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8AM Sportscast 12-06-2012

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December 6th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


AP source: Choate, Cards strike $7.5M, 3-year deal


December 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that left-handed reliever Randy Choate and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $7.5 million, three-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement is subject to a physical before the deal can be finalized.

Choate had a 3.03 ERA and no record in 80 games this year, tying for the major league lead in pitching appearances. He held left-handed batters to a .158 average (16 for 101) and righties hit .325 against him (13 for 40). Choate was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Miami Marlins in July along with shortstop Hanley Ramirez and the Marlins started to get rid of payroll.

Iowa regents head blasts U. Iowa for ‘breakdowns’

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December 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Board of Regents President Craig Lang says the University of Iowa is not doing enough to protect students and employees from sexual misconduct in light of the resignation of a former athletics department counselor. Lang said Wednesday during a board meeting that the regents overhauled campus policies after a high-profile assault case involving Iowa football players in 2007.

Lang said one change required employees to participate in sexual misconduct training, and Iowa’s handling of the Peter Gray case shows the school “is not doing a good enough job in this area.” Lang says he expects the university will address “the obvious breakdowns” the case exposed. Gray resigned last month after he was accused of improperly touching athletes for years, conduct that allegedly dated back to the 1990s.

Chiefs players head to Belcher memorial service


December 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Several players for the Kansas City Chiefs attended a memorial service for teammate Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend and then fatally shot himself in the head. Belcher killed 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins on Saturday at the home they shared in Kansas City with their 3-month-old daughter. He then drove to the Chiefs practice facility at Arrowhead Stadium, where he killed himself in front of team officials, who pleaded with him to put down his gun.

Retired Chiefs Hall of Famer Bobby Bell said after the private hour-long service that general manager Scott Pioli, who witnessed Belcher’s suicide, spoke during the service. Bell said an uncle of Belcher also spoke. The service was held at a church that Belcher and Perkins attended. Several other Chiefs players declined comment after the service.

Daughter of Chiefs player to receive windfall


December 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The estate or guardian of the infant of the Chiefs player who killed her mother before turning a gun on himself will receive more than $1 million under terms of the NFL’s collective-bargaining agreement. Jovan Belcher’s 3-month-old daughter, Zoey, stands to receive $108,000 annually over the next four years, $48,000 in the fifth year and then $52,000 each year until age 18. She’ll continue to receive that amount until age 23 if she attends college.

The beneficiary of Belcher, who was in his fourth season, also will receive $600,000 in life insurance, plus $200,000 for each credited season. There is also $100,000 in a retirement account that will go to his beneficiary or estate. Players’ beneficiaries are kept confidential. The current collective bargaining agreement was ratified in August 2011.

Northern Iowa rolls past Northern Colorado 76-59


December 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Jake Koch scored 17 points, Seth Tuttle added 14 and Northern Iowa never trailed Wednesday in a 76-59 victory over Northern Colorado. Koch added seven rebounds and was 6 of 8 from the field. Marc Sonnen chipped in 12 points for the Panthers (5-3), who improved to 5-0 at home. Nate Buss, who scored a career-high 17 points against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday, had just five in this one. Tevin Svihovec had 16 points and Paul Garnica scored 15 off the bench for the Bears (1-5), who lost their fifth straight.

A 16-0 first-half run put Northern Iowa ahead 27-6 halfway through the period. Buss made a 3-pointer before Nate Bohannon hit two from long range, and Koch capped the run with a three-point play. The Panthers led 40-29 at halftime and increased that advantage to as many as 25 in the second half. UNI shot 52 percent from the field.

St. Mary’s (Cal) beats Drake 88-73


December 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Matthew Dellavedova scored 31 points, leading five players in double-figures, to give Saint Mary’s (Cal) to a 88-73 win over Drake on Wednesday night. Dellavedova was 10 of 14 from the field, including four 3-pointers, and 7 of 8 at the free throw line. He also had seven assists for the Gaels (6-2). James Walker III scored 14 points and had nine rebounds and five steals. Beau Levesque scored 14 points. Brad Waldow had 12 points and eight rebounds. Page added 10.

The Gaels shot 30 of 54 (55.6 percent) from the field for the game. They were 85 percent at the free throw line. St. Mary’s led 47-33 at halftime. The Bulldogs shot 21 of 51 (41 percent) from the field for the game. Jeremy Jeffers scored a career-high 16 points for Drake (3-4). Seth VanDeest added 15 and Ben Simons had 11. Jordan Clarke had five rebounds.

Klein, Knott, McDonough are First-Team All-Big 12


December 5th, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State linebackers A.J. Klein and Jake Knott were named to the first teams of the All-Big 12 Associated Press squad and the league’s coaches team that were released Wednesday. Cyclone defensive tackle Jake McDonough earned a first-team spot in the defensive line on the coaches team. Iowa State strong safety Durrell Givens was a second-team choice on both polls. Iowa State punter Kirby Van Der Kamp was a second-team choice by the conference’s coaches.

Klein was a unanimous selection on the AP first-team. The senior leads Iowa State with 98 tackles this season. He enters the Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. with 342 career tackles and 19 tackles for loss. His four career interception returns for touchdowns equal the NCAA record for linebackers. Klein was a first-team selection by the Big 12 coaches and second-team choice by the conference’s coaches last season. The 2011 Big 12 co-Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches earned honorable mention honors for that award this season. Klein was an honorable mention choice on the AP team in 2010.

Knott made both first teams despite missing the final four games of the season after career-ending shoulder surgery. Playing despite the injury, Knott made a huge impact in his final collegiate game against Baylor. The Waukee native had 11 tackles, broke up a pass and forced his 10th career fumble at the goal line in a 35-21 Iowa State victory. He finished his career with 347 tackles, 18 for loss, while breaking up 15 passes and making eight interceptions. Knott was a first-team honoree on the AP team last season. He was selected for second-team honors as a sophomore by AP and on the coaches.

Urbandale native Jake McDonough was a first-team selection by the Big 12 coaches after making 31 tackles, a pair of sacks and breaking up three passes. He heads into the Liberty Bowl with 84 career tackles, 13 tackles for loss and five sacks. He earned honorable mention honors on the AP team. McDonough earned honorable mention from the league’s coaches for defensive lineman of the year.

Durrell Givens, who leads the nation in take-aways per game, was honored on both second teams after leading the nation with six fumble recoveries. He also has three interceptions this season.

Iowa State punter Kirby Van Der Kamp was a second-team choice by the Big 12 coaches. The West Des Moines product has averaged 41.6 yards per punt this season. He has dropped 28 punts inside the opponent 20-yard line with only two touchbacks. The junior can kick the long ball when needed with 10 punts of 50 or more yards in 2012. He earned honorable mention honors for Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year from the conference’s coaches. Van Der Kamp was a second-team all-Big 12 selection as a freshman on the 2010 AP team while earning honorable mention honors from the league’s coaches that year.

Cyclones earning 2012 honorable mention honors from the league’s coaches were offensive lineman Carter Bykowski, defensive end Roosevelt Maggitt, cornerback Jeremy Reeves and free safety Jacques Washington.Bykowksi, center Tom Farniok and tight end Ernst Brun earned honorable mention on the AP team from the Big 12 media.

Iowa State, Mediacom to team up for cable channel


December 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State says it is entering into a five-year partnership with Mediacom to distribute programming from Cyclones.tv across Iowa and bordering states. Cyclones athletic director Jamie Pollard says the agreement paves the way for a fully dedicated Iowa State sports channel on Mediacom’s cable television network. No date has been set for that channel’s launch.

Mediacom says it will televise roughly 75 Iowa State games a year, including a football game and 5-10 men’s basketball games. The programming will be produced by Cyclones.tv, Iowa State’s in-house broadcaster, and also include coaches’ shows and live media conferences.  It’s believed that Iowa State would join Texas and BYU as the only schools with a channel dedicated to their athletic teams

Financial terms of the agreement have yet to be disclosed.

AP Source: Memorial service planned for Belcher


December 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A person familiar with the arrangements says a memorial service for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher is planned for Wednesday afternoon.  The team moved up its practice schedule Wednesday so players could attend a 2 p.m. memorial service for Belcher at the Landmark International Deliverance and Worship Center in Kansas City. The source who spoke to The Associated Press requested anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to discuss the event.

The source said the memorial service is not open to the public. Other details of the service aren’t known.  Belcher shot Perkins at their home Saturday morning before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where he committed suicide in the practice facility’s parking lot.