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Thursday July 30th Local Sports

first_imgTODAY:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Class 1A state baseball semifinal — Newman vs. St. Mary’s of Remsen — first pitch 1:30, pre-game at about 1:10AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland — pre-game 5:30, first pitch 6:07 == 2A semifinals today4:30 — Van Meter vs. West Lyon7:30 — North Linn vs. Des Moines Christian FORT DODGE — The semifinal round in all five classes of the state softball tournament took place in Fort Dodge yesterday:== Class 1ACollins-Maxwell 7, Lynnville-Sully 0Clarksville 4, Lisbon 0== Class 2ANorth Linn 10, Northeast Goose Lake 1Ogden 4, Louisa-Muscatine 2== Class 3AAlbia 2, Mount Vernon 1Williamsburg 5, Davenport Assumption 4== Class 4ACarlisle 8, North Scott 3Winterset 2, Dallas Center-Grimes 1== Class 5AFort Dodge 5, Ankeny Centennial 3Cedar Rapids Kennedy 9, Muscatine 0Class 5A and 4A championship and third place games take place today, while the other three classes have their championship and third place games tomorrow. == 4A quarterfinals last nightUrbandale 2, Waukee 0Johnston 11, Cedar Falls 7Dubuque Hempstead 7, Iowa City City High 6Ankeny 5, Pleasant Valley 4 DES MOINES — Newman faces St. Mary’s of Remsen in the semifinal round of the Class 1A state baseball tournament today. The Knights are 18-5 after beating St. Albert of Council Bluffs 6-5 in the quarterfinals on Saturday, while St. Mary’s only needed five innings to beat Burlington Notre Dame 11-1 in the quarterfinal round. You can hear the Newman-St. Mary’s game on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com starting with the pre-game about 1:10 with the first pitch scheduled for 1:30. Today’s other 1A semifinal has Kingsley-Pierson facing Don Bosco. CEDAR FALLS — AJ Green is returning to the Northern Iowa basketball team. Green officially withdrew his name from the NBA Draft on Wednesday after declaring as an early entrant in late April. Green was the Missouri Valley Conference’s Player of the Year after averaging 19.7 points per game and leading UNI to a 25-6 record and the Valley’s regular season title. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rich Hill pitched five scoreless innings in a smooth Minnesota debut and the Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0. Eddie Rosario homered, Nelson Cruz had an RBI double and Alex Avila had an RBI single for the Twins. Taylor Rogers pitched a perfect ninth for his first save, and the Twins finished a two-game sweep to improve to 4-1. The 40-year-old Hill is currently the second-oldest player in the majors. He needed 68 pitches to pick up his first victory for the Twins. Minnesota signed him this winter with the assumption he’d be ready around midsummer after his recovery from elbow surgery. CEDAR RAPIDS — While most Division III conferences have canceled fall sports the American Rivers Conference is planning to move ahead with reduced schedules for fall sports. Chuck Yrigoyen is commissioner of the league.KGLO News · 7 – 30 – Cyarc – 1Yrigoyen says school presidents felt it was worth the effort to give fall sports a shot.KGLO News · 7 – 30 – Cyarc – 2He says the next step is to develop a schedule for fall sports.KGLO News · 7 – 30 – Cyarc – 3The American Rivers Conference features eight Iowa schools — Buena Vista, Central, Coe, Dubuque, Loras, Luther, Simpson and Wartburg — as well as Nebraska Wesleyan. UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo, linebacker Cameron Smith and offensive tackle Oli Udoh on their reserve list for COVID-19. That brings the team’s total on the list to seven players. Smith and Udoh were 2019 draft picks. Odenigbo is in line to take over as a starter, with the departure of 10-year veteran Everson Griffen. The reserve list was created by the NFL for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons.last_img read more

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Messi must deliver and France must fire in World Cup last 16

first_imgAll the flaws of an ageing and unbalanced Argentina team were ruthlessly exposed in the thrashing by Croatia in the group stage.But, roared on by a pumped-up Diego Maradona, Messi finally opened his account in this tournament before Marcos Rojo volleyed in a stunning winner against Nigeria as the losing 2014 finalists punched their ticket to the knockout stage.Didier Deschamps’ France, meanwhile, among the pre-tournament favourites, have looked sluggish despite easing through the group stage unbeaten.Statistics comparing Antoine Griezmann of France and Lionel Messi of Argentina in the first round of the Russia 2018 World Cup © AFPFirst-choice striker Antoine Griezmann has been unable to recapture his best form and the creativity has failed to flow from midfield.Deschamps is adamant that France will get it all right on the night when the business end of the tournament kicks off on Saturday.“A whole new competition begins now, direct elimination,” Deschamps said. “We got what we wanted. Now the mountain looms up in front of us, but we’re there and we’re aiming to get through to the next round after that.”Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi underlined his importance to Argentina with a sublimely-taken opening goal against Nigeria on Tuesday.But it only partly made amends for the Barcelona icon’s penalty miss against Iceland in a lacklustre 1-1 draw that dampened Argentine hopes from their opening match.Messi was then virtually missing in action when Jorge Sampaoli’s men suffered the chastening defeat to Croatia.The tension of the win over Nigeria had 1986 World Cup winner Maradona grimacing towards the sky, a crazed look in his eyes.Maradona later played down concerns over his health after he was checked over by paramedics inside his VIP box.– ‘Messi in a mess’ –But Argentina, and Messi’s health is under scrutiny too, according to former France captain Marcel Desailly.A World Cup winner with France in 1998, Desailly told Britain’s Guardian newspaper: “We know Messi is great but we’re confused and sad for him.“He is such a pure Barcelona product but with Argentina right now, Messi’s in a mess.”“And let’s face it, France have yet to show anything to make us feel optimistic, to give us hope,” said Desailly.With just three goals from three games, an attacking line featuring Griezmann, 145-million-euro teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud has hardly set the tournament on fire.Griezmann, particularly, is facing increasing scrutiny two years after his six-goal, seven-assist tally steered France to the final of Euro 2016, where France lost to Portugal.His campaign so far has been more remarkable for the controversy caused by his decision to announce his commitment to Atletico Madrid, rejecting Barcelona in the process, in a 40-minute video which aired on the eve of France’s opener.“He’s fine, he’s fine. You mustn’t ever doubt one of the best players in the world,” said his Atletico teammate Lucas Hernandez.Les Bleus should have the measure of Messi, according to Marius Tresor, the former France defender who helped Les Bleus to a fourth-place finish at the 1982 World Cup.“Against Messi, they (France) will have to play intelligently,” Tresor told AFP.“If Messi comes through the middle we have a guy called N’Golo Kante who doesn’t let people past him easily.“On his (Messi’s) right side there’s Hernandez, who knows him well from the Spanish league.Messi “likes to move around, so we have to try and control him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Argentina will count on Lionel Messi while France need Antoine Griezmann to find form © AFP / Jeff PACHOUD, Gabriel BOUYSKAZAN, Russian Federation, Jun 29 – Argentina and Lionel Messi need to find form fast if they are to go any further in the World Cup on Saturday when they meet a France team who have yet to live up to their billing.The first last-16 match in Russia promises to be a fascinating clash of two under-achieving sides who are supposedly on different trajectories.last_img read more

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