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Chiefs’ left tackle Albert signs franchise tender


March 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert has signed his franchise tender. The Chiefs announced that Albert signed his deal on Thursday, two weeks after placing the franchise tag on him. Albert will make $9.828 million if he plays under the one-year contract. That is no sure thing, though. The Chiefs have spoken to his representatives about a long-term contract, and it’s also possible that Kansas City will trade Albert in the coming weeks.

Albert is a former first-round pick who has locked down the left side of the Chiefs offensive line the past five seasons. He played all 16 games two years ago, but missed three games while dealing with back injuries. Last year, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe did not sign his franchise tender until midway through the preseason.

Freese homers in return, Cardinals beat Mets


March 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — David Freese homered in his first game in a week and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 3-2 Thursday. Freese had been out since March 14 with back stiffness stemming from a hard fall he took while chasing a foul ball. The 2011 World Series MVP hit a leadoff home run in the fourth and played five innings in the field.

Mets infielder Justin Turner got a hit in his return from a sprained ankle. He had a pinch-hit single in the sixth, then went from first to third on hit. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright gave up two runs on three hits, including a two-run tr ple by Matt den Dekker, in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out three and walked three.

Mets starter Jeremy Hefner allowed two runs on five hits with three walks in five innings. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth.

Irish eyes on Iowa State’s shooters in NCAA match


March 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — No matter where he goes, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey gets asked about one game this season. The Fighting Irish beat Louisville in an epic, five-overtime thriller last month that helped Notre Dame solidify a spot in this year’s NCAA tournament. While Notre Dame fans view it as the biggest game to date, the Irish (25-9) have an important one on Friday when they face Iowa State (22-11) in first round of the West Regional.

Brey has a team in the tournament for the fourth straight year, and for Notre Dame to advance, it must slow down the Cyclones, who led the nation in 3-pointers. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg gives his players the freedom to shoot from anywhere, but the former Cyclone star known as “The Mayor” joked that he still has the best range on the team.

Iowa lawmakers oppose Olympic wrestling decision


March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa lawmakers are continuing the effort to keep wrestling in the Olympics. The state House and Senate passed resolutions Thursday calling on the International Olympic Committee to reconsider the decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 games.  Democratic Sen. Tod Bowman of Maquoketa says wrestling defines Iowa.

The NCAA wrestling championships kick off in Des Moines today (Thursday).  Famed Iowa wrestler Dan Gable appeared in the legislature in support of the move. Gable won a gold medal in the 1972 Olympics and coached at the University of Iowa from 1977 to 1997.

Gov. Terry Branstad has also worked to restore wrestling to the 2020 games with a campaign called “Let’s Keep Wrestling.” The effort has the support of the state’s congressional delegation and nearly 25,000 people have signed an online petition.

High School Basketball All-Star Game is Sunday


March 21st, 2013 by Jim Field

The 17th Southwest Iowa Classic basketball event is scheduled for Sunday, March 24th at the Kanesville Arena on the campus of Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.  Several of the area’s top senior players will participate.  They will play as large school vs. small school teams.  The day will begin at 1:00 pm with the girls game, followed by the boys at 3:00 pm. The event is co-sponsored by Iowa Western and The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil.  Team members include:

Large School Boys:

  • Dalton Franken, Atlantic
  • Sam Markham, Atlantic
  • Chad Christensen, Atlantic
  • Grant May, Glenwood
  • Tyler Jensen, Glenwood
  • Alex Reed, Lewis Central
  • Sean Smith, Abraham Lincoln
  • Colby Taylor, Creston
  • Briar Evans, Creston
  • Zac Johnson, Denison-Schleswig
  • Nate Kloewer, Harlan

Small School Boys:

  • Britton Barrier, Tri-Center
  • Ricky Williams, Riverside
  • TJ Sterk, IKM-Manning
  • Alec Sorensen, Treynor
  • Tanner Johnson, Red Oak
  • Connor Moran, St. Albert
  • Devin Bates, Griswold
  • Noah McKeever, Sidney
  • Ryan Spiegel, Underwood
  • Colden Hillyer, East Mills

Large School Girls:

  • Aubrey Norville, Lewis Central
  • Natalie Madsen, Lewis Central
  • Grace Newman, Glenwood
  • Chelsey Van Ness, Denison-Schleswig
  • Rachel Koch, Denison-Schleswig
  • Lauren Meeker, Abraham Lincoln
  • Olivia Leisinger, Abraham Lincoln
  • Taylor Volentine, Abraham Lincoln
  • Brianna Maitlen, Creston

Small School Girls:

  • Josie Esser, Harlan
  • Liz Riessen, Harlan
  • Kaylee Blake, IKM-Manning
  • Jordyn Sindt, Griswold
  • Molly Goltz, Nishnabotna
  • Emily Baatz, Tri-Center
  • Ragen Anderson, Stanton
  • Megan Ehlers, Ar-We-Va


8AM Sportscast 03-21-2013

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March 21st, 2013 by Chris Parks

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UNI Beat North Dakota in CIT Opener


March 21st, 2013 by Jim Field

The UNI basketball team got off to a 10-2 lead and never trailed as the Panthers defeated North Dakota 77-66 in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com tournament last night. The Panthers led by as many as 19 and North Dakota never got any closer than 9 points in the second half.  The Panthers had not played in nearly two weeks, but didn’t show any signs of rust offensively, as they connected on nine three-pointers and hit 51 percent of their shots from the field.  Anthony James led UNI with 24 points, while Seth Tuttle and Marc Sonnen both scored 19.  The Panthers will play again on Saturday night in another home game at the McLeod Center against an opponent to be determined. Jacobson says that with a short turnaround, the Panthers will have to focus on improving before Saturday.

Mel Tjeerdsma Returns to Northwest as AD


March 21st, 2013 by Jim Field

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Retired Northwest Missouri State football coach Mel Tjeerdsma (CHURCH’-muh) is returning to the Maryville school as director of athletics.

Northwest Missouri State announced Wednesday the renowned ex-coach will begin his new role in mid-April.

Tjeerdsma, now 66, won three NCAA Division II national championships at Northwest Missouri State before announcing his retirement in December 2010.

He retired with a record of 183-32 over 17 seasons. His Bearcats won 12 MIAA championships and also played in four other NCAA championship games.

As AD he succeeds Wren Baker, who resigned earlier this month for a job at the University of Memphis.

Tjeerdsma said in a news release that Northwest Missouri has a “rich and outstanding tradition.” He vowed to ensure the athletic program continues to “thrive and improve.”

Iowa blows past Indiana State 68-52


March 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Devyn Marble scored 24 points, Aaron White added 11 with 13 rebounds and Iowa cruised past Indiana State 68-52 in the opening round of the NIT on Wednesday night. Melshan Basabe had nine points and eight boards for the Hawkeyes (22-12), who won a home game in the NIT for the second straight season. Iowa will host Stony Brook in the second round on Friday night.

Iowa shook off a sluggish start with a 19-4 run to open the second half. Playing before a sellout crowd of over 15,000, the Hawkeyes maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way. Justin Gant had 16 points to lead Indiana State (18-15), which was playing in the NIT for the first time since 1978.

Valley commissioner: No rush to replace Creighton


March 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin says there’s no rush to replace Creighton, which is leaving for the new Big East. Elgin said his league, which will be down to nine members June 30, is studying potential candidates. He said preference would be given to schools in the geographic footprint of the Valley and with a strong basketball tradition. Media reports list Denver, Milwaukee and Belmont as possibilities.

Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said the Big East will provide an opportunity to recruit the highest level of players and help the school achieve its goal of being a consistent Top 25 men’s basketball program. Valley spokesman Mike Kern says Creighton will forfeit about $325,000 in distributions because it’s leaving with less than a year’s notice.