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Drake University says bulldog mascot has died

News, Sports

December 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials say the Drake University bulldog mascot has died.  The university says the owners of Porterhouse, Kevin and Erin Bell, announced his death through his blog  on Sunday. They’d shared Porterhouse with the school since he was crowned Beautiful Bulldog during the Drake Relays-week competition in 2009.

Drake athletic director Sandy Hatfield Clubb says “no bulldog has had such a meaningful and lasting impact on the Drake community.”

No. 14 Iowa State women cruise past William & Mary

Sports

December 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Brynn Williamson and Jadda Buckley scored 19 points each to help No. 14 Iowa State remain perfect with an 85-65 victory over William & Mary in the championship game of the Cyclone Challenge on Sunday. Nikki Moody added 14 points and Hallie Christofferson had 11 for the Cyclones (11-0). Kyla Kerstetter scored 12 points, and Marlena Tremba and Latrice Hunter each had 11 to lead the Pride (3-8).

Iowa State used an 8-0 run to take a 10-2 lead less than 3 1/2 minutes into the game, then closed the first half with a 15-0 spurt to extend the lead to 55-23 at the break. Moody’s jumper in the opening minute of the second half put the Cyclones up 34 — their largest advantage of the game. The final margin was the smallest of the second half.

Caird scores 17, leads Drake over IUPUI 75-52

Sports

December 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Caird scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half to lead Drake to a 75-52 victory over IUPUI on Sunday. Drake (9-3) took a 12-0 run and led 25-14 with 10:08 remaining in the first half. Caird hit three 3-pointers in the first half. Aaron Hawley’s tip-in gave Drake a 54-34 lead with 14:31 remaining. The Bulldogs led by as many as 31 points and held IUPUI to 34.5 percent shooting from the field.

Jordan Daniels scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and had six assists. Blake Danielak, the freshman who missed the previous eight games due to illness, finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Mitch Patton led IUPUI (4-12) with 13 points. Ja’Rob McCallum scored 12 points and Marcellus Barksdale added 11 for the Jaguars, who have lost five straight.

Chargers claim final AFC playoff spot with OT win

Sports

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nick Novak kicked a 36-yard field goal with 5:30 left in overtime and the San Diego Chargers, who trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter, beat the Kansas Chiefs 27-24 to claim the AFC’s final playoff spot.

The Chargers (9-7) ended a three-year postseason drought. The winning drive was kept alive by a 2-yard gain by Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle on a fake punt on fourth-and-2 from the Chargers 28. The game ended when Kansas City couldn’t convert on fourth-and-15 from the San Diego 41 with 3:16 left.

With the Chargers on the verge of an embarrassing collapse against a team resting 20 of 22 starters, Philip Rivers threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Royal early in the fourth quarter and Novak kicked a 22-yard field goal to tie it. Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop was wide right on a potential game-winning, 41-yard field goal try with 4 seconds left in regulation.

Iowa State G Bluford to transfer

Sports

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State reserve guard K.J. Bluford is leaving the 14th-ranked Cyclones after just 11 games. Coach Fred Hoiberg announced Sunday that Bluford will transfer in hopes of getting more playing time elsewhere. Bluford is a junior who recently joined Iowa State from Northeast Community College in Nebraska. But he played in just seven games for the Cyclones (11-0), averaging 2.7 points.

Bluford had been counted on to bolster Iowa State’s perimeter shooting. But he was quickly passed on the depth chart by younger guards like Monte Morris and Sherron Dorsey-Walker. The Cyclones host Northern Illinois on Tuesday.

No. 21 Iowa races away from North Dakota 88-62

Sports

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Melissa Dixon sparked a key run before halftime and Samantha Logic heated up in the second half as Number 21 Iowa rallied from as many as nine down to roar past North Dakota 88-62 on Saturday. Logic, the reigning Big Ten player of the week after a triple-double against Drake, had six points at halftime. She finished with a game-high 21 with eight assists. Dixon scored 10 of her 13 points as the Hawkeyes (12-2) closed the first half with a crushing 25-4 run that included five of their six first-half 3-pointers, two from Dixon. Iowa was 9-for-25 from 3-point range.

The Bison (6-4) had led through much of the opening half, until Iowa started dropping 3-pointers. North Dakota was led by Madi Buck’s 19 points with Mia Loyd adding 13 and Emily Evers 10. North Dakota committed 21 turnovers, 12 on Iowa steals and shot just 39.7 percent (23-58) in Iowa City.

No. 14 Iowa State handles Holy Cross 72-50

Sports

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Nikki Moody scored 14 points and had 10 assists to lead Number 14 Iowa State over Holy Cross 72-50 on Saturday. The Cyclones (10-0) shot 47 percent from the floor, including 11 of 32 (34 percent) from beyond the arc. Jadda Buckley added 12 points, while Hallie Christofferson and Nicole Blaskowski both chipped in with 11 points.

Holy Cross (7-3) was led by Raquel Scott’s 14 points and Molly Hourigan added 10 points. The Crusaders scored the first six points of the game, but Iowa State quickly took over. Tied at 10, the Cyclones outscored Holy Cross 31-12 the rest of the half to take a 19-point lead at 41-22 into the break.

Iowa State used a 15-0 run at the start of the second half, pushing the lead to 60-25, to ensure the blowout. Holy Cross managed an 11-2 run in the final 4:23 to make the final more respectable.

N. Iowa tops Iona 90-78

Sports

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Seth Tuttle scored seven of his 11 points in the final 4:28 to help Northern Iowa hold off Iona 90-78 Saturday night. Tuttle also grabbed 15 rebounds. UNI’s Deon Mitchell scored 20 points, Nate Buss 19 and Chip Rank 14.

A 19-2 Panthers run resulted in a 68-53 lead with 11:27 remaining. Iona (5-6) responded with an 11-3 run with eight points from Sean Armand before Armand was called for a personal and technical and fouled out at 8:12. Five straight free throws rebuilt UNI’s lead to 12. The Gaels got within six with 4:40 left but no closer thanks in large part to Tuttle.

The teams both had nine 3-pointers in a hot-shooting first half that left UNI (6-6) ahead 49-47 in Cedar Falls. Iona freshman Ryden Hines, with a previous high of six points, scored 19. Armand added 18, DaShawn Gomez 14 and Mike Poole 11. Iona has lost four straight.

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Chiefs Sending 8 to Pro Bowl

Sports

December 28th, 2013 by Chris Parks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Chiefs are sending eight players to the Pro Bowl after going from 2-14 last year to 11-5 this year and the No. 5 seed in the playoffs heading into Sunday’s regular-season finale in San Diego.

The NFL announced the rosters Friday night for the Jan. 26 game at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.

Kansas City will be represented by running back Jamaal Charles, left tackle Branden Albert, safety Eric Berry, cornerback Brandon Flowers, defensive tackle Dontari Poe, linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, and punt returner Dexter McCluster.

That’s the highest number of Chiefs going to the Pro Bowl since the 2003 season, when they had nine. The Chiefs started 9-0 that year, just as they did this season, and lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to Indianapolis.