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Chiefs OLB Ford looks good at rookie minicamp

Sports

May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid says outside linebacker Dee Ford showed impressive athleticism during the team’s three-day rookie minicamp. Kansas City selected Ford with the 23rd overall pick in this year’s draft. Ford played his college ball at Auburn, where he had 20½ sacks and 27½ tackles for loss in 52 games.

Ford is transitioning from defensive end with the Tigers to outside linebacker with the Chiefs. Reid says Ford has done a great job of learning the defense and his new position. Ford gives Kansas City another pass rusher after the Chiefs had 47 sacks last season, tied for sixth in the NFL. Reid says Ford “brings a lot of energy.”

The rookie minicamp ended on Monday.

Cardinals ’64 champs honored before Yankees series

Sports

May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have honored Bob Gibson and other members of their 1964 team that beat the New York Yankees in the World Series. There was a ceremony at Busch Stadium on Monday before the Cardinals hosted the Yankees in the opener of an interleague series. More than a dozen members of that championship team were on hand.

Gibson threw the ceremonial first pitch from halfway between the plate and the mound. Longtime catcher Tim McCarver was on the receiving end. Gibson was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 1964 World Series. Gibson, outfielder Lou Brock and Red Schoendienst, a coach on that team, are in the Hall of Fame.

Cubs active OF Ruggiano, send OF Kalish to minors

Sports

May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have activated outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs made the move before opening a three-game series at San Francisco on Monday. Ruggiano was not in the starting lineup.

Ruggiano has been on the disabled list since April 24 with a strained left hamstring. In six rehabilitation games with Iowa, Ruggiano went 3 for 21 with three walks and three runs scored. Ruggiano is batting .229 with a home run and six RBIs in 14 games with the Cubs this season. Kalish is hitting .242 with four RBIs in 39 games.

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May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Iowa trout, walleye fishing improving over time

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Fishing in Iowa has improved significantly over the past three decades thanks to efforts the state and other groups have made. The Des Moines Register reports the improvement is especially noticeable when it comes to the prized game fish of walleye and trout.

Today, 42 streams in Iowa are sustaining trout populations. Thirty years ago only five streams in the state had self-sustaining trout populations. Officials say a variety of efforts by the state Department of Natural Resources, environmental groups and property owners have helped.

For instance, reducing the amount of soil that gets washed into streams and rivers has helped improve the habitat for fish. The improved fishing conditions will likely be popular in Iowa because 46 percent of the state’s residents say they fish.

Wainwright gets 8th win, Cardinals beats Reds 4-0

Sports

May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CINCINNATI (AP) — Adam Wainwright became the National League’s first eight-game winner by dominating Cincinnati again, and the St. Louis Cardinals pulled away to a 4-0 victory Sunday night that completed another successful series against their division rival. The Cardinals are 6-3 against the Reds this season. They’ve won 10 of their last 11 series together.

Overall, St. Louis has won nine of its last 11 games and moved to within 1 1-2 games of first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central. Wainwright (8-2) beat Johnny Cueto and the Reds on opening day in Cincinnati, allowing only three hits during seven innings of a 1-0 victory. On Sunday, the right-hander gave up five hits in eight innings and matched his career high with 12 strikeouts.

Tony Cruz and Kolten Wong each had a pair of singles and drove in a run off Mike Leake (2-4). Wong also stole a pair of bases.

Pacific Coast League Baseball Scores/Schedule

Sports

May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Saturday’s Games

Iowa 8, Colorado Springs 3

Omaha 9, Round Rock 3
Sunday’s Games

Iowa 7, Colorado Springs 3

Omaha 2, Round Rock 2, tie, 6 innings, susp., rain
Monday’s Games

Omaha 2, Round Rock 2, tie, 6 innings, comp. of susp. game

Round Rock at Omaha, 12:05 p.m.

Colorado Springs at Iowa, 7:05 p.m., 1st game

Iowa at Colorado Springs, 8:35 p.m., 2nd game

Minor leaguer’s 1st home run caught by dad

Sports

May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A 22-year-old Houston Astros prospect’s first home run of the season was caught by a familiar fan: his father. Quad Cities first baseman Conrad Gregor launched a go-ahead, three-run shot in the sixth inning of the Class-A River Bandits’ 5-2 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa, on Saturday night. A fan beyond the fence in right-center field caught the ball and proudly waved his arms. Turns out it was Gregor’s father, Marty.

The Quad City Times reported that Gregor’s parents made the five-hour drive from Carmel, Indiana, to attend the River Bandits’ weekend series. “When I got back to the dugout,” Gregor said, “I heard he made a pretty good catch.”

Cubs name Ramirez I-Cubs player/coach

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May 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — Guess who is back in organized baseball? If you said Manny Ramirez, you would be correct. The Cubs have announced that Ramirez is coming back to baseball as a player-coach for the team’s Triple-A club in Iowa. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in a statement that Ramirez “is not and will not” be on the Cubs’ major league roster, but that he will serve as a mentor to Chicago’s minor-league hitters in Des Moines, Iowa.

State Track Boys Team Results

Sports

May 24th, 2014 by Chris Parks

Class 1A

    1) Mount Ayr                   77        2) Madrid                     58
    3) Lynnville-Sully             49        4) W Lyon, Inwood             46
    5) Wapsie Val, F               44        6) AGWSR                      32
    7) Underwood                   31        8) Belle Plaine               26
    9) Lisbon                      22       10) WACO, Waylnd               17
   10) Denver                      17       10) Alta/Aurelia               17
   10) Pleasantville               17       14) Gladbrk-Reinbk             16
   15) BCLUW                       15       15) Lawton-Bronson             15
   17) Turkey Val, JJ              14       18) GMG, Garwin                12
   18) Audubon                     12       20) Pekin                      11
   20) Woodward-Grangr             11       20) Highland, R                11
   23) Central, Elkader            10       23) Danville                   10
   25) East Mills                   9       26) George-Little Rk            8
   26) Nwood-Kensett                8       26) Newman Catholic             8
   26) Nodaway Vall                 8       30) N Linn, TM                  7
   30) Postville                    7       32) N Tama, Traer               6
   33) Lone Tree                    5       34) Adair-Casey                 4
   34) Fremont-Mills                4       34) North Iowa, BC              4
   34) South Page, CS               4       34) Boyer Valley                4
   39) A-H-S-T, A                   3       39) Easton Valley               3
   39) Marquette Cath               3       39) Grundy Center               3
   43) Bishop Garrigan              2       43) Janesville                  2
   43) Melcher-Dallas               2       43) Jesup                       2
   43) Lamoni                       2       48) W Harrison, M               1
   48) Marc-Meri-Cleg               1       48) Logan-Magnolia              1

Class 2A

    1) Monticello                  92        2) W Burlington/ND            45
    3) Sioux Center                41        4) North Polk, A              32
    4) Cascade, WD                 32        6) Camanche                   31
    7) Dike-NH                     27        7) CMB, Baxter                27
    9) Panorama, P                 26       10) Hinton                     21
   10) Woodward Acad               21       12) Albia                      20
   12) Beckman, D                  20       14) KP-WC                      19
   15) St. Albert, CB              18       16) Northeast, GL              15
   16) Hudson                      15       18) South Cent Cal             14
   19) Clarion-Goldfd              13       20) S Hamilton, J              12
   20) W Marshall, SC              12       22) Manson NW Web              11
   22) Applntn-Parksbg             11       24) South Hardin               10
   25) Columbus Cath                9       26) W Christ, Hull              8
   26) South O'Brien, P             8       28) Saint Ansgar                7
   28) Estherville-LC               7       28) Okoboji, Milford            7
   31) New Hampton                  6       31) Ridge View                  6
   31) Mt Vernon                    6       34) Tipton                      5
   35) DSM Christian                4       35) MO Valley                   4
   35) Emmetsburg                   4       35) S Winn, Calmar              4
   39) Clayton Ridge                3       39) Louisa-Musc                 3
   39) Mediapolis                   3       39) West Fork, S                3
   39) N Fayette Val                3       39) Cardinal, Eldon             3
   45) Bellevue                     2       45) Roland-Story                2
   45) Forest City                  2       45) Treynor                     2
   45) OA-BCIG                      2       50) Van Meter                   1
   50) Alburnett                    1       50) Columbus, CJ                1

Class 3A

    1) Solon                       50        2) Center Point               42.25
    3) Algona                      40        4) Gilbert                    37   
    5) DC-Grimes                   34        5) Fort Madison               34   
    7) Bishop Heelan               33        8) Boone                      32   
    9) Waverly-SR                  26        9) Knoxville                  26   
   11) Pella                       23       12) S Tama Cty, Tama           22   
   13) Mt Pleasant                 21       14) Waukon                     20   
   15) Creston                     19       16) Clear Lake                 18   
   17) Boy-Hul/Rock Val            16       18) Williamsburg               14.25
   19) LeMars                      14       20) ADM, Adel                  12   
   20) Spencer                     12       22) Carlisle                   11   
   22) Greene County               11       22) Glenwood                   11   
   25) Epworth, WD                 10       25) Centerville                10   
   25) Wahlert, Dub                10       25) Oskaloosa                  10   
   29) W Delaware                   9.75    30) Spirit Lake Park            7   
   30) Vinton-Shellbrg              7       32) Carroll                     6.50
   33) Washington                   6       33) Webster City                6   
   33) Decorah                      6       36) Marion                      5   
   37) Perry                        4       37) Charles City                4   
   39) SB-Luton                     3.25    40) Clear Crk-Amana             3   
   40) Atlantic                     3       40) Xavier, CR                  3   
   43) Crestwood                    2       43) Harlan                      2   
   43) Bond-Farrar                  2       43) Nevada                      2   
   47) Assumption                   1

Class 4A

    1) Waukee                      80        2) Linn-Mar                   68
    3) CR Kennedy                  51.50     4) Dowling C, WDM             43
    5) IC, West                    39        6) Johnston                   36
    7) DSM, Roosevelt              34        8) Prairie, CR                32
    9) DSM Lincoln                 29       10) Clinton                    28
   11) Cedar Falls                 24       12) IC, City High              23
   13) SC, East                    22       13) Ames                       22
   15) Lewis Central               20       16) CR Jefferson               14
   16) WAT West                    14       18) Ankeny Cent                13
   19) DUB Senior                  11       19) Bettendorf                 11
   21) DUB Hempstead                9       21) DVPT, Central               9
   23) Pleasant Valley              8       23) CB, A Lincoln               8
   25) Urbandale                    7       25) SC, North                   7
   27) SE Polk                      6       27) CR Washington               6
   27) Valley, WDM                  6       30) Indianola                   4
   31) CB, T Jefferson              3       31) Norwalk                     3
   31) Muscatine                    3       31) Newton                      3
   35) Marshalltown                 2.50    36) Ankeny                      2
   37) Mason City                   1