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Chiefs sign Moody, waive Black in swap of CBs

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs have signed cornerback Semaj Moody and waived cornerback Conroy Black. Moody played wide receiver and defensive back at South Carolina State before making a name for himself with the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League. He led the team in tackles, had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries while playing 18 games last season. He takes the roster spot of Black, who signed with the Chiefs last month.

Black entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Raiders. He spent last season with the Lions’ practice squad before being released in May.

New rules in place as high school football teams gather for preseason drills

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Most of the state’s 342 high school football teams will begin holding pre-season practices next week, although a few teams that play their first game on August 23 are getting started this week. All of the teams will need to follow new guidelines put in place by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. I-H-S-A-A Assistant Executive Director Todd Tharp says the biggest change may be the order of no more than one practice per day.

“I think it has been a fairly common thing for some of veteran coaches to hold a morning practice and then come back in the evening for another practice,” Tharp says. “We have also seen a lot of coaches going to one practice per day because they have kids from rural areas and it’s difficult to get those kids in and out from where they live.” That one practice must not exceed three hours in length. Tharp says that mandate applies only to “physical activity,” so a practice could go longer.

“They could take players (inside) to educate them and maybe watch a bit of game film…they might actually be there for three-and-a-half hours, but the key is three hours of physical activity,” Tharp says. Most of the changes to the pre-season rules in Iowa are based on safety concerns and follow national guidelines on the issue. Tharp says “full contact” with pads was previously allowed on day four or the pre-season, but the new rule allows full contact on day six.

“The national research is showing…we weren’t giving the kids enough time,” Tharp says. “So, the first couple days they can go in helmets. On days three, four, and five, they can wear helmets and shoulder pads.” For the first time this year, teams are allowed to hold a scrimmage with another school after 10 days of practice and prior to their first game.

“It’s going to be a coach’s discretion. Some might not want to do that,” Tharp says. “Others might want to take that opportunity to scrimmage against (a team) that they’re obviously not going to see during the regular season.” Many football coaches, particularly in some of Iowa’s smaller schools, have been pushing for such a scrimmage game for years — to take the place of an intrasquad game.

“A lot of our small schools might only have 18 kids out for high school football, grades 9-12. Obviously, if you don’t have 22, it’s tough to scrimmage,” Tharp says. “Also, you might have an intrasquad scrimmage with the varsity against the JV squad…well,
juniors and seniors going against freshman…you might not get a whole lot out of that scrimmage.” Another change involves post-season play. The UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls will only be used for the semifinal and championship games.

Tharp says that will eliminate 8:45 p.m. start times on a weekday for a playoff game, which had some players getting home well after midnight. The Cedar Falls Tigers, however, will continue to play their home games in the UNI-Dome.

(Radio Iowa)

Univ. of Iowa 2013-14 wrestling schedule released

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The University of Iowa wrestling schedule for next season has been released. It includes seven home dates and a return to one of the sport’s premiere events. Iowa will open the 2013-14 season on the weekend of November 15 at a tournament “yet to be determined.” Then, the Hawkeyes will host the Iowa City Duals on Friday, November 22. The other teams will be Baker University, Cornell College, and Iowa Central. The home schedule also includes dual meets against non-conference foes Buffalo and Oklahoma State, and Big Ten opponents Michigan State, Indiana, Minnesota, and Michigan.

The Hawkeyes will visit Evanston, Illinois on December 29-30 for the Midlands Championships. Iowa did not compete in the Midlands last year. Iowa wrestles Iowa State in Ames on December 1. The Big Ten Championships will take place March 8-9 in Madison, Wisconsin, while Oklahoma City hosts the NCAA Championships March 20-22.

(Radio Iowa)

ISU to wear Jack Trice throwback unis against Iowa

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Athletic Department says the football team will wear throwback uniforms during the game with Iowa on Sept. 14th in Ames. Marketing director, Mary Pink, says the uniforms will go all the way back to the 1920′s. “They’ll look like the uniforms from the Jack Trice era…they will be cardinal jerseys with five stripes and a white number. And then they will have gold pants and then striped cardinal and gold socks to complete the uniform,” Pink says. They uniforms will be topped off with the cardinal helmets and just numbers on the side instead of the current I-S-U logo.

Trice was the first African-American player in Cyclone history, and the football stadium is named in his honor. He played in two games at Iowa State and died from injuries suffered in a game at Minnesota during the 1923 season. Pink says they researched the equipment Trice wore 90 years ago. “We had to look at pictures of what were worn during that era and look at trying to match them as closely as we could. We went through many different designs to accurately depict what the jerseys and the pants would have looked like,” Pink explains. Fans will be able to bid in an online auction at Cyclones.com to buy the uniforms. The first round of bidding starts this Friday, August ninth.

She says the auction will feature over 100 uniforms and each period Friday to Friday they will give fans a chance to bid on the uniforms. The starting bid for the uniforms is 250-dollars, which is the base cost of the uniform. Pink says the auction lets fans have a great piece of memorabilia. “These are the actual game-worn jerseys and pants,” Pink says. The only other time that Iowa State players wore a throwback uniforms was in 2007 against Iowa.  Those uniforms honored the 1977 Cyclone team and commemorated the 30-year anniversary of the school’s Peach Bowl appearance.

The Cyclones defeated Iowa, 15-13 in that game. The Cyclones will hold their annual media day on August 11th, and they open the season August 31st against Northern Iowa.

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Dodgers win 15th in a row on road, 3-2 over Cards

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Zack Greinke pitched into the seventh inning and raised his batting average to .405 with an RBI single, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers win their 15th straight on the road with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. Nick Punto was productive subbing for injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers got an RBI apiece from Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis while matching the Cincinnati Reds’ 15-game run in 1957. They’re two wins shy of the NL record set by the 1916 New York Giants.

Greinke allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings for his 100th career victory, allowing two hits in the third, fourth and fifth but no runs. Paco Rodriguez earned his second career save with a perfect ninth. Adam Wainwright gave up three runs in seven innings and failed in his third straight attempt at winning his 14th.

McGwire’s homecoming marred by drug penalties

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mark McGwire’s first trip to Busch Stadium in a visitor’s uniform was focused more on his past instead of the homecoming. The Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach and former Cardinals home run king said Monday that his opinion about the penalties Major League Baseball handed down for performance-enhancing drugs is not as important than those of current players. Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez both said new testing procedures are paying off and making it tougher to cheat.

McGwire admitted in 2010 that used steroids during his career. That announcement came a few months after the Cardinals hired him as hitting coach. McGwire said it was a “tough question” whether he could be considered a trailblazer for PEDs in baseball and he has told players it’s not worth it.

Stewart breaks right leg in Iowa crash

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has broken his right leg and had surgery following a crash in a sprint car race at Southern Iowa Speedway Monday night. A spokesman for Stewart said the 42-year-old driver broke his right tibia and fibula. A scheduled test for the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR team at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday was canceled. No replacement driver for this weekend’s race at Watkins Glen was immediately announced.

The accident came a day after Stewart finished ninth in the NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway. He’s 11th in the Sprint Cup standings with five races to go until the Chase for the championship field is set. Stewart was leading the 30-lap feature in a 360 winged sprint car with five laps to go when a lapped car spun in Turn 4 and collected Stewart and two others.

IGCA Softball All-State Teams

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August 6th, 2013 by Jim Field

The Iowa Girls Coaches’ Association has announced the 2013 All-State Softball teams.

Among the area players on the 1-A squad, Kendall Fichter of Fremont-Mills is a first team selection.  Fichter hit .618 with six home runs and 44 RBI’s.  Sophomore pitcher Rachel Smith of Exira/EHK is a third-teamer.  Smith had a record of 24-4 with an ERA of 0.52 and struck out 361 batters.  She also hit .412.

Class 2-A first team picks include Madison Keysor and Lexis Rogers of Treynor, Jody Hagedorn of IKM-Manning and Moriah Bohlmann of Kuemper Catholic.  Keysor had a 27-4 record and an ERA of 0.87 with 316 strikeouts.  Rogers hit .383.  Hagedorn hit .411 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI’s, while pitching to a record of 12-11.  Bohlmann hit .460 and had a pitching mark of 11-14.  Hailey Hellstrom of Missouri Valley was a class 2-A second teamer, and third team memebers include Katelyn Dilts of Underwood, Bailey Janssen of Missouri Valley, Mallory Christiansen of Tri-Center and Courtney Oviatt of Logan-Magnolia.

In Class 3-A, ReAnn Cappel of Atlantic and Jaedra Moses of Clarinda were third team picks.  Cappel led Atlantic with a .403 batting average, 54 hits and 34 runs scored.

Class 4-A first teamers include Taylor Schaben of Harlan and Shelby Pieper of Denison.  Schaben hit .473 with six home runs and 30 RBI’s.  Allie Martinez of Lewis Central was a second team pick, while Lisa Nebel of Glenwood and Haylee LaMasters of Creston were named to the third team.

To see the complete teams, just click the links below.

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Click here to download 4-A all-state teams
Click here to download 5-A all-state teams

Note: the 1-A team is the only team that has honorable mention selections.

Inexperienced Cyclones open fall camp

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August 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Big 12 is as unsettled as ever heading into 2013, with more than half the league earning at least one first-place vote in preseason poll. Except, of course, for Iowa State. Once again, expectations are fairly low for the Cyclones. Iowa State, which finished 6-7 and 3-6 in the Big 12 in 2012, has been picked ninth.

The Cyclones need to replace at least 11 starters and are highly unsettled at defensive line and wide receiver heading into fall camp, which began on Monday. Iowa State opens its fifth season under coach Paul Rhoads against Northern Iowa on Aug. 31. Rhoads says the competition for starting spots is a good thing, adding that it creates the appetite necessary for improvement.

Chiefs’ revamped secondary out to prove itself

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August 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — There were four players in the NFL last season who made at least seven interceptions. Then there was the Kansas City Chiefs. They picked off seven, too. The Chiefs’ inability to cause turnovers, particularly in the secondary, was somewhere near the root of their problems in an awful season.

The Chiefs have dramatically revamped their secondary this offseason. They jettisoned cornerback Javier Arenas and brought in veteran defensive backs Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson. Andy Reid and the rest of the coaching staff are banking on them making a difference.