Get to know Sabrina Ionescu, from her stellar Oregon career to Kobe Bryant friendship

first_imgIonescu very well could have done just that; she is the NCAA’s all-time leader in career triple-doubles and the Pac-12 Conference’s all-time leader in assists. Ionescu won the Naismith and Wade trophies — on top of her second-straight Wooden Award — as the best player in women’s college basketball for the 2019-20 season. She also was named national player of the year by the Associated Press, USBWA and ESPN.Here’s everything you need to know about Ionescu’s Oregon career as she takes her game to the next level:MORE: A timeline of Sabrina Ionescu’s friendship with Kobe BryantSabrina Ionescu Oregon statsOn Feb. 24, 2020, in the Ducks’ 74-66 win at No. 4 Stanford, Ionescu became the first NCAA player ever (man or woman) to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds in a career.Ionescu had previously passed the 2,000-point, 1,000-assist milestones, but entered the game nine rebounds short of 1,000. With 1:50 left in the third quarter, she made history.HISTORY!! 🐐👑Sabrina Ionescu is the first NCAA player EVER with 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds!!#GoDucks | @sabrina_i20 pic.twitter.com/TrJPrWLUW0— Oregon Women’s Basketball (@OregonWBB) February 25, 2020Ionescu career stats at OregonGames played/started142/142Minutes per game34.6Field goals/attempts (pct.)905/1991 (.455)3-pointers/attempts (pct.)329/799 (.422)Free throws/attempts (pct.)423/497 (.851)Rebounds1,040Assists1,091Blocks38Steals207Scoring (per game)2,562 (18.0)Sabrina Ionescu Oregon highlightsIonescu’s 2,000-1,000-1,000 mark may be her most notable recent highlight, but she has enjoyed plenty more over her four-year career in Eugene.The season before Ionescu arrived, the average home attendance for the Ducks was 1,501. By her sophomore season, it had increased to more than 4,200; in her junior season, that average jumped to 7,148. Wherever she goes, Ionescu raises the attendance — even on the road. When the Ducks visited Washington during her junior season, the crowd was 3,000 more than the Huskies drew two nights earlier against Oregon State.Ionescu helped lead the Ducks to 23 wins as a freshman in 2016-17; that mark improved to 33, 33 and 31 in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, respectively. The team also reached the Elite Eight in each of her first three seasons, including the Final Four in 2019.Because she would have been 22 before the end of 2019, Ionescu was eligible to declare for the 2019 WNBA Draft, where she likely would have been a top pick. Instead, Ionescu chose to come back to Oregon for her senior year, saying in “The Players’ Tribune” that she would be back her senior year to attend to “unfinished business” — meaning an Oregon national championship. She penned the open letter the day after Oregon lost to Baylor in the Final Four.With her leading the way, Oregon also won the Pac-12 regular-season titles in 2018, ’19 and ’20 and the Pac-12 Tournament in 2018 and ’20. Here are some highlights packages from Ionescu’s storied Oregon career:2020 Pac-12 championship highlights2019 NCAA Tournament highlights2018 NCAA Tournament highlights2018 Pac-12 championship highlights2016-17 highlightsSabrina Ionescu heightIonescu is listed at 5-11, 3 inches taller than the average WNBA guard (5-8).Sabrina Ionescu-Kobe Bryant friendshipIonescu became the first player to reach the historic 2,000-1,000-1,000 mark on one of the most difficult days of her life — after speaking at Kobe Bryant’s celebration of life earlier that morning.Bryant was invested in the future of women’s basketball, and he and Ionescu bonded through their shared interest in the sport. Ionescu considered him a mentor and a friend, and even helped coach his daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. Ionescu said it was special for her to reach that milestone on Feb. 24 (2/24) in honor of both Kobe and Gigi — Gianna Bryant wore No. 2, and Kobe Bryant wore No. 24 for half of his career.”That one was for him,” Ionescu said. “To do it on 2/24/20 is huge. We had talked about it in the preseason. I can’t really put that into words. He’s looking down and really proud of me and just really happy for this moment with my team.”Ionescu also secured her 26th triple-double in the fourth quarter as Oregon clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title with a 74-66 win over Stanford. Ionescu finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.Bay Area for lifeIonescu grew up in Walnut Creek, Calif., 30 minutes from where the Warriors play in Oracle Arena. When Oregon played Cal in February, Steph Curry brought his daughters to see their first ever women’s basketball game.Steph and Sabrina Ionescu after Oregon’s win 🐐 pic.twitter.com/k62APaWfyh— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 22, 2020Ionescu has attended Warriors games for years, and has become friends with Curry; while he doesn’t know if his daughters will play basketball, he still views Ionescu as a role model for them.”It’s amazing to see what she’s made of herself,” Curry told ESPN after the game, a 93-61 win for the Ducks. “And it’s amazing what she’s done on the court. How that’s transformed the attention and awareness of where the women’s game is. The eye test when you see her out on the floor. Stats, they mean a lot. But when you get to watching somebody and see the passion that she brings, it’s in her eyes.”The competitive nature that she has, you can’t teach that.”How to pronounce Sabrina Ionescu’s nameIonescu’s name, which is Romanian, has caused some confusion as to its pronunciation. People won’t be getting her last name wrong for much longer if her meteoric rise continues.Repeat after us: YO-ness-coo.YO-NESS-COO. Say it with us. #GoDucks https://t.co/nQk7eFetZ9— Oregon Women’s Basketball (@OregonWBB) October 11, 2017It should be noted Ionescu is the daughter of Romanian immigrants. Her father, Dan Ionescu, left Romania during the 1989 revolution and sought asylum in America. He ended up owning a limousine service in northern California, where he had chosen to settle because of several extended family members in that area. Sabrina and her brother are both “fairly fluent” in Romanian. Speaking of which. …Sabrina Ionescu’s twin Eddy also plays for OregonIonescu has a twin brother, Eddy, who also plays basketball at Oregon. They’ve jokingly compared themselves to “(Steph) Curry and Klay (Thompson),” with Ionescu being Curry. Ionescu is older by 18 minutes, and they have been very competitive since childhood. When she was younger, Ionescu played on a club team and filled in on Eddy’s all-male team when needed.Ionescu admitted to the Washington Post that she is a “natural scorer,” but the development of the rest of her game came from playing alongside boys and older girls. “When I was younger, I was always playing with the guys, and I had to find ways to get the ball, because they never wanted to pass to me,” Ionescu said in an interview. “So I figured that if I could rebound, I would be able to get the ball myself. Then passing-wise, when I was in sixth grade playing with the eighth-grade team, I was obviously a lot shorter, skinnier, smaller than they were. I would just have to find ways to impact the game other than shooting or scoring, and that was passing.”In Ionescu’s middle school, there weren’t enough players to form a girls’ team. When she requested to play on the boys’ team, she was denied.“My middle school said I should be playing with dolls. Seriously, word-for-word,” Ionescu told the Post. “It’s funny now. I wish I could go back and just tell those people they had made a mistake.” All eyes are on Sabrina Ionescu this week as she prepares to be the likely No. 1 pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft. Ionescu is in that position thanks to her incredible talent — matched by an equally impressive career at Oregon — which has led her to become friends with some of the best basketball players in the game.Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic canceled major sporting events across the world, including the NCAA Women’s Tournament, Ionescu looked to lead the projected 1-seed Ducks to the national championship, just four years removed from the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.last_img read more

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Eagles draft picks 2020: Who did Philadelphia take? Full list of NFL Draft selections

first_imgMORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Full results | Team-by-team grades | Winners & losersEagles draft picks 2020: Who did Philadelphia draft?Round 1, Pick No. 21: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCURound 2, Pick No. 53:  Jalen Hurts, QB, OklahomaRound 3, Pick No. 103:  Davion Taylor, LB, ColoradoRound 4, Pick No. 127:  K’Von Wallace, S, ClemsonRound 4, Pick No. 145:  Jack Driscoll, OT, AuburnRound 5, Pick No. 168:  John Hightower, WR, Boise StateRound 6, Pick No. 196:  Shaun Bradley, LB, TempleRound 6, Pick No. 200:  Quez Watkins, WR, Southern MissRound 6, Pick No. 210:  Pince Tega-Wanogho, OT, AuburnRound 7, Pick No. 233:  Casey Toohill, OLB, StanfordEagles 2020 NFL Draft orderRoundPick12125331034127414551686196 (from Bears)620062107233MORE:  Read the latest NFL Draft news at SN’s draft HQ Eagles NFL Draft needsWide Receiver: With Alshon Jeffery and Desean Jackson both at the tail end of their careers, this is the time for Philadelphia to find its future No. 1 receiver, whether that’s staying put at pick No. 21 or doing what it takes to trade up and get one of the top three receivers (CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III) in this year’s draft.Another Wide Receiver:  No team suffered more collective misfortune at wide receiver last season than the Eagles. In their home playoff game against Seattle, they started Greg Ward, Robert Davis and Deontay Burnett. There’s no telling what they’ll get from Jeffery or Jackson, and with the depth at receiver in this year’s class, it’d be a great time to pick up a young duo that could wreak havoc for years.Linebacker:  The Eagles currently only have five linebackers on the roster, and none of them are particularly experienced, so they could definitely find a starter in the first few rounds, and look to add depth towards the end.Offensive Tackle: Even though Philadelphia has one of the best offensive lines in the league, the only back up tackle on the roster is Jordan Mailata, so there’s certainly a need to add depth there.Defensive Back:  The Eagles made a big move by trading for Darius Slay, but they still need to add depth at corner back with some players approaching free agency. They could also use some backup at safety behind Jalen Mills and Rodney McLeod.Eagles mock draft 2020Here are the latest 2020 NFL Draft projections for the Eagles, according to Vinnie Iyer’s seven-round mock draft :RoundPickPlayerPositionSchool121Justin JeffersonWRLSU253Malik HarrisonLBOhio State3103Michael OjemudiaCBIowa4127Saahdiq CharlesOTLSU4145J.R. ReedSGeorgia4146Devin DuVernayWRTexas5168Lamical PerineRBFlorida6190Kyahva TezinoLBSan Diego State The Eagles filled a big need at wide receiver in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, selecting TCU’s Jalen Reagor. But they made a lot more noise with their second-round pick, taking Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts.While there were some questions about Reagor’s selection over players like Tee Higgins and Justin Jefferson, his role in Philadelphia’s offense is pretty clear. But that’s not the case with Hurts. Is he supposed to replace the oft-injured Carson Wentz? Is he going to a Taysom-Hill-esque gadget player? Is here merely a backup? While Hurts probably dominated most of the conversation among Eagles fans, Philadelphia selected 10 total players in the 2020 Draft, which means there will be lots of other questions regarding roles in the preseason.Here’s a look at where the Eagles will be picking in the 2020 NFL Draft along with updated selections:last_img read more

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Kordell Stewart, App State and more: Michigan’s most heartbreaking football losses

first_imgThe “Miracle at Michigan” is just one example.  Michigan football has endured so many last-minute losses over the years, and they are the kind that are replayed on a loop for years. No college football fanbase has that many heartbreaking losses of that magnitude.    When: Appalachian State 34, No. 5 Michigan 32 What happened: The Mountaineers pulled off the biggest upset ever by a FCS team by coming into the Big House and taking out the Wolverines. Julian Rauch kicked the go-ahead field goal with 26 seconds remaining, but Michigan still had a chance to win when Chad Henne connected with Mario Manningham for a 46-yard gain. Appalachian State’s Corey Lynch blocked Jason Gingell’s 37-yard field goal attempt on the next play. That ended what Michigan’s fans now simply refer to as “The Horror.” ESPN will replay that game Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. It’s a chance to relive Kordell Stewart’s legendary Hail Mary in 1994. It’s a game Wolverines fans might want to avoid. New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon — who has written several books about the program — put it best last summer.  “For a program that seeks to be boringly conservative, doing things the right way and some ways staying in the limelight, it’s amazing how much drama attaches to Michigan,” Bacon told Sporting News. “Some of it is just dumb luck. Kordell Stewart, Appalachian State and a host of other games you can think of are just immensely painful losses.”  MORE: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh marches in Ann Arbor protestMany of those happened in the final minute or overtime, and they are still just as painful to watch. Sporting News ranked 12 heartbreaking Michigan losses, and we didn’t include the 2006 Ohio State-Michigan showdown when Shawn Crable was called for a late hit on Troy Smith with 6:49 remaining in the fourth quarter. That one sticks, too.  These dozen losses went down to the wire, and they still hurt in Ann Arbor. Did we get it right?  12. A-Train fumbles  Final score: No. 21 Northwestern 54, No. 12 Michigan 51  When: Nov. 4, 2000 What happened: The Wolverines had a 51-46 lead in the finale minute at No. 21 Northwestern, and Anthony Thomas appeared to break away for the game-clinching first down. Thomas lost control of the ball, however, and the Wildcats recovered. Zak Kustok’s TD pass to Sam Simmons with 20 seconds left gave Northwestern a thrilling victory. That loss cost the Wolverines the outright Big Ten championship.  11. Johnny Johnson  Final score: Illinois 24, No. 13 Michigan 21  When: Oct. 23, 1993 What happened: Michigan led Illinois 17-7 in the fourth quarter in what appeared to be another run-of-the-mill Big Ten victory, but Johnny Johnson sparked the Illini to a fourth-quarter comeback with two touchdown drives. Johnson hit Jim Klein for the game-winning TD with 34 seconds remaining for the upset.  10. Oliver’s 51-yard boot  Final score: No. 8 Notre Dame 29, No. 14 Michigan 27When: Sept. 20, 1980What happened: Michigan had a 27-26 lead with 41 seconds remaining, but Notre Dame freshman quarterback Blair Kiel led a desperation drive, and Harry Oliver kicked a last-second field goal to give the Irish a 29-27 victory in South Bend.  9. Holy Toledo Final score: Toledo 13, Michigan 10   When: Oct. 11, 2008 What happened: Michigan had a 24-0 record against MAC opponents until a shocking 13-10 loss to Toledo in Rich Rodriguez’s first season. K.C. Lopata missed a potential game-tying field goal with four seconds left for a shocking loss at the Big House.  8. Howard tripped  Final score: Michigan State 28, No. 1 Michigan 27  When: Oct. 13, 1990  What happened: Michigan opted to go for two after a TD pass with six seconds left, and Elvis Grbac looked for Desmond Howard on a slant. Michigan State defender Eddie Brown grabbed Howard, who dropped the ball in the end zone. The loss cost the Wolverines an outright Big Ten championship in Gary Moeller’s first season.  7. Spartan Bob  When: Nov. 3, 2001 Final score: Michigan State 26, No. 6 Michigan 24  What happened: Michigan State’s Jeff Smoker scrambled toward the end zone and was stopped at the one-yard line in the final seconds. Smoker managed to spike the ball with one second remaining, but Wolverines’ fans will always wonder why that last second took so long. Michigan State scorekeeper Bob Stehlin earned his nickname, however, when Smoker threw the game-winning TD pass to T.J. Duckett on the final play.  6. Tiebreaker  Final score: No. 1 Ohio State 10, No. 4 Michigan 10  When: Nov. 24, 1973  What happened: This wasn’t a loss, but it still feels like one given the circumstances. Michigan kicker Mike Lantry had two chances to give the Wolverines the lead in the final 1:06 against the Buckeyes. Lantry missed from 54 and 52 yards, however, and Michigan had to settle for a tie. That was made worse when the Big Ten voted to send Ohio State to the Rose Bowl over the Wolverines — an argument that still resonates between both fanbases today.  5. Game of the Century  Final score: No. 1 Iowa 12, No. 2 Michigan 10  When: Oct. 19, 1985What happened: The Wolverines and Hawkeyes clashed in the Game of the Century, and Jim Harbaugh led the Wolverines on a field-goal drive for a 10-9 lead in the fourth quarter, but Chuck Long responded with the game-winning drive. Rob Houghtlin kicked his fourth field goal of the day at the last second for a 12-10 victory at Kinnick Stadium.  4. The Spot  Final score: No. 2 Ohio State 30, No. 3 Michigan 27, 2 OT When: Nov. 26, 2016 What happened: The Wolverines and Buckeyes played a double-overtime classic in The Shoe, and Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett took a fourth-and-1 keeper to the left. Was Barrett short? Michigan fans will always believe that, but the ruling was upheld and Curtis Samuel scored the game-winning TD on the next play. This was Harbaugh’s best chance to beat the Buckeyes as a coach in the past five years.   3. Miracle at Michigan  Final score: No. 7 Colorado 27, No. 4 Michigan 26 When: Sept. 24, 1994 What happened: Colorado had time for one more play, and that’s when Kordell Stewart launched a pass that traveled more than 70 yards in the air. The ball was tipped into Michael Westbrook’s arms for a game-winning TD and one of the greatest Hail Mary passes of all time in front of a stunned Michigan Stadium.   2. Punt Fumble Final score: No. 7 Michigan State 27, No. 12 Michigan 23 When: Oct. 17, 2015 What happened: The Wolverines appeared to have a victory over the in-state rival Spartans left with 10 seconds left in the game. Michigan punter Blake O’Neill bobbled a punt snap, however, and Jalen Watts-Jackson scooped up the football and raced into the end-zone for a walk-off touchdown that remains one of the wildest endings in college football history. What could possibly top that?  1. App State Final score: Sept. 1, 2007  last_img read more

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Donald Trump says no first pitch at Yankees game on Aug. 15; maybe ‘later in season’

first_imgUPDATE, July 26: Trump said Sunday on Twitter that the pitch has been delayed to “later in the season.” He cited a busy schedule as the reason hw won’t be able to make it to the Bronx for a Saturday night three weeks out. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will be throwing a ceremonial first pitch before a Yankees game this season, and he gave a specific date: Aug. 15, when the Bombers will be playing the Red Sox in a game to be telecast by Fox Sports.The Yankees, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, confirmed a first pitch is coming but did not give a date. Trump said team president Randy Levine asked him to come to the Bronx to make the pitch.MORE: Mixed reaction to Yankees, Nats kneeling before anthem Because of my strong focus on the China Virus, including scheduled meetings on Vaccines, our economy and much else, I won’t be able to be in New York to throw out the opening pitch for the @Yankees on August 15th. We will make it later in the season!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2020ORIGINAL ARTICLE:center_img Trump made the announcement during a coronavirus briefing with reporters at the White House. Also in attendance was Yankees legend Mariano Rivera, who was voted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January. Rivera received the Congressional Medal of Freedom from Trump last September.President Trumps plays catch with Yankees Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera on the South Lawn of the White House.#MarianoRivera#Yankees pic.twitter.com/Z4hL8fkORO— ~Marietta✌ (@_MariettaDavis) July 24, 2020Trump acknowledged he would be making his pitch in an empty Yankee Stadium. Fans are not being allowed inside MLB parks to combat the spread of COVID-19.President Trump says he was asked by Yankees President Randy Levine to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game: “I think I’m doing that on August 15 at Yankee Stadium” https://t.co/wYHNtmyj2L pic.twitter.com/Xnq51kGhp8— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 23, 2020The president’s announcement also came before Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the top members of the White House’s coronavirus task force, threw out the first pitch of the season before the Yankees-Nationals game in Washington. Trump has alternated between support of, and opposition to, Fauci during the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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Wednesday January 16th Local Sports

first_img@ ClarionClarion-Goldfield-Dows 60, Belmond-Klemme 15Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 53, Eagle Grove 21Eagle Grove 51, Belmond-Klemme 23 TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men at Penn State — 5:00 pre-game, 6:00 tipoff ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jason Zucker scored in a shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. It was Zucker’s first career shootout goal in five tries. Zucker was the only shooter from either team to convert. Nino Niederreiter and Eric Staal scored for the Wild, who had lost their previous two games. — other boys basketball last nightClear Lake 60, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 49Newman 78, Nashua-Plainfield 72Algona 50, Webster City 45Clarksville 49, Riceville 38Forest City 64, North Union 25Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 57, West Hancock 39Lake Mills 61, Bishop Garrigan 54Saint Ansgar 45, Osage 42West Fork 78, Northwood-Kensett 28 MASON CITY — Both NIACC basketball teams remain ranked in the new junior college Division II polls released on Tuesday. The NIACC women dropped one spot from fourth to fifth in the new rankings. The Lady Trojans beat Iowa Central last Wednesday but dropped a contest on Saturday at Division I Iowa Western. Johnson County Kansas is ranked first, Illinois Central is second, Highland of Kansas is third, Kansas City Kansas Community College is fourth. Kirkwood, which hosts NIACC on Saturday, is ranked 10th in the new poll. The NIACC men dropped one spot to 15th in the new rankings. South Suburban of Illinois remains top-ranked, Highland of Kansas is second, Kirkwood is fourth and Iowa Lakes is 20th. Both NIACC teams travel to DMACC tonight. IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says leading scorer and rebounder Tyler Cook returned to practice Tuesday but he does not know if he will play tonight at Penn State. Cook sprained an ankle in the waning moments of Iowa’s win over 16th ranked Ohio State on Saturday.McCaffery says the injury is not a severe as the one that caused sophomore center Luka Garza to miss three games.McCaffery says the Hawkeyes should have confidence they can win without Cook. Their first Big Ten road win at Northwestern came with Cook sidelined with a sore knee.McCaffery says winning on the road is about defense, rebounding and decision making.The 23rd ranked Hawkeyes are 3-3 in the Big Ten. Penn State is 0-6. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 o’clock tonight. You can hear the Iowa-Penn State game on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at 5 o’clock. — other girls basketball last nightClear Lake 55, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 34Newman 68, Nashua-Plainfield 21Algona 47, Webster City 35Bishop Garrigan 64, Lake Mills 43Forest City 53, North Union 46Hampton-Dumont 56, St. Edmond 45Iowa Falls-Alden 64, Humboldt 49North Butler 43, Central Springs 34Osage 63, Saint Ansgar 34West Fork 47, Northwood-Kensett 14West Hancock 75, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 46 DES MOINES — The Mason City High boys basketball team has won three in a row. The Mohawks jumped out to a 24-8 lead after the first quarter and held on for a 78-68 win at Des Moines Roosevelt last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Dylan Miller led four Mason City players in double figure scoring with 19 points. Jeff Skogen added 15, Corey Miner 11 and Carter Thomas had 10. Mason City improves to 4-9 on the season.=== The Mason City High girls also picked up a win at Roosevelt last night 73-41, as you heard on KGLO. Megan Meyer had 27 points while Jada Whitner added 12. Mason City is now 10-4 overall. Both Mohawk teams will host Southeast Polk on Friday night.center_img @ West ForkNashua-Plainfield 78, West Fork 6Nashua-Plainfield 51, Riceville 24Nashua-Plainfield 76, Tripoli 6Riceville 45, West Fork 6West Fork 30, Tripoli 18 @ Iowa FallsIowa Falls-Alden 48, Forest City 29Forest City 75, Collins-Maxwell 0 AMES — The Iowa State Cyclones face a difficult task on tonight when they visit eighth ranked Texas Tech. At 4-0, the Red Raiders are the lone remaining unbeaten in the Big 12.Iowa State coach Steve Prohm. After opening the league race 2-0 the Cyclones have dropped two straight.Prohm wants his players to enjoy the challenge.Tipoff in Lubbock is scheduled for 8 o’clock tonight. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 31 points and 13 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers scored 83 points in the first half in a 149-107 thrashing of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Golden State Warriors were the only team to score more first-half points in a game this season when they dropped 92 on the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 29. Jimmy Butler scored 19 points in his first game against Minnesota since it sent him to the 76ers in a package deal that brought forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric in return. MASON CITY — Clear Lake won the first six matches and built a 36-0 lead on their way to a 52-21 win over Mason City High last night in a non-conference wrestling dual, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB. The Lions’ 152-pounder Braxton Doebel opened up the dual pinning Riley Monahan in 36 seconds to win his 100th career match. Also picking up pins on the night for Clear Lake were Thomas Gansen at 160, Dylan Kruckenberg at 220, Brian Hillyer at 138 and Eric Faught at 145 pounds. The feature match of the night was at 285 where #2/3A Troy Monahan of Mason City pinned Kade Hambly, the 8th-ranked wrestler at 220 pounds in Class 2A, with one second to go in the third period. Clear Lake now prepares for Saturday’s North Central Conference tournament in Clarion, while Mason City will host Waukee on Thursday night WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier turned down a more lucrative deal to join what he hopes is a playoff team with the Washington Nationals. The 31-year-old signed a $9 million, one-year contract with Washington that makes him the new second baseman and potentially a bridge from Daniel Murphy to prospect Carter Kieboom. Dozier says other clubs offered him more money and longer deals, but he and his wife opted for the opportunity to win now. Dozier was traded during the 2018 season from the Twins to the Los Angeles Dodgers.last_img read more

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Thursday April 18th Local Sports

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A San Francisco man is accused of bilking the Minnesota Vikings out of about $70,000 in a luxury suite scam. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office says 39-year-old Daniel Escamilla signed a contract to rent a suite for the Sept. 9 game against the San Francisco 49ers, which he attended. When his check for $37,000 bounced a few days later, Escamilla told the Vikings he would send checks for that game as well as for a Sept. 23 game against the Buffalo Bills. Those checks also bounced. = Todd Ciochetto IOWA CITY — Popularized by the movie “Moneyball” analytics has made its way to college baseball. Rick Heller is credited with bringing analytics to the Big Ten after taking the Iowa job in 2013. He says at the college level it is used for player development and includes the study of pitch designs, launch angles for hitters and even vision training.Heller has an army of student managers run the analytics and several have found jobs in professional baseball.Heller says the downside is he has lost several assistants to Major League clubs including two before the start of this season.Heller says more and more college coaches are getting hired by Major League clubs because of analytics.Iowa faces Nebraska in a three-game series starting on Friday at Banks Field in Iowa City. IOWA CITY — Long considered one of the weakest position groups on the team the Iowa Hawkeyes are expecting more big plays from the wide receivers next season. Two of the top three wide outs return in juniors Brandon Smith and Ihmir Smith-Marsette. Receivers coach Kelton Copeland says redshirt freshmen Tyrone Tracy and Nico Ragaini have stood out in spring drills.Copeland says Tracy and Ragaini are motivated to make an impact.Tracy will give the Hawkeyes a big play threat they have been lacking for years.Copeland says the added depth at receiver may allow the Hawkeyes to go with more three wide looks to help offset the loss of standout tight ends Noah Fant and T. J. Hockenson.Iowa’s top returning tight end is Nate Wieting. Known more for his blocking the senior had two catches a year ago.Iowa wraps up spring drills on April 26th . MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz had two hits and two RBIs for Minnesota, helping Jake Odorizzi and the Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 following a 54-minute rain delay. Off to a solid start in his first season with Minnesota, the 38-year-old Cruz had an RBI single in the first inning and an RBI double in the third. After walking in the fifth, he scored on a single by Marwin Gonzalez. Cruz twice drove in Jorge Polanco, who had two hits and is batting .429.center_img MASON CITY — Two NIACC basketball players signed national letters of intent on Wednesday to continue their careers. Mandy Willems signed with the University of Missouri at Kansas City, while Tahya Campbell signed with the University of West Georgia. Willems this past season became the fourth NIACC women’s player to earn first-team All-American honors. She says she might be able to make an impact right away for the Kangaroos.Willems says after looking at a number of schools she decided to stay in the Midwest.Campbell says West Georgia seemed to be the perfect fit for her.NIACC coach Todd Ciochetto says it’s good to see both these players heading to four-year schools.Ciochetto says it was great to see Willems advance to a four-year school after thinking she wouldn’t play in college.You can hear more comments from both players as well as Ciochetto below = Mandy Willems = Tahya Campbelllast_img read more

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Iowa ranks 14th in latest childhood obesity report

first_imgDES MOINES — A new report on childhood obesity finds Iowa’s numbers aren’t budging, with more than 50,000 kids statewide falling into the category.Victoria Brown, senior program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says the report looked at children between the ages of 10 and 17 over the past two years. “The obesity rate in Iowa for this age group, about 16.4% of your population, has held steady in recent years,” Brown says. “You rank as the 14th highest in the nation for childhood obesity.”That’s about one in seven children, and Iowa’s rate of childhood obesity is about a point higher than the national average of 15.3%. Nationwide, the report found 4.8 million children in that age range are obese, a number that’s also remained essentially unchanged since the last report.“Even though the rate overall has held steady in recent years, there’s still big health disparities across populations with this rate,” Brown says. “Black and Hispanic youth are much more likely to have obesity than their white or Asian peers. Same for youth from families with lower incomes, they’re at greater risk for higher obesity.”While it’s discouraging the state and national numbers haven’t fallen from year to year, Brown says it’s also important to note they’re not rising either. “The message here is to stay the course,” Brown says. “A commitment to healthier school meals to make sure that kids get strong nutrition at school breakfast and school lunch, considering that kids consume over half their calories each day in their school buildings, is really critical.”She says it’s also important to maintain access to SNAP or food stamp programs, that we continue to build “walkable” communities, and address things like “food deserts” or urban areas where it’s hard to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food. The report found Mississippi has the highest childhood obesity rate at 25.4%, while Utah has the lowest rate at 8.7%.(Photo from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)last_img read more

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Veterans Day ceremonies take place in Mason City, Clear Lake

first_img== In Clear Lake, the city’s new veterans memorial located at the VFW Post 4868 will be dedicated this afternoon at 1 o’clock. Eldon Vine will be the guest speaker. Prior to that, the VFW Auxiliary will host a meal from 11:30 to 1:00 PM, with veterans eating free and the rest of the public encouraged to make a free-will donation. == In Mason City, Main Street Mason City will host a flag-planting ceremony in Central Park at 9:15 AM, with veterans placing flags around the park. A veterans ceremony begins at 9:45 in Central Park with a dedication for 33 veterans whose names have been added to the veterans monument. The ceremony moves to the All Veterans Center at 1603 South Monroe. Guest speaker will be Vice Admiral Norman Ray. Veterans Day ceremonies take place throughout our area today:last_img read more

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Worth County confirms first COVID-19 cases, number of cases in listening area to 23

first_imgNORTHWOOD — Worth County public health officials say the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the county.Worth County Public Health Director Jessica Reyerson says the individual is 41-60 years old and is self-isolating at home.It brings the total number of confirmed cases in our immediate listening area to 23. Cerro Gordo County has had 12 positive cases, Hancock three, Mitchell two, with single cases in Butler, Franklin, Kossuth, Winnebago and Wright counties.last_img

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Butler County Fair cancels all non-youth activities

first_imgALLISON — The Butler County Fair has decided to cancel all non-youth related activities for this year’s fair.A letter published by the fair board today states they recently met with local public health officials about the upcoming fair, and based on the declaration of not allowing gatherings of more than 10 people at fairs and festivals, the board made the decision to cancel all non-youth related activities. That includes all grandstand events, the carnival, commercial exhibits, food vendors and on grounds free entertainment.The letter says should declarations be adjusted in the near future to allow for slightly larger gatherings, it’s their intent to try to provide an adapted schedule that would still allow all the 4-H and FFA youth in Butler County an opportunity to showcase their static exhibits and livestock projects in a safe environment for all. Any potential 4-H and FFA youth activities would need to be conducted in compliance with state and local public health declarations in effect at that time.The board says they are disappointed to cancel the events and they ask for everyone’s patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.last_img read more

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