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Bruce leads Reds’ 10-0 rout over Cardinals


August 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jay Bruce homered and had five RBIs and the Cincinnati Reds got a dominant effort from Homer Bailey to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-0 on Wednesday night and avoid a three-game sweep. The Reds came out swinging a few hours after Brandon Phillips’ expletive-filled tirade at a Cincinnati Enquirer reporter sparked by scrutiny of his .310 on-base percentage, and after manager Dusty Baker criticized his team for falling short while dropping four of five.

The Cardinals lead the NL Central by a half-game over Pittsburgh after losing for the third time in 12 games, and the Reds are 3½ games back.

Bailey capped a six-run first against Adam Wainwright with the Reds’ sixth hit and his first RBI of the season. He allowed five hits in 7 1-3 innings with seven strikeouts and is 4-0 in his past six starts.

Cardinals recall Blazek, option Martinez to minors


August 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals promoted a fresh arm from the minors for the second straight day, recalling rookie right-hander Michael Blazek from Triple-A Memphis and demoting rookie right-hander Carlos Martinez. The 24-year-old Blazek has appeared in 10 games with St. Louis with an 8.31 ERA in 8 2-3 innings before Wednesday night’s game against the Reds. He’s 1-2 with a 2.77 ERA and two saves in 19 games at Memphis.

The 21-year-old Martinez is one of the franchise’s top pitching prospects and earned his first career victory on Monday, working two innings of relief. The Cardinals sent rookie Tyler Lyons to Memphis on Tuesday, a day after lefty started against Cincinnati, and promoted right-handed reliever Fernando Salas.

Chiefs’ Dorsey gets chance to see Packers again


August 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Everything that John Dorsey has done to mold the Kansas City Chiefs since becoming their general manager in January has been influenced by a career spent with the Green Bay Packers. He’ll get a chance to catch up with old friends Thursday night.

Dorsey played for the Packers in the 1980s before rising up the scouting ranks, eventually becoming director of football operations. He was hired as the Chiefs’ GM in January. Now, Dorsey will be using a preseason game against the Packers to make some final roster evaluations ahead of Saturday’s deadline to reach the 53-player limit. The Packers likewise have several jobs still up for grabs ahead of their regular-season opener.

Hawkeyes to combat heat wave for opener


August 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa is taking a number of precautions to combat the excessive heat expected for Saturday’s football opener against Northern Illinois. The Hawkeyes say they’ll have cooling stations available in every corner of Kinnick Stadium, with misting stations and cold towels available.  The school will also allow fans to bring in multiple sealed bottles of water – and it has cut the price of bottled water for sale inside Kinnick to $2.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Recreation Building and the Field House will also be open at 8 a.m. for fans seeking relief from the heat. The Iowa Department of Health is warning those with pre-existing medical conditions to watch or listen to the game from home, with a high of 95 degrees expected Saturday in Iowa City.

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Program provides access to 7,600 acres of private land to hunt

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August 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says eight new sites have been added to Iowa’s walk in public hunting access program, increasing the land available for hunting by nearly 600 acres. There are a total of 7,590 acres of private property on 48 sites available to hunters. The Iowa Hunting and Access Program (IHAP) is a partnership with Iowa landowners who agree to allow hunters access to the portion of their property enrolled in the program in exchange for habitat improvement on that land.

The newly enrolled land is spread across the state but all of the new sites are located in north central; an area of the state with the least amount of public hunting access sites in the past.  Hunting opportunities should be even greater this year as the habitat on the sites have had another year of development.  Site maps are available on the DNR’s website showing boundaries, which species would be most likely attracted to the habitat and the location of a comment box where hunters can leave their thoughts on the program.  Detailed information for each site can also be found on the hunting atlas http://programs.iowadnr.gov/maps/huntingatlas/.

Walk-in public hunting through IHAP is available between September 1st and May 31st. Areas are posted with signs, are regularly patrolled by Iowa DNR conservation officers and will be treated like public hunting ground, with the noted exception that it is private property. The DNR has a list of tips and guidelines hunters should follow and maps of the properties online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/PlacestoHuntShoot/HabitatAccessProgram.aspx

Kelly, Holliday lead Cards to 6-1 win over Reds


August 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joe Kelly tossed six strong innings and Matt Holliday drove in a run for a seventh straight game, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. St. Louis has won six of its last seven, including the first two games of this three-game set. The first-place Cardinals have won eight of their last 10 against the third-place Reds and lead them by 4 ½ games in the NL Central.

Shin-Soo Choo homered for Cincinnati, which lost for the fourth time in five games. Kelly, who allowed one run on eight hits, improved to 6-0 in nine starts since rejoining the starting rotation on July 6. Mat Latos gave up four runs and nine hits in six-plus innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.

Iowa excited for debut of new QB Jake Rudock


August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A new starting quarterback with a sterling prep resume should be reason for optimism at Iowa, which has seen its victories dip three years in a row. But the Hawkeyes and their win-starved fans don’t quite know what to expect from sophomore Jake Rudock. For the first time in nearly two decades, Iowa’s quarterback will take his first career snap in an opener when Rudock starts against Northern Illinois on Saturday.

Rudock emerged from a three-man competition this offseason as the leader of an offense seeking major improvements in 2012. Rudock, a 6-foot-3 native of Weston, Fla., who served as James Vandenberg’s backup last season, held off C.J. Beathard and Cody Sokol to earn the starting job.

Cardinals demote Lyons, recall Sallas


August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals demoted Tyler Lyons to Triple-A Memphis, a day after the lefty started against the Reds, and recalled reliever Fernando Salas to boost the bullpen. Lyons is 2-4 with a 4.73 ERA in nine games for St. Louis, and allowed one earned run in five innings with no decision in a win over Cincinnati. He’s 7-2 with a 3.39 ERA in 16 starts at Memphis.

Salas has appeared in 19 games with St. Louis, going 0-2 with a 4.79 ERA, and is 1-2 with a 1.90 ERA and 12 saves in 22 games in the minors. The former Cardinals closer has eight saves and a 1.64 ERA this month.

New-look Chiefs ready for fresh start in 2013


August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are ready to move on after last year’s 2-14 debacle and countless off-the-field distractions. The Chiefs have a new general manager in John Dorsey, a new coach in Andy Reid and a new quarterback in Alex Smith leading a new-look team into its season opener Sept. 8 at Jacksonville.

The Chiefs had more than 50 newcomers on the 90-man roster that reported to training camp, and just five of the 22 on their two-deep were in the same spot as they were for the final game of last season.