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Defending national champion Nebraska picked to win Big Ten


August 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Defending national champion Nebraska is the unanimous choice of Big Ten coaches to win the conference title in women’s volleyball. National semifinalist and defending Big Ten champion Minnesota is picked to finish second, followed by Wisconsin, Penn State and Illinois. Ohio State is sixth in the poll, followed by Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Northwestern, Maryland, Iowa, Indiana and Rutgers.

Michigan’s Abby Cole, Nebraska’s Kadie Rolfzen, Penn State’s Haleigh Washington and Wisconsin’s Lauren Carlini are unanimous selections to the coaches’ preseason All-Big Ten team. Other members are Illinois’ Jordyn Poulter, Michigan State’s Chloe Reinig, Minnesota’s Hannah Tapp, Paige Tapp and Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Nebraska’s Amber Rolfzen and Justine Wong-Orantes, Ohio State’s Taylor Sandbothe, Penn State’s Ali Frantti, and Wisconsin’s Haleigh Nelson.

Dinh hits walk-off single, Iowa beats Rhode Island in LLWS


August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Kaiden Dinh hit a walk-off single and Johnston, Iowa rallied past Warwick, Rhode Island 3-2 on Tuesday in an elimination game of the Little League World Series. Miles Risley led off the bottom of the sixth inning by reaching on an error and Michael Siemer blooped a single into right field to put runners on the corners with one out. Then Jack Emanuel walked to load the bases.

After Rhode Island starter Colin Lemieux left due to a pitch limit, Josh Larson hit the first pitch to tie it at 2-2. On the next pitch, Dinh singled through the same hole on the left side to win it. Lemieux allowed just four hits and struck out 13 in 5 1/3 innings. Iowa reliever Tyler Moore threw 60 pitches in four innings and allowed only one earned run.

Dinh led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to tie it at 1-1. But Kenny Rix hit the second pitch of the sixth over the left-field wall to give Rhode Island a 2-1 lead.

Tennessee plays Iowa on Wednesday. Zach McWilliams allowed four hits and one earned run over 4 1/3 innings, Tyler Jones hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and Goodlettsville, Tennessee beat Chula Vista, California 4-2 on Tuesday night in an elimination game of the Little League World Series.

Flores, Ruggiano power Mets to 7-4 win over Cardinals


August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wilmer Flores and Justin Ruggiano homered as the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 on Tuesday night. Jose Reyes reached four base times and scored three runs. Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits, drove in a run and scored once.

The offense helped Robert Gsellman (1-0) get the decision in his major league debut. Gsellman, pressed into action after starter Jonathon Niese left with an injury in the first inning, pitched 3 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run.

Jeurys Familia earned his 42nd save, one shy of the Mets’ season record set by Familia last year and Armando Benitez in 2001. Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia (10-9) gave up a season-high six runs at home, in just four innings. New York broke a 22 1/3-inning streak in which Garcia hadn’t given up an earned run at home to the Mets.

Missouri Valley football to open new season versus Griswold at new athletic complex


August 23rd, 2016 by Chris Parks

The 2016 high school football season opener for Missouri Valley will be played this week at home against the Griswold Tigers. Despite the unfinished product, the Big Reds season opener Friday will be played at their new athletic complex, which is behind the high school on the east end of town.

School officials are asking spectators to please understand that the complex is still under construction and will not be completely finished for the first game, although they still expect an enjoyable experience by all who attend.

The Missouri Valley Community School District will show off the finished product during the Grand Opening Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 16 during thier Homecoming.

Atlantic Volleyball hoping to build on off-season work


August 23rd, 2016 by Chris Parks

Atlantic Head Volleyball Coach Emma Walker is starting to feel like it’s her program.  The young coach is heading into her second season as Head Coach and thinks some improvement is on the horizon for her team. “I think it’s hard to take over a program, especially when there has been little to no consistency in the last six or seven years. I think in the four years that the Seniors last year competed, they had 3 different coaches. This year I’m really taking ownership of the program and the girls are taking ownership, it’s just a really different atmosphere in the gym.  A lot of hard work and more competitiveness, so I think things are definitely heading in the right direction.”

Coach Walker has also been impressed by the level of commitment her girls have shown to the game.  She said every one of her expected starters were involved in winter club volleyball and they all were in for every summer camp and open gym they held. “I feel really confident in their determination and desire to better themselves.”

Atlantic hopes to improve on a 2 win season last year and Coach Walker believes they have what it takes to take a big step forward.  Atlantic opens the season tonight with a triangular with AC-GC and Earlham at Guthrie Center High School.  Coach Walker has been really impressed with their recent play and workouts and hopes that carries over into the start of the season.  She thinks some early play will also help the team gain valuable experience.

The Trojans continue play this Saturday at the AHSTW tournament.

Listen to more from Coach Walker on our Saturday morning coaches show at 8:30am.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 8/23/2016

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August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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


NBA D-League to begin regular season on Nov. 11


August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA Development League will begin its 16th season on Nov. 11. The league announced its schedule on Monday. This season features 22 teams, including three NBA-owned expansion teams. The Long Island Nets and Windy City Bulls will make their league debuts on opening night against each other in Chicago. The Greensboro Swarm, owned by the Charlotte Hornets, is the other new franchise.

The Northern Arizona Suns and Salt Lake City Stars have both relocated to the homes of their parent clubs. The league champion Sioux Falls Skyforce will open the season on Nov. 12 at home against the Stars. Canton plays Grand Rapids, Maine will play Oklahoma City and Iowa will visit Los Angeles in the other games on opening day.

Each team will play 50 games.

Rademacher, Federowicz lift Iowa over Memphis 7-2


August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bijan Rademacher homered and doubled, scoring two runs as the Iowa Cubs beat the Memphis Redbirds 7-2 on Monday. Tim Federowicz homered and singled with two RBIs for Iowa. Iowa went up 2-0 in the fifth after Munenori Kawasaki hit an RBI triple, driving in John Andreoli.

The Cubs later added four runs in the sixth and one in the eighth. In the sixth, Federowicz hit a two-run home run, while Rademacher hit a solo home run in the eighth. Armando Rivero (4-3) got the win with two innings of scoreless relief while Memphis starter Kurt Heyer (2-3) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game.

Kentucky scores 11 runs in the 7th, beats Iowa 14-4 in LLWS


August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Spencer Newman was 4 for 5 with four RBIs and Bowling Green, Kentucky scored 11 runs in the seventh inning for a 14-4 victory over Johnston, Iowa on Monday night in the Little League World Series. Kentucky had the bases loaded in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

With the bases full in the seventh, Patrick Forbes and Devin Obee were both walked and Tate Hanks crossed home plate on a wild pitch for a 6-3 lead. Newman drilled a two-run double and Turner Nottmeier hit a RBI double to right to make it 9-3.

Iowa loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh but was held to one run on Josh Larson’s RBI single. Iowa starter Kaiden Dinh left with an apparent injury to his throwing arm in the top of the third. Kentucky will play New York on Wednesday night. Iowa faces Rhode Island in an elimination game today (Tuesday).

Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali off PUP list, begins practicing


August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs took pass rusher Tamba Hali off the physically unable to perform list Monday, though the team said he will practice on a limited basis. Hali had surgery in the offseason on his balky knees, which forced him to miss nearly every practice late last season. He was still able to play in games but hardly looked 100 percent.

Hali has spent training camp working out with trainers, but his removal from the PUP list means he can begin working out with the rest of the team. Still, it is unlikely he will play in the Chiefs’ remaining preseason games against Chicago and Green Bay.

The 32-year-old Hali played in 15 games and had 6 1/2 sacks last season.