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Jefferson, IA, Athletic Equipment Supplier Under Disciplinary Investigation

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March 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Gymnastics world governing body FIG has opened a disciplinary case against United States equipment supplier American Athletic Inc. over landing mats it provided for the American Cup in New York earlier this month. The FIG says the mats “have no valid FIG certification and … are incongruent” with its specifications. The March 3 event at Madison Square Garden was part of the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup series. The FIG says it has appointed officials from Belgium, Switzerland and Tunisia to judge the case. AAI, which is based in Jefferson, Iowa, says on it website that it supplied gymnastics equipment to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Minnesota Beats Northern Iowa 88-74 to Win WBI Championship

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March 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rachel Banham scored 26 points to lead Minnesota to an 88-74 comeback victory over Northern Iowa in the Women’s Basketball Invitational Championship on Sunday. Minnesota trailed by as many as 13 points early in the second half, but Banham scored 17 of her 26 points in the final 20 minutes to spark a 52-25 run. She was one of five Golden Gophers to score in double-figures. Minnesota (19-17) concluded the season with a season-best four-game winning streak in front of a home crowd at Williams Arena and posted its first winning season since 2008-09.  K.K. Armstrong led three Panthers (19-15) in in double figures with 15 points. The WBI is a tournament for teams that didn’t get one of the 128 spots in either the NCAA or WNIT tournaments.

Cards Beat Twins Sunday 9-2 in 57-Minute Rain-Delayed Game

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March 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – Kyle Lohse allowed two runs and five hits in six innings and Matt Holliday homered as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Minnesota Twins 9-2 on Sunday.  Lohse, who is projected to start the Cardinals’ opener, struck out six and walked one.  Minnesota pitcher Nick Blackburn retired the first 10 batters he faced before Carlos Beltran’s one-out bloop single fell barely inside the left-field line.  Holliday reached out and pulled the next pitch, a change-up, over the left-field wall, putting the Cardinals up 2-1.  Luke Hughes homered for the Twins off Lohse.     Shane Robinson and Jon Jay added home runs for the Cardinals.

7AM Sportscast 3-24-12

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March 24th, 2012 by admin

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Wainwright throws 5 sharp innings, Cards top Miami 2-1 Friday

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March 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched five shutout innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Miami 2-1 on Friday, overcoming Jose Reyes’ first home run for the Marlins. Wainwright, who missed last season following elbow surgery, allowed three hits and struck out five. He has given up just an unearned run in 14 innings this spring. Marlins starter Carlos Zambrano looked rusty, allowing two runs and five hits, including three doubles, in 4 1-3 innings. He walked four and struck out one. The Cardinals announced that ace Chris Carpenter has nerve irritation that has led to weakness in his pitching shoulder. There is no timetable yet for his return to the mound. The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner was evaluated in St. Louis this week.

Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter out indefinitely

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March 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Chris Carpenter has nerve irritation that has caused weakness in his pitching shoulder and the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace will be sidelined indefinitely. The Cardinals made the announcement Friday, after Carpenter was evaluated in St. Louis this week. The team says there is no new nerve injury and the cervical disc injury that occurred earlier in spring training is a “non-issue.” The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner is expected back in camp by Monday, but there is no timetable for his return to the mound. Carpenter, who turns 37 next month, pitched the Cardinals to World Series championships in 2006 and 2011. The right-hander was 11-9 with a 3.45 ERA last year, leading the NL in innings (237 1-3) and starts (34). He threw 36 more innings in the postseason, going 4-0 with a 3.25 ERA in six starts.

Powerhouse Lady Vols to Face Unheralded Kansas in Des Moines

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March 23rd, 2012 by Jim Field

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pat Summitt and her Tennessee Lady Vols’ NCAA tournament history is staggering. For Kansas, it’s spotty at best.

Yet the Lady Vols don’t think the Jayhawks will be weighed down by all those suggesting they’re in for a short stay in Des Moines.

Saturday’s regional semifinals between powerhouse Tennessee (26-8) and unheralded Kansas (21-12) looks like a classic mismatch.

The 11th-seeded Jayhawks are in the third round for the first time in 14 years. The second-seeded Lady Vols have made it at least this far every year but one since the tournament’s inception in 1982 and have advanced to the regional finals 24 times.

But Tennessee associate head coach Holly Warlick says the underdog Jayhawks are playing with energy, heart and confidence.

Railey, Sledge to Leave Cyclone Hoops Team

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March 23rd, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa- Iowa State head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed Friday that sophomore Jordan Railey and freshman Tavon Sledge will transfer.  Both have asked for and been granted their full release to transfer to other schools.

“We certainly appreciate the work and effort Jordan and Tavon have given our program,” Hoiberg said. “It basically boiled down to playing time for both of them. I had great conversations with Jordan and Tavon after the season ended and we mutually agreed that their chances for increased playing time would be at another school. Jordan and Tavon are great kids and we will do everything we can to assist them finding the right fit.”

Railey, a 6-10 center from Beaverton, Ore., appeared in 13 games in 2011-12, averaging 0.5 points and 0.7 rebounds. A native of Spring Valley, N.Y., Sledge played in eight games, averaging 1.0 points.

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March 23rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Fennelly Announces ISU Women’s Hoops Personnel Changes

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March 23rd, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly announced two roster changes Thursday.

Fennelly announced that sophomore guard Kelsey Harris and freshman center Kileah Mays will transfer from the program.

“You never like to have kids leave the program, but change is often good for all involved parties,” Fennelly said. “I wish them all the best in the future.”

Harris played in 58 career games at Iowa State, averaging 12 minutes per contest. The Brea, Calif., native averaged 2.4 points per game. She shot 33 percent from three-point range in her career, connecting on 14 threes as a sophomore.

“I want to thank the coaches and the University for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this program,” Harris said. “I’d especially like to thank the Cyclone fans, they truly are the best fans in the country. I’ve enjoyed my time here, but hope to find somewhere that I can contribute more to the program.”

Mays, a Duncanville, Texas, native, saw action in eight games as a freshman, averaging 1.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.