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Douglas, Wieber tie in 1st night of gym nationals

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June 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Gymnastics might just have its next big rivalry after Gabby Douglas, of West Des Moines,  pulled off something of an upset at the first night of the U.S. gymnastics championships, tying Jordyn Wieber atop the standings Friday night.  The two have 60.650 points, 0.45 ahead of Aly Raisman. The finals are Sunday afternoon. 
 
Wieber is the world champ and heavy favorite for the London Olympics, having lost only one all-around competition since the start of the 2008 season. But Douglas, a native of Virginia, has been rising fast, and she showed she just might have the goods to give the Americans another 1-2 punch like they had four years ago in Beijing with Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson. Liukin has some work to do to make her second Olympic squad after a shaky outing on uneven bars.

Tomlin, Damon lead Indians over Cardinals 6-2

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June 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Josh Tomlin scattered eight hits over seven innings, Johnny Damon hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians beat St. Louis 6-2 Friday night to send the Cardinals to their seventh loss in 10 games.  Tomlin (3-3) pitched shutout ball into the seventh, when he allowed a two-run single to pinch-hitter Matt Adams. He threw just 76 pitches, improving to 4-0 in interleague play. Jake Westbrook (4-6) gave up four runs – three earned – and eight hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one.  Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 16 games for the Indians, who have won three of four.

Fennelly shakes up coaching staff

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June 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly has promoted assistant Jodi Steyer to associate head coach and moved his son, Billy Fennelly, up to an assistant’s position. The Cyclones have also assigned strength and conditioning coach Pete Link to work with the women’s basketball team. Link had previously trained athletes in Olympic sports. Steyer has worked with Fennelly since 1989, when he hired her as his assistant while at Toledo. Steyer has worked with Iowa State’s backcourt and Fennelly says she’s one of the best assistants in the country. Billy Fennelly spent the past two seasons as the team’s director of player development.

URGENT — I’ll Have Another Scratched from Belmont

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June 8th, 2012 by Jim Field

NEW YORK (AP) — I’ll Have Another’s bid for a Triple Crown ended with the shocking news that the colt was out of the Belmont Stakes due to a swollen left front tendon.

According to Dennis O’Neill, brother of trainer Doug O’Neill, the horse galloped Friday morning and after a veterinary scan, the tendon seemed “kind of tender.”

O’Neill told The Associated Press that, “the horse is sound and happy, but it’s not worth it.”

2012 Third Iowa Girls High School Softball Rankings

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June 8th, 2012 by Jim Field

Compiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union

Class 5-A
School
Record
LW
1.
Des Moines East
11-0
1
2.
Ankeny
12-1
2
3.
Iowa City West
17-1
5
4
West Des Moines Valley
10-2
3
5.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson
14-1
7
6.
Muscatine
14-0
8
7.
Pleasant Valley
11-3
9
8.
Ottumwa
11-2
4
9.
Davenport West
10-3
6
10.
Dubuque Senior
18-0
NR
Dropped Out: Dowling Catholic (10)

Class 4-A
School
Record
LW
1.
Clear Creek-Amana
15-0
1
2.
Dallas Center-Grimes
9-3
2
3.
Carlisle
13-1
6
4
Sioux City Bishop Heelan
13-0
7
5.
Winterset
10-5
3
6.
Indianola
11-3
10
7.
Glenwood
14-1
9
8.
North Scott
9-6
5
9.
Creston
10-3
8
10.
Washington
10-2
11
11.
Keokuk
8-4
4
12.
West Delaware
12-2
15
13.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton
11-3
14
14.
Charles City
12-2
12
15.
Oskaloosa
10-4
13
Dropped Out: None
Class 3-A
School
Record
LW
1.
Solon
12-0
1
2.
Mid-Prairie
7-5
2
3.
West Burlington/Burlington Notre Dame
12-3
3
4
Bondurant-Farrar
8-3
4
5.
East Marshall
10-0
6
6.
Crestwood
11-1
10
7.
Center Point-Urbana
9-2
8
8.
Estherville-LC
9-3
9
9.
Clarke
8-3
11
10.
Iowa Falls-Alden
9-2
7
11.
Monticello
13-2
NR
12.
MOC-Floyd Valley
8-1
NR
13.
Wilton
9-4
5
14.
Humboldt
9-4
12
15.
Ballard
10-6
13
Dropped Out: Williamsburg (14), Forest City (15)
Class 2-A
School
Record
LW
1.
NSK-AR
13-0
1
2.
Durant
12-1
4
3.
Iowa City Regina
6-4
2
4
Sumner-Fredericksburg
9-2
3
5.
Des Moines Christian
9-2
7
6.
Jesup
14-1
5
7.
Van Mater
13-3
6
8.
North Mahaska
8-1
8
9.
Wayne
10-2
NR
10.
Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto
12-2
12
11.
Central Springs
8-1
NR
12.
Treynor
13-2
9
13.
Emmetsburg
9-4
10
14.
Madrid
6-3
13
15.
BCLUW
8-4
11
Dropped Out: Ridge View (14), Edgewood-Colesburg (15)
Class 1-A
School
Record
LW
1.
Akron-Westfield
12-0
1
2.
Earlham
13-2
2
3.
Martensdale-St. Marys
13-1
3
4
Newell-Fonda
11-2
4
5.
Lisbon
13-0
6
6.
Mason City Newman Catholic
10-3
9
7.
Don Bosco
8-3
8
8.
Charter Oak-Ute
9-5
11
9.
Coon Rapids-Bayard
11-3
12
10.
West Bend-Mallard
7-4
13
11.
Sigourney
8-1
NR
12.
Lynnville-Sully
7-5
5
13.
Clarksville
6-1
NR
14.
Remsen St. Mary’s
12-3
NR
15.
Remsen Union
6-2
NR
Dropped Out: MMC (7), Ar-We-Va (10), Exira/EHK (14), Walnut (15)

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June 8th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Thursday High School Baseball Results

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June 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Hawkeye 10:

  • Atlantic 15, Shenandoah 0 (4 inn)
  • Denison-Schleswig 11, Clarinda 1
  • Harlan 10-17, Creston 2-1
  • Lewis Central 11-20, Red Oak 0-0
  • Glenwood 5-13, Kuemper Catholic 4-6

Western Iowa:

  • St. Albert 11, Riverside 1

Rolling Hills:

  • Walnut 10, Orient-Macksburg 0

Others:

  • Carroll 11, Jefferson-Scranton 2
  • Coon Rapids-Bayard 10, Madrid 4
  • Corning 14, East Union 3
  • Abraham Lincoln 14-20, Sioux City, West 8-5
  • Earlham 11, West Central Valley 4
  • Lenox 12, Bedford 8
  • Nodaway Valley 10, Mount Ayr 4
  • Panorama 10, Woodward Academy 0
  • Sidney 13, Clarinda Academy 3
  • Villisca 12, Fremont-Mills 9

Thursday High School Softball Results

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June 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Hawkeye 10:

  • Atlantic 10-11, Shenandoah 0-1
  • Glenwood 1-5, Kuemper Catholic 0-6
  • Lewis Central 8-4, Red Oak 1-5
  • Denison-Schleswig 10-16, Clarinda 2-4

Western Iowa:

  • Missouri Valley 14, Westwood 6
  • Treynor 6, Logan-Magnolia 1
  • Underwood 10, Griswold 0

Rolling HIlls:

  • Coon Rapids-Bayard 12, CAM 0
  • Glidden-Ralston 8, Adair-Casey 0

Others:

  • Corning 9, East Union 0
  • Abraham Lincoln 5, Sioux City West 2
  • Essex 8, East Mills 5
  • Fremont-Mills 5, Villisca 3
  • Nodaway Valley 12, Mount Ayr 7
  • Stanton 4, Nishnabotna 2

Iowa-owned Dullahan: best odds to trip up Triple Crown

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June 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A horse owned by a group of Iowans is considered to have the best shot at denying the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.  At tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) Belmont Stakes in New York, I’ll Have Another is favored to win and become only the 12th horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and Belmont.

Horse owner Jerry Crawford (On the left) & "Dullahan"

But, many people are betting on Dullahan, the colt that finished third in the Derby and sat out the Preakness. Des Moines lawyer Jerry Crawford is with Donegal  Racing, which owns Dullahan. He says the potential for a Triple Crown winner drew 140 television and print photographers to a Belmont press conference on Wednesday. “They told that last year, when there wasn’t a Triple Crown on the line, there were about a dozen (photographers),” Crawford told Radio Iowa. “Whenever something’s a big deal in New York City, it’s a really big deal. I told them that they had more cameras than we have people in Iowa.”

Dullahan drew post number five for the mile and a half race. I’ll Have Another will start from post 11. Crawford said, regardless of the outcome, he and his Donegal partners will remember this week for the rest of their lives. “This has been really one of those magnificent experiences you have in life that you get to share with family and close friends,” Crawford said. “I’m just hoping that our horse can bring home the trophy and make all of Iowa proud.” The post time for the Belmont Stakes – featuring I’ll Have Another, Dullahan, and 10 other horses – is set for 5:40 p.m. (CDT) tomorrow.

Cardinals take Houston 14-2, Thursday

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June 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Lance Lynn joined the Mets’ R.A. Dickey as baseball’s first nine-game winners, striking out a career-high 11 while working six innings of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 14-2 laugher over Houston. David Freese hit a grand slam and a two-run homer after Carlos Beltran smacked his league-high 16th home run of the year.