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Midwest/National Sports Headlines: 4/16/18


April 16th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

CINCINNATI (AP) — Carlos Martinez struck out a season-high 11 batters in seven shutout innings and Harrison Bader’s two-run home run helped the St. Louis Cardinals complete their first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949 with a 3-2 win. The Reds are 2-13 for the first time since the 1931 Reds won two of their first 19 games.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels game with Japanese star Shohei Ohtani scheduled to pitch at Kansas City was postponed because of cold temperatures. The game will be made up on June 25 in Kansas City.

UNDATED (AP) — University of Oklahoma President David Boren is expected to make a full recovery after having a minor stroke minutes before the unveiling of a statue honoring former Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops on Saturday. The school sent the update in a statement on Sunday. It said Boren is expected to be released from the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City in the coming days. The 76-year-old Boren was a U.S. senator and Oklahoma governor before becoming the university’s president in 1994.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — After 15 spring practices, Chris Ash is still searching for a quarterback at Rutgers and he doesn’t expect to name a starter until a couple of weeks before the season opens. It’s no different than what he said when camp opened, even though freshman Artur Sitkowski gave the Scarlet Knights’ third-year coach a lot to think about in the annual spring game on Saturday.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The most important guy on Florida’s sideline during the spring game wasn’t coach Dan Mullen or quarterback Feleipe Franks. It’s strength and conditioning coordinator Nick Savage. He’s more critical to the program’s planned turnaround than anyone on the field. Savage has been working behind the scenes to return the Gators to form and could be the key to making them function. The early results show what Florida had been doing wrong and what Savage is doing right.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina star A’ja Wilson is chronicling her path from the end of her college career to the start of her WNBA career, including getting drafted. She’s projected as the top pick to Las Vegas in Thursday’s draft. She’s in New York this week ahead of her likely selection, hanging at the WNBA offices and going through rookie orientation.

Cardinals sweep 4-game series from Reds with 3-2 victory


April 15th, 2018 by Chris Parks

CINCINNATI (AP) — Carlos Martinez’s changeup was too much for the reeling Reds.

The St. Louis right-hander struck out a season-high 11 in seven shutout innings and Harrison Bader’s two-run home run helped the Cardinals complete their first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949 with a 3-2 win on Sunday.

After waiting through a rain delay of 2 hours, 36 minutes, Martinez allowed two hits and four walks while helping send the Reds to their eighth consecutive loss, one short of matching their longest losing streak of last season.


The Reds scored 10 runs in the series while being swept in four games at home by St. Louis for the first time since July 8-10, 1949.

The Reds haven’t enjoyed a lead in 32 innings, going back to the fourth inning on Thursday. They are 2-13 overall this season for the first time since the 1931 Reds won two of their first 19 games.

Bud Norris allowed Adam Duvall’s ninth-inning leadoff homer and the Reds got a runner to second with nobody out. Norris struck out Alex Blandino and Phillip Ervin and got Billy Hamilton to line out to clinch his third save.

The Cardinals have won five of their past six games.



Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (0-2), who is 10-2 in 23 games at Wrigley Field, was scheduled to start the opener of a three-game series against the Cubs in Chicago on Monday.

Lewis Central QB Duggan commits to TCU


April 15th, 2018 by Chris Parks

Highly sought after Lewis Central Quarterback Max Duggan announced his commitment on Sunday night. Duggan has chosen to continue his football and academic career at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Duggan will now enter his senior season with his college decision made. He has been the Titans starting quarterback since his freshman year and has led the Titans to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs two of the past three seasons in Class 4A. The Titans will be back in Class 3A for his senior season.

Duggan is rated as the top prospect in the state by all the major recruiting outlets and he had over 20 offers from Division I schools on the table. Many reports stated that the decision came down to a choice between TCU and Minnesota.

High School Tennis Scoreboard 04/14/2018


April 15th, 2018 by Chris Parks

Glenwood 7, Shenandoah 6.

This was originally a four team tournament that was moved inside to the Montgomery County YMCA with just Glenwood and Shenandoah competing. Each team earned two singles and two doubles wins but the victories were weighted by type and Glenwood racked up more points for the overall victory.

Midwest Sports Headlines: 4/15/18


April 15th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Luis Valbuena homered as the Los Angeles Angels won their seventh straight, beating the Kansas City Royals 5-3 with the final innings played with snow falling. The Angels won their ninth consecutive road game, and will have Shohei Ohtani as their starting pitcher Sunday. The Royals have lost five straight.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds are off to their worst start since the Great Depression. Greg Garcia hit a pair of homers for the first time in his career, sending St. Louis to a 6-1 victory. Cincinnati fell to 2-12, its worst 14-game start since 1931.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri had one of the top offenses in college football during the second half of last season. With new offensive coordinator Derek Dooley and quarterback Drew Lock back, the Tigers seek to improve on last season’s high-powered look this spring.

7AM Sportscast 04/14/2018

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April 14th, 2018 by Chris Parks

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Spring Sports Scoreboard Friday 04/13/2018


April 14th, 2018 by Chris Parks


Lewis Central 1, Omaha Central 0
St. Albert 4, Tri-Center 0


St. Albert 5, Tri-Center 1


Moravia 246, Wayne 255


Wayne 188 Moravia 215

Hawkeye softball drops doubleheader to Minnesota Friday


April 14th, 2018 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa softball team dropped a doubleheader to Minnesota on Friday afternoon at Pearl Field, suffering a 6-2 decision in game one in nine innings, and an 11-1 run-rule decision in game two.

Minnesota completed the sweep after notching an 8-0 run-rule victory over the Hawkeyes on Thursday.

Iowa baseball splits Friday doubleheader at Nebraska


April 14th, 2018 by Chris Parks

LINCOLN, Neb. — The University of Iowa baseball team split a doubleheader at Nebraska on Friday at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.  The Hawkeyes posted a 7-1 victory in game one before the Cornhuskers evened the series with a 10-4 win in game two.

The doubleheader split sees Iowa sit at 21-11 overall and 6-4 in Big Ten play. The rubber game of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. (CT) Sunday — weather permitting — and it will be televised on ESPNU.

Game 1 | Iowa 7, Nebraska 1
Junior Nick Allgeyer went seven strong inning, allowing one unearned run and fanning four to lead the Hawkeyes to a 7-1 victory in the opening game of Friday’s doubleheader.

After allowing one unearned run on two hits in the first, Allgeyer (4-3) surrendered just three hits over the next six innings to record his fourth victory of the season.

Iowa’s offense finished with 10 hits in the contest and scored the game’s final seven runs.  Sophomore Justin Jenkins drew a two-out walk in the second before sophomore Ben Norman followed with a single to right field.  Jenkins tied the game, scoring off a wild pitch.

GAME 2 | Nebraska 10, Iowa 3

Nebraska’s offense awoke to the tune of 10 runs on 10 hits and three Husker pitchers limited Iowa to five hits in game two — a 10-3 Husker victory.

Iowa grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when junior Robert Neustrom hit a one-out home run to right center field — his sixth home run of the season.  Nebraska answered with a pair of two-run home runs from Jesse Wilkening and Angelo Altavilla in the third to knock Iowa starter Brady Schanuel from the game.

After Iowa closed the gap to 4-3 on a two-run home run from Tyler Cropley in the fourth, it was all Nebraska.  The Huskers scored one in the fifth, four in the seventh, and one in the eighth, roughing up the Hawkeye bullpen.

Molina homers, Cardinals extend Reds’ woes with 5-3 win


April 14th, 2018 by Chris Parks

CINCINNATI (AP) — Yadier Molina heard the boos again. Then he came through again, sending the Cincinnati Reds to their lowest point since 1955.

Molina homered and drove in three runs Friday night, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 victory that deepened the Reds’ opening slump and added to his legacy against them.

The catcher has gotten booed loudly at Great American Ball Park — even during the 2015 All-Star Game — by fans who haven’t forgotten his scuffle with Brandon Phillips in 2010. They boo louder every time he delivers another game-turning hit.

He’s still got the touch.

“Yadi continues to just get better,” manager Mike Matheny said.

St. Louis came into the series with a stagnant offense but broke out during two games against the worst pitching staff in the majors, piling up 18 runs and 25 hits. Molina has homered in each game, giving him a team-high five this season.

Molina’s 21 career homers against the Reds are his most against any team.

The Reds lost their sixth in a row and have the worst record in the majors at 2-11. They also lost 11 of their first 13 games in 1955. Another loss on Saturday would produce their worst start since 1931.



Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (1-0) faced the Reds in 2012 and 2013 as a Padres reliever. He has yielded eight runs in 12 innings in his two starts for the Cardinals.

Reds: Left-hander Brandon Finnegan is expected to come off the DL and make his first start of the season. He strained his left biceps during spring training.