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Iowa Tops Illinois in Big Ten Tourney

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March 8th, 2012 by Jim Field

Matt Gatens made sure his Iowa career didn’t end on Thursday.  The senior made a pair of late free throws to help seal the game as Iowa beat Illinois 64-61 in the first round of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis.  Gatens led the Hawkeyes with 20 points as they rallied from a four point halftime deficit.  Freshman Aaron White had 13 points for Iowa.  The biggest difference in the game was free throw shooting, Iowa was 12 of 19 from the stripe, the Illini never shot a free throw.  Meyers Leonard led Illinois with 18 points, while D.J. Richardson and Joseph Bertrand each had 11.  Iowa out-rebounded Illinois 34-32 and the Hawkeyes had nine steals and only turned the ball over six times.  Iowa improves to 17-15 on the season and advances to the quarter-final round Friday when they will face top seed Michigan State.  The game will tip off Friday morning at 11:00.  You can hear the game live on KJAN with the pre-game beginning at 10:00 am.

Agent: Bills TE Chandler Agrees to 2-Year Deal

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March 8th, 2012 by Jim Field

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tight end Scott Chandler has agreed in principal to a two-year contract to re-sign with the Buffalo Bills less than a week before he was eligible to become a free agent, the player’s agent has told The Associated Press.

Rick E. Smith confirmed in an e-mail that his client had agreed to the deal Thursday morning. Chandler, a former Iowa Hawkeye player, announced the news himself by posting it on his Twitter account. Chandler wrote he’s “blessed to be back with the Bills,” and added there’s “nowhere else I want to be.”

Chandler had 38 catches for 389 yards and tied a single-season franchise record with six touchdowns last season.

He becomes the second key offensive player retained by the Bills before free agency opens next week. Buffalo re-signed leading receiver Stevie Johnson on Monday.

Staying in St. Louis an Easy Call for Shortstop

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March 8th, 2012 by Jim Field

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Rafael Furcal didn’t have to think too hard about re-signing with the St. Louis Cardinals, even after they declined to pick up his contract option.

Furcal, a trade deadline pickup who was one of the keys to the Cardinals’ World Series run, got a two-year, $14 million contract.

He filled voids last season at leadoff and at shortstop, where he helped to solidify the defense with one of the strongest arms at his position in the major leagues.

Nodaway Valley Falls in 1-A Semi-Finals

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March 8th, 2012 by Jim Field

Danville made a push in the fourth quarter and grabbed a 65-49 win over Nodaway Valley in a Class 1-A boys state semi-final game Thursday morning.  Danville led by three after three quarters, but a 19-6 final quarter advantage was the difference.  The Bears made 15 of their 21 free throw attempts, had a 17-5 edge in second chance points and out-rebounded the Wolverines 40-26.  Steven Soukup led Danville with 25 points and 13 rebounds, Collin Bartsch had 14 points and Michael Soukup added 13.  Nodaway Valley was led by Alex Welsch with 17 points and 11 rebounds and T.J. Bower had 15 points.  Danville improves to 27-0 and will play in the 1-A title game for the second straight year.  Nodaway Valley falls to 23-3 and will play in the 1-A consolation game Friday morning.

8AM Sportscast 03-08-2012

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March 8th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Wednesday Boys State Basketball Tournament Results

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March 8th, 2012 by Jim Field

CLASS 3-A

  • Mt. Pleasant 62, ADM 32

CLASS 4-A

  • Sioux City East 66, West Des Moines Valley 60
  • Ankeny 58, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 26
  • Linn-Mar 51, Dubuque Senior 50
  • Iowa City West 74, Waukee 52

Hall of Fame to Honor 3 Cardinal Managers

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March 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Baseball’s Hall of Fame will honor three generations of St. Louis Cardinals’ World Series champions on July 21, the day before this year’s induction ceremonies. The Hall said Wednesday there will be a special recognition for the living managers who led the Cardinals to Series titles: Red Schoendienst (1967), Whitey Herzog (1982) and Tony La Russa (2006 and last year). Hall president Jeff Idelson says “these three managers have united a fan base for generations and provided endless memories for Cardinals fans everywhere.” Schoendienst and Herzog are both members of the Hall. La Russa also led Oakland to the 1989 championship. They will be praised during the Hall’s awards presentation, when Tim McCarver is honored for excellence in broadcasting and Toronto Sun columnist Bob Elliott is recognized for writing.

Records: Ferentz’s Son Will Report to Iowa AD

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March 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University officials say newly-hired Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz will report to athletics director Gary Barta and not his father, head coach Kirk Ferentz. The university on Wednesday released details of a plan to manage the conflict of interest between Brian Ferentz and his father, which is required under a school policy that discourages nepotism in hiring and salary decisions. Barta wrote in a memo that he was “very interested in pursuing” Brian Ferentz to join the football staff due to his experience and success as an assistant for the New England Patriots. Barta wrote that he, not Kirk Ferentz, interviewed four applicants for the job and recommended Brian Ferentz based on his “credentials and candidacy.” Under the plan, Barta will conduct Brian Ferentz’s annual performance review and compensation.

8AM Sportscast 03-07-2012

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March 7th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Tuesday Boys State Basketball Results

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March 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CLASS 2-A

  • Final — Ft. Dodge St. Edmond 53, PCM  52
  • Final – Clarinda 50, Roland-Story 31

CLASS 3-A

  • Final — Bishop Heelan Catholic 35, MOC-Floyd Valley 33
  • Final — Western Dubuque 58, Davenport Assumption 46
  • Final – Grinnell 60, Waverly-Shell Rock 55