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Cardinals take breather before taking on Pirates


August 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The electronic message board where the St. Louis Cardinals lineup is posted left no room for debate: Clubhouse Closed. Coaches Included. A breather was mandated Monday before the NL Central-leading Pirates come to town. Manager Mike Matheny said before they get back to business, players need to get away.

Adam Wainwright, who in recent starts has lacked the put-away pitch that makes him the staff ace, got a similar message. He has steadfastly maintained fatigue is not an issue, but figures to be fresh after three extra days rest entering the series opener Tuesday night.

Iowa State Season Football Tickets Sold Out


August 12th, 2013 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – The “sold out” sign has been hung for 2013 season football tickets at Iowa State.

More than 43,000 football season ticket packages have been sold. The season ticket sellout is unprecedented in Cyclone history.

“We are completely sold out of our season ticket inventory. The only remaining tickets are single-game tickets (except for the Iowa game which sold out late last week) and an end-of-the-year mini-pack from unused inventory of visiting team allotments,” Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. “We fully anticipate that our first four home games will all completely sell out and that is unprecedented for our program.”

Pollard noted that Junior Cyclone Club memberships are still available for $59 each, but those supplies are quickly dwindling, too.

“We never expected to get to the spot where we would have to cutoff sales to the Junior Cyclone Club but we are close to reaching that level,” Pollard said. “Families should act quickly to secure those kids’ club tickets before we have to close sales.”

Coach Paul Rhoads celebrated the enthusiasm of the Cyclone fan base at his media day Sunday, too.

“For the third straight year, we’ve set season ticket marks,” Rhoads said. “The loyal Cyclone fan base is becoming recognized around the country for the support they give us at Jack Trice Stadium.”

Iowa State 2013 single-game tickets (except for Iowa) will go on sale Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the Athletics Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Those tickets can also be purchased at Cyclones.com or by phone (888-478-2925 toll free or 515-294-1816).

A three-game mini-pack featuring Oklahoma State, TCU and Kansas also goes on sale Wednesday for $90 each.

Cyclones seeking breakthrough in ’13


August 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — For years, Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads has insisted that the Cyclones are bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic than ever. This could be the season that the Big 12 learns just how far Iowa State has come under Rhoads.

The breakthrough under Rhoads hasn’t come quite yet. The Cyclones have finished 6-7 in each of the past two season and they’ll have to replace 11 starters, more than any other team in the league.

There’s optimism in Ames that Rhoads can keep Iowa State from falling off the proverbial cliff in 2013. The Cyclones open the season at home Aug. 31 against Northern Iowa.

PED Comment Costs Jack Clark, Co-host Jobs


August 12th, 2013 by Jim Field

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Former St. Louis Cardinals star Jack Clark is out of his sports talk radio job after his on-air comments alleging Albert Pujols took performance-enhancing drugs.

Clark said on the air last week on WGNU in St. Louis that Pujols’ former trainer told him 10 years ago that he injected PEDs into Pujols, a Cardinals star who now plays for the Los Angeles Angels. Pujols responded with a strong denial and said he planned to take legal action against Clark and his employers.

Early Saturday, the company that owns the show, insideSTL Enterprises LLC, said in a statement that the show hosted by Clark and Kevin Slaten has been cancelled.

A telephone listing for Clark could not be found. A message seeking comment from Slaten was not returned.

Chiefs’ Charles leaves practice with foot injury


August 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles left midway through the Chiefs’ practice Monday with what coach Andy Reid called a strained foot. X-rays were negative.  Charles was participating in an 11-on-11 portion of practice pitting the No. 1 offense against the top defense when he walked off the field and spent a moment speaking with trainers. He climbed into a cart and was driven up a long hillside to the locker room.

Dozens of people watching practice tweeted that Charles had been “carted off the field,” and that triggered a rush of speculation about the nature or severity of the injury.  Charles missed nearly an entire season two years ago with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Iowa hires Goldwire


August 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa coach Lisa Bluder has added former Morehead State assistant Lacey Goldwire to her staff. Goldwire spent four years as a student and then graduate assistant for Oklahoma State before joining Morehead State in 2012.

Goldwire played collegiately at East Central University in Oklahoma, where she scored 1,340 points. Bluder says Goldwire’s main responsibilities will be in developing Iowa’s wing players and recruiting.

AtlanticFest Road Race Winners


August 12th, 2013 by Jim Field

233 Total participants (117 in the 2 mile run, 66 in the 5 mile run and 50 in the 2 mile walk)

5 Mile Men’s Winners:

  • Overall:  Marc Bierbaum of Omaha 29:35
  • 14 & Under:  Cale Billheimer of Adair 35:44
  • 15-16:  Chris Jarrett of Minden 31:37
  • 17-18:  Josiah Williams of Atlantic 33:29
  • 19-27:  Kevin Brown of Exira 29:37
  • 28-37:  David Warner of Council Bluyffs 34:56
  • 38-44:  Rik Zartman of Avoca 40:19
  • 45-50:  Dennis Jarrett of Minden 36:19
  • 51-58:  Jon Young of Elliott 42:18
  • 59 & Over:  Mark Jones of Omaha 33:51

5 Mile Women’s Winners:

  • Overall:  Allison Young of Elliott 36:05
  • 16 & Under:  Tiffany Williams of Atlantic 38:11
  • 17-18:  Liz Guttenfelder of Atlantic 39:08
  • 19-28:  Ashley Mosier of Atlantic 36:45
  • 29-34:  Jill Nikasen of Walnut 37:45
  • 35-39:  Nancy Reynolds of Atlantic 39:32
  • 40-44:  no entries
  • 45-50:  Kathie Madron of Oakland 37:29
  • 51 & Over:  Christine Petersen of Harlan 43:55

2 Mile Men’s Winners:

  • Overall:  Aaron Roberts of Audubon 10:21
  • 10 & Under:  Jacobs Stevens of Ames 15:45
  • 11-12:  Nathan Brockman of Atlantic 13:23
  • 13-14:  Phoenix Shadden of Atlantic 13:14
  • 15-16:  David Thomsen of Atlantic 12:24
  • 17-19:  Michael Thomsen of Atlantic 12:16
  • 20-29:  Austin Coder of Atlantic 12:01
  • 30-39:  B.J. Roland of Atlantic 13:20
  • 40-49:  Rob Larsen of Minden 13:05
  • 50 & Over:  Kirk Petersen of Harlan 13:31

2 Mile Women’s Winners:

  • Overall:  Rebekah Topham of Griswold 10:37 (New AtlanticFest Course Record)
  • 10 & Under:  Kennedy Goergen of Atlantic 15:07
  • 11-12:  Anna Wieser of Atlantic 16:17
  • 13-14:  Alexis Brockman of Atlantic 14:09
  • 15:  Haley Carlson of Atlantic 16:33
  • 16:  Alex Flippin of Elliott 14:42
  • 17-19:  Alex Larsen of Minden 14:32
  • 20-29:  Micdy Macha of Atlantic 20:34
  • 30-39:  Dawn Walton of Atlantic 18:38
  • 40-49:  Jen Hartwig of Atlantic 15:20
  • 50 & Over:  Lisa Van Cleave of Atlantic 15:14

2 Mile Walk Winners:

  • Men:  Tyrell Williams 22:21
  • Women:  Jane Chaille of Griswold 22:05

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Smoke released from hospital; resting at home


August 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has been released from the hospital and is resting at home. His team, Stewart-Haas Racing, tweeted the news on Sunday night: “TonyStewart is out of the hospital & resting as comfortably as he can at home. Thx for the thoughts & prayers.” The tweet closed with a “SmokeWillRise” hashtag. Stewart broke his right leg in two places last Monday night in a sprint car race in Iowa and is out indefinitely after two surgeries to repair the damage.

A five-time winner at Watkins Glen International, Stewart missed race Sunday, snapping his streak of 521 consecutive Cup starts and dropping him six spots to 17th in the Sprint Cup standings. Max Papis drove Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet and finished 15th. Several drivers had stickers on their cars honoring Stewart with the message: “Get Well Smoke 14.” The team is expected to name a replacement driver for Stewart as early as Monday.

Cardinals avoid sweep, beat Cubs 8-4


August 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pete Kozma singled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals ended a four-game losing streak, beating the Chicago Cubs 8-4 and avoiding a sweep. Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig each had three hits and drove in a run. Jon Jay and David Freese both drove in two runs, though they only had one hit between them. The Cardinals dropped five of six to begin a 10-game homestand.

Edward Mujica worked the last two innings for his 31st save in 33 chances, overcoming Starlin Castro’s leadoff double in the eighth while working with a one-run cushion.