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Keselowski wins Nationwide race in Iowa


August 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Brad Keselowski took control with 35 laps left to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night. The Sprint Cup driver has won in his last three Nationwide starts, also topping the field at Richmond in April and Kentucky in June.

Points leader Austin Dillon led a race-high 116 laps, but gave up a huge lead following a late caution. Keselowski, the only Sprint Cup driver in the field, took control a few laps later for his second Nationwide win at Iowa.

Sam Hornish Junior was second, followed by Brian Vickers, Dillon and Kyle Larson.

Chiefs Make More Lineman Moves


August 3rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs have signed offensive guard Rokevious Watkins and released offensive lineman Mike Tepper in their continued search for help along the interior of their line.

Watkins was scheduled to work out with the Chiefs for the first time Saturday.

The 6-foot-4, 338-pound Watkins was drafted in the fifth round by the St. Louis Rams last year. He appeared in one game before an ankle injury cut short his rookie season.

He was recently waived after reportedly arriving at Rams camp overweight and out of shape, and will miss the first game of this season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

Tepper, who hadn’t appeared in an NFL game in two years, joined the Chiefs earlier this week.

7AM Sportscast 08-03-2013

Podcasts, Sports

August 3rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Dillon seeks 1st win of the season at Iowa


August 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Austin Dillon knows that tonight’s (Saturday’s) NASCAR Nationwide race in Iowa might be his best shot yet at a victory. But it’s not necessarily because Dillon is running so well. It’s mostly because Kyle Busch is staying at Pocono Raceway. Dillon, who took over the Nationwide points lead last week despite going winless through 19 starts, headlines a field almost exclusively made up of Nationwide regulars.

Brad Keselowski is the lone Sprint Cup driver scheduled to be in the field. NASCAR’s top series runs Sunday in Pennsylvania. Busch, who has won eight Nationwide races in 15 tries in 2013, won’t attempt the Pocono-Iowa double-dip like he’s done in the past.

Cardinals have another big game, drub Reds 13-3


August 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CINCINNATI (AP) — David Freese set the tone with a bases-loaded double in the first inning, and Daniel Descalso hit two of the Cardinals’ three homers on Friday night as St. Louis pulled away to a 13-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals have emerged from a deep hitting slump by scoring 13 runs in each of their last two games. It’s the first time this season they’ve had double-digit run totals in consecutive games.

Shelby Miller (11-7) limited Cincinnati’s slumping offense to two singles over the first five innings before Joey Votto hit a three-run homer in the sixth. Bronson Arroyo (9-9) matched his season high by giving up seven runs in only 3 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

Harlan fails to advance to the Championship round in State Baseball semi-finals


August 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

State Baseball Tournament Semi-final results from Friday, Aug. 2nd 2013 @ Principal Park in Des Moines…


Assumption, Davenport 7, Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 6 (9)

Clear Lake 7, Harlan 2: Gavin Sheakley pitched a complete-game two-hitter and earned his second win of the state tournament to lead sixth-seeded Clear Lake past second-seeded Harlan 7-2 in the Class 3A semifinals Friday afternoon at Principal Park. With the win, the Lions advance to their first-ever state championship game. Second-ranked Clear Lake advances to the finals on a 16-game winning streak to take on unranked and fifth-seeded Davenport Assumption (26-15) Saturday at 6 p.m. Third-ranked Harlan ends the season at 37-4.


Johnston 5, Des Moines, East 3
Sioux City, East 6, Clinton 1

Today’s (Saturday’s) Championship Games:

12:00-p.m.: Newman Catholic, Mason City vs. Van Buren, Keosauqua

2:00-p.m.: Beckman Catholic, Dyersville vs. North Polk, Alleman

6:00-p.m.: Assumption, Davenport vs. Clear Lake

8:00-p.m.: Johnston vs. Sioux City, East

8AM Sportscast 08-02-2013

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August 2nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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State Baseball Tournament Scores (from 8/1) & Schedule (for 8/2)


August 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Thursday’s Semi-finals:


  • Newman Catholic 3, Twin Cedars 0
  • Van Buren 14, Van Meter 4 (6 innings)


  • Beckman Catholic 13, Roland-Story 2 (5 innings)
  • North Polk 6, Kuemper Catholic 2

Friday’s Schedule @ Principal Park, Des Moines:

CLASS 3-A Semi-finals:

  • 12:00-p.m. – Bishop Heelan Catholic vs. Davenport Assumption
  • 2:00-p.m. – Harlan vs. Clear Lake

CLASS 4-A Semi-finals:

  • 6:00-p.m. – Des Moines East vs. Johnston
  • 8:00-p.m. – Clinton vs. Sioux City East

Chiefs let competition shake out at wide receiver


August 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are still on the hunt for wide receivers during training camp. Dwayne Bowe’s job is just about the only one secure after the former Pro Bowler signed a five-year deal to stay with the Chiefs. Otherwise, guys such as former first-round pick Jon Baldwin and free-agent signee Donnie Avery are trying to make an impression.

Baldwin in particular has struggled during the first week of camp, dropping several passes while being defended by air. He dropped another one on Thursday when he was wide open. Chiefs coach Andy Reid says he’s trying to find out what guys can do best before establishing roles for them, and Bowe promised the corps would be “110 percent” ready to go.

Cardinals avert 5-game sweep, trounce Pirates 13-0


August 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Kelly and the St. Louis Cardinals averted a five-game sweep at Pittsburgh, ending a season-worst seven-game losing streak by routing the Pirates 13-0 Thursday night in a matchup between the NL’s top two teams. St. Louis began the series with a 2½-game lead in the NL Central but left with the Pirates ahead by 1½ games. The Cardinals avoided their first sweep in a set of at least five games since 1916, when the New York Giants took all six games.

Kelly pitched six scoreless innings and had two hits. Tony Cruz added three hits, including a two-run double during an eight-run seventh inning.