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Iowa women defeat Northwestern 60-55

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March 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Morgan Johnson and Jamie Printy scored 18 points apiece and Iowa defeated Northwestern 60-55 on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten women’s tournament. Bethany Doolittle added 10 points and Samantha Logic grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (20-11), the seventh seed in the tournament. They advance to meet No. 21 Nebraska, the Big Ten’s second seed, in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Iowa never trailed in the game. It was 30-26 at halftime and the Hawkeyes led 57-42 with 3 minutes to go before the Wildcats battled back to make it close. Kendall Hackney led Northwestern (13-17), the No. 10 seed, with 13 points and four steals. Karly Roser scored 11 points, Alex Cohen scored 10 and Dannielle Diamant had a game-high 13 rebounds.

The teams also played on Sunday in Evanston, Ill., with Iowa winning 62-45.

Iowa to review job of Ferentz’s future son-in-law

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March 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa athletics department is considering whether to move the future son-in-law of Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz out of the football program.  University spokesman Mark Braun said Thursday that Athletics Director Gary Barta is reviewing the employment of Tyler Barnes and would take appropriate action.

Braun said a report in The Gazette about Barnes’ hiring as administrative assistant for football raises questions about whether the school followed its policy on nepotism. He said Barnes and Ferentz have a relationship and the question now is how to handle it.

Barnes was hired without a search last year, and his temporary position was recently extended for a second year through January 2014. Barnes had previously worked in the athletics department. He got engaged last year to Ferentz’s 25-year-old daughter.

IA Boys State Basketball Scores & Schedule

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March 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

4A State Tournament, Wed., March 6th 2013
First Round
Bettendorf 62, Urbandale 53
Cedar Falls 57, Sioux City, North 46
Dubuque, Senior 58, Des Moines, Roosevelt 41
Iowa City, West 63, Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 59, OT

Semi-finals – Thursday, March 7th
Class 1-A
Storm Lake St. Mary’s 61, Danville 55
12:15-p.m. Boyden-Hull vs.North Tama

The 1-A Championship game is at 6:05-p.m. Friday, March 8th

Class 2-A
2:00-p.m. West Fork vs. M-F-L/MarMac
3:45-p.m. Kuemper Catholic vs. Sheldon

The 2-A Championship game is at 8:05-p.m. Friday, March 8th

Class 3-A
6:35-p.m. Harlan vs. MOC/Floyd Valley
8:15-p.m. Davenport Assumption vs. Mt. Pleasant

The 3-A Championship game begins at 6:05-p.m. Saturday, March 9th

Cardinals Furcal to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

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March 7th, 2013 by Chris Parks

JUPITER, Fla., March 7, 2013 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that shortstop Rafael Furcal will undergo right elbow surgery next week.  Dr. James Andrews, who examined Furcal yesterday, is scheduled to perform “Tommy John” surgery on the three-time All-Star.

Christofferson, Poppens Receive First Team Big 12 Accolades

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March 7th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Credit: cyclones.com

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State junior Hallie Christofferson and senior Chelsea Poppens have been named to the All-Big 12 First Team, while sophomore Nikki Moody was an honorable mention selection. It marks the first time in school history that Iowa State has had two All-Big 12 first team selections.

Christofferson, a forward from Hamlin, Iowa, was a unanimous first-team pick after averaging 16 points and 6.8 rebounds. In conference play, Christofferson averaged 16.1 points and was second in the league in field goal percentage at 53.4 percent. She was also second in the league with an 85.3 percent clip at the free-throw line.

Christofferson, who shot 50 percent or better in 19 games, was in double figures in 24 of 28 games, including 10 games with 20 or more points.

Iowa State is the only Big 12 school to have a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection in each of the last four seasons.

Poppens, a forward from Aplington, Iowa, earned first-team honors for the second season in a row. She averaged 13.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game this season. Earlier this season, Poppens became the 14th player in Big 12 history to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Poppens also ranks fourth in free-throw shooting at 83.5 percent. She recorded three games this season with at least 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Poppens posted seven double-doubles this season.

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Iowa State beats No. 13 Oklahoma State 87-76

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March 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Senior Will Clyburn scored 20 points and Iowa State beat No. 13 Oklahoma State 87-76 on Wednesday night to bolster its NCAA tournament hopes. Georges Niang added 18 points for the Cyclones (20-10, 10-7 Big 12), who notched just their second victory over a ranked opponent. Oklahoma State trailed by as many as 15 points, but Marcus Smart’s reverse dunk made it 70-68 with 4:28 left. Clyburn answered with a 3 and Tyrus McGee’s 3 a minute later put the Cyclones ahead 78-68.

Smart was brilliant for Oklahoma State (22-7, 12-5), scoring 24 points with eight rebounds and five steals. But it wasn’t enough as the Cowboys lost for just the second time in 12 games.

Westbrook sharp in win for Cardinals

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March 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jake Westbrook showed no ill effects of the bruised knee that forced him to leave his first spring start after one inning, limiting the Miami Marlins to a run and four hits over three innings of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 7-2 win Wednesday. Matt Holliday had a two-run homer, one of five long balls for the Cardinals. Top prospect Oscar Taveras put St. Louis on top in the second inning, connecting for a two-run homer to center field off Tom Koehler. Ronny Cedeno, Matt Adams and Rob Johnson also homered for St. Louis.

Koehler didn’t help his effort to make the ball club, failing to get out of the third inning. Koehler allowed four runs, seven hits and walked two batters in 2 1-3 innings.

Dorsey hits ground running as Chiefs’ new GM

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March 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

John Dorsey hasn’t wasted any time since he was hired to replace Scott Pioli as the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, making a series of bold moves to shore up the roster. Dorsey said in a phone interview with The Associated Press late Wednesday that the decision to sign wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt to long-term deals, and place the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert, are all part of a plan he set out upon his arrival.

The Chiefs have also traded for San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith and restructured the contract of defensive lineman Tyson Jackson, though Dorsey could not comment on either of the moves because the new league year doesn’t begin until Tuesday.

Chiefs release right tackle Eric Winston

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March 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs made another move in their roster overhaul under new leadership Wednesday night, releasing right tackle Eric Winston after only one season. The team had not announced the move, but Winston said on Twitter: “Just wanted to confirm that I have been released.” Winston went on to say that although he had a difficult season, “I wouldn’t trade the relationships I made in KC and the overall experience I had for anything.”

Winston signed a four-year, $22 million deal last offseason, but he struggled early in the year and then ran afoul of some fans after he criticized a small percentage for cheering when embattled quarterback Matt Cassel sustained a head injury during a game. Winston would have made $4.9 million in base salary this season. The move saves the Chiefs $6.5 million against the salary cap.