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Charles expects to shine in Chiefs’ new offense

Sports

July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Jamaal Charles has never caught more than 45 passes in a season, but the Kansas City Chiefs’ Pro Bowl running back expects that to change under new coach Andy Reid. Charles has been catching balls out of the backfield and even lining up at wide receiver early on in training camp, showing some versatility not unlike Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy did when they played for Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Charles ran for more than 1,500 yards last season in his return from a major knee injury, but he wasn’t used nearly as much in the passing game as he had been earlier in his career.  Still, he said after practice Tuesday that he relishes the chance to show what he can do.

Sen. Grassley, at age 79, plans to join marathon run

News, Sports

July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The coast-to-coast fundraising marathon that passed through Iowa earlier this month is nearing the finish line and more Iowans are joining the effort. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’ll take part in one mile of the relay run tomorrow (Wednesday) morning as it winds through the nation’s capitol. “We’re going to meet at the Washington Monument at 6 o’clock,” Grassley says. “It’s for raising money for cancer. It’s bringing attention to a group coming across the country.”

Grassley says he usually runs three miles a day, four days a week, so he may hardly break a sweat on this short jaunt, yet he’s pleased to get the opportunity. “An Iowan who invited me is Steve Falck,” Grassley says. “He is a former state legislator from up in northeast Iowa. It’s part of Coast to Coast for Cancer.”

The Million Dollar Marathon is going four-thousand miles across the U-S and it’s being run by 160 cancer survivors who are each running a 26-point-two-mile leg. Grassley, who will turn 80 in September, says he’ll have his wife, Barbara, on his mind during tomorrow’s trek.  Grassley says, “I’ll be there because I run but I’ll be there also because my wife is a 25 or 26-year survivor of breast cancer.”

The senator takes part in a number of cancer fundraisers each year, including the Race For The Cure, held in Des Moines each October. Learn more about the run and make a contribution to the effort at www.aboveandbeyondcancer.org.

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State Baseball Tournament Results from Mon., July 29th 2013

Sports

July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CLASS 2A Quarterfinals at Principal Park in Des Moines:

Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 3, Columbus Catholic, Waterloo 2
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 5, Spirit Lake 1
North Polk, Alleman 2, Albia 1 (13 innings)
Roland-Story, Story City 2, Mount Vernon 1

Liriano, Pirates crush Cardinals 9-2

Sports

July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Francisco Liriano allowed one run over seven dominant innings, Pedro Alvarez hit his NL-leading 27th home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-2 Monday night. Liriano struck out eight and walked just two to win his fifth straight start. The Pirates kicked off the key series at PNC Park by sending the Cardinals to their fourth straight loss to pull within a half-game of the lead in the NL Central. Clint Barmes doubled twice and drove in two runs for Pittsburgh. Andrew McCutchen added two hits and an RBI.

Jake Westbrook continued to struggle against the Pirates. He fell to 1-8 against Pittsburgh in his career after surrendering four first-inning runs. Matt Carpenter and Shane Robinson hit RBI singles for St. Louis, which has scored just four runs during its longest losing streak of the season.

Hunt open to extending Chiefs’ stay in St. Joseph

Sports

July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt says he’s pleased with setup of training camp at Missouri Western State University and would be in favor of extending the team’s stay beyond next season. The Chiefs are in the fourth year of a five-year deal to stage training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., about a 90-minute drive north from Arrowhead Stadium.

Many teams have eschewed going away for camp as they build gleaming new practice digs, but Hunt said he appreciates the camaraderie that is built through players living in dorms. Hunt said it would be possible to have camp in Kansas City, but there would be hurdles to overcome. Dining facilities are limited and there’s less room for fans. Hunt said the Chiefs will evaluate their future in St. Joseph after this year.

Tuesday Boys State Baseball Schedule

Sports

July 30th, 2013 by Jim Field

CLASS 3-A Quarter-Finals: @ Principal Park, Des Moines

12:00 pm – Boone vs. Davenport Assumption

2:00 pm – Bishop Heelan Catholic vs. Williamsburg

6:00 pm – Chariton vs. Clear Lake

8:00 pm – Harlan vs. Dallas Center-Grimes

 

Reids’ Chiefs get tackling early in training camp

Sports

July 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt admitted to cringing on Monday when he stopped by to see his team practice through intermittent rain just four days into training camp. The sight of Jamaal Charles hauling himself off the soggy turf has that effect. Under new coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs are going full speed and tackling to the ground less than a week into their workouts at Missouri Western. Reid calls it the “thudding” portion of practice, and there was plenty of it for thousands of fans who braved the elements.

Charles took a couple of solid shots. Tight end Tony Moeaki received a blow just above his surgically reconstructed knee. Wide receiver Dexter McCluster also took a hard hit. Reid promised a physical training camp. He’s already starting to deliver.

2013 Hawkeye Girls Softball All-Conference

Sports

July 29th, 2013 by Jim Field

FIRST TEAM:

HARLAN

  • Taylor Schaben SR.
  • Logan Schaben FRESH.
  • Kelsey Croghan SR.

GLENWOOD

  • Lisa Nebel JR.
  • Jaelin Stanton SR.

LEWIS CENTRAL

  • Morgan Means SR.
  • Mckena Dufek FRESH
  • Allie Martinez SR.

CRESTON

  • Haylee LaMasters SOPH
  • Taylor Briley FRESH

DENISON

  • Rachel Koch SR.
  • Shelby Pieper SR.

ATLANTIC

  • ReAnn Cappel SR.

CLARINDA

  • Jaedra Moses SOPH

KUEMPER CATHOLIC

  • Moriah Bohlmann SR.

SECOND TEAM:

HARLAN

  • Minden Brix  SR.
  • Taylor Schwartz SR.

GLENWOOD

  • Grace Newman SR.
  • Bailey Starner JR.

LEWIS CENTRAL

  • Molly Cunard JR.

CRESTON

  • Natalie Mostek SOPH
  • Mackenzie Andreasen SR.

DENISON

  • Chelsey Green SR.

ATLANTIC

  • Mackenzie Holmes SR.
  • Emily Mitchell JR.

CLARINDA

  • Jenni Bair JR.
  • Karyee Buch JR.

KUEMPER

  • Kendra Peter FRESH

SHENANDOAH

  • Jordan Major SOPH

RED OAK

  • Maddie Holmgren SR.

HONORABLE MENTION:

HARLAN

  • Ana Peterson JR

GLENWOOD

  • Mckenna Henze  SR
  • Hanna Ringsdorf  SR

LEWIS CENTRAL

  • Asia Sockrider  SOPH

CRESTON

  • Josie Sickels FRESH

DENISON

  • Codie Fineran  JR.

ATLANTIC

  • Tori Bruck  SOPH.

KUEMPER CATHOLIC

  • Aly Forbes SR.

SHENANDOAH

  • Sydney Nielsen  SOPH

RED OAK

  • Angela Mahoney FRESH

 

Iowa to face Xavier in the Bahamas

Sports

July 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa will open the Battle 4 Atlantis holiday tournament in the Bahamas against Xavier on Thanksgiving day. The winner of the Hawkeyes-Musketeers game on Nov. 28 will face either Texas-El Paso or Tennessee in the second round. If Iowa were to reach the tournament final, it could end up facing star freshman Andrew Wiggins and Kansas.

The Hawkeyes and Musketeers last met in the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2010. Xavier beat Iowa 86-73.