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Lohse Allows 1 Run as Cardinals Beat Astros 6-1 Tuesday


March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Lohse will leave his new curveball in Florida when the season starts. “We tried it. That’s what spring training is for, to mess around with pitches,” Lohse said Tuesday after pitching five innings in his fourth spring start for the St. Louis Cardinals. “But if you don’t have confidence in something, you’re not going to be able to execute it. “It was a good pitch in the bullpen, but when I got in the game I couldn’t control it.” Lohse has gone back to his old curveball grip, and it worked well in a 6-1 exhibition victory over the Houston Astros. Coming off a 14-8 season that ended in a World Series start, Lohse gave up three hits Tuesday, including Chris Johnson’s second home run. Eric Komatsu, a Rule V acquisition from Washington, had three of the Cardinals’ 12 hits and scored twice.

Immediately after the game, the Astros acquired left-handed pitcher Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder Jason Bourgeois and catcher Humberto Quintero. The Cardinals announced after the game that pitchers Chuckie Fick, Sam Freeman and Adam Ottavino had been optioned to Triple-A Memphis, and pitchers Trevor Rosenthal and R.J. Swindle, infielder Ryan Jackson and catcher Steven Hill have been reassigned.

Creighton Coach Sorry Carolina’s Marshall Got Hurt


March 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton coach Greg McDermott called North Carolina coach Roy Williams to say there was no intent to injure point guard Kendall Marshall when Ethan Wragge fouled him in Sunday’s NCAA tournament game in Greensboro, N.C.

Marshall had surgery on his broken right wrist Monday, and it’s uncertain whether he’ll play Friday against Ohio in the regional semifinals. The Tar Heels (31-5) are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest.

McDermott said Tuesday that Williams is a “good friend” and that he wanted to let the Tar Heels’ coach know that he was sorry Marshall was hurt.

The Bluejays have been criticized by some Carolina fans and analysts for being overly physical, perhaps dirty. McDermott said people who watched his team through the season wouldn’t describe the Bluejays as “physical.”

Iowa Opens Spring Ball With New Coaching Staff


March 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One of the hallmarks of the Iowa program under coach Kirk Ferentz has been the continuity of his staff.

Not this season.

For the first time since Ferentz took over before the 1999 season, the Hawkeyes enter spring ball with two new coordinators; Phil Parker on defense and Greg Davis on offense.

After back-to-back 4-4 finishes in the Big Ten, Ferentz says it was time to shake things up. Ferentz says the staff changes allowed the program to re-examine what it’s doing on both sides of the ball.

Iowa’s spring practice runs through April 14, when they host their annual open scrimmage in Kinnick Stadium.

Pioli Says Chiefs Made Early Run at Manning


March 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs were in contact with Peyton Manning from the start, but general manager Scott Pioli said the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback had formulated a list of likely destinations early on.

Manning wound up agreeing to a $96 million, five-year deal with Denver.

Pioli said during a conference call with Tuesday that Manning was “up front about what he was doing, some of the visits he wanted to take, and we initially weren’t a part of that.”

Matt Cassel is expected to return as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback next season. Kansas City recently signed former Denver backup Brady Quinn to provide depth.

Pioli refused to get into details about his conversations with Manning and his agent, but he did say that Cassel was aware that discussions had taken place.

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March 20th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Atlantic Parks & Rec Board increases some program fees, others unchanged

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March 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Fees for some of the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department Programs will increase this year, while others remain unchanged. The Parks and Rec Board Monday voted to raise the price of sponsorships for men’s Slow Pitch Softball teams to $300 from $150. Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring says the fee is more in line with what other communities of similar size are charging, and it helps covers the cost of a 2-by 3-foot weather-resistant sponsor banner (which will be hung on the outfield fence), new fencing, and new surfacing on the in-fields. The cost of the banner is a one-time fee. The fee also pays for the service of an umpire for all three games each night. The season runs June 1st to August 12th, three nights per week, with three games per night.

The fee for joining the Swim Team has been bumped up from $20- to $25 for each participant. The team will be in action from June 1st to July 15th.Herring says the swimming pool at Sunnyside Park will be open May 23rd through September 3rd. Admission fees are unchanged from last year, at $4 for those 3-years of age and older. Children under the age of two will be admitted for free. Season passes are also unchanged from last year, and will run $105 for a family, and $70 for a single adult season pass. A family pass covers immediate family members residing at the same street address, and includes: children of divorced parents who have joint custody; step- and foster-children. Herring says each person will receive a laminated picture ID which must be presented on the day they plan to swim. Daycare providers will be offered a punch card for $4 per day. A 15 punch card will cost $50, which is a discount of $10. In the event of inclement weather, the passes will be honored at the Nishna Valley YMCA for use at their indoor pool.

In other business, Roger Herring said Monday, that the skate park will be open for use in about six-weeks. He says skate board enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a refurbished half-pipe. The ends of the half-pipe will be closed-off and vented to prevent debris and moisture from damaging the equipment. Herring says if enough money is left over, a couple of other, smaller pieces of skate board equipment, such as a ramp, a wedge and a “kicker” might be purchased, to add to the attraction.

Monday College Basketball Tournaments


March 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

Second Round
Tennessee 63, DePaul 48
Maryland 72, Louisville 68
Stanford 72, West Virginia 55
Kentucky 65, Green Bay 62
South Carolina 72, Purdue 61
Gonzaga 65, Miami 54
Texas A&M 61, Arkansas 59
UConn 72, Kansas St. 26

CBI Quarterfinals
Oregon St. 101, TCU 81
Pittsburgh 82, Princeton 61
Butler 63, Penn 53
Washington St. 61, Wyoming 41

NIT Second Round
Minnesota 78, Miami 60
Illinois St. 92, Stanford 88
Middle Tennessee 71, Tennessee 64

WNIT Second Round
Colorado 64, South Dakota 55

Royals Pitcher Soria to Have Sore Elbow Checked


March 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria will have his sore right elbow checked by Dr. Lewis Yokum in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Soria left Sunday’s game after retiring only one of five batters he faced and said after the outing that his elbow felt “really bad.”

Royals spokesman Mike Swanson said Monday the team believes Soria has some damage in his area of his ulnar collateral ligament.

Soria had Tommy John surgery on his elbow in 2003. He has been one of the best relievers in the American League since his rookie season of 2007, but his performance fell off last year. His ERA jumped to 4.03 and he had 28 saves, but lost the closer’s job at times.

Beltran Hits 1st HR for Cards in 4-3 Win Monday


March 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – Carlos Beltran hit his first home run for the St. Louis Cardinals, a leadoff drive off Julio Teheran in the sixth inning during Monday’s 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves.    Beltran, who signed a free agent after splitting last year between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants, also had a single. Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer in the fourth against Randall Delgado. Carpenter had been batting .190 with no RBIs coming into his eighth spring training game. Cardinals starter Lance Lynn pitched four perfect innings, then allowed one run, two hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. He is being prepared to join the rotation if Chris Carpenter isn’t ready to start the season.  Brian McCann hit his first exhibition homer, a seventh-inning drive off Mitchell Boggs. Yadier Molina had two doubles and drove in a run for the Cardinals.

ISU Assistant Easley Leaves Program


March 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State associate head women’s basketball coach Jack Easley is leaving the program after nine seasons. The Cyclones announced Monday that Easley will leave the team at the end of June. Easley spent the past nine seasons working with coach Bill Fennelly, and the pair helped Iowa State to 198 wins during that time. Easley previously spent one season as an assistant at Providence and 19 years with Oklahoma State before joining Iowa State. Iowa State finished 18-13 this season and was knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the first round by Green Bay on Saturday.