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SMU Eyes Big 12

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August 26th, 2011 by Jim Field

     SMU wants to join an automatic qualifying BCS conference and believes the Big 12 would be the best fit.  SMU athletic director Steve Orsini says he’s had informal talks
with Big 12 officials for some time to inform them of the school’s improvements and growth.  He says it’s been SMU’s goal to join a BCS conference since it wasn’t included in the Southwest Conference’s merger with the Big 8. With Texas A&M looking to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, he felt it was time to promote SMU, currently in Conference USA, as a possible replacement.  The Big 12′s BCS status is the biggest draw for the Mustangs, but Orsini says getting to rekindle regional rivalries from the Southwest Conference also makes the Big 12 an attractive option.

Thursday’s High School Football Scores

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August 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Council Bluffs St. Albert 19, Council Bluffs Lewis Central 14

Bedford 34, Leon Central Decatur 14

Rams, Chiefs See Importance of Preseason Matchup

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August 25th, 2011 by Jim Field

     KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams meet in their annual Governor’s Cup showdown on Friday night at Arrowhead Stadium.  Starters figure to get their most playing time, while backups will have their last chance to impress their coaches in a game before the first round of cuts Aug. 30.  Off the field, the teams are also raising awareness of the recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo., which was devastated by a tornado earlier this year. Coaches will be wearing special shirts and hats, donations will be accepted and rescuers and volunteers will be honored during the game.  Says Rams coach Steve Spanguolo: “The guys know that even though it’s not a regular season game there is some importance to it.”

Iowa State Safety Earl Brooks Out for Season

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August 25th, 2011 by Jim Field

     AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads says backup safety Earl Brooks is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.  Brooks, who played in all 12 games last season as a reserve, entered fall camp as the backup to Ter’Ran Benton.  Iowa State also released its latest depth chart Thursday, which  offered few surprises from the one the Cyclones opened camp with earlier this month.  One of the biggest changes is that freshman C.J. Morgan and sophomore Deon Broomfield are listed as co-starters at linebacker.  Morgan and Broomfield had been listed as safeties, an indication that the Cyclones are stacking their defense to combat the pass-happy attacks prevalent in the Big 12.  Iowa State hosts Northern Iowa in its opener on Sept. 3.

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August 25th, 2011 by Doug Evans

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Dodgers 9, Cardinals 4

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August 25th, 2011 by Jim Field

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Juan Rivera homered and knocked in three runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers scored an early knockout of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second straight day, completing their first road sweep of the season with a 9-4 victory on Wednesday.  The Cardinals were outscored 24-7 in the Dodgers’ first three-game sweep in St. Louis since Aug. 20-22, 1993, and have dropped seven of nine overall. They failed to take advantage of a rare loss by NL Central-leading Milwaukee, remaining 10 games back with 32 to go.  Hiroki Kuroda (10-14) worked seven solid innings and A.J. Ellis hit his first career homer off of Jaime Garcia (10-7) to give the Dodgers a two-day total of six long balls. Matt Kemp had two singles and two RBIs and James Loney had three hits with a pair of doubles and an RBI.

Chiefs’ Cassel has Paid his Dues on Climb to Top

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August 25th, 2011 by Jim Field

     KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – There may be no more important piece to the Kansas City Chiefs’ puzzle this season than quarterback Matt Cassel.  After paying his dues at USC and with the New England Patriots, Cassel was given a chance to shine when he was traded to the Chiefs. His first season was one of progress, but his tremendous growth last year was a big reason the Chiefs went 10-6 and won the AFC West.  Coach Todd Haley understands that the team’s fortunes again rest on Cassel’s right arm.  Haley said the biggest thing that Cassel needs to do is understand his own players, and the match-ups they create. That has been difficult with wide receivers Jonathan Baldwin and Steve Breaston missing time because of injuries.

Berkman Wants to Stay in St. Louis

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August 25th, 2011 by Jim Field

     ST. LOUIS (AP) – Lance Berkman would like to stay in St. Louis, no matter how the Cardinals finish the season.  The Cardinals signed Berkman to a one-year, $8 million free
agent contract last December and he’s having a big comeback year with 29 homers, 78 RBIs and a .290 average. He’s been healthy, too, appearing in 114 games and making routine plays in right field.  Berkman said Wednesday he believes the Cardinals are not far away from being contenders, although they’re fast running out of time this year. The Cardinals are 10-13 since acquiring Edwin Jackson and Rafael Furcal at the trade deadline and are 10 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers, who are on a 24-5 tear.

2011 First Iowa Girls High School Volleyball Rankings

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August 25th, 2011 by Jim Field

Class 1A
School
2010 Record
1
Tripoli
35-6
2
LeMars Gehlen Catholic
28-7
3
Holy Trinity Catholic
38-10
4
Boyden-Hull
25-5
5
East Union
30-7
6
Ar-We-Va
25-9
7
Adair-Casey
25-7
8
Coon Rapids-Bayard
24-7
9
Marquette Catholic
23-11
10
Stanton
27-3
11
Central Lyon
20-11
12
Iowa Christian Academy
18-9
13
Bedford
35-5
14
Janesville
26-9
15
Lisbon
14-14
Class 2A
School
2010 Record
1
Western Christian
47-3
2
Grundy Center
38-6
3
Lake Mills
43-1
4
Dike-New Hartford
35-9
5
Mediapolis
43-4
6
Pella Christian
26-12
7
Sumner-Fredericksburg
25-7
8
Sheldon
36-3
9
Clarinda
26-6
10
Mount Vernon
41-0
11
Sioux Central
21-8
12
Unity Christian
29-7
13
West Branch
29-7
14
West Liberty
22-13
15
Gilbert
27-10
Class 3A
School
2010 Record
1
Sioux City Bishop Heelan
47-9
2
Waverly-Shell Rock
49-2
3
Williamsburg
25-9
4
Dubuque Wahlert
22-10
5
Union
28-5
6
Charles City
33-8
7
West Delaware
40-4
8
Solon
20-7
9
MOC-Floyd Valley
23-13
10
Marion
14-15
11
Red Oak
22-12
12
Algona
33-5
13
Sergeant Bluff-Luton
20-19
14
Nevada
30-12
15
Maquoketa
17-13
Class 4A
School
2010 Record
1
Ankeny
28-4
2
Iowa City High
33-6
3
Cedar Rapids Kennedy
36-8
4
Iowa City West
37-7
5
Waukee
22-9
6
Dowling Catholic
20-10
7
Urbandale
35-9
8
Bettendorf
24-8
9
Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln
29-21
10
West Des Moines Valley
20-16
11
Sioux City East
29-16
12
Cedar Falls
23-13
13
Pleasant Valley
21-11
14
Sioux City North
26-15
15
Dubuque Hempstead
19-16

Chiefs Lose LB Siler to Torn Achilles in Camp

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August 24th, 2011 by Jim Field

     KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The agent for Brandon Siler says the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker tore his Achilles tendon during practice and will miss the entire season.  David Canter confirmed the injury in a text message to The Associated Press on Wednesday. He did not know which Achilles was hurt on Tuesday, but he said Siler has already had surgery to repair it.  Siler was competing for the middle linebacker spot beside Derrick Johnson after signing with the Chiefs as a free agent. He had looked good throughout fall camp after picking up 44 tackles, one sack and one interception in 12 games with the San Diego Chargers last season.