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Wong, Lynn star as Cardinals beat Tigers to avoid sweep


May 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning and Lance Lynn got his fifth career RBI to back his dominant pitching as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on Sunday night to avoid a three-game sweep. Miguel Cabrera’s RBI double in the first was the only damage against Lynn (3-3), who gave a weary bullpen a break before walking the last two batters he faced at the end of his 7 1-3 innings.

Seth Maness’ only pitch got a double-play ball to end the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal finished for his 13th save. Matt Carpenter added two hits and Peter Bourgos tripled and scored on Lynn’s single in the third. The Cardinals improved to a major league-best 25-12 despite having two players thrown at the plate. Alfredo Simon (4-2) gave up two runs in six innings for the Tigers, whose three-game winning streak ended.


Cardinals to start Garcia Thursday; Tuivailala recalled


May 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Cardinals are giving lefty Jaime Garcia his first start of the season on Thursday. Garcia had a setback in spring training from thoracic outlet surgery, performed to alleviate numbness and tingling in his pitching arm and hand. He threw six innings in a minor league rehab start this weekend, and St. Louis needed a starter after Tyler Lyons faltered Saturday.

The 28-year-old Garcia appeared in just 16 games combined the last two seasons. He was a 13-game winner each of his first two seasons in the rotation in 2010 and 2011. Garcia will be starting against the Mets in New York. St. Louis also added bullpen depth Sunday, recalling right-hander Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis.

Lyons, who made three starts in the slot formerly held by injured ace Adam Wainwright, was optioned to Memphis, a day after lasting just 3 2-3 innings in a loss to Detroit. The 22-year-old Tuivailala worked two innings of relief in a 14-inning victory over Pittsburgh on May 3 and appeared in two games last September. He was 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA and three saves in three chances in 12 games at Memphis.

Lyons is 0-0 with a 5.54 ERA, striking out 17 in 13 innings but also surrendering 18 hits.

Buescher rallies to win NASCAR Xfinity race in Iowa


May 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Chris Buescher pulled away on a restart in a green-white-checkered finish Sunday to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Iowa Speedway. Buescher raced to his first victory of the season to give Roush-Fenway Racing its fifth Iowa win.

Chase Elliott appeared poised for an easy win before a late caution set up overtime. Buescher was the beneficiary, and he took advantage with a perfectly executed restart. Elliott finished second after leading a race-high 114 laps. Erik Jones was third, followed by Brian Scott and Ryan Blaney.

NE assistant soccer coach dies in Cass County, IA crash Sat. morning

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May 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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An assistant soccer coach for the University of Nebraska was killed Saturday morning during a crash on Interstate 80 in western Iowa. KETV in Omaha reports 31-year old Peter Underwood was traveling on a recruiting trip near Atlantic, when the eastbound car he was in was struck by a pickup truck traveling in the wrong direction on I-80, near the Marne exit. The crash happened at around 7-a.m.  Additional details about the crash had not been released as of 8-p.m. Saturday.

University officials said Underwood had just completed his fourth season with the Nebraska women’s soccer program, serving the last two as a full-time coach and the previous two as a volunteer assistant. He is survived by his wife, Austin, and their two young children, daughter, Lyla, and son, Jude.

A statement issued by Huskers Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst, said “The University of Nebraska Athletics family is deeply saddened by the loss of Peter Underwood and our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to his wife, Austin, their children, Lyla and Jude, and his extended family and friends.” Eichorst said also,”Peter was a beacon of positive light, a wonderfully talented coach, and an even better family man of great character and faith. He will be missed by all of us.”

Underwood helped the Huskers to the Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2013, as Nebraska posted a 19-4-1 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A native of London, England, Underwood moved to the United States and played one season of varsity soccer at Concord before the program was dropped.

Services are pending. Condolences can be sent to: Underwood Family, P.O. Box 880120, One Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE 68588-0120.

Iowa poised to host NASCAR Xfinity race


May 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Drew Herring was the fastest during qualifying Saturday for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway as a fill-in for Erik Jones. But Jones, who was in Charlotte, North Carolina, with teammate Kyle Busch for the Sprint Cup All-Star race, will start from the back because he didn’t qualify his own car.

Daniel Suarez and Brian Scott will make up the first row for Sunday’s race, which will be the first stand-alone event of the year for NASCAR’s second-tier series. Chris Buescher and Brandon Jones, who’ll make his series debut Sunday, were fourth and fifth.


Cabrera hits 400th homer, Tigers outlast Cardinals in 10


May 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit his 400th career home run and nearly five hours later Jose Iglesias had an RBI single in the 10th inning that sent the Detroit Tigers over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on a rainy Saturday. Cabrera’s milestone shot gave him the most homers by a Venezuelan-born player, passing Andres Galarraga. The solo shot came in the first inning just before a rain delay of 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Cabrera has hit four homers in three games, 10 overall and 262 with Detroit, tying him with Willie Horton for fourth on the franchise list. Adrian Beltre of Texas hit his 400th homer Friday. Cabrera tied Beltre for 52nd place on the career list, with Duke Snider next at 407.


Atlantic’s Podhajsky wins district tennis title


May 16th, 2015 by Chris Parks

In Class 1A tennis Friday, that was postponed from Thursday, in Carroll Atlantic’s Nick Podhajsky defeated Matt Moran of Denison-Schleswig in the singles final to take the district championship. Both players will advance to state.

Mitch Kinsey and Spencer Pauley took the district title in doubles play to make it to state.

The team title went to Denison-Schleswig who will move on to play either Atlantic or Kuemper Catholic. They will play in a Preliminary Substate match on Monday in Atlantic.

In Class 2A play in Johnston Abraham Lincoln’s Kyle Crowl won the singles district championship.  Abraham Lincoln finished second in the team race and is set to take on Johnston Saturday in a Preliminary Substate match.

Substate tennis will be held Saturday, May 23rd. The state individual and doubles tournament is Friday, May 29th and Saturday, May 30th. State team tennis is June 2nd.

High school soccer scores Friday


May 16th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Girls Soccer

  • Missouri Valley 4 Denison-Schleswig 2
  • Nodaway Valley/WCV/AC 3 Kuemper 0
  • Underwood 5 Harlan 2

Boys Soccer

  • Denison-Schleswig 4 Atlantic 2
  • Ballard 4 Nodaway Valley 0
  • St. Albert 1 Harlan 0
  • Riverside 4 Treynor 3 (OT/PKs)

Class 1A state track qualifying meet at Mt. Ayr


May 16th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Here are the results from the Class 1A State Track Qualifying Meet at Mt. Ayr on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Girls Team: 1st Griswold 164. 2nd Essex 104. 3rd Lenox 91. 4th Mount Ayr 87. 5th Bedford 76.

Griswold’s Rebekah Topham won the 800, 1500 and 3000 meter runs. Jackie Rush from Griswold won the shot put and the tigers’ 4×800 team won.

Boys Team: 1st Mount Ayr 164. 2nd Griswold 120. 3rd Nishnabotna 91. 4th Lamoni 7. Stanton 62.

Derek Kirchhoff  of Griswold won four events. The 100 meters and was part of the 4×100, 1600 medley and shuttle hurdle relay teams. Griwold’s David Thompson won the 3200 Meter Run.

All event winners automatically qualified for the state meet next week.

7AM Sportscast 05-16-2015

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