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Softer Schedule Should Help Cornhuskers in Big Ten

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August 14th, 2013 by Jim Field

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — If the schedule is an indication, Nebraska’s initiation to the Big Ten is over and the Cornhuskers are set up to make hay.

Coach Bo Pelini starts his sixth season in Lincoln with one of the nation’s most dynamic offenses and a young defense that will benefit from playing its first five games at home.

UCLA is the only real non-conference test. Big Ten favorite Ohio State and three-time defending champion Wisconsin drop off the regular-season schedule and are replaced by Illinois and Purdue.

It probably will be November before anyone knows how good the Huskers are, after they play Northwestern at home and Michigan and Penn State on the road.

The Huskers open the season Aug. 31 at home against Wyoming.

Royals Acquire INF Bonifacio from Blue Jays

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August 14th, 2013 by Jim Field

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have acquired versatile Emilio Bonifacio from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash or a player to be named later.

The Royals announced the move before their game Wednesday against Miami.

Bonifacio was traded to the Blue Jays from the Marlins last offseason, and was hitting .218 with three homers and 12 stolen bases. He’s played all three outfield spots but can also play second base and third base, two positions of importance for the Royals.

Third baseman Mike Moustakas is out with a strained left calf, while Miguel Tejada went on the disabled list on Sunday with a strained right calf. Tejada was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear space on the 40-man roster for Bonifacio.

Bonifacio’s younger brother, Jorge, is an outfield prospect in the Royals organization. He is currently at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Iowa, Iowa State, Creighton Among Men’s Hoops Attendance Leaders

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August 14th, 2013 by Jim Field

The NCAA announced the national attendance leaders in men’s division 1 basketball for the 2012-13 season.  Creighton was sixth on that list, with Iowa in at number 21 and Iowa State at number 22.  Creighton and Iowa State have drawn well over the last several years.  This marks a significant upturn in Iowa’s attendance numbers.

2013 Division I Basketball Attendance Leaders

(Rank, School, Average Attendance, Percentage of Capacity)

  1. Kentucky, 23,099 (100.4%)
  2. Syracuse, 22,439 (64.0)
  3. Louisville, 21,571 (98.0)
  4. North Carolina, 19,350 (88.9)
  5. Indiana, 17,412 (99.6)
  6. Creighton, 17,155 (99.3)
  7. Wisconsin, 16,843 (97.6)
  8. Tennessee, 16,635 (76.7)
  9. Ohio State, 16,524 (87.8)
  10. Kansas, 16,438 (100.8)
  11. Memphis, 16,336 (88.7)
  12. North Carolina State, 16,299 (82.7)
  13. BYU, 15,986 (76.4)
  14. UNLV, 15,196 (82.1)
  15. Marquette, 15,033 (80.8)
  16. New Mexico, 15,022 (97.4)
  17. Illinois, 15,013 (90.3)
  18. Michigan State, 14,341 (97.1)
  19. Arizona, 14,157 (97.3)
  20. Arkansas, 13,750 (71.6)
  21. Iowa, 13,625 (88.4)
  22. Iowa State, 13,393 (93.1)
  23. Minnesota, 12,580 (86.0)
  24. Kansas State, 12,528 (100.0)
  25. Maryland, 12,489 (69.5)

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Special teams feeling special again in Kansas City

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August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Special teams haven’t been all that special for the Kansas City Chiefs the last few years, at least, when it comes to the punt and kickoff return teams. The Chiefs haven’t brought a punt back for a touchdown in more than two years, and they haven’t had a kick return touchdown in nearly four. They aim to change all that under the guise of Dave Toub.

He was hired by new Chiefs coach Andy Reid after a successful run in Chicago, where Toub helped to turn Devin Hester into one of the most dangerous return men in the game. The special teams overhaul paid off in the preseason opener. Dexter McCluster had a 55-yard punt return and Knile Davis returned a kickoff 79 yards on a banner day for them.

Cardinals beat Pirates 4-3 in 14 innings

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August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adron Chambers singled home the winning run in the 14th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals outlasted the Pittsburgh Pirates and cut into their NL Central lead with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night. Sam Freeman (1-0) allowed a walk in a scoreless 14th for the Cardinals, who saddled the Pirates with their fourth straight loss and pulled within two games of them with a win in the 4-hour, 55-minute game.

Pittsburgh had four hits the first time through the order against Adam Wainwright and led 3-0 after two innings on homers by Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer. They had six hits the rest of the way. Both teams had chances in extra innings before the Cardinals, who had dropped four of five, cashed in.

Jon Jay singled off Jared Hughes (2-3) with one out in the 14th with his fourth hit. Jay stole second and then raced home and beat left fielder Starling Marte’s throw.

Beltran in Cardinals lineup vs. Pirates

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August 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carlos Beltran was in the St. Louis Cardinals for the opener of their series against NL Central-leading Pittsburgh, making a quick recovery from a bruised right foot. Beltran was taken out in the sixth inning Sunday after fouling a ball off the foot. The Cardinals had a day off Monday and Beltran and the team had been hopeful he could return.

Beltran was batting .305 with a team-leading 20 home runs and 62 RBIs. The switch-hitter was hurt batting right-handed and he was batting left-handed against the Pirates’ Charlie Morton, lessening the chance of aggravating the bruise with another foul ball.

The Cardinals added a hitter to the bench, recalling infielder Jermaine Curtis from Triple-A Memphis and demoting right-handed reliever Michael Blazek.

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles out of practice

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August 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles sat out Chiefs practice on Tuesday after straining his right foot the previous day’s work out.  Charles was working with the No. 1 offense against the Chiefs’ first-team defense near the goal line when he walked toward the medical tent. He spent a couple minutes talking to trainers before climbing into a cart and being driven to the locker room.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said following the workout that Charles would play in Friday night’s preseason game against San Francisco only if he’s able.  Charles attended Tuesday’s practice but joined the rest of the injured Chiefs away from the practice field. He wasn’t wearing a boot and didn’t appear to be limping.

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