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Ozzie Smith to auction Gold Gloves

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October 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

LAUGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is planning to auction his 13 Gold Gloves and a pair of World Series rings he received from the St. Louis Cardinals in retirement. SCP Auctions said Tuesday that bidding for the online sale will start Nov. 14 and end Dec. 1. SCP said Smith decided on the auction, which also includes 11 All-Star game rings, as part of estate and family planning.

In a separate sale, bidding began Tuesday at Goldin Auctions for Pete Rose’s copy of the 1990 agreement in which he agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball following an investigation of his gambling while manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Bidding runs through Nov. 17th.

Cardinals back home for NLCS Game 3 against Giants

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October 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kyle Lohse is all about efficiency, about avoiding extended at-bats and letting the hitters get themselves out. The St. Louis Cardinals are in a spot where they could really use that kind of game. The 16-game winner can pitch his team to the lead today (Wednesday), with the NL championship series against the San Francisco Giants tied 1-1.

St. Louis has gone three straight games without a starter getting an out in the fifth inning. Lohse gets a chance to end that troubling trend when he faces Matt Cain in a matchup of 16-game winners. The game carries more of the usual Game 3 buzz due to the uncertainty of Marco Scutaro’s availability after getting rammed by Matt Holliday while busting up a double play on Monday night. A person with knowledge of the injury told the Associated Press that Scutaro strained his left hip.

No fines for OT parking for Game 3

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October 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The National League Championship Series is coming to St. Louis for the seventh time since 2000, and the city is clearing some parking space. The Cardinals and Giants split the first two games in San Francisco. The next three games are in St. Louis Wednesday through Friday. If necessary, the final two games would be back in California. Today’s (Wednesday’s) game is scheduled to start shortly after 3 p.m. Central time. City Treasurer Larry Williams says overtime parking violations will not be enforced at meters in parts of downtown near Busch Stadium — specifically in the area bounded by Tucker, Chouteau, Locust and the Mississippi River. All other regulations will be enforced.

It’s back to work for surging Penn State

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Bill O’Brien allowed himself to relax a little for his first weekend without a football game in nearly two months — but only briefly. After taking his wife out for a nice dinner, it was back to the work early the next day for Penn State’s coach. Following an off week, the Nittany Lions want to keep the momentum of a four-game winning streak rolling into this weekend’s tough trip to Iowa. Both teams enter this weekend’s tilt with identical records (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten). A win Saturday for Penn State, coupled with a victory by No. 7 Ohio State over Purdue, would set up a high-stakes showdown on Oct. 27 for first place in the Leaders Division. But the Nittany Lions vow they’re only concentrating on Iowa.

Resilient Iowa somehow atop Legends Division

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — There isn’t much evidence to suggest that Iowa is all that good this season. The Hawkeyes are resilient, though. In the Big Ten in 2012, that might be enough. An Iowa team that has looked awful at times is tied for first place in the Legends Division heading into Saturday night’s home game with Penn State (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten). Iowa (4-2, 2-2) has proven to be a mentally tough bunch, a trait that’s allowed them to overcome more than a few shortcomings.

Big Ten looks to put ugly 1st half behind it

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The second half of the season couldn’t arrive fast enough for the Big Ten Conference. With most everyone having six games under their belts, the official second half of the season is beginning this week. That offers the Big Ten a chance to move on from a fairly dreadful showing in the nonconference portion of the season and start building some momentum toward the bowl games.

Teams like Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin appear to be rebounding after some early struggles. The Wolverines were thumped by Alabama and the Hawkeyes suffered an embarrassing loss to Central Michigan. But both are 2-0 in conference play, while the Badgers are in position to represent the Leaders Division in the Big Ten championship game because Penn State and Ohio State are ineligible.

Iowa RB Weisman could miss Penn State game

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa running back Mark Weisman’s status for Saturday’s game against Penn State is uncertain after he sprained his right ankle in last week’s double-overtime win over Michigan State. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says Weisman had an MRI performed on Monday that didn’t reveal anything serious. But Ferentz says Weisman would have to make a lot of progress to play against the Nittany Lions. Weisman leads the Hawkeyes (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) with 631 yards rushing and eight touchdowns despite not starting until the fourth game of the season. Sophomore running back Damon Bullock is also likely to miss his fourth straight game because of recurring symptoms from a head injury. Freshman Greg Garmon is scheduled to start for the Hawkeyes.

Chiefs QB Cassel cleared for non-contact practice

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel, who sat out last week’s game at Tampa Bay with a concussion, has been cleared for non-contact practice and could play in the Chiefs’ next game on Oct. 28 against Oakland.

If Cassel does get the start, it could trigger a quarterback controversy. Never very popular with fans, Cassel’s stock has hit rock-bottom in Kansas City after he threw nine interceptions and had a hand in many of the team’s NFL-leading 19 turnovers the first five games.

His replacement, Brady Quinn, had two interceptions against the Buccaneers in his first start in almost three years as the Chiefs lost 38-10 and dropped to 1-5 going into this bye week.

Cassel was on the practice field with the other quarterbacks Tuesday going through non-contact drills.

Hoiberg To Receive Ray Pillar of Character Award

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October 16th, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has inspired many people with his work ethic and success in all areas of his career. This morning, Hoiberg was lauded for his outstanding character as a role model by receiving the 2013 Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award.

Governor Robert Ray announced this year’s recipient at a press conference at the Sukup Basketball Complex in Ames today. Hoiberg will accept the Ray Award on April 19, 2013 at Character Counts in Iowa’s All-Star Evening in West Des Moines. An All-Star Evening is presented by Hy-Vee and benefits Character Counts in Iowa.

“This ranks up there with the awards I have received,” Hoiberg said. “It’s great to be known as an athlete, but it’s even a better honor to be recognized as a great role model. I want to thank Governor Ray and everyone associated with this award. It is a great honor.”

The Ray Awards are presented by Character Counts in Iowa and reflect former Governor Robert D. Ray’s lifelong commitment to civility and character development. The award is presented each spring to individuals who consistently demonstrate good character as a visible role model. Past recipients include Aaron Kampman, Dallas Clark, Shawn Johnson, Hayden Fry, Norman Borlaug and Ed Thomas.

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