IOWA CITY – Three times first team all-Big Ten and former third baseman from the University of Iowa Keith Noreen passed away on December 19 in Florida, the university announced Thursday. Noreen died of complications of a blood clot in the brain, which led to a stroke. He was 52.
Barrington, Ill., Native, played for the Hawkeyes from 1987-90, and he is the only player in program history to achieve three first-team all-Big Ten awards. Noreen was also Iowa’s Bob Oldis, Jr., most valuable player in 1988 after hitting .371 and leading the team in triples, trips and game-winning RBIs.
In 1989, the Noreen American Baseball Coaches Association achieved all-Region honors after ranking third in the Big Ten in hits, runs and RBIs. He struck. 389 with 89 hits (15 doubles) and 62 runs to help Iowa to a 37-20 overall record and a second-place Big Ten.
As a senior, the Noreen Hawkeyes led to a Big Ten regular season title (it’s the program’s final regular season crown) and an NCAA regional berth. Iowa finished 38-19 overall when Noreen hit .402 and tied for the conference lead in Big Ten matches with 27 races while she was ranked among the top five in home races (six), hits (37) and RBI (25).
Thirty years after Hawkeye’s career, Noreen’s name still disappears from the Iowa record books. He is the record holder at all times in hits (267), RBI (193), total bases (441) and game-winning RBI (27), while he finished second in games played (216) and races (200).
Pirates trade Bell for Washington
PITTSBURGH – Josh Bell is on his way to the Washington Nationals. The Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday traded the slugging first baseman to Washington for pitching prospects Will Crowe and Eddy Yean.
The 28-year-old Bell was All-Star in 2019 after a dry first half where he hit. 302 with 27 home runs and 84 RBIs. That form has been elusive the last year plus. Bell hit .233 with 10 home runs during an injury-shortened second half of 2019, hitting just eight homers while hitting a career-low .233 in 57 games for the Pirates in 2020.
Alabama has 2 of 4 Heisman finalists
Alabama teammates Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith along with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Florida’s Kyle Trask have been named finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
Heisman is awarded Jan. 5 during a virtual ceremony. The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the regular trip to New York for the trophy presentation that usually accompanies being a finalist.
The 49ers welcome Kittle on Saturday
The injured San Francisco 49ers will get star-studded George Kittle back for this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Kittle will be activated by the injured reserve before Saturday’s game and watch his first action since breaking his foot on November 1 against Seattle.
Lions’ Bevell can not train on Saturday
Detroit Lions interim coach Darrell Bevell is the NFL’s first head coach to miss a game due to COVID-19 protocols, although he has not tested positive for coronavirus.
Lions (5-9) will also be without defensive coordinator Cory Undlin, defensive coach Bo Davis, defensive back Steve Gregory and linebacker coach Ty McKenzie against Tampa Bay (9-5) on Saturday.
Rockets’ Harden in quarantine until today
NEW YORK – James Harden will be in quarantine until today, which means that the Houston Rockets star may be qualified to play on Saturday when his team finally opens the season in Portland. The Rockets were scheduled to play Wednesday against Oklahoma City, a game prone to a number of coronavirus problems. Among them, Harden was declared unavailable to play after the NBA decided he broke the league’s health and safety protocols. Harden was also fined $ 50,000 by the league.
The NHL believes Canadian teams can play at home
TORONTO – The NHL believes that all seven Canadian teams will be able to start the season by playing at home.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday that the league believes it is ready to play in Canada during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic after discussions with the five provincial governments that have NHL teams to try to get approval to start Jan. 1. 3.
Blackhawks’ Dach out of tournament with injury
CHICAGO – Blackby’s striker Kirby Dach has been ruled out of the Junior World Championships after injuring his right wrist during Canada’s showdown over Russia on Wednesday night.