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Brian Ferentz Hired From Pool of 102


March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz’s son was hired away from the New England Patriots as the Hawkeyes offensive line coach out of 102 applicants who sought two open assistant coaching positions. The university released records Friday to The Associated Press showing Brian Ferentz was given a salary of $202,400, placing his compensation in the top half of offensive line coaches in the Big 10. The other assistant hired at the same time, linebackers coach LeVar Woods, will earn $187,000. University officials justified the salary difference because Brian Ferentz had more coaching experience than Woods, an administrative assistant with the team who coached as an interim assistant in two seasons. Brian Ferentz had been with the Patriots four years, and hiring documents say he was recruited by another college program.

Marlins Beat Cardinals Thursday Afternoon 3-1


March 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Anibal Sanchez allowed a run in five innings, including Carlos Beltran’s second homer, and the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Thursday. Sanchez had been limited to three starts this spring because of a sore shoulder. He gave up two hits and a walk. Cardinals starter Lance Lynn matched Sanchez, allowing one run on five hits in five innings. Lynn, who is taking the place of Chris Carpenter in the rotation, will make his first start on April 8 at Milwaukee. Daniel Pertusati, a minor leaguer who has never played higher than Class A, hit a tying homer off Lynn in the fifth.

Baylor Coach Mulkey Diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy


March 29th, 2012 by Jim Field

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor coach Kim Mulkey has been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, a form of facial paralysis she says won’t change her approach going into the NCAA Final Four.

Mulkey said Thursday that her tongue started feeling strange at the NCAA regional in Des Moines last weekend. Before practice Wednesday, she noticed only the left side of her mouth was working when she smiled, her right eye was drooping and she couldn’t hear properly out of her right ear.

Mulkey went to a doctor rather than going to practice Wednesday.

Trainer Alex Olson says Mulkey is being treated with anti-viral medication and oral steroids to reduce the inflammation of the facial nerve that causes the problem.

Baylor plays Stanford on Sunday in the NCAA tournament semifinals.

UNC’s Barnes, Henson, Marshall Entering NBA Draft


March 29th, 2012 by Jim Field

(AP) –North Carolina underclassmen Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall will enter the NBA draft.

The school announced their departures in a statement Thursday afternoon.

In the statement, coach Roy Williams says he is happy the three are pursuing their goals of playing in the NBA, but sad “because I won’t get to coach them again.”

Barnes, a 6-foot-8 sophomore from Ames, averaged about 17 points to lead the team. Henson, a 6-11 junior, averaged about 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

Marshall, a 6-4 sophomore, won the Cousy Award presented to the nation’s top college point guard earlier Thursday.

Marshall set the ACC’s single-season assists record. He missed the last two NCAA tournament games after breaking his right wrist.

The Tar Heels (32-6) lost to Kansas in a regional final.

8AM Sportscast 03-29-2012

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March 29th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Top Ranked Pole Vaulter to Compete at Drake


March 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The world’s top ranked female pole vaulter will compete in a West Des Moines mall next month as part of the Drake Relays. Jenn Suhr was the 2008 Olympic silver medalist and will be part of the women’s field in the Pole Vault at the Mall in the Jordan Creek Towncenter. Drake Relays director Brian Brown says the presence of a top ranked competitor will add even more excitement to the competition. The Drake Relays are April 26th through the 28th.

Ferentz Makes More Changes to Staff


March 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has made additional changes to his coaching staff. Recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson will move from tight ends coach and assist with the defensive line and graduate assistant David Raih will coach the tight ends. Ferentz says the change will allow Johnson to focus more of his attention on recruiting. He says the demands of that segment of the organization are so strong that his goal was to get Johnson in a position where he could dedicate more time to that area. Ferentz says Johnson is doing  a lot of work for the Hawkeyes, with regard to personnel, and it’s a “critical job, and always has been”, especially in the way recruiting is constantly undergoing changes.  Ferentz says by assisting with the defensive line Johnson will be more free to travel during the season. It is the latest of several changes on the Iowa staff which includes new offensive and defensive coordinators.

Wainwright Uneven in Cardinals’ Win Over Tigers Wednesday


March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Adam Wainwright struggled for 4 2-3 innings Wednesday in his final tuneup against big league hitters as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers 9-5.  Wainwright, coming off reconstructive surgery on his right elbow that sidelined him for the entire 2011 season, had pitched 16 innings without allowing an earned run this spring before the Tigers broke through. Wainwright allowed four runs, three of them earned, on six hits and a walk.  His final outing before opening day is expected to be against Cardinals minor leaguers.  Jhonny Peralta broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the third. Andy Dirks later hit a two-run single.

Audubon Early Bird Boys Track Results


March 28th, 2012 by Jim Field

Team Scores:

  1. Treynor  96.5
  2. Riverside  92
  3. Guthrie Center  79
  4. Underwood  63
  5. Missouri Valley  57
  6. Griswold  51
  7. Tri-Center  46
  8. CAM  32
  9. Exira/EHK  31.5
  10. A-H-S-T  31
  11. West Monona  27
  12. Audubon  26.5
  13. Woodbine  23
  14. East Greene  15.5
  15. West Central Valley  15
  16. Ar-We-Va  13

Individual Winners:

  • 100: Kyle Kuhlman (Woodbine)
  • 200: Tim Schachtner (Guthrie Center)
  • 400: Cade Cleaveland (Riverside)
  • 800: Cade Cleaveland (Riverside)
  • 1600: Jacob Willey (West Monona)
  • 3200: John Gunderson (Riverside)
  • 110 Hurdles: Jared Schoning (Griswold)
  • 400 Hurdles: Trevor McKee (CAM)
  • 4 x 100: A-H-S-T (Ben Jacobsen, Austin Fink, Tyler Robinson, Josh Bryant)
  • 4 x 200: Treynor (Dane Livengood, Kyle Ticer, Quentin Keuck, Connor Meis)
  • 4 x 400: CAM  (Brady Runyan, Jarrad Cavin, Dylan Amdor, Trevor McKee)
  • 4 x 800: Riverside (Cade Cleaveland, Ean Patrick, Carl Rowe, Brady Ryan)
  • Distance Medley: Treynor (Kyle Ticer, Trevor Calfee, Dane Livengood, Nick Paulsen)
  • Shuttle Hurdle: Treynor (Quentin Keuck, Connor Meis, Trenton Geer, Josh Fermstead)
  • High Jump: Connor Meis (Treynor)
  • Long Jump: Reed Ostrander (East Greene)
  • Shot Put: Mitch Kearns (West Central Valley)
  • Discus: Blake Gunderson (Underwood)

8AM Sportscast 03-28-2012

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March 28th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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