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Chiefs announce shakeup in player engagement


July 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs have restructured their player engagement department less than a year after one of their players was involved in a murder-suicide near Arrowhead stadium.  Kirsten Krug, the Chiefs’ vice president of administration, will oversee the department. She will work alongside B.J. Stabler, who has experience in crisis management.

Last season, Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend to death and then drove to the team’s practice facility. Belcher then shot himself in the head while general manager Scott Pioli, coach Romeo Crennel and assistant coach Gary Gibbs watched from the parking lot.

Chiefs president Mark Donovan said in a statement Monday the franchise worked with the NFL to restructure its player engagement department with ideas taken from around the league. The new-look department will utilize a team of external resources to help players and staff with mental, emotional and physical wellness, along with mentoring and career development.

Iowa’s White hopes to build on Team USA experience


July 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Aaron White wasn’t all that thrilled to be a reserve for Team USA in the recent World University Games in Kazan, Russia. He won’t have to worry about coming off the bench for the Hawkeyes though. Iowa will likely use White as much as it can next season in hopes of ending a lengthy NCAA tournament drought.

White recently returned from Russia following his first experience in an international tournament. He was the first Iowa player in eight years to make the World University Games team. White averaged 6.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in eight games off the bench, shooting 55 percent from the floor with nearly a block a game.

2013 Rolling Hills All-Conference Softball


July 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

Final Standings:

  1. Exira/EHK  10-0
  2. Grandview Park Baptist  7-3
  3. Glidden-Ralston  5-5
  4. Orient-Macksburg  5-5
  5. CAM  2-8
  6. Adair-Casey  1-9

First Team: (*Unanimous)

  • Pitcher:  Rachel Smith, E/EHK, SO.*
  • Pitcher:  Sierra Scarnati, GPB, SR*
  • Catcher:  JAsmine Ruckman, O-M, SR
  • Catcher:  KAylee Whittington, GPB, SO
  • Infield:  Robin Walhovd, A-C, SR*
  • Infield:  Ali Hosfelt, CAM, SR*
  • Infield:  Anna Ewoldt, G-R, SR
  • Infield:  Shannon Eads, O-M, SO
  • Outfield: Andrea Vargus, GPB, SR*
  • Outfield:  Katie Clark, A-C, SR
  • Outfield:  Erin Daugherty, CAM, JR
  • Utility:  Haley Ver Steeg, GPB, SR

Second Team:

  • Pitcher:  Lauren Mahlberg, G-R, FR
  • Catcher:  Chansea Nelson, E/EHK, SR
  • Infield:  Quinn Ruth, A-C, SR
  • Infield:  Karli Waters, CAM, JR
  • Infield:  Kennedy Madsen, E/EHK, SO
  • Infield:  Riley Rodman, GPB, SO
  • Outfield:  Rachel Walker, E/EHK, 8
  • Outfield:  Lisa Moss, O-M, SO
  • Outfield:  Merideth Grossman, G-R, 8
  • Utility:  Brenna Westergaard, A-C, SR
  • Utility:  Harper Spurrier, O-M, JR

Honorable Mention:

  • Sara Sparks, GPB, FR
  • Devon Eddy, O-M, JR
  • Tara Guion, O-M, SR
  • Casey Worsham, GPB, SO

Doctor’s advice: RAGBRAI riders and everyone else outdoors, cool it…or else

News, Sports

July 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

High temperatures should hit the mid-90s this (Monday) afternoon in parts of Iowa and thousands of visitors in the state for the big bicycle ride aren’t used to the heat and humidity. Dr. William Gossman, who runs the emergency room at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, says to be very watchful for these symptoms of heat stress. “Usually people get light-headed and nauseated,” Dr. Gossman says. “That’s probably the most common thing that I see. The extreme is that they pass out.”

Whether you’re attempting to ride a bike across Iowa or are just working outside in the stifling heat, he says if you’re showing the signs of heat stress, quit whatever you’re doing and seek shelter. “The first thing you should do is try to get into a cool environment and drink as much fluid as you can,” Gossman says. “If you’re getting abdominal pain, chest pain or feel like you’re going to pass out, the best thing is to get in and be seen.” If you’re at that point, he says you may need an I-V to replenish fluids.

On the plus side, a cool front is expected to arrive late tonight, pushing high temps for the rest of the week down into the 70s and 80s statewide.

(Radio Iowa)

Matheny: Lynn letting frustration show too much


July 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals want Lance Lynn to gain better control of more than just his pitch assortment. They’re trying to help him channel his emotions, too. The right-hander has been a huge bottom-line success story, making the All-Star team his first year in the rotation and winning 11 games prior to the break again this year. During the drought Lynn is going through right now, the frustration shows all too well. Lynn (11-5) has lost four of his last five starts and has allowed 10 runs in 9 1-3 innings his last two times out.

Manager Mike Matheny met with the 26-year-old pitcher the day after watching the shoulders sag, the pace drag and the complaints pile up about broken-bat dribblers, seeing-eye hits and mistakes on defense.

Big 12′s Bowlsby says NCAA changes needed now


July 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DALLAS (AP) – Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says significant changes are needed in the NCAA, a belief he shares with commissioners from other power conferences.  Bowlsby and leaders of the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC met about six weeks ago to talk about issues. Bowlsby says the sense is that “transformative change is going to have to happen.”

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive delivered a similar message last week at his league’s media days. Bowlsby says there are no conversations about seceding from the NCAA, and that would be only “a last resort.”  But Bowlsby says it may be time to consider federation by “size and scope and equity brought to the system” or maybe federation by sport. He says it’s unrealistic to manage football and field hockey by the same rules.

8AM Sportscast 07-22-2013

Podcasts, Sports

July 22nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


Missouri Valley laments loss of Big Ten opponents


July 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The commissioner of the Missouri Valley Football Conference — which includes two schools from South Dakota and one from North Dakota — says her league would be hurt the most if the Big Ten Conference stops scheduling smaller Division One colleges. The Big Ten says it is unlikely to schedule Football Championship Subdivision teams now that Rutgers and Maryland are joining the league and a playoff system is being planned in the upper tier of Division One.

Missouri Valley commissioner Patty Viverito tells the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that her league has close ties to the Big Ten, mainly because teams from the conferences are located in the same area. Viverito says there’s always a lot of interest in games between Missouri Valley and Big Ten teams.

Wainwright wins 13th, Cardinals edge Padres 3-2


July 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Adam Wainwright worked eight sharp innings for his National League-leading 13th win and Allen Craig made a game-ending leaping catch at the left field wall as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Sunday.

Craig has 12 hits and six RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak for the Cardinals, who took two of three in both series against the Padres this season. The St. Louis defense turned three double plays behind Wainwright (13-5), who allowed two runs with seven strikeouts and worked around two walks.

Yonder Alonso singled three times with an RBI for the Padres. Eric Stults (8-8) allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings, stranding two runners in the second and fifth.

State Softball Schedule: Monday, July 22nd 2013


July 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(at the Harlan Rogers Sports Complex in Ft. Dodge)

Class 1-A
11:00-a.m.: Janesville vs. Akron-Westfield (Diamond 1)
11:30-a.m.: Lynville-Sully vs. Don Bosco (Diamond 2)
1:00-p.m.: Remsen-St. Marys vs. Newell-Fonda (Diamond 1)
1:30-p.m.: New London vs. Martensdale-St.Marys (Diamond 2)

Class 2-A
3:00-p.m.: Iowa City Regina (20-19) vs. Treynor (28-5) (Diamond 1)
3:30-p.m.: Jesup vs. AGWSR (Diamond 2)
5:00-p.m.: Ride View vs. Ft. Dodge/St. Edmond (Diamond 1)
5:30-p.m.: Lawton-Bronson vs. Durant (Diamond 2)

Class 3-A
7:00-p.m.: Estherville-Lincoln Central vs. Sgt. Bluff-Luton (Diamond 1)
7:30-p.m.: Monticello vs. Bondurant-Farrar (Diamond 2)