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Nearly all Chiefs report for start of offseason

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April 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Franchise left tackle Branden Albert was the only player absent as the Kansas City Chiefs gathered Monday for the start of voluntary offseason workouts. Albert would have become a free agent this offseason had he not received the franchise designation from the Chiefs. He signed the contract worth $9.82 million late last month.

The Chiefs mainly spent their first day of workouts in meetings, where coach Andy Reid laid out the groundwork for the offseason program and the coaching staff handed out playbooks, though several players said they already feel a more positive vibe at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City struggled to a 2-14 finish last season.

The Chiefs also announced they’ve re-signed reserve linebacker Edgar Jones and released linebacker Andy Studebaker, who contributed mostly on special teams.

ISU’s Clyburn Invited to Reese’s College All-Star Game

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April 1st, 2013 by Jim Field

ATLANTA, Ga. – Iowa State senior Will Clyburn is one of 20 players selected to the 2013 Reese’s College All-Star Game held Friday April 5th at the Final Four in Atlanta Ga. The game is sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Clyburn will get one last chance to play for Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg. Hoiberg was selected as one of the two coaches for the game and Clyburn will compete on Hoiberg’s team.

The Reese’s College All-Star game features 20 of the best senior college basketball players from around the nation. The game will be played at the Georgia Dome in conjunction with the festivities of the 2013 Final Four. Tip time is at 4 p.m. CT.

A native of Detroit, Mich., Clyburn led the Cyclones in scoring (14.9) and ranked second on the team in rebounding (6.8) in 2012-13, helping the Cyclones earn their second-straight NCAA Tournament berth.

Clyburn was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, All-Big 12 Second Team and was an All-District pick by both the USBWA and NABC.

All-Big 12 performers Pierre Jackson (Baylor) and Rodney McGruder (Kansas State) will also compete in the event.

Clyburn is the first Cyclone to participate in the College All-Star game since Jared Homan in 2005.

2013 IGHSAU Preseason Soccer Rankings

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April 1st, 2013 by Jim Field

Class 3-A

School
2012 Record
1
Bettendorf
18-3
2
Cedar Rapids Kennedy
17-4
3
Ankeny
20-1
4
Dowling Catholic
11-5
5
West Des Moines Valley
11-6
6
Muscatine
11-6
7
Linn-Mar
13-7
8
Waukee
14-6
9
Johnston
15-4
10
Iowa City West
17-3
Class 2-A
School
2012 Record
1
Cedar Rapids Xavier
18-2
2
North Scott
12-10
3
Sioux City East
18-3
4
Pleasant Valley
12-5
5
Dallas Center-Grimes
15-3
6
ADM
15-4
7
Lewis Central
11-7
8
Pella
16-4
9
Glenwood
18-2
10
Union
15-4
11
Dubuque Wahlert
9-11
12
Independence
12-6
13
Waverly-Shell Rock
13-6
14
Grinnell
13-4
15
Winterset
12-5
Class 1-A
School
2012 Record
1
Davenport Assumption
23-0
2
Waterloo Columbus Catholic
20-1
3
Sioux City Bishop Heelan
17-2
4
Council Bluffs St. Albert
16-5
5
Nevada
15-5
6
Iowa City Regina
14-4
7
Center Point-Urbana
14-6
8
Bondurant-Farrar
11-10
9
Gilbert
15-4
10
Solon
14-4
11
Denver
11-6
12
Hudson
12-7
13
Clear Creek-Amana
11-5
14
Mid-Prairie
9-7
15
Tri-Center
10-6

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Iowa Gov. Branstad to honor Harlem Globetrotters

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April 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad will honor the Harlem Globetrotters at the Iowa Capitol. Branstad is scheduled to sign a proclamation Monday declaring April 1 to be Harlem Globetrotters Day. At least one member of the exhibition basketball team will be in attendance.

The Globetrotters are scheduled to appear in Des Moines at the Wells Fargo Arena on April 7.  The sporty entertainers are known as the “Clown Princes of Basketball.”

Wainwright, Cardinals face Kennedy, Diamondbacks

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April 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PHOENIX (AP) — Adam Wainwright begins earning his newfound wealth today (Monday) (you can hear the game on KJAN. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:45-p.m., with the 1st pitch slated for 9:10)  The right-hander will be on the mound in his third opening-day start when the St. Louis Cardinals face the remodeled Arizona Diamondbacks, who for the second year in a row will open with Ian Kennedy. Wainwright’s start comes four days after he agreed to contract that guarantees him $109.5 million over the next six seasons. Last year, Wainwright was 14-13 with a 3.94 ERA after missing all of the team’s 2011 championship season because of elbow surgery.

” He’s the full package of the guy you look for in your ace,” St. Louis right-hander Jake Westbrook said. “He has all those qualities. We are going to feed off of him and go from there.” Wainwright leads a St. Louis team that, as always, begins with high expectations. The Cardinals fully expect to supply Wainwright and the rest of their pitching staff with plenty of run support. “I think we’ve been very good over the past two years,” said first baseman Allen Craig, who also has a new contract, “and I don’t see any reason why we can’t be one of the best offenses in the National League this year.”

The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, have traded right fielder Justin Upton and added Martin Prado at third base. Three projected regulars — outfielders Adam Eaton and Cody Ross, and shortstop Willie Bloomquist — open on the disabled list. “We don’t need any more injuries,” manager Kirk Gibson said. Neither do the Cardinals, who start with third baseman David Freese and closer Jason Motte on the DL. Eaton, the speedy rookie center fielder, is out for six-to-eight weeks with an arm injury. He was to be the leadoff batter in a lineup that wants to rely more on contact hitting than on home runs. Kennedy, a 21-game winner in Arizona’s NL West championship season of 2011, started slowly last year but finished strong, going 15-12 with a 4.02 ERA overall.

Arizona catcher Miguel Montero raved about the rebuilt roster, especially in terms of team chemistry. “We’ve got a good solid lineup and bench players,” he said. “More than that we’ve got good solid players with good personalities and great attitudes. That’s great — veteran guys that have been around winning ball clubs and can bring a lot to the team.” The most significant addition is Prado, who came to Arizona in the deal that sent Upton to Atlanta. Prado will bat in his customary No. 2 spot, with Aaron Hill dropping to third in the batting order. Both Prado and Hill batted over .300 last season. Montero moves into the cleanup spot, at least for now. Gibson has a history of juggling his batting order.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who just got a new contract after just one full season in the majors, bats fifth, followed by Jason Kubel, the only returnee from the Arizona openting-day outfield a year ago. Gibson, entering his third full season as Diamondbacks manager, calls this “a very close” group. “They’ve had a good time, they work together, they talk about the game, they’re engaged in the things that we’ve worked on,” he said. “They’ve been open to it. They haven’t been bored with it. They’ve executed in the games. They’ve been open to looking at themselves when things didn’t go the way we wanted, understanding why mistakes are made. You can tell right now they’re ready for the season to start. … There’s a lot of good conversation going on about where we’re headed and how we’re going to get there.”

Mike Matheny opens his second season as Cardinals manager. Centerfielder Jon Jay will bat leadoff for St. Louis. “If you are hitting at the top of the order you definitely want to score runs and we’ve got the guys who are capable of doing it,” Jay said. “My job is simple: get on base and hope we score a lot of runs.” Third baseman Matt Carpenter bats second ahead of left fielder Matt Holliday, Craig, right fielder Carlos Beltran and catcher Yadier Molina. ” Our lineup has a lot of depth in it and there’s a lot of interchangeable parts,” Jay said. “We have a good lineup. Guys are going to be coming off the bench who could play every day.”

Arizona will start slimmed-down right-hander Trevor Cahill on Tuesday, and St. Louis goes with left-hander Jaime Garcia. On Wednesday night, right-hander Brandon McCarthy makes his Arizona debut in his first big league start since he sustained a horrific head injury when he was struck by a line drive while pitching for Oakland last September. Right-hander Lance Lynn starts the series finale for the Cardinals. The rotation for the Cardinals is perhaps the team’s biggest uncertainty. Asked whether he was comfortable with his rotation, Matheny said, “Comfortable is a word I don’t like because I don’t want anybody feeling comfortable.

“I want everybody on the edge normally,” he said. “Go out and do their job, they can always do better, They can consistently improve. That’s been a pretty common theme for us and I want them to continue.”

Weber State tops Northern Iowa 59-56 in CIT semis, Saturday

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March 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Davion Berry scored 15 points, Scott Bamforth added 14 and Weber State beat Northern Iowa 59-56 to reach the finals of the CollegeInsider DOT com tournament Saturday night.  Bamforth shot 4 of 7 from the 3-point line for the Wildcats (30-6), who will face East Carolina in the CIT title game Tuesday night.

The Wildcats started the game on a 14-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Bamforth. The Panthers opened the second half on a 13-3 run, but UNI went 0 for 8 from the 3-point line to close the game. Berry recorded four straight points with just over 4 minutes left to give the Wildcats the lead for good in Cedar Falls.

Seth Tuttle had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Northern Iowa (22-14), which shot just 17.6 percent from beyond the arc at home.

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Mets’ Wright makes first appearance in 2 weeks

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March 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — David Wright made his first appearance in a big league game since sustaining a rib injury during the World Baseball Classic, going 0 for 3 and playing five innings for the New York Mets in a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Wright was a late scratch from the United States’ game against the Dominican Republic on march 14. He received a cortisone shot in his left side a day later.

Ruben Tejada hit a two-run double and scored on Collin Cowgill’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Cowgill was pinch hitting for Matt Harvey, who gave up three hits in four shutout innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook allowed four runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts in four innings. Center fielder Jon Jay went 2 for 2.

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