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Gomez, Moffatt win Des Moines triathlon


September 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Spain’s Javier Gomez took the lead with about a mile left in the run to defend his title in the Hy-Vee Triathlon Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa. Emma Moffatt of Australia won the women’s race. Gomez and Moffatt each earned $100,000 for their victories.

Though the event’s purse was cut from $1.1 million to $500,000 this year, it still offers the biggest prize in the world for Olympic-style distance triathlons. Gomez, the silver medalist from the London Games, was more than minute behind the leaders after the cycling portion of the event before catching them in the run. American Hunter Kemper was second, finishing 12 seconds behind Gomez.

Moffatt, who won in Des Moines in 2009 and finished second twice, was 1:26 ahead of runner-up Melissa Hauschildt.

Johnson scores 4 TDs, N. Iowa beats Iowa St 28-20


August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — David Johnson ran for a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns and caught passes for two more scores to lead Northern Iowa past Iowa State 28-20 on Saturday night.

Northern Iowa, seeking a return to the FCS playoffs after a rare losing record in 2012, jumped to a 21-7 lead on a steamy Midwest evening and handed Iowa State its first season-opening loss in five seasons under coach Paul Rhoads. It was just the fifth victory for the Panthers in 28 games with the Cyclones, who are coming off two straight bowl appearances.

Iowa State drew to 21-20 on Cole Netten’s third-quarter field goals of 23 and 38 yards, the first of his career. But Johnson caught a short pass from Kollmorgen, slipped through three defenders and went 29 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter for an eight-point lead that held up.

N. Illinois stuns Iowa 30-27


August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Mathew Sims hit a 36-yard field goal with four seconds left and Northern Illinois rallied to beat Iowa 30-27 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. Jordan Lynch threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskies, who scored 10 points in the final 5:05 to record their first win over the Hawkeyes.

Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward intercepted Iowa’s Jake Rudock with 1:17 left. He brought it to the Hawkeyes 30-yard line, setting up the game-winning kick from Sims. Rudock threw for 256 yards, a touchdown and two picks in his debut for Iowa, which lost its seventh straight game dating back to last season.

The Hawkeyes also lost their first opener since 2000.

Chiefs cut Draughn in reaching 53-man limit


August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have cut 20 players, including veteran running back Shaun Draughn, and waived two other injured players to reach the 53-man roster limit by Saturday’s deadline. Tight end Tony Moeaki fractured his shoulder in a preseason game against Pittsburgh and offensive lineman Ricky Henry ruptured his bicep in the Chiefs’ game against Green Bay. Both of them will end up on injured reserve if they pass through waivers without getting claimed.

Draughn was beaten out by Cyrus Gray for the No. 3 running back job behind Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis in one of the few battles to come down to the wire. Wide receivers Rico Richardson and Josh Bellamy were beaten out by Devon Wylie and Junior Hemingway for roster spots.

Palo dismissed from Iowa State basketball team


August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State basketball player Bubu Palo, reinstated last January after he served a suspension, has been dismissed from the team. Palo originally was suspended last year after being charged with second-degree sexual assault. That charge was dropped in January of this year and the university’s Office of Judicial Affairs cleared him to play, allowing him to return to the team.

But that decision was appealed, the university said in a statement released Saturday, and Palo then was found to have violated ISU’s Student Code of Conduct, resulting in his dismissal. Palo, a senior from Ames and a reserve guard, played in 17 games last season, averaging 2.8 points. 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

Sign up now for chance to rappel off one of Iowa’s tallest buildings AND raise money for charity

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August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One of the primary annual fundraisers for the Iowa chapter of Special Olympics is next month and it involves overcoming one’s fear of heights. The event is called Over The Edge, according to Hal Pittman, president and C-E-O of Special Olympics Iowa. Participants can sign up now to rappel down the side of the Financial Center in downtown Des Moines, about 345 feet from the top, to raise money for the charity.

The unusual event will be held all day on Wednesday, September 18th, at one of the tallest buildings in the state. You can sign up through the website and then raise money for Special Olympics Iowa. The first 100 people to raise $1,000 get to take the leap. If you’re not interested in doing the deed yourself but would still like to help out the charity, Pittman says there are certainly options. Employees can get a team together at work to raise money to “toss the boss,” or you can “fling a friend” by signing up a buddy and raising the funds to get them to go over the edge.

Money raised will benefit the 11-thousand Iowans with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics. The event raised more than 35-thousand dollars last year. Learn more about Over the Edge at: www.soiowa.org.

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August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Chiefs rookie Bray turns head in preseason finale


August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyler Bray knows that he’s probably not going to get a whole lot of snaps in a game the rest of the year as the Kansas City Chiefs’ third-string quarterback. He made the most of the ones he got in their preseason finale Thursday night. Bray threw for 169 yards and three touchdowns as the Chiefs sat their starters in a 30-8 victory over the Green Bay Packers. He was mostly going against fellow third-teamers on the Packers defense, but the performance was still impressive enough to leave Kansas City buzzing.

Especially considering Bray was passed over by all 32 teams in the NFL draft. He signed with the Chiefs as a free agent, and has already locked up the No. 3 job behind Alex Smith and Chase Daniel.

Iowa hosts Northern Illinois in key opener


August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s one-point win over Northern Illinois in last season’s opener felt like an escape for the Hawkeyes. Iowa would view a similar result today (Saturday) in Iowa City, as a sign of progress.

Nearly everything about these programs has changed in the 12 months since they last met. The Hawkeyes finished last season with a six-game losing streak, while Northern Illinois responded with 12 straight wins, a Mid-American Conference title and a berth in the Orange Bowl.

The Huskies enter Kinnick Stadium with a new coach in Rod Carey. But the expectations for Northern Illinois remain high — and hardly anyone would be shocked if the Huskies finish Iowa off in the rematch.

Jones, Liriano, Pirates beat Cards for Central tie


August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Slumping Garrett Jones hit his 100th career homer and drove in four runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis 5-0 Friday night and moved into a tie with the Cardinals for the NL Central lead. Jones had three hits and Russell Martin added his 12th homer of the season. Jose Tabata and Neil Walker got two hits as the Pirates moved within four victories of their first winning season in 21 years.

Francisco Liriano (15-6) allowed just two hits over eight innings, walking two and striking out six to reach the 15-win plateau for the first time. Jones came in hitting just .119 in August but broke out against St. Louis starter Shelby Miller (12-9).