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Chiefs open 3-day minicamp without Branden Albert


April 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs began a three-day, voluntary minicamp without franchise left tackle Branden Albert, who has not been a part of the team’s offseason program. The Chiefs are allowed the additional minicamp under terms of the collective bargaining agreement that grant extra workouts to teams that experienced a coaching change. Everybody on the roster was present for the session at the Chiefs’ practice facility except for Albert, who has signed his franchise tag. Albert has said that he wants a long-term deal and there have been rumblings that the Chiefs are trying to trade him ahead of next week’s draft.

The Chiefs are seeking a second-round choice for Albert after trading away their original second-round pick for quarterback Alex Smith, who took part in Tuesday’s workout.

Cardinals-Pirates game rained out after 2 innings


April 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rain has wiped out Tuesday night’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates. The storm hit at the end of the second inning with the Pirates leading 4-2, and the game was called after a delay of 1 hour, 24 minutes. No makeup date was immediately announced.

The cancellation allows St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook to reset his ERA to 0.00. The right-hander has struggled against the Pirates in his career, and Pittsburgh turned five consecutive singles in the first inning into four runs.

Pittsburgh starter Jonathan Sanchez — who came in with a 12.96 ERA — allowed two runs in the first inning but retired the side in order in the second.

Good intentions backfire on Iowa St in NCAA case


April 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State brought former guard Keith Moore back as a student assistant in 2010, hoping for another success story in a program that helps former athletes return to finish their degrees. Instead, it may get sanctioned for major NCAA recruiting violations for the first time since 1986.

University officials say a well-intentioned effort to allow Moore to assist the team while completing a bachelor’s degree has backfired. It’s led to an NCAA investigation that could result in sanctions for the school and coaches found to have improperly contacted recruits.

The university is now facing questions about whether it properly vetted and supervised Moore, an AAU coach for top Iowa high school players. Experts say the Committee on Infractions will scrutinize the program’s relationship with Moore before deciding punishment.

Iowa St appears loaded at RB


April 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The absence of Iowa State senior running back Shontrelle Johnson hasn’t slowed the Cyclones down at all this spring.  Iowa State finds itself with a problem many other programs wish they had as spring ball winds down. The Cyclones run six deep at tailback — assuming that Johnson’s recovery from an ACL tear goes smoothly — and each of them has done enough to excite the coaching staff. Iowa State wraps up spring practice with an intra-squad scrimmage Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.

Drake Relays confident in meet safety


April 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drake Relays director Brian Brown says officials are confident that athletes and fans will be safe during next week’s meet. Brown was asked on multiple occasions about event security Tuesday in the wake of pair of recent explosions at the Boston Marathon. Though Brown declined to go into details about the meet’s security protocol, he says officials are “prepared” to host the event at Drake Stadium from April 25-28. Drake released a statement Tuesday saying that the public will be notified if the event decides to change its existing security plans. Brown says campus and Des Moines police, along with state and federal officials, help coordinate the annual safety plan for the meet.

178 Officials to be Honored at 19th Annual IHSAA Recognition & Awards Ceremony


April 16th, 2013 by Jim Field

A total of 178 officials are scheduled to receive awards at the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s 19th Annual Officials’ Banquet and Recognition Ceremony, Saturday, April 27 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.  A social hour will start the festivities at 5:30 p.m. followed by the dinner and recognition program.

The list of honoree includes five officials who each have 50 years of service. Those officials are Jerry L. Courtney of Burlington; Jack Foresman from Cleghorn; Willard Howell of Wapello; Martin Pillers from West Des Moines; and Larry C. Williams of Waverly.

Deb Richarz of LeMars will be honored as the NFHS Distinguished Active Official for Section 4 (Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana). Ms. Richarz has been an IGHSAU official for 32 years and has been an IHSAA official for 19.
She has officiated the State Volleyball and Softball Tournaments 13 years each including four title matches in volleyball and seven in softball. She has been the state’s NFOA official of the year in each sport, and has been inducted in the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She also has extensive experience in both sports at the NAIA, Division II and Division III levels at national and regional tournaments. She is active in the Siouxland Officials Association and a past president of the group.

Thirty-seven individuals will be honored for 35 years of service; 45 others for 25 years and 71 for officiating 15 years. In addition awards will be given to five aspiring new officials and 15 officials will receive a plaque as the NFOA state award winner of official of the year in a particular sport.

This year’s keynote speaker is Mike Pereira, a former college and NFL official who appears regularly on FOX Sports as a rules analyst. Pereira spent 14 years as a college football official with eight post season bowl games before joining the National Football League for 14 seasons as a game official followed by being a supervisor of officiating, director of officiating and vice president of NFL officiating. He left the NFL in 2009.

With FOX, if circumstances warrant a rules interpretation, he is on hand throughout their telecasts, communicating to the network announcers and fans. He is a regular contributor to the NFL Sunday pregame show, FOX Sports.com and the network’s sports radio. His vast experience allows him to pen a weekly column, which is titled “Under Review” and ranks the 10 most impactful calls made during the previous week’s games.

Following are the local officials scheduled to be honored at the April 27 ceremonies.

Tom Berens TREYNOR
Kevin O. Garrett ATLANTIC
Phillip Hascall ATLANTIC
Douglas Maher STANTON
Mark D. Markham ATLANTIC
Michael L. Ruhnke CARROLL
Bruce Schenck GLENWOOD

Doyle Engelen TEMPLETON

Jim Christensen FONTANELLE
C. Leroy Dukes BEDFORD
Jim Molitor CARROLL
Dale “Ernie” Reinke MANNING
James “Jake” Schwartzkopf STUART
John D. Walters CRESTON

Kevin Cabbage STANTON

Wrestling: Tom Moore GRISWOLD
Baseball: Bob Sweeney ATLANTIC

Two ISU players taken in WNBA draft


April 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

For only the third time in school history, the Iowa State women’s basketball team has had multiple players taken in the WNBA Draft. Aplington native Chelsea Poppens went in the middle of the second round last night, taken by the Seattle Storm with the 18th pick. Fellow Iowa State senior Anna Prins was also taken in the second round, going to the Connecticut Sun with the 23rd pick.

The Seattle Storm also picked Iowa State’s Alison Lacey in the WNBA Draft in 2010. Prins is the second Iowa State player picked by Connecticut, following Lindsey Wilson in 2003.

(Radio Iowa)

Creighton Inducts 3 into Hall of Fame


April 16th, 2013 by Jim Field

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Creighton University Athletic Hall of Fame has added three more members.

Christy Neneman, Nate Funk and Dan Smith were inducted Monday night during a ceremony in downtown Omaha.

Neneman was a women’s basketball player who graduated in 2004, Funk played on the men’s basketball team and graduated in 2007, and Smith was a pitcher for the baseball team and a first-round draft pick of the Texas Rangers in 1990.

Volleyball player Megan Bober and men’s basketball player Ethan Wragge (RAH-gee) were named Carl M. Reinert Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Bober and men’s basketball player Doug McDermott were named the school’s Athletes of the Year.

ISU’s Poppens, Prins Selected In WNBA Draft


April 16th, 2013 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – For the third time in school history Iowa State had two players selected in the WNBA Draft as Chelsea Poppens was selected by the Seattle Storm in the second round with the 18th overall pick and Anna Prins went to the Connecticut Sun, also in the second round, with the 23rd pick. Poppens and Prins are the 11th and 12th Cyclones selected in the draft.

Poppens and Prins recently wrapped up standout careers with both scoring over 1,000 career points. Now they will head to training camp at the beginning of May.

“It is a great honor to be selected in the WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm,” Poppens said. “They are a great franchise with a championship history and I’m excited to get started.”

“I’m very excited,” Prins added. “I wasn’t expecting to go that early so it kind of surprised me. I’m very excited for Pop as well. I’ve grown up watching the WNBA so it is a dream to have this opportunity.”

Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly was happy for the two players, who are roommates and good friends.

“It is fantastic to have two kids drafted,” Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly said. “It is a testament to those kids. They worked very hard to get to this point. Anytime you can hear Iowa State called it is a good thing. They are close friends so for them to go with picks 18 and 23, it is pretty special. I’m very happy for them.”

Poppens, an Aplington, Iowa native, was a two-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and a two-time All-Big 12 first team selection. The forward became the second player in school history and the 14th player in Big 12 history to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in a career. She averaged 11.1 points and 8.7 rebounds in her 126 game career. Poppens shot 50 percent from the field and 71.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Prins, a center from Broomfield, Colo., had the best season of her career in 2012-13, averaging a career-best 12.3 points. Prins, who for the first time in her career didn’t miss a game, played 26.6 minutes a game and was in double figures in 20 games this season. She averaged 19.6 points and shot 58.7 percent from the field in the Cyclones’ five postseason games, including an all-tournament team performance at the Big 12 Championship. Prins scored a career-high 32 points in the semifinals against Oklahoma. In 117 career games, Prins averaged 10.1 points and hit 100 career 3-pointers.

Eight players from the Big 12 were drafted.

8AM Sportscast 04-16-2013

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