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WWE Live - Sunday, September 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephani Nagle   
Friday, 25 July 2014 15:41

On Sale Saturday, August 2 at 10 am

featuring

WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION - JOHN CENA

DEAN AMBROSE

MR. MONEY IN THE BANK SETH ROLLINS

BRAY WYATT

AND MANY MORE!!!

*Talent is subject to change*

Tickets prices are $18.50, $28.50, $38.50, $53.50, and $98.50 and go on sale Saturday, August 2 at 10 am. Tickets are available at the iWireless Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at www.ticketmaster.com.

 
LIVESTRONG RAGBRAI Team Enters Final Day of Bike Across Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Tanker   
Friday, 25 July 2014 15:25

For the eighth straight year, Team LIVESTRONG biked across the state of Iowa in “The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa” (RAGBRAI) while raising money for the LIVESTRONG Foundation to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. In this year’s RAGBRAI, 70 riders took to the open road to pedal more than 450 miles over six days, adding $140,000 to the $1.5 million, eight-year fundraising total for the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

On July 20, advocates, cancer survivors, caregivers and LIVESTRONG staff members mounted their bikes for the first of seven days, starting in Rock Valley and will finish the ride in Guttenburg on the Mississippi River tomorrow.

The ride was originated by two columnists from “The Des Moines Register,” riding with a few friends in 1973, and has quickly grown to a size where it is capped at 8,500 riders per year. Overall, more than 275,000 cyclists have trekked 17,000 miles across the state through 780 towns in 99 counties. Every year, towns all over the state anticipate the announcement of the route in January, since the impact on local economies in mid-summer can be dramatic.

The RAGBRAI spirit epitomizes the efforts of Team LIVESTRONG, and is one of 28 diverse events nationwide this year. Visit www.TeamLIVESTRONG.org for more information on upcoming events or information on how to donate.

 
PITCHERS, PARKER PUSH BANDITS' WIN STREAK TO 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 25 July 2014 15:19

Chris Lee wins fourth straight decision, Dayton loses fourth straight game despite outhitting QC, 7-3

DAYTON, Ohio (July 24, 2014) – Dayne Parker hit his first professional home run in the fourth inning, and Marc Wik provided the only two other hits for the Quad Cities River Bandits, but left-hander Chris Lee and right-hander Andrew Thurman made them enough in the team's fifth straight victory – a 4-2 win over the Dayton Dragons in front of 8,368 at Fifth Third Field Thursday night.

In his first start since July 6, Lee (6-5) gave the River Bandits (17-15 second half, 52-49 overall) their sixth straight starting effort of at least five innings, and fourth start in the last five games without allowing an earned run. He retired the first four batters of the game and induced two ground-ball double plays to face just two batters over the minimum in five innigns. He allowed only two batters to reach scoring position – Dragons center fielder Nick Benedetto on a third-inning double, and left fielder Gabriel Rosa on a walk, stolen base and groundout in the fifth inning that put him at third base. Lee allowed three hits and one walk without a strikeout, but he has allowed just one run in 16 innings across his first three second-half starts. He also won his fourth straight positive decision since June 29.

Right-hander Dan Langfield (2-2) was the second straight Dragons starter to strike out all three batters in the first inning. He struck out the first four River Bandits he faced and did not allow a baserunner before issuing a leadoff walk in the third inning to designated hitter Brett Booth. With one out, Parker and center fielder James Ramsay drew consecutive walks to load the bases. Right fielder Brett Phillips struck out, but third baseman J.D. Davis drew a full-count, two-out walk to force in the game's first run. Left fielder Ronnie Mitchell struck out to end the inning, but the River Bandits had a 1-0 lead without the help of a hit.

In the fourth inning, first baseman Chase McDonald drew a leadoff walk, and Wik hit a two-out single to right field – his team's first hit – to put runners at first and third bases. Parker then swatted the next pitch over the left-field fence – a three-run home run that gave him a career-high three RBIs and his first home run in 15 professional games. Langfield was charged with all four earned runs on two hits and five walks with seven strikeouts in the first four innings.

Beginning with the fifth inning, three Dragons relievers – right-handers Radhames Quezada, Nick Howard and Pedro Diaz – combined to allow just three baserunners, including Wik's second single to left field. The Dayton bullpen combined for one walk and one strikeout.

Thurman began the sixth inning with a 4-0 lead. Dragons shortstop Carlton Daal hit a one-out double down the left-field line and scored on designated hitter Jonathan Reynoso's RBI single to center field for the first Dayton run in 12 innings against the River Bandits. In the seventh inning, third baseman Avain Rachal drew a leadoff walk, stole second base, went to third base on a flyout, and scored on Benedetto's RBI double to the left-field corner, cutting the visitors' lead to 4-2.

Facing the tying run at the plate, Thurman struck out second baseman Ronald Bueno to end the seventh inning and retired six in a row before Rosa's two-out single in the ninth. But first baseman Robert Ramirez grounded back to Thurman for the final out. Thurman allowed two earned runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts for his second career save and first in the Midwest League. Dayton (14-18, 50-50) lost its fourth straight game despite outhitting Quad Cities, 7-3.

Quad Cities seeks to match its season-high six-game winning streak and earn its first sweep in Dayton since July 24-26, 2010 at 6:07 p.m. Central on Friday. River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave (5-5) is scheduled to face Dragons right-hander Nick Travieso (8-5).

UP NEXT: The River Bandits are in the running for the 2014 Quad-City Times Readers' Choice Awards in the categories of “Best Entertainment Venue,” “Best Family Entertainment,” “Best Place for a Kid's Birthday Party,” and “Best Place to Take Out of Town Guest”. Game tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com. To order any of the River Bandits 2014 ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
Mallards Named CHL’s Most Improved Franchise PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Friday, 25 July 2014 10:04

McNamara Tabbed as Executive of the Year

Wilken Earns Ticket Executive of the Year Honors

CHANDLER, Ariz. (July 23, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards Wednesday night were named the Central Hockey League’s Most Improved Franchise for 2013-14 while Mallards president Bob McNamara won the Brad Treliving Executive of the Year award and manager of ticket sales Zac Wilken was honored as the CHL Ticketing Executive of the Year at the league’s nineteenth annual summer conference awards banquet.

“We’re thrilled to win, especially considering the high quality organizations and executives throughout the Central Hockey League,” said McNamara. “Now we look forward to continuing build on what we’ve achieved and making even more strides as we prepare for the 2014-15 season.”

The Mallards enjoyed a landmark campaign in 2013-14. Last season saw Mallards attendance increase by better than 800 fans per game, while on the ice coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski piloted the club to its first semi-final appearance in 11 years.

McNamara is approaching his third season as the club’s president. Before joining the Mallards, McNamara spent 15 seasons as general manager of the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins and one year as president and governor of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. During his time with the Bulldogs, McNamara oversaw the execution of the 2012 AHL Outdoor Classic at Ivor Wynne Football Stadium, a game that set a Canadian AHL attendance record of 20,565. During McNamara’s tenure in Grand Rapids, the Griffins enjoyed success both on and off the ice, winning two regular season championships and five division titles and increasing attendance in four of his final five seasons.

Prior to making the move to Grand Rapids, McNamara acted as assistant general manager of the International Hockey League’s Cleveland Lumberjacks for five years. His duties with the Lumberjacks ranged from sales to hockey operations to virtually every other area of the organization.

A native of Toronto, McNamara earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 after spending four seasons as the Fighting Irish hockey team’s number one goaltender. Upon graduation, McNamara signed with the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres and spent three seasons with the Rochester Americans, the Sabres’ AHL affiliate. In 1986, he moved on to the International Hockey League and the Milwaukee Admirals. McNamara tended goal for the Admirals for two seasons and served as a player/assistant coach in his second campaign with the club.

Wilken was honored by the league after just his first season overseeing the Mallards’ ticket sales operations. The East Moline native was named the team’s manager of ticket sales in May of 2013. He first joined the Flock in November of 2012. Wilken received a master's degree in exercise and sports science from Concordia University Irvine after earning his bachelor's degree in physical education at Rockford College. Wilkin also played football as an undergrad, earning all-conference honors at safety. He went on to serve as an assistant football coach at Dekalb and United Township High Schools as well as at Rockford College. He has taught in the Belvedere and Rock Island County school districts.

2014-15 Mallards season tickets are now on sale. Ticket packages are available to meet almost any budget.

A limited edition season ticket holder Mallard jersey, 12 additional ticket vouchers per seat and free parking are among a host of exclusive benefits available to season ticket holders. For more season ticket information fans can call the Mallards’ business office at 309-277-1364.

About the Quad City Mallards

A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are approaching their eighteenth season and their fifth in the Central Hockey League. One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League in 2009-10. The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record. In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched. The iWireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club. For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to www.myqcmallards.com. Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at twitter.com/myqcmallards and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/quadcitymallards.

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BANDITS' 4-RUN 8TH INNING EARNS 4TH STRAIGHT WIN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 25 July 2014 08:30

Quad Cities overcomes four errors and 3-0 deficit to take series opener in Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (July 23, 2014) – Trailing 3-0 through three innings Wednesday night, the Quad Cities River Bandits rallied for six unanswered runs, using consecutive two-run doubles by Ronnie Mitchell and Chase McDonald in a four-run eighth inning for a 6-3 win over the Dayton Dragons in front of 8,216 at Fifth Third Field.

Despite a game that saw intermittent rain showers and the visitors commit four errors in their first visit to Dayton as an Astros affiliate, Quad Cities (16-15 second half, 51-49 overall) achieved a four-game winning streak for the first time in the second half. Dayton (14-17, 50-49) lost its third straight despite playing in front of its North American professional sports record 1,031st consecutive home sellout.

One streak did end to help the Dragons take their lead in the second inning against right-hander Kevin Comer. River Bandits center fielder James Ramsay had not committed an error in his first 154 professional games, but a second-inning single by Dragons designated hitter Avain Rachal took a short hop through Ramsay's legs, allowing left fielder Phillip Ervin to score the game's first run from first base and Rachal to reach second base. It was the first error in 87 games and 159 fielding chances for Ramsay this season and the first in 293 chances in his career. Rachal later stole third base and scored when catcher Brian Holberton overthrew third base.

The Dragons' lead grew in the third inning, when second baseman Jamodrick McGruder drew a leadoff walk, stole second base and went to third base on Holberton's throw into center field, and scored on the first of Comer's two wild pitches. Comer recovered to scatter three hits without allowing a run in the rest of his five-inning start. Comer was charged with three runs – two earned – on six hits and one walk with a career-high eight strikeouts, including striking out the side in the fifth inning.

Dragons right-hander Sal Romano struck out all three batters in the first inning and kept Quad Cities to one hit through the first three innings. In the fourth inning, right fielder Brett Phillips lined a leadoff double over third baseman Ronald Bueno and went to third base on McDonald's two-out infield single. Holberton drew a walk to load the bases. Second baseman Marc Wik then grounded a ball to McGruder, whose throw pulled first baseman Robert Ramirez off the base, continuing the inning and allowing Phillips to score. Left fielder Jose Fernandez then hit an RBI single to left field. Romano escaped the inning and kept the 3-2 lead through five innings, allowing no earned runs on four hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

Left-hander Albert Minnis (2-1) followed Comer with three shutout innings, working around two eighth-inning hits. It gave Quad Cities a chance to take the lead against left-hander Joel Bender (4-2). After facing the minimum through his first two innings after Romano, Bender hit Ramsay with a pitch to lead off the eighth inning. Philllips put down a bunt single, and third baseman J.D. Davis singled to left-center field. With the bases loaded Mitchell doubled off the right-field wall, scoring two runs for a 4-3 lead. With runners at second and third bases, McDonald doubled off the center-field wall but was thrown out at third base.

The 6-3 lead was enough for right-hander Tyler Brunnemann to earn his third save with a perfect ninth inning. The win was the first for the River Bandits this season in 11 games in which they have committed at least three errors.

Quad Cities continues its series in Dayton at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday. River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee (5-5) is scheduled to face Dragons right-hander Dan Langfield (2-1).

 
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