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Cards Minor Leaguer Gonzalez Suspended 50 Games


August 23rd, 2013 by Jim Field

NEW YORK (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Yoenny Gonzalez has been suspended for 50 games for an unspecified violation of baseball’s minor league drug program.

The 21-year-old, selected from Central Florida Community College in the eighth round of the 2012 amateur draft, was hitting .192 with no homers and 10 RBIs in 104 at-bats this season with Johnson City of the rookie level Appalachian League.

The suspension was announced Thursday. It’s the 39th this year under the minor league program.

Kelly Pitches Cardinals to 6-2 Win over Braves


August 23rd, 2013 by Jim Field

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joe Kelly pitched six effective innings, Matt Holliday broke out of a slump with two doubles and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Thursday night.

David Freese drove in two runs as St. Louis won for the fifth time in six games.

The Braves played without Jason Heyward, who is out with a broken right jaw after he was beaned during Wednesday’s 4-1 win at the New York Mets. The outfielder had surgery on Thursday in Atlanta.

Justin Upton hit his 24th homer, but the Braves lost for the second time in three games at the start of a six-game trip. Atlanta had won eight of its last nine regular-season games against St. Louis.

2013 High School Football Schedule – Week 0, August 23


August 23rd, 2013 by Jim Field

Eight Man, District 6

  • CAM @ Adair-Casey (live on KJAN AM 1220/FM101.1, www.kjan.com, KJAN TV – 6:30 pre-game)
  • Grandview Park Baptist @ Coon Rapids-Bayard
  • Glidden-Ralston @ Murray
  • Mormon Trail @ Seymour
  • Colo-Nesco @ Melcher-Dallas
  • Lenox at East Union

Eight Man, District 7

  • Heartland Christian @ Ankeny Christian
  • Boyer Valley at Kingsley-Pierson
  • Fremont-Mills at West Harrison
  • Sidney at Ar-We-Va

Eight Man, District 8

  • Stanton @ Nishnabotna
  • Essex/South Page @ Twin Cedars
  • Southwest Valley at Tri-County

Iowa Hires Bjorkgren as Head Coach


August 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Energy of the NBA’s D-League has named Nate Bjorkgren as its new coach.

Bjorkgren, a native of Storm Lake, Iowa, spent the past two seasons as the coach of Golden State’s D-League affiliate and went 61-39 in the regular season.

Bjorkgren got his start in the league as Nick Nurse’s assistant with Iowa in 2007. Bjorkgren was named the Energy’s coach in waiting in 2011 before leaving for Golden State’s affiliate in North Dakota.

Bjorkgren graduated from Buena Vista University in 1998.

New-look Chiefs Still Learning to Communicate


August 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith might as well have been playing Paul Newman’s part from the seminal 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke” after the Kansas City Chiefs struggled in a preseason loss to San Francisco.

You know the line where Newman says, “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

Smith and his wide receivers weren’t on the same page. The offensive line might just as well have been speaking another language given the seven sacks they allowed. The entire unit never put together a sustained drive, the Chiefs’ lone touchdown coming on special teams.

Coach Andy Reid says that the communication issues remain a work in progress. The next benchmark to judge that progress comes in preseason game No. 3 on Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

49ers Sign Quarterback Wallace to one-year Deal


August 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have added another quarterback to the competition to be Colin Kaepernick’s backup, signing nine-year veteran and former Iowa State star Seneca Wallace to a one-year contract Thursday.

While Colt McCoy had appeared to be the favorite to win the No. 2 job coming into training camp, neither he nor Scott Tolzien have separated themselves. Even rookie B.J. Daniels has been deemed a contender, though clearly Wallace now will get a chance with little time to prepare before the Sept. 8 season opener against Green Bay.

Wallace, who was competing with Luke McCown to back up Drew Brees in New Orleans, had his contract terminated by the Saints on Monday.

San Francisco waived wideout Ricardo Lockette, who worked out with Kaepernick in Atlanta for a stretch this offseason along with departed A.J. Jenkins.

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August 22nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Cardinals Voice Shannon Recovering from Heart Surgery


August 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Shannon, the former St. Louis Cardinals third baseman who has been a broadcaster for the team for more than 40 years, is recovering after heart surgery.

The Cardinals said Wednesday that the 74-year-old Shannon is resting comfortably. The team says he had successful surgery Monday to replace his aorta valve.

Shannon, in a statement through the team, thanked well-wishers and said he expects to return to the broadcast booth before the end of the regular season.

Shannon played on three World Series teams during a nine-year career from 1962 to 1970, all with St. Louis. He hit .255 with 68 homers for his career.

He joined the radio broadcast starting in 1972, paired for many years with Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck.

Chiefs Star Bowe has Refreshed Outlook on Life


August 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has a new contract, a new coach and a new quarterback, and with all of that a new sense of happiness when he steps on the field.

Bowe says he’s “blessed to be alive,” and that’s clear in his demeanor.

Once a moody wide receiver with a less-than-sparkling reputation, Bowe can be caught dancing around during lulls in practice and spending every extra second afterward signing autographs.

He says that he’s “just trying to let loose and be joyful,” and he thinks that may help him have one of his best seasons.

He’s in the first year of his new five-year deal, and with quarterback Alex Smith throwing him the ball, is certain that he’ll once again be among the league’s best wide receivers.

Beltran, Craig Homer to Lift Cards over Brewers


August 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig hit towering home runs in St. Louis’ six-run second inning, and the Cardinals held off the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6 on Wednesday.

Matt Holliday also homered and Shane Robinson had three hits for the Cardinals, who are slightly behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central race.

After taking a one-run lead in the first inning on a double by Craig, the Cardinals went ahead 7-0 in the second off Brewers starter Tom Gorzelanny (3-5). Starting pitcher Jake Westbrook hit a bases-loaded double into the left-center field gap that scored two runs. He entered the game hitting only .167 with two RBIs this season.

Following Matt Carpenter’s sacrifice fly, Beltran launched a two-run shot that caromed off the center-field scoreboard. With two out, Craig hit a solo homer to right-center.