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National Scoreboard from Thursday (8/27)

Final San Diego 10 Seattle 7
Final Seattle 8 San Diego 3

Boston at Toronto  (Postponed)
Baltimore at Tampa Bay . (Postponed)
Minnesota at Detroit  (Postponed)
Oakland at Texas  (Postponed)
Final L.A. Angels 12 Houston 5

Colorado at Arizona (Postponed)
Miami at N-Y Mets. (Postponed)
Philadelphia at Washington (postponed)
Final Pittsburgh 4 St. Louis 3
Final L.A. Dodgers 7 San Francisco 0
Final Cincinnati 6 Milwaukee 1
Final Pittsburgh 2 St. Louis 0
Final L.A. Dodgers 2 San Francisco 0
Final Cincinnati 6 Milwaukee 0

Denver at Utah  (Postponed)
Boston at Toronto  (Postponed)
L.A. Clippers at Dallas (Postponed)

Philadelphia at N-Y Islanders  (Postponed)
Vegas at Vancouver  (Postponed)

NBA boycott creates postponements…Pacers fire McMillan

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoff schedule was put on hold yesterday as players chose to boycott in their strongest statement yet against racial injustice. The dramatic series of moves began when the Milwaukee Bucks declined to take the court against Orlando in the early game. The state of Wisconsin has been rocked in recent days by the shooting by police officers of Jacob Blake, a Black man.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have fired coach Nate McMillan, two weeks after announcing he would keep the job for two more years. Team officials made the announcement less than 48 hours after the Pacers suffered their second straight sweep in the first round of the playoffs. McMillan went 183-136 in four seasons with the Pacers, going to the playoffs each season.

TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have taken a 2-1 lead in their NHL second-round series, and the Philadelphia Flyers have tied their series at a game apiece. Nikita Kucherov  scored once and set up each of the Lightning’s three power-play goals in a 7-1 rout of Boston. The Flyers blew an early 3-0 lead before Phil Myers scored 2:40 into overtime to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over the Islanders.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche wasted a 3-1 lead in the third period before pulling within two games to one in their Stanley Cup second-round series against Dallas. Mikko Rantanen (MEE’-koh RAN’-tah-nehn) and Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree) tallied 1:52 apart late in the third to put the Avs ahead to stay in a 6-4 win over the Stars. Pavel Francouz (FRAN’-sohz) stopped 33 shots for Colorado.

UNDATED (AP) — A trio of Major League Baseball games were postponed Wednesday as players across the sports landscape reacted in the wake of the weekend shooting by police of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. Games between the Reds and Brewers in Milwaukee, the Mariners and Padres in San Diego and the Dodgers and Giants in San Francisco were called off hours before they were set to begin. Several other players around the majors either took a knee during the national anthem or decided not to play.

Regional MLB Recaps from Wednesday (8/26)

— Jose Abreu  homered for the seventh time in five games to support Dallas Keuchel in the White Sox’s 10th win in 11 games, 10-3 over Pittsburgh. Keuchel allowed two runs on four hits and struck out seven over six innings for his third straight victory. Eloy Jiménez slugged a three-run homer.

— Austin Romine’s RBI double sparked a five-run sixth before the Tigers completed a 7-5 win over the Cubs. Romine drove in a pair of runs while he and Jonathan Schoop , Miguel Cabrera and Cameron Maybin each collected three of Detroit’s 18 hits. Cubs starter Jon Lester allowed one run over five innings before the bullpen faltered.

— Kolten Wong drew a bases-loaded walk to cap a four-run ninth as the Cardinals stunned the Royals, 6-5. Tyler O’Neill tied the game with a two-out, two-run single.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (8/26)

Final Chicago White Sox 10 Pittsburgh 3
Final Atlanta 5 N.Y. Yankees 1
Final Atlanta 2 N.Y. Yankees 1
Final Detroit 7 Chicago Cubs 6
Final St. Louis 6 Kansas City 5

Final Toronto 9 Boston 1
Final Tampa Bay 4 Baltimore 3
Final Cleveland 6 Minnesota 3
Final Oakland 3 Texas 1

Final Philadelphia 3 Washington 2
Final N.Y. Mets 5 Miami 4
Final Colorado 8 Arizona 7

Final OT Philadelphia 4 N-Y Islanders 3
Final Tampa Bay 7 Boston 1
Final Colorado 6 Dallas 4

Sports Director Tim Lary Shooting Hoops for Hope

Radio Dubuque Sports Director Tim Lary will shoot “Hoops for Hope” and is taking donations to help with the great need after this month’s Iowa derecho storm and needs your help. This Monday Aug. 31, Tim will shoot 140 free throws (equal to highest wind gust from the storm) and is taking donations per free throws made.

Pledge any amount or a flat donation. All money raised will be donated to the Iowa Giving Crew, a non-profit based in Cedar Rapids who are assisting those in need of food, shelter, and clean-up. If you want to help or more info, contact Tim at 563-690-0831, or email tlary@radiodubuque.com.

You can also donate by debit or credit card at Go Fund Me


Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (8/25)

High School Volleyball 

  • Hempstead 3, Waterloo East 0
  • Senior 3,  Waterloo West 1
  • Cedar Rapids Prairie 3, #11 4A Wahlert 1
  • #5 5-A Cedar Falls 3, #1 4A Western Dubuque 2.
  • Cascade 3, MFL Mar Mac 0


Girls Swimming

Iowa City West 151, Dubuque Hempstead 35

New Hempstead Girls Hoops Coach

Hempstead High School has found a new head girls basketball coach. Pending school board approval, Ryan Rush has been selected to fill the vacancy left when Casey Smith announced she was stepping down earlier this year. Rush comes to Hempstead after serving as an assistant coach at St. Croix Lutheran Academy since 2014. Prior to that he was an assistant at Hope College, where his team made an NCAA tournament appearance in 2013/14. He was also served as head coach for an 18U and 17U AAU team out of St. Joseph Michigan.


Clips, Nuggets win…Bolts, Canucks rebound

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have grabbed a 3-2 lead in their NBA first-round series, while the Denver Nuggets have drawn within three games to two in theirs. Paul George broke out of a scoring slump with a team-high 35 points and Leonard added 32 as the Clippers set a team playoff scoring record in a 154-111 trouncing of Dallas. Jamal Murray scored 33 of his 42 points while playing every minute of the second half to guide the Nuggets to a 117-107 win over Utah.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year, finishing ahead of Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the balloting. Antetokounmpo is the fifth player to win Defensive Player of the Year and MVP honors in a career, joining Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon (ah-LAH’-zhoo-wahn), David Robinson and Kevin Garnett. The “Greek Freak” also ended the two-year reign of Utah center Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) as Defensive Player of the Year.

UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks have knotted their respective Stanley Cup second-round series at a game apiece. Blake Coleman scored twice and Ondrej Palat  scored 4:40 into overtime to give the Lightning a 4-3 triumph over the Bruins. Bo Horvat scored twice to support Jacob Markstrom’s 38-save effort in the Canucks’ 5-2 win against Vegas.

CHICAGO (AP) — Lucas Giolito  has authored the first no-hitter of the year to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 win over Pittsburgh. Erik Gonzalez was the only base-runner against Giolito with a fourth-inning walk, but he also made the final out on a line drive to right fielder Adam Engel. It’s the 19th no-hitter in White Sox history.

UNDATED (AP) — Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Oregon tackle Penei Sewell are among 11 players selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America first-team team who will not be playing this fall. Voters considered all Division I players, even those who had already opted out of the season or whose teams had postponed football. Another 12 second-team All-Americans will not be playing in the fall, including Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

Regional MLB Recaps from Tuesday (8/25)

— Lucas Giolito  has authored the first no-hitter of the year to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 win over Pittsburgh. Erik Gonzalez was the only base-runner against Giolito with a fourth-inning walk, but he also made the final out on a line drive to right fielder Adam Engel. It’s the 19th no-hitter in White Sox history.

— Jonathan Schoop  hit a grand slam in a five-run sixth inning that highlighted the Tigers’ 7-1 rout of the Cubs. Spencer Turnbull picked up the win with 5 2/3 scoreless innings, yielding three hits while striking out five.

— Orlando Arcia  snapped a 2-for-21 stretch with a go-ahead single in a three-run fourth that sent the Brewers past the Reds, 3-2. Winning pitcher Brandon Woodruff allowed two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts over six frames.

— Ryan McBroom’s RBI single in the eighth inning was the difference in the Royals’ 5-4 verdict over the Cardinals. Former Redbird Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his seventh save in seven opportunities allowing a one-out triple and then hitting a batter before getting out of the jam.

— Francisco Lindor  smacked a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning to push the Indians past the Twins, 4-2. Shane Bieber  improved to 6-0 by giving up two runs while striking out 10 over six innings.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (8/25)

Final Detroit 7 Chicago Cubs 1
Final Chicago White Sox 4 Pittsburgh 0
Final Kansas City 5 St. Louis 4
Final Seattle 8 San Diego 3

Final Houston 6 L.A. Angels 3
Final Tampa Bay 4 Baltimore 2
Final Cleveland 4 Minnesota 2
Final Boston 9 Toronto 7
Final L.A. Angels 12 Houston 5
Final Oakland 10 Texas 3

Final Miami 4 N.Y. Mets 0
Final Philadelphia 8 Washington 3
Final Milwaukee 3 Cincinnati 2
Final Miami 3 N.Y. Mets 0
Final Colorado 5 Arizona 4
Final San Francisco 10 L.A. Dodgers 8

Final Denver 117 Utah 107
Final L.A. Clippers 154 Dallas 111

Final OT Tampa Bay 4 Boston 3
Final Vancouver 5 Vegas 2

Area Scoreboard from Monday (8/24)

High School Boys Golf

At the 11 team Western Dubuque Bobcat Invitational at Thunder Hills yesterday:  Wahlert 3rd with a 312, Western Dubuque 4th with 322, Senior 6th carding 353, Hempstead was 8th with 359. The top city individual was Will Coohey of Wahlert with 2 over 73.

Pleasant Valley was the winner with 295.

First Iowa HS Volleyball Rankings

The first set of Iowa High School volleyball rankings from the Girls Athletic Union show a number of area team in the polls and highly ranked.

In Class 4-A Western Dubuque starts the year with the number one ranking and Wahlert Catholic is ranked 11th.

In Class 5A: Hempstead opens the year ranked 9th

In Class 2A: Dyersville Beckman Catholic is rated number two.

The season opens tonight : Hempstead at Waterloo East, Senior at Waterloo West,  Wahlert at Cedar Rapids Prairie, and Western Dubuque travels to #5 5-A Cedar Falls.

Beckman Catholic Football Sidelined by COVID

The Dyersville Beckman Catholic football team has had their season put on hold due to a COVID 19 positive with a player and a coach. The Blazers were set to open the season on Friday night at Iowa City Regina but have had to cancel.

Regional MLB Recaps (8/24)

— Javier Baez drilled a two-run homer and David Bote added a solo shot and four RBIs as the Cubs ripped the Tigers, 9-3. Winning pitcher Alec Mills gave up three runs over seven innings while striking out seven.

— Justin Smoak homered and drove in three as the Brewers doubled up the Reds, 4-2 to stop a four-game skid.

— Jack Flaherty made just his second start in 30 days and fired one-hit ball over five shutout innings of the Cardinals’ 9-3 pounding of the Royals. Paul DeJong and Paul Goldschmidt drove in three runs apiece, with Goldschmidt hitting a two-run homer.

— The Twins were 3-2 winners over the Indians as Kenta Maeda  fanned seven while limiting Cleveland to a run and five hits over five innings. Nelson Cruz banged out a solo homer and Miguel Sano  added a two-run blast that put Minnesota ahead 3-1 in the sixth.

Heat advance…Bucks, Lakers, Thunder win

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Goran Dragic  scored 23 points as the fifth-seeded Miami Heat completed a first-round sweep of the Pacers, 99-87. Tyler Herro  had 16 points and Bam Adebayo  added 14 with 19 rebounds for the Heat. Oklahoma and Houston are tied at two games apiece after Dennis Schroder  scored a career playoff high 30 points and the Thunder rallied from 15 points down in the third quarter to beat the Rockets, 117-114.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers both earned their third straight win since a series-opening loss in the NBA playoffs. Khris Middleton scored 18 of his 21 points in the final period and finished with 10 rebounds to help the Bucks down the Magic, 121-106. LeBron James furnished 30 points in 28 minutes before taking a seat on the bench in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 135-115 blowout over Portland.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have fired coach Brett Brown just a day after his seventh season ended in a postseason sweep by the Boston Celtics. The 76ers were 43-30 this season and had woefully underachieved in a year when they were expected to be serious contenders in the Eastern Conference. Injuries played a key role in their struggles.

TORONTO (AP) — The New York Islanders have won the opener of their Stanley Cup second-round series behind Semyon Varlamov , who posted his second straight shutout with a 29-save effort in a 4-0 win over Philadelphia. Varlamov is the first netminder in Islanders history with consecutive playoff shutouts. Andy Greene opened the scoring in the first period before Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Anders Lee beat Carter Hart during the first eight minutes of the third.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars made it two straight wins over Colorado as Anton Khudobin stopped 39 shots in a 4-2 victory. Dallas trailed 2-0 until Joe Pavelski and Radek Faksa  scored power-play goals 43 seconds apart midway through the second period. Alexander Radulov notched the tiebreaking goal about five minutes later after contributing two goals and an assist in Game 1 on Sunday.

National Scoreboard from Monday (8/24)

Final Chicago Cubs 9 Detroit 3
Final St. Louis 9 Kansas City 3

Final Toronto 6 Tampa Bay 4
Final Minnesota 3 Cleveland 2
Final Texas 3 Oakland 2
Final Houston 11 L.A. Angels 4

Final Miami 11 Washington 8
Final Milwaukee 4 Cincinnati 2
Final Colorado 3 Arizona 2

Final Milwaukee 121 Orlando 106
Final Oklahoma City 117 Houston 114
Final Miami 99 Indiana 87
Final L.A. Lakers 135 Portland 115

Final N-Y Islanders 4 Philadelphia 0
Final Dallas 5 Colorado 2

Raptors, Celts sweep…B’s, Knights win…DJohnson is No. 1

UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics have completed four-game sweeps and will butt heads in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Norman provided 29 of the Raptors’ league-record 100 bench points in a 150-122 thrashing of the Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics earned a 110-106 win over Philadelphia as Kemba Walker dropped in 32 points and Jayson Tatum added 28 with a playoff career-best 15 rebounds.

UNDATED (AP) — Luka Doncic  and Donovan Mitchell had yesterday’s top performances among Western Conference teams in the NBA playoffs. Doncic drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer and had a triple-double of 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists in the Dallas Mavericks’ 135-133 overtime win against the Los Angeles Clippers, evening that series at two games apiece. Mitchell’s 51 points allowed Utah to withstand Jamal Murray’s 50 points in a 129-127 win over Denver, giving the Jazz a 3-1 series lead.
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins and Vegas Golden Knights have opened the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with victories. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak  each had a goal and an assist while the Bruins were building a 3-0 lead in a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay. Reilly Smith, Mark Stone and Alex Tuch each had a goal and an assist to support Robin Lehner’s  26-save performance in the Knights’ 5-0 shutout of Vancouver.

NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Dustin Johnson played the final two holes in near darkness after a late storm delay and finished with a birdie for an 8-under 63 and an 11-shot victory over Harris English at The Northern Trust. It was the 22nd victory of his PGA Tour career and fifth in a FedEx Cup playoffs event, tied with Rory McIlroy for most. Johnson finished at 30 under and returned to No. 1 in the world.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has regained the NASCAR Cup Series victory lead by dominating yesterday’s race at Dover International Speedway. A day after Denny Hamlin opened the doubleheader weekend with his sixth win to match Harvick and one-upped his closest rival to claim NASCAR’s regular-season title. Martin Truex Jr. was second and Jimmie Johnson third.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (8/23)

N-Y Yankees at N-Y Mets (Postponed)
Final Chicago Cubs 2 Chicago White Sox 1
Final San Diego 5 Houston 3

Final Baltimore 5 Boston 4
Final Tampa Bay 5 Toronto 4
Final Detroit 7 Cleveland 4
Final Minnesota 5 Kansas City 4
Final Seattle 4 Texas 1
Final Oakland 5 L.A. Angels 4

Final Washington 9 Miami 3
Final Pittsburgh 5 Milwaukee 4
Final St. Louis 6 Cincinnati 2
Final San Francisco 6 Arizona 1
Final L.A. Dodgers 11 Colorado 3
Final Philadelphia 5 Atlanta 4

Final Boston 110 Philadelphia 106  (Boston wins series 4-0)
Final OT Dallas 135 L.A. Clippers 133 (Series tied 2-2)
Final Toronto 150 Brooklyn 122 (Toronto wins series 4-0)
Final Utah 129 Denver 127 (Utah leads series 3-1)

Final Boston 3 Tampa Bay 2 (Boston leads 1-0)
Final Vegas 5 Vancouver 0 (Vegas leads 1-0)

MLB Scorecard from 8/22


Angels 4,  Oakland 3

Padres 13, Astros 2

Rays 2,  Blue Jays 1

Twins 7, Royals 2

White Sox 7, Cubs 4

Cleveland 6, Tigers 1

Mariners 10, Rangers 1

Orioles 5, Red Sox 4 (10 innings)

Dodger  4,  Rockies 3

Braves 6,  Phillies 5

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 1

Cardinals 3, Reds 0

Pirates 12, Brewers 5

Nationals 5, Miami 4

Miami 5,  Nationals 3


MVC COVID-19 Procedures Announced

The Mississippi Valley Conference Athletic Directors including those from Senior, Hempstead, Wahlert, and Western Dubuque met yesterday in Waterloo and approved COVID-19 procedures for spectators at conference sports events this fall.

The conference will require masks be worn into all MVC venues for all the fall sports.  Each venue will be able to have concession stands and keep restrooms open.

The attendance and capacity limitations will be determined by each individual school or event. Each school will announce their finalized plans in the coming days.

Here is the complete list of procedures: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wbUJlJVPOkyS8uV5BV4EsoDCKfQj1-5a/view

Some Area Wisconsin Schools Announce Moves to Spring

Some area Wisconsin High Schools are starting to move some of their fall sports to the spring.

  • The Cuba City school board met Wednesday night and voted unanimously to move football and volleyball to spring but to keep cross country and girls golf in the fall season.
  • Fennimore also has approved moving football and volleyball to the spring while keeping cross country and girls golf in the fall. The SWAL Conference will make an overall conference decision on today.
  • The Six Rivers Conference has voted in favor of moving high school football to the spring. In a 9-5 vote the league approved the move. The vote by the conference doesn’t affect any of the other fall sports by any of the schools. Although the conference made the move, the WIAA approved individual schools still have the option to play in the fall, but will be on their own to schedule opponent. Southwestern and Benton/Shullsburg/Scales Mound approved moving football to spring as well. Benton will play volleyball in the fall
  • Potosi/Cassville says it will pursue playing football, while Potosi volleyball will move to spring.
  • Belmont has announced they will be trying to keep their fall sports as scheduled.

All schools in Wisconsin are required to initially declare if they plan to participate in the traditional fall season by September 1st.

Wolves win draft lottery…Isles, Stars advance

UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves will have the first pick in the NBA draft on Oct. 16 after winning the lottery last night. The Warriors hold the No. 2 pick, the Hornets got the No. 3 selection and the Bulls will choose fourth. The lottery was conducted virtually because of the pandemic, with NBA officials doing the actual draw in Secaucus, New Jersey.

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders and Dallas Stars have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 21 shots as the Islanders blanked the Washington Capitals, 4-0. Denis Gurianov  scored four times and had an assist as the Stars rallied from a 3-0 deficit to rip the Calgary Flames, 7-3.

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets are the latest major league team to see their schedule altered because of the coronavirus. MLB says two members of the Mets organization have tested positive for COVID-19. That has forced the postponement of their games yesterday in Miami and tonight against the New York Yankees. Major League Baseball says the postponements are “out of an abundance of caution and to allow for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted.”

UNDATED (AP) — Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. says he is cancer free after surgery in March to remove a tumor from his prostate. Ripken was diagnosed in February and wasn’t experiencing symptoms, but bloodwork results prompted a visit to a urologist. He initially wanted to keep his story secret but hopes his experience encourages others to be tested.

UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson remains hospitalized with a lacerated liver, a serious injury sustained in practice when rookie tight end Harrison Bryant landed on him during a routine play. Johnson was signed this past offseason by Cleveland and expected to be the team’s starting nickel back. The team says the 28-year-old is resting comfortably and expected to remain in the hospital for at least another 24 hours for observation.

National Scoreboard from Thursday 8/20

Final Toronto 3 Philadelphia 2
Final Houston 10 Colorado 8
Final Toronto 9 Philadelphia 8
Final L.A. Dodgers 6 Seattle 1
Final Minnesota 7 Milwaukee 1
Final Cleveland 2 Pittsburgh 0
Final San Diego 8 Texas 7
Final Oakland 5 Arizona 1
Final San Francisco 10 L.A. Angels 5

Final Tampa Bay 10 N.Y. Yankees 5
Final Chicago White Sox 9 Detroit 0
Final Boston 7 Baltimore 1

N-Y Mets at Miami (Postponed)
Final St. Louis 5 Cincinnati 4

Final Miami 109 Indiana 100
Final Houston 111 Oklahoma City 98
Final Milwaukee 111 Orlando 96
Final L.A. Lakers 111 Portland 88

Final N-Y Islanders 4 Washington 0
Final Dallas 7 Calgary 3

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (8/18)

Boys High School Golf

  • At Gates Park in Waterloo: Senior 141, Hempstead 180, Waterloo East 240. The Rams were paced by Owen King with medalist honors turning in a 40. Hempstead was led by Wil Sigwarth with a 41.
  • Galena 181, Stockton 188. The Pirates led by Ryan Stoffregen  with a 40.

USHL Targets November to Start Regular Season

The United States Hockey League is targeting November 6th as the start of the 2020-2021 season. Under the plan, teams will play 54 regular season games between November 6, 2020 and April 24, 2021. In their announcement yesterday the USHL says teams like the Dubuque Fighting Saints are scheduled to arrive in over a four-week period beginning September 14 with preseason games targeted to begin in mid-October. Under the plan, teams will play 54 regular season games between November 6 and April 24, 2021. The league expects to announce the release of its 54-game regular season schedule in the coming weeks.

NBA no. 1 seeds lose…Heat, Rockets win

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The No. 1 seeds were losers in their opening games of the NBA playoffs. Nikola Vucevic scored a playoff career-high 35 points and had 14 rebounds as the eighth-seed Orlando Magic downed the Milwaukee Bucks, 122-110. Damian Lillard continued his torrid scoring output by delivering a team-high 34 points in the Portland Trail Blazers’ 100-93 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Heat and Houston Rockets were winners in the opener of their respective NBA first-round series. Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and Goran Dragic  had 24 to lead the Miami Heat to a 113-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers. James Harden’s 37 points and 11 rebounds led the Rockets to a 123-108 win over the Thunder.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights closed out their NHL first-round series in five games and the Dallas Stars took a 3-2 lead in their series with Calgary. Alex Tuch  broke a 3-3 deadlock 1:34 into the third period to push the Knights past Chicago, 4-3. Anton Khudobin  stopped 29 shots and John Klingberg scored the tiebreaking goal 72 seconds into the third period of the Stars’ 2-1 triumph over Calgary.

TORONTO (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers grabbed a 3-1 lead in their Stanley Cup first-round series in Toronto before the Washington Capitals avoided a four-game sweep. Carter Hart stopped 29 shots and Michael Raffl  scored the game-winner in the Flyers’ 2-0 win over Montreal. The Caps rallied for a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders behind Alex Ovechkin , who scored the tying and winning goals.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have released defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, a day after the newcomer sustained a season-ending leg injury. McCoy tore his right quadriceps muscle Monday while engaging defensive tackle Antwaun Woods during an individual drill. The injury waiver means the Cowboys pay only the $3 million signing bonus on the $18 million, three-year contract McCoy signed as a free agent during the offseason.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (8/18)

Final Houston 2 Colorado 1
Final San Francisco 8 L.A. Angels 2
Final San Diego 6 Texas 4
Final Arizona 10 Oakland 1
Final L.A. Dodgers 2 Seattle 1
Final Cleveland 6 Pittsburgh 3
Final Philadelphia 13 Boston 6
Final Minnesota 4 Milwaukee 3

Final Tampa Bay 6 N.Y. Yankees 3
Final Chicago White Sox 10 Detroit 4
Final Toronto 8 Baltimore 7

Final N.Y. Mets 8 Miami 3
Final Washington 8 Atlanta 5
Final Chicago Cubs 6 St. Louis 3

Final Orlando 122 Milwaukee 110 (Orlando leads 1-0)
Final Miami 113 Indiana 101 (Miami leads 1-0)
Final Houston 123 Oklahoma City 108 (Houston leads 1-0)
Final Portland 100 L.A. Lakers 93 (Portland leads 1-0)

Final Philadelphia 2 Montreal 0 (Phila leads 3-1)
Final Dallas 2 Calgary 1 (Dallas leads 3-2)
Final Washington 3 N-Y Islanders 2 (Wash leads 3-1)
Final Vegas 4 Chicago 3 (Vegas wins series 4-1)

Area Scoreboard from Monday (8/17)

Boys High School Golf

In the first Dubuque High school sports event of the season: the Wahlert Catholic boys golf team opened the season yesterday at the Blue Top Ridge Invitational at Riverside.

Wahlert placed 4th in the 10 team field shooting a team score of 330. The Golden Eagles were paced by Ben Vaasen with an 80 good for 9th place individually.  Johnston finished tops with 311.

The Senior and Hempstead boys golfers open the season today at Gates Park in Waterloo.

U of I Athletic Taking Big Budget Hit

University of Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta has let Hawkeye fans know the dire budget situation due to the postponement of the fall sports schedule especially football. Barta said in the open letter to Hawkeye fans that Iowa anticipates lost revenue of approximately $100 million and an overall budget deficit of between $60- and-75 million.

Barta also added the Big Ten Conference and the Iowa athletics department staff is working diligently on the winter and spring sport seasons while simultaneously exploring how a spring season for fall sports would work.

Barta says Hawkeye fans who purchased football season tickets should email tickets@hawkeyesports.com to request a full refund.

National Scoreboard from Monday (8/17)

Final Houston 2 Colorado 1
Final San Diego 14 Texas 4
Final Arizona 4 Oakland 3
Final L.A. Angels 7 San Francisco 6
Final L.A. Dodgers 11 Seattle 9
Final N.Y. Yankees 6 Boston 3
Final Toronto 7 Baltimore 2
Final Minnesota 4 Kansas City 1
Final Chicago White Sox 7 Detroit 2
Final St. Louis 3 Chicago Cubs 1
Final Chicago Cubs 5 St. Louis 4
Final Atlanta 7 Washington 6
Final N.Y. Mets 11 Miami 4
Final OT Denver 135 Utah 125  (Denver leads 1-0)
Final Toronto 134 Brooklyn 110  (Toronto leads 1-0)
Final Boston 109 Philadelphia 101 (Boston leads 1-0)
Final L.A. Clippers 118 Dallas 110  (LA Clippers lead 1-0)
Final Tampa Bay 2 Columbus 1 ( Tampa Bay leads 2-1)
Final Colorado 7 Arizona 1  (Colorado leads 3-1)
Final Boston 4 Carolina 3 (Boston leads 3-1)
Final St. Louis 3 Vancouver 1 (Series tied 2-2)

Cowboys lose McCoy for season…COVID-19 problem at Auburn

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is out for the season after tearing the quadriceps tendon in his right leg. McCoy suffered the injury while working out against Antwaun Woods in an individual drill during the first padded practice of training camp. The loss of a potential starting tackle is a blow for first-year coach Mike McCarthy and the mostly new defensive staff.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Football Team has hired Jason Wright as team president. He’s the first Black person to hold that position in NFL history and at 38 becomes the league’s youngest team president. Wright spent seven years as an NFL running back, was an Arizona Cardinals captain and their Players Association representative.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn says his players have had 33 positive tests for COVID-19 this summer. Malzahn says his Tigers had no positive tests last week, but four players are still going through the testing protocols. He added that the school has administered 863 tests among players, an average of more than seven times each.

UNDATED (AP) — There will be no fans at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for NFL and MLS games played in September. The Falcons and United say the coronavirus pandemic forced the decision. The teams say they will continue to collaborate with local and national health officials before deciding on the possibility for fans in games after September.

NEW YORK (AP) — Simona Halep  will skip the U.S. Open, saying she wants to put her health first amid the coronavirus pandemic. Halep is a former top-ranked player who is currently No. 2. She won the title in Prague on Sunday. Six of the top eight women in the WTA rankings won’t play in New York, including No. 1 Ash Barty and defending champion Bianca Andreescu.

QB Smith cleared to practice…LeMahieu shelved…Elliott Wins at Daytona

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington quarterback Alex Smith has been activated off the physically unable to perform list by the NFL team. It is the latest step in a remarkable recovery after his right leg was broken in two places during a game nearly two years ago. Sunday’s move means that Smith now is allowed to participate in Washington’s padded practices when the team can move to that phase of training camp Tuesday.

NEW YORK (AP) — American League batting leader DJ LeMahieu has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the Yankees because of a sprained left thumb, joining Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton on the sidelines. LeMahieu was hurt during an awkward swing in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 11-5 victory over Boston and left the game two innings later. LeMahieu is hitting .411 with two homers and eight RBIs.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA’s chief medical officer says there is a narrow path to playing college sports during the coronavirus pandemic. However, Dr. Brian Hainline also told CNN late Saturday that “everything would have to line up perfectly” for college sports to be played this fall. Testing of athletes will need to increase when competition begins.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott won the Cup Series road course race at Daytona International Speedway Sunday, holding off hard-charging Denny Hamlin following a late restart and notching his third consecutive victory away from ovals. The 24-year-old Elliott also won on road courses at Charlotte and at Watkins Glen last year. Hamlin finished second, followed Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Jim Herman rallied to win the Wyndham Championship and a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Herman capped his third PGA victory by shooting a 7-under 63 for a one-stroke victory over Billy Horshel. Herman overcame a four-stroke deficit in the final round and overtook Horschel with a birdie on the 71st hole.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (8/16)

Final Washington 6 Baltimore 5
Final Chicago White Sox 7 St. Louis 2
Final Colorado 10 Texas 6
Final L.A. Dodgers 8 L.A. Angels 3
Final Oakland 15 San Francisco 3

Final Cleveland 8 Detroit 5
Final Tampa Bay 1 Toronto 0
Final Minnesota 4 Kansas City 2
Final Houston 3 Seattle 2
Final Tampa Bay 7 Toronto 5
Final N.Y. Yankees 4 Boston 2

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati  (Postponed)
Final Philadelphia 6 N.Y. Mets 2
Final Atlanta 4 Miami 0
Final Milwaukee 6 Chicago Cubs 5
Final Arizona 5 San Diego 4

Final OT N-Y Islanders 2 Washington 1  (NY leads 3-0)
Final OT Dallas 5 Calgary 4 (Series tied 2-2)
Final Chicago 3 Vegas 1  (Vegas leads 3-1)
Final Philadelphia 1 Montreal 0 (Philadelphia leads 2-1)
Final OT St. Louis 3 Vancouver 2  (Vancouver leads 2-1)

Sunday Sports

CHICAGO (AP) — Avisail Garcia doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cubs 6-5, handing Chicago its first two-game losing streak this season. The Cubs were the only team in the majors that hadn’t dropped back-to-back games before two straight losses to Milwaukee at Wrigley Field. Chicago had won three of four and 12 of 15. Garcia doubled to deep right off Jeremy Jeffress to score automatic runner Christian Yelich from second base to start the 10th. Luis Urías reached on an infield single for an additional run.

UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks head into the playoffs seeking to regain the form that enabled them to earn the NBA’s best record. Milwaukee has gone 3-5 since the NBA resumed play after a 4 ½-month layoff. The Bucks have dropped eight of their last 11 games after racing to a 53-9 start. The Bucks  will try to return to their championship-contending form when they open the Eastern Conference playoffs Tuesday against the Orlando Magic at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. Milwaukee won its four regular-season matchups with Orlando by an average margin of 17 points.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark has agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension. Clark’s agent Doug Hendrickson confirmed that the 2016 first-round draft pick from UCLA reached a deal worth $70 million with a $25 million signing bonus. ESPN first reported the deal. Clark has emerged as the Packers’ top defensive lineman. He recorded six sacks for the second straight season last year and also produced 89 tackles. He has 16½ sacks over his four-year career.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots and the Vegas Golden Knights held off the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 to take a 3-0 lead in their first round series. William Karlsson and Patrick Brown scored for the Golden Knights. Vegas is a perfect 6-0 in the postseason, having also won all three of its round-robin games in the preliminary round to take the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. With Games 3 and 4 on back-to-back nights, Vegas coach Peter DeBoer opted to start Fleury instead of Robin Lehner, who is 4-0 with 2.39 goals-against average this postseason. Olli Maatta scored in the third period and Corey Crawford had 24 saves for Chicago.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Si Woo Kim had a hole in one on the way to a 62 and a two-shot lead over Doc Redman and Rob Oppenheim through three rounds of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship. Kim is at 18-under after 54 holes. He made history three years ago when at 21 he became the youngest winner of The Players Championship. Now, he’s seeking his first victory since — and playing strongly wherever he tees it up. Redman had a 63, while Oppenheim set a career low on tour with a 62 in second at 16-under.

UNDATED (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have fired coach Alvin Gentry after the club missed the playoffs for the fourth time in his five seasons. The Pelicans went 30-42 this season. They finished with just two victories in their final eight games despite the presence of top overall draft choice Zion Williamson and first-time All-Star Brandon Ingram. New Orleans’ lone playoff appearance under Gentry came in the 2017-18 season.

In other NBA news:

— Portland’s Damian Lillard has been unanimously selected as the top player of the NBA’s seeding games at Walt Disney World. He averaged a league-best 37.6 points in the eight games. Phoenix’s Monty Williams led the Suns to a perfect 8-0 record in the bubble and was chosen as the top coach of the seeding-game schedule.

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

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)

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

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.

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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)


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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

High School Softball

Class 4A Region 8 Final:

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

Outland and Nagurski Award Watch Lists

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

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)

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

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

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.