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Pham, DeJong, Voit homer as Lynn, Cardinals shutout Mets 6-0

Sports

July 9th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Tommy Pham, Paul DeJong and Luke Voit homered and Lance Lynn pitched seven innings of three-hit ball as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 6-0 on Sunday.

It was Lynn’s longest outing since May 23, when he threw 123 pitches in eight scoreless innings in a 2-1 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. Lynn’s two strikeouts is a season low, but he needed just 93 pitches while facing two batters over the minimum. Lynn (7-6) did not allow a runner past first and lowered his ERA to 3.61.

Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the eighth and John Brebbia pitched a scoreless ninth as the Cardinals finished a 6-4 homestand and moved into a tie with the Chicago Cubs for second place in the National League Central. Steven Matz (2-2) gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since June 3. He struck out a season-low one.

Longtime assistant coach Bob Elliott dies at 64; had cancer

Sports

July 9th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Longtime assistant football coach Bob Elliott has died following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 64. Iowa, where Elliott played and later coached, announced Sunday that he had died a day earlier.

Elliott spent 38 years as an assistant for a number of high-profile schools. He spent 11 years as an assistant under Hayden Fry with the Hawkeyes, and he also worked for Kansas State, Iowa State, San Diego State and Notre Dame.

Elliott spent the last five seasons under Brian Kelly with the Fighting Irish. He was set to become an off-the-field defensive analyst for Nebraska this fall.

Iowa cuts deer tags to maintain population, combat disease

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

July 9th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is reducing the number of tags it gives deer hunters as part of an effort to maintain the state’s deer population while combating animal diseases. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources approved the move and it was finalized at a legislative rules meeting this month. It should not result in a reduction in the number of antlerless deer hunted in the state. Department officials note roughly 10,000 deer tags were not claimed in 2016.

The change will ultimately decrease available deer tags from a little over 74,500 to just over 72,100. It will be in effect for antlerless deer hunting that begins in September and runs through early next year. Officials say the setup should help combat reported cases of chronic wasting disease.

Regional Softball Scores from Sat., 7/8/17

Sports

July 9th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Class 4A Region 1

LeMars 2, Bishop Heelan 0
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 6, Carroll 1

Class 4A Region 2

Ballard 18, Nevada 0
Denison-Schleswig 5, Lewis Central 4

Class 5A Region 1

Waukee 11, CB Thomas Jefferson 1
Ottumwa 10, Des Moines Roosevelt 0

Area Baseball Scores from Saturday, 7/8/17

Sports

July 9th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Ankeny Centennial 10 , Sioux City, North 1
Ankeny Centennial 11 , Sioux City, North 1
Lewis Central 10 , Glenwood 4
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 23 , Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 13 (6 innings)

CLASS 1A:

Riverside, Oakland 21 , Clarinda Academy 6 (4 innings)
Southwest Valley 10 , Griswold 0 (5 innings)

CLASS 2A:

Central Decatur, Leon 18 , Mount Ayr 3 (6 innings)
Hinton 13 , OA-BCIG 1 (5 innings)
IKM-Manning 8 , Panorama, Panora 6
Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 5 , Unity Christian, Orange City 1
Red Oak 4 , Missouri Valley 0
Shenandoah 1 , AHSTW, Avoca 0 (11 innings)
Underwood 7 , ACGC 0

Midwest Sports Headlines: 7/9/17

Sports

July 9th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All-Star rookie Cody Bellinger drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the winning run in the 10th inning and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Saturday night for their fifth straight victory. Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a called third strike.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong homered as part of a four-hit game and Adam Wainwright won his third consecutive start as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 4-1 Saturday. Wainwright pitched six and two thirds innings, lasting into the seventh for the third time in his last four starts. Three of the five hits he allowed came in the seventh and he struck out seven, including the side in the sixth inning.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Dalton Sargeant won the ARCA Racing Series event at Iowa Speedway, holding off points leader Austin Theriault. The 19-year-old Sargeant, from Boca Raton, Florida, won for the second time this season in the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Ford.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — IndyCar powerhouse Team Penske has never won at Iowa Speedway, even though the open-wheel series has been running at the track for more than a decade. This offseason, Penske brought in the driver who last year executed perhaps the most impressive run that Iowa had ever seen. Josef Newgarden broke an IndyCar record in Iowa for Ed Carpenter Racing, leading 282 out of 300 laps. Newgarden will return Sunday, this time in the Number 2 car for Penske.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — The IndyCar series has penalized Scott Dixon and his Number 9 team after they won at Road America on June 25th. The series announced Saturday that the Chip Ganassi Racing team was cited for three minor violations after Dixon’s Honda entered the track roughly a minute after the end of a morning warmup practice ahead of the Kohler Grand Prix in Wisconsin. Dixon is scheduled to run in Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300.

Dixon picks up minor penalties after winning in Wisconsin

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July 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — The IndyCar series has penalized Scott Dixon and his No. 9 team after they won at Road America on June 25. The series announced Saturday that the Chip Ganassi Racing team was cited for three minor violations after Dixon’s Honda entered the track roughly a minute after the end of a morning warmup practice ahead of the Kohler Grand Prix in Wisconsin.

The team was fined an unspecified amount and docked 20 minutes of practice time Saturday at the Iowa Speedway. Dixon is scheduled to run in Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300.

Will Power wins Iowa Speedway pole, his 4th pole of season

Sports

July 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Will Power won the pole for Sunday’s IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway. This is his fourth pole of the season. Power was fastest in Saturday’s single-car, two-lap runs on the oval. J.R. Hildebrand qualified second, followed by Helio Castroneves, Ed Carpenter and Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato.

Series leader Scott Dixon will start 17th after a disappointing qualifying run on the oval of just under nine-tenths of a mile. Power has already won twice this season. He will try to give Team Penske its first win in Iowa in 11 tries.

Baseball Tournament Schedule Saturday 7/8/2017

Sports

July 8th, 2017 by Chris Parks

A few first round tournament pig-tail games will be played in high school baseball on Saturday. All start times are set for 7:00pm unless otherwise noted.

Class 1A District 12

Lamoni @ Wayne

Class 1A District 13

Griswold @ Southwest Valley

Class 1A District 14

Riverside vs. Clarinda Academy (@ Southwest Valley 5:00pm)

Class 2A District 1

Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto vs. Unity Christian (@Hinton 5:00pm)
OA-BCIG @ Hinton 7:00pm

Class 2A District 12

Mount Ayr vs. Central Decatur (@ I-35 5:00pm)
Clarke @ I-35

Class 2A District 15

Panorama @ IKM-Manning
Underwood vs. ACGC (@ IKM-Manning 5:00pm)

Class 2A District 16

Missouri Valley vs. Red Oak (@ AHSTW 5:00pm)
Shenandoah @ AHSTW

Regional Softball Schedule Saturday 07/08/2017

Sports

July 8th, 2017 by Chris Parks

Regional Softball Semifinals are set to be played on Saturday in Classes 4A and 5A.  All games are set for a 7:00pm start.

Class 4A Region 1

LeMars @ Bishop Heelan
Carroll @ Sergeant Bluff-Luton

Class 4A Region 2

Nevada @ Ballard
Lewis Central @ Denison-Schleswig

Class 5A Region 1

CB Thomas Jefferson @ Waukee
Des Moines Roosevelt @ Ottumwa