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Chiefs working on competition at cornerback

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July 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is serious about what he has said about competition at the cornerback position. Sean Smith, last year’s starter at right cornerback, moved to the second team for the last four days of organized team activities. His status hasn’t changed three days into training camp. “We look at Sean as a first-team player,” Reid said. “We need all those guys and we need two-deep at the corner where we feel like that two-deep is equivalent to starting players. That’s where we’re looking.”

The Chiefs are in transition following a 2013 season where the defense ranked 25th against the pass (247.6 yards per game). Another factor for changes may have been the memory of blowing a 38-10 third-quarter lead en route to a 45-44 playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Cubs option RHP Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa

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July 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Cubs optioned right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday and recalled right-handed pitcher Blake Parker. Ramirez has pitched 28 innings in relief this season, leading all Cubs relievers with a 0.96 ERA. Manager Rick Renteria indicated that the roster move was made to give Ramirez, who suffered a shoulder injury last season, a midseason rest.

Ramirez pitched one inning of scoreless relief in Friday’s win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The 25-year-old rookie was acquired by the Chicago Cubs last season in a trade that sent starting pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers.

Taking Ramirez’s place in the bullpen is Parker, who begins his fourth stint with the team this season. In 5 2-3 innings for the Cubs, Parker is 1-0 with a 9.53 ERA. The 29-year-old converted 21 saves in 28 games for Triple-A Iowa this season.

Cardinals sign veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski

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July 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals have signed veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Pierzynski, 37, was in the starting lineup and batting sixth for the Cardinals’ afternoon matchup against the Chicago Cubs. Catcher George Kottaras was designated for assignment to make room on the roster.

The Cardinals have been looking for a steady presence behind the plate since All-Star Yadier Molina went down with a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 9. Molina underwent surgery on July 11 and is expected to miss 8-12 weeks.

The left-handed hitting Pierzynski played 72 games this year with the Boston Red Sox, hitting .254 with four home runs before being released on July 16. He has a career average of .282 over 17 seasons with six teams.

7AM Sportscast 07-26-2014

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July 26th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Cubs hand Cardinals 4th straight loss, 7-6

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July 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — Luis Valbuena hit a decisive two-run homer in the seventh inning Friday, and the Chicago Cubs overcame a three-run deficit to hand the St. Louis Cardinals the fourth straight loss, 7-6. The teams combined for five home runs and 23 hits with a persistent wind at their backs. The Cardinals tied the score 5-5 on solo homers by Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday in the fifth inning. Pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras singled to break the tie in the sixth, but the lead was short-lived.

Kevin Siegrist (1-2) hit Anthony Rizzo with a full-count pitch to lead off the seventh. One batter later, Valbuena sent hit a first-pitch homer into the bleachers in center field. Justin Grimm (3-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Hector Rondon retired the side in the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.

Pleasant Valley forfeits state girls track title

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July 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A girls track and field team in Iowa has lost its state title after a runner was declared ineligible because she competed against college athletes at invitational meets. The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Board of Directors voted Friday to take away the Class 4A title the Pleasant Valley Spartans won in May. A runner for Pleasant Valley, near the Quad Cities, competed against college track athletes at three out-of-state meets, making her ineligible to compete in the state championship.

Superintendent Jim Spelhaug says it’s unfair for the board to strip the school of the title when coaches and administrators didn’t know what the runner had done until June. Urbandale will be declared state champions instead. Pleasant Valley must also return the state championship trophy, its first in 23 years

Hawkeyes to offer student tickets to public

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July 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says the Hawkeyes will make any unsold student football tickets available to the general public as well on Aug. 1. The move comes on the heels of a drop in student tickets sales, which plummeted from 10,000 just two years ago to roughly 7,300 in 2013.

Barta said Friday that the Hawkeyes have yet to reach 7,000 student tickets sold for next season. That means that as many as 3,000 spots could soon be up for grabs.

Barta says that while he hopes students will purchase all 10,000 of their available seats, Iowa can’t sit back like it did a year ago and simply hope students bought as many tickets as they used to.

8AM Sportscast 07-25-2014

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July 25th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Chiefs make series of moves ahead of practice

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July 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs signed offensive tackle Ryan Harris and linebacker Josh Mauga while waiving linebacker DeRon Furr on Thursday before their first full-squad practice of training camp. Of course, the big news of the day is the arrival of Jamaal Charles. The Pro Bowl running back was expected at practice after agreeing to terms on a two-year contract extension that will result in $18 million in additional money and keep him with the Chiefs through the 2017 season.

Outside linebacker Justin Houston is also expected at camp after skipping the entire offseason as he angles for a new deal. He’s entering the final year of his rookie contract. The Chiefs have also placed fullback James Baker on the reserve/did not report list.

State Baseball Scores/Schedule, 7/25 & 7/26/2014

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July 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CLASS 1A STATE TOURNAMENT
Friday, 7/25/14
Quarterfinals
Final — Newman Catholic 7, BGM 1
Final — Don Bosco 2, Martensdale-St. Marys 1

Saturday 7/26/14
Quarterfinals
11 a.m. — Twin Cedars (33-0) vs. Underwood (23-7)
1 p.m. — Gehlen Catholic (29-3) vs. Lone Tree (21-6)