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Miller earns rotation spot, helps Cards top Twins

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March 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Shelby Miller pitched into the fifth inning, then found out he’d won the fifth spot in the St. Louis rotation as the Cardinals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Monday. Miller, who had been competing with Joe Kelly for the last spot, gave up one run and six hits in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Twins starter Mike Pelfrey struck out four, walked one and gave up one run and five hits in five innings. He has a 5.52 ERA after five spring starts. Joe Mauer had two hits and a walk for the Twins, raising his spring batting average to .435.

Notre Dame to face Iowa on the road in NCAAs

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March 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Notre Dame’s draw is arguably the worst among the top seeds in the NCAA tournament. Notre Dame was shipped off to Iowa City instead of playing at home like Baylor, Stanford and Connecticut, On Tuesday night, they’ll face ninth-seeded Iowa in the second round in front of a hostile crowd of as many as 10,000 people. This would be a much bigger problem if the Fighting Irish weren’t so good on the road.

Notre Dame (32-1) will put its perfect road record on the line against the Hawkeyes (21-12). The Fighting Irish have won at Connecticut, Tennessee and everywhere else in this remarkable season, and they’re confident they can do the same at Iowa.

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Franken, Williams MVP’s of Southwest Iowa Classic

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March 25th, 2013 by Jim Field

The large school boys defeated the small school boys team 95-85 in the 17th Southwest Iowa Classic Sunday at Iowa Western Community College.  The game, sponsored by IWCC and the Council Bluffs Daily Non Pariel, pitted some of the best senior high school players in the region.  Dalton Franken of Atlantic was named the MVP of the large school squad and Ricky Williams of Riverside won the honor for the small school team.

In the girls game, the large school team beat the small school group 70-67.  Aubrey Norville of Lewis Central was the big school MVP and Kaylee Blake of IKM-Manning was the small school MVP.

No. 9 seed Iowa beats Miami 69-53,

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March 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Samantha Logic had 23 points with 11 rebounds and host Iowa beat eighth-seeded Miami 69-53 on Sunday night, snapping a two-game losing streak in the NCAA tournament. Melissa Dixon added 13 points in the second half for the Hawkeyes (21-12), which will face top-seeded Notre Dame Tuesday night in Iowa City. The Fighting Irish throttled Tennessee-Martin 97-64 earlier Sunday.

Iowa broke open a stalemate with an 18-3 run to jump ahead 58-44 with 7:07 left. Miami (21-11), which was up by seven early in the second half, shot just 3 of 19 from 3-point range and 30 percent overall. Morgan Stroman had 15 points and Shawnice Wilson had 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Hurricanes, who committed 24 turnovers.

Navy man Harris struggles on mound in Cards debut

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March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — After spending almost five years in the U.S. Navy, simply being on the mound at Roger Dean Stadium was exhilarating for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mitch Harris — even if the results were disappointing. Harris gave up a pair of two-run homers and took the loss as a New York Mets split squad beat the Cardinals 10-7 on Sunday. St. Louis played with a short-handed lineup. Third baseman David Freese was a late scratch after experiencing tightness in his back. Right fielder Carlos Beltran, battling a sore toe, went 1 for 5 in a minor league game.

Jon Jay was 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Cardinals. Jamie Hoffmann and Zach Lutz each hit a two-run homer off Harris, selected by the Cardinals out of the Naval Academy in the 13th round of the 2008 draft. He had been unable to play for the organization because of his military service obligation.

Iowa State and Georgia set to meet in 2nd round

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March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Through all of his success in 18 seasons at Iowa State, a loss in 1999 still sticks with Bill Fennelly. That same game also sticks out to Georgia’s Andy Landers for completely different reasons – it was the last time the Lady Bulldogs reached the Final Four.

The two long-tenured coaches will reacquaint themselves on Monday night when the fifth-seeded Cyclones (24-8) face the No. 4 seed Lady Bulldogs (26-6) in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament. The winner will advance to the regional semifinals across town at the Spokane Arena next Saturday night.

Iowa State knocked off Gonzaga, while Georgia pulled away from Montana for first-round victories on Saturday. The matchup between the Cyclones and Lady Bulldogs will be just the third meeting all-time between the two schools, all coming in the NCAA tournament.

Iowa State won’t dispute charge call vs Ohio State

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March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Iowa State’s Will Clyburn won’t dispute a late charge call in the Cyclones’ 78-75 loss to Ohio State in the NCAA tournament. Clyburn was called for a charge when he ran into Buckeyes point guard Aaron Craft near the basket with 1:41 to go Sunday. Replays showed Craft’s right heel was at the semicircle restricting the area where players can take a charge.

It wasn’t Iowa State’s only problem. The Cyclones had a turnover and knocked the ball out of bounds trying for a rebound, giving Ohio State a chance for Craft’s winning 3-pointer with a half-second left.

Clyburn couldn’t tell where Craft was set up and wouldn’t second-guess the call. The NCAA says the official decided Craft established position outside the semicircle. The play is not reviewable.

No. 2 Ohio State beats Iowa State 78-75

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March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Aaron Craft hit a 3-pointer with a half-second left, and Ohio State escaped Dayton – a place of heartaches – as the lone high seed left in the NCAA tournament’s wild West Regional, beating Iowa State 78-75 on Sunday.

No. 2 Ohio State (28-7) needed Craft’s only 3-pointer of the game – an arching shot over 6-foot-7 defender Georges Niang from the top of the key – to avoid yet another upset in the West. Four of the top five seeds have fallen fast and hard in that most-busted bracket.
The Buckeyes’ 10th straight win sends them into the round of 16 for the fourth straight year, a school record. They’ll play sixth-seeded Arizona on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Tenth-seeded Iowa State (23-12) overcame a late 13-point deficit by hitting 3s – the Cyclones’ specialty – but wound up beaten by Craft’s lone basket from behind the arc.

Penn State clinches 3rd straight NCAA title

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March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cornell senior Kyle Dake became the first wrestler in NCAA history to win four national titles at four weights Saturday night, and Penn State won the national team title for the third year in a row. The 165-pound Dake beat defending champion David Taylor of Penn State 5-4 in Des Moines, joining Cael Sanderson and Pat Smith as four-time NCAA champions.

Penn State’s Ed Ruth and Quentin Wright won NCAA titles in back-to-back matches to seal the fourth national crown for the Nittany Lions and their third under Sanderson.