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No. 21 Drake women win record 17th straight, clinch title

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February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lizzy Wendell scored 21 points and No. 21 Drake defeated Northern Iowa 70-57 on Friday night and clinched outright the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship. The Bulldogs (23-4, 16-0) won their 17th straight game to break the school record they shared with the 1996-97 team. The outright conference title, coming with two games remaining for the Bulldogs, is the first for Drake since the 1999-2000 season.

Drake took an 88-79 double-overtime victory at UNI on Jan. 27 but had an easier time Friday against the second-place Panthers (20-7, 13-3), using a 13-2 run, with nine points from Wendell, to lead by 13, 47-34, after three quarters. The lead stayed in double figures in the final quarter.

Becca Hittner added 12 points for Drake, which shot 52 percent. Sammie Bachrodt and Becca Jonas scored 10 points each. Caitlin Ingle had eight assists with nine points. Madison Weekly scored 19 points to lead UNI, which shot 28 percent.

Cardinals sign Cuban league MVP to minor league contract

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February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Cuban outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia to a minor league contract and invited him to their big league spring training camp. Garcia, the younger brother of Atlanta Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia, was the MVP of Cuba’s top professional league last year and was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball in December.

Adolis Garcia, who turns 24 next week, led Tigres de Ciego de Avila to consecutive Serie Nacional championships in 2015 and 2016. A right-handed hitter, he batted .315 with a .395 on-base percentage and .517 slugging percentage during his MVP campaign in Cuba. He also played briefly for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan last season.

St. Louis announced the move Friday night, saying general manager John Mozeliak would be available to discuss it with reporters Saturday morning at the club’s spring training complex.

Boys basketball scores from Friday, 2/24/17

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February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

4A Substate 1
Semifinal
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 68, Lewis Central 61

4A Substate 2
Semifinal
Ankeny 75, Waukee 64

Des Moines, North 99, Des Moines, East 69

4A Substate 3
Semifinal
Cedar Falls 76, Prairie, Cedar Rapids 73

4A Substate 4
Semifinal
Dubuque, Hempstead 87, Cedar Rapids, Jefferson 59

Dubuque, Senior 72, Waterloo, West 66

4A Substate 5
Semifinal
Iowa City West 71, Pleasant Valley 44

Muscatine 61, Linn-Mar, Marion 55

4A Substate 6
Semifinal
Bettendorf 73, Davenport, West 50

North Scott, Eldridge 60, Davenport, Central 59

4A Substate 7
Semifinal
Johnston 45, Ames 43

Newton 58, Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 54

4A Substate 8
Semifinal
Des Moines, Hoover 44, Des Moines, Roosevelt 30

Valley, West Des Moines 68, Ankeny Centennial 37

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
4A Substate 1
Semifinal
Sioux City, West vs. Sioux City, East, ppd. to Feb 25.

4A Substate 3
Semifinal
Mason City vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier, ppd. to Feb 25.

Johnson leads Iowa State women in upset of No. 6 Texas

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February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Seanna Johnson scored 22 points, including 10 straight for Iowa State in the third quarter, and the Cyclones upset No. 6 Texas 70-66 Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

Down two with seven minutes remaining, Iowa State (17-11, 8-9 Big 12) took control with a 9-0 run. Bridget Carleton scored points 18 for Iowa State, but she committed two turnovers in the final minute to give Texas an opportunity. The Longhorns (21-7, 14-3) had a chance to tie it after the second turnover, but Carlton blocked Ariel Atkins’ driving shot with nine seconds left and then made two free throws.

Jadda Buckley added 14 points for Iowa State. Texas has lost three straight games for the first time this season. Brooke McCarty led the Longhorns with 12 points, Brianna Taylor added 11, and Joyner Holmes and Alecia Sutton had 10 apiece.

Postseason boys basketball schedule Friday 2/24/2017

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February 24th, 2017 by Jim Field

Class 4A Substate Semifinals

Sioux City West @ Sioux City East (ppd to Saturday at 7:00pm)
Lewis Central @ Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 7:00pm

Hawkeyes set to visit No. 24 Maryland

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February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says the Hawkeyes hope to use the final games of the regular season to boost their post season hopes. The Hawkeyes are 15-13 overall and 7-8 in the Big Ten heading into Saturday’s game at 24th ranked Maryland.

McCaffery says with the conference tournament still ahead plenty of chances remain to improve their position. Tip-off from the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland, is at 5-p.m. Saturday.

(Learfield Sports)

Chiefs sign veteran running back Spiller to provide depth

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February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Chiefs have signed veteran running back C.J. Spiller, providing depth behind Spencer Ware in a move that could mean Jamaal Charles will be cut in a cost-saving move. The Chiefs would owe Charles more than $6 million this season, a big price tag for a running back who missed most of last year to knee surgery. They would not incur a salary cap hit by letting him go and it is possible Charles could re-sign for less money.

Kansas City is trying to free cap space to help bring back defensive tackle Dontari Poe and safety Eric Berry, whose agent, Chad Speck, also represents Spiller. Spiller only carried six times in stints with the Jets and Seahawks last season. The former first-round pick signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Saints in 2015 but only played in 13 games before he was released.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 2/24/2017

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February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.

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No. 21 Drake women can close out MVC title tonight (Fri. night)

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February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The 21st ranked Drake women’s basketball team is closing in on its first Missouri Valley Conference regular season title since 2000 and can clinch it tonight (Friday night), with a victory at home over Northern Iowa. Drake coach Jennie Baranczyk says  the Bulldogs have gotten to 15-0 in conference play by staying focused on daily improvement and that won’t change.

UNI will be a tough hurdle to clear. The Panthers took the Bulldogs to double overtime in their first meeting and have been the Valley’s best road team the past few years. The Bulldogs have been rolling since the win in Cedar Falls and the average margin of victory in their last six games is just under 34 points.

Tip-time at the Knapp Center is 7-p.m.

Iowa State women visit No. 6 Texas

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February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State women are making a late push for the NCAA Tournament and have a shot at a resume building win when they visit sixth ranked Texas.The Cyclones have won three straight but will need a big effort to pull off a victory in Austin. Iowa State is 7-9 in the Big 12 and 16-11 overall. Tip-off in Austin is at 7:30-p.m.