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Northern Iowa dumps North Dakota 72-47


November 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Jake Koch had 16 points and eight rebounds as Northern Iowa defeated North Dakota 72-47 Saturday.  Koch was 10 for 10 from the free-throw line and also had four assists for the Panthers (3-0). Chip Rank added 13 points and Matt Bohannon had 11. Aaron Anderson led North Dakota (1-2) with 12 points.

Northern Iowa never trailed, jumping out to 36-19 lead with 3:22 left in the first half. The Fighting Sioux answered with six straight points before the break and opened the second half on a 7-2 run to pull within 38-32. That was as close as North Dakota got as the Panthers scored the next eight points and eventually built a 25-point lead.   Northern Iowa hit its first 16 free throws and finished 17 for 20 at the line.

No. 23 Michigan tops Iowa 42-17 with Gardner’s TDs


November 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Devin Gardner accounted for six touchdowns to help No. 23 Michigan rout Iowa 42-17 Saturday. The Wolverines (8-3, 6-1 Big Ten) weren’t stopped on offense by the hapless Hawkeyes (4-7, 2-5) until Gardner threw an interception early in the fourth quarter. Gardner threw three touchdowns and ran for three scores. He became the first Michigan quarterback to account for six TDs since 1983 when Steve Smith had as many passing and rushing scores in a game at Minnesota.

Denard Robinson played after missing two-plus games with nerve damage in his right elbow. Robinson started at running back and took some snaps at QB, but didn’t throw a pass. Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint appeared to break his left leg on his team’s first drive.

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Friday’s State Football Championship Score Summary


November 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Class 1A

Regina, Iowa City 35, St. Albert, Council Bluffs 14

Class 2A

Spirit Lake 17, Mediapolis 15

Class 4A

Ankeny 23, Cedar Rapids Xavier 17

Area Girls High School Basketball Scores: from Fri., Nov. 16th 2012


November 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

East Sac County 59, Storm Lake 26
East Union, Afton 57, Orient-Macksburg 35

Spirit Lake beats Mediapolis 17-15 for 2A title


November 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Paul Brown ran for one touchdown and passed for another and Spirit Lake survived five turnovers to beat Mediapolis 17-15 on Friday and win the Class 2A state championship. Brown’s 3-yard TD run gave the Indians (13-1) a 17-7 lead late in the third quarter and they held on against a Mediapolis team playing without star quarterback Jesse Ertz, a Kansas State recruit who was sidelined by a knee injury. Trailing 17-13, Mediapolis (13-1) got the ball on Blake Beckman’s fumble recovery at the Spirit Lake 36 with 2:14 remaining. But Drew Foster, who filled in for Ertz, was intercepted by Tyler Peterson on the next play and Spirit Lake ran out the clock, taking a safety as time expired in Cedar Falls.

Regina beats St. Albert 35-14 for 3rd title


November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Mark Ward passed for two touchdowns and a record 297 yards to lead Iowa City Regina to its third consecutive state championship Friday, a 35-14 victory over Council Bluffs St. Albert in the Class 1A title game. Mike Donovan ran for two TDs and Nick Dolezal kicked two field goals for the Regals (14-0), who won their 42nd straight game to match the sixth-longest winning streak in state history. Regina won the Class 2A championship each of the past two years and has four titles overall.

Ward’s 19-yard touchdown pass on a screen to Riley Dixon broke a 14-all tie in the third quarter, and Dolezal kicked fourth-quarter field goals of 32 and 34 yards to secure the victory.

Cardinals Unveil New Uniforms for the 2013 Season


November 16th, 2012 by Jim Field

St. Louis Cardinals New Uniforms

The St. Louis Cardinals today unveiled new uniforms for the 2013 season, the first update to the teams’ wardrobe in more than a decade. For the first time in more than 80 years, the team will wear an alternate uniform on Saturdays that will feature “St. Louis” in place of “Cardinals” on the jersey.

“We are excited about the new uniforms,” said Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III, who led the design efforts. “We think the design improvements will be popular with both players and fans — particularly the addition of the alternate jersey on home Saturdays.”

The Cardinals will be the 27th team in MLB to add an alternate jersey to their lineup and the fourth to use off-white. The home alternate jersey will be worn on home Saturdays and will feature “St. Louis” in place of “Cardinals” under the iconic birds on the bat. The jersey and matching pants feature an off-white color, red piping, and the player number on the front.  All the team’s jerseys (home, road, home alternate) will feature more detail in the embroidery, consistent with the graphical logo used by the club since 1998. The richer detail is made possible by advances in the manufacturing process. In addition to being one of the most
recognized logos in baseball, the iconic Cardinals Birds on Bat logo is one of the highest quality logos in MLB. It is produced using chenille stitching directly embroidered onto the jersey, a more painstaking method than the traditional twill patch application used by other teams.  It takes over an hour to stitch each individual jersey, with nearly 40,000 stitches required for the home and road jerseys. Majestic uses the latest embroidery technology and most talented sewing staff at their Pennsylvania facility to produce the uniforms.

With the 2013 jerseys, fans will notice much more detail in the birds. Additional changes include a slight modification to the size of the numbers on the front of the jersey (dropping from 4 inches to 3 ½”). All jerseys are available in both the traditional double knit and the Cool Base, a lightweight moisture wicking performance fabric that is popular with players. In addition to the jersey changes, the team will wear red caps with their road uniforms, while the blue cap will remain a road alternate. The team will also wear a new batting practice cap this season.  Fans may purchase the 2013 authentic jerseys at the Cardinals Official Team Store at Busch Stadium exclusively through Thanksgiving and at other local outlets thereafter. While supplies last, the Cardinals Official Team Store at Busch Stadium is offering a free set of pint glasses featuring the new St. Louis logo with the purchase of the 2013 home alternate jersey. The store is also offering, for a fee, on-site jersey customization to accommodate holiday shoppers looking for a unique personalized gift. The team store is open 10 AM – 6 PM seven days a week, except holidays. The store will have extended hours on Black Friday (8AM – 6PM) and will have a number of Black Friday Specials.

No. 23 Michigan Hopes to Beat Iowa in Home Finale


November 16th, 2012 by Jim Field

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan defensive tackle Will Campbell wishes he was wrapping up a fourth season with coach Brady Hoke.

Two years, though, have been better than none for Campbell.

He came to campus during the Rich Rodriguez era and is finishing up under Hoke. Campbell and the other fourth-year players were one game under .500 during their first two seasons and have a combined 18-5 record this year and last.

The 23rd-ranked Wolverines (7-3, 5-1 Big Ten) hope to 23 seniors out with a win against Iowa (4-6, 2-4) in their home finale Saturday.

After losing four straight, Iowa needs to beat Michigan and then Nebraska to qualify for a bowl.

U. of Iowa Leader Issues Apology in Athletics Case


November 16th, 2012 by Jim Field

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa President Sally Mason is apologizing for the school’s failure to protect athletes and employees in its handling of a former athletics department official accused of sexual harassment.

Mason said in a statement Friday that the university will make changes to avoid a repeat of what she called an “isolated breakdown” in the case of Peter Gray, who resigned last week after working as associate director of athletics student services since 2002.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen published an internal report that accused Gray of violating the school’s sexual harassment policy through improper touching that included shoulder massages, hugging and rubbing. The report says the behavior dated back to Gray’s earlier employment at Iowa in the 1990s and continued despite complaints from colleagues, coaches and at least one athlete.