Cal-Wheat grad honored by IIAC

CEDAR RAPIDS — Central College’s Karlee Rock, a senior from Wheatland, was named Iowa Conference position player of the week in softball.

Rock, a designated player who attended Calamus-Wheatland High School, hit .765 and had a 1.818 slugging percentage as the Dutch posted four victories last week to open Iowa Conference play. She had two hits, including a home run, drove in two and walked twice in a wild 11-10 win at No. 10 Simpson on March 31. In the second game of the doubleheader, she added two more home runs, drove in three and walked twice more as Central completed the sweep with a 16-7 victory. 

Rock broke Central’s single-season home run record with a solo blast in an 8-2 Game 1 win over Wartburg. She recorded two more hits, including a double, in the second game of the doubleheader, a 5-2 Central win. 

 

No date set for Rose to return

CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose’s return date to the Chicago Bulls’ lineup remains unclear with five games remaining.

Rose, who had minor knee surgery on Feb. 27,  has been taking contact in practice the past week. But Coach Tom Thibodeau would not say Monday when Rose will return from his latest knee operation.

He says Rose just has “to feel comfortable enough to play.”

The Bulls visit Orlando and Miami on Wednesday and Thursday, host Philadelphia on Saturday and visit Brooklyn on Monday before finishing the regular season at home against Atlanta on April 15.

 

Ticket prices rise for MLB games

CHICAGO (AP) — Major League Baseball’s average ticket price rose 3.3 percent this season to $28.94, the steepest increase in six years.

Team Marketing Report said in its annual survey Monday the average was up 4.4 percent since 2013 after remaining flat in 2012.

Boston had the highest average at $52.34 after leaving prices the same.

The Chicago Cubs, who renovated Wrigley Field and their roster, raised their average for the first time since 2010, a 1.5 percent increase to $44.81.

The average NFL ticket price was $84.43 last season, according to the survey. The NBA average is $53.98 this season and the NHL average is $62.18.

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