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Fountain lady case raised in oversight hearing

News, Sports

August 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The firing of a Des Moines woman who became an internet sensation for her drunken frolic in a fountain at a Kansas City Royals baseball game last summer has become the center of a dispute over Iowa Workforce Development unemployment judge independence.

Former unemployment appeals judge Bonny Hendricksmeyer says IWD Director Teresa Wahlert pushed her to justify her ruling in awarding the “fountain lady” unemployment benefits. Hendricksmeyer says she felt pressured by Wahlert after concluding Jessica McCoy was acting outside work responsibilities when she drunkenly waded into the Kauffman Stadium fountain a year ago and was later fired.

The issue is important because Wahlert, a political appointee, has taken over supervision of judges that decide unemployment benefit appeals cases. Federal regulations require judges to be insulated from political pressure.

Packers beat Chiefs 34-14 in backup QB battle

Sports

August 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each threw for two touchdowns in their competition to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas Chiefs 34-14 in a preseason finale Thursday night. Flynn threw for 102 yards and Tolzien had 139 in splitting reps by quarter in the evening’s most closely watched position battle. Coach Mike McCarthy could keep both players anyway a season after Rodgers missed seven weeks with a collarbone injury.

The Chiefs’ defense looked lost at times. Kansas City also had seven penalties in the first half, which ended with Green Bay up by 13. Packers undrafted free agent Jayrone Elliott got his fifth sack of the preseason, beating Chiefs first-string tackle Donald Stephenson.

Chiefs receiver A.J. Jenkins made an impressive, diving 45-yard catch before leaving with a concussion.

Drake prepares for Grand View

Sports

August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A new era begins at Drake on Saturday night when the Bulldogs host Grand View. It will be the first game for new head coach Rick Fox, who took over after Chris Creighton left for Eastern Michigan. Grand View beat Drake 21-16 enroute to a 14-0 record and the NAIA championship.

Fox is expecting another game that comes down to the end. This is the fifth meeting in a series that Fox says has become a good rivalry. It will also be the final game in the series. Grand View is joining the Heart of America Conference next season and their entire schedule will be league games.

Drake has 15 starters back from last year’s team that finished 6-5.

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NASCAR dates set at Iowa Speedway

Sports

August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Speedway has set the dates for next year’s NASCAR events. The two Nationwide races will be Saturday, May 17th and Saturday, August first. The Champion World Truck Series will run on Friday, June 19th. Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small says they will continue to work on improving the fan experience. In fact Small says it is their top priority. Small says they are still working with IndyCar to finalize the date for next year’s race.

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Iowa State Patrol Offers Football Traffic Tips

News, Sports

August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Des Moines, IOWA – As we approach start of college football season, the Iowa State Patrol urges all fans traveling to and from games across the state to obey the following:

  • Slow down and expect heavy traffic delays.
  • Pay attention and avoid any unnecessary distractions.
  • Be patient if you encounter heavy traffic.
  • Obey all directions given by law enforcement officers.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Buckle up!

Due to the many in-state college rivalries this weekend, more traffic is expected on Saturday.  Some fans will arrive several hours before kickoff, so traffic congestion can be expected several hours prior to and following the conclusion of the games.  Motorists not attending the game are encouraged to find alternate routes.
By following these simple tips, the Iowa State Patrol hopes everyone remains safe while cheering on their favorite team.
For further questions, please call Sergeant Scott Bright at (515) 745-2863.

‘Robot march’ to protest Iowa’s pink locker room

Sports

August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa professor Kembrew McLeod has dressed as a robot to heckle Bill Clinton and Michele Bachmann. Now he’s targeting his own school over its controversial pink visitors’ locker room at Kinnick Stadium. McLeod is organizing what he jokingly calls the “Million Robot March” to protest at an annual event Friday honoring former Iowa coach Hayden Fry, who had the locker room painted pink in 1979.

McLeod is calling for the school to ditch the pink, which he says amounts to a school-sanctioned taunt that exudes homophobia and sexism. He said previous protests haven’t been successful, so he’s taking an absurd approach to draw attention to the issue.

Fry has said pink is calming and meant to make Hawkeyes’ opponents passive, and it has become part of Hawkeyes lore.

KC Chiefs football News (8/28/14)

Sports

August 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a tour bus bringing the Kansas City Chiefs to their Wisconsin hotel before Thursday night’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers was involved in an accident. The Outagamie (awt-ah-GAY’-mee) County sheriff’s office says it was escorting the Chiefs’ buses from the airport to the hotel Wednesday afternoon when a vehicle entered the intersection and collided with one of the five buses. Two adults and three children were in the vehicle that struck the bus. One of the children had a minor cut to the head and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. No one on the Chiefs’ bus was hurt. Police are investigating.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The change made by the Kansas City Chiefs a few years ago was subtle — one word, really — yet it ushered a pronounced change in the way the franchise viewed its most important fans. Season-ticket holders became known as “season-ticket members.” Suddenly, the entire paradigm shifted. No longer were Chiefs fans merely customers, buying a ticket, attending a game and then heading home afterward. Rather they began to feel as though they were part of the franchise, just as integral to the success or failure of the team as quarterback Alex Smith, coach Andy Reid or even general manager John Dorsey. And by offering those members exclusive gifts and experiences, the Chiefs have rebuilt their season-ticket rolls at a time when many franchises are having a hard time filling stadiums.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina briefly detained and questioned a man who flew a drone with a camera mounted on it over a stadium during an NFL preseason game. Area news media outlets report that the drone was spotted during the Aug. 17 game between the Carolina Panthers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The Federal Aviation Administration limits aircraft use near major sporting events, and prohibits unmanned aircraft at sites designated as “Class B” venues, which includes Bank of America Stadium.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police department spokesman Rob Tufano did not say what explanation the drone operator gave for using the prohibited aircraft. He said information obtained during questioning was turned over to the FAA, which has jurisdiction in such matters.

Long Davis homer lifts Pirates over Cardinals 3-1

Sports

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ike Davis hit a two-run homer off a speaker above the seats in right-center field, Jeff Locke outpitched Adam Wainwright and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday to close in the NL wild-card race.

Pittsburgh took two of three from the defending NL champions and has won five of seven overall. St. Louis (71-61) leads the NL wild-card race, with San Francisco (69-62) trailing by 1 1/2 games and the Pirates (69-64) one game back of the Giants for the second wild-card berth berth.

Davis hit his 10th homer in the second after Wainwright hit Russell Martin on the left elbow with a pitch that Martin barely tried to avoid. Davis sent an 88 mph pitch clanking off a speaker raised on a pole, about 15 feet above the seats, a drive estimated at about 433 feet. A night earlier, Davis had a pinch-hit, tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning of Pittsbugh’s 5-2 win.

Davis also had an inning-ending lineout that left the bases loaded in the fifth.

Barnstormers move from AFL to IFL

Sports

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Barnstormers have relegated themselves. The Barnstormers announced Wednesday that they’ll be moving from the Arena Football League to the lower-tier Indoor Football League for the 2015 season.

President Jeff Lamberti says the “economic aspects” of the IFL are more fitting for the team in Des Moines, which was among the smallest markets in the AFL. The IFL is largely based in the Midwest and includes teams in nearby Cedar Rapids and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.The Barnstormers competed in the AFL from 1995-2000 before returning to Iowa in 2008 as an af2 franchise.

Iowa rejoined the AFL in 2010 but failed to post a winning record.

Chiefs sign veteran offensive guard Mike McGlynn

Sports

August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Chiefs have signed veteran guard Mike McGlynn to help stabilize their shaky offensive line while waiving reserve offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk. McGlynn, who was released by Washington on Tuesday, played for Chiefs coach Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2008-10. He spent one year with the Cincinnati Bengals and the past two seasons with the Indianapolis colts.

The former fourth-round draft pick has started 48 of the 57 games he’s played in the NFL. The Chiefs are in need of a veteran offensive lineman. Right tackle Donald Stephenson is suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. Several other players have been dealing with illness and injury.