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Cardinals adding HD videoboard at Busch Stadium

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January 12th, 2016 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS, January 12, 2016 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced details regarding the team’s multi-million dollar investment in the new state-of-the-art high definition LED video boards being installed at Busch Stadium for the 2016 season – the team’s 10th Anniversary of the ballpark.

“Fans will immediately notice the difference the first time they look at the new high definition video boards,” said William DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “We are really excited by all the things we will be able to do to enhance the fan experience with the new system, including offering better in-game video entertainment and more social media engagement.”

All 11 stadium-facing LED scoreboards are being replaced at Busch as part of a series of improvements three years in the making. The main video scoreboard will now be one complete full-color LED screen replacing the previous LED screen, tri-visions, and 2-color matrix boards and line score. Since the new video board will occupy the entire 120’ x 40’ space that all the other equipment occupied, the total size of the video board will be approximately three times larger than the previous video board with twice the resolution and brightness thanks to the more compact placement of the LEDs (13mm). The new World Championship Board (Out of Town Board) will replace some backlit signage and a tri-vision board for an entire full-color LED area of 81’ x 40’ with 13 mm spacing; approximately two and a half times larger than the previous video board. In addition to the two main scoreboards, all other stadium-facing Fascia Ribbon Board Displays including first base, third base, centerfield, bullpens, and speed pitch will be replaced adding more than twice the resolution of the previous boards. All stadium boards have been supplied by Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota whom supplied the previous board in Busch III.

“Daktronics is proud to continue our long-standing relationship with the St. Louis Cardinals to upgrade the video technology at Busch Stadium,” said Daktronics Regional Manager Tony Mulder. “These enhancements are sure to improve an already amazing game-day atmosphere at baseball’s highest level of competition.  We’re excited to see the final product entertaining Cardinals fans this upcoming season.”

The new scoreboards along with new scoreboard equipment will make every display High Definition. The new equipment will also enhance the club’s capability to show more replays from more angles, add more roaming or wireless HD cameras in the fan entertainment experience, more options and abilities to create new layouts with more stats and entertainment elements as well as more dynamic signage abilities for sponsors.

The upgrade also includes some re-working of the stadium audio system with new amplifiers and control software to provide fans an enhanced audio experience. The team is upgrading all of the control and production equipment to take advantage of the new system. A significant portion of the new control room equipment is from Grass Valley, a subsidiary of local company Belden Cable.

The Cardinals are also making a number of other improvements to the ballpark to enhance the fan experience in advance of the 2016 season as the team celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Busch Stadium. The Cardinals moved into the new, $411 privately-financed Busch Stadium in April 2006. Following a formal dedication ceremony on April 10, 2006, the Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 on Opening Day in St. Louis. The Cardinals will mark the anniversary during the team’s first home series against the Brewers April 11 – 14th

Hawkeyes finish 9th in final AP college football poll

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January 12th, 2016 by Chris Parks

After Alabama claimed the national championship on Monday night in a 45-40 win over Clemson the final AP Top 25 poll of the season was released.  The Iowa Hawkeyes fell three spots from No. 6 to No. 9 after their Rose Bowl loss to Stanford.  The full poll is as follows:

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pv
1. Alabama (61) 14-1 1,525 2
2. Clemson 14-1 1,464 1
3. Stanford 12-2 1,360 5
4. Ohio St. 12-1 1,342 7
5. Oklahoma 11-2 1,270 4
6. Michigan St. 12-2 1,227 3
7. TCU 11-2 1,098 11
8. Houston 13-1 1,050 14
9. Iowa 12-2 981 6
10. Mississippi 10-3 975 16
11. Notre Dame 10-3 953 8
12. Michigan 10-3 911 17
13. Baylor 10-3 820 18
14. Florida St. 10-3 630 9
15. North Carolina 11-3 563 10
16. LSU 9-3 546 22
17. Utah 10-3 499 20
18. Navy 11-2 465 21
19. Oregon 9-4 391 15
20. Oklahoma St. 10-3 372 13
21. Wisconsin 10-3 332 23
22. Tennessee 9-4 260 NR
23. Northwestern 10-3 203 12
24. W. Kentucky 12-2 128 25
25. Florida 10-4 126 19

Others receiving votes: Georgia 109, Washington St. 51, Mississippi St. 47, San Diego St. 44, Arkansas 28, Toledo 28, Southern Cal 10, Appalachian St. 7, Boise St. 4, Duke 3, Temple 2, BYU 1.

 

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 1/12/2016

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January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Area basketball scores from Mon., 1/11/16

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January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

BOYS BASKETBALL

Hawkeye Ten Conference

Harlan 70, Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 51

Western Iowa Conference

Audubon 65, Orient-Macksburg 29

Other Scores
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 52, South Sioux City, Neb. 41
Siouxland Community Christian 60, East Sac County 55
West Monona, Onawa 69, River Valley, Correctionville 42
Woodbine 69, Whiting 59

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hawkeye Ten Conference

Harlan 69, Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 28

Other Scores

Woodbine 71, Whiting 33

Gesell named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week

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January 11th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Big Ten Conference announced their weekly awards on Monday and Iowa Senior Point Guard Mike Gesell earned his first career Player of the Week Honor. Gesell earned the honor with a 22 point and 10 assist effort in a win over Nebraska.  The Hawkeyes will next face Michigan State on Thursday night with a 5:00pm pregame on KJAN.

Player of the Week
Mike Gesell, Iowa
G – 6-2 – Sr. – South Sioux City, Neb. – South Sioux City

• Posted his first career double-double with 22 points and 10 assists in the Hawkeyes’ win over Nebraska
• Converted 5-of-7 field goals and 11-of-13 free throws
• Scored 19 points and handed out seven assists in the second half
• Has dished out 10 or more assists in three games this season, the most by an Iowa player since Jeff Horner in the 2005-06 campaign
• Currently ranks second in the Big Ten with 6.9 assists per game
• Earns his first career Player of the Week honor
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Jarrod Uthoff (Dec. 14, 2015)

Cardinals sign Korean saves leader Seung Hwan Oh

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January 11th, 2016 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS, Mo., January 11, 2016 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have signed all-time Korean saves leader Seung Hwan Oh (pronounced sewn-whan) to a one-year contract for the upcoming 2016 season with a club option for 2017.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The addition of Seung Hwan to our bullpen is significant for a number of reasons,” stated Cardinals Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. “First and foremost, Oh has been a proven performer on some of the biggest international stages and his talent and experience should significantly enhance our bullpen.   We are also excited to have expanded our reach into the Asian markets with the addition of one of the premier relievers in Asian baseball history.”

Oh, 33, will join a Cardinals bullpen that already consists of closer Trevor Rosenthal, who in 2015 set the franchise’s single-season save record (48), former All-Stars Jonathan Broxton and Jordan Walden and key stalwarts Seth Maness and Kevin Siegrist.

Oh, who owns 357 career saves between Korean and Japan, pitched for the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) from 2005-13, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2005.  He was named MVP of the Korean Series in 2011 and reached 100 career saves faster (fewest games) than anyone in Korean history.   Oh posted 277 career saves for Samsung, making him the career KBO all-time saves leader.

The right-handed throwing Oh, who features a rising four-seam fastball, signed a free-agent contract with the Hanshin Tigers prior to the 2014 season and was named the Top Closer in Japan and the Climax Series MVP that same year.  He led the Japanese Central League in saves in both 2014 (39) and 2015 (41), setting the record for the most saves by a Korean player in Japanese League play.

In 498 career games between Korea and Japan, Oh owns a career mark of 32-20 with a 1.81 ERA, striking out 772 batters in 646.1 innings pitched.

The 5-10, 205-pound Oh was a member of the Gold medal-winning Korean Olympic team in 2008 and he was a member of the Korean team in the World Baseball Classic in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

Nicknamed the “Stone Buddha” and “Final Boss”, Oh will wear uniform no. 26 for the Cardinals.

UCONN stays on top of women’s AP poll

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January 11th, 2016 by Chris Parks

UConn remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll after a busy week that saw the Huskies win all three of their games by double-digits.

They beat Tulsa, Houston and South Florida to stay undefeated. UConn was once again followed by South Carolina, Notre Dame, Texas and Ohio State on Monday.

While the top of the poll stayed consistent, four new teams entered the Top 25 this week as Florida, Miami, Louisville and Southern California all got ranked.

It’s the 20th-ranked Gators’ first appearance in the poll since 2009. With 14 victories they’ve already surpassed last season’s win total (13). Miami and Louisville were in earlier this season while USC was last ranked in the final poll of the 2014 season.

Northwestern, DePaul, California and Seton Hall dropped out.

 

Hawkeyes jump, Cyclones fall in new men’s AP poll

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January 11th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Iowa Hawkeyes jumped up three spots to 16th in this week’s AP Top 25 men’s basketball poll.  The Iowa State Cyclones fell 4 spots from 13th to 17th after a loss to Baylor over the weekend.  Kansas and Oklahoma remain the top two teams in the country after the Jayhawks outlasted the Sooners in three overtimes last Monday.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 10, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Kansas (63) 14-1 1,621 1
2. Oklahoma (1) 13-1 1,551 2
3. Maryland 15-1 1,472 3
4. Michigan St. (1) 16-1 1,446 5
5. North Carolina 15-2 1,371 6
6. Villanova 14-2 1,246 11
7. Xavier 14-1 1,200 10
8. Miami 13-1 1,139 12
9. Duke 14-2 1,100 14
10. SMU 15-0 1,040 15
11. West Virginia 14-1 867 17
12. Providence 14-2 862 8
13. Virginia 12-3 818 4
14. Kentucky 12-3 698 9
15. Texas A&M 13-2 668 21
16. Iowa 12-3 656 19
17. Iowa St. 12-3 555 13
18. Arizona 13-3 537 7
19. South Carolina 15-0 527 22
20. Pittsburgh 14-1 334 24
21. Louisville 13-3 330 16
22. Baylor 12-3 325
23. Butler 12-4 302 18
24. Purdue 14-3 145 20
25. Gonzaga 13-3 101

Others receiving votes: Southern Cal 79, Indiana 59, UCLA 21, Texas Tech 10, Utah 10, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 8, Wichita St. 7, Oregon 6, Valparaiso 6, Hawaii 4, Akron 1, Dayton 1, Oregon St. 1, St. Bonaventure 1.

 

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 1/11/2016

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January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Walker-Kimbrough leads No. 8 Maryland to win over Iowa

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January 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 19 points, Brionna Jones had 15 points and 11 rebounds and No. 8 Maryland rolled past Iowa in a 76-56 win on Sunday. Kristen Confroy added 11 points and the Terrapins forced 16 turnovers to snap Iowa’s 25-game home winning streak in Maryland coach Brenda Frese’s return to her home state.

The Terrapins (14-2, 3-1 Big Ten) has won two straight since falling to No. 5 Ohio State on Jan. 2. Ally Disterhoft and Megan Gustafson each scored 14 points for the Hawkeye (12-4, 2-2).

Maryland led wire-to-wire, but used a 14-4 run in the third quarter to pull away from Iowa. Jones scored seven of her 15 points during that key stretch. Iowa — the best free throw shooting team in the Big Ten — made only 12 of 21 from the foul line.