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Regents name Iowa football facilities after donors

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March 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa football team’s new indoor practice building and operations center will be named after some of the program’s biggest donors. The Iowa Board of Regents agreed Wednesday to name the indoor practice facility to honor Stew and LeNore Hansen, who donated $8 million to the program’s fundraising campaign. Stew Hansen is the former president of a namesake Des Moines car dealership that was sold in 2006.

The regents also named the football operations building, which is under construction, after Richard O. Jacobson, chairman emeritus of the Jacobson Companies. Jacobson has supported the Hawkeyes for decades and donated millions to a number of university programs.

The building will include space for team activities, a strength and conditioning area, locker rooms, and office space for coaches and support staffs.

IA Boys State Basketball Tournament results from Wed., 3/12/14

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March 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

4-A State Tournament
First Round
  • Bettendorf 64, Urbandale 33
  • Iowa City West 69, Southeast Polk 51
  • Sioux City North 75, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 65
  • West Des Moines Valley 42, Dubuque Senior 41

Chiefs Land Linebacker Mays, O-lineman Linkenbach

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March 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs signed linebacker Joe Mays and offensive lineman Joe Linkenbach on Wednesday, while also confirming the signing of defensive back and special teams standout Husain Abdullah. Linkenbach joined the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2010, and started all 16 games the following season. He only started eight games in 2012 and five last season.

His ability to play tackle and guard on both sides of the line made him appealing to the Chiefs, who lost left tackle Branden Albert and guards Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz on Tuesday. Mays could take the place of Akeem Jordan, who also became a free agent. He was drafted by current Chiefs coach Andy Reid when he was in Philadelphia in 2008.

Abdullah had agreed to a contract on Tuesday.

Wong HRs for 2nd straight day; Cards beat Mets 6-4

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March 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer for the second straight day, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 6-4 Wednesday. Wong went 2 for 4 with a long home run to right off Kyle Farnsworth in the seventh that made it 4-0. Stephen Piscotty went 2 for 3 with a double and triple. Juan Lagares had a two-run single for the Mets.

Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez, competing to be in the club’s starting rotation, allowed two hits in four scoreless innings and struck out three. Mets starter John Lannan, a non-roster invitee competing to be New York’s fifth starter, gave up two runs — both unearned — and three hits in four innings. He struck out five and walked none.

ISU’s Ejim Named USBWA All-American; Kane and Ejim NABC All-District

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March 12th, 2014 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State senior Melvin Ejim has been named a United State Basketball Writers Association Second-Team All-American, the organization announced Wednesday. Ejim is also a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which is presented by the USBWA.

It is the second All-America honor for Ejim, who was recognized as an NBCSports.com third-team pick on Monday. Ejim is the first USBWA All-American for Iowa State since Jamaal Tinsley in 2001.

Ejim, a forward from Toronto, Ontario, averaged 18.2 points and 8.6 rebounds en route to being named the Big 12 Player of the Year. Ejim has scored in double figures in 25 of the 28 games he’s played this season, including a Big 12 record 48 points against TCU.

In the regular-season finale against Oklahoma State, Ejim became just the fourth player in Big 12 history to score 1,500 points and grab 1,000 rebounds.

Ejim and teammate DeAndre Kane were also named All-District 8 First Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Wednesday.

8AM Sportscast 03-12-2014

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March 12th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Wednesday Boys State Basketball Tournament Schedule

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March 12th, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 4-A Quarterfinals:

  • 1:05 pm – Iowa City West (20-3) vs. Southeast Polk (18-4)
  • 2:45 pm – Bettendorf (22-1) vs. Urbandale (14-10)
  • 6:35 pm – Dubuque Senior (22-1) vs. WDM Valley (15-8)
  • 8:15 pm – Sioux City North (21-3) vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (18-5)

Mets’ Niese struggles in first start of spring

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March 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jon Niese struggled in his first spring start that was delayed by shoulder trouble, allowing four runs in two innings of the New York Mets’ 9-8 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. The Mets’ opening-day starter last season, Niese pitched until June before being sidelined by a partially torn rotator cuff. He returned in August, going 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA the rest of the way. He allowed six hits and walked two Tuesday.

The Cardinals tagged Niese for four runs in the second. Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer in the inning, hours after manager Mike Matheny expressed his support for the struggling second baseman. Fighting strep throat, Adam Wainwright made only one big mistake in 3 1-3 innings: Josh Satin hit a 2-1 pitch over the center field wall, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead in the second.

Cardinals to take replay ruling to New York

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March 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals are going to replay school. Manager Mike Matheny believes a contested play late in the Cardinals’ 9-8 loss to the Mets would have been overturned had the new review process used the same video feed the team saw so he’s planning on discussing the call with officials in the commissioner’s office. Matheny says he wants to get an idea of how the system will work under the established guidelines.

During the regular season, rulings under new expanded replay system will be made in New York. This spring, the league gas been testing it by using video trucks parked outside ballparks. Fewer television angles are being used for exhibition games. Umpires in Jupiter needed about two minutes to uphold a call on a play at third base.

Chiefs’ free agents find big deals elsewhere

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March 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs were quiet on the opening day of free agency, even as several players who were instrumental in their turnaround found big deals elsewhere. The Falcons agreed to five-year contracts with defensive tackle Tyson Jackson and offensive guard Jon Asamoah on Tuesday. Both of them were draft picks of former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, who has since joined the front office in Atlanta.

Meanwhile, Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert agreed to a five-year deal with the Dolphins, Pro Bowl punt returner Dexter McCluster was headed to the Titans and offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz agreed to terms with the New York Giants. The only move Kansas City made was to re-sign defensive back and special teams star Husain Abdullah. The Chiefs had earlier re-signed linebacker Frank Zombo.