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Northwest Iowa High School Coach Arrested

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April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AKRON, Iowa (AP) — An assistant wrestling coach at Akron-Westfield High School in northwest Iowa has been arrested on a sexual exploitation charge. Thirty-year-old Chad Utesch, of Ireton, was arrested on Monday at the high school in Akron. The Plymouth County sheriff’s office says Utesch is accused of having several inappropriate contacts with a 17-year-old female student during 2011.

Nebraska Alternate Uniform to Respect Tradition

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April 2nd, 2012 by Jim Field

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska plans to wear an alternate uniform for one home football game this season, though athletic director Tom Osborne says the design won’t diverge much from the Cornhuskers’ traditional look.

Osborne said Monday the design has not been finalized. He couldn’t offer any details other than that the uniforms would be “futuristic” but “not outlandish.”

Osborne said Adidas, the Huskers’ apparel and footwear provider since 1995, proposed changing the color of the helmets. Osborne said the white helmet with the iconic red “N” would not be touched.

A number of colleges have unveiled alternate uniforms in recent seasons, notably Nike-sponsored Oregon. Osborne said the changes are popular with the players and give the uniform maker a chance to sell more apparel to fans.

ISU’s Poppens Named WBCA Honorable Mention All-American

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April 2nd, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State junior forward Chelsea Poppens has been recognized as an honorable mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Last week, Poppens took home the same recognition from The Associated Press.

Poppens, an Aplington, Iowa native, was the only Big 12 player to average a double-double this season. She averaged a career-best 14.2 points and 10.6 rebounds en route to being named one of three unanimous selections to the All-Big 12 first team. Poppens’ 317 rebounds make her just the second Cyclone to grab over 300 in a season. Former Cyclone All-American Angie Welle accomplished the feat in 2001 and 2002.

Poppens led the Big 12 in offensive rebounds, grabbing 4.4 per game, and shot 49.8 percent from the field. She improved from the free-throw line as a junior, shooting 71.3 percent from the charity stripe after entering the season as a 64.1 percent shooter.

8AM Sportscast 04-02-2012

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April 2nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Drake Relays Officials Hope to Break Attendance Mark

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April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Drake Relays are hoping for another attendance record for this month’s event. Single session tickets went on sale last week and associate athletic director Dennis Francois says all-session packages are still available. Reserved adult tickets for all sessions are $85.  An “All American” package, which covers Friday night and Saturday, for $55. A “Gold” package — which has two levels: Day only, Friday and the Saturday session, for $70; and a Friday & Friday night package for $45.  Francois says the ticket packages are designed for different fan bases. He says there is a special price for Thursday’s distance carnival, of $5. Francois says plenty of tickets remain for all sessions but they expect the Saturday afternoon session to sell out for the 47th consecutive year.Francois says there are two ways to order tickets: call the Drake ticket office at 515-271-3647, or online at www.godrakebulldogs.com.  The Drake Relays are April 26th through the 28th.

Cardinals Pull April Fools’ Prank on Wainwright

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April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A lucky fan was about to win a truck, and Adam Wainwright thought it was pretty cool. Until the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher realized it was his white pickup. Cardinals teammates Lance Berkman and Skip Schumaker pulled off an April Fools’ Day prank Sunday that had Wainwright hoping at first that it was all just for laughs. “As long as that’s a joke, that is well done,” Wainwright said. “I don’t know if that’s a joke, yet.” Turned out, it sure was. Following the second inning of the Cardinals’ 2-1 spring training loss to the Washington Nationals, public address announcer John Frost read a fake script proclaiming that a fan won a car. Berkman drove it onto the field, and Wainwright quickly realized it was a prank aimed at him.

DeRosa’s RBI in 9th Lifts Nats over Cardinals 2-1

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April 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Mark DeRosa singled to right field in the ninth inning, scoring Danny Espinosa on a close play at the plate and lifting the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. The Cardinals had an opportunity in the bottom of the ninth, putting runners on the corners with two outs, but Ryan Mattheus struck out Matt Carpenter to end the game. Jaime Garcia cruised through the first 5 2-3 innings for St. Louis, allowing only four hits. Danny Espinoza homered for the Nationals and Gio Gonzalez put two tough outings behind him by allowing one run on three hits and a walk while striking out seven in five innings. St. Louis scored on back-to-back doubles by Tyler Greene and Carlos Beltran in the fourth.

Strasburg Goes 4 Innings in Tuneup for Opening Day

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March 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

VIERA, Fla. (AP) – Stephen Strasburg pitched four innings in his tuneup to start on opening day for the Washington Nationals in a 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. Strasburg allowed three runs, two of them earned, all in the second inning. He gave up five hits overall, striking out three and walking one. Strasburg finished spring training with a 1-4 record. He’ll start on April 5 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook gave up one run and two hits in 5 2-3 innings.  Daniel Descalso doubled twice and drove in four runs. Chad Tracy homered for Washington.

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. Sports, Sat. March 31st 2012

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March 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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Lohse pitches, hits Cardinals to victory, Friday

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March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Lohse allowed an unearned run and three hits in six innings and singled in a run to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on Friday. Lohse did receive a scare, though. Omar Quintanilla’s well struck grounder in the third inning hit Lohse in hand. After the play, the trainer came out to check on Lohse, who said he simply needed a few moments to let the tingling in his ring and pinkie fingers subside. Lohse was given an error on the play — the Cardinals’ second consecutive error — and the run scored by Mike Nickeas was unearned. Lohse stayed in the game, allowing only one more hit and walking one through the final three innings. The Cardinals took the lead for good in the fourth, with Lohse driving in the go-ahead run. The Mets’ Dillion Gee gave up 10 hits and four runs in six innings.