DES MOINES — The Drake men are close to full strength as they get set to play Miami of Ohio Monday afternoon at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Florida. Brady Ernst has return from injury and senior Tremell Murphy will play after a five game suspension.That’s Drake coach Darian DeVries who says it may take a while to establish a rotation. MASON CITY — The North Iowa Bulls split their weekend series with Granite City at the North Iowa Ice Arena. On Friday night, five separate Bulls scored goals in a 5-4 win. Carter Wagner had a goal and two assists to lead the Bulls. On Saturday night, Granite City scored three goals in the second period on their way to a 4-1 victory. Nick Bowlin scored the lone Bulls goal on the power play in the third period. North Iowa hits the road for a Wednesday night pre-Thanksgiving game at Willmar and return home on Friday with a game against New Ulm. AMES — Iowa State closed the home schedule with a 41-31 win over Kansas as the Cyclones improved to 7-4. It was the final game in Jack Trice Stadium for 20 seniors.The Cyclones battled back after Kansas rallied to take a fourth quarter lead.Iowa State closes out the regular season on Saturday evening at Kansas State. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Will McElvain passed for two touchdowns, Trevor Allen ran for a pair and Northern Iowa defeated Western Illinois 38-7 in a regular-season finale on Sunday.McElvain, 10-of-18 passing for 154 yards, threw 61 yards to Logan Wolf and 36 to Jaylin James for touchdowns. Allen, who finished with 94 yards on 24 carries, had short touchdown runs to complete 15- and 16-play drives for the Panthers (8-4, 6-2 Missouri Valley Football Conference), who have won all six of their home games in the regular season.Chris Kolarevic added a 28-yard interception return for a score for Northern Iowa, which is ranked 10th in the FCS coaches poll and will learn its postseason fate on Sunday.Connor Sampson was 26-of-32 passing with a touchdown and interception for the Leathernecks (1-11, 1-7), who lost their third straight.UNI will host San Diego in the first round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday at 1 o’clock. FORT DODGE — The NIACC women’s and men’s basketball teams remained perfect after winning both their games at the Great Western Shootout in Fort Dodge over the weekend.== On Friday, the Lady Trojans cruised to a 92-39 win over Central Community College of Columbus Nebraska. Autam Mendez led NIACC with 24 points, including seven three-pointers. NIACC then beat Northeast Community College 77-66 on Saturday. Kelcie Hale had 14 points, Sierra Lynch added 13 while Mendez added 12. NIACC is 7-0 overall and will host the NIACC Thanksgiving Challenge this coming weekend, facing the Grand View JV on Saturday afternoon at noon and Central of Columbus again on Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock.== For the NIACC men, Deundra Roberson had 24 points while Trey Simpson had 22 points and 14 rebounds as the Trojans beat Central Community College 111-82 on Friday. On Saturday, the Trojans beat Northeast Community College 105-85 with Roberson once again leading the way with 26 points. James Harris added 25 points while Simpson had his second straight double-double with 19 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks. The NIACC men are 9-0 and will host the Graceland JV on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock and Central of Columbus on Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock as part of the NIACC Thanksgiving Challenge. DES MOINES — The Mohawk Hockey Club fell at the Des Moines Oak Leafs 5-1 in Midwest High School Hockey League action on Saturday afternoon, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com. Nik Howell extended his streak of scoring a goal to eight games as he got the only Mohawk tally near the end of the second period. Mason City is 0-8 on the season and will travel to face Ames on Wednesday before hosting Fremont for Alumni Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. You can hear all three of those contests on KRIB starting at 6 o’clock Wednesday, 3 o’clock Saturday and 11:00 AM on Sunday. IOWA CITY — C. J. Fredrick scored 21 points and the Iowa men broke the game open with a 9-0 run midway though the second half in an 83-59 win over Cal-Poly. Fredrick was five of five from three point range.The schedule gets much tougher as the Hawkeyes play last year’s national runner-up Texas Tech in Las Vegas on Thursday.Tipoff on Thursday is scheduled for 7 o’clock, with the pre-game at 6 o’clock on KGLO. IOWA CITY — Iowa’s seniors posted a victory in their final game in Kinnick Stadium with a 19-10 win over Illinois on Saturday, as you heard on KGLO. Nate Stanley passed for 308 yards as the Hawkeyes improve to 8-3.Linebacker Kristian Welch had 12 tackles, including a sack and forced as fumble.Iowa closes the regular season with a Black Friday game at Nebraska. IOWA CITY — 2nd-ranked Iowa won eight of ten bouts to down 11th-ranked Iowa State 29-6 on Sunday in the annual wrestling battle between the two teams. Iowa held a 28-4 edge in takedowns and a 90-38 advantage in match points. The Hawkeyes scored bonus points at four weight classes and swept a pair of top 10 matchups. Top-ranked Spencer Lee earned a 17-2 technical fall against No. 7 Alex Mackall at 125, and No. 5 Pat Lugo won a 4-2 decision against No. 4 Jarrett Degen at 125. Lee scored two takedowns and 12 nearfall points to terminate his match in 2 minutes 52 seconds. Austin DeSanto scored five takedowns and four nearfall points in a 16-5 major decision at 133. Michael Kemerer used six takedowns and nearly three minutes of riding time to win 14-5 at 174. Jacob Warner scored four takedowns and three minutes, 23 seconds of riding time to win 11-2 at 197. Alex Marinelli, Nelson Brands, and Tony Cassioppi won by decision against ranked wrestlers. Iowa’s win was its 16th straight in the series. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Mason City High GBB at Des Moines North — 6:05 pre-game, 6:15 tipoff
FUFA president Moses Magogo (centre) flanked by MP Obua and Ssewanyana, coach Micho, players, other FUFA officials and MPs at parliament on Tuesday. COURTESY PHOTOSParliament on Tuesday moved a motion to formally recognize Uganda Cranes for their recent triumph against Comoros that saw them qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time since 1978. There was a proposal each member of parliament contributes sh500,000 to support the Cranes.A Farouk Miya goal in a 1-0 win saw Uganda’s national football team Cranes qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations after 38 years. Miya is a professional who plays for Standard Liege in Belgium.Presenting the motion for a resolution of parliament to congratulate Uganda Cranes, member of parliament for Ajuri Dennis Obua Hamson said the qualification of Uganda Cranes, September 4 at Namboole was “of great national pride for not only the football fans, but for the entire nation, cognizant of the fact that Uganda had last qualified in 1978.”Deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya presided over Tuesday’s session that had in the gallery Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) officials, players and coach.Obua, who is also football captain of the parliamentary football team, told parliament that “noting that this qualification presents the requisite spring board for the Uganda Cranes to qualify for bigger and better tournaments, it is resolved that parliament pays glowing tribute to the Uganda Cranes for qualifying for Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon 2017.”Government, Obua said, should also take a centre stage in “enabling the realization of the dreams of the Uganda Cranes in particular and the sports sub sector broadly through adequate funding, preservation of play grounds and entrenching of physical education in the school curriculum.”He said that the historic match at Namboole “exemplifies the Uganda spirit of unity, patriotism and nationalism given the many football fans across the political, religious and cultural divide that turned at Namboole to support the Uganda Cranes and the mood across the country after the win.”He said this was best shown by Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke and the First Lady, also education and sports minister Janet Kataha Museveni, who were all singing Uganda Cranes at Namboole.Obua also noted that this should be a wake-up call to the government to increase the annual budget allocation to the sports sub-sector to facilitate the development and sustainability of sports countrywide. He suggested a bill be tabled within 6 months on the facilitation of sporting activities in the country to provide a regulatory framework for better funding in future. Share on: WhatsApp Seconding the motion, the chairperson of the parliament committee on education and sports also Mbale woman MP Connie Nakayenze Galiwango added her voice to that of Obua, thanking the Uganda Cranes players and Serbian coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic for making Uganda proud.Galiwango also decried the low funding to sports activities in the country noting that in the financial year 2016/17, only sh12.2b was provided for physical education and sports despite the many activities like the construction of high altitude training centres in Kaphchorwa and the construction of John Akibua Olympic Staduim.“Honorable speaker, I want to bring to your attention that the old John Akibua Olympic memorial stadium was sold off and on the construction of a new one on the land that was provided, only 1billion was allocated, “ said Galiwango.Galiwango also noted that the 5.3billion provided to the National Council of Sports to cater for the many sports associations in the country isn’t sufficient since the biggest part goes to paying salaries of officials and the utilities of the federations.For his part, the shadow minister of sports also Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana noted with concern that the Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is the least paid national coach on the continent saying that he gets only about $10,000 a month while other coaches of national teams that Uganda will be playing against in AFCON get about $70,000 .Ssewanyana suggested that parliament passes a resolution of parliament for all individual members of parliament to each contribute sh500,000 of their salary towards the Uganda Cranes players and the coach as a token of appreciation for qualifying after 38 years.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Harrison, second from right, is greeted by teammates as he crosses home plate after hitting a walk-off solo home run off Miami Marlins relief pitcher Mike Dunn during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. The Pirates won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PITTSBURGH (AP) – The last time Josh Harrison hit a walk-off homer, he was a high school senior in Cincinnati. The game was played in front of a few dozen people on a spring afternoon. Still the only homer of his prep career remains ingrained in Harrison’s memory.Now it’s got company.The Pittsburgh Pirates utility infielder sent a fastball from Miami reliever Mike Dunn into the first row of seats in right-center leading off the ninth, the improbable homer lifting the Pirates to a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.“I knew it had a chance,” Harrison said after his second home run of the season. “I knew it wasn’t caught off the bat. I was running watching (Giancarlo) Stanton’s reaction. I knew he wasn’t going to catch it. I saw him pull up and it didn’t kick back, I knew it was gone.”Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle sent Harrison out to leadoff the inning modestly hoping Harrison could find a way to get on base. Instead, Harrison provided another signature moment in a season that is starting to stockpile them for the first-place Pirates.A marvelous diving grab by centerfielder Andrew McCutchen with two on in the seventh saved two runs and reliever Vin Mazzaro narrowly escaped a bases-loaded jam moments when a liner from Jeff Mathis landed inches foul. Mathis eventually flied to left on a night Miami left 11 runners on base.Minutes later Harrison was getting the creampie to the face treatment.“Those are little things that happen that make you go ‘Yeah, something’s going on,’” Hurdle said. “There’s no doubt the more feel good you get, the more you feel good.”The NL Central-leading Pirates have won three straight to move a season-high 24 games over .500 (68-44).Dunn (2-3) bailed Chad Qualls after Qualls loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth. He struck out Pedro Alvarez and got Russell Martin to hit into a double play but couldn’t get the best of Harrison, a bench player who has spent most of the season shuttling between Pittsburgh and Triple-A Indianapolis.“Initially, I didn’t think it was high enough to go out but it carried and it was a home run,” Dunn said. “It was a good job on his part.”Bryan Morris (5-4) pitched a perfect top of the ninth for the victory. Neil Walker had three hits for the Pirates. McCutchen had two hits, including a two-run double, for Pittsburgh.Donovan Solano went 3 for 5 for the Marlins but baseball’s lowest scoring team left runners on base in six of the first seven innings.“We couldn’t get that hit to give us a little breathing room,” Miami manager Mike Redmond said.Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke has been one of baseball’s biggest surprises, the 25-year-old soaring from fringe starter to All-Star. He’s had trouble working deep into games since returning from his trip to New York for the midsummer classic, and for a while it appeared he was headed for another early exit after lasting just four innings against St. Louis in his last start.Miami turned three singles – none of them sharply hit – into a run in the second then added two more in the third behind four straight singles to start the inning. The Marlins, however, couldn’t pile on and Locke eventually settled down. The left-hander allowed three runs on nine hits in 5 2-3 innings, walking three and striking out four as his ERA ticked up to 2.47.“There are lessons to be learned for him,” Hurdle said of Locke. “He’s always got to be the predator and the aggressor. We’re into August. We’re into September. Everybody that gets that ball, you’ve got to be throwing aggressive punches off the mound with intent and conviction.”Locke left two runners on in the sixth. He also left with a no decision as Mazzaro retired Ed Lucas with two runners on to end the inning.Henderson Alvarez handcuffed the Pirates in their previous meeting, limiting Pittsburgh to just two hits in six innings of a victory two weeks ago. The Pirates, however, briefly figured him out in the third. McCutchen doubled off the wall to drive in two runs and Pedro Alvarez followed with his first triple of the year to tie it.The Pirates never threatened against the Miami starter again, and Alvarez left after seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, striking out six while not issuing a walk.That left it up to the bullpens and Pittsburgh’s “Shark Tank” continued its dominance. Mazzaro survived the seventh and the Marlins went meekly in the eighth or ninth before Harrison stepped to the plate.“I’ve never been around a group of guys that fights this hard the entire game,” Locke said. “We load the bases in the eighth and Pedro comes up and we don’t score and you see who comes up with nobody on and walks off. It’s funny how the game works like that.”NOTES: Hurdle said LHP Francisco Liriano deserves to be in the NL Cy Young conversation. Liriano is 12-4 with a 2.02 ERA in 16 starts and was named the NL Player of the Week after picking up two victories between July 29-Aug. 4 … The series continues on Wednesday when Pittsburgh’s Charlie Morton (3-3, 4.07 ERA) faces Tom Koehler (3-6, 4.34). Morton gave up five runs in six innings of a loss to St. Louis in his previous start. Koehler pitched six shutout innings against the Mets in a win last Thursday.