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Iowa State Patrol Offers Football Traffic Tips

News, Sports

August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Des Moines, IOWA – As we approach start of college football season, the Iowa State Patrol urges all fans traveling to and from games across the state to obey the following:

  • Slow down and expect heavy traffic delays.
  • Pay attention and avoid any unnecessary distractions.
  • Be patient if you encounter heavy traffic.
  • Obey all directions given by law enforcement officers.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Buckle up!

Due to the many in-state college rivalries this weekend, more traffic is expected on Saturday.  Some fans will arrive several hours before kickoff, so traffic congestion can be expected several hours prior to and following the conclusion of the games.  Motorists not attending the game are encouraged to find alternate routes.
By following these simple tips, the Iowa State Patrol hopes everyone remains safe while cheering on their favorite team.
For further questions, please call Sergeant Scott Bright at (515) 745-2863.

‘Robot march’ to protest Iowa’s pink locker room

Sports

August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa professor Kembrew McLeod has dressed as a robot to heckle Bill Clinton and Michele Bachmann. Now he’s targeting his own school over its controversial pink visitors’ locker room at Kinnick Stadium. McLeod is organizing what he jokingly calls the “Million Robot March” to protest at an annual event Friday honoring former Iowa coach Hayden Fry, who had the locker room painted pink in 1979.

McLeod is calling for the school to ditch the pink, which he says amounts to a school-sanctioned taunt that exudes homophobia and sexism. He said previous protests haven’t been successful, so he’s taking an absurd approach to draw attention to the issue.

Fry has said pink is calming and meant to make Hawkeyes’ opponents passive, and it has become part of Hawkeyes lore.

KC Chiefs football News (8/28/14)

Sports

August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a tour bus bringing the Kansas City Chiefs to their Wisconsin hotel before Thursday night’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers was involved in an accident. The Outagamie (awt-ah-GAY’-mee) County sheriff’s office says it was escorting the Chiefs’ buses from the airport to the hotel Wednesday afternoon when a vehicle entered the intersection and collided with one of the five buses. Two adults and three children were in the vehicle that struck the bus. One of the children had a minor cut to the head and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. No one on the Chiefs’ bus was hurt. Police are investigating.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The change made by the Kansas City Chiefs a few years ago was subtle — one word, really — yet it ushered a pronounced change in the way the franchise viewed its most important fans. Season-ticket holders became known as “season-ticket members.” Suddenly, the entire paradigm shifted. No longer were Chiefs fans merely customers, buying a ticket, attending a game and then heading home afterward. Rather they began to feel as though they were part of the franchise, just as integral to the success or failure of the team as quarterback Alex Smith, coach Andy Reid or even general manager John Dorsey. And by offering those members exclusive gifts and experiences, the Chiefs have rebuilt their season-ticket rolls at a time when many franchises are having a hard time filling stadiums.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina briefly detained and questioned a man who flew a drone with a camera mounted on it over a stadium during an NFL preseason game. Area news media outlets report that the drone was spotted during the Aug. 17 game between the Carolina Panthers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The Federal Aviation Administration limits aircraft use near major sporting events, and prohibits unmanned aircraft at sites designated as “Class B” venues, which includes Bank of America Stadium.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police department spokesman Rob Tufano did not say what explanation the drone operator gave for using the prohibited aircraft. He said information obtained during questioning was turned over to the FAA, which has jurisdiction in such matters.

Long Davis homer lifts Pirates over Cardinals 3-1

Sports

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ike Davis hit a two-run homer off a speaker above the seats in right-center field, Jeff Locke outpitched Adam Wainwright and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday to close in the NL wild-card race.

Pittsburgh took two of three from the defending NL champions and has won five of seven overall. St. Louis (71-61) leads the NL wild-card race, with San Francisco (69-62) trailing by 1 1/2 games and the Pirates (69-64) one game back of the Giants for the second wild-card berth berth.

Davis hit his 10th homer in the second after Wainwright hit Russell Martin on the left elbow with a pitch that Martin barely tried to avoid. Davis sent an 88 mph pitch clanking off a speaker raised on a pole, about 15 feet above the seats, a drive estimated at about 433 feet. A night earlier, Davis had a pinch-hit, tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning of Pittsbugh’s 5-2 win.

Davis also had an inning-ending lineout that left the bases loaded in the fifth.

Barnstormers move from AFL to IFL

Sports

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Barnstormers have relegated themselves. The Barnstormers announced Wednesday that they’ll be moving from the Arena Football League to the lower-tier Indoor Football League for the 2015 season.

President Jeff Lamberti says the “economic aspects” of the IFL are more fitting for the team in Des Moines, which was among the smallest markets in the AFL. The IFL is largely based in the Midwest and includes teams in nearby Cedar Rapids and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.The Barnstormers competed in the AFL from 1995-2000 before returning to Iowa in 2008 as an af2 franchise.

Iowa rejoined the AFL in 2010 but failed to post a winning record.

Chiefs sign veteran offensive guard Mike McGlynn

Sports

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Chiefs have signed veteran guard Mike McGlynn to help stabilize their shaky offensive line while waiving reserve offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk. McGlynn, who was released by Washington on Tuesday, played for Chiefs coach Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2008-10. He spent one year with the Cincinnati Bengals and the past two seasons with the Indianapolis colts.

The former fourth-round draft pick has started 48 of the 57 games he’s played in the NFL. The Chiefs are in need of a veteran offensive lineman. Right tackle Donald Stephenson is suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. Several other players have been dealing with illness and injury.

Tuesday Volleyball Results

Sports

August 27th, 2014 by Jim Field

(2-0) River Valley 25-25, West Harrison 6-13
(2-0) Urbandale 21-21, Nodaway Valley 8-10
(3-2) Stanton 16-25-22-25-15, Nishnabotna 25-17-25-19-13
(3-0) Moravia 25-25-25, Orient-Macksburg 13-10-16
(3-0) Fremont-Mills 25-25-25, Woodbine 9-4-7

KC Chiefs football News

Sports

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said Tuesday that he has not given any thought to breaking off negotiations on a long-term contract, though that remains a distinct possibility with the start of the regular season just a week away. Smith said earlier in training camp that he wanted to end discussions of a new deal by the time the games count. That happens Sept. 7, when Kansas City opens its season against Tennessee. Smith is in the final year of the three-year contract he signed with San Francisco, and is due to make $8 million this season. His agent has been speaking to the Chiefs for several months, but the two sides have not been close to an agreement.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jamaal Charles has confidence that the Kansas City Chiefs offense will be in synch when the regular season rolls around a week from Sunday. Evidently, so does Andy Reid. The Chiefs’ coach said Tuesday that he is unlikely to play any of his starters in Thursday night’s preseason game in Green Bay. Reid had hinted last week that he may break from his norm and play at least some of them after lackluster performances in their first three preseason games. The Chiefs have struggled to gel while dealing with a rash of injuries and suspensions that could keep several key players off the field in Week 1 against Tennessee.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs waived offensive tackle Ryan McKee and defensive backs Kevin Rutland and Damond Smith on Tuesday to reach the 75-man roster limit. McKee was trying to make a comeback in the NFL after spending last season working as an assistant coach at North Carolina. Rutland and Smith were trying to win jobs at cornerback. The Chiefs had to reach the limit by Tuesday afternoon. They play their final preseason game in Green Bay on Thursday night before final roster cuts are due on Saturday. The Chiefs open their regular season Sept. 7 against Tennessee.

Davis homer in 8th lifts Pirates over Cardinals

Sports

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ike Davis launched a tiebreaking, three-run homer off Seth Maness in the eighth inning Tuesday night, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2. The Pirates won after reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen left in the fifth inning because of discomfort in his left ribs. Recently on the disabled list because of a rib problem, the center fielder ran into the wall earlier in the game.

Davis sent a 2-2 pitch from Maness (5-3) deep over the fence in right-center for his ninth home run of the season and his third as a pinch-hitter. Tony Watson (9-1) couldn’t protect an early lead after six-plus dominant innings by starter Gerrit Cole, but picked up the win. Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his 23rd save.

Experienced Hawkeyes full of optimism

Sports

August 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s biggest concern could be at kicker. And punter. Iowa opens on Saturday against Northern Iowa with a remarkably settled depth chart. Aside from the kicking game and a bit of jostling at linebacker, the Hawkeyes already know exactly who they’ll be counting on in 2014.

Marshall Koehn will open the season as Iowa’s kicker, and junior college transfer Dillon Kidd will start at punter. As long as Iowa stays healthy, it appears to have enough depth and experience to contend for the Big Ten West title.