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Iowa hires N. Illinois official for athletic post

Sports

July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa has hired a Northern Illinois University administrator to oversee academic services for athletes. Athletic director Gary Barta named Lisa Tovar an associate athletics director Wednesday. Tovar worked in a similar job at Northern Illinois for two years after previously working as an athletic academic counselor at Ohio State.

Her hiring comes under a reorganization in which the athletics department has created separate units to oversee compliance and academic services. Previously, department official Fred Mims oversaw both functions but Mims was reassigned last year amid questions about the school’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against a counselor.

Barta says he’s impressed by Tovar’s passion for helping student-athletes and working with coaches. Last week, Barta named Arizona State administrator Lyla Clerry to oversee compliance with NCAA regulations.

Westbrook helps Cardinals beat Phillies 11-3

Sports

July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Westbrook pitched seven solid innings and contributed offensively with his second career steal, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. Matt Adams had two hits and three RBIs and Shane Robinson’s three-run triple in the fifth was his third hit of the game for the Cardinals, who are 4-1 since the All-Star break and lead the majors with a 61-37 record.

Allen Craig had two hits and a walk to give him 16 hits during a nine-game hitting streak. He’s second in the league in hitting at .337 behind teammate Yadier Molina, who had three hits and an RBI and is batting .339. Westbrook (7-4) had his first career three-hit game and helped knock out John Lannan (2-4) when he drew a two-out walk in the fourth, stole second and scored on Carpenter’s single for a 4-0 lead.

Pheasant harvest numbers up in 2012

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the number of pheasants shot by hunters increased 45-percent in 2012 after a record low year in 2011. D-N-R spokesman, Willie Suchy, says they expected an increase based on the roadside survey last August. “We were very pleased last year to see a good nesting season and when we have good nesting seasons and good winters, the small game numbers like pheasants and quail respond. And we had an increase in harvest and an increase the number of hunters taking advantage of that,” Suchy says.

It’s estimated hunters shot 158-thousand pheasants in 2012. That compares to 109-thousand pheasants harvested in 2011 — which was the lowest number since the state began keeping track in 1962. Suchy says the pheasant population has seemed to be stuck in a bad cycle that hasn’t allowed the birds to recover. “We’ve had bad winters and bad springs in the past, but the thing that has really happened over the last five or six years is that we’ve had a string of them together. Usually after two or three bad ones you get a couple three good ones, and we just haven’t had that. Last year was the first year that we did,” Suchy says. “Unfortunately this year, we had a little bit snowier winter and then a wet spring, so we are not so optimistic going forward.”

Pheasants weren’t the only game hunters had success with as Bobwhite quail, mourning dove, cottontail and squirrel harvest estimates increased as well. “All small game kind so have the same sort of guiding things — habitat, weather — affect them,” Suchy says. He says better weather increases all their population numbers. Better animal numbers also led to a five-percent increase in the number of small game hunters last year. The impact of this year’s snowy winter and wet spring will become more clear next week when the D-N-R conducts its annual roadside pheasant survey.

(Radio Iowa)

Wednesday’s (7/24) Substate baseball results

Sports

July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Class 3-A Substate Final
Harlan 7, Glenwood 1
Bishop Heelan Catholic 7, LeMars 0 (Forfeit)

Class 4-A Substate Final
Sioux City East 7, Sioux City North 6

Wednesday Girls State Softball Results

Sports

July 24th, 2013 by Jim Field

Class 1-A Consolation:

  • Lynnville-Sully 8, Janesville 0
  • Remsen St. Mary’s 18, Martensdale-St. Marys 11 (8)
  • 5th Place – Lynnville-Sully 4, Remsen St. Marys 3
  • 7th Place – Martensdale-St. Marys 11, Janesvile 2

Class 2-A Consolation:

  • Jesup 2, Iowa City Regina 0
  • Fort Dodge St. Edmond 4, Lawton-Bronson 2
  • 5th Place – Jesup 4, Fort Dodge St. Edmond 3
  • 7th Place – Iowa City Regina 5, Lawton-Bronson 2

Class 3-A Consolation:

  • Estherville-Lincoln Central 11, Monticello 5
  • Mid-Prairie 8, East Marshall 3
  • 5th Place – Mid-Prairie 6, Estherville-Lincoln Central 2
  • 7th Place – Monticello 7, East Marshall 6 (8)

Class 4-A Consolation:

  • Winterset 12, Denison-Schleswig 1 (5)
  • Solon 10, Waverly-Shell Rock 0 (5)
  • 5th Place – Winterset 7, Solon 4
  • 7th Place – Waverly-Shell Rock 10, Denison 6

Class 5-A Consolation:

  • Cedar Rapids Prairie 5, Dubuque Senior 4 (11)
  • Cedar Rapids Jefferson 2, West Des Moines Valley 1 (8)
  • 5th Place – Cedar Rapids Jefferson 4, Cedar Rapids Prairie 1
  • 7th Place – Dubuque Senior 3, WDM Valley 0

Ailing Chiefs Moeaki, Avery back in practice

Sports

July 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Tony Moeaki spent most of the Kansas City Chiefs’ offseason workouts watching from the sideline with a baseball cap on his head. Donnie Avery did the same thing. They’re both happy to have a helmet on instead.

Moeaki had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after last season, keeping the tight end from participating in the first round of practices under new coach Andy Reid. Avery only managed to get in a couple workouts before a high ankle sprain sidelined the wide receiver.

Both of them are allowed to practice with the rookies this week ahead of the rest of the veterans reporting to training camp on Thursday. The first full-squad workout is Friday.

Former Creighton Coach ‘Red’ McManus Dies at 88

Sports

July 24th, 2013 by Jim Field

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton University says former head basketball coach John “Red” McManus has died.

Creighton sports information director Rob Anderson said Wednesday that McManus passed away Tuesday in Omaha at the age of 88. McManus had been under hospice care.

McManus was an assistant at Iowa when he was selected for Creighton’s top spot. McManus led the Bluejays to national prominence during his tenure, 1959-1969, and coached them in two NCAA tournaments. Among his top players were two future NBA members, Paul Silas and Bob Portman.

His career record at Creighton was 138-118.

Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen says McManus “will be remembered as one of the greatest Bluejays of all time.”

Services were pending.

Former UNO football coach arrested in Iowa

News, Sports

July 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A former University of Nebraska at Omaha football coach has been arrested in Iowa on suspicion of soliciting prostitution. Police in Council Bluffs, just across the Missouri River from Omaha, Neb., say former UNO head football coach Pat Behrns was one of 12 people arrested Tuesday during a sting operation at a Pottawattamie County hotel.

The 63-year-old Behrns served as the UNO Mavericks’ head coach from 1994 until the century-old program was shut down in March 2011. Before that, Behrns had been head coach of the University of North Dakota football team from 1980 to 1985.

Pottawattamie County Jail authorities say Behrns posted a $2,000 bond Tuesday evening to be released.

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July 24th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Cundiff Signs with Jets

Sports

July 24th, 2013 by Jim Field

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran kicker Billy Cundiff. He will compete with Nick Folk for the job in training camp. Cundiff was last with the San Francisco 49ers, who signed him during the playoffs last January to compete with a struggling David Akers but didn’t play.

A Pro Bowl pick in 2010, Cundiff is now with his 12th organization since being signed as an undrafted free agent by Dallas in 2002 out of Drake University in Des Moines.  Cundiff is a former Harlan prep.