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Molina, Wacha on comeback trail for Cardinals


August 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and right-hander Michael Wacha are ready for the next step in their return from the disabled list. General manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Molina and Wacha will report to Double-A Springfield this week to continue their rehabilitation.

Molina has been on the disabled list since July 10 with a torn ligament in his right thumb that required surgery. Wacha has been on the DL since mid-June with a stress reaction in his right shoulder. Wacha will throw live batting practice with Springfield on Wednesday.

The Cardinals have managed to stay in the middle of the NL Central Division race without Molina and Wacha. St. Louis entered Monday night’s game in Pittsburgh just 1 1/2 games behind Milwaukee.

Holliday’s hit lifts Cardinals over Pirates 3-2


August 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Holliday’s two-run single in the seventh inning off Jared Hughes capped a late rally, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Monday night. Jon Jay’s pinch-hit single tied the game with two outs in the seventh and Holliday followed with a sharp single to left off Hughes (6-4) to score Jay and Matt Carpenter.

John Lackey (13-8) worked out of trouble early to work seven innings and pick up his second victory with the Cardinals after arriving in a trade from Boston on July 31. Trevor Rosenthal gave up a leadoff home run in the ninth to Andrew McCutchen but held on to earn his 39th save.

Pedro Alvarez hit his 18th homer in the second off Lackey, but the Pirates managed little after that to fall further behind St. Louis and first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central race.

2014 Iowa High School Preseason Volleyball Rankings


August 25th, 2014 by Jim Field

Compiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union

Class 1-A
School 2013 Record

  1. Holy Trinity Catholic 47-5
  2. Janesville 38-4
  3. Central Lyon 28-7
  4. Grandview Christian 28-11 (as GV Park Baptist)
  5. LeMars Gehlen Catholic 24-12
  6. Tripoli 24-15
  7. Guthrie Center 23-7
  8. Don Bosco 18-14
  9. New London 37-7
  10. Algona Bishop Garrigan 18-17
  11. Turkey Valley 20-14
  12. Northwood-Kensett 16-9
  13. Springville 30-11
  14. Fremont-Mills 22-5
  15. Murray 27-4

Class 2-A
School  2013 Record

  1. Dike-New Hartford 45-1
  2. Western Christian 45-3
  3. Unity Christian 23-11
  4. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 35-6
  5. Grundy Center 29-9
  6. Council Bluffs St. Albert 27-5
  7. South Central Calhoun 38-5
  8. Wapsie Valley 28-9
  9. Des Moines Christian 28-10
  10. West Branch 26-8
  11. Treynor 23-12
  12. Hudson 23-12
  13. Sumner-Fredericksburg 38-4
  14. Woodward-Granger 24-16
  15. Jesup 20-12

Class 3-A
School 2013 Record

  1. Solon 33-3
  2. Mount Vernon 26-11
  3. Iowa Falls-Alden 28-7
  4. Independence 35-9
  5. Red Oak 27-7
  6. Nevada 32-12
  7. Mediapolis 34-9
  8. Kuemper Catholic 28-5
  9. West Liberty 19-13
  10. Beckman Catholic 19-18
  11. Algona 31-7
  12. Union 28-8
  13. Davis County 29-14
  14. Forest City 27-11
  15. MOC-Floyd Valley 35-6

Class 4-A
School 2013 Record

  1. Harlan 37-4
  2. West Delaware 37-6
  3. Indianola 29-11
  4. Marion 25-16
  5. Sioux City Bishop Heelan 32-20
  6. Clear Creek-Amana 23-10
  7. Le Mars 24-13
  8. Lewis Central 18-16
  9. Charles City 40-7
  10. Cedar Rapids Xavier 28-11
  11. Waverly-Shell Rock 46-7
  12. Boone 25-19
  13. Pella 21-16
  14. Webster City 24-10
  15. Mount Pleasant 29-5

Class 5-A
School 2013 Record

  1. Ankeny Centennial 33-9
  2. Ankeny 37-5
  3. Dowling Catholic 32-8
  4. Bettendorf 36-2
  5. Iowa City West 26-10
  6. Pleasant Valley 28-7
  7. Waukee 19-20
  8. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 38-12
  9. Linn-Mar 23-15
  10. Johnston 32-5


Iowa State opens with concerns on defense


August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The key to the upcoming season is clear for Iowa State. The Cyclones defense will need to play much better than it did a year ago for the program to have any hope of escaping the Big 12 basement.

For all the talk about new coordinator Mark Mangino’s revamped offense, it’s Iowa State’s defense that should be under the heaviest scrutiny. The Cyclones allowed 36 points a game last season — ranking 109th out of 125 Bowl Subdivision teams — and surrendered at least 41 points five times in nine league games.

Iowa State knows that can’t happen again this season, which starts on Saturday at home against FCS power North Dakota State.

Rollins, Williams lead Phillies over Cardinals


August 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jimmy Rollins homered and Jerome Williams tossed eight strong innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Ben Revere had a pair of hits and an RBI for Philadelphia, which took two of three from the Cardinals to claim consecutive series wins for the first time since April.

Jhonny Peralta and Oscar Taveras had a pair of hits for St. Louis, which lost for just the third time in 11 games. Williams (2-0) continued his fine form with Philadelphia, his third team this season. The right-hander allowed one run on five hits while setting a season high for innings. He was claimed off waivers Aug. 10 from Texas and has a 1.77 ERA since coming to the Phillies after pitching to a 6.71 ERA prior to his arrival in Philadelphia.

Cubs reinstate Schlitter, option to Triple-A Iowa


August 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs reinstated right-hander Brian Schlitter from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday. Schlitter went on the disabled list on Aug. 9 with right shoulder inflammation. He is 2-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 53 games this season. He gave up one run and one hit in one inning during a rehab assignment on Saturday at Iowa.

Chiefs’ offense on 0-for-16 skid in scoring TDs


August 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs had three decent opportunities to finally score a touchdown with their first-team offense on Saturday night. They came up empty on all of them. Twice, Alex Smith was picked off by the Minnesota Vikings. The other time, coach Andy Reid opted to kick a 21-yard field goal rather than punch it into the end zone on fourth down. So much for building some positive vibes heading into their preseason finale.

“You know, I think tonight was disappointing in the sense that this was the game week and we treated it as such, so there was a little more game-planning and preparation,” Smith said after a 30-12 loss. “You’d love to have shown a little better.” That goes for games against Cincinnati and Carolina, too.

Cassel leads Vikings to 30-12 win over Kansas City


August 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Vikings’ Matt Cassel threw for 152 yards and a touchdown in his return to Kansas City, and Minnesota rolled to a 30-12 victory over the Chiefs in a preseason game Saturday night. Cassel, benched and then released by the Chiefs two years ago, found Cordarrelle Patterson for a 53-yard scoring strike on the Vikings’ first offensive series. Teddy Bridgewater threw two TD passes to tight end Allen Reisner later in the game.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Chiefs counterpart Jamaal Charles dressed but did not play. Kansas City also was without wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Junior Hemingway. Alex Smith was 14 of 24 for 124 yards with two red-zone interceptions. The Chiefs’ first-team offense still has not scored a touchdown in 16 preseason possessions.

Carpenter, Cardinals beat Phillies in 12 innings


August 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on Saturday night. Jhonny Peralta homered for the Cardinals, who have won eight of 10 and closed within a half-game of NL Central-leading Milwaukee. Ryan Howard homered and Marlon Byrd and Carlos Ruiz each drove in a pair of runs for the Phillies.

Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso drew a leadoff walk in the 12th from Ken Giles (2-1). Descalso went to second on Jon Jay’s sacrifice bunt and moved to third on Peter Bourjos’ infield single. Carpenter then flied out to deep left. Seth Maness (5-2) pitched two scoreless innings and Trevor Rosenthal earned his 38th save in 43 chances.

Phillies slip past Cardinals for 5-4 victory


August 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Howard drove in a pair of runs and Kyle Kendrick overcame a rocky first inning to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Ben Revere, who entered the day second in the NL in batting, went 3 for 4 to raise his average to .315. Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd also drove in runs for Philadelphia, which won its third in four games.

Matt Adams homered and Matt Holliday drove in two runs for the Cardinals, who lost for just the second time in nine games. Kendrick (6-11) increased his first-inning ERA to 9.69 this season by allowing three runs in the opening inning. He left after giving up four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Adam Wainwright (15-8) failed in his bid to become the first 16-game winner in the big leagues while continuing his August struggles. The right-hander allowed five runs, four earned, and six hits in six innings, dropping to 2-3 with a 6.49 ERA in five starts this month.