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Cardinals sign reliever David Aardsma

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March 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals have signed reliever David Aardsma to a minor league contract, hoping the veteran can fill the team’s final bullpen spot. The Cardinals made the move Wednesday. Aardsma began this spring with Cleveland.  The 32-year-old Aardsma likely leaps to the front of a list of candidates that includes Kevin Butler, Scott McGregor and Jorge Rondon.

Aardsma is 23-15 with 69 saves and a 4.23 ERA in a seven-year major league career. The righty was 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 43 games for the Mets last year after missing almost two seasons with injuries.  Aardsma joins shortstop Jhonny Peralta in the Cardinals’ clubhouse. After Peralta finished a 50-game drug suspension last year with Detroit and later signed a $53 million, four-year deal as a free agent with St. Louis, Aardsma tweeted: “Apparently getting suspended for PED’s means you get a raise. What’s stopping anyone from doing it?”

Iowa House clears auto racing tax break extension

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March 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A tax break extension for the Iowa Speedway at Newton has won the Iowa House’s approval. The House voted 82-14 in favor of the measure Wednesday, returning it to the Senate for final consideration.

The racetrack in Newton already receives a state sales tax rebate, but it will expire on Jan. 1, 2016. The tax break has been contingent upon 25 percent of Iowa Speedway’s ownership remaining in the state. That requirement would be removed under the proposal, since the Speedway was bought by NASCAR last year. The plan also would extend the tax break by 10 years and would maintain a rebate limit of $12.5 million.

Rep. Thomas Sands, a Republican from Wapello, says approving the extension would benefit not only Newton, but the entire state.

Iowa looks for help at linebacker this spring

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March 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The only problem Iowa had with playing three senior linebackers last season is that it now has to replace them all at the same time. The Hawkeyes have six months to find three new starters, and the process of replacing the core of an exceptional defense began this week with the start of spring practice.

James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens keyed a defense that finished ninth in the nation at just 18.9 points allowed per game in 2013. They’re all gone though, and backups Travis Perry, Quinton Alston and Reggie Spearman are first in line to replace them.

Federal Agency Says College Athletes Can Unionize

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March 26th, 2014 by Jim Field

CHICAGO (AP) — In a ruling that could revolutionize college sports, a federal agency has given football players at Northwestern University the green light to unionize.

Wednesday’s landmark ruling by a regional director of National Labor Relations Board means the players are deemed employees under federal law and so can create the nation’s first college athletes’ union.

Union lawyers argued the Big Ten school’s football players are part of a commercial enterprise that generates hefty profits through their labor.

The NCAA, Big Ten Conference and the private school vehemently opposed the union drive. Northwestern argued that college athletes are students and can’t be put in the same category as factory workers.

The ruling in Chicago by director Peter Ohr can be appealed to the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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March 26th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Louisville pounds Iowa 83-53 for spot in Sweet 16

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March 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Shoni Schimmel had 26 points, seven assists and five steals to help Louisville thump host Iowa 83-53 on Tuesday night to earn their fifth trip to the Sweet Sixteen under coach Jeff Walz. Antonita Slaughter added 17 points on five 3s for the third-seeded Cardinals (32-4), who advanced to Sunday’s regional semifinal at home.

Louisville jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead and stretched its edge to 47-23 just 90 seconds into the second half. The Cardinals shot 53 percent, forced 19 turnovers and led by as many as 38 points.

Freshman Ally Disterhoft had 15 points for Iowa (27-9), which finished just 1 of 16 from 3-point range.

Fernandez struggles as Marlins beat Cardinals 6-5

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March 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jose Fernandez struggled in his last tuneup for opening day as the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Tuesday. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year gave up five runs in nine hits in 4 2-3 innings, struck out three and walked two. His next outing will be in Monday’s opener at home against Colorado. Cardinals starter Lance Lynn struck out eight and walked one in five innings, giving up three runs and five hits.

Juan Diaz hit his first spring-training homer and drove in two runs for the Marlins, who rallied from a 5-3, seventh-inning deficit. Casey McGehee hit his second exhibition homer for Miami, which is 5-0 against the Cardinals this spring training. There was a 46-minute rain delay after the top of the sixth.

Christofferson Named to WBCA All-Region Team

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March 25th, 2014 by Jim Field

ATLANTA – Iowa State senior Hallie Christofferson was named a WBCA All-Region 5 nominee for the 2013 Division I Coaches’ All-America Team Tuesday. Christofferson was one of seven players selected from the region.

Christofferson, a forward from Hamlin, Iowa, had another breakout season for the Cyclones, leading the team in scoring with 18.4 points per game. She also averaged 7.2 rebounds while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. Christofferson is also among the top free throw shooters in the country at 87.7 percent from the charity stripe.

Christofferson scored in double figures in 29 of Iowa State’s 31 games, including 16 games with 20 or more points. She posted eight double-doubles and shot better than 50 percent from the field in 14 games en route to being named to the All-Big 12 First Team.

The selection committee will determine the 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team from the 52 candidates on the All-Region teams.

Region 5

  • Nina Davis, Baylor
  • Odyssey Sims, Baylor
  • Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State
  • Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma State
  • Chelsea Gardner, Kansas
  • Aaryn Ellenberg, Oklahoma
  • Asya Bussie, West Virginia

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March 25th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Matsuzaka allows 1 run; Mets beat Cards 5-3

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March 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed one run over six innings in his bid to become the Mets’ fifth starter, helping New York beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 Monday. Competing with Jenrry Mejia, Dice-K allowed three runs and three walks, striking out five. Matsuzaka hit Stephen Piscotty on the back of the helmet with a changeup opening the seventh and was replaced by Vic Black.

Daniel Murphy went 2 for 3, including a two-run double in the third off Shelby Miller. Miller gave up three runs and three hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked three.