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KLEM Local Schedule (week of April 13)


MONDAY – April 13

nothing scheduled locally or nationally due to the coronavirus outbreak

Sports Minute

CHICAGO (AP) – Four-time All-Star second baseman Glenn Beckert has died of natural causes at age 79, according to his family. Beckert teamed with shortstop Don Kessinger for his entire nine-year Cubs career to form one of the best double-play combinations in baseball. Beckert compiled a .283 average in an 11-year career that began with the 1965 Cubs and ended with the 1975 Padres.

UNDATED (AP) – Golf showman Doug Sanders has died at age 86, the PGA Tour confirmed through a text from Sanders’ ex-wife, Scotty. His best year was in 1961 when he won five times and finished third on the PGA Tour money list. But he is best known for four runner-up finishes in the majors, the most memorable at St. Andrews in the 1970 British Open. Needing to sink a 3-foot par putt on the final hole to beat Jack Nicklaus, Sanders muffed it before losing to Nicklaus in a playoff the following day.

LONDON (AP) – Formula One great Stirling Moss has died following a long illness. Moss won 16 of his 66 F1 starts and was affectionately known as “Mr. Motor Racing” while possessing a fearless and often reckless attitude. That took a toll on his slight body and his career ended at age 31 after a horrific crash. He said, “If you’re not trying to win at all costs, what on earth are you doing there?”

UNDATED (AP) – Former British soccer star Kenny Dalglish has returned home after being hospitalized for the coronavirus. The 69-year-old former Celtic, Scotland and Liverpool forward was hospitalized on Wednesday for treatment on gallstones and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 despite not showing symptoms. Dalglish has gone into self-isolation at home and urged the public to do everything possible to slow the spread of the virus.

LONDON (AP) – Former Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti has died at 78 following a long-term illness, according to the team. Bonetti made seven World Cup appearances for England, including in the 1970 final. He kept 208 clean sheets in 729 appearances for Chelsea over two spells from 1960-75 and 1977-79. Only Ron Harris, with 795, has made more appearances for the club.



TUESDAY – April 14

nothing scheduled locally or nationally due to the coronavirus outbreak

Sports Minute

UNDATED (AP) – A FIFA vice president says most international soccer might not be played until 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions and the need to give club competitions the chance to resume. CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani of Canada has been heading a FIFA working group formulating plans to deal with the implications of the world’s biggest sport being largely shut down since last month. FIFA has already called off matches between countries that were due to be played in March and June. Three autumn windows could be scrapped.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Move over Zeke, there’s a new kid on the block and he’s even richer. A four-year deal between the Carolina Panthers with All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey will net him $16 million a year. That surpasses Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott as the richest ever for a running back. Elliott is making $15 million per season. McCaffrey ran for 1,387 yards and hauled in 1,005 yards receiving last season.

NEW YORK (AP) – ESPN and NFL Network will join forces for this year’s NFL draft. They will produce a broadcast that will air on both networks over all three days. The April 23-25 draft was originally scheduled to be in Las Vegas but has been moved due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now originate from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. Draft hosts and a limited number of commentators will be in-studio but will adhere to social distancing guidelines.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An investigation is underway into a one-car crash that killed former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. The crash happened Sunday night near Jackson’s hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. Authorities say Jackson’s car went off the road, struck a tree and overturned. Jackson was hired as quarterbacks coach for Tennessee State last season after a 10-year NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills.

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook has donated 650 computers to children in need so they can continue learning with schools shut down because of the new coronavirus. Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation teamed with Comp-U-Dopt and Houston mayor Sylvester Turner’s office of education to provide computers to underprivileged children across the city. Turner’s office says that 83% of students given computers live in households earning less than $35,000 a year.



WEDNESDAY – April 15

nothing scheduled locally or nationally due to the coronavirus outbreak

Sports Minute

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is cutting the salary of senior staff by an average of 35% for this year and is guaranteeing paychecks to its full-time employees of its central office through May. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum to staff, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. Manfred also said the commissioner’s office will make all planned distributions to teams through May. MLB’s season was to have started March 26 but remains on hold due to the new coronavirus.

BOSTON (AP) — Former World Series MVP Steve Pearce is retiring, saying he’s done playing after an injury-plagued season for the Boston Red Sox. Pearce made the announcement Monday night on Boston radio station WEEI while it aired a replay of the 2018 World Series opener between the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. The career journeyman homered and hit a three-run double in Game 4 of that matchup, then homered twice the next day as the Red Sox took title and he won the MVP. Pearce turned 37 on Monday. He was hurt most of last season and didn’t play after May 31.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner died Tuesday at age 63. He is the oldest son of George Steinbrenner and one of the four siblings who own the team’s controlling shares. The team said he died at home in Clearwater, Florida, due to a long-standing health issue. Hank hoped to succeed as father as the team’s controlling owner. Between the 2007 and 2008 seasons, he became the public voice of the Yankees’ ownership. He did not appear to have much involvement in the team’s operations in recent years.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson has been fired by Chip Ganassi Racing two days after the NASCAR driver used a racial slur on a live stream of a virtual race. Larson used the slur during a Sunday night iRacing event and the clip went viral. He was first suspended without pay by Ganassi and then suspended by NASCAR, which ordered him to complete sensitivity training. Sponsors started dropping Larson and Ganassi was left with no choice but to fire the driver.

PARIS (AP) — The Tour de France has joined the long list of sports events to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the three-week race could still take place this year. French newspapers reported late Tuesday that a new start date has been set for August. Both L’Equipe and Le Parisien said organizers are now hoping to stage the race from Aug. 29-Sept. 20.



THURSDAY – April 16

nothing scheduled locally or nationally due to the coronavirus outbreak

The Boys High School Athletic Association has released the 2020 high school football schedules:

Le Mars Bulldogs schedule:  Aug. 28- at Sioux Center  ..  Sept. 4- SIOUX CITY EAST  ..  Sept. 11- at Central Lyon/GLR  ..  Sept. 18- M-O-C/FLOYD VALLEY  ..  Sept. 25- SPENCER  ..  Oct. 2- at Sergeant Bluff-Luton  ..  Oct. 9- at Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley  ..  Oct. 16- STORM LAKE  ..  Oct. 23- at Bishop Heelan

Gehlen Catholic Jays schedule:  Aug. 28- UNITY CHRISTIAN  ..  Sept. 4- at Hinton  ..  Sept. 11- EMMETSBURG  ..  Sept. 18- at Woodbury Central  ..  Sept. 25- at Akron-Westfield  ..  Oct. 2- HARTLEY-MELVIN-SANBORN  ..  Oct. 9- LAWTON-BRONSON  ..  Oct. 16- at MMCRU  ..  Oct. 23- SOUTH O’BRIEN

Sports Minute

UNDATED (AP) — The major college football conference commissioners have held a 30-minute conference call with Vice President Mike Pence, stressing that college sports cannot return from the coronavirus shutdown until campuses have reopened. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says Pence asked good questions during yesterday’s call and was “hopeful and optimistic” about the fight against the coronavirus. American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco says they stressed the differences between pro and college sports and talked about how academics and college athletics are inseparable.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer Roy Halladay had high levels of amphetamines in his system and was doing extreme acrobatics when he lost control of his small plane and nosedived into Tampa Bay in 2017, killing him. That’s according to a report issued yesterday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Halladay had amphetamine levels about 10 times therapeutic levels in his blood along with a high level of morphine and an anti-depressant that can impair judgment.

UNDATED (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Willie Davis has died at 85. Davis was a five-time All-Pro who helped Green Bay win six championships from 1960-67, including the first two Super Bowls. He was voted to the NFL’s all-decade team for the 1960s and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981, 12 years after he retired. Davis played his first two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being taken in the 15th round of the 1958 NFL draft out of Grambling.

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Graduate transfer Dimencio Vaughn has signed to play his final season with Mississippi after three years at Rider. Vaughn averaged 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds last season, ranking fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in both categories. He was twice a first-team All-MAAC selection and was considered one of the top available grad transfers. Vaughn received a medical redshirt after a season-ending injury nine games into his freshman season.

STAMFORD, Conn (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment started releasing professional wrestlers yesterday in budget cuts related to the coronavirus pandemic. The moves came even with the company allowed to continue to run live TV shows in Florida after Gov. Ron DeSantis deemed WWE an essential business. Pro sports were added to a list of businesses permitted to stay open in an April 9 memorandum. WWE is allowed to continue putting on shows without fans.


FRIDAY – April 17

nothing scheduled nationally due to the coronavirus outbreak

Sports Minute

OAKLAND, Calif. — An Oakland Athletics minor league manager with COVID-19 has resumed breathing completely on his own for the first time in more than three weeks, according to his fiancee. Nikki Trudeaux says Webster Garrison no longer requires a ventilator but remains weak and unable to speak after having a tube down his throat. Garrison skippered the Class A Stockton Ports last season and is scheduled to manage in the rookie level Arizona League this year.

LOS ANGELES — Southern California quarterback J.T. Daniels has entered the transfer portal, although head coach Clay Helton says he’d welcome him back if he decides to stay at USC. Daniels immediately became the Trojans’ starter as a freshman in 2018, passing for 2,672 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during an inconsistent season. He won the starting job again out of camp last summer but lost it to Kedon Slovis when Daniels injured a knee.

MILWAUKEE — Former Ohio State guard D.J. Carton is transferring to Marquette after one season with the Buckeyes. Carton averaged 10.4 points and played 20 games for the Buckeyes this season before Ohio State announced on Jan. 30 that he was leaving the team for mental health reasons. He shot 47.7% from the floor and 40% from 3-point range.

OMAHA, Neb. — Denzel Mahoney has joined Creighton teammate Ty-Shon Alexander in declaring for the NBA draft. Mahoney played 21 games for the Bluejays after transferring from Southeast Missouri, averaging 12 points and 3.1 rebounds as a reserve wing. He can return to Creighton after going through the evaluation process by league executives as long as he doesn’t sign with an agent and withdraws from the draft by June 3.

UNDATED — UEFA is hoping the Champions League final can be played at the end of August in Istanbul, three months after the competition’s showpiece was due to be staged. A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press the aim is to play the final on Saturday, Aug. 29. However, the person said that date is only feasible if European leagues are able to resume playing around July or August.


SATURDAY – April 18

nothing scheduled locally or nationally due to the coronavirus outbreak


JOHNSTON — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has decided to cancel the rest of the 2019-2020 school year in Iowa.  That means the spring sports schedule in Iowa has been completely wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic.  The IAHSAA and the IGHSAU said they will make a decision about the summer sports seasons of baseball and softball around the first of June.

LE MARS — Judd Kopperud stepped down as the Le Mars girls basketball coach after the Lady Bulldogs lost in the Regional finals at Glenwood.  Judd’s longtime assistant coach, Cody Dyhrkopp has been hired to replace Kopperud as head coach next season.  Kopperud finished with 121 wins at Le Mars, including a State tournament trip in 2018.


Sports Headlines

NEW YORK — NBA players will see 25% of their paychecks taken out starting May 15 in an agreement with the league. The decision was finalized Friday in a board of governors meeting and was done in concert with the National Basketball Players Association. The cutback in salary has been expected for some time in response to the NBA’s shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

SAN DIEGO — The NBA draft list of available players now includes consensus All-American and Mountain West Conference Player of the year Malachi Flynn, who will forego his senior season at San Diego State. Flynn became the most decorated player in Aztecs history in his one season at SDSU after transferring from Washington State and sitting out a year. Flynn averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds this season as the sixth-ranked Aztecs went 30-2.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Cole Anthony is entering the NBA draft after just one season at North Carolina. He had been considered a likely one-and-done player and a high first-round draft prospect before his arrival in Chapel Hill. The son of former NBA player Greg Anthony set an ACC freshman record by scoring 34 points in his conference debut and finished the season averaging a team-high 18.5 points for the Tar Heels.

UNDATED — Dustin Byfuglien (BUF’-lihn) and the Winnipeg Jets have agreed to mutually terminate his contract as the defenseman walks away from the remaining $14 million left on the package. Byfuglien told the Jets he’d lost the desire to play following surgery in October to repair an ankle injury, which prompted a grievance filed through the NHL Players’ Association and settled Friday. It wasn’t clear how much Byfuglien wavered about returning to play.

UNDATED — English Premier League clubs yesterday discussed the coronavirus testing required and scenarios that could salvage the season. The league hopes to restart on June 8, presenting an optimistically tight timeframe for players to return to game shape if social distancing is relaxed. Clubs in the three professional leagues below the Premier League have been told by the English Football League that May 16 is the earliest training sessions are recommended to start.


SUNDAY – April 19

nothing scheduled locally or nationally due to the coronavirus outbreak

Sports Headlines

TEMPE, Ariz. — Former Arizona State baseball coach Bobby Winkles has died at age 90. Winkles became the Sun Devils’ first varsity baseball coach in 1959 and led them to national championships in 1965, 1967 and 1969. He went 524-173 at ASU while coaching such players as Reggie Jackson, Rick Monday, Sal Bando, Larry Gura and Gary Gentry. Arizona State retired his No. 1 jersey in 1972 and the field at Packard Stadium was dedicated in his honor in 2001.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Running back Brian Hill has signed his $2.1 million tender offer to remain with the Atlanta Falcons. The restricted free agent received an original-round tender last month, giving the team a right to match any offer Hill received from another team or accept a fifth-round draft pick as compensation. Hill played in 12 games with two starts in 2019, rushing 78 times for 323 yards and two touchdowns.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud (PA’-zheh-noh) captured IndyCar’s race on a simulated Twin Ring Motegi in Japan. Pagenaud took advantage of a frantic final 10 laps to get the victory. Penske drivers Will Power and Scott McLaughlin were racing each other for the lead and a likely victory when they came upon the lapped car of Oliver Askew, causing Power to touch McLaughlin’s car. McLaughlin was livid and actively trying to calm himself on his simulator in Brisbane when he was spun into the wall and out of contention.

UNDATED — Stefanie Dolson is the first Chicago professional athlete known to have contracted COVID-19, and the second from the WNBA. The Chicago Sky center announced the news in a video that aired Friday night during ESPN’s broadcast of the WNBA draft. She said her entire family tested positive, but that only her mother became seriously ill. She says her mother was admitted to the hospital but is back home and healthy again.

UNDATED — The mayor of Madrid says soccer matches and other sports events in Spain will take place in empty venues at least until the end of the summer. He says the coronavirus pandemic likely “won’t be under control” in time for events with big crowds to resume normally. The Spanish league is not expecting to resume at least until the end of May. It is working on several scenarios, including playing without fans through the fall.