One of professional wrestling's most celebrated performers and promoters, Verne Gagne, has died at age 89.
Gene Okerlund, who was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame with Gagne in 2006, says his longtime friend died Monday in Minnesota.
WWE says Gagne turned professional in 1950 and won several regional championships before heading to the newly formed American Wrestling Association in 1960.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Gagne became a promoter and eventually became the sole owner of the AWA. He remained an active competitor until the early 1980s, holding the AWA World Heavyweight Championship 10 times between 1960 and 1981.
Okerlund calls Gagne one of the pioneers of professional wrestling who helped "put it on the map."
The Marshalltown Community College Tigers on Monday were swept by Iowa Western Community College in a baseball doubleheader at Shawn Williams Field on the MCC campus by scores of 5-2 and 10-2. The Tigers play Tuesday afternoon at Iowa Central of Fort Dodge at two p-m.
The Iowa Cubs were rained out Sunday for their game with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
The two teams will play a double header today starting at 5:30 p-m Iowa time.
Back on Friday night Iowa lost to the Sky Sox 9-8 after blowing a big lead.
NASCAR chairman Brian France is not sure if Kyle Busch will be granted a waiver to be part of the championship chase when he returns from injury, but said Thursday the sanctioning body would like to "accommodate" him.
Busch broke his right leg and left foot in a crash into a concrete wall in the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway the day before the season-opening Daytona 500.
He'll miss his ninth race this weekend at Richmond International Raceway, but has indicated he'll return to racing this season. The only way he'd be eligible to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship is if NASCAR grants him a waiver, and he wins a race that would qualify him for the 16-driver field. He'd also have to be inside the top 30 in points.
Daniel Murphy drove in four runs and the New York Mets matched a franchise record with their 11th straight victory Thursday, walking their way to a 6-3 win over the Atlanta Braves behind Bartolo Colon.
The streaking Mets, with the top record in the majors despite injuries to several critical players, finished 10-0 on their first homestand of the season after sweeping a trio of NL East rivals.
This is the fifth time the Mets have won 11 games in a row, and the first since 1990. Next stop, the Subway Series beginning Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
Murphy hit an early three-run double, and the 41-year-old Colon outpitched All-Star Julio Teheran in a matchup of unbeaten starters. New York took advantage of eight walks and tied the 1986 World Series champions for the best start in team history at 13-3.
Greg Jennings has played in 10 postseason games, or 10 more than most of his new teammates with the Miami Dolphins, and he's eager to help lead them to some success in January.
The two-time Pro Bowl receiver said Thursday he's comfortable in the leadership role. He signed an $8 million, two-year contract Wednesday with the Dolphins, and he'll fill a void among the wideouts by providing a veteran presence.
The team's other top receivers are Jarvis Landry, 22, and newcomer Kenny Stills, 23.
Jennings, a nine-year veteran, led the Minnesota Vikings last season with 59 catches for 742 yards and six touchdowns. He has 63 regular-season touchdown receptions, and scored twice to help the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 Super Bowl.
A hydrogen-fueled vehicle will lead the field at a NASCAR race for the first time when a 2016 Toyota Mirai serves as the official pace car Saturday night at Richmond.
The midsize sedan uses no gasoline and emits only water vapor. The electric vehicle is powered by hydrogen, refuels in about five minutes and travels up to 300 miles on one tank. It goes on sale in California later this year, with expansion planned.
Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., said the manufacturer continues to use NASCAR as a vehicle to "showcase our innovation and environmental leadership."
The Toyota Camry Hybrid was the first hybrid vehicle to pace a full NASCAR race when it was used at Charlotte in 2009.
Zack Ziemek, a redshirt senior from the University of Wisconsin, won the decathlon Thursday at the Drake Relays with 7,964 points — the second-highest total in the world this season.
Ziemek, who competed unattached, opened his meet by winning the 100 meters Wednesday in 10.68 seconds. He set personal bests Thursday in the discus at 158 feet, 6 inches and the pole vault at 17-4 1/2.
Heather Miller-Koch won the heptathlon with 5,860 points.
3,200_1, Thomas Pollard, Gilbert, 9 minutes, 7.50 seconds. 2, Ryan Schweizer, Dowling Catholic, 9:15.01. 3, Daniel Soto, West Des Moines Valley, 9:18.64. 4, Greg Rinn, West Des Moines Valley, 9:23.52. 5, Patrick Bose, Johnston, 9:25.51. 6, Sam Schillinger, Cedar Falls, 9:26.96. 7, Eric Lenz, Tipton, 9:28.40. 8, Karson Sommer, Pleasant Valley, 9:29.39.
Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard says he'll return to work full time on Monday, just weeks after suffering a heart attack. Pollard met with the media for the first time since suffering the attack while at a track meet at the Universityof Northern Iowa in early March.
The Mayo Clinic says Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg is expected to be released today, less than a week after open-heart surgery. Hoiberg had surgery at the clinic in Rochester, Minnesota on Friday to replace his aortic valve, a procedure he put off twice during the season.
New Orleans beat the Iowa Cubs in P-C-L action in the daytime Wednesday by the score of 6-3. Iowa's record slipped to 6-7 on the year. The four game series now even at a game apiece will continue with a day time game again today at Principal Park andSec Taylor Field in Des Moines, play ball is 12:08 p-m.
Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier each hit two-out grand slams, powering the Cincinnati Reds past Milwaukee Brewers 16-10, handing the Brewers their seventh straight loss. Zack Cozart hit two homers for the Reds, whose offense has reawakened for 22 runs in two games in Milwaukee after manager Bryan Price went on a profanity-laced tirade in his pregame media session Monday.
The Iowa Cubs beat New Orleans Tuesday night at Principal Park 6-4.
Iowa extended a winning streak to two games and improved to 6-6 on
the year. Iowa will host New Orleans in a day game this afternoon with a start time
of 12:08 p-m.
Shortstop Starlin Castro lead a ninth inning rally Tuesday night that led the Cubs to a 9-8 win over the Pirates. Rookie Third baseman Kris Bryant had two hits, a double and two rbi to aid the Chicago cause. The Cubs are 8-5 on the year.
The Chicago Cubs won on the road Monday night. They beat Pittsburg 5-2. Rookie Third baseman Kris Bryant had three runs batted in. Jake Arrietta was the winning pitcher. The Cubs are now 7-5. The two teams play again tonight at PNC Park, game time is 605p-m.
The Iowa Cubs played a daytime doubleheader with Oklahoma City Monday at home in Des Moines. The two teams split, the Dodgers took the opener 8-0 while Iowa bounced back to take the 2nd game 4-3 in nine innings. Iowa is now 5-6 headed into a game with New Orleans at home tonight at 6:38 p-m.
Amongst your favorite baseball teams Sunday: the Cards beat the Reds in 11 innings 7-5, the Cubs rallied to beat the Rockies 6-5, the White Sox beat the Twins 6-2 and the Royals remained unbeaten at 6-0 with a 9-2 with a 9-2 win over the Angels.
Royals at the Twins 3:10
Brewers at the Cardinals 3:15
Reds at the Cubs 7:05 pm
The Iowa Cubs beat the Memphis Redbirds Sunday by the score of 7-2.
The four game set between the two was split at two games each, Iowa winning the last two games 13-0 and 7-2. Iowa with a record of 2-2 opens a road set at New Orleans Monday nightat 6pm Iowa time, New Orleans is 1-3.
Marshalltown lost in girls soccer at Leonard Cole Field Thursday night by the score of 3-0. The Bobcats slipped to 0-2 in the season. Weather conditions were, rainy cold and windy. A goal that would have equalized the match for Marshalltown at 1-1 was disallowed by the officials.
The Iowa Wild lost to the Rockford Ice Hogs on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines by the score of 5-3. Iowa will host Oklahoma City Friday night in Des Moines with a face off time of seven p-m.
The Iowa Cubs lost their season opener at Memphis by the score of 7-4 Thursday night. It was 82 degrees there at game time. Addison Russell a young infield prospect in the Cubs organization had a pair of RBI`s. Game 2 of the series will be at 7:05 Iowa
The Chicago Cubs won their first game of the year on Wednesday shutting out the
Cardinals 2-0 at Wrigley Field. Jake Arrietta was the winning pitcher. The Cubs
scored their 2 runs in the 7th inning, it was a cold wet day at Wrigley. The teams
split a scehduled 3 game series, each by shut out, one game was postponed.
The Connecticut Huskies are NCAA women's basketball champions for the 10th time, all under head coach Geno Auriemma (aw-ree-EH'-muh). Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Moriah Jefferson each scored 15 points as the Huskies earned a 63-53 triumph over Notre Dame. Auriemma tied UCLA's John Wooden for the most NCAA basketball championships.
Kentucky coach John Calipari and Spencer Haywood are among 11 new inductees going into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year. Among the rest of the class are former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, longtime referee Dick Bavetta, Celtics star Jo Jo White and Boston coach Tom Heinsohn, and four-time NBA defensive player of the year Dikembe Mutombo (dih-KEHM'-bay moo
The Marshalltown Community College softball team snapped a 27 game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep of Ellsworth Community College by scores of 8-0 and 16-6. The team will host Southwest Community College weather permitting Tuesday afternoon on the campus of MCC at three p-m.
The Duke Blue Devils won their 5th national title with a 68-63 win over Wisconsin
on Monday night. Tyus Jones lead the Duke scoring with 23 points. Duke ends
up with a record of 35-4 and a national championship in mens basketball.
Wisconsin takes on Duke for all the marbles in the men`s NCAA basketball
championship game tonight from Indianapolis Indiana. The Badgwers are 36-3 and SDuke is 34-4. Tip off time tonight will be 8:18 p-m Iowa time.