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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

w/ Jim Field

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

w/ Jim Field

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.

No. 9 seed Iowa beats Miami 69-53,

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March 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Samantha Logic had 23 points with 11 rebounds and host Iowa beat eighth-seeded Miami 69-53 on Sunday night, snapping a two-game losing streak in the NCAA tournament. Melissa Dixon added 13 points in the second half for the Hawkeyes (21-12), which will face top-seeded Notre Dame Tuesday night in Iowa City. The Fighting Irish throttled Tennessee-Martin 97-64 earlier Sunday.

Iowa broke open a stalemate with an 18-3 run to jump ahead 58-44 with 7:07 left. Miami (21-11), which was up by seven early in the second half, shot just 3 of 19 from 3-point range and 30 percent overall. Morgan Stroman had 15 points and Shawnice Wilson had 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Hurricanes, who committed 24 turnovers.

Navy man Harris struggles on mound in Cards debut

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March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — After spending almost five years in the U.S. Navy, simply being on the mound at Roger Dean Stadium was exhilarating for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mitch Harris — even if the results were disappointing. Harris gave up a pair of two-run homers and took the loss as a New York Mets split squad beat the Cardinals 10-7 on Sunday. St. Louis played with a short-handed lineup. Third baseman David Freese was a late scratch after experiencing tightness in his back. Right fielder Carlos Beltran, battling a sore toe, went 1 for 5 in a minor league game.

Jon Jay was 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Cardinals. Jamie Hoffmann and Zach Lutz each hit a two-run homer off Harris, selected by the Cardinals out of the Naval Academy in the 13th round of the 2008 draft. He had been unable to play for the organization because of his military service obligation.