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Umpire Joyce misses call at 1st base in NLDS


October 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s another umpiring call that went the St. Louis Cardinals way this postseason. And it’s not the first time TV replays show umpire Jim Joyce missed a call at first base. Joyce ruled Nationals batter Danny Espinosa out when he bunted with a runner on and no outs in the second inning of Wednesday’s Game 3 of Washington’s NL division series against St. Louis. Nationals manager Davey Johnson came out to argue as fans booed. The Cardinals benefited from a disputed infield-fly rule call in their wild-card game victory at the Atlanta Braves last week. Fans at that game responded by tossing trash on the field. Joyce is best known for blowing a call at first base to ruin Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga’s bid for a perfect game in 2010.

Iowa State welcomes transfers Clyburn, Lucious


October 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State rode a pair of one-and-done transfers to its first NCAA tournament appearance in seven years. The formula worked so well that the Cyclones will give it another go in 2012-13. Iowa State lost perhaps the nation’s most versatile player, Royce White, and standout senior guard Chris Allen from the team that went 23-11 before falling to eventual national champion Kentucky in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Enter senior forward Will Clyburn and point guard Korie Lucious.

Clyburn, a 6-foot-7 forward, led Utah in scoring at 17.1 points per game in 2010-11 before transferring to Iowa State following a coaching change. Lucious, like Allen before him, fell out of favor with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and decided to spend his final college season in Ames.

Carpenter pitches Cards past Nats 8-0 for 2-1 lead


October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Carpenter was every bit the postseason ace he’s been in the past for the St. Louis Cardinals. Taking the mound for only the fourth time in 2012, missing a rib after surgery to cure numbness on his right side, the 37-year-old Carpenter pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, rookie Pete Kozma delivered a three-run homer, and the defending champion Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-0 Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in their NL division series.

All in all, quite a damper on the day for a Nationals Park-record 45,017 red-wearing, towel-twirling fans witnessing the first major league postseason game in the nation’s capital in 79 years. Three relievers finished the shutout for the Cardinals, who can end the best-of-five series in Thursday’s Game 4 at Washington.

Quinn preparing to start for Chiefs on Sunday


October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Brady Quinn is preparing to start his first NFL game since the 2009 season when the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The Chiefs are expected to be without quarterback Matt Cassel, who sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s 9-6 loss to Baltimore. Quinn finished out the game.

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said Wednesday that Cassel has not been cleared to play by medical staff and that Quinn, whom he coached with the Cleveland Browns, would be taking snaps with the first team in practice. Ricky Stanzi would serve as the backup.

Quinn is a former first-round draft pick out of Notre Dame who has started just 12 games over the past four-plus seasons due to injuries and ineffectiveness.

Crennel: Fans in KC passionate, frustrated


October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Romeo Crennel said Wednesday that he shares the frustration of fans in Kansas City over the Chiefs’ 1-4 start while also calling them “some of the best fans in the NFL.” The Chiefs coach served as a spokesman for an organization whose fanbase has been the subject of national scrutiny this week. On Sunday, offensive lineman Eric Winston laid into fans he believes were cheering after quarterback Matt Cassel was injured.  Cassel sustained a concussion in the 9-6 loss to Baltimore. Crennel said he believes most Chiefs fans “felt bad” that Cassel had been hurt. He also said that Brady Quinn is preparing to start Sunday at Tampa Bay.

Former Iowa Hawkeye Alex Karras dead at 77


October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A former Iowa Hawkeye football player who went on to be a star in the N-F-L and on television has died. Alex Karras was an Indiana native who played college football at the University of Iowa. Karras, a defensive tackle, was the runner-up in the voting for the 1957 Heisman Trophy. He played professional football for the Detroit Lions and retired in 1970 at the age of 35. Karras had success as an actor. In the 1974 movie, Blazing Saddles, Karras played Mongo — a character who punched out a horse in a memorable scene. Karras also starred in the long-running T-V series “Webster” — portraying a retired professional football player who adopted the child of a fellow player.

The woman who portrayed his wife on the show was married to Karras in real life. Karras and his wife joined 69 other former N-F-L players in filing a lawsuit against the league earlier this year, arguing the N-F-L did not properly warn players of the risk of returning to the field after suffering a concussion. According to a family statement, Karras died after “a heroic fight with kidney disease, heart disease, dementia and, for the last two years, stomach cancer.” He was 77 years old.

Kansas City Chiefs Military Appreciation Day


October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Kansas City Chiefs have announced that on Sunday, November 18th, the organization will be hosting its annual Military Appreciation Day, as the Chiefs play the Cincinnati Bengals.  All military personnel, both active and veterans, will be able to purchase tickets to the game for the discounted rate of $25 (typically $35 or more) as a thank you for their service!

Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis as we are subject to sellout, and all orders must be received no later than Friday, November 10th.   Tickets will be mailed out to those who purchase them before the deadline as well.

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October 10th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Tuesday High School Volleyball Results


October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Hawkeye 10:

  • (3-0) Harlan 25-25-25, Atlantic 9-3-9
  • (3-0) Clarinda 25-25-25, Creston 17-13-20
  • (3-1) Kuemper Catholic 25-25-22-25, Shenandoah 18-22-25-16
  • (3-0) Lewis Central 25-25-25, Glenwood 15-17-21
  • (3-0) Red Oak 25-25-25, Denison-Schleswig 15-17-16

Rolling Hills:

  • (3-0) Adair-Casey 25-25-25, CAM 14-10-14
  • (3-0) Grandview Park Baptist 25-25-25, Iowa Christian Academy 18-15-6
  • (3-0) Orient-Macksburg 25-26-26, Paton-Churdan 20-24-24

Western Iowa Conference Tourney Semi-Finals:

  • (3-1) Treynor 27-25-25-25, Missouri Valley 29-17-19-15
  • (3-1) Underwood 25-13-25-27, Tri-Center 16-25-19-25


  • (3-1) Ar-We-Va 25-25-17-25, Woodbine 18-23-25-16
  • (3-1) Coon Rapids-Bayard 26-26-25-25, Madrid 28-24-16-17
  • (3-0) Guthrie Center 25-25-25, Van Meter 19-20-17
  • (3-0) IKM-Manning 25-25-25, Charter Oak-Ute 10-17-10
  • (3-0) Stanton 25-25-25, Fremont-Mills 9-15-20
  • (3-2) Villisca 20-25-23-25-15, Essex 25-20-25-20-13

Without Strasburg, Nats turn to Jackson for Game 3


October 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals are carrying on without their acknowledged ace, Stephen Strasburg, and the St. Louis Cardinals are counting on their returning ace, Chris Carpenter. Strasburg has been shut down for a month. Carpenter has pitched only 17 innings all year because of surgery, and he’ll be on the mound Wednesday for Game 3 of the NL division series between the Nationals and Cardinals. The best-of-five series is tied 1-1.

The Nationals counter with Edwin Jackson, their only starter with postseason experience: He was on the Cardinals’ 2011 World Series champions. Carpenter went 4-0 during that run, including winning Game 7 against Texas. That success, Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman says, “isn’t going to do anything” for Carpenter on Wednesday.