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St. Louis Cardinals: Season wrap-up


November 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Clutch hitting deserted the St. Louis Cardinals throughout the postseason. The power arms that got them to the World Series finally gave out, too. For the third straight year there’s satisfaction in the achievement of making a deep October run. They were close to a second title in three years, largely thanks to rookie Michael Wacha, and there’s no reason they can’t keep contending. The way it ended, it felt as if they’d missed by a mile. Going forward, it appears the NL champions have plenty of payroll flexibility. They haven’t said whether they’ll seek a contract extension with free-agent Carlos Beltran, who would like to stay.


NEW YORK (AP) — The World Series television rating on Fox was up 17 percent over last year but was the lowest for a matchup that went at least six games. Boston’s 4-2 Series win over St. Louis averaged an 8.9 rating, 15 share and 14.9 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Thursday.

San Francisco’s four-game sweep of Detroit last year averaged a record-low 7.6/12 and was seen by 12.7 million viewers. That was among only three Series that had lower ratings than this year’s, joined by 8.4 ratings for Philadelphia’s five-game win over Tampa Bay in 2008 and San Francisco’s five-game victory over Texas in 2010. Boston’s 6-1 victory in Wednesday night’s clincher received an 11.3/18 and was seen by 19.2 million viewers, baseball’s highest rating since Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals declined their $9.5 million option for next season on pitcher Jake Westbrook, who was not on their postseason roster after battling elbow and back injuries much of the year. The 36-year-old Westbrook, who was 7-8 with a 4.63 ERA, gets a $1 million buyout.

The sinkerballer appeared in 21 games, all but two of them starts. He was barely used late in the year and got the start in the season finale as a nod to his contributions, working one scoreless inning. Westbrook is 105-103 for his career. He was 36-32 with a 4.27 ERA in three-plus seasons with St. Louis.

ISU’s Melvin Ejim To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Injury


October 31st, 2013 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State senior forward Melvin Ejim suffered a hyperextended left knee and bone bruise in practice Wednesday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Ejim, a preseason All-Big 12 pick from Toronto, Ontario, averaged 10.3 points and led the Big 12 in rebounding (9.3) and double-doubles (15) as a junior.

Iowa State begins its season Sunday with an exhibition game against Augustana (S.D.). Tipoff against the Vikings is scheduled for 5 p.m. (CT).

HSFB: Riverside at Audubon 10-30-2013 Class A First Round Playoffs

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October 31st, 2013 by Chris Parks

Jim Field and Chris Parks have the call of the game played at Chis Jones Field in Audubon.


8AM Sportscast 10-31-2013

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October 31st, 2013 by Chris Parks

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IA High School Football Playoffs – 1st Round Scores from Wed. 10/30/13


October 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Class 4-A

  • Ankeny Centennial 49, Abraham Lincoln 28

Class 3-A

  • Bishop Heelan Catholic 45, Creston 7
  • Carroll 27, ADM 7
  • Harlan 20, LeMars 14
  • Spencer 35, Lewis Central 25

Class 2-A

  • Gilbert 44, Red Oak 12
  • Kuemper Catholic 49, Nevada 7
  • West Marshall 36, Clarinda 19

Class 1-A

  • Mount Ayr 30, Panorama 7
  • Ogden 32, Nodaway Valley 16
  • St. Albert 35, Pella Christian 7
  • Van Meter 41, Treynor 0

Class A

  • A-H-S-T 56, Guthrie Center 13
  • Audubon 39, Riverside 0
  • East Mills 20, Woodward-Granger 0


  • Adair-Casey 59, Meskwaki Settlement School 20
  • Boyer Valley 44, Southwest Valley 25
  • Coon Rapids-Bayard 32, Fremont Mills 24 (OT)
  • Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 65, CAM 0

Chiefs Out to Win, Not Win Beauty Pageants


October 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs aren’t into winning beauty pageants. They don’t care about putting up big numbers on offense or polishing off shiny, lopsided victories. Ugly works just as well. It’s a good thing, because the Chiefs haven’t had a breezy win for weeks. Instead, they’ve relied on a blue-collar, throwback-style defense that’s more comfortable sticking a hand in the mud than getting a high-priced manicure to stack up eight wins in eight games.

Then again, after blowing out Jacksonville in their season opener, the Chiefs have played so many nail-biting games that maybe stopping for a manicure isn’t such a bad idea. They head to Buffalo trying to improve to 9-0 on Sunday. You can hear the game on KJAN.

Red Sox win WS title, beat Cards 6-1 in Game 6


October 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox romped to their third World Series championship in 10 seasons, thumping October ace Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 Wednesday night in Game 6. Shane Victorino drove in four runs and John Lackey pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning as the Red Sox clinched a crown on their own field for the first time since 1918.

Fenway Park was rollicking, with the crowd standing from the very first pitch. Victorino lined a three-run double off the Green Monster in the third, and the cheers, chants and singing of “Sweet Caroline” only got louder after that. Many fans paid over $1,000 per ticket for this night, eager to be part of an in-house celebration that had been building for nearly a century.

Ortiz drew three walks and scored twice. He reached base a whopping 19 times in 25 plate appearances.

ISU’s Christofferson Named a Candidate for Senior CLASS Award


October 30th, 2013 by Jim Field

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Iowa State senior women’s basketball player Hallie Christofferson has been selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Christofferson holds a 3.41 grade point average while majoring in graphic design. She was a member of the Big 12 honor roll and was named an ISU Scholar-Athlete in 2013.

Christofferson has participated in various community service projects during her time at Iowa State. The senior has volunteered with the St. Jude’s Walk the past three years, the I-35 Program and assisted with Jr. Cyclone clinics among other activities.

On the court, Christofferson has established herself as one of the best players in the country. She was named an honorable mention All-American by the AP and WBCA last season. Her performance also did not go unnoticed by league coaches as she was one of just four student-athletes in the Big 12 to be named a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First-Team. She was most recently named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 list, which is given to the nation’s top player.

Christofferson is also the only returning player in the nation to have led her team in field goal percentage (.516), three-point percentage (.401), free-throw percentage (.862) and points per game (15.6).

Christofferson is one of 30 student-athletes named to the list, which will be narrowed to 10 midway through the regular season. At that point, fan voting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.

Iowa State is one of just five schools in the country to have a student-athlete named to the initial list the last two seasons joining California, Baylor, Penn State and Kentucky. Chelsea Poppens represented the Cyclones last season and was named as one of 10 finalists.

Chiefs waive Brock, make series of roster moves


October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs have waived tight end Kevin Brock and elevated offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. The Chiefs also signed tight end Dominique Jones to the practice squad Wednesday.

Brock had three catches for 36 yards in four games for the Chiefs this season. He’d become expendable with the return of Anthony Fasano from an ankle sprain a couple of weeks ago. Watkins has been on the practice squad since Sept. 1. He played in one game for the St. Louis Rams as a rookie a year ago.

Jones started three of the 10 games he played in two seasons with the Colts. The former undrafted free agent has three catches for 42 yards.

8AM Sportscast 10-30-2013

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October 30th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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