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Locke muffles Cardinals in Pirates’ 9-0 win

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April 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Jeff Locke pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and Russell Martin had two of Pittsburgh’s four home runs in a 9-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday that gave the Pirates a series win and the NL Central lead. Jones had three hits and John McDonald added an RBI double for Pittsburgh, which ended rookie Shelby Miller’s streak of 14 scoreless innings at home to start the season. The Pirates have won nine of 12 overall.

Locke (3-1) has worked 13 scoreless innings while allowing five hits his last two starts. The Cardinals got just three singles and advanced two runners into scoring position against the 25-year-old left-hander. Miller (3-2) struggled to put away hitters and was taken out after 113 pitches and giving up two homers in 5 2-3 innings.

Chiefs draft center Eric Kush in sixth round

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April 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs added depth to their offensive line Saturday by picking Eric Kush in the sixth round of the NFL draft. Kush played center for California University, a Division II school in Pennsylvania. The Chiefs lost center Rodney Hudson to a season-ending broken bone in his left leg three games into last season. Ryan Lilja slid over from guard to center for most of the season, but he announced his intention to retire after the Chiefs finished 2-14 a year ago.

The left the Chiefs in need of a backup center. Kansas City spent its first two picks Saturday on defense: Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson was snapped up in the fourth round and Georgia defensive back Sanders Commings in the fifth.

K-State FB Braden Wilson picked by Chiefs

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April 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State fullback Braden Wilson will have a chance to play in front of friends and family after getting drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 251-pound Wilson helped to protect Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein last year for the Wildcats, who surprised just about everyone by winning the Big 12 championship.

It’s unclear how the fullback will factor into new coach Andy Reid’s offensive in Kansas City, or whether he might be converted to a tight end. The only other fullbacks on the Chiefs roster are Patrick DiMarco and Ryan D’Imperio. Wilson is from Smith Center, Kan.

Chiefs use seventh-round pick on DE Catapano

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April 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs used the first pick in the seventh round on Mike Catapano, a defensive end out of Princeton and the third Ivy League player selected. Cornell offensive tackle J.C. Trett went in the fourth round to the Packers, eight spots ahead of Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who was drafted by the Ravens. Catapano was not invited to the annual scouting combine, but participated in the East-West Shrine Game. Fifteen NFL teams showed up for Princeton’s pro day to check him out. He had 12 sacks and 15½ tackles for loss as a senior.

Omaha to host 2016 US swim trials for 3rd time

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April 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The 2016 U.S. Olympic swimming trials are going back to Omaha for the third time. USA Swimming President Bruce Stratton announced the decision to return to Nebraska on Saturday. San Antonio and St. Louis were the other finalists. Omaha has hosted the last two trials, in 2012 and 2008. Last year’s eight-day event was attended by more than 164,000 fans and the meet was broadcast live in prime time on NBC. Two temporary pools were built inside the CenturyLink Center for the event.

USA Swimming assistant executive director Mike Unger says Omaha won again because the setup for the athletes and coaches was the best among the three finalists. The trials will be held in early July.

Harrison upstages packed Drake hurdles field

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April 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Queen Harrison ran a world-leading 12.71 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday to win the marquee event at the Drake Relays. Dawn Harper was second, and fellow Olympian Kellie Wells third — just like they did at the London Games — and Des Moines native Lolo Jones was fourth.

Zusana Hejnova of the Czech Republic cruised to the 400 hurdles title in a world-leading 54.41. Germany’s Bjorn Otto won the men’s pole vault at 18 feet, 8 1/4 inches and Reese Hoffa took the shot put title.

Spain’s Ruth Beitia won the women’s high jump at 6-4 3/4 and Nick Willis took the men’s mile in 3:55.70.

Drake Relays-Prep Results

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April 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Saturday(equals)

At Des Moines(equals)

All race distances in meters(equals)

Boys(equals)

1600_1, Josh Evans, Linn-Mar, 4 minutes, 10.86 seconds, Drake Relays record, old record 4:11.57, Steve Griener, Pekin, 1979. 2, Jason Thomas, Dowling Catholic, 4:14.33. 3, Chandler Austin, Boone, 4:18.74. 4, Caleb Drake, Pleasant Valley, 4:19.24. 5, Wick Cunningham, Knoxville, 4:19.49. 6, Bailey Wetherell, Iowa City West, 4:20.53. 7, Tanner Rathje, Linn-Mar, 4:22.79. 8, Will Norris, Spirit Lake Park, 4:23.04.

400 hurdles_1, Jack Bergstrom, Johnston, 52.96. 2, Derek Jones, Glenwood, 53.11. 3, Raheem Black, Fort Madison, 53.36. 4, Noah Larrison, Waukee, 53.74. 5, Jason Banker, Clinton, 53.80. 6, Sydne Davis, Des Moines Roosevelt, 54.54. 7, Tommy Thorne, Mount Pleasant, 54.64. 8, Zach Weiss, Ames, 55.07.7, Waukee, 8:02.18. 8, Ames, 8:04.15.

4x100_1, Des Moines Lincoln, Vybert Greene, Mason Downing, Jordan Bryson, Jordan Cheatem, 42.78. 2, Linn-Mar, 42.78. 3, Iowa City West, 43.15. 4, Johnston, 43.19. 5, Waukee, 43.45. 6, Cedar Rapids Xavier, 43.56. 7, Bettendorf, 44.12. Southeast Polk DNF.

4×400 relay_1, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Tristan Beyer, Lucas Howes, Jarred Edmonds, Demetrius Harpter, 3:21.52. 2, Glenwood, 3:21.92. 3, Cedar Falls, 3:21.92. 4, Marion, 3:22.47. 5, Clinton, 3:22.69. 6, Albia, 3:22.84. 7, Waukee, 3:22.90. 8, Linn-Mar, 3:26.83.

4×800 relay_1, Iowa City West, Bailey Wetherell, Cole Hatzky, Daniel Gardarsson, Kaleb Griener, 7:48.99. 2, Monticello, 7:49.41. 3, Iowa City High, 7:51.02. 4, Pleasant Valley, 7:57.03. 5, Linn-Mar, 8:00.41. 6, Dubuque Senior, 8:01.77.

Shuttle hurdle relay_1, Waukee, Noah Larrison, Josh Brdicko, Riley Gray, Jared Brdicko, 57.35. 2, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 57.36. 3, Linn-Mar, 57.54. 4, Norwalk, 58.64.

Girls(equals)

1500_1, Stephanie Jenks, Linn-Mar, 4:35.22. 2, Karissa Schweizer, Dowling Catholic, 4:37.39. 3, Anna Holdiman, Waverly-Shell Rock, 4:40.02. 4, Grace Coen, Newton, 4:40.45. 5, Allison Gregg, Cedar Falls, 4:41.22. 6, Rebekah Topham, Griswold, 4:42.27. 7, Abby Caldwell, Waverly-Shell Rock, 4:44.09. 8, Lauren Benzing, Solon, 4:45.71.

400 hurdles_1, Sarah Plock, Iowa City High, 1:01.56. 2, Anne Leners, Pleasant Valley, 1:02.75. 3, Jenny Roberts, Ankeny, 1:02.95. 4, Sammie Osterberger, Dubuque Senir, 1:04.11. 5, Taylor Glover, Spencer, 1:04.36. 6, Rebekah Topham, Griswold, 1:05.56. 7, Kim Kroeze, Western Christian, 1:06.22. 8, Carly Donahue, Pleasant Valley, 1:06.26.

4×100 relay_Des Moines Roosevelt, Teanna Lewis, Briyana Carter, Jalynn Roberts-Lewis, Agnes Sayeh, 47.67. 2, Davenport Assumption, 48.29. 3, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 48.46. 4, Dowling Catholic, 48.97. 5, Cedar Falls, 49.47. 6, Cedar Rapids Washington, 49.66. 7, Iowa City High, 49.84. 8, Iowa City West, 51.23.

4×400 relay_1, Pleasant Valley, Kaley Ciluffo, Carly Donahue, Kathryn Leidahl, Claire Schwarz, 3:52.97. 2, Davenport Assumption, 3:56.45. 3, Des Moines Christian, 3:57.03. 4, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 3:59.53. 5, West Des Moines Valley, 3:59.54. 6, Waukee, 4:01.76. 7, Urbandale, 4:02.73. 8, Bettendorf, 4:07.89.

4×800 relay_1, West Des Moines Valley, Emily Seibel, Melissa Shepherd, Torey Brown, Lydia Saggau, 9:24.84. 2, Ankeny, 9:27.26 3, Ames, 9:27.44. 4, Linn-Mar, 9:28.76. 5, Waukee, 9:28.95. 6, Pleasant Valley, 9:31.15. 7, Iowa City West, 9:32.22. 8, Bettendorf, 9:36.81.

Shuttle hurdle relay_1, Waukee, Emma Drees, Emily Kamm, Mallory Smith, Maddie Rouw, 1:02.84, Drake Relays record, old record 1:03.29, Waukee, 2012. 2, West Des Moines Valley, 1:04.17. 3, Dowling Catholic, 1:04.64. Cedar Rapids Jefferson DQ.

Iowa RB Canzeri impresses in spring ball

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April 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A crowd of roughly 16,500 Iowa football fans was given a show Saturday by running back Jordan Canzeri. The sophomore running back looked like his old self after missing all of last season with a knee injury. Canzeri made swift cuts and displayed significant acceleration during Iowa’s 2013 spring game at Kinnick Stadium.

His performance was well received, both by the fans and coaches who watched him. Some of his family even traveled all the way from his hometown of Troy, New York just to watch him scrimmage.

Martin’s homer lifts Pirates over Cardinals

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April 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Russell Martin hit a two-run home run to highlight a four-run seventh inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Saturday. The comeback gave A.J. Burnett (2-2) his second victory over St. Louis in 10 days. He gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. His six strikeouts expanded his team record for month of April to a league-leading 48. Burnett threw seven shutout innings in a 5-0 win over St. Louis on April 17.

St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook left after six innings with a 2-0 lead in search of his 100th career victory. He struck out six and scattered six hits to lower his ERA to 0.98 in four starts. The Pirates had three consecutive hits against Joe Kelly (0-1) to lead off the seventh and were aided by a hit by pitch and a walk to score four runs.

Okoboji Pioneers agrees to Oregon’s logo request

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April 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OKOBOJI, Iowa (AP) – A northwest Iowa school district superintendent says the Okoboji Pioneers team will phase out its use of an “O” logo after receiving complaints from the University of Oregon.  Superintendent Gary Janssen tells the Sioux City Journal the district will phase out use of the maroon logo at the request of the Eugene, Ore., university. Oregon has trademarked its green or yellow emblem, designed by athletic apparel company Nike.

Janssen says he has drafted a plan to stop using the logo and has asked Oregon for time, noting the district has used the logo for nearly 10 years.  Matt Dyste, the university’s director of marketing and brand management, says Oregon must protect its trademark but doesn’t want to hurt local school districts and will be patient.