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Chiefs, Saints piling up big yards in defeats

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September 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs and Saints have more in common than their 0-2 starts: Both have offenses ranked in the top 5 of the NFL heading into their Week 3 game at the Superdome. Most of the offense has been wasted, though, or come when the outcome is already decided. The Chiefs have been spanked by Atlanta and Buffalo to start the year, while New Orleans has had to play from behind in games against Washington and Carolina. So while Saints quarterback Drew Brees has put up some decent numbers, and Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has made some nice grabs, it’s mostly been for nothing. Perhaps something will give when the teams meet Sunday.

Beltran big in pinch as Cards sweep Astros at home

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September 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pinch hitter Carlos Beltran snapped a sixth-inning tie with a two-run double and Allen Craig hit a three-run home run, powering the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 victory Thursday that completed a season sweep at home over the Houston Astros. Beltran’s double put St. Louis up 5-3, rewarding Jaime Garcia (5-7) for keeping it close and putting the Cardinals 2½ games up for the second NL wild card with 12 games remaining. They took care of business against the lowly Astros, who absorbed their 102nd loss. The Cardinals were 6-0 at home against Houston, their first season series sweep in St. Louis since 1996. Bud Norris (5-13) allowed five runs on five hits and five walks in 5 1-3 innings for Houston.

2012 FIFTH Iowa High School Volleyball Rankings

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September 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

Class 1-A

School
Record
LW
1
Grundy Center
17-2
1
2
Holy Trinity Catholic
21-0
2
3
Janesville
14-3
3
4
Tripoli
16-3
4
5
Central Lyon
16-5
6
6
Stanton
15-1
7
7
LeMars Gehlen Catholic
13-6
8
8
Bellevue Marquette Catholic
17-3
5
9
Preston
20-4
12
10
West Bend Mallard
18-2
13
11
Bedford
11-6
15
12
East Union
15-4
9
13
Lisbon
15-6
10
14
Grandview Park Baptist
10-2
14
15
Winfield-Mount Union
11-4
NR
 Dropped Out: New London (11)
Class 2-A
School
Record
LW
1
Dike-New Hartford
19-0
1
2
Western Christian
18-2
2
3
West Branch
16-1
3
4
Council Bluffs St. Albert
19-4
4
5
Treynor
19-4
5
6
Kuemper Catholic
16-3
6
7
Ridge View
16-2
8
8
Lake Mills
22-0
11
9
Woodward-Granger
12-3
7
10
Hinton
16-2
9
11
Durant
12-4
10
12
Denver
21-4
12
13
Eddyville-Blakesburg
19-3
14
14
Sumner-Fredericksburg
8-4
13
15
Des Moines Christian
14-4
NR
 Dropped Out: Edgewood-Colesburg (15)
Class 3-A
School
Record
LW
1
Mediapolis
14-0
1
2
Davenport Assumption
12-2
2
3
West Liberty
10-2
5
4
Sioux Center
13-5
6
5
MOC-Floyd Valley
17-5
7
6
Nevada
16-7
3
7
Mount Vernon
14-2
4
8
Unity Christian
13-4
8
9
Union
18-4
9
10
ADM
15-2
11
11
East Sac
20-4
12
12
Cascade
12-5
10
13
Red Oak
10-3
13
14
Clarinda
13-7
14
15
Dyersville Beckman Catholic
13-8
15
 Dropped Out: None
Class 4-A
School
Record
LW
1
Sioux City Bishop Heelan
15-4
1
2
Charles City
12-0
2
3
Harlan
16-3
4
4
Waverly-Shell Rock
20-3
5
5
North Scott
17-4
3
6
West Delaware
19-3
6
7
Solon
15-3
8
8
Cedar Rapids Xavier
12-6
7
9
Maquoketa
9-3
10
10
Fairfield
13-2
9
11
Dubuque Wahlert Catholic
8-6
11
12
LeMars
8-4
12
13
Grinnell
12-3
15
14
Lewis Central
9-5
14
15
Clear Creek-Amana
10-5
NR
 Dropped Out: Webster City (13)
Class 5-A
School
Record
LW
1
Iowa City High
15-3
1
2
Dubuque Hempstead
13-2
2
3
Ankeny
12-3
3
4
Pleasant Valley
13-1
4
5
Urbandale
15-2
6
6
Dowling Catholic
20-5
7
7
Southeast Polk
15-3
8
8
Bettendorf
11-6
5
9
Clinton
15-6
NR
10
Cedar Falls
11-6
9
 Dropped Out: Ames (10)

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Freese, Molina power Cards to 5-0 win over Astros

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September 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Freese and Yadier Molina both connected for their 20th home run of the season, and Lance Lynn threw 6 1-3 shutout innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. The Cardinals, who have won seven straight against Houston, moved two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the second wild card spot in the National League. Milwaukee is 2 1-2 games back. St. Louis has won three in a row for the first time since a four-game streak from Aug. 21-24. The Cardinals have five players with at least 20 homers for the first time in franchise history. Carlos Beltran (29), Matt Holliday (27) and Allen Craig (21) already hit the milestone.

LBs Knott, Klein lead revitalized Iowa St defense

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September 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State’s program has come to be defined by the fiery, passionate persona of coach Paul Rhoads. The on-field identity of the Cyclones has been forged by seniors Jake Knott and A.J. Klein, a pair of once-overlooked linebackers who’ve blossomed into one of the top defensive duos in the country. The Cyclones are off to their second straight 3-0 start behind a defense that’s been better than most expected. They’re 13th in the nation in scoring defense at 10.7 points allowed per game and they haven’t allowed a touchdown in two weeks. The performance of Iowa State’s defense so far has only solidified Knott and Klein’s reputation as program changers.

Chiefs coach Crennel trying to juggle duties

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September 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It’s only two weeks into the season and already Romeo Crennel is answering questions about whether he can handle the Chiefs’ head coaching duties along with being defensive coordinator. Crennel was elevated from defensive coordinator to interim coach when Todd Haley was fired last year, and took over the job on a full-time basis this season. But rather than hire a new coach to coordinate the defense, Crennel has chosen to handle both jobs himself. The results haven’t been good so far. Kansas City was routed by Atlanta and Buffalo, and now heads to New Orleans for a Sunday showdown between winless teams. Crennel says he’s not considering whether to give up the coordinator job.

Iowa St.’s Palo pleads not guilty to abuse charge

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September 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Suspended Iowa State basketball player Bubu Palo has pleaded not guilty to one charge of sexual abuse. Palo was suspended Sept. 7 after being charged with sexually abusing a woman he was driving home earlier this year. Online court records say Palo’s attorney, Matthew Boles, filed a written plea of not guilty on Tuesday. Palo and another man, 21-year-old Spencer Cruise, of Ames, were charged with second-degree sexual abuse. The criminal complaint says the men offered to give a woman a ride home on May 18, but instead drove her to a home owned by Cruise’s family and “committed a sex act by force against the victim’s will.” Online records show that Cruise hasn’t entered a plea. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg has suspended Palo, a reserve guard.

Banged-up Chiefs force changes to practice

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September 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – It’s only Week 3 and already the Kansas City Chiefs are so banged up they’re altering their practice schedule.  The Chiefs were planning to practice in pads Wednesday, but coach Romeo Crennel said he would push that back by a day to give a lengthy list of players an extra day to heal.  Tight ends Kevin Boss and Jake O’Connell and offensive lineman Ryan Lilja are being held out of practice entirely. Dexter McCluster, Steve Breaston, Anthony Toribio, Allen Bailey, Kendrick Lewis and Jalil Brown will all be limited in practice.  Running back Jamaal Charles was expected to practice fully after dinging his reconstructed left knee in Sunday’s 35-17 loss to Buffalo. He only carried six times for three yards in the game.  The Chiefs visit New Orleans on Sunday.

Cardinals agree to Class A deal with Peoria

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September 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals say the Peoria Chiefs will be their new full-season Class A minor league affiliate through 2016.  The announcement appears to confirm earlier reports that the Chicago Cubs plan to end their affiliation with Peoria. Cardinals Senior General Manager John Mozeliak said in a statement Wednesday that the deal with the Chiefs will give St. Louis better presence in an area with many Cardinals fans.

The Chiefs were a Cardinals minor league affiliate from 1995-2004 and for several years in the 1950s. Yadier Molina is among a handful of current Cardinals who played in Peoria.  News reports last month indicated the Cubs were ending their relationship with the Chiefs and working on an agreement with the Kane County Cougars. Neither team has confirmed those reports.