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Notre Dame advances with a 74-57 win over Iowa

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March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Kayla McBride scored a career-high 28 points and top-seeded Notre Dame advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament with a 74-57 win over Iowa on Tuesday night. Skylar Diggins had 16 as the Fighting Irish (33-1) extended their school-record winning streak to 28 games and finished 13-0 on the road. Notre Dame will next face 12th-seeded Kansas in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday.

McBride had 23 points in the first half as the Irish built a 12-point advantage. The lead reached 59-39 on Diggins’ layup with 15:30 left as Notre Dame reached the round of 16 for the 11th time in 17 seasons. Bethany Doolittle had 16 for Iowa (21-13), which went 0 for 11 from 3-point range and had 21 turnovers.

Cardinals place 3B David Freese on disabled list

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March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals put third baseman David Freese on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a lower back strain, and hoped he would heal in time for the home opener April 8 against Cincinnati. Freese joined St. Louis closer Jason Motte on the DL. The Cardinals earlier this spring lost shortstop Rafael Furcal for the year with an elbow injury and pitcher Chris Carpenter with a potential career-ending nerve injury.

Utilityman Matt Carpenter is expected to start the season at third in place of Freese, the 2011 World Series and NL championship series MVP. Freese, who will be 30 next month, hit .293 with career best of 20 homers, 79 RBIs and 144 games last season. Carpenter played at five positions last year and added second base this spring. He batted .294 with six homers and 46 RBIs in 296 at-bats last year. Carpenter, 27, has 26 career starts in two seasons at third.

Infielder Ryan Jackson was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. Left-hander Sam Freeman was optioned to Triple-A. In 12 spring training games, Freese was batting .267 with two home runs and five RBIs. The move was retroactive to Saturday Jackson was optioned to the minors on March 17 after appearing in 17 spring training games. Freeman made two exhibition appearances.

Fans to decide Cardinals’ road cap color

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March 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Red or blue? When it comes to road baseball caps this season, the St. Louis Cardinals are letting fans decide. The Cardinals on Tuesday announced they will let fans pick whether the team should stick with navy blue caps for road games, or go red. Red caps are worn at home. Fans can vote at cardinals.com through Wednesday. A Twitter vote is Thursday. There are actually four options: Blue caps for all road games; red caps for all road games; wear blue on the road only against red teams; or wear blue only on the last game of each road series. Results will be announced this week. The Cardinals open the regular season on the road, at Arizona on Monday.

Kozma hits slam, leads Wainwright, Cards over Mets

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March 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Pete Kozma hit a grand slam and Yadier Molina added a two-run homer, leading Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals over the New York Mets 11-4 on Tuesday. Wainwright made his final Grapefruit League start and pitched six solid innings. He allowed two runs and seven hits and struck out three.

Mets starter Jeremy Hefner received a scare in the top of the fourth when he was hit on his pitching elbow by a one-hopper off the bat of Carlos Beltran. Hefner immediately left the game with a bruised right elbow and was listed as day-to-day. Lucas Duda drove in all four Mets runs with a homer, double and single.

8AM Sportscast 03-26-2013

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March 26th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Georgia ousts Iowa State women.

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March 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Shacobia Barbee scored 20 points, including a key 3-pointer with 2:03 left, and No. 4 seed Georgia held off Iowa State’s furious second-half rally for a 65-60 win over the Cyclones in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament Monday night. A year after getting upset in the first round by Marist, Georgia is back in the round of 16 for the 20th time in school history. The Lady Bulldogs will face No. 1 seed Stanford or eighth-seeded Michigan in the regional semifinals across town at the Spokane Arena on Saturday night.

Anne Marie Armstrong added 13 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who blew a 14-point lead with 9 minutes remaining then scored 13 of the final 17 points after the fifth-seeded Cyclones took the lead. Anna Prins led Iowa State with 23 points, but the Cyclones (24-9) couldn’t overcome going more than 11 minutes of the second half with just one field goal.

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.

8AM Sportscast 03-25-2013

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March 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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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.