Sr., Charles City; Taylor Nearad, Jr., Solon; Jackie Peyton, Sr., Dallas Center-Grimes; Shyanne DuBois, Jr., Carlisle; Lexi Astor, Sr., Fort Dodge; Sydney Burnett, Sr., Fairfield; Mel Stevens, Sr., Norwalk; Erin Drahozal, Jr., CR Xavier; Rachel Lowary, Fr., Dallas Center-Grimes; Taylor Lemon, Sr., Keokuk; Alexis Groet, Fr., Oskaloosa.

Coach of the year: Steve Schlafke, Dallas Center-Grimes

Class 4-A Second Team:

Bailey Heaton, Sr., Sioux City Heelan; Haylee LaMasters, Jr., Creston; Jamie Miller, Sr., Davenport Assumption; Lexi Kinnaird, Jr., Clear Creek-Amana; Libby Yenger, Jr., Indianola; Emily Brown, Sr., Waverly-Shell Rock; Madison Heidebrink, Sr., Le Mars; Hayley Deutmeyer, Sr., CR Xavier; Allison O’Brien, Jr., Dallas Center-Grimes; Macy Johnson, Fr., Winterset; Ali Herdliska, Jr., Solon; Marisa Repp, Sr., Fairfield; Kennedy Vinchattle, Sr., Boone; Callie Arnold, Sr., Oskaloosa; Emily Thole, Jr., West Delaware; Leslie Taylor, Sr., Mount Pleasant; Payton Mercer, Sr., Carlisle; Gabbie Scherle, Jr., Ballard; Brianna Chaplin, Sr., Indianola; Annie DeVries, Sr., North Scott; Liz Miklus, Jr., Saydel; Lani Van Zyl, Jr., Fort Dodge.

Class 4-A Third Team:

Codie Fineran, Sr., Denison-Schleswig; Ashley Rausch, Sr., Washington; Holly Hinkel, Sr., Solon; Cassie Rottink, So., Waverly-Shell Rock; Sydney Jenkins, So., Newton; Kirsten Burris, Jr., Indianola; Cassie Burris, Jr., Indianola; Kenady Waugh, Fr., Fairfield; Maddy Nilles, Jr., Dubuque Wahlert; Hattie Hupke, Sr., Carlisle; Molly Villhauer, Sr., Clear Creek-Amana; Sydney Lawson, So., Solon; Tabitha Taylor, Sr., Dallas Center-Grimes; Kaylin Featheringill, So., Fort Madison; Jackie Foster, Sr., Charles City; Kelsie Tomlin, Sr., Oskaloosa; Grace Redlinger, Sr., Washington; Katie Irwin, Sr., DeWitt Central; Julie Diw, Sr., Perry; Alyx Witt, 8th, Norwalk; Lauren Van Blaricom, So., North Scott; Kayla Culbertson, So., Fort Madison.

Class 5-A First Team:

Sydney Dwyer, Sr., Pleasant Valley; Claudia Farrell, Sr., WDM Dowling; Kendyl Lindaman, So., Ankeny Centennial; Doni Rae Mayhew, So., Bettendorf; Adara Opiola, So., Iowa City West; Mandi Roemmich, So., WDM Valley; Katie Shoultz, Sr., Muscatine; Katie Sommer, Sr., Linn-Mar; Haylee Towers, So., Johnston; Brooke Wilmes, Fr., Johnston; Maddie Hansen, Jr., CR Jefferson; Haley Duwa, Jr., Pleasant Valley; Kate Crow, Sr., Ames; Hannah Parker, Sr., Southeast Polk; Claire Dudek, Jr., Waukee; Cassady Knudsen, Sr., Southeast Polk; Bryn Hanrahan, Fr., Iowa City High; Taylor Steinfeldt, Sr., Ankeny.

Coach of the year: Todd Merical, Johnston

Class 5-A Second Team:

Taylor Luther, Jr., Waukee; Alyssa Olson, Jr., CR Jefferson; Skyler Shellmyer, 8th, Urbandale; Emily Clemens, Sr., Muscatine; Jaclyn Spencer, So., Waterloo West; Addy Pender, Jr., Johnston; Gabi Carter, Jr., CR Prairie; Ashlyn Thompson, Jr., Ottumwa; Lauren Poortinga, Jr., DM Lincoln; Mackenzie Jones, Jr., WDM Valley; Ashley Hamilton, Fr., CR Kennedy; Bria Lenten, Sr., CR Washington; Kassidi Henderson, Jr., Ottumwa; Emilee Meyer, Jr., Muscatine; Julia Bastian, Fr., WDM Dowling; April Walker, Sr., DM Lincoln; Jessie Harder, So., Iowa City West; Kendall Cornick, Jr., Mason City.

Class 5-A Third Team:

Lauren Nahnsen, Jr., CB Abraham Lincoln; Rylie Zyzda, So., Sioux City East; Sydney Tigges, So., Dubuque Senior; Taleah Smith, Fr., Iowa City West; Bailey Hocker, Sr., Bettendorf; Alexis Winn, Sr., Ottumwa; Taylor Schumacher, Sr., Ames; Brooke O’Hollearn, Sr., WDM Valley; Anna Gernant, Jr., WDM Valley; Bella Crow, Fr., Urbandale; Olivia Parker, Sr., Ankeny; Anna Manjoine, Sr., Muscatine; Lauren Thilges, Sr., Johnston; Tristen Zaruba, Sr., Pleasant Valley; Shelby Uhl, Jr., Southeast Polk; Lexi Monty, Fr., Davenport West; Tianna Drahn, So., CR Kennedy; Haley Jones, Jr., Waterloo West; Sierra Walton, Jr., WDM Dowling; Kaila Konz, Sr., WDM Dowling; Jessi Puk, Fr., CR Washington.

Iowa Girls Coaches Association Softball All-District Selections


July 31st, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 1-A West All-District Softball
Rachel Smith, Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton, 11
Ashley Ewoldt, Charter Oak-Ute, 10
Emilee Meadows, Charter Oak-Ute, 10
Kennedy Madsen, Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton, 11
Abby Dobernecker, Charter Oak-Ute, 12
Paige Danner, Ar-We-Va, 12
Mara Burmeister, Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton, 9
Holly Handlos, Glidden-Ralston, 9
Morgan Shearer, West Harrison, 11
Tehya Hansen, CAM, 11
Carmen Subbert, Stanton, 12
Skylar Ross, Essex, 12
Taryn Williams, Fremont-Mills, 11
Kyrsten Lampman, Ar-We-Va, 11
Kaylee Weber, Glidden-Ralston, 12
Lauren Mahlberg, Glidden-Ralston, 10
Kelsey Winnett, Coon Rapids-Bayard, 11
District Coach of the Year:  Jason Stoltzfus, Charter Oak-Ute

Class 2-A Southwest All-District Softball
Bailey Janssen, Missouri Valley, 11
Abby Straight, Logan-Magnolia, 10
Lexi Killinger, Treynor, 10
Peyton Gross, IKM-Manning, 8
Abbey Youngren, IKM-Manning, 10
Halle Still, Woodbury Central, 11
Tobey Yates, Underwood, 11
Kyra Hoffman, Ridge View, 11
Taylor Frain, Riverside, 11
Ali Verzani, Lawton-Bronson, 10
Keely Steffen, Woodbury Central, 10
Andrea Nulle, IKM-Manning, 11
Ellen Gallagher, Woodbury Central, 12
Chelsea Lautrup, Logan-Magnolia, 12
Karly Treiber, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto, 12
Hallie Linhart, Central Decatur, 11
Emalee Fundermann, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto, 10
Hayley Seuntjens, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto, 10
District Coach of the Year: Joy Gross, IKM-Manning

Class 3-A West All-­District Softball
Jensen Boger, OA-­BCIG, 12
Madison Beaver, Sioux Center, 11
Miles Ludwigs, Sergeant Bluff-­Luton, 12
CJ VanDerZwaag, Boyden Hull-­Rock Valley, 11
Krista Bouesma, Sheldon, 12
Elise Berg, Kuemper Catholic, 11
Bailee Newman, Spirit Lake, 10
Cheyenne Wilcke, OA-­BCIG, 12
Alison Sandbulte, Sioux Center, 12
Cassie Van Beek, Boyden Hull-­Rock Valley, 9
Ashtin Hazel, Sergeant Bluff-­Luton, 12
Erin Olsen, Atlantic, 10
Avery Terwilliger, Humboldt, 9
Mackenzie Thate, Spirit Lake, 10
Lexi Berry, East Sac County, 10
Klarissa McElroy, Clarinda, 11
District Coach of the year: Sara Frierdrichsen, Boyden Hull-­Rock Valley

Class 4-A West All-­District Softball
Taylor Davis, Carlisle, 12
Kenzie Ihle, Ballard, 12
Sammie Nicholson, Winterset, 12
Gabby Schnathorst, Carlisle, 10
Macy Johnson, Winterset, 9
Mallory Killian, Fort Dodge, 11
Lexi Astor, Fort Dodge, 12
Shyanne Dubois, Carlisle, 11
Gabbie Scherle, Ballard, 11
Kennedy Vinchattle, Boone, 12
Bailey Heaton, Bishop Heelen, 12
Haylee LaMasters, Creston, 11
Codie Fineran, Denison-Schleswig, 12
Payton Mercer, Carlisle, 12
Brooke Mallon, Ballard, 12
Logan Schaben, Harlan, 10
Ana Petersen, Harlan, 12
Kaylee Schnathorst, Webster City, 12
District Coach of the Year: Jim Flaws, Carlisle

Class 5-A West All-­District Softball
Kendyl Lindaman, Ankeny Centennial, 10
Haylee Towers, Johnston, 10
Brooke Wilmes, Johnston, 9
Claudia Farrell, Dowling Catholic, 12
Mandi Roemmich, WDM Valley, 10
Hannah Parker, Southeast Polk, 12
Kate Crow, Ames, 12
Taylor Steinfeldt, Ankeny, 12
Taylor Luther, Waukee, 11
Claire Dudek, Waukee, 11
Skyler Shellmyer, Urbandale, 8
Ashlyn Thompson, Ottumwa, 11
Cassady Knudsen, Southeast Polk, 12
Kassidi Henderson, Ottumwa, 11
Addy Pender, Johnston, 11
Julia Bastian, Dowling Catholic, 9
Lauren Poortinga, Des Moines Lincoln, 11
April Walker, Des Moines Lincoln, 12
Kendall Cornick, Mason City, 11
Mackenzie Jones, WDM Valley, 11
Olivia Parker, Ankeny, 12
District Coach of the Year:  Todd Merical, Johnston

IGCA All-District Softball (click this link for the complete list)

8AM Sportscast 07-31-2014

Podcasts, Sports

July 31st, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


UNI official calls for UNI-Dome improvements


July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The University of Northern Iowa’s athletic director says the school needs to make improvements to the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. Troy Dannen told The Des Moines Register Wednesday that renovations to the stadium will be part of a broader campaign that is “a couple of years” away. Although it’s too early to talk about costs, Dannen says renovations to the dome, opened in 1976, would be a “low eight-figure project.”

Dannen says the stadium needs wider concourse areas, premium seating and larger restrooms. He noted there have been few changes to the dome since it opened, though $1.2 million is being spent on a scoreboard upgrade in the stadium and in the neighboring McCloud Center.

The dome’s current seating capacity of 16,300 likely wouldn’t change much.

Iowa cancels free tuition offer football promotion

News, Sports

July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Legal concerns have forced the University of Iowa to suspend a promotion offering free tuition to five randomly selected students who purchased football season tickets. Athletic director Gary Barta says he has decided to temporarily shutter the offer after questions were raised about whether it complies with state raffle laws.

Iowa says the free tuition package is worth roughly $8,000. The award also can be used to cover fees, books and related supplies for the upcoming fall and spring semesters. The Hawkeyes also were planning prizes such as $500 in school supplies and $1,000 gift cards to a local grocery store chain in an effort to boost lagging student ticket sales.

Iowa has seen those numbers drop from 10,000 to roughly 7,000 in less than two years.

State Baseball Tournament Scores (7/30) & Schedule (7/31)


July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson


Wednesday Quarterfinals
Johnston 8, Waukee 3
Iowa City West 4, Dowling Catholic 2
Dubuque Hempstead 4, West Des Moines Valley 2
Southeast Polk 1, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 0


Thursday Semifinals
Noon — Newman Catholic (35-3) vs. Don Bosco (31-3)
2 p.m. — Twin Cedars (34-0) vs. Gehlen Catholic (30-3)


Thursday Semifinals
6 p.m. — North Polk (30-5) vs. Roland-Story (27-12)
8 p.m. — Beckman Catholic (28-13) vs. Van Meter (32-2)

AP source: Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cards


July 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Cleveland Indians have traded starter Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals. Masterson, who is in the final year of his contract, was dealt for outfielder James Ramsey, said the person who spoke Wednesday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams have not commented.

Ramsey was the Cardinals’ first-round pick (No. 23 overall) in 2012. He’s been at Double-A Springfield, where he batted .300 with 13 homer and 36 RBIs. Masterson has been a disappointment for the Indians this season. He began the year as Cleveland’s No. 1 starter but has underperformed after turning down a contract extension from the club in spring training.

On Tuesday, Masterson, who is on the disabled list, said he knew his name was in trade rumors.