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Chiefs agree to terms with 13 rookie free agents


May 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, who left school after his junior season only to go undrafted, is among 13 rookie free agents who have agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs. Bray’s big arm and prototypical size at 6-foot-6, 215 pounds left many expecting him to be a mid-round choice. But his stock plummeted amid concerns about his maturity and work habits. He played in 28 games at Tennessee, throwing for 7,444 yards with 69 touchdowns and 28 picks.

Among the other players agreeing to contracts were Florida wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr., Missouri defensive lineman Brad Madison, Kansas safety Bradley McDougald and Vanderbilt defensive end Rob Lohr. The rookie free agents will join the Chiefs’ eight-member draft class for a three-day rookie minicamp that begins May 10.

Lynn improves to 5-0, leads Cards over Reds 4-2


May 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn won his 10th straight decision, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings Wednesday to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Wednesday. Lynn (5-0) struck out five and walked two, improving to 10-0 in 10 starts and one relief appearance since losing to Milwaukee on Sept. 7.

It’s the second straight quick start for Lynn, who was 6-0 with a 1.48 ERA through May 7 last season, then went 12-7 with a 4.46 ERA the rest of the way.

Ex-Neb player Brion Carnes transferring to N. Iowa


May 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Former Nebraska football player BrionCarnes has announced he’ll transfer to Northern Iowa. Carnes wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday that he would enroll at the Football Championship Subdivision school in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Carnes appeared in three games in 2011 as the backup to quarterback Taylor Martinez before switching to wide receiver in the middle of last season. He appeared in no games in 2012. He announced after spring practice that he planned to transfer.  Carnes, who will be a junior in eligibility this fall, is able to play immediately for the Panthers.

Chiefs send CB Arenas to Cardinals for FB Sherman


May 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have traded cornerback Javier Arenas to the Arizona Cardinals for fullback Anthony Sherman. A second-round draft pick from Alabama in 2010, Arenas played 47 games in three seasons with the Chiefs, including 12 starts. He had two interceptions and returned kicks for the Chiefs, averaging 21 yards on kickoffs.

Arena started a career-high nine games in 2012, with 59 tackles and a forced fumble. He was third in the NFL in punt returns with a 12.8-yard average in 2011. A fifth-round pick in 2011, Sherman was primarily a blocking back, catching 13 passes for 111 yards and rushing for three yards in two seasons with Arizona. First-year Cardinals coach Bruce Arians brought in a new offensive system that rarely uses the fullback spot.

2 PA residents plead guilty to hunting violations in SW IA

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

May 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says after a more than two-year long investigation, two Pennsylvania residents who were part-owners of “Whitetail Fantasies,” a hunting guide business, have pleaded guilty to illegal deer hunting charges in Taylor County. Pursuant to a plea agreement, 48-year old David E. Ricker, of Harrisburg, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count of illegal taking of an antlered whitetail deer and one count of fraudulently obtaining a resident deer license. And, pursuant to an earlier plea agreement, 47-year old Jeffrey A. Mealey, of Dillsburg, Pa., pleaded guilty to an illegal possession of an antlered whitetail deer.

Through a jury trial, Ollie Odle Jr., of Bedford, was found guilty of two charges of aiding and abetting of illegal taking of antlered whitetail deer, based upon providing deer licenses/tags to out of state hunters. The defendants were ordered to forfeit the antlers and pay more than $22,600 in fines and liquidated damages. They are suspended from hunting or obtaining any licenses for one year.

The state of Iowa is a member of the Wildlife Violator Compact, which is an agreement between participating states that prohibits a person whose hunting or fishing privileges are suspended in one state from participating in those activities in 38 other states, including their home state of Pennsylvania.

Conservation Officer Andrea Bevington has been actively investigating cases of non-residents fraudulently obtaining resident licenses and illegally hunting game in Adams and Taylor counties. Changes in the residency laws were implemented in 2009 to identify a growing problem in Iowa of non-residents falsifying records to illegally obtain resident licenses.

Bevington said “The state of Iowa is known for their trophy whitetail deer. This natural resource attracts people from all over the United States and other countries. Unfortunately these trophies sometimes draw individuals here who exploit the resource and break Iowa laws.”

Plan to ride your bike today? Log those miles to help Iowa win national competition

News, Sports

May 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s cold, rainy weather may be less than ideal for two-wheeling it this morning, but the National Bike Challenge opens today (Wednesday). Iowa placed in the top ten in the competition last year. Mark Wyatt, executive director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, says it’ll be nice out soon and Iowa’s cycling enthusiasts can start adding up their miles. “We’re going to be working to try to boost Iowa to the top,” Wyatt says. “This is a state-by-state and a bicyclist-by-bicyclist and a community-by-community challenge to see who can ride their bikes more.” There are many different ways Iowans can take part in the countrywide contest and there’s an online leader board.

“You can look at individual riders and see who’s amassing the most points,” Wyatt says. “You can form a team of a group of people that can work together and encourage each other. Your workplace can compete against other workplaces and communities can compete against other communities to see who has the most bicycling in the state.” To take part in the challenge, log on to the website: Iowa Goes By Bicycle-dot-com.

“That will take you to the sign-in page,” Wyatt says. “It will ask you a few simple questions or you can log in with Facebook. There’s even a smartphone app so if you really don’t like typing in your miles, you can just pull out your phone and hit ‘start’ and it will record when you’re riding your bike.” The event kicks off National Bike Month. To learn more, visit: www.iowabicyclecoalition.org.

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May 1st, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Tuesday Golf, Tennis, Soccer Results


May 1st, 2013 by Jim Field

Atlantic Trojan Golf Invitational

Team Scores:

  1. Atlantic   304
  2. Creston   314
  3. Harlan    337
  4. Nodaway Valley  339
  5. Norwalk    342
  6. Winterset   343
  7. Denison  346
  8. Kuemper  353
  9. Shenandoah  360
  10. Red Oak  387
  11. Glenwood  389
  12. Clarinda  400


  1. Carson Whittington, Creston 69
  2. Ross Martins, Harlan 74
  3. Travis Olsen, Atlantic 74
  4. Evan Schuler, Atlantic 74
  5. Hunter Sickles, Creston 77
  6. Sam Markham, Atlantic 77
  7. Ben Nelson, Atlantic 79
  8. Nick Barry, Atlantic 80
  9. Brandon Bjoin,  Harlan 80
  10. Delson Granthan,  Nodaway Valley 80
  11. Parker Eller, Denison 80
  12. Brandon Mahlstedt, Norwalk   81

Atlantic Betty Heflin Memorial

Team Scores:

  1. Clarinda  373
  2. Atlantic  374
  3. Norwalk  398
  4. Shenandoah  400
  5. Harlan  424
  6. Denison  425
  7. Creston  425
  8. Winterset  427
  9. Glenwood  498


  1. Brooke Fletcher, Atlantic  80
  2. Ellie Shane, Clarinda  89
  3. Madison Hance, Creston  90
  4. Bailey Walter, Atlantic  91
  5. Kristen Fichter, Shenandoah  91
  6. Adrian Ruzek, Shenandoah  93
  7. Beth Anderson, Clarinda  94
  8. Maddie Davidson, Clarinda  94
  9. Marissa Andersen, Clarinda  96
  10. Rachel Weber, Norwalk  97
  11. Marea Ferry, Harlan  98
  12. Courtney Leinen, Harlan  98

Boys Scores:

  • Audubon 173, A-H-S-T 204 (Andy Hoffman, Audubon 38)

Girls Scores:

  • Audubon 183, A-H-S-T 241 (Susie Bylund, Audubon 43)

Girls Tennis:

  • Corning 6, Audubon 3

Boys Tennis:

  • Audubon 6, Corning 3

Boys Soccer:

  • Des Moines Christian 9, Nodaway Valley 0
  • Glenwood 2, Sioux City North 1 (OT)
  • Thomas Jefferson 1, Harlan 0
  • Denison-Schleswig 4, Kuemper Catholic 0

Girls Soccer:

  • Kuemper Catholic 1, Denison-Schleswig 0
  • St. Albert 4, Abraham Lincoln 1
  • Bishop Heelan Catholic 4, Thomas Jefferson 0

Holliday, Garcia lead Cards to 2-1 win over Reds


May 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer, Jaime Garcia continued his mastery of Cincinnati with eight strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Reds on Tuesday night. Garcia (3-1) gave up one run on seven hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter. The left-hander improved to 7-0 in eight starts against Cincinnati at Busch Stadium and is 9-2 overall against them. He retired the last seven batters he faced and recorded 18 ground ball outs. Edward Mujica struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances. Bronson Arroyo (2-3) allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings for the Reds, whose win streak ended at three games.

National Bike month: Safety Tips

News, Sports

April 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

May is “National Bike Month.” The Iowa Department of Transportation says with the weather finally warming up, more and more people will be pedaling down the streets on two wheels. The DOT is joining the League of American Bicyclists to promote May as National Bike Month. Officials say you can check around your workplace or community for activities related to these dates:

  •   Bike to School Day – May 8 (Be sure to register at http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/)
  •   Bike to work week May 13 – 17 
  •   Bike to work day – May 17

If you are heading out on two wheels, here are a few safety tips from the Iowa DOT.

  •          Always wear a helmet.
  •          Wear bright colored clothing, rather than dark colors, especially at dusk and dawn.
  •          Ride on the right. Ride in the right lane, except when passing another vehicle, preparing for a left turn, or avoiding hazards.
  •          Never ride against traffic. Always ride with the flow of traffic.
  •          Obey traffic signs and signals. Use hand signals to advise motorists you plan to turn, change lanes or stop.
  •          Make eye contact with motorists. Never assume a motorist sees you or that you have the right of way. Expect the unexpected such as: parked vehicles pulling into traffic; vehicle doors opening into your path; and debris on the road.
  •          At night use a headlight, taillight and reflectors.

For motorists, safely sharing the road with bicycles includes:

  •          Not honking your horn at bicyclists. They may be startled and lose control.
  •          Using extra caution when passing bicycles. Move entirely into the left lane; on a two-lane road, do not pass a bicycle if oncoming traffic is near.
  •          Being aware that bicyclists might swerve to avoid road hazards. Common road hazards for bicyclists are potholes, debris, drainage grates, railroad tracks and narrow bridges.
  •          Being careful when opening your vehicle door. Road widths often force bicyclists to ride close to parked vehicles where they may be injured by an opening door.
  •          And, when in doubt, yield to bicycles.