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Chiefs Rookies Playing Catch-up After Strange Offseason

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August 4th, 2011 by Jim Field

     ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Ricky Stanzi didn’t pick up his first NFL playbook until about a week ago.  He’d better be good at digesting that thick binder full of information, though, because his first preseason game with the Kansas City Chiefs is little more than a week away.  The disorganized and disjointed offseason brought on by maddening labor strife has been particularly hard on first-year players trying to find their way in professional football. Without rookie minicamps and organized team activities, guys such as Stanzi must play catch-up throughout the first week of training camp.  The Chiefs open their preseason a week from Friday against the Buffalo Bills, making that adjustment period more condensed than perhaps ever before.

Chiefs Agree to Terms with FB McClain

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August 4th, 2011 by Jim Field

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Former All-Pro fullback Le’Ron McClain has agreed to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a person with knowledge of the deal, giving the defending AFC West champs a short-yardage option to go with a talented group of speedy running backs.  The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team had not announced the deal.  The Chiefs generally do not release such information until a player has signed a contract.  McClain could take some of the load off Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, a pair of smaller, shifty running backs who each logged more than 200 carries last season. Charles made his first Pro Bowl after gaining 1,467 yards on the ground and 468 through the air, while Jones ran for 896 yards in his first season in Kansas City.  Jones appeared to lose a step late in the year, though, and he turns 33 later this month. Coach Todd Haley would like to spread the ball around to keep both of them fresh, and McClain gives the team another option along with the versatile Dexter McCluster, who saw time at running back and receiver last season.  “There’s some interesting things to think about, you know, some of the skill position guys we have between Jamaal’s ability to catch the ball, Dexter’s versatility,” Haley said earlier Wednesday.  The 260-pound McClain is coming off a mercurial four-year run with the Baltimore Ravens, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2007 draft out of Alabama.  He carried only eight times his rookie season before running for 902 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008, when he was voted first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press. McClain made his second straight Pro Bowl the following season, even though his production dipped significantly, and last year managed 85 yards rushing as his role shifted to primarily that of a blocking back for breakout star Ray Rice.  McClain decided to become a free agent this year and the Ravens looked elsewhere for help, signing All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach to an $11 million, three-year deal last weekend.  The Chiefs and general manager Scott Pioli have been selective with their free-agent signings during the early frenzy of training camp, quietly and effectively upgrading several positions of need.  They gave quarterback Matt Cassel another target by signing former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston, plugged a hole in the middle of the defensive line with former Baltimore Ravens tackle Kelly Gregg, and are hopeful Brandon Siler can join Derrick Johnson to form a formidable pair of run-stopping inside linebackers.  Kansas City also added some depth to its training camp roster on Wednesday, signing a pair of rookie free agent cornerbacks in Javes Lewis out of Oregon and Mario Russell out of Carson-Newman.

Chiefs Lock Up LB Hali for 5 Years, $60M

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August 4th, 2011 by Jim Field

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that top pass rusher Tamba Hali and the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms on a five-year deal worth $60 million.  The person, who spoke late Wednesday on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made, said $35 million of the contract is guaranteed. The person also said that Hali will be at training camp Thursday afternoon on the campus of Missouri Western State University.  Hali had been designated as the Chiefs’ franchise player after a breakthrough season in which he led the AFC with 14 1/2 sacks. His new contract places him in the same echelon as Cowboys pass rusher DeMarcus Ware, who has a six-year, $78 million deal.

Former LC Prep Travis Paulson New ISU Assistant Wrestling Coach

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August 3rd, 2011 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Former Iowa State three-time All-American wrestler Travis Paulson, who was the No. 1 ranked U.S. wrestler at 74 kilograms (162.8 pounds) over the past year, has joined the Cyclone coaching staff as an assistant coach. Iowa State head coach Kevin Jackson made the announcement Wednesday.

“Travis is a long time member of the Cyclone family,” Jackson said. “He brings energy to our coaching staff, in addition to world class technique and priceless tactical experience. He understands my mental, technical and wrestling philosophy. Travis will oversee all middle weight classes. He is a great addition to our staff.”

Paulson, a three-time All-American for the Cyclones, ended his Iowa State wrestling career with a collegiate record of 106-32, tying Billy Kelly (1984-87) and Zach Roberson (2001-04), on the all-time Iowa State win list. Travis Paulson, competed in high school and at Iowa State his twin, Trent. Trent was also a three-time All-American at Iowa State and a member of the U.S. Freestyle team.

Travis Paulson’s performance on the mat was replicated in the classroom, as he earned Academic All-Big 12 accolades all four years. Paulson graduated from Iowa State in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and minor in entrepreneurship studies.

“I am excited,” Paulson said. “I will be training for the 2012 Olympic Games and can be an example as a coach and as someone wrestling toward a goal and the lifestyle that goes with getting to that goal.”

Paulson has excelled in a post-collegiate competition, including winning the 2010 World Team Trials championship at 74 kg. He underwent knee surgery in December, limiting his competitive options heading into 2011.

Travis earned three Iowa prep wrestling titles at Council Bluffs Lewis Central and posted a prep record of 174-3, including 87-0 his final two seasons.

Jackson also announced that Jon Reader, the 2011 NCAA 174-pound champion as an Iowa Stater, is joining the coaching staff as a volunteer coach.

(ISU Press Release)

8AM Sportscast 08-03-2011

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August 3rd, 2011 by admin

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ISU Hosts 2 of Nation’s Best to Open Big 12 Play

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August 3rd, 2011 by Jim Field

     AMES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa State women’s basketball team will open the home portion of next season’s Big 12 schedule against two of the nation’s best.  The Cyclones will host Baylor on Jan. 7 and defending national champion Texas A&M on Jan. 14. That’s according to the Big 12 schedule released Tuesday.  Iowa State will play an 18-game conference schedule this season, playing each league opponent in Ames and on the road.   The Big 12 tournament will start on March 7 in Kansas City.

Cardinals Outlast Brewers

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August 3rd, 2011 by Jim Field

Lance Berkman singled in Matt Holliday with two out in the 11th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-7 on Tuesday in a matchup of NL Central contenders that turned testy as the night wore on.  Sluggers Albert Pujols of the Cardinals and Ryan Braun each were hit by a pitch in the seventh, and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina became so incensed after he was ejected in the 10th that plate umpire Rob Drake had to wipe his face during the argument.  St. Louis snapped Milwaukee’s seven-game winning streak and trimmed the Brewers’ NL Central lead to 2 1-2 games.  Marco Estrada (2-7) got the loss.

Drake Men Headed Overseas on Exhibition Tour

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August 3rd, 2011 by Jim Field

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Drake’s men’s basketball team is leaving next week on a 10-day trip to New Zealand and Australia.  The Bulldogs will play four exhibition games against professional teams starting on Aug. 13.  Drake is set to square off against teams in Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne and Sydney.  The Bulldogs will return to Des Moines on Aug. 20.

8AM Sportscast 08-01-2011

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August 2nd, 2011 by admin

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Fun High School Football Stuff

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August 2nd, 2011 by Jim Field

(Compiled by Bud Legg, Iowa High School Athletic Association)

LONGEST CURRENT WINNING STREAKS – GOING INTO 2011

LONGEST WINNING STREAKS
Strk-Team                Last Loss
23 – Armstrong-Ringsted (8P)        30-28 to North Sentral Kossuth, Sept. 25, 2009
14 – Dowling Catholic, WDM (4A)    28-25 to Marshalltown, Nov. 13, 2009
14 – Regina, Iowa City (2A)        42-7 to Solon, Nov. 6, 2009
14 – North Tama, Traer (A)        28-26 to Newman Catholic, Mason City, Nov. 13, 2009
12 – Solon (3A)                21-15 to Regina, Iowa City, Sept. 3, 2010
8 – West Lyon (1A)            17-10 to Emmetsburg, Oct. 1, 2010
State all-time best is 56 by Waterloo East, 1965-72; 56 without a loss; 55 straight wins;
8-player – 26 by Adair Casey, 2000-02

CURRENT LONGEST REGULAR SEASON WIN STREAK (post-season not included)
Streak/Team (Class)            Last Loss
32    Clear Lake (3A)            21-7 to Waverly-Shell Rock, Sept. 21, 2007
31    North Tama, Traer (A)        13-12 to Lisbon, Sept. 28, 2007
28    Emmetsburg (1A)        35-28 to Eagle Grove, Oct. 19, 2007
27    Iowa City, City (4A)        20-3 to Cedar Falls, Oct. 19, 2007 (2-1-A-8)
25    West Branch (1A)        39-20 to Wilton, Sept. 5, 2008
23    Lenox (8)            32-28 to Lamoni, Sept. 19. 2008
22    North Fayette (2A)        22-21 to Sumner-Fredericksburg,Sept. 26, 2008
21    Dowling Catholic, WDM (4A)    41-28 to Southeast Polk, Oct. 3, 2008
State All Time Best is 66 by Harlan, first game 1985 to last game 1992;
8-Player – 39 by Adair-Casey, 2000-05

CURRENT LONGEST DISTRICT/CONFERENCE WINS STREAK (post-season not included)
Streak/ Team (Class)            Last Loss
56    Harlan (3A)            24-21 (OT) to Atlantic, Nov. 1, 2002
34    Saint Albert, Co. Bluffs (1A)    20-0 to Logan-Magnolia, Sept. 15, 2006
33    Bishop Heelan, Sx City (3A)    28-13 to Spencer, Sept. 22, 2006
29    Solon (2A)            25-18 to Monticello, Oct. 20, 2006
28    Iowa City, City (4A)        20-3 to Cedar Falls, Oct. 19, 2007 (2-1-A-8)
26    Madrid (A)            28-20 to Earlham, Oct. 13, 2006
26    Clear Lake (3A)            21-7 to Waverly-Shell Rock, Sept. 21, 2007
22    North Tama (A)            13-12 to Lisbon, Sept. 28, 2007
22    Emmetsburg (1A)        35-28 to Eagle Grove, Oct. 19, 2007
21    West Branch (1A)        7-0 to Pekin, Oct. 19, 2007
State Best is 64 by Emmetsburg, 1995-2004 & Dowling Catholic, WDM – DM Metro Conference, 1967-1977;
8-Player – 29 by Adair-Casey, 2000-05

Longest Unbeaten Streak (34 or more, may include play-off teams)
11-player
56 – East Waterloo (next to last game in 1965 (tie); last game of ’65 thru ’71: 56 without a loss; 55 all wins)
49 – Harlan Community, first game 2003 – 2006 (to quarterfinals of play-offs)
47 – Dowling Catholic, WDM, last 3 games of 1966 to the final (ninth game) of 1971 (one tie)
47 – Anamosa, 1937 through 1945 (need the exact dates)
44 – Ankeny, last four games 1932 through first game in 1938
42 – Solon, 2007 season to Sept. 3, 2010
40 – Mount Pleasant, 1957 (third game) – 1961 (seventh game)
39 – Crestland, Early, last 2 games of 1967 through the first game of 1972
38 – Roland-Story, second game in 1979 through the 1982 play-offs.
38 – Central Lyon, from fourth game 1974 through second game 1978
37 – Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 1963-67 (2 ties)
36 – West Branch, first game 1991 to quarterfinals of play-offs 1993
36 – Bettendorf, first game 1987 to semifinals of play-offs 1989
34 – Wapsie Valley, 1986-1988

8-Player (25 or more)
25 – Stanton, 2007 to the 2008 semifinals
25 – Adair-Casey, last three regular season games of 2000 to play-offs semifinals of 2002

Longest Regular Season Unbeaten Streak (35 or more-no post season)
11-player
66 – Harlan Community, first game 1985 to last game in 1992
62 – West Branch, last 7 games 1990 through first game 1997
56 – East Waterloo (next to last game in 1965 (tie); last game of ’65 thru ’71: 56 without a loss; 55 all wins)
51 – Madrid, last 6 games in 1994 through 1999
47 – Dowling Catholic, WDM, last 3 games of 1966 to the final (ninth game) of 1971 (one tie)
46 – Harlan Community, 2003 – second game 2008
44 – Ogden, last seven games in 1980 through 1984 season
44 – Roland-Story, second game 1979 through 1984
44 – Ankeny, last four games 1932 through first game in 1938
41 – Wapsie Valley, 1986-90
40 – Mount Pleasant, 1957 (third game) – 1961 (seventh game)
40 – Emmetsburg, third game 1977 to second game 1982
40 – Emmetsburg, last four games in 1995 thru 1999
39 – Crestland, Early, last 2 games of 1967 through the first game of 1972
36 – North Fayette, West Union, 2004 – 2007
36 – Emmetsburg, last two games, 1982 to second game 1987

8-player (26 or more)
39 – Adair-Casey, last three regular season games, 2000 through 2005 opener
30 – Stanton from Oct. 6, 2006 to Aug. 27, 2010
26 – Aurelia, last game 2001 to eighth game 2004

Longest Conference or District Win Streak (40 or more)
11-player
64 – Emmetsburg, 1995 (last 4) – through first six in 2004
64 – Dowling Catholic, WDM, (Des Moines Metro Conference), 1967 to the second conference game in 1977
56 – Harlan Community, 2003 thru 2010 (in progress)
56 – Harlan, first conference game 1985 to final district game in 1992
54 – Madrid, last 6 district games 1994 through first four district games, 2001
53 – West Branch, 1990 conference season through the first 3 district games, 1997

8-player (25 or more)
29 – Adair Casey, last three 2000 through 2005 conference opener
24 – Stanton Oct. 6, 2006 to Oct. 1, 2010