=== 3A quarterfinals yesterday & todayNorth Polk 59, Estherville-Lincoln Central 47Waukon 48, Crestwood 37Des Moines Christian 49, Roland-Story 4110:00 — Center Point-Urbana (21-2) vs. West Marshall (14-7) === 5A quarterfinals yesterdayJohnston 66, Urbandale 57West Des Moines Valley 66, Iowa City High 59 (OT)Dowling 75, Waukee 70 (3 OT)Southeast Polk 61, Ankeny Centennial 56 (OT) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 21 rebounds in his return from the concussion protocol, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves stave off the Sacramento Kings for a 112-105 victory. Derrick Rose added 20 points and Tyus Jones pitched in 16 points, eight assists and three steals for the Timberwolves, who split the previous two games without Towns while he recovered from a highway crash last week involving the car he was in. Rookie Marvin Bagley III had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Wild and center Eric Staal have agreed to terms on a two-year, $6.5 million contract extension, after the NHL trade deadline passed with the 15-year veteran staying put in Minnesota. The deal with Staal was struck after the Wild dealt forward Mikael Granlund to Nashville for forward Kevin Fiala. Staal’s salary cap hit over the next two seasons will decrease from $3.5 million to $3.25 million. The 34-year-old Staal has 18 goals and 23 assists in 62 games. MASON CITY — The Class 3A Substate 2 boys basketball championship game between Clear Lake and Charles City scheduled for last night was postponed to tonight due to the weather. Top-ranked Clear Lake is 22-0 heading into tonight’s game and is looking to make the school’s first appearance at state since 1979. Charles City is 14-7 heading into tonight’s contest. The Comets have not been to the boys state basketball tournament since 1956. Clear Lake beat Charles City 87-60 in Charles City back on December 3rd. You can hear the Clear Lake-Charles City game tonight, which is being played at Mason City High School, on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com starting with the pre-game at about 6:45, with tipoff scheduled for 7 o’clock. TODAY:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — 4A girls state basketball — Mason City vs. Waverly-Shell Rock — pre-game 1:10, tipoff 1:30AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — 3A boys substate final at Mason City — Clear Lake vs. Charles City — pre-game 6:45, tipoff 7:00 === other 4A quarterfinals today11:45 — Marion (21-1) vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier (14-8)3:15 — North Scott (19-3) vs. Denison-Schleswig (20-2)5:00 — Grinnell (19-2) vs. Sioux City Bishop Heelan (18-5) === 2A quarterfinals tonight6:45 — Grundy Center (22-0) vs. Unity Christian Orange City (19-5)8:30 — Cascade (22-1) vs. Dike-New Hartford (20-2) DES MOINES — Mason City faces a familiar opponent in the 4A state quarterfinals at the girls state basketball tournament in Waverly-Shell Rock. Mohawk coach Curt Klaahsen says there’s a little bit of a comfort level heading into today’s game because the two programs have faced each other a number of times in the past.Klaahsen says facing Waverly-Shell Rock should give his team a little bit calmer feeling heading into the state tournament.The Mohawks beat the Go-Hawks 70-43 back on November 20th. Klaahsen says Waverly-Shell Rock is a better team than they were at the start of the season.Mason City is 15-8 and is led by senior Megan Meyer who is averaging 25.2 points per game. Waverly-Shell Rock is 20-2 and are led by Abbie Draper who is averaging 14.6 points per game and Olivia Phillips who is averaging10.3 points per contest. You can hear live and local coverage of the Mason City and Waverly-Shell Rock game on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com starting with the pre-game at about 1:10 this afternoon, with tipoff scheduled for 1:30.Listen back to our full conversation with Coach Klaahsen via the audio player below LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Megan Gustafson scored 29 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds to lead No. 12 Iowa to a 74-58 win over Nebraska on Monday night.Gustafson now has scored 20 or more in 25 of Iowa’s 28 contests. The 6-foot-3 senior center finished shooting 13 of 19 from the field. Her 70.4 percent shooting percentage leads the nation.Iowa (22-6, 13-4 Big Ten) led 35-26 at intermission before the Cornhuskers emerged from the break with a 17-8 run to knot it at 43-all on Maddie Simon’s layup with 2:30 left in the third. The Hawkeyes countered with a 19-9 run and led by double digits the rest of the way after Hanna Stewart’s jumper with 5:39 remaining. Stewart finished with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.Mason City native Makenzie Meyer played 38 minutes, scoring seven points and dishing out a career-high 10 assists.Sam Haiby led Nebraska (13-15, 8-9) with 12 points and Kate Cain and Ashtyn Veerbeek each scored 10. AMES, Iowa (AP) — Marial Shayok scored 21 points and Iowa State rolled past Oklahoma 78-61 on Monday night, snapping a two-game losing skid.Talen Horton-Tucker had 18 for the Cyclones (20-8, 9-6 Big 12), who reached 20 wins for the seventh time in eight years thanks largely to a 13-0 run midway through the second half.The Cyclones shook off a sluggish start to take a 37-36 lead at halftime. They then hit seven of their first 10 shots to open the second half, and Nick Weiler-Babb’s 3 with 11:34 left put Iowa State ahead 58-47. Tyrese Haliburton then pushed the lead to 14 on a corner 3, and Shayok’s drive made it 63-47 Iowa State.Horton-Tucker’s 3 with 3:20 left gave the Cyclones their largest lead at 74-57.Shayok, who scored just four points after battling foul trouble in Saturday’s loss to TCU, was 8 of 13 shooting. He also had six rebounds and five assists.Kristian Doolittle scored 15 points to lead the Sooners (17-11, 5-10), who saw their modest two-game winning streak snapped. Oklahoma shot just 38.1 percent.
MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved setting July 23rd for the public hearing for the sale of bonds connected to capital improvement projects that are part of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget. The council during the recently completed budget session approved the city’s Fiscal Years 2020-to-2024 capital improvements plan with projects to be funded with approximately $5.9 million of general obligation bonds.One member of the council raised the question on whether or not the city should look at trying to pass a capital improvements levy to help pay for smaller projects right away instead of using general obligation bonds to pay for projects over a 10-year period with interest. Councilman Will Symonds asked City Finance Director Kevin Jacobson whether or not the city could have saved money if residents had passed a capital improvements levy two years ago.Jacobson says, “Based on how we were going to set that up, there’s a few projects, and they’re totaling about $160,000. Most of the projects on the list would be $30,000 and under that we would have included in the capital improvements levy.” Symonds and Jacobson confirmed in their conversation that if they guessed at about 3% interest, it’s about $25,000 in interest that the city will pay for bonding out projects like this for 10 years.” During the “Ask the Mayor” program on AM-1300 KGLO earlier today, Mayor Bill Schickel was asked if the capital improvements levy should be put on the ballot once again for voters to decide. “I happen to think the voters are pretty smart and I respect the judgment of the voters . Here’s the thing we have to look at — do we have the bandwidth for that right now? We’ve got a lot of projects as everyone knows, we’re doing a whole lot of things, and whether we want to take on another a campaign of that nature not as something that I’m open to, but we’ll have to wait and see.”54-percent of the voters said no in March of 2017 when they were asked to approve a capital improvements levy of up to 67-and-a-half cents per $1000 assessed valuation.
MASON CITY — On the heels of the county’s Department of Public Health announcing they have a new permanent location, the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors today approved two lease agreements for county agencies with Tierney South LLC.The county’s director of administrative services Tom Meyer says one of the leases deals with County Social Services moving to the old Curries Manufacturing office building at 525 9th Southeast. “Currently they are in the building where Cerro Gordo Abstract and the Heiny Law Firm are in. Their lease expires November 30th of this year. They are going to move into the old Curries which Mr. Tierney is rehabbing and updating for them. Their current lease amount is $3562 a month. Their new lease amount will be $3350 a month, and it will be a five year lease.”The other lease is for Juvenile Court Services, as they’ll be moving into the space currently occupied by County Social Services at 3 4th Northeast. Juvenile Court Services was forced to move out of Mohawk Square in May after a roof collapse due to severe storms closing that building for a period of time. “When the roof collapse took place, JCS was paying $3336 a month. The rent at the new facility will be $3300 a month, that again will be a five-year lease. The lease expires November 30th. Hopefully we have CSS transferred over there by around October 1st, just depending on how long the building remodel takes. We have a provision in here that the lease will end early, a month or two, depending on when the moves correspond.”The supervisors unanimously approved the leases. On Monday, the county’s Department of Public Health announced that they will be moving next week into the old Purdue University and Kaplan location at 2570 4th Southwest next to Hobby Lobby.
NORA SPRINGS — Nora Springs is among six communities across the state that have been awarded funds to improve water and wastewater treatment infrastructure. The funding is being made through the Wastewater and Drinking Water Assistance Program, which was signed into law by Governor Reynolds in January 2018. The city of Nora Springs has been given a $150,000 grant that will be used toward an $8.4 million project for a new wastewater treatment facility that will employ ultraviolet disinfection. Other communities awarded grants include Davenport, DeSoto, Osceola, Schleswig and West Union.
Yomif Kejelcha (Ethiopia)12:53.98 Djamal A. Direh (Djibouti)13:21.50 Paul Kipngetich Tanui (Kenya)12:58.69 Men’s 5000 MetersPersonal Best Isiah Kiplangat Koech (Kenya)12:48.64 Ben True (USA)13:02.74 William Malel Sitonik (Kenya)13:19.83 Cheptegei led for 4 of 5 laps in the men’s 10km World Cross Country Championships race in Kampala earlier this year before he collapsed. He runs in the US on Saturday. PHOTO KCCA MEDIAEugene IAAF Diamond LeagueToday: 5,000m 11.30pmUganda’s Joshua Cheptegei gets a chance to put his athletics season back on track when he runs against double Olympic 5,000m – 10,000m Champion Mo Farah and two-time World Cross Country king Geoffrey Kamworor at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on Saturday.Cheptegei, who collapsed spectacularly at the World Cross Country Championships on home ground in March, gets an opportunity to indicate how much he has recovered.In the 10km cross country race in March, Cheptegei set a blistering pace after two laps, but in the final lap run out of gas, suddenly slowed down, and walked to the finish line in 30th position. He was stretchered off.“He is very okay,” said national coach Faustine Kiwa, when The Independent asked about his fitness ahead of the Eugene IAAF Diamond League race. “He even danced that night of the cross country final. The doctors said he simply stretched himself, but is fine.”That men’s World Cross Country Championship 10km race was won by Kenya’s Kamworor, followed by Leonard Barsoton. Cheptegei faces them both in this weekend’s Eugene Diamond League in the US.The other Ugandan in action Saturday is teenager Jacob Kiplimo. Kiplimo won the men’s junior gold at Kampala’s World Cross Country Championships.The World’s best The 5,000m (12.5 laps) race Saturday is a remarkable collection of the world’s best distance runners and will show how much Cheptegei,20 has recovered, on top of providing a preview of the London World Championships final this summer. (see key runners profiles on page 2 or click) Ibrihim Jeilan (Ethiopia)13:03.22 Patrick Tiernan (Australia)13:20.88 Leonard Barsoton (Kenya)13:16.25 Jacob Kiplimo (Uganda)13:19.54 Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku (Kenya)12:59.17 Mohammed Ahmed (Canada)13:01.74 Getaneh Tamire (Ethiopia)13:05.59 Geoffrey Kamworor (Kenya)12:59.98 Eric Jenkins (USA)13:05.85 Paul Chelimo (USA)13:03.90 Ryan Hill (USA)13:05.69 Joshua Cheptagei (Uganda)13:00.60 Hassan Mead (USA)13:02.80 Mo Farah (Great Britain)12:53.11 Chris Derrick (USA)13:08.04 Hagos Gebrhiwet (Ethiopia)12:47.53 Nicholas Kosimbei (Kenya)13:17.08 Albert Rop (Bahrain)12:51.96 Bashir Abdi (Belgium)13:06.10 The University of Oregon’s Hayward Field is the training base of Farah but Cheptegei has fond memories of the US state. It was in Eugene, Oregon that he announced his arrival on the world stage at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships by winning the 10,000m gold.Farah faces a repeat of his Rio Olympics 5,000m final, with both silver medallist Paul Chelimo and bronze medallist Hagos Gebrhiwet, 23, in the field.Friday’s night’s opening events will see Ethiopia’s Olympic silver medallist Genzebe Dibaba take another crack at the world record in the 5,000m, aiming to beat the existing mark of 14min 11.15sec held by her sister Tirunesh since 2008.Other highlights on Saturday include the men’s 100m, where Olympic silver medallist Justin Gatlin and Canada’s bronze medallist Andre DeGrasse resume their rivalry.The women’s 800m meanwhile sees Olympic champion Caster Semenya head a strong line-up which also includes Rio medallists Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Margaret Wambui of Kenya. Aron Kifle (Eritrea)13:13.39 Conseslus Kipruto (Kenya)13:47.5(A) Andrew Butchart (Great Britain)13:08.61 Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2
Share on: WhatsApp Bakkabulindi and Onyango. FILE PHOTOCairo, Egypt | THE INDEPENDENT | Sports state minister Charles Bakkalubindi has concluded a three-hour long meeting with Uganda Cranes players, who are on strike over emoluments. The players are currently meeting on their own to agree on an offer of $6000 from soccer governing body FUFA for making the Nations Cup quarter-finals.According to Ugandan journalists at Radisson Blu Hotel where the National team players stay, captain Dennis Onyango, Emma Okwi and Hassan Wasswa Mawanda met the Minister and other officials from the sports ministry and soccer governing body FUFA.“Meeting has ended, it’s been resolved that each player will get $6000, and all signs indicate they will now head out for a training session at Arab Contractors’ stadium in Cairo ahead of the Friday game against Senegal,” tweeted journalist Nicholas Bamulanzeki.He added that, “players are now having a private meeting amongst themselves at the hotel Fufa officials and coaches asked to excuse them for a while for privacy.”Earlier, FUFA said an emergency meeting had agreed that the players get an extra $6000 for qualifying for the quarter-finals.“Considering the magnitude and importance of the event of Uganda Cranes match against the Teranga Lions of Senegal, the interests of the Nation, Government, the Sponsors, and the gallant fans, FUFA has agreed to pay 6,000 USD over and above the agreed terms in the Code of Conduct and that matters of finances will not be discussed until the end of Uganda Cranes participation in the tournament. This position has been duly communicated to the Players,” FUFA said.Cranes players boycotted Tuesday training claiming they have not been paid what is due to them. FUFA issued a statement later saying they have already been paid sh55million to each players, as agreed, in contracts before the tournament started.UPDATE
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has announced that they have arrested a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player who reportedly solicited a Florida teen for sex.The arrest of 28-year-old Felipe Vazquez occurred after a month long investigation involving the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Pennsylvania State Police.Investigators say they began investigating Vazquez after they received information that the 28-year-old was in a relationship with a 15-year-old girl which began when the teen was 13. Authorities over the summer Vazquez sent the teen a video via text message showing him involved in a sex act and requested that the teen meet up with him for sex after the baseball season ended.During a search of Vazquez’ apartment in Pittsburgh, officials seized several electronic devices in addition to the player’s phone.He is currently facing one count of computer pornography-solicitation of a child, and one count of providing obscene material to minors, however, authorities say he may face additional charges.
A Florida teenager is lucky to be alive after part of a boat anchor went into his skull, impaling his brain.Caleb Bennett was fishing with his friends when an anchor fell off the boat and lodged in his head.The 14-year-old’s parents were vacationing in the Bahamas at the time and rushed home to see him, not knowing what to expect.He was taken to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, where the medical staff was stunned by his condition.Caleb was placed in a medically induced coma, and part of his skull was removed to allow his brain room to swell.His condition after he woke up was unclear to his family.They worried about whether teen would be able to walk or talk.However, he made a miraculous recovery within a week, and months later, it is although the accident never occurred.Caleb’s recovery from the freak accident is “one in 1,000,000,” according to his doctor.He told Inside Edition, his friends now call him “The Anchorman.”
Palm Beach County leaders expressed concerns on Thursday regarding the increase in coronavirus here.“Our numbers are starting to increase. We knew they would increase slightly, but they are increasing more than anticipated,” said Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker. “If these numbers continue to climb, we’re not gonna be able to move forward, and we definitely don’t want to move backwards.”While speaking at a new COVID-19 testing site at the Greenacres Community Center, officials emphasized the importance for people to wear face coverings in public and practice social distancing.“We don’t look in the rearview mirror,” said Mayor Dave Kerner. “Am I concerned about the numbers going up? Of course I’m concerned. Did I anticipate numbers going up? Absolutely. If we open up the economy, it’s a pretty practical thought process to think we’re gonna see some community spread.”He added that the community spread is being managed correctly in the county, and that the rate of hospitalizations and intensive care admissions continue to trend downward.“That means our most vulnerable are being protected,” Kerner explained. “We’re not gonna stand around and say we made a mistake and cry about it. We’re gonna pick ourselves up and move forward.” Last week, Kerner and Baker sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis, asking that Palm Beach County be allowed to enter Phase Two of Florida’s reopening plan.Under Phase Two, which excludes Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties for now, bars and entertainment venues such as movie theaters are allowed to reopen.However, Palm Beach County does not want to allow standalone bars to reopen just yet.Kerner also said on Thursday he has not heard from DeSantis about the request to join Phase Two, but he is in contact with the governor’s staff.“The chief of staff did promise me that they would respond in due course, and I would expect a response any day,” said Kerner.According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, Palm Beach County has 7,887 confirmed cases of COVID-19.“The virus is still here. It has not gone away,” said Dr. Alino Alonso, the health director for Palm Beach County. “It is still affecting many people. There is still community spread.”