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Iowa Hawkeyes legendary Sports Broadcaster Zabel dead at 91

News, Sports

May 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Longtime Iowa Hawkeye sports broadcaster Jim Zabel has died at the age of 91. KCCI-TV in Des Moines reported late Thursday night that Zabel had been in the hospital recently for health problems, but was at home Thursday preparing for his Sunday radio program on WHO, when he died. His wife and WHO Radio General Manager have confirmed Zabel’s passing.

Zabel broadcast Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball games on WHO Radio in Des Moines for 49 years.  He was inducted into the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. He was known for his signature call “I love it, I love it, I love it!” whenever the Hawks did well on the field or the court.  He retired from play-by-play in 1996 but continued doing regular sports broadcasts on the radio.

Chiefs sign fifth-round pick Sanders Commings


May 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have signed safety Sanders Commings, the fifth of their eight draft choices to agree to terms on a contract. Commings was the Chiefs’ fifth-round draft pick out of Georgia. He played primarily cornerback in college, starting 35 games and making 154 tackles. But he’s been playing safety for the Chiefs during their first two weeks of organized team activities. The Chiefs selected Commings, who was once drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks, despite a domestic violence charge that resulted in a suspension last season. The signing was announced Thursday.

The only remaining draft picks yet to sign with the Chiefs are offensive tackle Eric Fisher, their first overall pick, third-round pick Travis Kelce and fourth-round pick Nico Johnson.

Chiefs’ McCluster tweaks hamstring in workouts


May 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster hurt his hamstring early in Thursday’s voluntary workout, while defensive back Neiko Thorpe and linebacker Mike Catapano also picked up minor injuries. Coach Andy Reid said after the week’s final organized team activity that McCluster had a “mild” hamstring injury. There’s a chance he’ll be back on the field next week, when the Chiefs wrap up three weeks of voluntary workouts and prepare for their mandatory minicamp.

Catapano also hurt his hamstring, Reid said. Thorpe tweaked a knee. Reid also revealed the tight end Tony Moeaki, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the offseason, probably won’t be on the field until training camp. The injury-prone Moeaki has been watching from the sidelines during the voluntary workouts.

Panthers sign 2 remaining draft picks


May 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have signed all five of their draft picks. Carolina announced Thursday it has signed fifth-round draft pick A.J. Klein from Iowa State and sixth-round selection Kenjon Barner from Oregon, assuring all of their draft picks will be at training camp on time. Financial terms of the deals were not released.

The Panthers announced earlier Thursday they signed first-rounder Star Lotulelei and third-rounder Edmund Kugbila. Carolina previously signed second-round pick Kawann Short. General manager Dave Gettleman says the Panthers are “thrilled to have all of our draft choices under contract.” Klein is a three-time All-Big 12 Conference linebacker who recorded 117 tackles in each of the last two seasons. Barner, who the Panthers view as a potential scat back, ran for 3,623 yards rushing and 41 TDs at Oregon.

Iowa’s Dahm out as baseball coach


May 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa baseball coach Jack Dahm is out after 10 seasons with the Hawkeyes. Iowa athletic director Gary Barta announced Thursday that Dahm’s contract won’t be renewed after a decade leading the state’s only remaining Division I program. Dahm, hired by Iowa in 2003 after 10 years at Creighton, was 235-302 with the Hawkeyes. Iowa reached the Big Ten tournament just three times during Dahm’s tenure, and his final team finished 22-27. Dahm was on a one-year deal set to expire at the end of June. Barta says the Hawkeyes will be looking for someone who “fits the culture” of the school as it searches for a new coach.

8AM Sportscast 05-23-2013

Podcasts, Sports

May 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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High School Baseball and Softball Scores Wednesday


May 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

Scores from Wednesday, May 22nd.


CAM, Anita 8, Griswold 1
Denison-Schleswig 7, Carroll 6
Martensdale-St. Marys 8, Panorama, Panora 1
Missouri Valley 14, West Monona, Onawa 5
OA-BCIG 12, Ridge View 8
Orient-Macksburg 15, Villisca 1
Ridge View 13, OA-BCIG 8
Saydel 11, Greene County 1
Tri-Center, Neola 8, Logan-Magnolia 3


Atlantic 9, Missouri Valley 7
Earlham 9, Nodaway Valley 1
Greene County 6, Saydel 5
IKM-Manning 7, Panorama 0
Maple Valley-Anthon Oto 7, Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 2
Underwood 3, Glenwood 1
Villisca 10, Orient-Macksburg 3
Winterset 9, Perry 0


Lyons leads Cardinals past Padres 5-3


May 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tyler Lyons pitched seven solid innings in his major league debut on the same day St. Louis lost Jaime Garcia for the season, and the Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Wednesday night. Lyons, who was promoted from Triple-A Memphis after Garcia went on the disabled list, allowed one run and four hits. The 25-year-old left-hander was a ninth-round draft pick in 2010 out of Oklahoma State.

The Cardinals announced before that game that Garcia will have season-ending shoulder surgery this week. The lefty went 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA in nine starts this year, helping St. Louis bolt to the majors’ best record at 30-16.

Cards’ Garcia expected to miss year after surgery


May 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SAN DIEGO (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will have surgery on his left shoulder this week and is expected to miss the rest of the season. The Cardinals announced Wednesday that the left-hander will have surgery to repair tears in his rotator cuff and labrum. Team doctor George Paletta will perform the operation on Friday in St. Louis. Garcia is 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA in nine starts this year. He was put on the disabled list Sunday after feeling pain that had increased over the course of three starts.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says it wasn’t surprising news to find out Garcia needed surgery. Matheny said Garcia could get his shoulder cleaned up and be healthy for spring training.

Boys Substate Semi-final Soccer Scores


May 22nd, 2013 by Chris Parks


Des Moines Christian 1, Atlantic 0
Riverside, Oakland 2, St. Albert, Council Bluffs 1 (2OT)
Tri-Center, Neola 2, Underwood 0
West Central Valley, Stuart 2, North Polk, Alleman 1 (2OT/PK)


ADM, Adel 2, Dallas Center-Grimes 1
Glenwood 4, Creston 1
Spencer 4, Denison-Schleswig 1

Winners move on to play in Substate Finals on Saturday, May 25th.  Those matchups are listed below:

Riverside, Oakland vs. Tri-Center, Neola @ Riverside, Oakland (at Riverside, Oakland)
Des Moines Christian vs. West Central Valley, Stuart @ To Be Determined (at To Be Determined)

ADM, Adel vs. Glenwood @ Glenwood (at Glenwood)