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Sunnyside Tennis Court ribbon cutting ceremony set for Sunday

News, Sports

October 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Department Board of Directors will formally open the newly resurfaced tennis courts at Sunnyside Park Sunday afternoon, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The public event takes place at 1-p.m., weather permitting, and is expected to last about 45-minutes.

The program will include dignitaries from the United States Tennis Association, and a brief explanation of the 10 and under Tennis Program that will be in place during next summer’s park and rec tennis program.

Beltran HR keys Cards’ rout of Pirates in Game 1

Sports

October 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven stingy innings from Adam Wainwright, delivering a reality jolt to the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 9-1 rout Thursday in their NL division series opener.

The first eight Cardinals reached safely in the third to chase A.J. Burnett, saddling the right-hander with the second-shortest outing of his career and putting Game 1 out of reach early. A sellout crowd roared early and then settled in for an easy victory.

Lance Lynn (15-10) faces Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole (10-7) in Game 2 Friday. The Pirates ended a 21-year postseason drought and entered their first division series with apparent momentum after beating the Reds in the wild-card game Tuesday. But they never threatened to rally against the Cardinals’ ace.

Kelly named Game 3 starter for Cardinals

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October 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joe Kelly is going to start Game 3 of the NL division series for the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Mike Matheny made the announcement Thursday prior to the opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kelly appeared to be the likeliest choice given rookies Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha were set to be available out of the bullpen in Game 1.

Kelly was 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA and was perhaps the strongest link in the rotation for about a month-and-a-half.

McCluster finding niche with new Chiefs regime

Sports

October 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dexter McCluster figures he watched his shake-and-baking punt return about 500 times last weekend, a dynamic touchdown run that helped his Kansas City Chiefs beat the New York Giants. Don’t think for a second that he was exaggerating, either.

It was the kind of dynamic return that the Chiefs have been hoping to get out of McCluster, their former second-round draft pick who has struggled to find his niche in the NFL. McCluster believes that he’s starting to get on track under new coach Andy Reid, though, and besides: The Chiefs are off to a 4-0 start. As McCluster points out, that’s what really matters.

ISU’s Ejim Earns Spot On Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Sports

October 3rd, 2013 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State forward Melvin Ejim has been named to the 2013-14 Preseason All-Big 12 Team in a vote of the league’s coaches. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own players.

Ejim, a Toronto, Ontario native, returns for his senior season after leading the Big 12 in rebounding (9.3) and double-doubles (15) last season. He also averaged 11.3 points and shot 50.4 percent from the field en route to earning All-Big 12 Third-Team honors. Ejim recorded a double-double against all nine Big 12 teams last season and is the league’s active career leader with 22 in his first three seasons.

Ejim and the Cyclones open with an exhibition game against Augustana (S.D.) on Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. The regular season opener for Iowa State is Nov. 10 against UNC-Wilmington at noon.

Preseason Player of the Year: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Preseason Newcomer of the Year: Tarik Black, Kansas

Preseason Freshman of the Year: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

2013-14 Preseason All-Big 12 Team:

  • Isaiah Austin, Baylor
  • Cory Jefferson, Baylor
  • Melvin Ejim, Iowa State
  • Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
  • Markel Brown, Oklahoma State
  • Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State**

Honorable Mention: Perry Ellis and Joel Embiid, Kansas; Shane Southwell, Kansas State; Michael Cobbins and Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State; Eron Harris, West Virginia.

(A tie in the voting resulted in six players being named to the team.)

**Unanimous selection

Shelby County racing legends featured in book about Daytona 500

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October 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Three local racing legends from Shelby County are now the feature characters in a brand new NASCAR book. Former Council Bluffs resident and author John Havick has written The Ghost of NASCAR to tell the story of the first Daytona 500 in 1959. Havick says there are three men, who were an intricate part of the book. It’s about 3 racers in Harlan, Johnny Beauchamp, Dale Swanson and Tiny Lund. Beauchamp and Lund both won the Daytona 500 and Swanson was a great mechanic and built engines for drivers in several states.”

Havick built an infatuation with the sport when his grandfather sold his car to an aspiring racecar driver in the 50’s named Johnny Beauchamp and as a boy, Havick decided to see how the car performed. The book depicts the controversial ending to the 1959 Daytona 500 in which two drivers, Beauchamp and Lee Petty claimed victory. Havick said Beauchamp was in the lead for most of the race.

“He stayed up near the front for most of the race. Then suddenly around lap 149, Lee Petty appears out of no where and racing right by Beauchamp and the last 50 laps this is how it went along. They flashed near the finish line close together. No one said except the flag man and the owner of NASCAR Bill Frentz said Beauchamp won the race and then there was all this trouble afterwards.”

The lack of technology back in those days did not help the controversy as it took three days before NASCAR announced Petty the winner of the race. To this date, the debate rages on between fans and drivers about who actually won the 1959 Daytona 500. Havick said one of the details about the race is how drivers kept their lap count. “Some of the people in the pits believed when Petty pitted, his lap counter had failed and counted it as a lap and that brought him up.”

The author said he had stacks of old newspaper articles and programs from his childhood that helped him start his research for the book. The Ghosts of NASCAR is on sale in bookstores or directly from the University of Iowa Press online at www.uiowapress.org. Author John Havick will be making an appearance to discuss the book in Harlan this (Thursday) evening at the Harlan Library from 6:30pm until closing.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

8AM Sportscast 10-03-2013

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October 3rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Texas takes on ISU tonight in Ames

Sports

October 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Texas (2-2, 1-0 Big 12) at Iowa State (1-2, 0-0); 6:30 p.m., (ESPN)

Series record: Texas leads 9-1; Line: Texas by 8 ½

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Texas and coach Mack Brown would be in rough shape if they lost to the Cyclones — who appear to be among the weaker teams in the league — since they already have a pair of defeats on their resume. A win would bring the Cyclones back to .500 and give them a ton of confidence heading into a touch stretch of Big 12 play.

KEY MATCHUP

Iowa State QB Sam Richardson vs. the Longhorns defense. Texas’s defense improved under new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson by allowing just 21 points in a win over Kansas State, and they’ve had nearly an extra week to prepare for the Cyclones. Richardson’s ability as a dual-threat quarterback has been compromised by an ankle injury, but he still had 255 yards passing and 2 TDs last week in a win over Tulsa.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Iowa State: RB Aaron Wimberly. He had 137 yards rushing last week and is now the starter. But he’s never seen a defense like the Longhorns. Texas: WR/RB Daje Johnson. He might the most explosive playmaker Texas has, and he’s expected back after missing the past two games with an ankle injury.

FACTS & FIGURES

Iowa State hasn’t won a Big 12 opener since pounding Kansas 45-3 in 2002…Texas’s win over Kansas State on Sept. 21 snapped a five-game losing streak against the Wildcats…The Longhorns are 4-0 in Ames and beat the Cyclones on the road 37-14 in the 2011 league opener…The Cyclones are one of just three teams nationally that hasn’t lost a fumble.

St. Louis Cardinals news

Sports

October 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Edward Mujica is on the St. Louis Cardinals’ roster for the NL division series — even after losing his job as closer in mid-September. Manager Mike Matheny said Mujica’s role would be “right-handed reliever.”

Rookie Trevor Rosenthal took over for Mujica, who was among the league leaders with 37 saves but had two blown saves the final month. Mujica, who began the year as a setup man, allowed 18 hits in 7 1-3 innings in September. In his final outing, Mujica lasted one-third of an inning and gave up two runs on three hits — all for extra bases.

Matheny declined for the second straight day to announce starters past Lance Lynn in Game 2, although he said rookies Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha would be available for bullpen duty in Game 1. Rookie second baseman Kolten Wong was a surprise addition.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Andrew McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates are riding high from their first postseason victory in 21 years. And now, after beating the Cincinnati Reds in the wild-card game, the Pirates are set to face another familiar foe in an unfamiliar month: the NL Central champion Cardinals in October. Game 1 of their division series is Thursday night in St. Louis.

The Cardinals edged the Pirates for the division title, with Pittsburgh winning the regular-season series, but they have quite the advantage in postseason experience. Adam Wainwright has to like this matchup, too. St. Louis’ ace is set to start the opener and will be available on regular rest for a possible deciding Game 5 against a team he went 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts this season.

KC Chiefs news

Sports

October 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs were missing several key players, including Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, as they began preparing for Sunday’s game at Tennessee. Charles missed Wednesday’s workout because of blisters on his feet. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he believes Charles will be ready to go against the Titans.

Top cornerback Brandon Flowers remained out of practice with inflammation in his knee, and starting free safety Kendrick Lewis has been dealing with a sprained ankle. Rookie right tackle Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, is still undergoing evaluations from a concussion he sustained in last weekend’s 31-7 win over the Giants. Even punter Dustin Colquitt was out of practice. He hurt his knee last Sunday.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was a gamble from the get-go, the decision by the Kansas City Chiefs to trade two draft picks for Alex Smith this past offseason. So far, it’s paying off. Smith is off to the best start of his career, leading the Chiefs to a 4-0 mark. He’s on pace to set career bests for yards passing, yards rushing and touchdown passes, and has even outplayed the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick — the guy who took his starting job last season.

Perhaps most importantly, Smith hasn’t made many mistakes. He threw his first two picks last Sunday against the Giants, but has otherwise been flawless. And that’s a big reason the Chiefs are tied with the Titans, their opponent Sunday, for the NFL’s best turnover margin.