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Cards manager Mike Matheny to have back surgery


March 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – Cardinals manager Mike Matheny plans to leave the team after Sunday’s spring training game and return to St. Louis for surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his lower back.  Matheny expects to be back at spring training for Thursday’s game against Atlanta in Jupiter. The 42-year-old said early in spring training that the injury probably traces back to his days as a big league catcher from 1994-06.

The ruptured disk sends pain into his right leg, which became severe on Feb. 28 and caused him to skip the next day’s game against Houston at Kissimmee. An epidural injection on March 4 failed to relieve the pain.

Des Moines Register lays out the full RAGBRAI Route

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March 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Des Moines Register, on Sunday, released more details on the 2013 RAGBRAI route, including those cities which the bicyclists will roll through, but not stay overnight. As mentioned earlier, the throngs of bicyclists begin Sunday, July 21st, by dipping their wheels in the Missouri River at Council Bluffs. From there, they will travel through the unincorporated town of Weston, and then on to Underwood, Neola, Minden, Shelby and Tennant. The first day’s leg of the journey ends with an overnight stay in Harlan.

When the bikers roll out Monday morning on their way to Perry, they’ll pass through Kimballton and Hamlin. Between Harlan and Kimballton, the bicyclists have a chance to make a swing through Elk Horn, as part of  “Karras Loop,” which takes them from Highway 44 down M-47 to County Road F-58 and back up to Highway 44.The Karras Loop was named for RAGBRAI Co-founder, John Karras.

Then it’s on to Guthrie Center, Springbrook State Park and Yale, before they roll into Dallas County. The journey ends on Saturday, July 27th, at the Mississippi River in Lee County, near Ft. Madison. The route is just under 407 miles long and the 15th flattest in RAGBRAI history.

Waverly-Shell Rock Beats Harlan for Boys 3A Crown


March 10th, 2013 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Dan Stensland scored 14 points and Waverly-Shell Rock pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Harlan 48-41 Saturday night and win the Class 3A boys state basketball championship.

Klinton Carlson added 13 points and Jake Velky 11 for the Go-Hawks (23-4), who held Harlan without a field goal for 8 1/2 minutes while taking control of the game and claiming its third state title.

Waverly-Shell Rock kept the game at a deliberate pace and it proved to be the right tactic in slowing down a Harlan.

Harlan was seeded eighth in the eight-team field but fought its way into the finals with upsets of top-seeded Vinton-Shellsburg and fifth-seeded MOC-Floyd Valley.

Cyclone Women Move on in Big 12 Tourney


March 10th, 2013 by Chris Parks

DALLAS (AP) – Chelsea Poppens had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Hallie Christofferson added 23 points as Iowa State defeated Kansas 77-62 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament on Saturday night.

Anna Prins scored 14 points for the second-seeded Cyclones (22-7), who play No. 3 Oklahoma, whom beat No. 6 West Virginia 65-64,  in Sunday’s semifinals.

Carolyn Davis had 17 points and Angel Goodrich 15 for the No. 7-seeded Jayhawks (18-13).

Iowa State led 34-26 at the break and used a 26-13 run over a 7:58 stretch of the second half to take permanent control. Prins culminated the surge with a 3-pointer that made the score 71-49 with 6:05 remaining.

Hawkeyes Beat Huskers in Big Ten Regular Season Finale


March 10th, 2013 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Aaron White led a balanced effort with 19 points and Iowa beat Nebraska 74-60 in its regular-season finale on Saturday, finishing at .500 in the Big Ten for the first time in six years.

Freshman Adam Woodbury had 12 points for the Hawkeyes (20-11, 9-9), who clinched the No. 6 seed in next week’s Big Ten tournament.

Iowa, which broke the game open with a 20-2 run midway through the second half, will open conference tourney play against Northwestern on Thursday.

Ray Gallegos had 22 points for Nebraska (14-17, 5-13), which will be the No. 10 seed for the league tournament.

Iowa’s Devyn Marble scored his 1,000th point on Saturday, joining his father Roy Marble as the only father/son duo in Big Ten history to do so.

Cyclones Top Mountaineers in Morgantown


March 10th, 2013 by Chris Parks

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Will Clyburn scored 27 points to lead Iowa State to an 83-74 victory over West Virginia on Saturday in the final regular-season game for both teams.

Clyburn, who also had 10 rebounds, made 8 of 9 free throws in the final 90 seconds as the Cyclones (21-10, 11-7 Big 12 Conference) held off the Mountaineers (13-18, 6-12).

Korie Lucious added 21 points for Iowa State, George Niang notched 14 and Chris Babb 11.

Lucious made 5 of 8 shots from 3-point range for Iowa State, which came in as one of the nation’s leading 3-point-shooting teams. The Cyclones, who are fighting for a berth in the NCAA tournament, made 60.9 percent (14 of 23) from long range and 56.5 percent (26 of 46) overall.

Jabarie Hinds scored 19 points to lead West Virginia (13-18, 6-12), which closed the regular season with a losing record for the first time since 2002-03.

Devyn Marble joins father Roy with 1,000 points


March 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa junior Devyn Marble scored his 1,000th point on Saturday, joining his father Roy Marble as the only father/son duo in Big Ten history to reach that milestone. Devyn Marble broke the mark with a 3-pointer early in the first half of Iowa’s regular-season finale against Nebraska. Devyn Marble, who became the 41st player in Hawkeyes history with at least 1,000 points, entered as the team’s top scorer at 14.4 points per game. Roy Marble remains Iowa’s leading scorer with 2,116 career points from 1986-89.

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March 9th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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UNI Ousted in Arch Madness by Illinois State


March 9th, 2013 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Tyler Brown had 28 points and nine rebounds as Illinois State knocked off Northern Iowa 73-65 in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Friday night.

The sixth-seeded Redbirds (18-14) twice built big leads and held on to beat third-seeded Northern Iowa (18-14) for the first time in three meetings this season.

Jackie Carmichael added 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for Illinois State, which will meet No. 2 seed Wichita State in Saturday’s semifinals.

Northern Iowa got 16 points from Marc Sonnen, 15 from Anthony James and 14 from Jake Koch.

Illinois State led by 15 points in the first half before the Panthers closed the half on a 24-8 run to take a 35-34 at the intermission. In the second half, the Redbirds built a 60-50 lead with 7:03 remaining. Northern Iowa cut it to 62-60 with 4:17 remaining, but Brown then scored six points during an 8-0 run to put the game away.

Creighton Downs Drake in MVC Tourney


March 9th, 2013 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Doug McDermott scored 23 points to become Creighton’s all-time scoring leader and the top-seeded Bluejays defeated Drake 65-53 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

In Saturday’s semifinals, Creighton (25-7) will play No. 5 seed Indiana State, which defeated Evansville 51-50 on Friday.

Will Artino scored 14 points off the bench and Gregory Echenique had 11 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots for Creighton, which enjoyed a 44-26 rebounding edge. Grant Gibbs had eight of the Bluejays’ 11 assists.

McDermott, a junior, now has 2,129 points – 13 more than Rodney Buford, who played for the Bluejays from 1995-99.

Richard Carter scored 14 points and Seth VanDeest scored 13 for the ninth-seeded Bulldogs (15-17). Jordan Clarke had 10 rebounds for Drake, which reached the quarterfinal by beating Bradley on Thursday night.