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Purses lure elite athletes to Drake Relays

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April 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Drake Relays begin this week with best field in recent memory. The annual Iowa meet and new sponsor Hy-Vee, a grocery store chain, came up with the idea of staging as many rematches of the 2012 London Games as possible to better compete with the more prestigious Penn Relays.

The lure of a $50,000 purse for elite invitational races and $25,000 for special field events has drawn 19 medalists from the London Olympics to Des Moines, including the gold, silver and bronze medalists from the 110-meter hurdles.

The 104th Drake Relays crowns its first winners on Thursday and concludes Sunday. It’s Friday and Saturday that are stacked with events featuring the Olympians.

Heath, Grace take Grand Blue Mile

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April 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Garrett Heath and Kate Grace each set course records in winning the Grand Blue Mile race in downtown Des Moines on Tuesday night.  Heath, a former All-American at Stanford, crossed in 4:02.79 to claim the $5,000 purse and an extra $2,500 for setting a new course mark. Grace, a U.S. Olympic Trials semifinalist, also won $7,500 for her efforts.

Heath topped a field that included 2012 London Olympics 1,500-meter silver medalist Leo Manzano, who finished third. Grace beat two-time race champion Sara Hall by less than a second. The fourth annual Grand Blue Mile was connected to this weekend’s Drake Relays. Many of Tuesday night’s runners are expected to also compete at Drake Stadium.

8AM Sportscast 04-24-2013

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April 24th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Shenandoah Fillie Golf Invitational Results

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April 24th, 2013 by Jim Field

Team Scores:

  1. Clarinda  204
  2. Shenandoah  215
  3. Abraham Lincoln  228
  4. Creston  247
  5. Glenwood  274
  6. East Mills  284
  7. St. Albert  287
  8. Southwest Iowa  293
  9. Red Oak  294
  • Medalist:  Ellie Shane (Clarinda)  47
  • Runner-up:  Samantha Swanson (Clarinda)  47

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Lot of quarterback changes in Big 12 next fall

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April 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

UNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 is facing an identity crisis at quarterback. There will be a lot of new faces next fall. Seven of the league’s 10 teams had senior quarterbacks. Five of them started every game last season. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said Tuesday there’s a “little bit of unknown” until all the new quarterbacks show what they can do for their teams. But he says there’s no lack of talent.

The most experienced Big 12 quarterback is Texas junior David Ash, who has started 18 of his 25 games for the Longhorns. Casey Pachall is back at TCU, where he started 17 of 25 games, including the first four last season before leaving school for substance abuse rehabilitation.

Wainwright leads Cards past Nats 2-0

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April 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Wainwright extended his sterling start to the season — and Washington’s mediocre one — by coming within two outs of his second shutout, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the Nationals 2-0 Tuesday night. The right-hander (4-1) lowered his ERA to 1.93 by going 8 1-3 scoreless innings, allowing only five hits. Edward Mujica got the final two outs for his third save. Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran drove in runs in the fourth off Nationals lefty Ross Detwiler (1-1), who gave up eight hits across six innings.

The Nationals, who led the majors with 98 wins last season and were a popular pick to do well in 2013, lost for the eighth time in their past 11 games to fall to 10-10.

Chiefs hold No. 1 pick in draft for first time

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April 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have been on the clock since the end of last season. The Chiefs went 2-14 to land the No. 1choice in the NFL draft for the first time in franchise history. But there’s no clear-cut player available this year, and certainly no star quarterback such as Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III to make the pick an easy one.

Kansas City is likely going to shore up its offensive line with the selection Thursday night. Most draft experts believe the Chiefs will go with Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher, a pair of left tackles who could protect quarterback Alex Smith. The Chiefs are also open to trading out of the No. 1pick.

3 cities bidding for 2016 US Olympic swim trials

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April 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — USA Swimming will choose between Omaha, Neb., San Antonio and St. Louis as the site for the 2016 Olympic swimming trials. The national governing body says it will announce the host city on Saturday. Omaha has hosted the last two trials, in 2012 and 2008. Last year’s eight-day event was attended by more than 164,000 fans and the meet was broadcast live in prime time on network television. Two temporary pools were built inside the CenturyLink Center for the event.

In 2004, the trials were held in Long Beach, Calif., the first time they were held outdoors in temporary pools. In January, USA Swimming said six cities were bidding to host the trials. Former host Indianapolis, along with Greensboro, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla., were eliminated after an evaluation team from USA Swimming, along with an outside member of the group’s board, visited each location.

Tuesday, April 23rd Local Sports Cancellations

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April 23rd, 2013 by Jim Field

  • Kuemper Catholic @ Atlantic Girls Golf today has been postponed to May 2. (4/23)
  • Mount Ayr Boys Track Meet today has been postponed. (4/23)
  • East Mills Coed Track Meet today has been cancelled. (4/23)
  • Abraham Lincoln Boys Tennis Meet today has been postponed until tomorrow. (4/23)
  • Corning vs. Mount Ayr Boys/Girls Golf today is cancelled. (4/23)
  • East Union Junior High Track Meet today is cancelled. (4/23)
  • Atlantic vs. Audubon Boys/Girls Tennis today is cancelled. (4/23)
  • Shenandoah Middle School Track Meet today is postponed to May 2. (4/23)
  • Villisca vs. Bedford Boys/Girls Golf today is postponed. (4/23)
  • Audubon Wheeler Coed Track Meet today is cancelled. (4/23)
  • Audubon @ Missouri Valley Boys/Girls Golf today is cancelled. (4/23)

8AM Sportscast 04-23-2013

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April 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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