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Norris Pitches Astros to 2-0 Win Over Cardinals


September 27th, 2012 by admin

HOUSTON (AP) – Bud Norris pitched into the eighth inning for his first win since May 21, and Jose Altuve homered and the Houston Astros avoided a sweep with a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, who are vying for the second NL wild card, on Wednesday night.

Norris (6-13) allowed two hits and struck out seven without a walk in 7 1-3 innings to snap a career-long 12-game losing streak which spanned 18 starts in the last National League game in Houston with the Astros moving to the American League West for 2013.

The victory broke a 10-game winning streak for the Cardinals over Houston and cut their lead over Los Angeles and Milwaukee to 3 1/2 games for the second NL wild card spot after both teams won Wednesday.

Athletic Director Tom Osborne Retiring at Nebraska


September 26th, 2012 by Jim Field

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne is retiring as of Jan. 1.

The 75-year-old Osborne announced his decision Wednesday at a news conference. He says “the perception” that you’re getting old “can get in the way.” Osborne says he doesn’t want to be a distraction.

Osborne was one of the most successful football coaches in history. Every one of his 25 teams won at least nine games, and three of his last four teams won national championships. He retired with a career record of 255-49-3, an .836 winning percentage that ranked fifth all-time among Division I coaches, and 13 conference titles. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998, the year after he retired.

After serving in Congress and losing a gubernatorial bid, he returned to the university in 2007 to take over the athletic department and oversee the rebuilding of the football program and shepherd the school’s move from the Big 12 to the Big Ten.

Under Osborne’s watch, the athletic department has built a new basketball practice facility and entered into a public-private partnership to build a 16,000-seat basketball arena in downtown Lincoln that will open for the 2013-14 season. He also oversaw an expansion project that will increase Memorial Stadium’s capacity to more than 90,000 next year.

Chiefs Put Hudson on IR, Sign Mattison, Hochstein


September 26th, 2012 by Jim Field

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs put center Rodney Hudson on injured reserve Wednesday with a broken bone in his left leg and signed offensive linemen Russ Hochstein and Bryan Mattison to provide additional depth.

The moves came one day after Kansas City put cornerback Jacques Reeves on IR.

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said Wednesday that veteran guard Ryan Lilja will start at center on Sunday against San Diego, and rookie Jeff Allen will take his place. It will be the same arrangement that Kansas City used once Hudson was hurt in last Sunday’s overtime victory in New Orleans.

Hochstein has started 36 of the 137 games he’s played over 10 seasons with Tampa Bay, New England and Denver. Mattison has started four of the 15 games he’s played with Baltimore and St. Louis.

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Tuesday Volleyball Results


September 26th, 2012 by Jim Field

Hawkeye 10:
(3-0) Shenandoah 25-25-25, Atlantic 12-9-17
(3-0) Clarinda 25-25-25, Denison-Schleswig 16-7-18
(3-1) Kuemper Catholic 25-18-25-25, Red Oak 23-25-18-17
(3-1)Lewis Central 25-25-24-25, Creston 21-8-26-18
(3-0) Harlan beat Glenwood

Western Iowa:
(3-0) Audubon 25-25-25, Riverside 19-15-11
(3-0) Missouri Valley 25-25-25, A-H-S-T 16-17-13
(3-0) Tri-Center 25-25-25, Griswold 9-13-17
(3-2) Underwood beat Treynor

Rolling Hills:
(3-0) Adair-Casey 25-25-25, Exira-EHK 17-21-21
(3-0) Glidden-Ralston 25-25-25, Iowa Christian Academy 9-22-13
(3-0) Grandview Park Baptist 25-25-25, Paton-Churdan 11-21-9

(3-1) Ar-We-Va 25-21-25-25, West Harrison 14-25-19-4
(3-1) Bedford 28-25-25-25, Lenox 30-10-12-15
(3-0) Carroll 25-25-25, Perry 20-17-20
(3-0) Earlham 25-25-29, Coon Rapids-Bayard 22-22-27
(3-0) East Mills 25-25-25, Clarinda Academy 5-7-7
(3-0) East Union 25-25-25, Corning 15-18-11
(3-1) Fremont-Mills 25-16-25-25, Sidney 21-25-18-22
(3-1) Nodaway Valley 25-18-25-25, Mount Ayr 20-25-21-21
(3-0) St. Albert 25-25-25, Omaha Mercy 8-18-15
(3-0) Stanton 25-25-25, Nishnabotna 18-18-17
(3-1) Van Meter 25-25-29-25, Panorama 19-19-31-15
(3-0) Villisca 25-25-25, Heartland Christian 16-17-15
(3-0) West Monona 25-25-25, Charter Oak-Ute 13-13-10
(2-0) Woodbury Central 25-25, Charter Oak-Ute 17-16

Chiefs Put CB Jacques Reeves on IR


September 26th, 2012 by admin

The Chiefs put cornerback Jacques Reeves on injured reserve Tuesday.

The veteran defender has been dealing with a hamstring issue that kept him out of the Chiefs’ 27-24 overtime victory at New Orleans on Sunday. Kansas City plays San Diego this Sunday.

Reeves has started 34 of the 90 games he’s played in the NFL, but he stepped away from the game for two full years in his prime to tend to his mother, who underwent a liver and kidney transplant last September.

She died on July 26, the day the Chiefs reported to training camp.

Reeves proved to be invaluable when starting cornerback Brandon Flowers and backup Jalil Brown went down with injuries early in the year. Both of them are back now.

Cardinals Win 4th Straight


September 26th, 2012 by admin

Jaime Garcia pitched seven sharp innings and Jon Jay drove in two runs to help the St. Louis Cardinals improve their playoff chances with a 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals won their fourth straight and extended their winning streak over the last-place Astros to a franchise-best 10 games. They also moved 4 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee in the race for the second NL wild card. The Brewers lost in Cincinnati 4-2.

The Dodgers, who played later in San Diego, began the day 3 1/2 back.

With seven games remaining, St. Louis is closing in on the NL’s final available postseason spot. Atlanta clinched at least a wild-card berth by beating Miami 4-3 earlier Tuesday night.

Gophers in Good Shape at Big 10 Start, But Lots Left


September 25th, 2012 by Jim Field

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota begins Big Ten play as one of only three undefeated teams left in the conference, enjoying a 4-0 start for the first time since the 2008 season.

But while the Gophers are relishing their September success, already beating their victory total in each of the last two years, they’re trying to maintain perspective. These weren’t nationally ranked opponents, for one. And two-thirds of the schedule remains, so there’s no sense in celebrating now.

Rival Iowa is up next on Saturday, and though the Gophers have two straight wins over the Hawkeyes they haven’t won at Kinnick Stadium since 1999. Though Iowa has slipped in recent seasons, Minnesota is expecting a fired-up opponent, with the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy at stake.

Big Ten Surprises Minnesota, Northwestern Both 4-0


September 25th, 2012 by Jim Field

For all the Big Ten bashing going on, there are a couple feel-good stories playing out at Minnesota and Northwestern.

The Gophers and Wildcats are teams that typically fade from the conference spotlight in October. Right now, both are celebrating 4-0 starts.

Ohio State also has won four straight, but that’s no surprise.

Minnesota already has won one more game than it did all of last season, and Northwestern owns three of the Big Ten’s six wins over BCS-conference opponents.

Minnesota would be 5-0 for the first time since 2004 if it can beat Iowa on the road Saturday. Northwestern opens Big Ten play at home against Indiana.

Ferentz, Hawkeyes Feeling the Heat


September 25th, 2012 by Jim Field

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz shook up his staff in the off season because he believed back-to-back 4-4 finishes in the Big Ten simply wasn’t good enough.

Right now, the Hawkeyes don’t look like they can finish anywhere near .500 in the league.

Iowa’s slow descent into mediocrity sped up on Saturday with a shocking 32-31 loss to Central Michigan.

The reeling Hawkeyes (2-2) on Saturday host Minnesota, which is off to a surprising 4-0 start. Ferentz defended quarterback James Vandenberg and his coaching staff Tuesday while saying the Hawkeyes have to learn from last week’s loss and move on.