Midwest Sports Headlines: 9/11/19


September 11th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a 482-foot two-run homer that bounced out of Coors Field in the first inning, Chi Chi González got his first big league win in four years and the Colorado Rockies slowed the St. Louis Cardinals’ playoff push with a 2-1 victory. St. Louis had won 23 of 30 coming in to open a four-game lead in the NL Central over the second-place Chicago Cubs.

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Eloy Jiménez hit his first career grand slam, Yoán Moncada launched a monster two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3. Adam Engel added a solo shot for as the White Sox won their second straight, but just their fourth in 14 games. Adalberto Mondesi, Alex Gordon and Ryan O’Hearn went deep for the Royals on a warm night where the ball carried well and every run was scored on a homer.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s passing game last season was all about the tight ends. Which made sense, since T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant would go on to be first-round selections in the NFL draft. It’s different this season for the No. 19 Hawkeyes, who play Saturday at Iowa State. Eleven players have receptions so far this season and all six touchdown passes have gone to wide receivers.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State entered this season with more hype than ever before and then almost lost to Northern Iowa in the opener. The Cyclones know they will need to be much better to knock off No. 19 Iowa on Saturday. Hamstrung by a lack of explosive plays, bad penalties and somewhat inconsistent line play, Iowa State only scored 13 regulation points against Northern Iowa. Coach Matt Campbell says his team needs to force the flow of the game.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have returned De’Anthony Thomas to the active roster and waived fellow wide receiver Byron Pringle with the hope that they can sign him to the practice squad should he clear waivers.