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Iowa teen says he was hit in head with footballs at Bedford H.S.

News, Sports

April 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Iowa are investigating allegations that high school students repeatedly hit one of their classmates in the head with footballs. The teenager and his grandmother filed a lawsuit last week saying the attack in October at Bedford High School in southwest Iowa resulted in severe brain injuries and permanent disabilities.

Iowa Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Jessica Lown said Tuesday that the agency has launched a criminal investigation. An agent will turn over information to a prosecutor, who will decide whether to file charges. The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Des Moines alleges that school administrators didn’t do enough to protect the boy from repeated bullying.

Bedford Community School District Superintendent Joe Drake, who is named in the lawsuit, told the Omaha World-Herald, investigators have informed him that there was no wrongdoing by students or staff. Drake says student safety is a priority and the school investigates all reports of bullying or harassment.

Iowa State seeks 2-year NCAA probation for calls


April 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State University is asking the NCAA to put its athletics department on probation for 2 years as punishment for dozens of improper phone calls made by coaches and administrators between 2008 and 2011.

The university announced today (Tuesday), that it reported what it called inadvertent violations to the NCAA in the fall of 2011. The university says a review of 3 years of telephone and text messages discovered that non-coaching staff members made 55 impermissible phone calls while coaches made 24 improper calls during that timeframe.
Coaches also failed to document 1,405 calls in which they tried to connect with recruits but failed.

The university says coaches have served self-imposed sanctions for violations, including reducing the number of coaches recruiting and the calls they could make in a 4-month period.

Christofferson, Poppens Honored By Associated Press


April 2nd, 2013 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State senior forward Chelsea Poppens and junior forward Hallie Christofferson have been recognized as honorable mention All-Americans by The Associated Press.

Christofferson, a Hamlin, Iowa native, had a breakout season for the Cyclones, leading the team with 15.6 points to go along with 6.7 rebounds per game. Christofferson, one of four players unanimously selected to the All-Big 12 First Team, shot 51.6 percent from the field, 40.1 percent from behind the arc and 86.2 percent from the free-throw line, all of which led the team. She scored in double figures in 28 of 33 games, including 11 games with 20 or more points.

Poppens, who earns the honor for the second-straight year, averaged 13.4 points and a team-best 9.7 rebounds. She posted 10 double-doubles and shot 50.4 percent from the field and 83.7 percent from the charity stripe. The Aplington, Iowa native became just the 14th player in Big 12 history to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in her career. She posted double-figure scoring in 20 games and had 11 games with 10 or more boards.

8AM Sportscast 04-02-2013

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April 2nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Exira Native, NFL Coach Jack Pardee has Died


April 2nd, 2013 by Jim Field

HOUSTON (AP) — Jack Pardee, an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, has died, University of Houston spokesman David Bassity said. Pardee was 76.

Bassity said Monday that Pardee’s son Ted confirmed the death to him.

Pardee’s family announced that he had gall bladder cancer that had spread to other organs and that he had six to nine months to live in November.

Pardee was one of Bear Bryant’s “Junction Boys” at Texas A&M. He was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Iowa plays Maryland in NIT semis tonight


April 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Hawkeyes bid for a spot in the NIT championship game this (Tuesday) evening when they take on Maryland in the second of two semifinal round games. This is the first time an Iowa team has played in New York’s Madison Square Garden for the NIT semifinals. Maryland is 25-12 and advanced to the semifinals after a one point victory at Alabama. The Terrapins have a standout center in seven-one sophomore Alex Len.

Junior guard Roy Devyn Marble has rebounded from a mid-season slump and is averaging just over 25 points per game during the NIT run. He is also connecting on 49 percent of his shots. Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery says the exposure the Hawkeyes have receiver during the tournament run has been good for the program.

Iowa is 24-12 and with a victory would play either Baylor or BYU in Thursday night’s NIT championship game. You can catch the Iowa versus Maryland game tonight, on KJAN. Pre-game coverage begins at 7-p.m., with the tip-off at 8.

Kennedy, D-backs beat Wainwright, Cardinals 6-2


April 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PHOENIX (AP) — Ian Kennedy struck out eight in seven strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks used 15 hits to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 in their season opener Monday night. Kennedy (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits with one walk. St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (0-1) went six innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on 11 hits. He struck out six with no walks.

Arizona’s Gerardo Parra matched his career best with four hits, three of them doubles. Rookie A.J. Pollock was 3 for 4, including a two-run double, and Martin Prado doubled twice with an RBI and two runs scored for the Diamondbacks. Matt Holliday had an RBI double and Daniel Descalso a run-scoring single for St. Louis.

Atlantic Boys Hoops Coach Steve Blazek Resigns


April 1st, 2013 by Jim Field

After 27 years of leading the Atlantic Boys’ Basketball program, Atlantic Head Coach Steve Blazek has resigned his basketball coaching position. Coach Blazek leaves the program with an overall record of 541-271.
Coach Blazek has led the Trojans to seven Hawkeye 10 Conference Championships, including a 3rd place finish in the 2002- 3A State Boys’ Basketball Tournament.

Nearly all Chiefs report for start of offseason


April 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Franchise left tackle Branden Albert was the only player absent as the Kansas City Chiefs gathered Monday for the start of voluntary offseason workouts. Albert would have become a free agent this offseason had he not received the franchise designation from the Chiefs. He signed the contract worth $9.82 million late last month.

The Chiefs mainly spent their first day of workouts in meetings, where coach Andy Reid laid out the groundwork for the offseason program and the coaching staff handed out playbooks, though several players said they already feel a more positive vibe at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City struggled to a 2-14 finish last season.

The Chiefs also announced they’ve re-signed reserve linebacker Edgar Jones and released linebacker Andy Studebaker, who contributed mostly on special teams.

ISU’s Clyburn Invited to Reese’s College All-Star Game


April 1st, 2013 by Jim Field

ATLANTA, Ga. – Iowa State senior Will Clyburn is one of 20 players selected to the 2013 Reese’s College All-Star Game held Friday April 5th at the Final Four in Atlanta Ga. The game is sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Clyburn will get one last chance to play for Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg. Hoiberg was selected as one of the two coaches for the game and Clyburn will compete on Hoiberg’s team.

The Reese’s College All-Star game features 20 of the best senior college basketball players from around the nation. The game will be played at the Georgia Dome in conjunction with the festivities of the 2013 Final Four. Tip time is at 4 p.m. CT.

A native of Detroit, Mich., Clyburn led the Cyclones in scoring (14.9) and ranked second on the team in rebounding (6.8) in 2012-13, helping the Cyclones earn their second-straight NCAA Tournament berth.

Clyburn was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, All-Big 12 Second Team and was an All-District pick by both the USBWA and NABC.

All-Big 12 performers Pierre Jackson (Baylor) and Rodney McGruder (Kansas State) will also compete in the event.

Clyburn is the first Cyclone to participate in the College All-Star game since Jared Homan in 2005.