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Weber State tops Northern Iowa 59-56 in CIT semis, Saturday

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March 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Davion Berry scored 15 points, Scott Bamforth added 14 and Weber State beat Northern Iowa 59-56 to reach the finals of the CollegeInsider DOT com tournament Saturday night.  Bamforth shot 4 of 7 from the 3-point line for the Wildcats (30-6), who will face East Carolina in the CIT title game Tuesday night.

The Wildcats started the game on a 14-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Bamforth. The Panthers opened the second half on a 13-3 run, but UNI went 0 for 8 from the 3-point line to close the game. Berry recorded four straight points with just over 4 minutes left to give the Wildcats the lead for good in Cedar Falls.

Seth Tuttle had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Northern Iowa (22-14), which shot just 17.6 percent from beyond the arc at home.

8AM Sportscast 03-30-2013

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March 30th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Mets’ Wright makes first appearance in 2 weeks

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March 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — David Wright made his first appearance in a big league game since sustaining a rib injury during the World Baseball Classic, going 0 for 3 and playing five innings for the New York Mets in a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Wright was a late scratch from the United States’ game against the Dominican Republic on march 14. He received a cortisone shot in his left side a day later.

Ruben Tejada hit a two-run double and scored on Collin Cowgill’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Cowgill was pinch hitting for Matt Harvey, who gave up three hits in four shutout innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook allowed four runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts in four innings. Center fielder Jon Jay went 2 for 2.

8AM Sportscast 03-29-2013

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March 29th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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MLB Names Annual Award after Van Meter’s Bob Feller

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March 29th, 2013 by Jim Field

CLEVELAND (AP) — Late Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller is being honored by Major League Baseball with an annual award named for him. The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award will be given each year to a major leaguer and Hall of Famer who displays good character, assists those less fortunate, supports U.S. servicemen and women and conducts himself with dignity on and off the field. Feller served in the Navy during World War II, interrupting his baseball career to enlist immediately after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Despite missing four seasons of play, the Van Meter native recorded 266 career victories and led the American League in wins six times and strikeouts seven times.

Chiefs add Childress to coaching staff

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March 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress, reuniting him with Andy Reid. Childress, who spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, will be the Chiefs’ spread game analyst and work on special projects. He spent five years as the Minnesota head coach (2006-10), a stint that included two division titles (2008-09). The team was 12-4 in 2009.

Childress previously spent seven seasons (1999-2005) with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he worked with Reid, the new Chiefs head coach. Childress coached the quarterbacks for the first three years and spent the final four as offensive coordinator. The hire was announced Thursday.

Hoiberg, Cyclones agree on new 10-year deal

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March 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has agreed to a new 10-year, $20 million deal with the Cyclones that will run through 2023. Hoiberg, who just completed his third season with the Cyclones, finalized the contract with Iowa State President Steven Leath and athletic director Jamie Pollard on Thursday night.

Hoiberg, a former star player at Iowa State, has led ISU to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances for the first time in 12 years. The deal is nearly identical to the one that Pollard and football coach Paul Rhoads agreed to before last season.

Cardinals’ Lynn delivers his best start of spring

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March 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Lance Lynn delivered what was easily his best outing of spring training and three relievers made a first-inning run stand up for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday. Lynn allowed only two hits in six innings while striking out five. He retired the final 14 batters he faced. Edward Mujica, Trevor Rosenthal and Mitchell Boggs combined to allow only one hit over the final three innings to seal the victory and ensure that the Cardinals (16-14), who have one Grapefruit League game remaining, will finish with a winning record. Matt Holliday had an RBI single off Justin Nicolino for the game’s only run.

Before the game, Miami president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said center fielder Gorkys Hernandez had not made the club and that reliever Wilson Valdez had been sent to Triple-A New Orleans.

Drake Hires Giacoletti as New Men’s BB Coach

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March 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drake has hired Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti as its new basketball coach. Giacoletti has worked under coach Mark Few for the past six seasons. Gonzaga won five West Coast Conference titles during that time and reached No. 1 late this season.

Giacoletti is perhaps best known for his three-year tenure at Utah. The Utes went 54-40 under Giacoletti, who previously spent four seasons as the head coach at Eastern Washington. Giacoletti replaces Mark Phelps, who was fired two weeks ago after five seasons.

Adam Wainwright, Cardinals finalize $97.5M deal

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March 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – Pitcher Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to $97.5 million, five-year contract covering 2014-18 that raises his guaranteed income to $109.5 million over the next six seasons.  Wainwright had been eligible to become a free agent after the World Series. He gets $12 million this year under his previous deal, and the new agreement announced Thursday pays him $19.5 million in each of the following five years.

A 31-year-old right-hander, Wainwright was 14-13 with a 3.94 ERA last year after missing the Cardinals’ World Series championship season in 2011 because of elbow surgery.  Wainwright was 20-11 with a 2.42 ERA in 2010 and was an NL All-Star. Under Wainwright’s previous contract, he was guaranteed $15 million from 2008-11, and the Cardinals had options for $9 million in 2012 and $12 million in 2013 that had to be exercised or declined simultaneously.