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Drake Senior Eyes League Title


August 17th, 2011 by Jim Field

Drake defensive lineman John Sawhill is preparing for his senior season with the Bulldogs and hopes the senior class will lead them to the P-F-L title.   He says his class is the first recruiting class for coach Chris Creighton, and he says with 10 of 11 starters on offense they have the leadership there too. Sawhill played high school football at Jefferson-Scranton, and says coming from the small school, it was a transition moving to the college game.  Sawhill says he didn’t know the time commitment, and says that was different, but he says the atmosphere, feel of football and the family feeling of the team was what he expected. He says they pride themselves on being a hardworking team and he says their strength and conditioning is their strong point. Sawhill says the team also has pride in being a non-scholarship team that stands toe-to-toe with schools that offer scholarships.   Sawhill says it’s something they pride themselves on, “we go to school, it’s academics first.” He says even though academics is the main goal they feel they are excellent athletes too. Sawhill says while the offense is more experience this season, the defense still looks to make things happen.  He says they always want to win the turnover margin by being plus two in the turnover margin with the goal of three turnovers a game. Sawhill says while some players might have individual goals, the only written goals they have are team oriented goals. Drake opens the season on Thursday September first at North Dakota.

Iowa’s Binns Touts Added Depth on Defensive Line.


August 17th, 2011 by Jim Field

Iowa defensive end Broderick Binns hopes strength in numbers can help the Hawkeyes overcome some key losses on the defensive line. With the likes of Adrian Clayborn and Karl Klug gone there will several new faces on the defensive line.  Binns says there will aloso be more depth up front.  Binns feels the added depth will help keep the defense fresh. The Hawks gave up several late touchdowns a year ago enroute to an 8-5 record.  The Big Ten Conference looks a lot different as Binns prepares for his senior season. The addition of Nebraska has introduced divisional play and for the first time the Big Ten will hold a championship game.  The Hawkeyes open the season at home on September third against Tennessee Tech.

Pirates 5, Cardinals 4, 11 innings


August 17th, 2011 by Jim Field

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Garrett Jones homered to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning and lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.  Jones connected on a 2-2 pitch from Arthur Rhodes (3-4) for his 14th home run. It was also Jones’ second career game-ending homer as he connected against San Francisco’s Bob Howry on July 17, 2009.  Center fielder Andrew McCutchen prevented St. Louis from going ahead in the top of the 11th when he made a running backhanded inning-ending catch to rob Albert Pujols of extra bases and keep Rafael Furcal from scoring from first base.  Chris Resop (4-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Iowa State Improves To 3-0 On Italian Trip


August 17th, 2011 by Jim Field

ROME, Italy- Tyrus McGee led a group of seven Cyclones in double-figure scoring with 17 points, as the Iowa State men’s basketball team defeated the North Roma Elite, 106-47 Tuesday evening.

McGee, a junior from Stringtown, Okla., was 6-of-11 from the field, including a 5-of-8 effort from beyond the arc to help the Cyclones tally 15 3-pointers in the win. Iowa State is now 3-0 on its Italian trip.
“It was a great team effort,” Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg said. “Early on we struggled shooting, but our defense was there all night. I have stressed defense a lot with our guys, because there will be nights when you don’t shoot it well.  It has to be a constant for us to come out and play hard on the defensive end every night, and we did that today.”
A slow start by the Cyclones made it a close game early. Iowa State was just 1-of-10 from long-range out of the chute, as the Cyclones clung to an 11-8 lead. Iowa State then went on a 47-10 run to blow the game wide open. ISU finished the contest making 14-of-its-last-22 shots from downtown.
Chris Allen chipped in with 16 points, followed by 14 points from Melvin Ejim and Scott Christopherson, respectively. Royce White posted his second consecutive double-double with 10 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.
“Everybody who has competed for us has done what we have asked of them,” Hoiberg added. “The biggest thing offensively is how unselfishly we are playing. If you look at our numbers, we have been very consistent. It is a sign of a good team when you have balanced scoring.”
Iowa State’s next game is on Thursday in Rome.

Iowa State Statistics
McGee: 17 pts (6-11 fg, 5-8 3fg), 4 asst, 4 reb, 3 stl
Allen: 16 pts (5-10 fg, 3-6 3fg), 2 asst, 2 blk
Christopherson: 14 pts (5-12 fg, 4-10 3fg), 4 asst, 5 reb
Ejim: 14 pts (7-12 fg), 9 reb, 2 asst
Gibson: 11 pts (5-6 fg), 2 reb
Babb: 10 pts (4-8 fg, 2-6 3fg), 2 reb, 2 asst
White: 10 pts (5-8 fg), 13 reb, 4 asst
Palo: 5 pts (1-3 fg, 1-1 3fg), 6 reb.
Booker: 4 pts (2-3 fg), 4 reb, 3 stl, 2 blk
Sledge: 3 pts (1-2 fg), 3 asst
Railey: 2 pts (1-4 fg), 4 reb
Law: 0 pts, 2 asst, 2 reb.
McBeth: 0 pts

Dove hunting update: legislative panel blocks ban on lead shot

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

August 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A state legislative panel has voted to block a rule that would’ve banned the use of lead shot by dove hunters. Tuesday’s action will allow hunters to use lead shot when the inaugural dove hunting season opens September 1st. Representative Clel Baudler, a Republican from Greenfield, is not on the legislative committee but requested to testify before his colleagues. “This is nothing but an anti-hunting issue,” Baudler said. “I hope you’ll do the right thing and stop this rule from going into effect.” Baudler believes the Natural Resource Commission overstepped its authority when it approved the ban last month.

“We have a situation here in Iowa with the Department of Natural Resources…it appears, from the hunting community, to be very anti-hunting,” Baudler said. Other hunters testified that lead shot is toxic to wildlife and that using copper or steel ammunition is an easy alternative. Liz Garst of Coon Rapids is a former chair of the Natural Resource Commission.

“If we hunters persist in saying we’re exempt from the environmental problems of lead, we hunters are going to get a black mark in the public’s eye,” Garst said. She pointed to research that shows increasing lead poisoning in bald Eagles. But lawmakers say it’s up to Iowa Legislature to review the data and decide if the rule should stand. The legislature must now repeal the ban on lead shot during the next session, or it goes into effect for the 2012 dove hunting season.

(Radio Iowa)

DNR Issues Correction to the Iowa Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

August 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Hunters who plan to pursue doves this fall will be allowed to use lead shot except on wildlife areas that require the use of non-toxic shot for hunting any species, except deer and turkey, which are listed on p. 16 of the Iowa Hunting and Trapping regulations booklet available at more than 800 locations in Iowa and online at www.iowadnr.gov/hunting<http://www.iowadnr.gov/hunting>. The correction in the regulations booklet is on p. 3 under the heading Highlights or Changes to the 2011-2012 Hunting and Trapping Regulations that states: Hunters are required to use non-toxic shot to hunt doves. The non-toxic shot requirement was discussed during the Administrative Rules Review Committee Tuesday that placed a session delay on it to allow the Iowa legislature to address the requirement.

Barnstormers’ New Head Coach Had Led Chicago Rush


August 16th, 2011 by Jim Field

     DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Barnstormers say Mike Hohensee (HOH’-ehn-see) has been hired as head coach.  The Arena Football League team said in a news release Tuesday that Hohensee also will be director of football operations.  Hohensee is familiar to AFL fans: He was head coach of the Chicago Rush for almost 10 years. He also has worked for AFL franchises in five other cities.  Hohensee takes over immediately for interim head coach J.T. Smith, who had replaced John Gregory when he resigned in May.
     The Des Moines team finished the season with a 5-13 record, missing the playoffs.

Atlantic Men’s Golf Mixer Cancelled Tonight


August 16th, 2011 by Jim Field

The Atlantic Golf & Country Club/Nishna Hills men’s golf mixer scheduled for tonight at the Atlantic Golf & Country Club has been cancelled due to wet grounds.

8AM Sportscast 08-16-2011

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August 16th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Pirates 6, Cardinals 2


August 16th, 2011 by Jim Field

     PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ryan Doumit (DOH’-miht) went 4 for 4 and hit a tiebreaking three-run home run to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.  Doumit’s homer in the fourth inning off Jake Westbrook (9-7) snapped a 1-1 tie and helped Pittsburgh break its three-game losing
streak. The switch-hitting catcher matched a career high with his sixth four-hit game.  St. Louis, which had won three of its last four, fell six games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.  Xavier Paul, who homered, and Neil Walker each had two hits for the Pirates, and James McDonald (8-6) pitched 5 2-3 uneven innings to end his three-start winless streak. McDonald allowed two runs and six hits while walking two and striking out four.