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Cardinals do not offer RHP John Axford contract


December 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals chose not to offer a 2014 contract to reliever John Axford, making the former closer a free agent. Axford was a combined 7-7 with a 4.45 ERA for Milwaukee and St. Louis last season, but he was 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA after the Cardinals acquired him in a late-August trade. He made six appearances in the postseason and allowed a run in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out nine.

The 30-year-old Axford led the Brewers with 46 saves in 2011 but lost the closer role a year later. Teams had until midnight to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters.

No. 17 Iowa State pounds Auburn 99-70


December 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Dustin Hogue set career highs with 22 points and 16 rebounds, and 17th-ranked Iowa State pounded Auburn 99-70 on Monday night for its sixth straight win. Melvin Ejim added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Cyclones (6-0), who are the Big 12’s last unbeaten team. Iowa State used a 27-5 run midway through the first half to build a 15-point lead. Hogue had 16 points and 12 boards at the break.

Iowa State jumped ahead by as much as 60-33 early in the second half in cruising to its fourth win by at least 29 points. Chris Denson had 27 points for Auburn (4-2), which shot 35.5 percent and got beat on the boards 47-36.

Area Basketball Scores from Mon., Dec. 2nd 2013


December 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson


  • A-H-S-T 58, CAM 27
  • Griswold 70, Southwest Valley 54
  • Bedford 65, Nishnabotna 49
  • Coon Rapids-Bayard 47, Guthrie Center 28
  • Diagonal 81, South Page 61


  • Atlantic 66, Carroll 29 (Catherine Leonard 16, Erin Olsen 15, Tiffany Williams 15)
  • A-H-S-T 36, CAM 30
  • Griswold 41, Southwest Valley 39
  • Kuemper Catholic 58, Riverside 30
  • Tri-Center 49, Adair-Casey 43
  • Bedford 61, Nishnabotna 25
  • Guthrie Center 35, Coon Rapids-Bayard 24
  • Winterset 62, Creston 39

Chiefs try to regroup after 3 straight losses


December 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Everything has changed in the last three weeks for the Kansas City Chiefs. In the nine weeks prior their bye week, the Chiefs had rolled to a 9-0 record, an unimaginable turnaround from a 2-14 finish a year ago. The defense was holding opponents to just 13.3 points per game, and the offense was playing nearly mistake-free football.

After a pair of losses to the Broncos sandwiched around a heartbreaking defeat to the Chargers, the Chiefs not only have watched the AFC West lead slip away, they’ve also become the first team in NFL to win its first nine games and then lose three in a row.

It is gut-check time for the Chiefs, who play at Washington this Sunday.

Iowa’s Kirksey, Morris, Kornbrath Draw Honors


December 2nd, 2013 by Jim Field

Iowa senior linebacker Christian Kirksey was named the Big Ten defensive player of the week.   In gaining the honor for the first time in his career, Kirksey had a team-leading 11 tackles in the Hawkeyes’ 38-17 victory over Nebraska, including three tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one pass deflection.

Kirksey and James Morris earned several honors for their performance at Nebraska.  Among them…..

The Walter Camp Football Foundation named Kirksey the national defensive player of the week.  Morris was selected by the College Football Performance Awards as national defensive performer of the week and national linebacker of the week.

The College Football Performance Awards also named Kirksey honorable mention linebacker of the week.  Connor Kornbrath was named honorable mention as its punter of the week.

Morris was also named Big Ten defensive player of the week by College Sports Madness and Athlon Sports.

Morris finished with 10 tackles and his fourth interception of the season.

Rohach Named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week


December 2nd, 2013 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa- Freshman QB Grant Rohach led Iowa State to its biggest come-from-behind win (24 points) in school history on Saturday at West Virginia. The Big 12 Conference awarded Rohach for his outstanding performance, naming him Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.

A native of Moorpark, Calif., Rohach threw for a career-high 331 yards and four touchdowns on 25-of-39 passing, as the Cyclones defeated West Virginia, 52-44 in triple overtime. Down 38-21 in the fourth quarter, Rohach led the Cyclones to scores on their final seven possessions, connecting on a pair of touchdown passes to senior Justin Coleman.

His 25-yard pass to Coleman on the first play of the third overtime proved to be the game-winner.

Rohach, who also had a 54-yard touchdown run in the first half, the longest rush of the season for the Cyclones, recorded his second-straight 300-yard passing game. He is the only Cyclone freshman QB in school history to record a pair of 300-yard passing games in a season. His four TD passes ties for third on ISU’s single-game list and equals the freshman mark.

Manning, Decker lead Broncos past Chiefs 35-28


December 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Peyton Manning threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns, four of them to Eric Decker, and the Denver Broncos held off a furious rally to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-28 Sunday and seize control of the AFC West.  Decker had eight catches for a career-high 174 yards for the Broncos (10-2), who moved a game clear of the Chiefs (9-3) in the division. With four games left, Denver also holds the tiebreaker by virtue of two wins over Kansas City in the last three weeks.

Jamaal Charles had 93 yards rushing for the Chiefs, and capped a 17-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:32 left in the game to close within a touchdown. After forcing a punt with 3:32 remaining, Kansas City used three long pass plays to move deep into Broncos territory. But Alex Smith’s pass to Dwayne Bowe in the end zone on fourth-and-4 with 1:45 left fell incomplete, allowing the Broncos to run out the clock.

Broncos’ Thomas leaves with shoulder injury


December 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas left after the first series of Denver’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday with a shoulder injury. His return was questionable.  The Broncos were already missing several starters due to injuries.

Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson went on injured reserve this week after dislocating his right hip, defensive end Derek Wolfe was left behind in Denver after he was hospitalized Friday with some seizure-like symptoms, cornerback Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie was out with a shoulder injury and tight end Julius Thomas was inactive with a lingering knee injury.

Demaryius Thomas came into the game needing 45 yards receiving for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He had one catch for 14 yards on the Broncos’ first possession.

Iowa beats Iowa State 23-9 in wrestling


December 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa won seven of 10 matches and beat host Iowa State 23-9 Sunday in their annual wrestling dual meet.  The fourth-ranked Hawkeyes (4-0) beat the rival Cyclones for the 10th straight time and claimed the Dan Gable Traveling Trophy for the fourth time in as many tries.

Top-ranked Derek St. John beat Iowa State’s John Nicholson 5-1 to clinch the meet for Iowa, which scored a pair of major decisions.  Kyven Gadson, Quean Smith and Luke Goettl posted wins for the Cyclones (5-1).

Iowa State fires OC Messingham after 3-9 season


December 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has fired offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope. Coach Paul Rhoads announced Sunday that Messingham and Pope were “relieved” of their duties less than 24 hours after Iowa State closed out a 3-9 season with a 52-44 triple-overtime win at West Virginia.

Messingham had been with Rhoads for five seasons, the last two as offensive coordinator. But the Cyclones averaged just 24.8 points a game this season and rank 89th nationally with 143.8 yards rushing per game.

The Cyclones say that Rhoads won’t have additional comment on the moves for at least two weeks.