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Wainright Key as Cards Top Braves Friday


August 24th, 2013 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Adam Wainwright earned his NL-leading 15th win with his fifth complete game and had a key sacrifice fly to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

Matt Holliday’s 432-foot home run off Kris Medlen (10-12) snapped a sixth-inning tie for St. Louis, which took the first two games of a four-game set against the NL East leaders.

Having already thrown 101 pitches, Wainwright was allowed to bat with the one out and the bases loaded in the seventh inning and hit a long sacrifice fly off Scott Downs for his third RBI of the season to make it 3-1. He then retired the side in order in the eighth.

Iowa tabs Jake Rudock as QB


August 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa sophomore Jake Rudock will be the starting quarterback for the season opener against Northern Illinois on Aug. 31. The announcement was made on Friday. Rudock was the backup to James Vandenberg in 2012, though he never took a snap for the Hawkeyes.

Rudock, from Weston, Fla., played for St. Thomas Aquinas High — winning 31 games and three state titles as the starter. He takes over a passing game that threw just seven TD tosses last season and ranked 104th nationally in yards.

C.J. Beathard and Cody Sokol will serve as Rudock’s backups.

Cardinals Place Westbrook on DL


August 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS, MO., August 23, 2013 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have placed right-handed pitcher Jake Westbrook (lower back strain) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 22, and recalled right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez from Memphis (AAA).

Martinez, who made his first Major League start on August 8 vs. the Dodgers, is 0-1 in 11 games (one start) for the Cardinals.  The 21-year-old rookie has fanned 13 batters in his 16.0 innings pitched for St. Louis.  Martinez has compiled a 5-3 mark with a 2.66 ERA in his 12 games started at Memphis.  His most recent start for the triple-A Redbirds came last Sunday (August 18) vs. Omaha when he struck out six in 4.0 innings.

Martinez wears uniform # 62.

8AM Sportscast 08-23-2013

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August 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Cards Minor Leaguer Gonzalez Suspended 50 Games


August 23rd, 2013 by Jim Field

NEW YORK (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Yoenny Gonzalez has been suspended for 50 games for an unspecified violation of baseball’s minor league drug program.

The 21-year-old, selected from Central Florida Community College in the eighth round of the 2012 amateur draft, was hitting .192 with no homers and 10 RBIs in 104 at-bats this season with Johnson City of the rookie level Appalachian League.

The suspension was announced Thursday. It’s the 39th this year under the minor league program.

Kelly Pitches Cardinals to 6-2 Win over Braves


August 23rd, 2013 by Jim Field

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joe Kelly pitched six effective innings, Matt Holliday broke out of a slump with two doubles and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Thursday night.

David Freese drove in two runs as St. Louis won for the fifth time in six games.

The Braves played without Jason Heyward, who is out with a broken right jaw after he was beaned during Wednesday’s 4-1 win at the New York Mets. The outfielder had surgery on Thursday in Atlanta.

Justin Upton hit his 24th homer, but the Braves lost for the second time in three games at the start of a six-game trip. Atlanta had won eight of its last nine regular-season games against St. Louis.

2013 High School Football Schedule – Week 0, August 23


August 23rd, 2013 by Jim Field

Eight Man, District 6

  • CAM @ Adair-Casey (live on KJAN AM 1220/FM101.1, www.kjan.com, KJAN TV – 6:30 pre-game)
  • Grandview Park Baptist @ Coon Rapids-Bayard
  • Glidden-Ralston @ Murray
  • Mormon Trail @ Seymour
  • Colo-Nesco @ Melcher-Dallas
  • Lenox at East Union

Eight Man, District 7

  • Heartland Christian @ Ankeny Christian
  • Boyer Valley at Kingsley-Pierson
  • Fremont-Mills at West Harrison
  • Sidney at Ar-We-Va

Eight Man, District 8

  • Stanton @ Nishnabotna
  • Essex/South Page @ Twin Cedars
  • Southwest Valley at Tri-County

Iowa Hires Bjorkgren as Head Coach


August 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Energy of the NBA’s D-League has named Nate Bjorkgren as its new coach.

Bjorkgren, a native of Storm Lake, Iowa, spent the past two seasons as the coach of Golden State’s D-League affiliate and went 61-39 in the regular season.

Bjorkgren got his start in the league as Nick Nurse’s assistant with Iowa in 2007. Bjorkgren was named the Energy’s coach in waiting in 2011 before leaving for Golden State’s affiliate in North Dakota.

Bjorkgren graduated from Buena Vista University in 1998.

New-look Chiefs Still Learning to Communicate


August 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith might as well have been playing Paul Newman’s part from the seminal 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke” after the Kansas City Chiefs struggled in a preseason loss to San Francisco.

You know the line where Newman says, “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

Smith and his wide receivers weren’t on the same page. The offensive line might just as well have been speaking another language given the seven sacks they allowed. The entire unit never put together a sustained drive, the Chiefs’ lone touchdown coming on special teams.

Coach Andy Reid says that the communication issues remain a work in progress. The next benchmark to judge that progress comes in preseason game No. 3 on Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

49ers Sign Quarterback Wallace to one-year Deal


August 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have added another quarterback to the competition to be Colin Kaepernick’s backup, signing nine-year veteran and former Iowa State star Seneca Wallace to a one-year contract Thursday.

While Colt McCoy had appeared to be the favorite to win the No. 2 job coming into training camp, neither he nor Scott Tolzien have separated themselves. Even rookie B.J. Daniels has been deemed a contender, though clearly Wallace now will get a chance with little time to prepare before the Sept. 8 season opener against Green Bay.

Wallace, who was competing with Luke McCown to back up Drew Brees in New Orleans, had his contract terminated by the Saints on Monday.

San Francisco waived wideout Ricardo Lockette, who worked out with Kaepernick in Atlanta for a stretch this offseason along with departed A.J. Jenkins.