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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 30 2014 10:36AM

The family of injured Formula One driver Jules Bianchi said Thursday he is still in critical condition but stable one month after his crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The French driver sustained a severe head injury when his car hit a mobile crane that was inside the trackside barriers to collect another car. He remains in a hospital in Japan.

The family statement was released by team Marussia, which will not race this week at the U.S. Grand Prix because of financial problems.

Bianchi's family says he "does indeed continue to fight" and wanted to thank his fans for their support. The family says doctors in Japan are in regular contact with neurosurgeons in Rome and the FIA medical commission and that they would continue to provide updates.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 30 2014 10:24AM

Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.

With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood taller than the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, who added to his postseason legacy with another dominant performance.

After Gregor Blanco misplayed Alex Gordon's drive for a single and two-base error, Bumgarner got Salvador Perez to pop foul to third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the final out.

The Giants ended a Series streak that had seen home teams win the last nine Game 7s. San Francisco took this pairing of wild-card teams after earning titles in 2012 and 2010.

Pitching on two days' rest after his shutout in Game 5, Bumgarner entered in the fifth with a 3-2 lead. After giving up a leadoff single to Omar Infante, he shut down the Royals and earned a save to go with his two wins in the Series.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 30 2014 10:23AM

The Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band will headline the tailgate party before the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship game in January.

Game organizers announced Wednesday that the Zac Brown Band will perform on Jan. 12.

The tailgate outside AT&T Stadium will begin at noon on game day. It's a free event for those holding tickets for the game.

There are also concerts with national recording artists planned the weekend before the game. Performers for those events will be announced later.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 30 2014 10:20AM

The English Football Association has banned Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand for three games over a tweet containing a derogatory reference to women.

The FA found that Ferdinand's comment was "abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper" that included a "reference to gender."

An independent FA commission imposed the ban on Wednesday and also fined Ferdinand 25,000 pounds ($40,300).

The FA says Ferdinand has also been "warned as to his future conduct and ordered to attend an education program" within four months.

Ferdinand, who joined QPR in the summer after being released by Manchester United, is a member of a high-profile FA commission looking at how to improve English football.

In 2012, Ferdinand was fined 45,000 pounds (then $71,000) over a tweet.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 30 2014 10:18AM

A Premier League referee has been dropped this weekend for breaking protocol so that he could watch an Ed Sheeran pop concert.

Mark Clattenburg drove straight from West Bromwich Albion's ground to Newcastle after Saturday's game against Crystal Palace so that he could watch Sheeran perform.

Referees are supposed to make a return journey with their assistants from the stadium to their hotel after every match — to protect their integrity and security.

Clattenburg broke another Professional Game Match Officials' rule by speaking to Palace manager Neil Warnock on the phone after the 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns.

Referees are only allowed to speak to managers 30 minutes after games, and their assistants must be present in case the conversation needs verifying later.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 30 2014 9:51AM

Several former Iowa women's field hockey players alleged they were pressured to play injured and sought therapy due to negative experiences under Coach Tracey Griesbaum.

Griesbaum provided the university's summary of its previously confidential investigation, which led to her August firing. She called the allegations false and said was proud of her 15 years leading a successful program.

The investigation didn't substantiate any policy violations but said it was very concerning that several former players described "a team environment of fear, intimidation and/or mistreatment."

Griesbaum denied she pressured anyone to play through injuries, saying she took a conservative approach. She says she's aware some players sought therapy, but doesn't see that as negative.

Griesbaum's planning legal action against the school, alleging gay female coaches have faced discrimination.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 29 2014 11:12AM

A man who disappeared during last week's Denver Broncos game told police he had "his fill of football" and walked and hitchhiked about 130 miles to a city in southern Colorado.

Paul Kitterman was found safe Tuesday night in Pueblo after police got a tip that he was in the city. Police Sgt. Franklyn Ortega says the 53-year-old looked tired but was otherwise unharmed.

Kitterman told police that he hadn't watched television in several days and wasn't aware that people were looking for him.

He was last seen leaving his seat at halftime at Thursday's game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field.

His stepson, Jarod Tonneson, reported him missing, and friends and family scoured the stadium and searched Denver for him. The family has asked for privacy.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 29 2014 11:06AM

Officials in a rural school district in upstate New York say they've canceled the varsity football team's season finale over hazing.

Eldred Central School District Superintendent Robert Dufour says the team will forfeit Saturday's game at Sussex Tech in Sparta, New Jersey.

District officials say they became aware of the hazing allegations Monday. School officials immediately launched a probe into the misconduct and say they determined fully clothed football players had been pushing their genitals into the face of others and sitting on teammates' faces.

Dufour says no one was harmed physically, but the acts "were not harmless in intent."

Hazing by players on high school teams in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Sayreville, New Jersey, resulted in their seasons being canceled. Seven Sayreville players are also facing criminal charges.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 29 2014 11:03AM

Former major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.

Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Reddon says the former Oakland Athletics outfielder told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand. He was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.

Canseco is a right-handed batter who hit 462 career home runs and was a six-time All-Star. He also played for Texas, Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox during a career that spanned from 1985 to 2001.

An email sent to a representative of Canseco on Tuesday night was not immediately returned.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 29 2014 11:00AM

Authorities say a Denver Broncos fan who disappeared during last week's game has been found safe.

Denver Police Sgt. Steve Warneke says 53-year-old Paul Kitterman was found Tuesday night in Pueblo, about 100 miles south of Denver. Warneke did not have any information about Kitterman's disappearance but says no charges are expected.

Family and friends of Kitterman had been searching for him since Thursday night's game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field.

Jarod Tonneson told investigators his stepfather had not been seen since he left his seat to meet friends during halftime.

The two went to the game with two of their friends after a day spent working and hunting at another friend's ranch in Kremmling, a small town in the mountains of northern Colorado.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 29 2014 10:59AM

There was a moment of silence before Game 6 of the World Series to honor Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who died in an automobile accident over the weekend in the Dominican Republic.

The 22-year-old Taveras, who made his big league debut this season, was buried earlier Tuesday in a funeral attended by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak.

One of the game's top prospects, Taveras hit .239 with three homes in 80 games for St. Louis.

Officials are still investigating the cause of Sunday's accident on a highway in the popular tourist region of Puerto Plata. Taveras's 18-year-old girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, was also killed.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 29 2014 10:58AM

Hockey great Gordie Howe has lost some function on the right side of his body after having a stroke Sunday in Texas.

Howe's daughter Cathy says the 86-year-old Detroit Red Wings legend has lost much use of his right arm and right leg. Howe suffered the stroke in Lubbock, Texas, where his daughter lives.

Howe's daughter said Tuesday night his speech is slurred, but he's been looking at family pictures and pictures from his playing days, and he's able to recognize and identify people he played with. She said his three sons were on the way there to see him.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 29 2014 10:56AM

Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings.

The first of seven Top 25 rankings done by a 12-member selection committee was released Tuesday night. The selection committee will pick the four teams to play in the national semifinals and set the matchups for other four marquee New Year's Day bowls that are part of the playoff rotation.

Oregon was fifth and Alabama was sixth.

The final rankings will be released Dec. 7, the day after the most of the conference championships are decided.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 29 2014 10:53AM

Champ Bailey has decided to retire after a 15-year NFL career that included 12 Pro Bowl berths, a record for a cornerback.

Bailey's agent, Jack Reale, said from Atlanta that Bailey had opportunities to play this season but decided to pursue other opportunities.

Those presumably include television.

Bailey spent five years in Washington and 10 in Denver after the Broncos traded running back Clinton Portis to the Redskins for the game's premiere cover cornerback.

Bailey, 36, was released by the Broncos after the Super Bowl and he signed with the New Orleans Saints. But a left foot injury that sidelined him for all but five games last season continued to bother him during training camp and he was released.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 29 2014 10:50AM

Central Connecticut star guard Kyle Vinales has been arrested after his girlfriend accused him of striking her while the two were fighting.

New Britain police say Kyle Vinales was arrested Thursday and appeared in court Friday charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

A message seeking comment was left Tuesday with his public defender.

Athletic Department spokesman Tom Pincince says Vinales is not participating in team activities currently, but declined to elaborate.

The junior averaged 17.2 points for Central last season, reaching 1,000 points faster than any player in school history.

New Britain police say the woman told them Vinales punched her in the head and squeezed her forehead after the two argued over a cell phone.

He is due in court on Dec. 5.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 29 2014 10:44AM

Iowa freshman wide receiver Derrick Willies is leaving the program and sophomore running back LeShun Daniels Jr. is out for the rest of the season because of an undisclosed injury.

Coach Kirk Ferentz says Willies is expected to transfer to be closer to his father, who is having health issues.

Willies caught four passes for 71 yards this season. The player from Rock Island, Illinois, was considered one of the program's most promising young talents.

Daniels rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries this season playing behind Mark Weisman and Jordan Canzeri.

The Hawkeyes (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) host Northwestern (3-4, 2-2) on Saturday.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 29 2014 10:40AM

A retired Indiana school principal who was NASCAR star Jeff Gordon's driver's education teacher was killed with his wife in a Tennessee crash while returning from watching Gordon race.

Officials say 78-year-old Larry Sparks and 77-year-old Jacqueline Sparks of Pittsboro, Indiana, died in Monday's crash. WBIR-TV reports their recreational vehicle went off Interstate 75 near Jellico, Tennessee, and ran into a tree.

Larry Sparks was a teacher and principal at Tri-West High School near Indianapolis and his wife was a retired elementary teacher. District superintendent Rusty King tells WTHR-TV that Sparks loved telling people about being Gordon's driving instructor.

Gordon posted Twitter and Facebook messages saying he was saddened by Sparks' death.

Neighbor Edward Whaley says the couple loved NASCAR events and was returning from Sunday's race in Martinsville, Virginia.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 29 2014 10:03AM

The Atlanta Falcons signed veteran free agent safety Charles Godfrey and waived safety Sean Baker.

Godfrey made 75 starts in seven seasons with Carolina. Godfrey, a third-round pick from Iowa in 2008, has 11 interceptions. He played in seven games with one start this season before being released on Oct. 21.

Baker began the season on Atlanta's practice squad before being signed to the active roster on Sept. 30. He appeared in four games and was not credited with a tackle.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 28 2014 11:25AM

Chivas USA has ceased operations after 10 years in Major League Soccer, with the league planning a new franchise for Los Angeles that will begin play in 2017 with new ownership and a new soccer-specific stadium.

The league's Board of Governors unanimously decided to shut down Chivas USA after reviewing a new plan for the Los Angeles market. As a result, the league will have 20 teams in the 2015 season, including new franchises in Orlando and New York City.

Commissioner Don Garber said Monday that MLS will conduct a dispersal draft of the Chivas USA roster before Dec. 1.

The league will re-align its conferences, sending Houston and Sporting Kansas City to the Western Conference to create two 10-team conferences. Each team will play 34 regular-season games.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 27 2014 11:10AM

Authorities say St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.

National police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete confirmed Taveras' death on his Twitter account. Taveras' agent and the Cardinals' representative in the Caribbean country also said Sunday that the outfielder had died.

The 22-year-old Taveras made his major league debut this year. The promising slugger hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 27 2014 11:08AM

A spokesman for South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority says prosecutors will appeal the verdict and sentencing of Oscar Pistorius, who was handed a 5-year prison term after being convicted of culpable homicide.

Prosecution spokesman Nathi Mncube said Monday that the next step is to file papers in court.

Pistorius started serving his prison sentence on Oct. 21 after he was acquitted of murder by a judge and found guilty of a lesser charge of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home.

Under the current terms, the Olympic runner is eligible for release after 10 months and would then complete his sentence under house arrest.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 27 2014 11:06AM

South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace won the rain-shortened Blue Bay LPGA on Monday for her first LPGA Tour title and second worldwide victory in nine days.

Four strokes ahead with five holes left when play was suspended Sunday because of darkness, Pace finished off a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Germany's Caroline Masson.

The 33-year-old Pace won the South African Women's Open last week for her ninth Ladies European Tour victory. She's the second South African-born champion in LPGA Tour history, joining 15-time winner Sally Little.

Pace made a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to finish at 16-under 200 at Jian Lake Blue Bay.

Masson birdied the final three holes for a 67.

Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda tied for third at 11 under.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 27 2014 11:04AM

There was an error at Game 5 of the World Series even before the first pitch.

Country singer Aaron Lewis stumbled early on during his rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday night.

After starting with "O say can you see by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed," Lewis diverted from the lyrics. Instead of singing "at the twilight's last gleaming" he sang " were so gallantly streaming," words that appear later in the national anthem.

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 27 2014 11:02AM

Michael Allen made a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 6-under 66 and a two-stroke victory Sunday in the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship, and Bernhard Langer wrapped up the Charles Schwab Cup title.

Allen birdied three of the final four holes on TPC San Antonio's AT&T Canyons Course. He finished at 15-under 201 for his second victory of the season and seventh overall on the 50-and-over tour.

Marco Dawson was second after a 71. He bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18.

Langer closed with a 69 to tie for sixth at 10 under. He has a tour-high five victories — two of them majors — and leads the money list.

The top 30 on the money list qualified for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 27 2014 10:59AM

Silvano Alves won the world title and the aggregate crown Sunday in the Professional Bull Riders World Finals.

Alves, from Pilar Do Sul, Brazil, was the only cowbow to ride all six of his bulls. He remained on the top of the event leaderboard with an 85.5-point effort on Hokey Pokey in the fifth round and an 87.25 on Asteroid in the sixth.

Alves won the event title with 501 points. Defending world champion J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, North Carolina, was second at 453.5, and J.W. Harris third at 361.

Brazil's Joao Ricardo Vieira led Alves in the world standings by 534.69 points entering the day. But Vieira was bucked off of his two bulls, allowing Alves to overtake him. Alves finished with 12,611 points, and Vieira was second with 10,673.

Alves also won world crowns in 2011 and 2012.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 27 2014 10:58AM

Soccer club Orlando Pirates says South Africa goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has died, with local media reporting he was killed in a shooting.

The Pirates issued a statement on their website on Sunday saying the club "has learned with sadness about the untimely death of our number one goalkeeper and current captain Senzo Meyiwa."

The club did not disclose further details. The South African Press Association cited a national soccer association spokesman and police as saying Meyiwa had been shot dead.

Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza said "this is a sad loss whichever way you look at it — to Senzo's family, his extended family, Orlando Pirates and to the nation."

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 27 2014 10:57AM

Tennessee running back Shonn Greene says his lawyer has advised him not to talk about his arrest for allegedly parking in a handicap space in a Nashville suburb, but he's not embarrassed.

Greene said Sunday after the Titans lost 30-16 to Houston that he knows what happened Friday in Franklin. He says the situation isn't what it's been made out to be.

Greene is free on $2,000 bond with a Nov. 13 court date for driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, failure to stop/halt/frisk and illegal parking in the town south of Nashville. A Franklin police spokesman said Greene could have had a parking ticket if he talked to the parking enforcement officer instead of trying to leave in his 2012 BMW M6.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 27 2014 10:52AM

Robert Streb earned his first PGA Tour win on Sunday by closing with a 7-under 63 and making a 4-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole in the McGladrey Classic.

The victory sends Streb to the Masters in April. The 27-year-old from Oklahoma has never played in a major.

He won a three-man playoff over Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe and Will MacKenzie. MacKenzie was eliminated on the first extra hole with a bogey from the bunker.

On the par-3 17th in the playoff, Streb's shot covered the flag and settled 4 feet below the hole. De Jonge missed a 35-foot birdie.

It was the second straight week for a first-time winner on the PGA Tour.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 27 2014 10:48AM

Andy Murray saved five match points before fighting back to beat Tommy Robredo 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (8) in a grueling Valencia Open final on Sunday.

Last month, Murray also saved five match points against the Spaniard on his way to winning the final in Shenzhen, China. This time, he had to do it in front of Robredo's home fans, who ended up applauding the effort made by both players on Valencia's indoor hard court.

Robredo came from a break down in the second set to force a tiebreaker that could have earned him his first win against Murray since 2007. Murray looked flustered, slamming his racket down twice, but he managed to save two match points before leveling at a set each.

The Briton then saved three more match points in the final tiebreaker before hitting a decisive backhand to win in 3 hours, 20 minutes, making it the longest final on the ATP circuit this year. Murray embraced Robredo over the net at the finish.

"I know it was an incredible match," Murray said. "The tennis at the end and in the second set was high level. I played well at the right moments."

It was Murray's 31st career title and second in Valencia after winning in 2009.

The two-time grand slam winner will rise to No. 5 in the rankings with his third title of the year, after he also beat David Ferrer last weekend to win in Vienna.

Sunday's match saw both players continue to draw out rally after rally despite both visibly tiring and showing signs of cramps in their legs as the grueling final wore on.

"It was an amazing match, and you have to enjoy it," Robredo said. "Unfortunately someone has to win and it was decided by a few balls. It is what it is."

The 32-year-old Robredo started well, saving six break points in the first set while converting the only two chances he had to break Murray's serve.

Robredo first broke for a 4-3 lead after winning a long game that at one point left Murray leaning on the barrier to catch his breath while the Spaniard made use of an empty chair to sit down. The local favorite pressed Murray in his next service game as well and set up a set point with a forehand winner, then converted it when the Briton sent a shot long.

Murray responded by breaking Robredo's first service game of the second set, but the Spaniard leveled at 4-4.

In the tiebreaker, Murray saved the first match point by sprinting to return two deep ground strokes before Robredo's forehand clipped the net and fell long. Murray then hit an ace to save the second before forcing a third set.

The rivals traded breaks as both tightened up with cramps.

Robredo then saved Murray's first match point at 5-4 before holding serve when his opponent sent the ball wide.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Oct 27 2014 10:44AM

A bloody in-game injury led to the suspension of a Southern Professional Hockey League game on Saturday night.

Huntsville Havoc center Justin Cseter (SEET'-er) and Peoria Rivermen player Dennis Sicard were chasing after a loose puck during the second period Saturday when Sicard's skate clipped Cseter's right thigh. Cseter suffered a large, deep gash, which bled heavily.

Rivermen media relations director Greg Halbleib says there was "a considerable amount of blood on the ice" when medical personnel responded.

He says Rivermen general manager Bart Rogers told him that Cseter was released from a Peoria-area hospital about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Rogers told Halbleib the 26-year-old Havoc's prognosis is good, and that the Huntsville team would take him back home.

The SPHL is to decide the status of the game.

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Three men have been arrested on suspicion of robbing a liquor store in Cedar Rapids.

Police say two men entered Big Discount Liquor on Tuesday night with guns and demanded money. No injuries were reported and the men left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Authorities say they quickly located a suspect vehicle and a pursuit ensued. The car was found unoccupied a short time later, but officers found two people matching the description of the robbery suspects. They were arrested.

A third suspect was identified in the investigation and arrested.

The men have been identified at 27-year-old Robert Larry Ray Barlow, 36-year-old Joshua M. Sandlin and 19-year-old Jack Daniels Yoders. They each face a charge of first-degree robbery, among others. Court records do not list attorneys.

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Authorities say they're looking for a man who failed to return from a work release assignment in central Iowa.

The state Department of Corrections says 24-year-old Nelson Messiah Humes was placed on escape status Saturday. He is accused of failing to return to the Curt Forbes Residential Center in Ames from a work release assignment.

Hume was on parole supervision before being transferred to work release in August. He is serving time for a conviction of willful injury causing bodily injury and first-degree theft.

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An Iowa sheriff's deputy says his agency has contracted to pick up a man in a Vermont jail so he can face charges in his home state.

Thirty-two-year-old Christopher M. Wood was arrested in the northeastern Vermont town of St. Johnsbury last week after a traffic stop and police discovered he's wanted on warrants stemming from an April hammer attack in Cherokee County.

A Vermont judge offered Wood the opportunity to drive himself home so he could face the charges, but he couldn't post the required bail.

Wood's attorney says his client wants to return to Iowa.

Cherokee County Chief Deputy Jeff Friedrichsen says Wood waived extradition and they've contracted with a transport company to get him. He doesn't know when Wood will be returned.

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A 38-year-old man is scheduled to be resentenced Wednesday for the 1992 slaying of a woman in Dubuque when he was a teenager.

Court records say Sean Rhomberg was 16 when he was charged after the November 1992 killing of 70-year-old Marion Carpenter. Rhomberg was convicted of stabbing Carpenter in the neck with a kitchen knife during a robbery attempt. Authorities say Carpenter had hired Rhomberg the day before to shovel snow at her home.

Rhomberg has been serving a life sentence. Rhomberg's attorney filed a motion for a resentencing after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a U.S. Supreme Court decision that banned sentences of life without parole for juveniles can be applied retroactively.

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Federal authorities say an Iowa man has been charged with defrauding his former employer in Illinois of at least $2.7 million.

U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis said 47-year-old Dominic Scodeller of Davenport, Iowa, was arrested Tuesday on charges of fraud and money laundering. A grand jury indicted Scodeller on 15 counts last week.

Authorities say Scodeller defrauded Bituminous Insurance Companies from about 2001 to May 2013. Scodeller was a purchasing and facilities manager for the Rock Island-based company. Authorities say he approved payments to bogus entities that he created and transferred the money for personal use.

Scodeller was ordered held in U.S. Marshals Service custody pending a detention hearing.

He faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of fraud and money laundering. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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An Iowa man who says he caught a Dubuque school van speeding while transporting students has been fired by a lawn care company.

Jay Shipley says that TruGreen Lawn Care fired him for recording the incident while he was driving a company vehicle. He said he was suspended last week and was fired Tuesday.

Shipley says he became concerned because the van was traveling more than 80 mph on Interstate 280 near North Liberty. He called the Iowa State Patrol and later posted the video on Facebook.

A Dubuque Community School District spokesman says a school staff member was driving students to a conference in Des Moines. The district is investigating the speeding allegations.

TruGreen says that its policy is to follow laws that prohibit speeding and using a cellphone while driving.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton will campaign with Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in Iowa as the election nears.

The former first lady, senator and secretary of state planned to appear Wednesday at events in Cedar Rapids and Davenport. She was expected to stress early voting.

Clinton came to Iowa in September to headline retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's last annual \"Steak Fry\" fundraiser. She has kept up a busy schedule this fall, campaigning for Democrats in close races.

On Saturday, former President Bill Clinton will appear at two events in Iowa for Braley.

Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard. Ernst will campaign Wednesday with Arizona Sen. John McCain.

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Authorities say they're investigating the cause of a train collision in Osage involving a grain truck.

Lt. Jeremiah Johnson of the Osage Police Department says the Canadian National Railway train hit the vehicle Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

Johnson says the truck was carrying corn to the Osage Co-Op Elevator when the collision occurred. Additional information about the circumstances is under investigation.

The driver of the truck was identified as 23-year-old Kolby Berg, of Osage. The train engineer is 60-year-old Thomas Howland, of Riceville.

The collision briefly affected traffic in the area.

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The driver of a semitrailer was sent to a hospital after his vehicle struck an Interstate 29 overpass in Iowa.

The crash happened Tuesday morning at the Port Neal Interchange near Salix. A sand silo being carried by the semitrailer struck the bottom of the overpass.

The silo went into the medium and struck two parked cars. The semitrailer continued on for about 100 feet and hit a construction crane.

The driver was taken to a local hospital, but additional information was not released. The crash affected traffic for the southbound lanes for several hours.

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A murder trial has begun for an 18-year-old charged in the death of a 5-year-old boy outside a rural home where they were foster children.

Lawyers for Cody Metzker-Madsen plan to use an insanity defense in the 2013 death of Dominic Elkins.

Authorities say Elkins was killed while the boys were playing outdoors at their home near Logan, in western Iowa. He died as a result of blunt-force head injuries and drowning.

Elkins' body was found at the bottom of a ravine.

Metzker-Madsen has pleaded not guilty and has waived his right to a jury trial. A judge will make the final ruling in the trial that began Tuesday and is expected to last two weeks.

Legal experts say that Metzker-Madsen will not be released from jail if found not guilty. He will likely face years in state care.

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A Waterloo man faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of another man at a nightclub in August.

36-year-old Rodolfo Gonzalez Pena made an appearance in court Tuesday. Online records do not list an attorney.

Pena is accused of shooting 35-year-old Celio Antonio Posada, of Minneapolis, in the early morning hours of Aug. 23. The pair hung out prior to the shooting. Authorities say they still don't know what led to the shooting.

Gonzalez has been jailed on gun charges since the shooting.

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A fire has destroyed a longtime furniture store in northeast Iowa.

Firefighters responded early Tuesday to Dungey's Furniture and Floors in New Hampton. They remained on the scene several hours later.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire. No injuries have been reported.

New Hampton Fire Chief Steve Geerts says the store, which has been in business for more than 50 years, was destroyed.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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Commercial air flights will return to Fort Dodge with Air Choice One offering trips to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Fort Dodge has been without air service since Great Lakes Airlines stopped flights in February, because of a lack of pilots.

It's not yet known when the new flights by Air Choice One will start. The airline's chief administrative officer, Cindy Stork, says a starting date hasn't been finalized.

But Rhonda Chambers, the aviation director of Fort Dodge Regional Airport, says she expects the service will start in about 60 to 90 days. Chambers says the airport's commission is excited commercial flights will be offered again at the Fort Dodge airport.

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A former northeastern Iowa ethanol plant worker says a jury's $1.4 million verdict in her favor sends a message that workplace sexual harassment cannot be tolerated.

A jury ruled last week that Homeland Energy Solutions in Lawler must pay Tina Haskenhoff $100,000 for lost wages and $1.3 million for past and future emotional distress.

Haskenhoff says plant manager Kevin Howes and other employees repeatedly made inappropriate comments about her and other women. Haskenhoff says she was accused of poor performance after complaining in 2011.

Haskenhoff said Tuesday she cried after the Chickasaw County jury returned the verdict. The 46-year-old Sumner resident says she hopes that she can move on from a devastating period.

But corporation attorney Kevin Visser says the verdict's tainted by improper jury instructions that will be appealed.

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Two students have been suspended from a Lancaster-area high school football team after a prank involving the head of the school's Baron mascot.

The Manheim Central School District removed the defensive starters, both seniors, from the team. That happened after a photograph appeared on SnapChat showing one of them wearing the Baron's head while nude in the locker room.

Reno Dart and the player who took the photo were also suspended from school for three days for what the district deemed \"defacing school property.\"

The district did not identify the second player and declined comment.

Dart's parents told the newspaper the Oct. 17 photograph was likely in poor taste but not malicious. The mascot wasn't damaged.

They say the episode has cost both players college scholarship opportunities.

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FIFA says preparations for the Club World Cup in Morocco in December are continuing and there is currently no Ebola threat to cause it to be canceled.

The world soccer body says it is in contact with Moroccan authorities and is \"constantly updating its position\" with regard to Ebola on the advice of the World Health Organization.

Morocco has no reported cases of the deadly virus that has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa, almost all in the three worst-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The Club World Cup, which will feature Champions League winner Real Madrid, is scheduled for Dec. 10-20.

FIFA also says it agrees with the Confederation of African Football's decision to move games out of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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Relatives of a Broncos fan who went missing during last week's game are concerned for his safety.

Police are still searching for 53-year-old Paul Kitterman since Thursday night's matchup with the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field. His stepson, Jarod Tonneson, says he was last seen after he left his seat to meet friends at halftime.

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said detectives do not suspect foul play, but he would not elaborate.

Relatives spent the weekend posting fliers and checking area hospitals and detox centers.

Tonneson says Kitterman had left his cellphone at home and did not have much cash. He says Kitterman has no known health problems and does not use drugs.

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The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has confirmed that a chemical company has decided to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois.

Department spokesman David Roeder (ROH'-der) said Tuesday that Cronus Chemicals will build the plant just outside Tuscola. The plant will employ about 175 people. Another 2,000 temporary construction jobs are expected to be created while the plant is being built.

Roeder confirmed Cronus also plans to open a U.S. headquarters in Chicago with about 25 employees.

Construction is expected to start on the Cronus Fertilizers plant next spring and take about three years.

The company chose the site over another location in Mitchell County, Iowa. It considered sites in other states, too.

Details of any incentives that Illinois offered to Cronus weren't immediately available.

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Sioux City will install security cameras in its 17 elementary schools and update cameras in middle and high schools.

Officials say the move will help ensure the security of students and staff.

Technology director Neil Schroeder of the Sioux City school district said the elementary schools currently do not have security cameras installed in their buildings.

On Monday, the school district approved an agreement with Midwest Alarm to set up eight cameras in each elementary school.

Under the agreement, the company would also update more than 200 of the devices in middle schools, high schools and other district buildings.

The project is expected to cost about $454,000.

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