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NCAA calls off fall championships except major football...NHL Playoffs...Big Pay Day for Kittle

August 14, 2020

NCAA calls off fall championships except major football
UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has called off all fall championship events except for major college football because of the limited number of schools competing in sports such as men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball during the first semester. NCAA President Mark Emmert made the announcement in a video posted on Twitter, although it has been clear this was coming as conferences canceled fall sports seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic. Emmert said the NCAA would prioritize staging championships in winter and spring sports because those — including the NCAA basketball tournaments— were canceled when COVID-19 first spiked across the United States in March.

UNDATED (AP) — The Big Sky, West Coast and Southern conferences announced yesterday that they are the latest Division I leagues to postpone their fall sports schedule. New Mexico State has postponed its football season because of COVID-19 concerns and state restrictions. The Aggies are the third independent FBS program to decide not to play in the fall, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts.

UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars have tied their NHL first-round series, while the Vegas Golden Knights took a 2-0 lead yesterday. Doug Hamilton scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period of the Hurricanes’ 3-2 win over Boston, and Joonas Korpisalo (kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) stopped 36 shots as the Jackets downed Tampa Bay, 3-1. The Knights beat Chicago, 4-3 on Reilly Smith’s overtime goal, and Jamie Oleksiak (oh-LEHK’-see-ak) scored with 40 seconds left to lift the Stars past Calgary, 5-4.

UNDATED (AP) — All-Pro George Kittle has agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers, a record for tight ends. According to overthecap.com, the previous high for annual value on a multiyear contract for a tight end was the four-year, $42 million deal Austin Hooper signed this offseason in Cleveland. Kittle had been one of the NFL’s biggest bargains after being drafted in the fifth round in 2017.

UNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic  says he will enter the U.S. Open and the hard-court tuneup tournament preceding it in New York this month. Reigning U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu has pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament. She says the coronavirus pandemic prevented her from properly preparing for competition.

National Scoreboard from Thursday (8/13)

August 14, 2020

St. Louis at Detroit (Postponed)
St. Louis at Detroit  (Postponed)
Final Baltimore 11 Philadelphia 4

Final Tampa Bay 17 Boston 8

Final N.Y. Mets 8 Washington 2
Final Pittsburgh 9 Cincinnati 6
Final Chicago Cubs 4 Milwaukee 2
Final L.A. Dodgers 11 San Diego 2

Final Washington 96 Boston 90
Final Sacramento 136 L.A. Lakers 122
Final Phoenix 128 Dallas 102
Final Memphis 119 Milwaukee 106
Final Utah 118 San Antonio 112
Final Portland 134 Brooklyn 133
Final Orlando 133 New Orleans 127

Final Columbus 3 Tampa Bay 1 (Series tied 1-1)
Final OT Vegas 4 Chicago 3  (Vegas leads 2-0)
Final Carolina 3 Boston 2 (Series tied 1-1)
Final Dallas 5 Calgary 4 (Series tied 1-1)

Big 12 to give it a try...Cup playoffs continue

August 13, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 Conference is moving ahead with plans to play college football and other fall sports. They will join the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences in taking the field amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the Big East has joined the growing list of conferences not playing sports in the fall.

UNDATED (AP) — Ten more teams opened their NHL first-round series in either Toronto or Edmonton yesterday. In the East, Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 4-3, double-overtime win over Carolina, Josh Bailey’s short-handed goal snapped a third-period tie in the New York Islanders’ 4-2 victory over Washington, and Carter Hart stopped 27 shots for Philadelphia in a 2-1 triumph over Montreal. In the West, Colorado scored three times in an 83-second span late in the third period to beat Arizona, 3-0, and Bo Horvat furnished two goals in Vancouver’s 5-2 win against St. Louis.

UNDATED (AP) — Marlins manager Don Mattingly says his players sidelined by a coronavirus outbreak are all asymptomatic. Mattingly says those players are feeling great and feel like they are ready to go, adding that some have applied for reinstatement. The Marlins placed 17 players on the injured list last week following an outbreak in Philadelphia that forced seven games to be postponed.

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal. Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29. In that game he threw a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Bills have signed coach Sean McDermott to a multiyear contract extension. A person with direct knowledge told the Associated Press the contract is a four-year extension that runs through the 2025 season. McDermott is the first Bills coach to receive a contract extension since Dick Jauron in 2008 — though Jauron was fired the following year.

August 13, 2020

Final Chicago Cubs 7 Cleveland 2
Final Minnesota 12 Milwaukee 2
Final Kansas City 5 Cincinnati 4
Final Baltimore 5 Philadelphia 4
Final Houston 5 San Francisco 1
Final N.Y. Yankees 6 Atlanta 3
Final Miami 14 Toronto 11

Final Chicago White Sox 7 Detroit 5
Final Oakland 8 L.A. Angels 4
Final Tampa Bay 9 Boston 5
Final Texas 7 Seattle 4

Pittsburgh at St. Louis  (Postponed)
Final Arizona 13 Colorado 7
Final N.Y. Mets 11 Washington 6
Final L.A. Dodgers 6 San Diego 0

Final Indiana 108 Houston 104
Final Toronto 125 Philadelphia 121
Final Oklahoma City 116 Miami 115
Final L.A. Clippers 124 Denver 111

Final 2OT Boston 4 Carolina 3  (Boston leads 1-0)
Final N-Y Islanders 4 Washington 2  (NY leads 1-0)
Final Colorado 3 Arizona 0 (Colorado leads 1-0)
Final Philadelphia 2 Montreal 1 (Phily leads 1-0)
Final Vancouver 5 St. Louis 2 (Vancouver leads 1-0)

Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September

August 12, 2020

The Big 12 Conference is moving ahead with plans to play college football and other fall sports. They will join the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences in taking the field amid the coronavirus pandemic. The move came one day after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not play this fall. In the Big 12, fall sports will begin after Sept. 1 with the football schedule beginning league play Sept. 26. Schools also can play one non-conference opponent.


Painful cancellations...NCAA legal loss...Astros coach out

August 12, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — Saying it’s not possible to have protective bubbles like the NBA and the NHL, the Big 10 and Pac-12 have canceled their fall football seasons. The decisions came despite pleas from players, coaches and President Donald Trump in recent days to play on. Forty percent of major college football teams have now decided to punt on a fall season, a decision that will cost schools tens of millions of dollars and upends traditions dating back a century.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A court decision the NCAA says will hurt college sports by allowing certain student-athletes to be paid “vast sums” of money as “educational expenses” will go into effect after the Supreme Court declined Tuesday to intervene at this point. Justice Elena Kagan denied the NCAA’s request to put a lower court ruling on hold at least temporarily while the NCAA asks the Supreme Court to take up the case. It plans to do so by mid-October.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Devin Booker scored 35 points and the Phoenix Suns protected their playoff hopes by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 130-117 to remain undefeated in the NBA restart. Booker became the Suns’ career leader with his 91st 30-point game, breaking a tie with Walter Davis. Phoenix is 7-0 as the only undefeated team in the restart and an unlikely factor in the tight race for a spot in this weekend’s play-for the final playoff spot.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected from Milwaukee’s game against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night after the NBA MVP headbutted Moritz Wagner. Wagner took a charge from Antetokounmpo, who didn’t like the call in what had become a physical game. The head butt happened during a break in the action. Antetokounmpo had 12 points and nine rebounds in 10 minutes before exiting the floor.

OAKLAND (AP) — Houston Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón has received a 20-game suspension and a fine for his role in a benches-clearing brawl at Oakland. Cintrón’s suspension is the longest for an on-field transgression in 15 years. Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano was given a six-game suspension and a fine. He is appealing the punishment.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (8/11)

August 12, 2020

Final Toronto 5 Miami 4
Final Cincinnati 6 Kansas City 5
Final N.Y. Yankees 9 Atlanta 6
Final Chicago Cubs 7 Cleveland 1
Final Baltimore 10 Philadelphia 9
Final Milwaukee 6 Minnesota 4
Final San Francisco 7 Houston 6

Final Chicago White Sox 8 Detroit 4
Final Tampa Bay 8 Boston 2
Final Texas 4 Seattle 2
Final L.A. Angels 6 Oakland 0

Pittsburgh at St. Louis 8:15 p.m. (Postponed)
Final Washington 2 N.Y. Mets 1
Final Colorado 8 Arizona 7
Final San Diego 6 L.A. Dodgers 2

Final Brooklyn 108 Orlando 96
Final San Antonio 123 Houston 105
Final Phoenix 130 Philadelphia 117
Final Boston 122 Memphis 107
Final Portland 134 Dallas 131
Final Sacramento 112 New Orleans 106
Final Milwaukee 126 Washington 113

Carolina at Boston 8 p.m. (Postponed)
Final Calgary 3 Dallas 2
Final 5OT Tampa Bay 3 Columbus 2
Final Vegas 4 Chicago 1

American Rivers Conference Sidelines Most Fall Sports

August 11, 2020

Most of the fall sports schedules including football at the University of Dubuque and Loras College have been sidelined until the spring. The American Rivers Conference has announced due to Friday’s NCAA Board of Governors announcement the conference is postponing football, volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer until the spring. The NCAA Board of Governors announcement last week put new mandates in place which included the requirement to test regularly for COVID-19 in several sports which would put a strain on many schools athletic budgets.

More details: https://rollrivers.com/news/2020/8/11/american-rivers-conference-a-r-c-makes-announcement-regarding-fall-sports.aspx

IHSBBCA All State Teams

August 11, 2020

Three Dubuque High School baseball players have been named first team all-state selections by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association. Andrue Henry and Devin Eudaley of state tournament semi-finalist Hempstead were named to the Class 4-A1st team.  Tommy Specht of Wahlert Catholic garnered first team honors in class 3-A.  Cole Smith of Dubuque Senior and Casey Perrenoud of Western Dubuque were named to the Class 4-A third team.

Neal Steps Down at Western Dubuque

August 11, 2020

Western Dubuque High School is searching for a new head softball coach. Last night the W-D school board accepted the resignation of Rachel Neal after 10 seasons guiding the program with a record of 163 and 189. Neal took over the program in 2011 after coaching the previous six seasons at the younger levels.

Trump wants college football...Decisions for Big Ten, SEC

August 11, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — President Donald Trump has joined Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse and a number of coaches in the push to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown. A growing number of athletes have spoken out in support of saving the season. Sasse wrote a letter to Big Ten school presidents and chancellors saying that players will likely be safer with football than without, because of the “structure and discipline of football programs.”

UNDATED (AP) — A Big Ten spokesman said no votes on fall sports had been taken by its presidents and chancellors as of yesterday afternoon, and the powerful Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey posted on Twitter that he doesn’t know if college football can be played during the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that every attempt will be made to hold a full league schedule. Old Dominion canceled fall sports less than a week after C-USA set out a plan to play a football season.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals continue to have their schedule altered after eight players tested positive for the coronavirus. Major League Baseball says the Cardinals’ scheduled Thursday doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers has been postponed. MLB has seen 29 games postponed by the coronavirus, 15 involving the Cardinals.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano says Houston Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón made a crude remark about his mother that prompted a benches-clearing incident Sunday. Laureano said Cintrón began jawing at him when Laureano reacted angrily after being hit by a pitch from Houston rookie Humberto Castellanos. Athletics manager Bob Melvin wants Cintrón punished harshly by Major League Baseball.

UNDATED (AP) — The Florida Panthers say president of hockey operations and general manager Dale Tallon is leaving the franchise after 10 years. Tallon’s contract as president of hockey operations and general manager expired July 1, but it was extended by Panthers owner Vincent Viola to get through the remainder of a season that was stretched out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs on Friday, falling to the New York Islanders in four games.

National Scoreboard from Monday (8/10)

August 11, 2020

Final Minnesota 4 Milwaukee 2
Final Houston 6 San Francisco 4

Final Detroit 5 Chicago White Sox 1
Final Tampa Bay 8 Boston 7
Final Seattle 10 Texas 2
Final L.A. Angels 10 Oakland 9

Pittsburgh at St. Louis 8:15 p.m. (Postponed)
Final Philadelphia 13 Atlanta 8
Final Washington 16 N.Y. Mets 4
Final Arizona 12 Colorado 8
Final San Diego 2 L.A. Dodgers 1

Final Phoenix 128 Oklahoma City 101
Final Dallas 122 Utah 114
Final Toronto 114 Milwaukee 106
Final Miami 114 Indiana 92
Final L.A. Lakers 124 Denver 121

PGA Championship goes to Morikawa...Cards postponement

August 10, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Collin Morikawa eagled the par-4 16 and closed with a 6-under 64 to win the PGA Championship by two shots over Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey. Johnson carried the lead into the final round but fell behind with a bogey on the par-5 14. Jason Day, Matthew Wolff, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau (FEE’-now) and Scottie Scheffler shared third at minus-10.

UNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets advanced to the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars claimed the third seed in their respective divisions yesterday. Zach Werenski scored the game-winner and Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) stopped 33 shots to lead the Jackets to a 3-0 shutout of the Maple Leafs. Braden Holtby made 30 saves in the Caps’ 2-1 win against Boston, and Denis Gurianov (goor-ee-AH’-nav) provided the lone shootout goal to secure the Stars’ 2-1 verdict over St. Louis.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors were able to wrap up the No. 2 seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs while preventing the Memphis Grizzlies from wrapping up a spot in the Western Conference play-in series. Pascal Siakam  scored 26 points to help the Raptors beat the Grizzlies, 108-99. Norman Powell chipped in 16 points and Kyle Lowry added 15 as Toronto wrapped up its fifth consecutive season with at least 50 wins.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have had a fourth consecutive series postponed due to positive tests for the coronavirus. The Redbirds and Pittsburgh Pirates were scheduled to play a three-game set that would have begun today in St. Louis. The Cards have had series against the Brewers, Tigers and Cubs postponed as they sit idle since July 30.

UNDATED (AP) — The Indians sent Zach Plesac back to Cleveland on Sunday in a rental car after the young right-hander violated team rules and Major League Baseball’s coronavirus protocols. A club official told the Associated Press the 25-year-old Plesac went out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night following his win against the White Sox. The person added that the team got Plesac a car so he wouldn’t be on a plane with teammates and staff in the event he contracted the virus.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (8/9)

August 10, 2020

Baltimore at Washington 12:35 p.m. (Suspended)
Final Detroit 2 Pittsburgh 1
Final Seattle 5 Colorado 3

Final Tampa Bay 4 N.Y. Yankees 3
Final Boston 5 Toronto 3
Final Kansas City 4 Minnesota 2
Final Texas 7 L.A. Angels 3
Final Oakland 7 Houston 2
Final Cleveland 5 Chicago White Sox 4

Chi Cubs at St. Louis  (Postponed)
Final Atlanta 5 Philadelphia 2
Final N.Y. Mets 4 Miami 2
Final Milwaukee 9 Cincinnati 3
Final L.A. Dodgers 6 San Francisco 2
Final San Diego 9 Arizona 5
Final Atlanta 8 Philadelphia 0

Final Oklahoma City 121 Washington 103
Final Toronto 108 Memphis 99
Final San Antonio 122 New Orleans 113
Final OT Boston 122 Orlando 119
Final Portland 124 Philadelphia 121
Final Houston 129 Sacramento 112
Final Brooklyn 129 L.A. Clippers 120

Final Washington 2 Boston 1
Final Columbus 3 Toronto 0
Final SO Dallas 2 St. Louis 1

MLB Scorecard from Saturday

August 9, 2020

Yankees 8, Rays 4 – Game 1

Rays  5, Yankees 3 – Game 2

Giants 5, Dodgers 4

Tigers 11,  Pirates 5

Athletics 3, Astros 1

Phillies 5, Braves  0

Rockies 5, Mariners 0

Diamondbacks 3, San Diego 2

Cleveland 7, White Sox 1  

Orioles 5, Nationals 3

Reds 4,  Brewers 1

Rangers 2, Angels 0

Mets 8, Marlins 4

Royals 9,  Twins 6

Blue Jays 2, Boston 1


Iowa Football Fans

August 7, 2020

The updated 2020 football schedule came out on Wednesday for the University of Iowa, but on Friday the university announced guidelines for fans. At least 10,000 to 15,000 fans will be allowed at the games and tickets will be sold as single games instead of as season tickets. All tickets and parking passes will be digital. Fans will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines in the main stand and premium seating. Parking lots will be restricted to 50% capacity and will open four hours before kickoff. The Hawkeyes have five home games with the season opener set to begin on September 5th. More information can be found on their website, hawkeyesports.com/footballgameday.

Friday MLB Recap

August 7, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics are on a roll with the rival Houston Astros coming to town at last. Matt Olson homered to back Mike Fiers’ first win of the season and the A’s beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 on Thursday for their sixth straight victory and a series sweep.Khris Davis added a two-run single, Mark Canha had an RBI single and Stephen Piscotty a sacrifice fly as the balanced, first-place A’s won again with Houston on its way. Anderson Tejeda hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, chasing Fiers (1-0) in the seventh inning and pulling the Rangers within 5-4. Oakland’s Sean Murphy countered with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning. Houston would have played its first road game of the season at Oakland in late March before this season was delayed by the coronavirus.

In other Thursday MLB action:

— J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer, Hector Neris struck out Aaron Judge in a big spot and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Yankees 5-4. Phillies starter Zach Eflin allowed two unearned runs and four hits, striking out five in four innings in his first start. A beleaguered bullpen surrendered two runs the rest of the way on Gary Sanchez’s two-run homer off Nick Pivetta.

—Nick Markakis capped his first start of the season with a game-ending home run in the ninth inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Markakis lined the one-out homer off Wilmer Font that carried into the restaurant behind the right-field stands. Markakis opted out at the start of the season due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic before changing his mind and returning to the team.

—Shohei Ohtani homered in his first plate appearance since being shut down as a pitcher, Dylan Bundy struck out 10 in the third complete game of his career and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1. Ohtani drove a 1-0 pitch from Seattle starter Taijuan Walker to the opposite field just beyond the leap of left fielder Dee Gordon leading off the second inning. It was Ohtani’s third home run of the season, all coming against the Mariners.

—José Ramírez homered from both sides of the plate and drove in four runs, and the Cleveland Indians routed the Cincinnati Reds 13-0. Ramírez hit a solo drive batting from the left side against Luis Castillo in the first inning. He connected again during Cleveland’s 10-run seventh, belting a two-run drive off left-hander Cody Reed. According to STATS, Ramirez is the first player in major league history to homer from both sides of the plate within his team’s first 15 games of the season.

—Daniel Murphy hit a two-run, pinch-homer during a five-run seventh inning to lead the Colorado Rockies over the San Francisco Giants 6-4. Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies to spoil Tyler Anderson’s return to Coors Field. Anderson was Colorado’s opening day starter in 2019, but knee surgery in June ended his season after going 0-3 with an 11.76 ERA. The Giants picked him up off waivers in October.

—Whit Merrifield, Maikel Franco and Jorge Soler homered, and the Kansas City Royals stopped a six-game slide with a 13-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Soler and Salvador Pérez each had three hits and two RBIs, helping Brad Keller to the win in his first major league appearance in nearly a year.

—Kevin Newman’s pinch-hit two-run single with one out in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Newman ended Pittsburgh’s seven-game losing streak. Gregory Polanco added a three-run home run for the Pirates. Miguel Sano hit a three-run shot for the Twins.

Friday Sports

August 7, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Whit Merrifield, Maikel Franco and Jorge Soler homered, and the Kansas City Royals stopped a six-game slide with a 13-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Soler and Salvador Pérez each had three hits and two RBIs, helping Brad Keller to the win in his first major league appearance in nearly a year. Keller, who opened the season on the injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus, struck out seven in five scoreless innings. Kansas City finished with a season-high 18 hits. It scored a total of 14 runs during its losing streak.

CHICAGO (AP) — Christian Yelich hit his first career inside-the-park homer and walked four times, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago White Sox 8-3. Jedd Gyorko homered and drove in three runs for Milwaukee, and Mark Mathias had two hits with two RBIs. Josh Lindblom struck out seven in five innings. The Brewers and White Sox split a home-and-home series, with each team winning two games in their opponent’s ballpark.

UNDATED (AP) — Penn State All-American Micah Parsons and two more college stars announced Thursday they are opting out of the coming college football season, which is in doubt because of the coronavirus pandemic, and looking toward the NFL draft. Parsons made his announcement with a social media post as did Purdue receiver Rondale Moore a few hours later. The news about Miami defensive end Gregory Rousseau was delivered by Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz. All three will be eligible to enter the 2021 NFL draft. Parsons was already expected to be high first-round selection. Rousseau and Moore also have first-round potential.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State is opening preseason training camp with strict coronavirus precautions in place and uncertainty about the coming season. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play a 10-game season against all Big Ten opponents starting Sept. 3. However, the season may still be canceled. The conference will make a decision in the coming weeks based on virus trends and after consultations with government officials. Coach Ryan Day says he talked to the team about virus-related issues but the focus quickly turned to football.

UNDATED (AP) — Clemson is atop the USA Today coaches’ preseason poll for a second straight year. The Tigers received 38 of 65 first-place votes. Ohio State is second in the poll and received 17 first-place votes.  Alabama, Georgia and LSU round out the top five. The preseason Associated Press Top 25 will be released Aug. 24.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland football coach Michael Locksley has helped create an organization designed to give minority coaches a better chance to be hired and advance at the college and pro level. The National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches is a nonprofit organization that aims to identify and groom coaches of color — both male and female — for upward mobility. The coalition will create a candidates list that will be vetted by its board of directors. The board includes Locksley, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, Alabama coach Nick Saban and former Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.

UNDATED (AP) — A total of 66 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly half of them linemen. Twenty offensive linemen and 11 on defense opted out before Thursday’s deadline. Players with a medical opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend, whole those voluntarily opting out receive $150,000 as an advance against future salaries. The Patriots had the most opt outs, eight.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers defeat the Dallas Mavericks 126-111. Paul George scored 24 points and Ivica Zubac added 21 points on 10-for-10 shooting and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who strengthened their hold on the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference standings. Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points and Luka Doncic added 29 for Dallas, which fell to 1-3 in the restart.

SEATTLE (AP) — Shohei Ohtani homered in his first plate appearance since being shut down as a pitcher, Dylan Bundy struck out 10 in the third complete game of his career and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1. Ohtani drove a 1-0 pitch from Seattle starter Taijuan Walker to the opposite field just beyond the leap of left fielder Dee Gordon leading off the second inning. It was Ohtani’s third home run of the season, all coming against the Mariners.

ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Markakis capped his first start of the season with a game-ending home run in the ninth inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Markakis lined the one-out homer off Wilmer Font that carried into the restaurant behind the right-field stands. Markakis opted out at the start of the season due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic before changing his mind and returning to the team.

TORONTO (AP) — Scott Laughton scored two goals and Travis Sanheim added one to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday. The Flyers play Tampa Bay on Saturday and the winner will earn the top seed in the East. Kevin Hayes had three assists for the Flyers. Brian Elliott stopped 16 shots to keep the Flyers. Travis Boyd scored for the Capitals.


Iowa Hawkeyes Big 10 Football

August 6, 2020

The Big Ten scheduled was announced on Wednesday, and the Iowa Hawkeyes are set to play a 10-game Big Ten Conference schedule in 2020. Five of those games will be played at Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa’s 2020 football schedule is as follows:

Sept. 5 – Maryland

Sept. 12 – at Purdue

Sept. 19 – at Minnesota

Sept. 26 – Nebraska

Oct. 3 – Northwestern

Oct. 10 – at Illinois

Oct. 17 – Open

Oct. 24 – at Penn State

Oct. 31 – Michigan State

Nov. 7 – Open

Nov. 14 – Wisconsin

Nov. 21 – at Ohio State

Dec. 5 – Big Ten Championship (at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis)

Head coach Kirk Ferentz said the team has been looking forward to the release of the schedule and the team can now prepare for what’s ahead. The opening game against Maryland will mark the first time since 1980 that the Hawkeyes opened a season against a Big Ten opponent. The Hawkeyes will begin preseason camp on Friday. The University of Iowa is expected to release information about fan attendance and ticketing for home games in the near future.

Thursday Sports

August 6, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten has released its 10-game conference-only football schedule beginning as early as Labor Day weekend but cautioned there is no certainty games will be played. The Big Ten had announced a month ago it would shorten the season and eliminate nonconference games because of the coronavirus pandemic. Teams will play conference opponents they originally were scheduled to meet and will have one additional cross-division game. The regular season runs through Nov. 21. The 10 games would be played over at least 12 weeks, with each team having two open dates. If necessary, makeup games can be played during bye weeks.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Matthew Highmore tied the score with 5:47 left in the third period, and Jonathan Toews got his second of the game 4 1/2 minutes later to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of their qualifying round series. On the winner, Oilers defenseman Ethan Bear errantly tipped a Chicago point shot off Toews and past goalie Mikko Koskinen. It was Toews’ fourth goal of the series. Olli Maatta also scored for the Blackhawks, and Corey Crawford finished with 25 saves. Leon Draisaitl scored twice for Edmonton, and Connor McDavid got his fifth of the series. Koskinen had 21 saves.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yu Darvish pitched seven sharp innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the skidding Kansas City Royals 6-1 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory. Javier Báez drove in two runs for the Cubs, who handed Kansas City its sixth consecutive defeat. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo each had two hits and scored twice. Darvish was in midseason form for the second straight outing. He gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one.

CHICAGO (AP) — Adrian Houser dominated over seven innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the White Sox 1-0 to snap Chicago’s six-game win streak. The Brewers held struggling star Christian Yelich out of the lineup, with the 2018 NL MVP and two-time defending NL batting champion mired in a season-opening 3-for-34 slump. The Brewers ended Chicago’s best streak since a six-game run in April 2017. Houser simply dazzled on a night when Dallas Keuchel was about as good for Chicago. The 27-year-old right-hander gave up five hits and struck out five. Eric Sogard drove in Mark Mathias with a single in the third, and that was all Milwaukee needed.

CHICAGO (AP) — Prized Chicago White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal is headed to the 10-day injured list because of a separated left shoulder. General manager Rick Hahn was optimistic the rookie will return by the end of the month, though he also said Wednesday offseason surgery might be needed. Madrigal was hurt sliding into third trying to advance from first on a single to center at Milwaukee on Tuesday. He had five hits in his first 17 major league at-bats after being called up Friday from the team’s auxiliary site in Schaumburg, Illinois.Hahn also said slugger Edwin Encarnación is day to day after leaving Tuesday’s game because of inflammation near his left shoulder, in the joint between his collarbone and sternum.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Tauchman’s tiebreaking double in the seventh inning sent the New York Yankees to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and a split of their seven-inning doubleheader Wednesday. Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto homered to back Zack Wheeler and lead the “visiting” Phillies to an 11-7 win in the opener, snapping New York’s seven-game winning streak. Phillies ace Aaron Nola tied a career high with 12 strikeouts in the nightcap, allowing one run on Luke Voit’s homer and three hits in six innings.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals starter Max Scherzer exited because of a hamstring problem after laboring through just one inning, overshadowing Juan Soto’s eventful 2020 debut for the World Series champs, and Rick Porcello collected his 150th career win in the New York Mets’ 3-1 victory over Washington. Porcello went seven innings, allowing one run and five hits. Seth Lugo got the last six outs for his second save. Scherzer’s replacement, Erick Fedde, took the loss after giving up a tiebreaking run in his three innings. Soto had an RBI double, a single and a highlight-reel catch in his first game after coming off the COVID-19 list.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Five pitchers combined on a four-hitter for the undermanned, gritty and first-place Miami Marlins, who beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Wednesday night for a doubleheader sweep. Brian Anderson homered in the opener, and Miami won 1-0 despite getting only two hits. The sweep kept the Marlins atop the NL East and earned Don Mattingly his 281st win as Miami’s manager, tying Jack McKeon’s club record. In a baseball season complete with new rules and an ever-changing, abbreviated schedule, this doubleheader raised the bar on strange. Not only were both games seven innings apiece, but the Orioles were the home team in the opener and the Marlins served as hosts in the nightcap.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jaylen Brown stayed hot with 21 points on five 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics rolled past the Brooklyn Nets 149-115 without All-Star point guard Kemba Walker. Jayson Tatum added 19 points, and Gordon Hayward and Robert Williams each had 18 points for the Celtics, who posted a season high in points and improved to 2-2 in Orlando. Boston shot 20 of 39 from 3-point range. Jeremiah Martin had 20 points and Joe Harris had 14 for the Nets.

UNDATED (AP) — Four days into a most unusual Stanley Cup tournament, it’s clear that playoff hockey is still playoff hockey, even without the roar of the crowd. The Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks have proven as much with jawing and hitting back and forth. Their qualifying round series is even at one win apiece. They play Game 3 on Thursday afternoon. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets are also tied at one. The Maple Leafs will be without defenseman Jake Muzzin for the rest of their qualifier. The Calgary Flames are up 2-1 on the Winnipeg Jets.

Drake Relays Announce Drake Blue Oval Showcase Event

August 5, 2020

Less than a month after announcing the postponement of the 111th Drake Relays due to the coronavirus, officials announced a new track and field event to be held this month. Blake Bolden, director of the Drake Relays, announced the Drake Blue Oval Showcase on Monday. Bolden said the event will take place on August 29th and will feature world class athletes currently based in the United States. Details on the schedule, athletes, and viewing options will be shared later this month.

MLB Scores

August 5, 2020

BALTIMORE (AP) — Finally back on the baseball diamond after enduring eight days of virus testing, hotel room service and lengthy bus rides, the Miami Marlins scratched out a victory worth savoring. Following one final delay in their effort to return from a miserable coronavirus-induced hiatus, the Marlins found enough power and pitching within their vastly overhauled roster to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 Tuesday night. Francisco Cervelli and Jesús Aguilar homered for the Marlins, who had their season halted after 18 players tested positive for COVID-19 following the opening series in Philadelphia. All the happiness that playing baseball brings was displayed when Cervelli slammed a 3-1 pitch from John Means over the left-field wall to give Miami a 1-0 lead in the fifth. The players in the dugout cheered, and Cervelli saluted them as the rounded third and headed for home.

In other Tuesday action:

— Mike Trout homered in his first plate appearance as a father, Albert Pujols moved one step closer to Willie Mays on the career home runs list and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3. Trout missed four games while on paternity leave for the birth of his son, Beckham Aaron Trout. He returned with a solo shot to left-center in the first inning on a day full of news for the Angels as top prospect Jo Adell also made his debut. Pujols hit a two-run homer later in the first for a 3-0 lead, giving him 659 for his career, one behind Mays on the career list.

— Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa hit solo homers, George Springer added a two-run double and the Houston Astros roughed up Madison Bumgarner in an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Altuve hit his homer in the first inning and Correa followed with another in the second. The Astros put the game away in the fifth inning with five runs, including two on Springer’s bases-loaded double. The Diamondbacks have lost five of six games. Bumgarner had a rough night, giving up eight runs over 4 1/3 innings.

— Max Fried boosted Atlanta’s depleted rotation by allowing only one run in six innings, Austin Riley hit a three-run homer and the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1. Riley pulled a 3-2 pitch from Matt Shoemaker into the Blue Jays’ bullpen behind the left-field wall in the fifth. It was the third homer allowed by Shoemaker. Matt Adams and Tyler Flowers hit homers in the second. Fried was thrust into the role of staff ace when Mike Soroka suffered a torn right Achilles tendon on Monday night, ending his season.

—Stephen Piscotty hit Oakland’s second walkoff grand slam of the year and the Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.

— José Berríos pitched six strong innings, Nelson Cruz had three hits and the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh 7-3 Tuesday in a game briefly delayed when an unauthorized drone flew over Target Field. The Twins won their fifth in a row and improved to 9-2 for the second time in the team’s 60-year history. The game was delayed for nine minutes in the fifth inning and players were pulled off the field when the drone flew over center field. A few pitchers in the bullpen threw balls at the flying intruder but missed.

— Max Fried boosted Atlanta’s depleted rotation by allowing only one run in six innings, Austin Riley hit a three-run homer and the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1. The Blue Jays played their first game since Thursday in this virus-interrupted season.

—Jose Abreu hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, helping Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox edge the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2. The White Sox have won six consecutive games for the first time since April 2017 as they attempt to snap a string of seven straight losing seasons. This latest victory may prove costly. White Sox rookie second baseman Nick Madrigal left the game with an injured left shoulder.

— Shane Bieber overcame two solo home runs to pitch into the eighth inning, Franmil Reyes hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians snapped a four-game skid with a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. The Indians played their third consecutive game without manager Terry Francona, who continues to undergo tests in Cleveland for a gastrointestinal condition.

— Austin Meadows got two hits after missing the first 10 games of the season with the coronavirus and the Tampa Bay Rays stopped their losing streak at five by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-1. Boston lost its fourth in a row, including a three-game sweep at Yankees Stadium over the weekend, and fell to 3-8 overall.

—The Cubs overcame another shaky outing by closer Craig Kimbrel to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win. Jason Heyward, Jason Kipnis and Willson Contreras homered and the Chicago Cubs overcame another shaky outing by closer Craig Kimbrel.

Wednesday Sports

August 5, 2020

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jose Abreu hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, helping Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox edge the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2. The White Sox have won six consecutive games for the first time since April 2017 as they attempt to snap a string of seven straight losing seasons. This latest victory may prove costly. White Sox rookie second baseman Nick Madrigal left the game with an injured left shoulder in the third inning after he was thrown out trying to get from first to third on a single up the middle.

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs overcame another shaky outing by closer Craig Kimbrel to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.Jason Heyward, Jason Kipnis and Willson Contreras homered and the Chicago Cubs overcame another shaky outing by closer Craig Kimbrel to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 for their fifth straight win. Kimbrel took over to begin the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead, but struggled again and allowed two runs and two hits while getting only one out. Kyle Ryan closed it out for his first save, getting Bubba Starling to ground out with a runner on third to end it.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman has opted out of the 2020 season amid concerns about the coronavirus. He will forgo his remaining two years of eligibility to enter the 2021 NFL draft. Bateman posted a video on Twitter that he narrated in explanation of his decision. The university confirmed his departure, which Bateman called “the hardest decision that I’ve ever had to make in my life.” The native of Tifton, Georgia, totaled 111 receptions, 1,923 yards and 17 touchdowns over two seasons. Bateman was a third team All-American in 2019. He was the Big Ten Conference’s Receiver of the Year.

UNDATED (AP) — NFL players who decide to opt out of the coming season must do so by Thursday afternoon, according to a person familiar with the agreement between the league and the players. There also are opt-out provisions for players who experience emergency or extenuating circumstances during the season due to the coronavirus. Another person with direct knowledge of the agreement between the league and the players’ union tells The Associated Press that relief in the 2020 salary cap is being provided to the 32 teams.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 to even their qualifying series at a win each. Tanner Pearson, Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks, and Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves. Kevin Fiala had two goals and Luke Kunin scored for Minnesota. Alex Stalock made 24 stops. Game 3 is Thursday, when lower-seeded Minnesota will be the home team for the first time in the series. Matt Dumba continued to raise his right fist on the Wild’s bench through the pregame anthems to bring attention to racism and social injustice.



Tuesday Sports

August 4, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s Field of Dreams game in Iowa has been postponed until 2021 because of the novel coronavirus. The game at a newly constructed ballpark on the cornfield adjacent to the site of the 1989 movie had been scheduled for Aug. 13 in Dyersville. The Chicago White Sox originally had been set to host the New York Yankees. When MLB remade its schedule following the delayed start to the season, the St. Louis Cardinals became the opponent. MLB will keep the White Sox for the game next year. The other team has not been determined.

CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant homered in his return to the lineup and Alec Mills pitched seven effective innings, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Kansas City Royals 2-0 for their fourth consecutive win. Javier Báez had a sacrifice fly and a nice play in the field as NL Central-leading Chicago improved to 8-2 for the first time since 2016. Bryant also doubled in the first after missing two games with a stomach ailment. Kansas City wasted a solid performance by Danny Duffy, who pitched six innings of one-run ball.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — José Abreu hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning, Leury García scored on a wild pitch in the eighth and Yoan Moncada added a solo shot in the ninth to lift the Chicago White Sox over Milwaukee 6-4 in the Brewers’ belated home opener. Milwaukee was set to open Miller Park for a weekend series against St. Louis, but that was postponed after numerous Cardinals tested positive for the coronavirus. The Brewers had been idle since Wednesday at Pittsburgh. Chicago has won five straight, all on the road. Starter Carlos Rodón was pulled after two innings with left shoulder soreness.

TORONTO (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have taken a 2-0 lead in their NHL qualifying series, the Pittsburgh knotted their series at a game apiece and the Tampa Bay Lightning grab their first game in round-robin play. Andrei Svechnikov provided the first playoff hat trick in Hurricanes history to lead a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers. Jason Zucker scored the eventual game-winner in the third period of the Penguins’ 3-1 win against Montreal, and Nikita Kucherov scored once in regulation before netting the deciding shootout goal to lift the Lightning past Washington, 3-2.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers, Vegas Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets won their NHL Western Conference games on Monday. The Oilers squared their qualifying series at a game apiece behind Connor McDavid’s hat trick in a 6-3 verdict over Chicago. Will Carrier scored the tiebreaker with 5:12 left as the Golden Knights beat the Stars, 5-3 in round-robin play. The Jets beat Calgary, 3-2 on a power-play goal by Nikolaj Ehlers in the final period, evening the qualifying series at a game apiece.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant is following through on his own words when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. Bryant homered in his return to the starting lineup against Kansas City after missing two games with a stomach ailment. The 28-year-old Bryant had thanked Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas after he self-reported possible coronavirus symptoms. Bryant then spoke up himself when he wasn’t feeling well Saturday, and he had to sit out while he worked his way through Major League Baseball’s pandemic protocols.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers clinched the top seed in the NBA’s Western Conference playoffs as Anthony Davis contributed 42 points and 12 rebounds in a 116-108 downing of the Jazz. Davis’ final basket resulted in a 4-point play with 42 seconds left, as he sank a 3-pointer while getting fouled by Rudy Gobert and made the ensuing free throw to give the Los Angeles a 114-104 lead. LeBron James scored 22 points for the Lakers, wile Donovan Mitchell was high man for Utah with 33 points.

UNDATED (AP) — Former wrestling star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says he has acquired the XFL. The 48-year-old actor made the announcement on Twitter. Reportedly the price is $15 million. The XFL had eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule before canceling the remainder of its season in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Monday Sports

August 3, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Big Ten player of the year Luka Garza says he’s withdrawing from the NBA draft and will return to Iowa for his senior season. Garza says his heart is in Iowa City and that it would have been hard to close the book on his college career without a last chapter. The 6-foot-11, 260-pound center from Washington, D.C., scored 20 or more points in the last 16 games of his junior season, the longest streak by an Iowa player since 1971. Garza was a consensus first-team All-American and runner-up for Associated Press national player of the year.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jared Spurgeon scored twice and Alex Stalock stopped 28 shots to get his his first career postseason win, leading the Minnesota Wild in a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of their qualifying series. Kevin Fiala also scored — one of Minnesota’s two power-play goals. Eric Staal had two assists and Spurgeon sealed the win with an empty-netter in the final minute. Jacob Markstrom, making his first career postseason start, also finished with 28 saves for Vancouver. Game 2 of the best-of-five series is Tuesday.

TORONTO (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers won the opener of their round-robin NHL series against Boston, while the Columbus Blue Jackets captured Game 1 of their qualifying-round series. Carter Hart stopped 34 shots and Michael Raffl provided a goal and an assist in the second period as the Flyers dumped Boston, 4-1. Joonas Korpisalo  stopped 28 shots in his first playoff start and Cam Atkinson scored early in the third period of the Blue Jackets’ 2-0 shutout of the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored with 0.1 seconds left to give the Colorado Avalanche a 2-1 win over the defending-champion St. Louis Blues in the NHL’s round-robin tournament. The NHL reviewed the play for several minutes before calling it a good goal. Also in Edmonton, Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the first of Arizona’s three first-period goals in a 4-3 verdict over Nashville in Game 1 of the qualifying series.

ATLANTA (AP) — The New York Mets say slugger Yoenis Céspedes has opted out of the remainder of the season due to concerns about the coronavirus. His whereabouts became a concern early Sunday after he didn’t report to the ballpark and didn’t reach out to management with any explanation for his absence. Céspedes went 0 for 4 during a 7-1 loss on Saturday, leaving him 5 for 31 with 15 strikeouts this season.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy suffered a heart attack during a Saturday team workout at Miller Park. Brewers general manager David Stearns said the 61-year-old Murphy received a stent and is expected to get released from the hospital “in a couple of days.” Stearns said it was too early to estimate when Murphy might be back in uniform.

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge extended his career-best home run streak to five games by going deep twice in the New York Yankees’ sixth consecutive win, a 9-7 comeback over the Boston Red Sox. Judge banged out a three-run homer in the second inning and broke a 7-7 tie with a two-run shot with two out in the eighth. He is the first Yankee since Álex Rodríguez in September 2007 to homer in five straight games.

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Brad Keselowski has won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his third victory of the NASCAR season and 33rd of his career. Keselowski swapped stage wins with Denny Hamlin and took the checkered flag 1.647 seconds ahead of Hamlin. Martin Truex Jr. was third after working his way back from the rear of the field because of a penalty for a runaway tire in the pits.

UNDATED (AP) — Justin Thomas has reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in men’s golf by capturing the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Thomas closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 13-under 267 and take the $10.5 million winner’s check for his 13th PGA Tour title. He took the lead for good on the par-5 16th with his second straight birdie, while Brooks Koepka bogeyed the hole.




Sunday Sports

August 2, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Tyler Chatwood matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in another terrific performance, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory the Pittsburgh Pirates. Javier Báez, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ hit home runs as Chicago won for the fifth time in six games. The Cubs have homered in each of their first eight games for the first time since 1958. Chatwood departed after Pittsburgh loaded the bases with two out in the seventh. Jeremy Jeffress came in and retired Phillip Evans on a grounder to third. Pittsburgh also lost starting pitcher Mitch Keller in the third inning because of left side discomfort.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gio Gonzalez made his first start for the Chicago White Sox more than 16 years after drafting him, and the left-hander responded by holding Kansas City scoreless into the fourth inning in an 11-5 victory Saturday night. Eloy Jimenez hit a three-run homer and finished with a career-high four hits, and rookie Luis Robert had four while finishing a triple shy of the cycle, leading a White Sox barrage of 21 hits in all. Leury Garcia also had four hits for Chicago. Whit Merrifield hit a two-run homer and Ryan O’Hearn also had two RBIs for the Royals.

UNDATED (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has become the latest player to opt out of the 2020 season. The Brewers announced the two-time All-Star’s decision Saturday hours after news broke that their scheduled home opener would be postponed for a second straight day because members of the St. Louis Cardinals had tested positive for COVID-19.  The whole series at Miller Park was later called off. Cain’s announcement comes on the same day that Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz announced he was opting out. At least 21 members of the Marlins’ traveling party have tested positive for the disease.

UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Twins are back to flashing the power that allowed them to slam a major league-record 307 home runs last year. Miguel Sanó hit a pair of round-trippers and Eddie Rosario provided the Twins’ third solo homer of the night in a 3-0 win over the Indians. Kenta Maeda worked six innings in his Minnesota home debut. He retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and didn’t allow a hit until Bradley Zimmer beat out a weak ground ball to second base in the fifth inning.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus. However, he cautions that there’s the chance that not every team might play all 60 games. Manfred says winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams.


UNDATED (AP) — The 12th-seeded Chicago Blackhawks have taken Game 1 of their Stanley Cup qualifying-round series on the strength of a record-setting performance by rookie left wing Dominik Kubalik. The Blackhawks held off the Oilers, 6-4 in Edmonton as Kubalik provided two goals and three assists to become the first player to register five points in his postseason debut. He scored two power-play goals in the second period to put the Hawks ahead, 6-2. His first goal chased Mike Smith from the net. Captain Jonathan Toews added two goals and one assist for the Blackhawks, who made the postseason despite finishing last in the Central Division.


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA restart continues near Orlando as teams jockey for playoff position. The Heat won their first game since mid-March as Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo each scored 22 points to lead a 125-105 thrashing of the Nuggets. The game was tight until Miami went on a 22-5 run that put the Heat ahead, 87-72 late in the third quarter. Kelly Olynyk scored all 20 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, who shot 56% from the field. Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant each scored 19 points for Denver.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

— Kyle Lowry had 33 points and 14 rebounds for the defending NBA champion Raptors in a 107-92 drubbing of the Lakers. OG Anunoby scored 23 points in Toronto’s 11th consecutive victory over the Lakers. LeBron James had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, but Anthony Davis had just 14 points after scoring 34 in Thursday’s win against the Clippers.

— Paul George made three straight 3-pointers in the opening minutes and scored 28 points for the Clippers in a 126-103 pounding of the Pelicans. Los Angeles broke a franchise record by making 25 of 47 3-pointers, with George making 8 of 11. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 24 points to help the Clippers bounce back from a two-point loss to the Lakers on Thursday night in their first game of the restart.

— T.J. Warren poured in a career-high 53 points and Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) added 15 in the Pacers’ 127-121 victory over the 76ers. Warren was 20 of 29 from the field and 9 of 12 from 3-point range in his first game with at least 50 points. Joel Embiid had 41 points and 21 rebounds for the Sixers, who couldn’t hang on after turning a 10-point deficit late in the first half into a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

— The Thunder whipped the Jazz, 110-94 as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 19 points and Chris Paul added 18. Steven Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Danilo Gallinari added 15 points for the Thunder. Oklahoma City shot 53 percent from the field and limited Utah to 39 percent from the floor.



Hempstead Baseball Faces Ankeny in State Semi's Today

July 31, 2020

Following a thrilling victory on Wednesday, the Hempstead High School baseball team will refocus and play in the 4-A state semi-finals today at the state tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines. The Mustangs ranked 4th and seed 3rd meet 2nd ranked and 2nd seed Ankeny at 4:30 this afternoon. Both teams had to fight to advance out of the quarterfinals with the Mustangs claiming a 7-6 walk off win over Iowa City High and Ankeny surviving a tight contest winning 5-4 over Pleasant Valley.

The winner will play Saturday night at 7:30 for the state crown against the winner of the final game of the day between defending state champ Urbandale and Johnston. You can hear the Hempstead state semi-final game on AM 1370 and kdth.com with pregame at 4:15.

Cubs Call Up Colin Rea

July 31, 2020

Cascade native Colin Rea has been activated to the Chicago Cubs bullpen and will be with the team for their home series with the Pittsburgh Pirates which starts today at Wrigley. The 30 year old right hander replaces Dillon Maples on the Cubs roster and Maples was sent to the teams South Bend training site. Rea, who was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year last season, last pitched in the majors with Miami in 2016.

Phils-Jays scrapped by virus concerns...7-inning twinbills

July 31, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball says this weekend’s three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies and visiting Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed as a precaution following a recent COVID-19 outbreak in the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. Seventeen Miami Marlins players tested positive since opening a three-game series in Philadelphia last weekend. The Phillies haven’t played since losing to the Marlins last Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is altering the length of doubleheaders in yet another rules change created during a pendemic-shortened season. A person familiar with the plan tells The Associated Press that MLB and the players’ union reached agreement to turn twinbills into seven-inning games. MLB had already added designated hitters to National League games this year and added an automatic runner at second base to start all half-innings in extras.

UNDATED (AP) — The SEC is the latest college conference to announce that it will play only league games in 2020. University presidents have agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and is set to begin Sept. 26 and will conclude with the SEC title game on Dec. 19. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have already announced plans to play only conference games, while the ACC has announced a reworked 11-game schedule that left room for one non-conference game.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz says he would not be making any staffing changes as he apologized and promised to overhaul some of his policies following a scathing report detailing racial bias within the program. University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said the critical report by an outside law firm showed the “climate and culture must and will change within our football program.” The report said four unidentified current and former coaches — including at least two still on staff — were accused of bullying, demeaning and verbally abusing players and would be considered for potential disciplinary action.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Defending champion Brooks Koepka  matched his career best with an 8-under 62 to take a one-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler in the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Koepka had nine birdies and a bogey on a windy day at TPC Southwind in the World Golf Championship event. The round comes a week after he missed the cut at the 3M Open in Minnesota.

National Scoreboard from Thursday (7/30)

July 31, 2020

Philadelphia at N-Y Yankees 7:05 p.m. (Postponed)
Miami at Baltimore 7:35 p.m. (Postponed)
Final Washington 6 Toronto 4
Final Atlanta 2 Tampa Bay 1
Final Boston 4 N.Y. Mets 2
Final Cleveland 2 Minnesota 0
Final Kansas City 5 Detroit 3
Final N.Y. Yankees 8 Baltimore 6
Final Seattle 8 L.A. Angels 5
Chi Cubs at Cincinnati 6:10 p.m. (Postponed)
Final L.A. Dodgers 6 Arizona 3
Final San Diego 12 San Francisco 7
Final Utah 106 New Orleans 104
Final L.A. Lakers 103 L.A. Clippers 101

Wahlert High Names New Volleyball Coach

July 30, 2020

Wahlert Catholic High School has hired a new head volleyball coach to take over the tradition rich program. Paige Griffith will take the reins of the Golden Eagle Program. This will be Griffith’s first head coaching opportunity, she played collegiately at Loras College and was a graduate assistant and setters coach last season at Loras. She was an all-conference selection her senior season, prior to two seasons at Loras she helped Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois to win 2 national junior college championships.

Griffith replaces Lindsey Beaves who stepped down earlier this month after seven seasons leading the program to three straight state titles in 2016 through 2018.

Mustangs Walk Off to State Baseball Semi's

July 30, 2020

It wasn’t easy, but Hempstead pulled off a Mustang Miracle to advance into the 4-A semi-finals at the state high school baseball tournament in a   7-6 walk off win over Iowa City High at Principal Park in Des Moines. Hempstead led 5-1 after 2 innings, but City High chipped away and took a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the 7th. With 2 out and runners at first and second, the Mustangs Andrue Henry hit what appeared to be a towering game ending fly ball to shallow leftfield, however the ball was misplayed by the Little Hawks allowing Michael Garrett and Zach Sabers to score, and the celebration was on.  Hempstead now 16-and-1 on the season will play at 4:30 Friday afternoon against 2nd seed Ankeny (20-8). You will be able to hear the game on AM 1370 KDTH and kdth.com.

COVID-19 pushes Illinois high school fall sports to spring

July 30, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — COVID-19 has forced the Illinois High School Association to push most fall sports into the spring. The IHSA decision to move football, boys soccer and volleyball to a February-to-May season came hours after Gov. J.B. Pritzker barred interscholastic play for contact or intense sports such as football, wrestling and competitive cheering and dance. Pritzker’s action follows outbreaks of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, among young athletes this summer. Pritzker also admonished voters to pressure local leaders in areas where infections are spiking to take tougher action.

Former Illinois, New Mexico St coach Lou Henson dies at 88

July 30, 2020

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois men’s basketball coach Lou Henson died Sunday at age 88 and was buried yesterday.

Henson took Illinois and New Mexico State to the Final Four during a 21-year career that included nearly 800 victories. Henson left the game as the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State, and still ranks fifth all-time among Big Ten coaches with 214 conference wins and 423 total.

MLB suspends LA's Kelly...Ex-Bosox skipper dies

July 30, 2020

HOUSTON (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly has appealed an eight-game suspension he received from Major League Baseball for throwing a fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and mockingly taunting Astros star Carlos Correa on Tuesday. The game marked the first time the teams had met since it was revealed Houston stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title that came at the Dodgers’ expense. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was suspended for last night’s game and Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

BOSTON (AP) — Former Red Sox manager John McNamara has died at age 88. McNamara managed Boston to within one strike of a World Series victory in 1986 before an unprecedented collapse on the field extended the team’s championship drought into the new millennium. He was 1,167–1,242 over parts of 19 seasons while managing six big league clubs.

UNDATED (AP) — The ACC has reworked its football schedule to allow each team to play 11 games and to incorporate Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish agreed to give up its storied independence in a year rocked by the coronavirus pandemic. The schedule will include one non-conference game in a season scheduled to run from Sept. 7 through either Dec. 12 or 19.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA starts Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson are ready for re-opening night. Davis practiced yesterday for the first time since getting poked in an eye during the Los Angeles Lakers’ scrimmage opener last week. The New Orleans Pelicans said Williamson will be a game-time decision for their re-opener tonight against Utah after he missed nearly two weeks due to a family emergency and a four-day quarantine upon his return.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch has agreed to a new five-year contract that will keep him locked up through the 2024 season. The new deal for Lynch comes about six weeks after coach Kyle Shanahan replaced his original six-year deal signed in 2017 with a new six-year contract that takes him through 2025. Lynch was named executive of the year last season by the Pro Football Writers Association of America for helping the Niners reach the Super Bowl last season.

MLB Scoreboard from Wednesday (7/29)

July 30, 2020


Philadelphia        at      N-Y Yankees      7:05 p.m.   (Postponed)

Miami         at      Baltimore   7:35 p.m.   (Postponed)

Final Colorado   5       Oakland     1

Final Texas        7       Arizona      4

Final Washington        4       Toronto      0

Final Atlanta       7       Tampa Bay         4

Final Boston       6       N.Y. Mets  5

Final Minnesota 3       St. Louis    0

Final L.A. Dodgers      4       Houston     2



Final Chicago White Sox     4       Cleveland  0

Final Detroit        5       Kansas City        4

Final N.Y. Yankees     9       Baltimore   3

Final Seattle       10     L.A. Angels         7



Final Cincinnati  12     Chicago Cubs    7

Final Milwaukee 3       Pittsburgh  0

Final San Francisco    7       San Diego 6

Hempstead State Baseball

July 29, 2020

Hempstead State Baseball

The  4th ranked Hempstead Mustang baseball team (15-1)  will meet Iowa City High (11-8) in the 4-A quarterfinals at the State High School Baseball Tournament this afternoon at 4:30 inside Principal Park in Des Moines. The Mustangs boast the top hitting team in the 4-A field batting .371 going into the tournament. The two teams met in the second game of the season with the Mustangs coming out on top 4-3.  The winner advances to Friday’s semi-finals and will face the winner of the Ankeny-Pleasant Valley game that follows.

You can hear the game today on AM 1370 and kdth.com with pregame coverage around 4:15 pm.

Marlins sidelined...More opt outs...Mahomes Royals deal

July 29, 2020

MIAMI (AP) — Major League Baseball has temporarily suspended the Miami Marlins’ season through Sunday because of their worsening coronavirus outbreak. And the three remaining games in this week’s New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies series also have been postponed because of virus worries. In a statement, MLB says it wants to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and plan for a resumption of play early next week. The Marlins remain stranded in Philadelphia, where they played last weekend.

UNDATED (AP) — The number of NFL players opting out of the 2020 season is growing. A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a (DAHN’-tay) Hightower has decided to opt out because of concerns for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month. And Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kyle Peko  has decided not to play this season because his wife has previously battled cancer.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered, and Tanner Roark gave up one run in five innings against his former team to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals 5-1. It was the third loss in a row for the reigning World Series champions. They have scored a total of just four runs during that skid and dropped to 1-4 for the season.

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is joining the ownership group of the Kansas City Royals. The Royals announced the addition of Mahomes, the star quarterback who led the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl title last season, on Tuesday. Mahomes was once a baseball prospect and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2014.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirms that the football oversight committee requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero. The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril.

MLB Scores from Tuesday (7/28)

July 29, 2020

N-Y Yankees at Philadelphia 6:05 p.m. (Postponed)
Baltimore at Miami 7:10 p.m. (Postponed)
Final Toronto 5 Washington 1
Final Tampa Bay 5 Atlanta 2
Final N.Y. Mets 8 Boston 3
Final Minnesota 6 St. Louis 3
Final Arizona 4 Texas 1
Final L.A. Dodgers 5 Houston 2
Final Colorado 8 Oakland 3

Final Cleveland 4 Chicago White Sox 3
Final Detroit 4 Kansas City 3
Final Cleveland 5 Chicago White Sox 3
Final L.A. Angels 10 Seattle 2

Final Chicago Cubs 8 Cincinnati 5
Final Pittsburgh 8 Milwaukee 6
Final San Diego 5 San Francisco 3

American Rivers Conference Moving Ahead With Fall Sports

July 28, 2020

Loras College, the University of Dubuque, and the rest of the American Rivers Conference has announced they are forging ahead with a fall sports schedule. The conference Presidents Council says they will proceed with conference competition, using a reduced schedule in football and single round-robin schedules in men’s and women’s cross country, women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s tennis, and volleyball. Loras Athletic Director Denise Udelhofen says the leaders of the conference wanted to give their student athletes some type of experience this season.

The ARC says schedules will be announced as soon as the revised drafts pass through the conference’s governance groups. She says the first competitions int eh ARC will likely begin September 12th.

The ARC Presidents Council and conference leadership will continue to monitor public health in the region and will adjust the schedules accordingly.

WIAC and Other Conferences Cancel or Modify Fall Sports

July 28, 2020

The University of Wisconsin Platteville and the rest of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools will not have sports this fall. Yesterday the conference announced seasons and championships in the sports of football, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country are to be canceled for the school year. Women’s tennis & women’s golf will be moved to the spring. Determinations with regards to the winter sports season, including the start date will be decided at a later date.

The CCIW and Midwest Conferences were among several leagues yesterday to announce they were pulling the plug on their fall sports seasons.

The Missouri Valley Conference, which includes the University of Northern Iowa and Drake University announced delaying the start of non-football fall sports competition until September 18. No changes were made to the schedules of the league’s winter and spring sports. The league will conduct conference-only competition in men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball. Football is still being evaluated.

MLB virus delays...Blue Jays take Nats...NHL: No positives

July 28, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — More than a dozen Miami Marlins players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak that stranded the team in Philadelphia, disrupting Major League Baseball’s schedule on the fifth day of the pandemic-delayed season. Miami’s home opener against Baltimore was postponed as was Tuesday’s finale of the two-game series at Marlins Park. Also postponed was the Yankees’ series opener Monday at Philadelphia, where New York would have been in the same clubhouse the Marlins used last weekend. The Orioles are scheduled to host the Marlins in a two-game series starting Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Teoscar Hernández hit two of Toronto’s four solo homers off Aníbal Sánchez to account for all the Blue Jays’ scoring in a 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. Rowdy Tellez and Danny Jansen also went deep for the Blue Jays. Toronto improved to 2-2 and dropped the reigning World Series champions to 1-3. Washington got 11 hits but left 10 runners on base.

CHICAGO (AP) — The series opener between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians has been postponed by rain. The teams will make up the game as part of a traditional doubleheader on Tuesday, starting at 3:40 p.m. Before the game was postponed, the White Sox announced that manager Rick Renteria will be kept away from the team pending the results of medical tests.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber  could be done for the season. He is headed to the injured list after just one inning in his debut as a Texas Rangers starter. Kluber has a tear in a small muscle in his right shoulder and is not expected to make another start this season — if he pitches at all.

UNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League reported zero players tested positive for the coronavirus last week. The league says it administered a total of 4,256 tests to more than 800 players from July 18-25. Two players tested positive during the first week of training camps July 13-17. Players and staff from the 24 teams participating in the expanded Stanley Cup playoffs traveled to the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday. They’re now in a quarantined bubble and will be tested daily after every other day testing during camp.

MLB Scoreboard from Monday (7/27)

July 28, 2020

N-Y Yankees at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m. (Postponed)
Baltimore at Miami 7:10 p.m. (Postponed)
Final Toronto 4 Washington 1
Final Tampa Bay 14 Atlanta 5
Final N.Y. Mets 7 Boston 4

Final Oakland 3 L.A. Angels 0
Final Houston 8 Seattle 5
Final Kansas City 14 Detroit 6

Final San Diego 6 Arizona 2
Final Chicago Cubs 8 Cincinnati 7
Final Milwaukee 6 Pittsburgh 5

Iowa High School Football Moving Ahead-Illinois Still On Hold

July 27, 2020

The Iowa High School football season will begin on time, but will be revised and shortened due to COVID-19 concerns.

On Friday the Iowa High School Athletic Association released a revised scheduling plan for the 2020 season. A seven-week regular season will be conducted. Teams will have the option of scheduling five, six, or seven games within those seven weeks. Class 4-A schools such as Hempstead and Senior will schedule their own regular season games and are encouraged to collaborate with their conference in scheduling. Teams in Classes 3A, 2A, 1A, and A will play their scheduled district games in the previously established order.

All teams in all classes will qualify for the postseason which will consist of six rounds in each class.  The first day of practice is still scheduled for August 10th with the first games on August 28.

The Illinois High School Association is scheduled to meet on Wednesday on how to proceed with fall sports. There is talk the state is considering a plan to switch football to the spring. On Friday, the Illinois Elementary School Association’s decided to cancel most of its fall sports schedule.

Zenner New Volleyball Coach at Senior

July 27, 2020

Dubuque Senior has a new volleyball head coach. Last week the Dubuque Community School Board approved Haley Zenner as the new volleyball coach. Zenner is a 2012 graduate of Senior where she was a multi-sport athlete during her career before playing collegiately at East Central Community College in Missouri. Zenner has been a coach in the Dubuque district the last 3 seasons including as Freshman volleyball coach at Hempstead.  She takes over for Chris Miron, who stepped down from Senior in April after two seasons guiding the Rams.

UW Platteville Hall of Fame

July 27, 2020

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.- The University of Wisconsin-Platteville athletic department will induct four alumni into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Due to COVID-19, the date and location of the induction ceremony will be announced at a later time.

The four inductees are:

  • James Anderson ’80, football
  • Matt Kent ’05, football
  • Ryan Kleimenhagen ’05, cross country and track and field
  • Tom Stetzer ’05, football

More info on this story: https://www.letsgopioneers.com/general/2020-21/releases/2020072317me0h

Major League Scoreboard from Sunday (7/26)

July 27, 2020

Final N.Y. Yankees 3 Washington 2
Final Detroit 3 Cincinnati 2
Final Colorado 5 Texas 2
Final Cleveland 9 Kansas City 2
Final Baltimore 7 Boston 4
Final Tampa Bay 6 Toronto 5
Final Minnesota 14 Chicago White Sox 2
Final Seattle 7 Houston 6
Final Oakland 6 L.A. Angels 4
Final Miami 11 Philadelphia 6
Final Pittsburgh 5 St. Louis 1
Final Chicago Cubs 9 Milwaukee 1
Final Arizona 4 San Diego 3
Final Atlanta 14 N.Y. Mets 1
Final San Francisco 3 L.A. Dodgers 1

Injuries for 2 key hurlers...Bosox pitcher has heart issue

July 27, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — The injury news isn’t good for a pair of Texas major league teams. Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander has a strained right forearm and will be shut down for at least two weeks. Rangers right-hander Corey Kluber  left his first start in almost 15 months after just one inning yesterday due to shoulder tightness.

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez says he is awaiting results of additional testing after doctors recently discovered an issue with his heart they believe is a result of his recent bout with COVID-19. The 27-year-old left-hander tested positive for the coronavirus before the start of summer camp, but was cleared and returned to workouts on July 18. He hasn’t had another positive coronavirus test, but said an MRI revealed a condition called myocarditis, that the team’s medical staff felt was serious enough to shut him down for at least a week.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Joel Embiid is hurting, and that’s a cause for concern as the Philadelphia 76ers get set to restart their season this week. The All-Star starting center sat out Philadelphia’s scrimmage against Oklahoma City yesterday with right calf tightness, something 76ers coach Brett Brown hopes is merely a minor blip. Embiid has an extensive injury history and has never appeared in more than 64 games in a regular season. He missed 21 of Philadelphia’s 65 games this season before the March 11 shutdown.

UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes aren’t very happy with John Chayka’s decision to step down just a week after the team opens the Stanley Cup qualifiers against Nashville. The Coyotes issued a statement saying they are disappointed in his actions and his timing of the resignation. They added that “Chayka has chosen to quit on a strong and competitive team, a dedicated staff, and the Arizona Coyotes fans, the greatest fans in the NHL.”

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Michael Thompson birdied two of the last three holes for a 4-under 67 and a two-stroke victory in the 3M Open. Thompson finished 19 under in his second PGA victory, seven years after his first. Adam Long took second after a 64. Richy Werenski shared the lead with Thompson after both Friday and Saturday before shooting a 70 to fall into a tie for third at minus-16.

Sports Update

July 26, 2020

Baseball Scores from Saturday 7/25/20

Milwaukee Brewers 8,   Chicago Cubs 3

Chicago White Sox 10, Minnesota Twins 3

Nationals 9, Yankees 2

Giants  5, Dodgers 4

Astros 7,   Mariners  2

Phillies 7, Marlins 1

Braves 5,  Mets 3

Orioles 7 Red Sox 2

Angels 4, Athletics 1

Cardinals 9,  Pirates 1

Padres 5, Diamondbacks 1

Rockies 3, Rangers 2

Royals 3, Indians 2

Tigers 6, Reds 4


BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Richy Werenski birdied three of the last four holes to erase a four-stroke deficit and pull even with Michael Thompson through three rounds of the 3M Open in Blaine, Minn.

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Renato Paratore has won the British Masters for his second career victory on the European Tour. The Italian golfer closed with a 2-under 69 containing his first bogeys of the week

State Baseball Tournament: Mustangs Will Meet Iowa City High

July 24, 2020

The pairings for the 4-A state high school baseball tournament were announced yesterday afternoon. The Hempstead Mustangs were named the number 3 seed for the tournament and will play 6th seed Iowa City High (11-8) at 4:30 Wednesday at Principal Park in Des Moines. The two teams met the second game of the regular season with Hempstead winning 5-4. The winner will play next Friday in the semi-finals against the winner of 2 seed Ankeny and 7th seed Pleasant Valley.  The other two quarterfinals have top seed Johnston meeting Cedar Falls and 4th seed Urbandale meeting 5th seed Waukee.

You will be able to Hempstead State Baseball Coverage starting Wednesday on AM 1370 and kdth.com.

MVC All Divisional Baseball

July 24, 2020

The Mississippi Valley Conference has announced selections for baseball all-divisional teams.

In the Valley Division: state tournament qualifier Hempstead has three first selections including Andrue Henry who was named the Divisional Athlete of the Year, head coach Jeff Rapp and his staff have been named Coach of the Year. Joining Henry on the first team were Devin Eudaley and Logan Runde along with Tommy Specht of Wahlert Catholic.  Second team choices were Kellen Strohmeyer and Zach Sabers of Hempstead along with Jake Brosius and Jared Walter of Wahlert. Honorable Mention were Max Pins and Michael Garrett of Hempstead and Bennett Cutsforth and Matthew Schmitz of Wahlert.

In the Mississippi Division: Cole Smith of Senior was a first team choice along with Western Dubuque’s Calvin Harris, Sawyer Nauman and Casey Perrenoud. 2nd team choices were: Johnny Blake, Gavin Guns, and Ben Hefel of Senior and Peyton Quagliano of Western Dubuque. Honorable Mentions were: Drew Zillig and Ben Gourley of Senior, Ben Bryant and Carter Kluesner of Western Dubuque.

Rea Assigned to South Bend

July 24, 2020

Cascade native Colin Rea will not be on the Chicago Cubs opening day roster.  Yesterday the Cubs announced Rea was assigned to their alternate training site in South Bend. The 30 year old right hander was in the mix to join the Cubs starting rotation with Jose Quintana on the disabled list however the spot was given to Alec Mills to start the season. Cubs Manager David Ross thinks Rea will be back if they need another starter.

Fall High School Sports in Wisconsin Delay Start

July 24, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The body that oversees Wisconsin high school sports is recommending schools conduct fall sports but delay start dates in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association Board of Control voted 8-3 on Thursday to recommend schools start girls golf, tennis and swimming as well as cross-country on Aug. 17. Sports that create a higher risk of infection, including football, volleyball and soccer, should start the week of Sept. 7. The proposal also calls for allowing schools to play their fall sports in the spring if they choose.

Yanks top Nats...Nats lose Soto...Dodgers dump Giants

July 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Yankees took the major league season opener as they earned a 4-1 win over the Nationals in Washington, a game called because of rain in the top of the sixth. Giancarlo Stanton put the Yanks ahead to stay with a two-run homer in the first inning of Max Scherzer, who struck out 11 over 5 1/3. Gerrit Cole allowed just one hit over five frames, a first-inning blast by Adam Eaton.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals opened the season without slugger Juan Soto. The outfielder tested positive for COVID-19 and was put on the injured list hours before Thursday’s game. Soto was a breakout star of last October after producing 34 homers and 110 RBIs during the regular season, will be sidelined until he can come up negative on two consecutive coronavirus tests.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kike  Hernandez was the hitting star in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-1 trouncing of San Francisco, going 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and five RBIs. Hernandez delivered a two-run single while Los Angeles scored five times in the seventh. Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in his first game since signing the second-richest contract in major league history.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ union have agreed to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16 for the pandemic-delayed season. According to MLB, each of the 16 teams will participate in a best-of-three first round before heading into a best-of-five Division Series. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that MLB agreed to guarantee a postseason pool that would be $50 million if the entire postseason is played.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Denny Hamlin raced to his series-leading fifth NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season by passing Kevin Harvick in the closing laps and holding off Brad Keselowski to make it back-to-back victories at Kansas Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. came across third, Harvick wound up sliding to fourth and Erik Jones rounded out the top five to cap a banner night for Joe Gibbs Racing. JGR made all the right calls during a crash-filled final stage to win in front of empty grandstands.

Hempstead Baseball State Tournament Bound

July 23, 2020

An explosive at bat in the bottom of the 5th inning sent to the Hempstead Mustangs to the state high school baseball tournament next week defeating Cedar Rapids Prairie 5-2 at Petrakis Park last night. Hempstead trailed 2-1 going into the inning but got a one out double from Kellen Stroymeyer who scored on Zach Sabers RBI single to the tie the game then with 2 outs Logan Runde launched a two run homerun to break the tie  and give Hempstead a  4-2 lead. Hempstead added one more on an RBI single by Trey Shaber scoring Devin Eudaley. Prairie went quietly in the 6th and 7th innings.

The Mustangs now 15-and-1 will be making the 14th state tournament appearance in school history Wednesday at Principal Park in Des Moines. Their opponent and game time will be announced later today following the seeding meeting.

WIAA to Discuss Fall Sports Today

July 23, 2020

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control will meet in special virtual meeting this morning to talk about the status of the fall high school sports seasons in Wisconsin. It’s expected one of the items for consideration is a proposal from a group of Southwestern region schools to move fall sports including football to the spring and bump spring sports to the summer. Under the proposal winter sports would be the first on this year’s school calendar either starting on time or pushed back to start in January, spring sports like track, baseball and softball would begin toward the end of May and continue into July.

MVC All Conference Softball

July 23, 2020

The Mississippi Valley Conference has announced the softball all divisional selections.

In the Valley Division: three Hempstead Mustangs were selected to the first team including Malarie Huseman, Micki Blean, and Lydia Ettema. Wahlert’s Anna Chapman was also a first team pick. Landing second team honors were Kaylie Springer and Jadyn Glab of Hempstead along with Maria Roth of Wahlert.  Honorable Mention choices were Peyton Paulsen and Emalee Ryder of Hempstead along with Isabelle Pfeiffer and Paige Hummel of Wahlert.

In the Mississippi Division: Western Dubuque had two first team choices with Sydney Kennedy and Sara Horsfield.  The Bobcats Jacie Walters and Aliyah Johnson of Senior were second team picks. Honorable Mention selections were Emma Link and Sophie Link of Senior and Ella Link and Emma Gile of Western Dubuque.

Mookie money...Jays not welcome in Pittsburgh

July 23, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts has agreed to the second-largest contract in terms of money in major league history, taking a $12-year package worth $365 million. The four-time Gold Glove winner captured the 2018 AL MVP award en route to Boston’s World Series title. He hit .295 with 29 homers and 80 RBIs last year, down from a major league-leading .346 average with 32 homers and 80 RBIs in his MVP season.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania health officials won’t allow the Toronto Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state is the latest jurisdiction to say no to the team as the baseball season begins this week. The state’s secretary of health cited a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in southwestern Pennsylvania as the reason to bar the Blue Jays from playing their home games in the Steel City.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kansas City Royals outfielder Hunter Dozier has tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed on the injured list. The 28-year-old is coming off a breakthrough season in which he hit 26 homers, drove in 84 runs and tied for the American League lead in triples. He is expected to play a big role for the Royals during their abbreviated 60-game season, which begins against the Indians on Friday night in Cleveland.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl right guard and six-time national championship wrestler Carlton Haselrig has died at 54. Haselrig didn’t play a down of college football due to an injury suffered in his freshman year, but he was taken by the Steelers in the 12th round of the 1990 draft. His former college wrestling coach says Haselrig had been in declining health in recent years.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Phoenix Suns guard Ricky Rubio and forward Aron Baynes say they have tested positive for COVID-19. Rubio has been cleared and joined the team in Florida following a positive result in Phoenix. Baynes is still in Phoenix and said in a video interview with Stadium that he’s “trying to pass some steps to get re-united with the team out there in Orlando.”

Fighting Saints Open Main Camp Today

July 22, 2020

The Dubuque Fighting Saints open up their 2020 Main Camp today. The camp runs today thru Saturday with games played at the Mystique Community Ice Center. Due to COVID-19 protocols, only attending players and their families are allowed in the building for the duration of camp.

The four-day event will culminate with two All-Star Games, one on Friday night and one on Saturday morning. Fans will have an opportunity to watch both games on the Saints Facebook page. For more information check out  https://www.dubuquefightingsaints.com/news_article/show/1113800

Mustangs Meet CR Prairie for Substate 4 Championship

July 22, 2020

Tonight, the 4th ranked Hempstead Mustang baseball team will try to return to the state high school baseball tournament for the first time since 2014 when they host Cedar Rapids Prairie for the Class 4-A Substate 4 Championship. Prairie advanced with a 1-0 win over Davenport West last night while the Mustangs got a bye to the final after defeating Davenport Central 13-0 last Friday night. The game will be played at Petrakis Park at 7 o’clock and you can hear it on AM 1370 and kdth.com with pregame at 6:50pm.

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (7/21)

July 22, 2020

High School Softball

Class 4A Region 8 Final:

  • #5 North Scott 10,  #15 Western Dubuque 0

Outland and Nagurski Award Watch Lists

July 22, 2020

University of Iowa senior offensive linemen Alaric Jackson and Coy Cronk, Wisconsin tackle Cole Van Lanen Illinois guard Kendrick Green have been named to the 2020 Outland Trophy Watch List by the Football Writers Association of America. The trophy is presented to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman on offense or defense.

–Iowa senior defensive end Chauncey Golston , Iowa State senior defensive end JaQuan Bailey, senior defensive back Greg Eisworth , Illinois linebacker Jake Hansen, and Wisconsin defensive back Eric Burrell have been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Nagurski Trophy is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player.

NBA returns...No NFL preseason...Indy to allow limited fans

July 22, 2020

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA comes back Wednesday with a very different look. There’s no bench. The courtside broadcasters will not be courtside. Seating in the bench areas will be assigned, with folding chairs set up on three rows instead of the customary two and spaced out several feet from one another — instead of players sitting shoulder-to-shoulder as they have in the past. And across the center stripe, the words “Black Lives Matter” are painted onto the surface.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz will honor Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan by wearing a patch on their team jerseys and warmups when the NBA season restarts in Orlando, Florida. The patch will feature the number “1223.” That was the total number of wins during Sloan’s 23 seasons in charge of the Jazz. Sloan died in May of complications from Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL football won’t begin this year with preseason games that are mostly tryouts and practice sessions. The NFL Players Association has agreed to the league’s plan to drop all preseason games for the 2020 season. That’s what a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The union also agreed to an 80-player roster limit for training camp, instead of the usual 90.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attendance will be limited to 25% capacity for the Indianapolis 500 and spectators will be required to wear face coverings at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Indianapolis Motor Speedway can hold approximately 350,000 fans in the grandstands, suites and infield, but officials said last month only 50% capacity would be admitted for the Aug. 23 race. The number was adjusted Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is awarding the nation’s highest civilian honor to Jim Ryun, a former Kansas congressman who was the first high school runner to clock a mile in under 4 minutes. Trump is scheduled to honor the three-time Olympian with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Friday. Ryun competed in three Olympic Games and later served in Congress.

Area Scoreboard from Monday (7/20)

July 21, 2020

High School Baseball

4A Substate Semi-Finals

  • Cedar Falls 4, Western Dubuque 3
  • Cedar Rapids Prairie 1, Davenport West 0 (Prairie will meet Hempstead Wednesday night at Petrakis Park 7:00pm for the 4A substate 4 title and trip to state)

3A District Final

  • Marion 5, Maquoketa 1

High School Softball

Class 4A Region 8 Final Tonight:

  • Western Dubuque at North Scott (7:00pm)

Heart of America Moving Ahead With Fall Sports

July 21, 2020

The Heart of America Athletic Conference announced that the conference will move forward with fall sports as scheduled for the upcoming season. Clarke University and the other institutions in the Heart will have their first day of practice on August 15th. The NAIA announced fall sport modifications in June – which featured delayed start dates and a reduced number of maximum contests for fall sports. All fall sports except football are still scheduled to open play on September 5.  Football will open play the following weekend on September 12.

Butkus /Thorpe Award Watch List

July 21, 2020

The parade of college football award pre-season watch lists continued today with the Butkus and Jim Thorpe Awards. The Butkus award is presented to the top linebacker at the end of the season. Among the 51 candidates is Iowa State junior Mike Rose, Wisconsin junior Jack Sanborn, and Illinois senior Jake Hansen.

The 49 Watch list candidates for the Jim Thorpe Award which goes to college football’s best defensive back include Iowa State senior Greg Eisworth, and Wisconsin senior safety Eric Burell.

Today the pre-season candidates for the Outland Trophy and Nagurski Award will be announced.

NFL precautions...Blue Jays to Pittsburgh?..MLB on-field ads

July 21, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — NFL players will be tested daily for the coronavirus for at least the first two weeks of training camp per the league’s new testing protocols. The new policy was approved by the NFL and the players’ union. Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL chief medical officer, said more than one negative test is required before players initially enter the building to begin physical exams or any form of team activity. After two weeks of daily testing, if the rate of those positive tests falls below 5%, testing would go to every other day.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets and Giants say they will not have fans at home games this season “until further notice” because of the coronavirus pandemic. The teams, who play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and have separate training facilities in the state, released a joint statement after Gov. Phil Murphy announced an executive order limiting outdoor public gatherings to 500 people.

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are talking to the Pittsburgh Pirates about sharing a major league ballpark this season after Canada’s government barred them from playing in their home stadium amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pirates President Travis Williams confirmed the talks and sounded ready to welcome the Blue Jays. Williams calls it a challenge but says if the Pirates are able to safely accommodate the Blue Jays, it will bring international attention to Pittsburgh.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux has been suspended by the NHL for the first two games of the team’s preliminary-round series against Carolina because of an illegal check that injured Colorado forward Joonas Donskoi in March. The NHL waited until return to play guidelines were in place before making a ruling. The suspension means Lemieux will miss the first two games of the Rangers’ best-of-five series against Carolina, which opens in Toronto on August 1.

UNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball is adding on-field advertising this season, both real and virtual. Allowed locations include the back of the pitcher’s mound, behind home plate, on tarps in the stands and in the grass in foul territory down the first-base lines. Teams have the choice whether to make the ads real or project them virtually during telecasts. In addition, physical ads can be put on the on-deck circle.

HS Baseball/Softball Postseason Play:

July 20, 2020

Western Dubuque will host Cedar Falls tonight in a Class 4A Substate semifinal game at Farley Park. The winner meets Cedar Rapids Kennedy Wednesday for a trip to the state tournament.  Also this evening Davenport West will host Cedar Rapids Prairie with the winner to meet Hempstead on Wednesday night in the substate final.

In Class 3A: Maquoketa  will host Marion for the Class 3A District 8 title game. The winner will face the winner of the District title game between Center Point-Urbana at Central Dewitt.

Tomorrow night in softball: Western Dubuque travels to North Scott for the 4-A Region 8 championship game and a trip to state.

Uthoff Signs With Wizards

July 20, 2020

Former Iowa Hawkeye Jared Uthoff has signed a contract with the NBA’s Washington Wizards. Uthoff was picked up the Wizards as a substitute player and has joined the team in Orlando. Uthoff spent most of the season with the Memphis Hustle the Grizzlies’ G League affiliate, where he averaged 18.9 points, 10.7 rebounds.

Rahm wins Memorial...Nicklaus, wife fine after COVID battle

July 20, 2020

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jon Rahm has won the PGA’s Memorial to become the world’s No. 1 golfer, moving ahead of Rory McIlroy. Rahm closed with a 3-over 75 for a 9-under total, three strokes ahead of second-round co-leader Ryan Palmer at Muirfield Village. Rahm survived a double-bogey and a two-stroke penalty after leading by as many as eight strokes yesterday.

UNDATED (AP) — Jack Nicklaus told Sunday’s CBS telecast of the Memorial that he and his wife, Barbara, have recovered from the coronavirus. Nicklaus said the couple tested positive at the onset of the pandemic and shook off the virus around April 20. He said his wife had no COVID-19 symptoms, while Nicklaus had a sore throat and a cough.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Richard Childress Racing pulled off a 1-2 finish at Texas Motor Speedway yesterday, with Austin Dillon nosing out rookie Tyler Reddick. Dillon raced to his third career win and first since Daytona at the start of the 2018 season. Joey Logano finished third, with Kyle Busch coming in fourth a day after he finished ahead of the field in two races.

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are investigating the possibility of playing their home games at a major league ballpark this year. Canada denied the Blue Jays’ request to play at Rogers Centre because the regular-season schedule would require frequent travel back and forth from the United States, where COVID-19 cases are surging. Pitcher Anthony Bass says the front office is working to find a major league ballpark for the team. Bass said he spoke with general manager Ross Atkins and emphasized that players prefer a big league stadium.

UNDATED (AP) — NFL players are publicly pleading with the league to address several health and safety concerns on the eve of training camp. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, whose wife is pregnant, wrote: “We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones.” Saints quarterback Drew Brees tweeted, “If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020.”

Sunday Sports

July 19, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — There will be no Major League Baseball action in Canada this year. The Canadian government has turned down the Blue Jays’ request for an exemption that would have allowed them to play regular-season games in Toronto amid the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball needed an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The team had previously been given clearance by city and provincial governments to play regular-season games at Toronto’s Rogers Centre but needed approval from Canada’s federal government.


Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán (hehr-MAHN’) says he is not retiring from baseball and apologized for suggesting as much in an Instagram post on Friday. Germán is serving an 81-game ban for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy last summer. He posted Friday night words in Spanish that translated to, “I’ve left baseball. Thanks everyone.” But he wrote Saturday in Spanish and English that he was “very sorry for the unsettling post.”


Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is going on the 45-day injured list because of a strained right forearm. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the right-hander doesn’t need surgery and could return at the end of this abbreviated season. He went 1-13 with a 6.91 ERA last year and has struggled to stay healthy while with the Tigers.


DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The fast greens were to Jon Rahm’s liking Saturday as he took over the Memorial lead at Muirfield Village. Rahm began play one shot back before carding a 68, while previous co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Tony Finau shot 73. Rahm now enjoys a four-shot edge heading into Sunday’s final round. He took control with four straight birdies on the back nine before closing with consecutive pars. Danny Willett is alone in fourth place, six shots back and one ahead of Jason Day and Henrik Norlander. Tiger Woods shot a 71 after barely making Friday’s cut. He’s 10 strokes back.


UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has informed teams their training camps will open on time. League executive Troy Vincent sent a memo to general managers and head coaches on Saturday informing them rookies are to report by Tuesday, quarterbacks and injured players by Thursday and all other players should arrive by July 28. The league and the NFL Players Association are still discussing testing for the coronavirus and other health and safety protocols. Union leadership expressed several concerns in a 90-minute conference call with reporters Friday. However, under the collective bargaining agreement, the NFL can impose report dates.


The first exhibition games of the NBA restart will go a little more quickly than usual as players become acclimated to competition following the suspension of the season. The NBA is tweaking the rules for those initial matchups, going with 10-minute quarters instead of the usual 12 minutes.


There will be fans in the massive grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend. Sunday’s race will be the first major sporting event in Texas in more than four months to allow spectators. It could be one of the largest gatherings of any kind in the state since the start of the pandemic. A state-approved plan would allow 50% capacity Sunday at the track with about 135,000 seats, but the crowd is expected to be closer to the 20,000 that attended this week’s All-Star race at Bristol.



Saturday High School Sports Scores

July 19, 2020

High School Softball Regional Tournament Scores
  • Davenport West 3, Hempstead 2
  • Cedar Rapids Kennedy 7, Senior 0
  • North Scott 8, Wahlert Catholic 4
  • Western Dubuque 3, Central Dewitt 2
High School Baseball Tournament Scores
  • Monticello 6, Dyersville Beckman Catholic 5


Area Scoreboard from Thursday (7/16)

July 17, 2020

Regional Softball

5A Region 7

  • Senior 18, Cedar Rapids Washington 1 (Senior at #2 C.R. Kennedy tomorrow evening)
  • Davenport West 4, Davenport Central 3, (West meets Hempstead 5 o’clock tomorrow evening at Hempstead in a Region 6 semi.)

4A Region 8

  • Wahlert 11, Clinton 1 (5) (Wahlert at #5 North Scott tomorrow evening 7pm)
  • Central Dewitt 10, Maquoketa 0 (Central Dewitt at #15 Western Dubuque tomorrow evening 7pm)

1A Region 8

  • Easton Valley 6, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 4

–2A Region 7 semi-finals tonight Cascade travels to Iowa City Regina and Dyersville Beckman travels to #4 Northeast Goose Lake.


–Tonight in high school baseball the 4A and 3A tournament trail gets started, In a 4-A substate doubleheader at Farley Park: #4 Hempstead meets Davenport Central at 4:30 , then at 7:00, Western Dubuque faces Waterloo West.

–In a 3-A District 8 first round match-up Wahlert will host Marion at Dyersville Commercial Club Park at 7 o’clock. The other game in Distric 8 has Maquoketa visiting Mount Vernon. The winners meet Monday evening.

Biletnikoff Preseason Watch List

July 17, 2020

Biletnikoff Preseason Watch List

Yesterday the pre-season candidates for the  Biletnikoff Award were announced. Those on the list of 55 players include: Iowa wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Iowa State’s Charlie Kolar who is one of 3 tight ends on the list.

Today the pre-season candidates for the Mackey Award will be announced.

Iowa Returns to Sioux Falls to Play Oregon State

July 17, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa men’s basketball team will return to South Dakota for a nonconference game against Oregon State this season.. The Hawkeyes and Beavers are scheduled to meet December 22nd at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

The contest will be Iowa’s second trip to the Pentagon, which has hosted 28 NCAA Division I men’s college basketball games since opening in 2013.

Camp Randall Renovations on Hold

July 17, 2020

MADISON, Wis. — Renovation of the south end zone seating area inside Camp Randall Stadium is being put on hold temporarily. The project was due to begin at the conclusion of the 2020 football season and open by the start of the 2021 campaign. It is now more likely that work will begin sometime in 2021 with a target opening for the 2022 campaign.

NCAA return guidelines...deGrom optimistic...Tiger 5 back

July 17, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has released its latest guidance to help member schools navigate competition during the coronavirus pandemic, and they come as the prospects of actually playing look grim. The NCAA says college football players should be tested for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before a game, players with high-risk exposures should be quarantined for 14 days and everybody on the sideline should wear a mask. NCAA President Mark Emmert says that if there is to be college sports in the fall, they need to get a much better handle on the pandemic.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom says he feels good after leaving an intrasquad game because of back soreness, but manager Luis Rojas says there’s no certainty the two-time Cy Young Award winner will start opening day. A precautionary MRI came back clean, and deGrom thinks he simply might have slept “wrong” the night before. He believes he can pitch Saturday against the Yankees in preparation for the season opener against Atlanta, but Rojas says the team is taking a day-to-day approach.

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods got his first taste of playing competitive golf without adoring admirers since the coronavirus pandemic caused the PGA to hold tournaments without spectators. Woods opened and closed with birdies en route to a 1-under 71 in opening-round play at The Memorial. He’s five strokes behind leader Tony Finau , who birdied seven of his final 10 holes for a 66 that puts him one ahead of Ryan Palmer.

UNDATED (AP) — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is the third Division I league to postpone its football season, joining the Ivy and Patriot Leagues. The MEAC said it will consider trying to make up the schedule for those sports in the 2021 spring semester. The MEAC comprises 11 historically black colleges, although three of those schools plan to leave the conference.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Houston Rockets guard and league scoring leader James Harden practiced with his team Thursday for the first time in more than four months. He explained that his arrival at the league’s restart bubble at Walt Disney World was delayed by family issues. Harden came to Disney earlier this week, satisfied his league-mandated quarantine requirements and got cleared to participate. He has been working out but said it was his first time playing actual 5-on-5, contact-laden basketball in more than a month.

Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (7/15)

July 16, 2020

High School Softball Regional Tournament

  • In Class 2A Region 7 quarterfinals: Cascade upset #7 Jesup 3-2. Friday evening the Cougars meet the winner of the Iowa City Regina vs Alburnett contest which was postponed until tonight.  Dyersville Beckman clipped Maquoketa Valley 9-8 and #4 Northeast defeated Clayton Ridge 14-2. Beckman will play at Northeast on Friday.
  • In Class 1A Region 8: Bellevue Marquette Catholic hosting Easton Valley was postponed to tonight, the winner will travel to #13 Central City who advanced last night.

Regular season

  • West Delaware (#2 4A) 6, Western Dubuque (#15 4A) 4 (12)

High School Baseball Tournament Site Changes for Friday

July 16, 2020

Due what have been deemed unplayable field conditions that continue to exist at Petrakis Park, there have been changes in venue for both Wahlert Catholic and Hempstead’s Friday high school baseball tournament games that were scheduled to be played there.

Wahlert’s 3-A District contest against Marion has been moved to Commercial Club Park in Dyersville and will start at 7 o’clock.

Hempstead first round substate game against Davenport Central has been moved to Farley Park in Farley starting at 4:30 and it becomes part of a doubleheader with Western Dubuque hosting Waterloo West in the 7 o’clock game.

There will be no restrictions on the number of fans, but social distancing is encouraged, cost is $6, and fans are asked to bring exact admission cost.

Doak Walker Preseason Watch List

July 16, 2020

There are two Hawkeyes a Cyclone, and a Badger on the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list released yesterday. The Walker award is presented to the top college running back in the nation at the end of the season.  Iowa senior Mekhi Sargent and sophomore Tyler Goodson along Iowa State sophomore Breece Hall and Wisconsin sophomore Nakia Watson are among the 76 candidates announced.

Today the preseason candidates for the Biletnikoff Award going to top wide receiver in college football will be unveiled.

CJ Fredrick Undergoes Successful Procedure

July 16, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa redshirt sophomore CJ Fredrick underwent successful surgery of his right foot . Fredrick had a screw inserted to fixate a stress fracture. The Hawkeye guard is expected to be off the court the next six weeks. Fredrick was a regular in the Hawkeye lineup as a rookie, starting all 25 games played, and earning All-Big Ten Freshman Team accolades.

Titans ink Henry...No deal for Prescott...Garrett extended

July 16, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans agreed to a new contract with NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry just before yesterday’s deadline. The team announced only that it was a multi-year extension, but ESPN.com says it’s a four-year package worth up to $50 million with $25.5 million guaranteed. The Titans had to sign him today or let him play this season under the $10.2 million franchise tag he signed April 2.

DALLAS (AP) — Dak Prescott will play under the franchise this year after the Dallas Cowboys quarterback was unable to work out a multiyear package before yesterday’s deadline. The two sides have been working for more than a year on a long-term contract for a two-time Pro Bowler who has started every game of his career. He will get $31.4 this year after earning just over $4 million over his first four seasons.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s has signed a five-year, $125 million contract extension, making the talented edge rusher the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. The deal includes $100 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network. Garrett received a six-game suspension last season after ripping a helmet off of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and striking him in the head with it.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo  is having second thoughts about calling it a season, saying the workouts in Orlando, Florida, have forced him to rethink his decision. Oladipo said less than two weeks ago that he would sit out because of concerns over his surgically repaired right knee. His presence could give the Pacers a big boost when the season resumes, especially with starting guard Malcolm Brogdon also expected to be healthy.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has announced the finalists for the Jack Adams Award and the Calder Trophy. Columbus’ John Tortorella, Philadelphia’s Alain Vigneault  and Boston’s Bruce Cassidy are up for the Adams Award, which goes to the Coach of the Year. Colorado’s Cale Makar ), Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes and Chicago’s Dominik Kubalik  are the finalists for the Calder Trophy as the top rookie.

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (7/14)

July 15, 2020

High School Baseball

  • Western Dubuque 10, Wahlert Catholic 8

2-A District 7 semi-finals

  • Dyersville Beckman 14, Bellevue 4
  • Monticello 6, Cascade 3

(Monticello meets Beckman Saturday evening at Dyersville)


Regional Softball Tonight

Weather permitting, the Class 2-A and 1-A regional softball tournament trail continues this evening across the state. Locally in 2-A Region 7 quarterfinal round play: Cascade travels to Jesup, Dyersville Beckman hosts Maquoketa Valley and Clayton Ridge is at Northeast Goose Lake. In a 1-A quarterfinal game in Region 8: Bellevue Marquette Catholic will host Easton Valley.  Winners tonight advance to the regional semi’s on Friday.

Purdy Named To Davey O’Brien Award Watch List

July 15, 2020

Purdy Named To Davey O’Brien Award Watch List

Iowa State junior quarterback Brock Purdy is one of 30 pre-season candidates on the Davey O’Brien Award preseason watch list announced yesterday. The O’Brien Award is given annually to the nation’s best quarterback. Purdy was a semifinalist for the award last season.

Today the pre-season watch list for the Doak Walker Award will be announced.

Doyle Woman of the Year Nominee

July 15, 2020

The NCAA announced this week University of Iowa graduate Kathleen Doyle has been selected as one of the nominees for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The award is given to a student-athlete who excels academically, athletically and shows commitment to community service and leadership.

Doyle ended her collegiate career at Iowa ranked second all-time in assists and 13th in scoring. Doyle was in the top-50 national rankings in five statistical categories during her senior season.

Travel snag...Patriot fans?...Chiefs extend Chris Jones

July 15, 2020

TORONTO (AP) — With the start of its season approaching, Major League Baseball still needs to work out approval to send teams back and forth across the Canadian border. A top Canadian government health official says a longer stretch of home games might help the Blue Jays get approval to play in Toronto. Amid the pandemic, MLB needs an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have joined a growing list of NFL teams who hope to play home games this season in front of a significantly reduced number of fans to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The team announced Tuesday that it plans to play in front of about 20% of Gillette Stadium’s capacity, if approved by state and local officials. The stadium’s capacity is just under 66,000.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed with defensive tackle Chris Jones on a four-year, $85 million contract extension that includes $60 million in guarantees. That’s what a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The Chiefs and representatives for Jones have been working on a contract extension ever since last year, when they remained far apart on terms and the Pro Bowl selection skipped the entirety of the offseason program.

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Cleveland Browns are closing in on a massive contract extension with star defensive end Myles Garrett. He was the No. 1 overall pick in 2017 and is one of the NFL’s premiere edge rushers. Garrett and the Browns could have the deal completed in the next day or so. NFL Network reported the extension could be for five years and $125 million.

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders have signed goaltender of the future Ilya Sorokin to a contract for next season. The $2 million deal includes $1 million in salary and a $1 million bonus. A day earlier, the team signed Sorokin to an entry-level deal for the remainder of this season even though he’s not eligible to play. The 24-year-old Sorokin is considered one of the top prospects at any position not current in the NHL.

Area Scoreboard from Monday (7/14)

July 14, 2020

High School Baseball

  • Hempstead (#4 4A) takes two from Wahlert Catholic 12-7 and 14-6. The Mustangs finish the regular season with a record of (13-1). Wahlert will meet Western Dubuque this afternoon at 2:00pm at Peosta.

2-A District 8

  • Bellevue 8, Clayton Ridge 1

District Baseball Today

Class 2A District semi-finals this evening at Dyersville: Monticello faces Cascade at 4:30 then Beckman Catholic meets Bellevue at 7 o’clock with the winners meeting in the District Final on Saturday evening at Dyersville.

High School Softball

  • Senior 17, Cedar Rapids Washington 5 (game 2 forfeited by Washington)
  • Wahlert beat Marion 9-8.
  • Western Dubuque split with Linn-Mar winning 6-2 and then falling 4-2

2A Region 7

  • Cascade 5, North Cedar 4(Cascade at Jesup on Wednesday)

Bednarik Award Watch List

July 14, 2020

It’s college football award Watch List season. Yesterday, the Bednarik Award was the first of the post season awards to release the pre-season candidates for the award: The Bednarik Award is presented to college football’s top defensive player of the season. Regional players on the list include: Iowa State safety Greg Eisworth, Wisconsin linebacker Jack Sanborn, and Illinois linebacker Jake Hanson.

Today the pre-season watch list candidates for the Davey O’Brien award will be announced.

USHL Plans Full Schedule

July 14, 2020

Dubuque Fighting Saints fans have been wondering about  the United States Hockey League season in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The league announced Friday the plan is to start the season this fall with the intention to play a full schedule. The USHL Board of Directors met lThursday in the first of a series of weekly scheduled Zoom calls to review Return to Play protocols based on the latest health recommendations.

NFL owner caves...Westbrook: Covid...Marathon canceled

July 14, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Effective immediately, the Washington NFL team is dropping the “Redskins” name, which had been in use since 1933. The change comes following national protests against inequality and financial pressure from sponsors FedEx, Nike, Pepsi and Bank of America. Opponents of the name have long said it was a slur. Owner Daniel Snyder had vowed never to change the name. More than a dozen Native leaders and organizations wrote to the league last week demanding an immediate end to Washington’s use of the name.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Add another name to the list of MLB players opting out of the shortened season because of health risks. St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks has opted out, citing pre-existing health concerns. The 23-year-old Hicks was diagnosed in high school as having Type 1 diabetes. Hicks had been taking part in workouts at Busch Stadium, leading up to the Cardinals’ opener on July 24 at home against Pittsburgh.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets says he has tested positive for coronavirus, and that he plans to eventually join his team at the restart of the NBA season. Westbrook made the revelation Monday on social media. As recently as Sunday, the Rockets believed that Westbrook and James Harden — neither of whom traveled with the team to Walt Disney World near Orlando last week — would be with the team in the next few days.

NEW YORK (AP) — Reigning MVP Elena Delle Donne says her request to be medically excused from the WNBA season has been denied. The Washington Mystics star said in a statement Monday that the independent panel of doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should be medically excused deemed her not to be “high risk, and should be permitted to play in the bubble.” Delle Donne has battled Lyme disease since 2008.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Marathon organizers and city officials cited the challenge of staging the large-scale Oct. 11 event while COVID-19 concerns endure. Chicago’s event typically draws about 45,000 runners and wheelchair athletes, and more than one million spectators. The Boston Marathon and New York Marathon have also been canceled because of the pandemic.

Rams Baseball Season Over Due to COVID 19

July 13, 2020

The Dubuque Senior Rams baseball team has had to end their season early due to a positive COVID-19 case within the program.  Athletic Director Brent Cook and District Director of Activities Joe Maloney broke the news yesterday which means Senior played their last game of the season on Friday night and forced to withdraw from the Sub-Tournament. Senior was scheduled to travel to Cedar Falls Friday evening for first round tournament play.

1A-2A Regional Softball Tourney-2A District Baseball

July 13, 2020

The Class 2A and 1A regional softball tournament opens up across the state this evening. Locally in Class 2A Region 7 playing first round games tonight, Cascade hosts North Cedar and Bellevue travels to Clayton Ridge.

In post season baseball they will play the make-up the 2A district  first round game between Bellevue and Clayton Ridge tonight in Bellevue. The game was postponed Saturday.

Proposal: JC Football Moving to Spring

July 13, 2020

It appears junior colleges across the country will be moving football season to the spring. The proposal, first reported by the Athletic will affect 54 football-playing schools at the junior college level. Under the NJCAA Presidential Advisory Council’s proposal, football practice would start March 1, 2021, with games beginning March 25. The move will also affect other fall and winter sports including men and women’s basketball with practice starting on January 11th and the season starting on Jan. 29. A vote is expected later today.

Are the Red Skins changing their name?...Rookie winner

July 13, 2020

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Multiple reports say Washington’s NFL team will get rid of the name ‘Redskins’ on Monday. It’s unclear when a new name will be revealed for one of the league’s oldest franchises. USA Today, ESPN, The Washington Post, Washington Times and Sports Business Journal are reporting that owner Dan Snyder is set to “retire” the name. Yahoo, on Saturday, reported a name change is imminent.

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Cole Custer became the first rookie winner in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years, surging to the lead in a four-wide, final-lap scramble Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. were dueling side by side for the lead on the final restart when Custer — with a push from Matt DiBenedetto on the outside in the backstretch — made his move in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. As the leaders bunched in Turn 1, Custer slid ahead and outlasted Truex’s Toyota. The victory was the first by a series rookie since Chris Buescher at Pocono on Aug. 1, 2016.

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Felix Rosenqvist passed Pato O’Ward on the next-to-last lap and earned his first career victory in the second half of an IndyCar doubleheader at Road America winning by Rosenqvist won by 2.8699 seconds. Teammate Scott Dixon’s three-race winning streak ended with a 12th-place finish. O’Ward and Rosenqvist were both chasing their first career victories. They traded the lead throughout the second half of the race. O’Ward pulled ahead in the 43rd of 55 laps. Rosenqvist kept charging and finally passed him.

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Collin Morikawa won the Workday Charity Open with a two-putt par from 10 feet on the third playoff hole. But this finish was so much more than that. Morikawa was three shots behind with three holes to play when he finished par-birdie-par for a 66 to force a playoff with Justin Thomas. Then after watching Thomas make a 50-foot birdie in the playoff, Morikawa drained a 25-foot birdie to keep going. Thomas had another chance to win until missing from 10 feet. And on the third extra hole at No. 10, Thomas found trouble off the tee and made bogey.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was late arriving to summer camp after he tested positive for COVID-19. The three-time All-Star closer says he believes he contracted the virus from his 4-year-old son Kaden. He says the child had a fever, among other symptoms, which led his wife to suggest everyone in the family get tested. Jansen says his wife, Gianni, and 7-year-old daughter Natalia tested positive, but that his first test was negative. A day later, he says he also tested positive. Jansen expects to be ready for the season opener on July 23.

Sunday Sports

July 12, 2020

HOUSTON (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. New York manager Aaron Boone announced the news Saturday. He said Chapman “overall is doing well” but “will not be here for the foreseeable future.” Hours after Chapman’s diagnosis, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was scratched from a simulated game with a stiff neck. New York is also without infielder DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Luis Cessa due to the virus. The AL East champion Yankees open the season July 23 at Washington.


Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo says he doesn’t know if he actually had the coronavirus despite two positive tests, since he never had any symptoms and also had multiple negative tests. Gallo said Saturday that he planned to have a more extensive antibody test to be sure after a finger-prick test didn’t indicate that he had COVID-19. The All-Star slugger missed the first week of the Rangers summer camp after two positive tests that sandwiched a negative result during intake testing.


UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James says his thoughts on social justice can’t be contained on the back of a basketball jersey. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar won’t wear one of the NBA-approved social justice messages on the back of his jersey when the NBA resumes competition later this month in the Orlando bubble. As part of the NBA’s recognition of the nationwide invigoration of the social justice movement sparked by the death of George Floyd, NBA players are allowed to choose from a lengthy list of possible messages for their jerseys during the league’s restart. James is among just a few who declined to choose one of the messages.


UNDATED (AP) — The Pac-12 has become the second major conference to shift to a conference-only fall schedule amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The decision covers football, women’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Conference-only schedules will be announced no later than July 31. The announcement came a day after the Big Ten opted to eliminate nonconference games for all fall sports. The Atlantic Coast, Big 12 and Southeastern conferences are still weighing options for fall sports.


Scott Dixon earned his third straight victory Saturday with an improbable triumph in the opening race of a weekend doubleheader at Road America, as IndyCar welcomed fans to its races for the first time this season. Dixon has won each of the three IndyCar races to take place thus far during this pandemic-delayed season. He’s the first IndyCar driver to start a season with at least three consecutive victories since Sebastien Bourdais reeled off four straight to start the 2006 campaign.


DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Justin Thomas went from a three-shot deficit to a two-shot lead in the Workday Charity Open. Thomas had a third consecutive round without bogeys, this one a 66. He made birdies early to keep pace with Collin Morikawa. When Morikawa fell back, Thomas added three birdies to hold off Viktor Hovland. The Norwegian star also had a 66. The final round is a glimpse of golf’s next generation. All three will be in the final group because of an early start to avoid storms. The round needs to finish Sunday to have a day to get ready for the Memorial.



Senior-Wahlert  Baseball Change

July 10, 2020

Due to field issues at Petrakis Park, today’s Wahlert-Senior varsity doubleheader have been moved from Petrakis Park and will start a little earlier. The varsity games will be played at the Senior High diamond now and start at 3:30 instead of 4 o’clock. You can hear both games on  station AM 1370 and kdth.com.

4A and 3A Baseball Pairings Announced

July 10, 2020

The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced the pairings for the 4A and 3A high school baseball post season yesterday. First round games will be next Friday.

In Class 4A: Hempstead is the top seed in Substate 4 and will host Davenport Central at Petrakis. A win by the Mustangs automatically sends them to the Substate Final.  In Substate 3: Senior is seeded 4th and will travel to 3rd seed Cedar Falls and Western Dubuque a number two seed and will host 5th seed Waterloo West. Cedar Rapids Kennedy is the top seed.

In Class 3A: Wahlert is the top seed in District 8 and will host Marion at 4:30 prior to the Hempstead-Central game. The other game in District 8 has Maquoketa hosting Mt. Vernon. The two winners square off in the District Final at Petrakis on Monday, July 20th.

For the complete brackets: https://www.iahsaa.org/baseball-2020-postseason-brackets/

Beaves Resigns at Wahlert

July 10, 2020

Wahlert Catholic High School is looking for a new head volleyball coach. Athletic Director Tom English says Lindsey Beaves has resigned for personal and family reasons. In seven seasons as head coach, Beaves guided the Golden Eagles to three state championships and she was named Mississippi Valley Conference Coach of the Year once during her tenure. Prior to head coaching Beaves, formerly Lindsey Kane, also served as an assistant coach, and as a player at Wahlert graduating in 2004 she helped Wahlert to four straight state titles and was an Iowa co-player of the year her senior year.

Morikawa's strong debut...No Big 10 nonconference football

July 10, 2020

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Collin Morikawa had his first forced weekend off when he missed the cut two weeks ago for the first time in his pro career. He bounced back in a big way. Morikawa made a strong debut at Muirfield Village with a 7-under 65 for a one-shot lead over Adam Hadwin. It was a quiet day of work with no fans at the course Jack Nicklaus built. Phil Mickelson made noise early until a 41 on the back nine left him in danger of missing another cut. This is the first of two straight events at Muirfield Village.

UNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten Conference won’t play nonconference games in football and a handful of other sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league also warns that it’s “prepared not to play” at all to keep its athletes safe. The decision affects more than 40 games, including some marquee matchups like Notre Dame against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field. The announcement came a day after the Ivy League called off all fall sports. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says he is “very concerned” about the season.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — J.T. Realmuto isn’t worried about his contract situation. The All-Star catcher and the Philadelphia Phillies had preliminary discussions about a long-term deal before the coronavirus pandemic but talks between the two sides haven’t progressed since baseball returned last week. Realmuto is eligible for free agency after the season unless the Phillies sign him before he can test the market. He’s expected to seek at least $20 million per season. Last week, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said the pandemic has changed the landscape of baseball. Lost revenue could affect salaries around the majors going forward.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech has signed 7-foot-1 Russian center Vladislav Goldin. He played last season at Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut. Goldin also played for Russia’s U18 and U19 national teams, and for three seasons with CSKA Moscow’s Junior Team. The center is the eighth player that has signed with the Red Raiders, including Division I transfers Mac McClung (Georgetown), Jamarius Burton (Wichita State) and Marcus Santos-Silva (Virginia Commonwealth). There was also a junior college transfer and three high school signees.

UNDATED (AP) — American broadcaster CBS will get an early start on its Champions League deal by showing games next month when the pandemic-delayed competition resumes. The rights to the rest of this Champions League season and all of next season became available last month when Turner opted out of its 2018-21 deal for exclusive English language rights in the United States. CBS says it has acquired the rights and will get two Champions League finals in less than 10 months. This season’s competition resumes Aug. 7 and ends with an eight-team knockout tournament in Lisbon, Portugal. The final is on Aug. 23.

Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (7/8)

July 9, 2020

High School Baseball

  • Hempstead (#5 4A) sweeps Waterloo West 3-1 and 14-4 (6)
  • Wahlert split with Linn-Mar. Golden Eagles win 5-0 then lose 9-2.
  • Bellevue falls to Durant 9-2. (open district tourney play Saturday hosting Clayton Ridge
  • Cascade 5, Monticello 0

High School Softball

  • Hempstead (#8 defeats Waterloo West twice 8-2 and 17-3.
  • Wahlert lost twice to Linn-Mar 17-7 and 10-9.
  • Western Dubuque takes two from Waterloo East 11-0 and 11-2.