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Johnson, DeVito to miss rest of Chiefs season


September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and starting defensive tackle Mike DeVito will miss the remainder of the Kansas City Chiefs’ season after MRI exams confirmed that both players ruptured their right Achilles tendons in Sunday’s loss to Tennessee.

Johnson went down without getting touched near the end of the first half. Eight plays later, early in the second half, DeVito went down at nearly the same spot on the field.

The blows are significant to a Chiefs team that was already missing several key pieces to injuries and suspensions, and was routed 26-10 by the Titans at Arrowhead Stadium. Johnson had four tackles before getting carted off the field, moving him within 15 of 1,000 for his career. That would surpass Gary Spani for the franchise record.

Cardinals extend surge, beat Reds 5-0


September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Carpenter broke a scoreless tie with his two-run single in the seventh inning, Matt Adams added a three-run homer, and the St. Louis Cardinals extended their surge in the NL Central by beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Monday night.

St. Louis has won nine of 10, going from two games out to a season-high 4 1/2 games up in the division. The Cardinals are 10-3 against the Reds this season and 40-24 against the NL Central overall.

Shelby Miller (9-9) gave up three hits while pitching into the eighth and getting his first victory in three starts against Cincinnati this season. Two relievers finished the three-hitter.

A-P High School Football Poll (9/8/14)


September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school football polls of the 2014 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:
Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. West Des Moines Dowling (14) 2-0 140 1
2. Waukee 2-0 118 2
3. Bettendorf 2-0 116 3
4. Cedar Rapids Washington 2-0 94 4
5. Ankeny Centennial 2-0 80 5
6. West Des Moines Valley 1-1 57 7
7. Johnston 2-0 56 6
8. Eldridge North Scott 2-0 47 8
9. Sioux City East 2-0 32 NR
10. Marion Linn-Mar 2-0 20 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Ottumwa 3. 11, Ames 3. 13, Ankeny 2. 14, Council Bluffs Lincoln 1. 14, Davenport Central 1.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Pella (7) 2-0 126 1
2. Cedar Rapids Xavier (5) 1-1 117 3
3. Solon (1) 2-0 108 2
4. Manchester West Delaware (1) 2-0 97 4
5. Waverly-Shell Rock 2-0 72 7
6. Carroll 2-0 69 NR
7. Sioux City Heelan 1-1 63 6
8. Gilbert 2-0 51 9
9. Humboldt 2-0 44 10
10. Huxley Ballard 2-0 13 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Davenport Assumption 3. 11, Newton 3. 13, Washington 2. 14, Chariton 1. 14, DeWitt Central 1.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. Clear Lake (12) 2-0 138 1
2. West Union North Fayette 2-0 115 3
3. New Hampton (1) 2-0 105 2
4. Spirit Lake 2-0 84 5
5. Williamsburg 2-0 68 6
6. Sioux Center (1) 2-0 62 9
7. Albia 2-0 60 8
8. Central Lyon-GLR 1-1 49 4
9. Mediapolis 2-0 40 10
10. Hampton-Dumont 2-0 28 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Clarinda 5. 12, Cascade 4. 12, Center Point-Urbana 4. 14, Donnellson Central Lee 3. 14, Tama South Tama 3. 16, Tipton 1. 16, Baxter CMB 1.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Iowa City Regina (9) 1-1 135 1
2. Calmar South Winneshiek (1) 2-0 120 2
3. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (3) 2-0 114 3
4. West Branch (1) 2-0 95 4
5. St. Ansgar 2-0 78 6
6. Manson-NW Webster 2-0 42 8
7. IKM Manning 2-0 39 NR
8. Ogden 2-0 37 10
9. Inwood West Lyon 1-1 21 NR
10. Hinton 2-0 18 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Jewell South Hamilton 17. 12, Madrid 12. 13, Sumner-Fredericksburg 10. 14, Dike-New Hartford 9. 15, Emmetsburg 8. 16, Pella Christian 5. 17, O-A/BCIG 4. 18, Ridge View 3. 18, Stanwood North Cedar 3.

Class A
Record Pts Prv
1. Delhi Maquoketa Valley (5) 2-0 129 1
2. Council Bluffs St. Albert (7) 2-0 124 2
3. Ackley AGWSR (1) 2-0 94 4
4. Logan-Magnolia 2-0 92 3
4. Packwood Pekin (1) 2-0 92 5
6. Nashua-Plainfield 2-0 70 7
7. Algona Garrigan 1-1 38 10
8. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 1-1 30 NR
9. Hawarden West Sioux 2-0 25 NR
10. Montezuma 2-0 18 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Belle Plaine 15. 12, Sloan Westwood 13. 13, Fairbank Wapsie Valley 10. 14, Colfax-Mingo 4. 15, Conrad BCLUW 3. 15, Audubon 3. 15, Lawton-Bronson 3. 18, Mount Ayr 2. 18, Akron-Westfield 2. 18, Earlham 2. 21, Lone Tree 1.

Class 8-Man
Record Pts Prv

1.Gilbertville-DonBosco(6) 2-0 129 1
2. Elk Horn-Kimballton Exira (6) 2-0 125 2
3. Fremont Mills, Tabor (2) 2-0 109 3
4. East Mills 2-0 85 4
5. Janesville 2-0 78 5
6. HLV, Victor 2-0 59 7
7. Jackson Junction Turkey Valley 2-0 45 8
8. Glidden-Ralston 2-0 37 9
9. West Bend-Mallard 2-0 32 10
10. Coon Rapids-Bayard 2-0 26 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Elkader Central 17. 12, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire 12. 13, Guthrie Center 9. 14, Lamoni 3. 15, Kingsley-Pierson 2. 16, Corydon Wayne 1. 16, Marcus MMC 1.

Iowa State’s West emerges with historic game


September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State fans haven’t had much to cheer about this season. The Cyclones are 0-2 after losses to North Dakota State and Kansas State. At least wide receiver Jarvis West gives them a reason to keep watching.

West caught a 17-yard touchdown pass, returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and threw a 29-yard TD pass off a reverse in the first half of Saturday’s 32-28 loss to the Wildcats. West was just the fourth player since 1996 to score in those three ways in one game, according to STATS.

The Cyclones (0-2, 0-1 Big 12) hope to see more of the same from West when they face rival Iowa (2-0) on Saturday.

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. Sports, 09/08/2014

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September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Big 12 Conference suspends replay officials


September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 Conference has suspended a replay official and replay communicator after a questionable play wasn’t reviewed in 19th-ranked Kansas State’s 32-28 victory at Iowa State. The conference said Sunday that the one-game suspensions are for a failure to follow established procedures in a timely manner.

An internal review by the league determined video evidence of the play was inconclusive. But Big 12 officiating supervisor Walt Anderson said the unidentified replay officials should have stopped the game before the next snap to allow for a review.

Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett caught a pass just before halftime Saturday. He appeared to be in contact with a pylon, which is considered out of bounds, but on-field officials ruled it a completion at the 1. With Iowa State unable to challenge because it was out of timeouts, the Wildcats quickly snapped the ball and scored to cut it to 28-20.

Wainwright, Cardinals beat up Brewers 9-1


September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Adam Wainwright pitched a seven-hitter, Peter Boujos hit a two-run triple and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 on Sunday. The Cardinals took three of four in the series at Miller Park to open a five-game lead on Milwaukee. St. Louis grabbed a 4-0 lead with four in the fourth against rookie Jimmy Nelson (2-7). Bourjos had the big blow, a triple to left-center that drove in Yadier Molina and Oscar Taveras

It was more than enough support for Wainwright (17-9), who is tied for the major league lead in victories. The right-hander struck out three. Wainwright uncharacteristically allowed three homers in his previous start. But the feast-or-famine Brewers managed just an RBI single by Carlos Gomez.

Milwaukee has lost 11 of 12.

Locker leads Titans to 26-10 win over Chiefs


September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jake Locker threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns, Alex Smith was intercepted three times and the Tennessee Titans rolled to a 26-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Locker picked apart a Chiefs defense that lost linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive tackle Mike DeVito to Achilles injuries. Locker was 22 of 33 and found eight different players, including former Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster.

Kendall Wright and Delanie Walker had TD catches for the Titans, and Ryan Succop was perfect on four field-goal attempts against the team that released him last weekend. Smith was 19 of 35 for 202 yards and a touchdown for a Chiefs offense missing suspended wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and right tackle Donald Stephenson.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson was carted off the field with an apparent leg injury late in the first half of the Kansas City Chiefs’ game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Johnson, who is nearing Gary Spani’s franchise record for career tackles, fell in a heap in the middle of the field without anybody touching him. The nature of the injury was unclear, but it appeared that trainers were examining his Achilles tendon. The Chiefs have already lost fellow linebacker Joe Mays to a broken wrist.

Earlier in the game, Chiefs right tackle Jeff Allen appeared to hurt his right arm. He was already replacing the suspended Donald Stephenson. Allen was replaced in the lineup by Ryan Harris. Titans linebacker Zach Brown left with a shoulder injury.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs were missing three starters for their season opener against the Tennessee Titans after cornerback Marcus Cooper was declared inactive for Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium. Cooper missed practice time this week with an ankle injury. Ron Parker took his place. The Chiefs were already missing wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and right tackle Donald Stephenson. Bowe is suspended for the opener following an arrest last November, and Stephenson will be out the first four games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Also inactive for Kansas City were quarterback Aaron Murray, wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas, safety Kurt Coleman, center Eric Kush, offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and defensive end Damion Square. Quarterback Zach Mettenberg was inactive for Tennessee, along with wide receivers T.J. Graham and Kris Durham, defensive linemen Mike Martin and DaQuan Jones, linebacker Akeem Ayers and offensive tackle Byron Stingily.

Adams. Taveras help Cardinals beat Brewers 5-3


September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Matt Adams and Oscar Taveras homered, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on Saturday night to open a four-game lead in the NL Central. Lance Lynn pitched six effective innings as St. Louis won for the seventh time in its last eight games. Trevor Rosenthal got three outs for his 43rd save in 48 chances.

The Brewers have lost 10 of 11. Ryan Braun had an RBI single in the first, and Lyle Overbay doubled home a run in the sixth. Milwaukee right-hander Kyle Lohse (12-9) lasted just four innings. He allowed five runs and four hits with two walks.

Drake squeaks by Truman State, 13-7 in OT


September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A 2-yard touchdown run by Conley Wilkins in overtime gave Drake a 13-7 win over Truman State on Saturday. Wilkins carried the ball on five of six plays during the winning drive, which was highlighted by a 17-yard pass from Andy Rice to Eric Saubert to the Truman State three-yard line. Wilkins had 88 yards rushing and Rice added 151 through the air with a touchdown to lead Drake (1-1) offensively.

Benjamin Tesson missed a 37-yard field goal as time expired that would have given Drake the victory in regulation. An 11-yard touchdown catch by Saubert gave Drake a 7-0 lead in the first. Quarterback Devonte Black answered later in the quarter with 1-yard TD run for Truman State, who were playing their first game of the season.

Black also threw for 148 yards on 17 of 31 passing.