While Todd Stoops is known for his funky keyboard styles, the performer is also associated with his Adidas tracksuits. That’s all changing soon, however, as Stoops has accepted an endorsement deal from Nike to wear their gear.“I’d been wearing Adidas for years, ever since my cousin gave me ten of their tracksuits for Christmas one year. I always tried to get them to sponsor me, but they missed out on the opportunity,” said Stoops. “Once Nike made the call, I knew it was too good of an offer to pass up on.”Stoops will be required to funk out in Nike uniforms at twenty super jams per year, as well as ten guest appearances with bands like String Cheese, Twiddle and more. While he wouldn’t tell us the specific value of the endorsement, it was “enough to burn all of my Adidas suits, that’s for sure.”We’ll certainly miss the Adidas days, and hopefully Stoops’ newfound endorsement won’t affect his playing![Via April Fools!]
Ireland’s Shane Lowry heads into this week’s US PGA Championship at a career-high 19th in the world after claiming the biggest victory of his career in brilliant fashion in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “It’s great to be able to pull something off. I was kind of doubting myself a little this year, things haven’t been going my way but when you come out the other end it’s always nice.” Lowry began the final round two shots off the lead but wiped out the deficit with birdies on the second and eighth before a spectacular recovery over the trees on the 10th set up another from two feet. That gave the 28-year-old a two-shot lead and although Watson twice closed within a shot, Lowry found himself needing to par the last two holes for victory. After his approach to the 17th ran up against the collar of rough Lowry produced an excellent chip and held his nerve to hole from five feet, but looked to be in trouble when he pulled his tee shot on the last into the trees. However, the former Irish Open champion – he was still an amateur when he won the title in 2009 – found a good lie in the rough and powered a wedge over the trees to 11 feet, from where he holed for a birdie to make certain of the first prize of 1,570,000 US dollars. “I was trying to get it on the front right of the green but pulled it a little bit, it went through the tree and rest is history,” added Lowry, who missed the cut on his US PGA debut at Whistling Straits in 2010. Friends and family members were watching the action unfold on television at Lowry’s home club of Esker Hills, where they were also celebrating his younger brother Alan’s victory in the prestigious Mullingar Scratch Cup at the start of the week. Press Association Lowry carded a flawless final round of 66 at Firestone Country Club to finish 11 under par, two shots ahead of double Masters champion Bubba Watson, with former US Open champions Justin Rose and Jim Furyk another two shots back. “It’s hard to believe but I played good today,” Lowry told Sky Sports 4. “I was quite nervous out there towards the end but made a lot of good decisions, hit the ball well and got a bit of luck as well which was nice.
— other girls basketballAnkeny Centennial 73, Mason City 55#2/3A Osage 62, #2/1A West Hancock 53Central Springs 34, Belmond-Klemme 26Forest City 59, Saint Ansgar 54Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 64, Rockford 53Northwood-Kensett 47, North Iowa 34 HAMPTON — Clear Lake captured the North Central Conference boys basketball title outright last night with a win at Hampton-Dumont, as you heard on KRIB. After shooting 3-19 in the first quarter and only scoring nine points, the Lions put up 30 points on 11-14 shooting in the second quarter, winning 72-27. Drew Enke had 13 points while Andrew Formanek added 10 to lead Clear Lake, as the Lions improve to 18-0 on the season and are 11-0 in conference play. The Lions are scheduled to travel to Iowa Falls-Alden tomorrow night. CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson says the Panthers will face a much different Bradley team when they collide in Cedar Falls tonight. UNI hammered the Braves in their Missouri Valley opener but that was before they made significant lineup changes.The Panthers are 5-5 in the Valley and Jacobson says they are preparing for a much different team.Bradley has won three of its last five and is 3-7 in the conference. IOWA CITY — Iowa forward Joe Weiskamp has been named the Big Ten freshman of the week twice in the last three weeks but is contributing more than his 11 and a half points and five rebounds per game. The Muscatine native is one of Iowa’s best defenders and is second on the team in steals with 23.Defense is normally an area where freshman struggle but Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says Weiskamp has excelled at that end of the court.McCaffery says Weiskamp has the tools to be a special defender.The 20th ranked Hawkeyes visit Indiana on Thursday. HAMPTON — The Clear Lake girls raced away from a six-point lead at the end of three quarters for a 61-41 win at Hampton-Dumont last night, as you also heard on KRIB. Zoe Fasbender had 21 points while Sara Faber added 18 for Clear Lake, as the Lions are now 15-4 overall and 11-2 in the conference. They’ll face Iowa Falls-Alden on Thursday night in a battle for second place in the North Central Conference. MASON CITY — Both NIACC basketball teams jumped up in the newest Division II rankings released by the National Junior College Athletic Association on Tuesday. The Lady Trojans moved up from #7 to #5 this week. Illinois Central takes over as the top team in the rankings. NIACC’s conference foe Kirkwood moves up from #4 to #2. On the men’s side, NIACC jumps up two spots to #12 in this week’s rankings. Kirkwood moves into the #1 spot in the nation in the new rankings. NIACC is scheduled to travel to Iowa Central tonight for a conference doubleheader. You can hear the games on AM-1300 KGLO starting at 5:30. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, KGLO mobile app — NIACC at Iowa Central — women 5:30, men 7:30 — boys basketball last nightAnkeny Centennial 83, Mason City 56Newman 76, Forest City 50Charles City 71, Waverly-Shell Rock 55Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 66, Rockford 50Lake Mills 50, Osage 46North Iowa 60, Central Springs 40Northwood-Kensett 50, Eagle Grove 45 MASON CITY — No players will be suspended after an altercation at the end of NIACC’s men’s basketball game with Southwestern Community College on Saturday. A joint statement released by NIACC and Southwestern on Tuesday says the National Junior College Athletic Association has reviewed video footage and incident reports from Saturday’s game, and based on the available evidence, they will not sanction any student-athletes or coaches for the incident. The statement says the administrations of both colleges have been communicating daily since Saturday afternoon’s game in an effort to understand the casual factors and to identify actions that will ensure a positive environment for student-athletes and fans alike. The statement also says the colleges and the NJCAA take sportsmanship very seriously, and there are strict guidelines for member institutions to follow. Both colleges feel strongly that when those expectations are not met, it diminishes the positive benefits college athletics has to offer. The Mason City Police Department is continuing their investigation of the involvement of the fans engaged in the incident and charges could possibly be filed in the case. CLARION — Osage and Lake Mills are headed back to the state dual wrestling tournament next week after winning their regional dual tournaments last night:== 2A at ClarionSemifinal — Osage 49, Winterset 16Semifinal — Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 56, Spencer 15Final — Osage 42, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 27== 1A at Lake MillsSemifinal — Lake Mills 65, North Butler-Clarksville 9Semifinal — MFL-Mar-Mac 47, Nashua-Plainfield 25Final — Lake Mills 49, MFL-Mar-Mac 22== 1A at EmmetsburgSemifinal — GT-RA 39, Central Springs 34Semifinal — Emmetsburg 72, ACGC 9Final — Emmetsburg 43, GT-RA 25State dual pairings will not be released until all the regional duals are completed, as several were postponed around the state last night due to the weather. That includes Hampton-Dumont in the Class 2A regional at New Hampton, which is scheduled to be made up tonight.
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