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Chiefs QB Smith focusing on football, not contract


July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith says that the time is approaching where he will shelve all talk about a contract extension and focus solely on football for the remainder of the season. The Chiefs have been discussing a new deal with Smiths’ representatives for months, though the sides remain far apart. Smith said after practice Wednesday that he’s yet to set a date to break off negotiations, but he acknowledged that “at some point mentally it’ll come to me.”

Smith is due $7.5 million this season, the final year of his contract, and many expect him to get an extension similar to what Colin Kaepernick received from the San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick signed a six-year, $126 million deal that includes $61 million guaranteed.

Chiefs’ Murray says bro, ‘Bachelorette’ very happy


July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs rookie Aaron Murray was tied up in meetings Monday night, at the same time millions of people were tuning into ABC to see whether his brother would be popping the question.
No worries. Murray knew months ago that his brother, Josh Murray, would be chosen by “The Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman on this season of the reality dating show. In fact, the finale was taped the same week of the NFL draft, making it a memorable weekend in his household.

Josh Murray played professional baseball for a while before returning to college. He ultimately joined the football team at Georgia, playing safety while his brother starred at quarterback. Asked whether his brother is still engaged, the younger Murray laughed: “Yes, still engaged,” he said Wednesday. “It’s going well so far.”

Chiefs S Commings leaves field with ankle injury


July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Oft-injured Chiefs safety Sanders Commings was carted off the practice field Wednesday after getting juked to the ground by running back Jamaal Charles and hurting his right ankle. Commings broke his collarbone in his first practice as a rookie and was finally getting up to speed. He was trying to tackle Charles in the open field when he whiffed, turning his ankle in such a way that he was unable to put any weight on it.

Commings was in a heated competition for a backup job, and the Chiefs hoped he would push veteran Husain Abdullah for the free safety spot that opened when Kendrick Lewis departed. Meanwhile, right tackle Donald Stephenson returned to practice after missing Monday’s workout with a left ankle injury. The Chiefs had Tuesday off.

2014 Hawkeye 10 Baseball All-Conference Teams


July 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

1st Team:
P – Cob Baker, Glenwood, 12
P – Brett Croghan, Harlan, 10
P – Josh Jones, Lewis Central, 12
C – Austin Simmons, Lewis Central, 11 (Unanimous)
C – Brady Wheeler, Glenwood, 12
IF – Corey Bertini, Glenwood, 12 (Unanimous)
IF – Sean Houston, Denison-Schleswig, 11 (Unanimous)
IF – Shae Patterson, St. Albert, 12
IF – Caleb Shudak, Lewis Central, 10
OF – Jon Meyering, St. Albert, 11 (Unanimous)
OF – Nate Gettys, Harlan, 12
OF – Trevor Luther, Creston, 12
UTL – Josh Hecker, St. Albert, 12
UTL – Logan Steffens, Atlantic, 12
UTL – Cale Stork, Harlan, 12
UTL – Luke Sutherland, Lewis Central, 11

2nd Team:
P – Jake Petry, St. Albert, 11
P – Wyatt Schulz, Glenwood, 11
P – Brayden Schurke, Denison-Schleswig, 12
C – Zac Reynolds, Denison-Schleswig, 11
C – Adam Schleisman, Kuemper Catholic, 11
IF – Jackson Baker, Shenandoah, 12
IF – Adam Juhl, Harlan, 12
IF – Derek Leinen, Harlan, 12
IF – Joey Walker, Atlantic, 11
OF – Eric Johnson, St. Albert, 12
OF – Nolan Robinson, Glenwood, 12
OF – Rease Snyder, Kuemper Catholic, 9
UTL – Carlos Guerra, Red Oak, 10
UTL – Jett Kettwick, Clarinda, 11
UTL – Jose Rendon, Shenandoah, 12
UTL – Nick Tarney, Harlan, 9

Honorable Mention:
UTL – Ryan Hawkins, Atlantic, 10
C – Brendan Holmes, Atlantic, 10
P – Jacob Cabbage, Clarinda, 11
UTL – Cole Crawford, Creston, 12
INF – Conner Pals, Creston, 11
UTL – Brandon Phipps, Creston, 12
P – Brandon Brotherton, Denison-Schleswig, 10
UTL – Nathan Promes, Denison-Schleswig, 11
OF – Mitch Kramer, Harlan, 11
INF – Blake Elam, Lewis Central, 9
UTL – Payton Mehsling, Lewis Central, 11
OF – Kyler Nixon, Lewis Central, 11
INF – Trevor Feilmeier, Kuemper Catholic, 10
IF – Jesse Taylor, Red Oak, 10
OF – Devon Perkins, Shenandoah, 9

8AM Sportscast 07-30-2014

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July 30th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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McCarver to join St. Louis Walk of Fame


July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Walk of Fame already features 10 men who played for the St. Louis Cardinals. Tim McCarver is about to make it No. 11. The former Cardinals catcher and Hall of Fame broadcaster will be inducted Monday on the Delmar Loop, site of the Walk of Fame.

McCarver was just 17 when he was called up to St. Louis in 1959. He was a two-time All Star for the Cardinals and was part of the 1964 and 1967 World Series-winning teams.

He later played for Philadelphia, Montreal and Boston before retiring as a player in 1980. He became a national TV broadcaster, calling 24 World Series before retiring after the 2013 series. He is now working part time on some Cardinals TV broadcasts.

State Baseball scores (7/29) & Schedule (7/30)


July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Tuesday (July 29th)
Waverly-Shell Rock 3, Solon 1
Assumption 8, Harlan 7
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 2, Algona 1
Dallas Center-Grimes 3, Fairfield 0 (nine innings)

Friday (Aug. 1st)
Noon. — Waverly-Shell Rock (36-2) vs. Assumption (24-15)
2 p.m. — Sergeant Bluff-Luton (25-11) vs. Dallas Center-Grimes (23-14)

Wednesday, (July 30)
Noon — Waukee (35-4) vs. Johnston (22-16)
2 p.m. — Iowa City West (32-9) vs. Dowling Catholic (29-10)
6 p.m. — Dubuque Hempstead (36-5) vs. West Des Moines Valley (24-16)
8 p.m. — Cedar Rapids Kennedy (31-6) vs. Southeast Polk (29-13)

NDSU picked to win Missouri Valley football crown


July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Three-time defending national champion North Dakota State is picked to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference title. The poll of league coaches, media and sports information directors released Tuesday shows the Bison with 24 out of 39 first-place votes and 370 points. NDSU has won 24 straight games. The Bison had a change in head coaches over the winter when Chris Klieman was named to replace Craig Bohl, who left for Wyoming.

South Dakota State is the second choice with eight first-place votes and 330 points, followed by Northern Iowa with seven first-place votes and 324 points. Youngstown State is tabbed for fourth with 240 points, followed by Southern Illinois (237), Illinois State (197), Missouri State (180), South Dakota (121), Western Illinois (96) and Indiana State (50).

Chiefs linebacker Johnson sets sights on record


July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson still believes his best days are ahead. The 31-year-old veteran is beginning his 10th season, coming off his third Pro Bowl and closing in on the franchise record for tackles. He needs just 19 to reach 1,000 for his career, which would be one more than Gary Spani recorded from 1978-86. Johnson said this week that he hasn’t thought about hanging up his cleats, even though he’ll turn 32 in November.

Johnson said he’s still working out in the offseason with Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, and as long as he can keep up with him, he’s going to keep going. Besides, there may be no more valuable player on the Chiefs defense than No. 56.

Gyorko, Ross lead Padres to 3-1 win vs Cardinals


July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jedd Gyorko singled in Yangervis Solarte with the go-ahead run with two outs in the sixth inning and Tyson Ross and the San Diego Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Tuesday night. Ross, a first-time All-Star, won his third straight start by holding St. Louis to one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out seven, including fanning the side in his last inning. It was the eighth time Ross (10-10) went six-plus innings and allowed two or fewer runs, the second-longest such streak in the majors.

Gyorko returned Monday from a 44-game stay on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis. His run-scoring single to left off Lance Lynn came just as it seemed the Padres would strand two runners. Solarte homered into the short porch in right with two outs in the seventh. It was his second with the Padres and eighth overall.

Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his third save.