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No bet: Slay, Menino passing on World Series wager


October 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – In a break from tradition, there will be no bet between the mayors of this year’s World Series cities.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay tweeted Monday night that there will be “no mayoral sports bet.” But the Democrat said he would welcome a visit to St. Louis from Boston’s longtime mayor, Thomas Menino.

Menino was trending Tuesday on Twitter, after telling reporters he hoped the Boston Red Sox would win the “World Series cup.”  Menino wasn’t impressed with what he called “fried raviolis” that Slay sent to him to settle a bet after the Cardinals lost the 2004 World Series to Boston. Toasted, not fried, ravioli is a St. Louis specialty.

Boston, St. Louis archbishops make baseball bet


October 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

BOSTON (AP) – At least one cardinal is rooting for the Red Sox in the World Series. The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, is wagering that the Boston Red Sox will beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the series that begins Wednesday at Fenway Park.

If the Red Sox win, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson will donate $100 to Boston Catholic Charities. Should the Cardinals win, O’Malley will donate $100 to the St. Louis archdiocese’s charity fund. Catholic Charities in Boston and St. Louis provide a spectrum of social service care to thousands of people.

Texarkana friends meet in World Series


October 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

BOSTON (AP) — Michael Wacha remembered passing Will Middlebrooks a few years ago back in Texarkana, the small northeast Texas city where they grew up. “One of the guys that everyone looked up to,” Wacha said Tuesday. “Like he’s walking by, ‘That’s Will Middlebrooks there.’ It’s pretty crazy.”

Texarkana has a population of 36,411, according to the last U.S. census. That’s slightly fewer than the crowd that will jam into Fenway Park on Wednesday night to watch the old friends face each other when the Boston Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series opener.

Middlebrooks was a senior at Liberty-Eylau High School in 2007, when Wacha was a sophomore at Pleasant Grove High, about a 10-minute drive away. Now the pair will be in the spotlight as Series rivals. Wacha, 22, has been a sensation since joining the Cardinals’ rotation in September. The 25-year-old Middlebrooks has seen extensive action at third base for Boston during the last two seasons.

Big Ten has 2 byes for 1st time in latest change


October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Big Ten football teams are getting two Saturdays off for the first time this year. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says there are a lot of unprecedented things happening these days in college football because of conference expansion. The byes give players a chance to rest and relax during two weeks when the regular season starts in late August and ends after Thanksgiving. Coaches, meanwhile, evaluate their programs, players and plays before hitting the road for recruiting.

Teams — such as Indiana against Penn State — have taken advantage of having two weeks to prepare for a game they ultimately won. The Nittany Lions, coming off a bye, hope the extra time they had last week helps them upset No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday night.

Iowa finds success with tight ends


October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is as deep at tight end as any other position group on its roster. The Hawkeyes exploited that advantage against Ohio State — and wound up with one of their best passing efforts of the season.

Jake Rudock threw for 245 yards and career-high three touchdowns, including one each to tight ends C.J. Fiedorowicz and Jake Duzey, in a 34-24 road loss to the fourth-ranked Buckeyes.

The Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) used a significant number of sets against Ohio State that featured three tight ends. That could continue Saturday when Iowa hosts Northwestern (4-3, 0-3).

Iowa State to stick with Richardson


October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads says sophomore quarterback Sam Richardson will start this week’s game against No. 19 Oklahoma State. The Cyclones initially listed Richardson and freshman Grant Rohach as co-starters against the Cowboys. But coach Paul Rhoads says Richardson will get the starting nod on Saturday.

Rhoads says Richardson’s knowledge of Iowa State’s offense was a key factor in that decision. Rhoads adds that Richardson needs to make smarter decisions and quicker judgments. Richardson, a redshirt sophomore, has started all six games for the Cyclones (1-5, 0-3). He has thrown for 1,255 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Boston officials discuss World Series security


October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

BOSTON (AP) – Boston officials are asking people to take public transportation to World Series games between the Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.  Mayor Tom Menino says he’s asking Red Sox fans to be responsible and respectful while cheering on the team. He’s also asking everyone to wear red on Wednesday to support the players.

Police Superintendent Daniel Linskey says Boston police have already met with bar owners and will meet with college and university officials to talk about curbing underage drinking and keeping students safe. He says there will be enhanced police presence for the first two games and everyone will be working if there is a clinching game in Boston.

Sports championship celebrations in Boston in the past decade have resulted in violence and even death.

8AM Sportscast 10-22-2013

Podcasts, Sports

October 22nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


1-A, 2-A Volleyball Regionals Begin Tonight


October 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

Here are the match-ups for tonight’s first round regional volleyball play.  All matches begin at 7:00 pm.

Class 1-A, Region 2:

  • Charter Oak-Ute @ Woodbine
  • Ar-We-Va @ Boyer Valley
  • East Mills @ Sidney
  • Heartland Christian @ Fremont-Mills

Class 1-A, Region 3:

  • Clarinda Academy @ Orient-Macksburg
  • East Union @ Lenox
  • Diagonal @ Bedford
  • Nishnabotna @ Stanton
  • South Page @ Essex
  • Griswold @ Exira/EHK

Class 1-A, Region 4:

  • Glidden-Ralston @ Adair-Casey
  • Coon Rapids-Bayard @ CAM
  • Paton-Churdan @ Guthrie Center

Class 2-A, Region 3:

  • A-H-S-T @ Audubon
  • Panorama @ IKM-Manning
  • Logan-Magnolia @ Tri-Center
  • Riverside @ Missouri Valley

Class 2-A Region 4:

  • Earlham @ Nodaway Valley

Area volleyball scores from Mon., Oct. 21st 2013


October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(3-2) Red Oak 21-25-19-29-15, Creston 25-23-25-27-10