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Chiefs begin picking up pieces after heartache

Sports

December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs returned to work Monday at their practice facility near Arrowhead Stadium, trying to find a sense of normalcy. It was difficult to do. The locker that once belonged to Jovan Belcher, the linebacker who killed his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself Saturday, still had all his belongings hanging in it. Coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli had to walk past the place in the parking lot where Belcher killed himself. Teammates gathered in meetings and to watch film and couldn’t help but notice the empty seat. Crennel said that “time heals all wounds,” and the Chiefs are hopeful the healing has begun.

HSBB: Atlantic at Glenwood Boys 11-30-2012

Podcasts, Sports

December 3rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

Jim Field and Chris Parks have the call of the game played at Glenwood High School.

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Yellow caution tape outside NFL shooter’s NY home

Sports

December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) – Family members have put yellow caution tape across the front of the Long Island house where Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher grew up.  Four signs hanging from the tape on Monday said: “Private property. No trespassing.”  Some relatives and friends paused to look at a shrine that has been in front of the West Babylon, N.Y., house since Saturday.

It includes his football jerseys from high school, college and the NFL. His high school varsity jacket is also there, along with trophies, photos and balloons.  Investigators in Kansas City continue to search for a motive to help explain why Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself on Saturday.

8AM Sportscast 12-03-2012

Podcasts, Sports

December 3rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field

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Tulsa, Iowa State will meet in Liberty Bowl

Sports

December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Conference USA champion Tulsa will get another shot at Iowa State when the teams meet in the Liberty Bowl. The Cyclones accepted the bid to the Dec. 31 game on Sunday. Tulsa (10-3) earned its Liberty Bowl bid Saturday by defeating UCF 33-27 in overtime. Iowa State (6-6) won four of its first five games this season, but the Cyclones have gone 2-5 since. The Cyclones will be playing in the Liberty Bowl for the first time since 1972, when they lost 31-30 to Georgia Tech.

When the teams met back on Sept. 1, Iowa State beat Tulsa 38-23 in Ames. The Cyclones’ Steele Jantz threw two touchdown passes and Shontrelle Johnson rushed for 120 yards.

‘Normal couple stuff’ before Chiefs murder-suicide

Sports

December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — As investigators search for a motive to help explain why Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself, a discordant picture of the couple began to emerge. A friend of Belcher’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, said they had lived apart briefly earlier in the year but had gotten back together by Thanksgiving. Brianne York said Sunday the couple argued about “normal couple stuff” but that her friend was “really happy about being a mom.” York thought there was some mistake when she learned Belcher had killed Perkins at the couple’s home Saturday.

Police said Belcher then drove to Arrowhead Stadium, where he thanked his coach and fatally shot himself. Belcher and Perkins had a 3-month-old daughter, Zoey. Police didn’t release any additional information Sunday.

Smith sells Gold Gloves for $519,203

Sports

December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Ozzie Smith turned gold into cash. The Hall of Fame shortstop sold his 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1980-92 for $519,203, SCP Auctions said Sunday. The price includes a 20 percent commission, known as a buyer’s premium.

Two pairs of Muhammad Ali boxing gloves used during fights each sold for $385,848. They were used against Sonny Liston on Feb. 25, 1964, and for his first bout against Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971. A Babe Ruth team sweater from around 1922 sold for $250,642, Oscar Robertson’s NBA MVP Award from 1963-64 for $177,632 and a Robertson 1960 U.S. Olympic team jersey for $121,324. Paul Hornung’s 1956 Heisman Trophy sold for $173,102. A Lou Gehrig game-used bat from 1938 or ’39 sold for $75,205 — the same price as a 1966 Green Bay Super Bowl ring presented to Steve Wright.

SCP said the winning bidders wanted to remain anonymous.

Chiefs owner Hunt: ‘So many people are hurting’

Sports

December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt offered sympathy Sunday to the families affected by the murder-suicide involving one of his players, calling it “an incredibly difficult 24 hours for our family.” Hunt spoke to The Associated Press on the field before the Chiefs’ game against the Carolina Panthers. He said the Chiefs consulted with the league about whether to play the game as scheduled, but ultimately left it up to coach Romeo Crennel and the team captains to decide.

Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli were in the parking lot of the Chiefs’ practice facility Saturday morning when linebacker Jovan Belcher shot himself in the head. Belcher had shot his girlfriend multiple times at a nearby residence just minutes earlier. Hunt said Pioli called him from the parking lot immediately after the shooting, and said that Sunday’s game would be “incredibly difficult for them.”

Costas advocates for gun control at halftime

Sports

December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — NBC broadcaster Bob Costas used his halftime segment on “Sunday Night Football” to advocate for gun control following this weekend’s murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, causing an immediate debate on social media. In a segment about 90 seconds long, Costas paraphrased and quoted extensively from a piece by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock.

After praising the column, Costas said: “In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”

Belcher shot and killed Perkins, the mother of his 3-month-old daughter, on Saturday morning, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in the parking lot of the team’s practice facility.

The online reaction to Costas’ segment was swift, with many people criticizing the broadcaster for expressing his personal views on a program meant for entertainment.

5 hunters wounded while shotgun deer hunting Sunday in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

At least five hunters were wounded during separate shooting incidents during the second day of the shotgun deer hunting season, in Iowa. Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say a Red Oak man was injured at around 8:30-a.m. Sunday, while hunting deer west of Indianola. 58-year old Miles Sagen was hit in the shoulder/upper chest area by a deer slug fired at a running deer by some else in his nine-member hunting party. The slug traveled approximately 144 yards before striking Sagen. Dense fog in the area is believed to have played a role in the incident. Visibility at the time was limited to about 100-yards.

A Halbur woman was injured during another hunting accident in Crawford County. 32-year old Stacy Wiltfang, was hunting with one other person north of Arion at approximately 3 p.m.  While she was sitting, a bullet from a high-powered small caliber rifle penetrated her boot, but did not penetrate her foot. She was treated at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, and released.

A Cedar Rapids man was injured Sunday afternoon, after his gun discharged while deer hunting in Iowa County. 46-year-old Steven Thompson was hunting about two miles east of Victor, when his shotgun accidentally fired, striking one of his big toes. He was treated in Marengo before being transferred to the University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

A rural Mason City man was hospitalized Sunday after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the foot while deer hunting in Floyd County. 29-year old Jeffrey Esser was wounded around 4 p.m. Sunday while hunting in heavy brush southeast of Nora Springs.  The DNR says Esser’s 12-gauge shotgun accidentally fired, hitting him in the right foot. He was taken to North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, where he underwent surgery Sunday evening.

And, 48-year-old Clint Morgan, of Saucier, Miss., was wounded around noon Sunday southwest of Blakesburg, in Monroe County. Morgan was struck in the elbow by a slug fired by another member of his seven-member hunting party. Morgan was taken to a Des Moines hospital for treatment.

Each of the incidents are under investigation. None of the injuries were believed to be life threatening. The DNR estimated more than 100,000 hunters took to the field in pursuit of deer this weekend. So far this year, there have been at least 11 personal injury hunting-related incidents reported to the DNR.