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Cards ace Wainwright placed on 15-day DL with ankle injury


April 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MILWAUKEE (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left Achilles and left ankle injury, the team says, and could be out much longer. The 33-year-old pitcher was injured while batting in the top of the fifth inning over a 5-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. The injuries occurred after Wainwright broke from the batter’s box on a fifth-inning popup.


Lind homers, Brewers beat Cardinals for 2nd win in 12 games


April 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Adam Lind hit a two-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Sunday for just their second victory in the last 12 games. Milwaukee, off to the worst start in team history, improved to 4-15. Every other team in the majors has at least six wins.

The Cardinals had won nine of 10. They headed back to St. Louis, where ace Adam Wainwright will have an MRI on Monday to see how long his injured Achilles and left ankle will sideline him — there is speculation he could miss the rest of the season.


Cards ace Wainwright hurts ankle while batting, put in boot


April 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MILWAUKEE (AP) — St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright injured his left ankle while batting Saturday night, and the Cardinals sounded concerned about how badly he was hurt. Wainwright was put in a walking boot and manager Mike Matheny said the clubhouse was “pretty somber” after a 5-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

“Well, we won’t know for sure anything until we get a picture on Monday. But, it’s in the back of his ankle and that’s a bad spot,” Matheny said. The Cardinals said Wainwright will be re-evaluated back in St. Louis after the team’s road trip ends Sunday.

Wainwright had a 2-0 lead when he stumbled getting out of the batter’s box on his popup that led off the fifth inning. He was helped off the field by a trainer and left the game. “My foot just shut down on me,” Wainwright said.


IA native, former Expos executive Jim Fanning dies at 87


April 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

TORONTO (AP) — Jim Fanning, the longtime Montreal Expos executive who managed the franchise to its only playoff appearance in Canada, has died. He was 87. The Toronto Blue Jays confirmed Fanning’s death Saturday. Fanning was the Expos’ general manager when the team entered the major leagues in 1968 and spent 25 years with the franchise that moved to Washington in 2005 and became the Nationals.

As field manager in the strike-shortened 1981 season, he directed Montreal to playoffs. After beating Philadelphia, the Expos lost to Los Angeles in the National League Championship Series. Fanning was 116-103 as manager in 1981-82 and 1984.

Fanning was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000 and served as a team ambassador for the Blue Jays. He was a backup catcher with the Chicago Cubs from 1954-57, hitting .170 with five RBIs in 64 games. Fanning was born in Chicago on Sept. 14, 1927, and attended high school in Moneta, Iowa. He played in college at Buena Vista in Iowa and the University of Illinois.

Iowa’s defense shines in spring game


April 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Akrum Wadley scored the lone touchdown of Iowa’s spring game on Saturday as the defense shined. The lack of offensive fireworks didn’t concern Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, saying it’s par for the course during spring practice.

“At this point after 15 days, our defense might know our offense better than the offense does, quite frankly,” Ferentz said. “It happens in camp, too, just when you work against each other pretty expansively. That’s nothing to be alarmed about.”

Iowa’s depth at running back was on full display. Wadley, along with Jordan Canzeri, LeShun Daniels Jr. and Derrick Mitchell Jr. all split carries and were effective. Mitchell, a converted wide receiver, and Wadley impressed players and coaches with their shiftiness and speed. The duo accounted for the majority of the offensive yards.

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Martinez pitches Cardinals past Brewers 3-0


April 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carlos Martinez struck out eight in seven innings, Jason Heyward and Jhonny Peralta homered, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 Friday night. Martinez (2-0) gave up four hits and walked two in the longest of his three starts this season. Jordan Walden pitched eighth and Trevor Rosenthal finished for his seventh save in seven tries, completing a five-hitter.

Heyward belted a solo shot off Matt Garza in the third, lifting St. Louis to a 2-0 lead. Peralta homered leading off the sixth. Garza (1-3) allowed seven hits in six innings while striking out a season-high six.


Kirani James shatters Drake record in 400


April 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Kirani James shattered Michael Johnson’s 400-meter Drake Relays record Friday, finishing in 44.22 seconds. Johnson ran 44.41 in the 1996, the season in which he broke the Olympic record at the Atlanta Games.

Aleec Harris stunned the 110-hurdle field, winning in 13.16. Bershawn Jackson won the 400 hurdles in 48.87, while Ajee Wilson won the women’s 800 in 2:00.03.

Chiefs’ Dorsey still speaking with Houston’s representatives


April 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey says he’s spoken to representatives of All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston “in the last three days” as the sides negotiate a long-term contract. Speaking in advance of next week’s draft, Dorsey said Friday that the lines of communication remain open with Houston, who has been given the franchise tag but has yet to sign his tender.

The Chiefs began discussing a deal with Houston prior to last season, but were unable to come to an agreement. Houston then broke Derrick Thomas’s franchise record with 22 sacks last season, a virtuoso performance that sent his value soaring. Houston has not reported to the Chiefs for their voluntary offseason workouts, which began on Monday. He has posted videos of himself working out independently on Twitter.

Drake University to search for live bulldog mascot


April 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Drake Bulldogs will soon be represented by a real bulldog. The school announced Friday that it will begin searching for an English bulldog to represent Drake at live sporting events, much like Georgia and Butler do.

Officials say they were inspired to adopt a live mascot after seeing Porterhouse, the 2009 winner of their tongue-in-cheek “Beautiful Bulldog” contest, become a fixture in the campus community. The school says the winner of the popular bulldog beauty pageant each year will continue to serve as the mascot of the Drake Relays.