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Creighton, Butler, Xavier join new Big East


March 20th, 2013 by Jim Field

NEW YORK (AP) — Creighton, Butler and Xavier are moving to the new Big East.

They will join the so-called Catholic 7 basketball schools who left to start a new conference and are keeping the Big East name. The league also announced Wednesday its completed broadcasting deal with Fox.

Butler and Xavier are leaving the Atlantic 10. Creighton departs the Missouri Valley Conference.

They join Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette, St. John’s, Providence, Seton Hall and DePaul.

8AM Sportscast 03-20-2013

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March 20th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Furcal returns to see Cardinals after surgery


March 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal returned to the Cardinals’ spring training complex for the first time since undergoing ligament replacement surgery by Dr. James Andrews last week, saying the operation went well and he is ready for rehab.

Furcal says Andrews is “happy we did this,” and confident the infielder will be ready for next year. Furcal originally injured the elbow late last season. He had hoped off-season rehabilitation would prevent the need for surgery. Furcal was never able to throw at 100 percent in camp, and after a few weeks opted for surgery.

Andrews performed the surgery in his Pensacola office. Furcal plans to rehab from the surgery in South Florida.

Miller outpitches Kelly, Cards beat Marlins 5-4, Tuesday


March 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis starter Shelby Miller retiring the last 11 batters he faced in four scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 5-4 Tuesday. Miller allowed a hit and a walk. Joe Kelly, also competing for a rotation spot, wasn’t nearly as successful. The Marlins tagged him for eight hits and scored their only runs of the game in a four-run fourth.

Marlins’ starter Jacob Turner went five innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs. Matt Carpenter hit a two-run double for St. Louis and Kelly singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth.

ISU’s Christofferson Earns WBCA All-Region Honor


March 19th, 2013 by Jim Field

ATLANTA – Iowa State junior Hallie Christofferson was named a WBCA All-Region 5 nominee for the 2012 Division I Coaches’ All-America Team Thursday. Christofferson was one of seven players selected from the region.

Christofferson, a forward from Hamlin, Iowa, had a breakout season for the Cyclones, leading the team in scoring with 15.6 points per game. She also averaged 6.6 rebounds and was one of the nation’s top shooters at 52.4 percent from the field. Christofferson is also among the top free throw shooters in the country at 86.7 percent from the charity stripe. She is the only player ranked among the top-25 of both the field goal and free throw percentage charts.

Christofferson scored in double figures in 26 of Iowa State’s 31 games, including 11 games with 20 or more points. She posted seven double-doubles and shot better than 50 percent from the field in 20 games en route to being a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First Team.

The selection committee will determine the 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team.

Region 5

  • Brittney Griner, Baylor
  • Odyssey Sims, Baylor
  • Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State
  • Brittany Chambers, Kansas State
  • Toni Young, Oklahoma State
  • Angel Goodrich, Kansas
  • Aaryn Ellenberg, Oklahoma

8AM Sportscast 03-19-2013

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March 19th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Atlantic Parks and Rec Board approves Summer fees and Disc Golf course project

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March 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Department Board of Directors, Monday, approved the fees for Summer Recreation Programs, and a local Eagle Scout’s project to improve the Sunnyside Park Disc Golf Course. Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring asked for, and the Board approved, no change in rates charged for swimming at the City Pool. Herring says they will also be offering punch cards again this year, which, if you plan to be a frequent user of the Sunnyside Pool, will save you some money in the long run. The punch card allows you to buy 15 punches for $50. That’s a savings of $10 over the daily rate of admission.

Herring says sponsorship rates for the Men’s slow-pitch softball program will also be unchanged from last year. The cost of sponsorships went up last year from $150 per team to $300 to increase revenue and break even expense-wise. An incentive to the sponsors came in the form of a banner, and their sponsorships were tax deductible. Herring says while that resulted in a decrease in the number of teams from 10 to 8, it increased the cost savings to the Parks and Rec Dept. and reduced the amount of red ink in the books.

Atlantic Eagle Scout Nick Podhajsky speaks before the Atlantic Parks & Rec Board. (Ric Hanson/photo)

In other business, the Parks and Rec Board heard from Atlantic Eagle Scout Nick Podhajsky, who proposed a bridge replacement project near hole number 7, for the Sunnyside Park Disc Golf Course. The current bridge was built by course designer and facilitator Frank Saddlemire, and while functional and fits the natural environment, is also a potential liability to the City, because of its undersized main supports…small, and widely spaced decking branches, and single rails on each side.

Podhajsky proposed upgrading the bridge to incorporate: utility poles for the main supports; treated 2×6 lumber for the decking; and treated 4×4 posts to support three rails on each side. It would be very similar to the design used for the bridge near the Sunnyside Schoolhouse. Donations and supplies for the project would come from local groups, companies and individuals, with the labor for construction and installing the bridge to come from the Scout and other volunteers.

The Board gave approval for Podhajsky to proceed with the project, which could be completed by the end of June.

UNI’s Game in CIT Postponed to Wednesday


March 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Northern Iowa men were scheduled to host North Dakota tonight (Tuesday), but the CollegeInsider.com Tournament game has been postponed to tomorrow (Wednesday) because of a blizzard that’s delaying UND’s trip from Grand Forks to Cedar Falls. The Panthers are playing in a postseason tournament for the fifth straight year, but Coach Ben Jacobsen is upset his team’s in the CIT rather than the NIT. “We should be in the NIT,” Jacobsen said Monday. “There are a couple of teams that got in (the NIT) that didn’t do as much as we did throughout the course of the season.” But, Jacobsen said regardless of the tournament, the Panthers are excited to be playing another game.

“Well over half the teams in the country are done and (our team) understands that,” Jacobsen said. “Whether it’s the NCAA, the NIT or the CIT, we have the opportunity to play for a couple more weeks and we have the opportunity to win a championship.” The Panthers finished the regular season at 18-14. North Dakota enters the game with a 16-16 record, including a 72-47 loss to UNI back in November. Wednesday’s tipoff in the McLeod Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Chris Carpenter’s Career May Be Over


March 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Chris Carpenter realizes his baseball career may be over. The 37-year-old right-hander made a surprise appearance at the St. Louis Cardinals’ spring-training camp Monday and said he’s still dealing with numbing and tingling sensations in his pitching hand, arm and shoulder. Asked if he wanted to continue pitching, the former Cy Young Award winner said, “I do. I just don’t think I can.”

Iowa State Women to face Gonzaga in NCAA Tournament


March 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State women’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA tournament for the seventh year in a row. The Cyclones are a No. 5 seed, but they will have to face 12th-seeded Gonzaga on the road on Saturday. The winner will play either fourth-seeded Georgia or Montana. Iowa State has won 23 games so far this year. The Cyclones finished second in the Big 12 regular season standings and in the conference tournament, falling to top-seeded Baylor 75-47.

Iowa State has dropped its last two first-round games in the NCAA tournament. The Cyclones lost to Wisconsin-Green Bay in the opening round in 2012. Gonzaga has reached the regional semifinals in each of the last three seasons.