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No. 14 Northern Iowa runs away from Indiana St 61-51


February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Seth Tuttle had 15 points and eight rebounds and Jeremy Morgan added 12 points as No. 14 Northern Iowa ran away from Indiana State 61-51 on Tuesday night. The Panthers (21-2, 10-1 Missouri Valley) won their 10th in a row and got their first season sweep of the Sycamores in five seasons. Indiana State (11-12, 7-4) was led by Devonte Brown with 14 points, but the Sycamores fell to 0-3 this season against ranked teams.

Defensively, Northern Iowa was every bit as good as advertised. Indiana State shot 37.3 percent from the field and finished with a season low for points. And after scoring the final four points of the first half to take 33-22 lead, Northern Iowa never let the Sycamores get within single digits in the second half.

The Panthers took control with a 13-3 first-half run then methodically pulled away until the final minutes.

Harlan @ Atlantic Boys Tonight on KJAN!


February 3rd, 2015 by Jim Field

Last time these two teams met it took double overtime for Harlan to come away a winner.  Tonight, Atlantic gets to host the Cyclones in boys basketball and we’ll have all the action on KJAN.  Varsity game time is about 7:30 pm and you can listen to it live on AM 1220 and FM 101.1 or on the web at www.kjan.com.  We will also feature live streaming video of tonight’s game on the KJAN.com TV page.  But we would much rather see you sitting with us!  So if you can’t help us pack the gym, check it out on KJAN and KJAN TV!

Thunder Sign Nick Collison to Multi-Year Deal


February 3rd, 2015 by Jim Field

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed forward Nick Collison to a multi-year contract extension.

The team made the announcement on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 34-year-old Collison is the longest tenured member of the organization. The 6-foot-10 Collison ranks among the franchise’s all-time career leaders in rebounds (3rd, 4,370 career rebounds), blocks (6th, 439 career blocks), field goal percentage (2nd, .537) and games played (2nd, 791 career games). He is averaging 3.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 15.9 minutes per game this season, and holds career averages of 6.4 points and 5.5 rebounds.

The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Collison 12th overall in 2003, several years before the franchise moved to Oklahoma City.

Royals’ Cain ($2,725,000), Moustakas ($2.64M) Reach Deals


February 3rd, 2015 by Jim Field

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Postseason star Lorenzo Cain and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year contract for $2,725,000, just ahead of what would have been Major League Baseball’s first salary arbitration hearing this year.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas also settled Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year contract for $2.64 million.

Cain had asked for $3.6 million and had been offered $2 million when the sides swapped figures last month. In addition to his salary, the speedy outfielder would earn a $25,000 bonus for 505 plate appearances.

The sides entered the room for the hearing, which was scheduled to start at 2 p.m., then stepped outside the room and reached the agreement.

Cain, 28, hit a team-best .301 with five homers, 53 RBIs and 28 steals in 33 chances last season, when he made $546,000. He was MVP of the Royals’ sweep of Baltimore in the AL Championship Series after batting .533 (8 for 15) with a pair of doubles. He hit .308 in the World Series loss to San Francisco.

The 26-year-old Moustakas would earn a $10,000 bonus if he has 550 or more plate appearances. He hit .212 with 21 doubles and 54 RBIs last year, when he made $549,000. He had asked for $3.1 million in arbitration and had been offered $1.85 million.

Four Royals remain in arbitration: first baseman Eric Hosmer and pitchers Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland.

(Podcast) KJAN 7:20-a.m. Sports report, 2/3/2015

Podcasts, Sports

February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

With Jim Field.


Western IA high school bball scores from Mon., 2/2/15


February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Western Valley Conference Tournament
Lawton-Bronson 63, Woodbury Central, Moville 60
River Valley, Correctionville 73, Westwood, Sloan 55
Siouxland Community Christian 56, Kingsley-Pierson 50
Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 71, OA-BCIG 38
Ridge View 56, West Monona, Onawa 55
Orient-Macksburg vs. Diagonal, ppd.
Clarinda vs. Mount Ayr, ppd.
Nishnabotna vs. Fairfax, Mo., ppd.

Sioux City, West 69, South Sioux City, Neb. 66
Orient-Macksburg vs. Diagonal, ppd.
Clarinda vs. Mount Ayr, ppd.

Selden leads No. 8 Kansas past No. 11 Iowa State 89-76


February 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Wayne Selden Jr. scored 19 points in a hot-shooting second half to spark No. 8 Kansas past No. 11 Iowa State 89-76 on Monday night. Selden, after missing all three of his shots and scoring only one point in the first half, drilled four of his first five 3-pointers after intermission, often finding himself virtually unguarded on the right wing, as the Jayhawks (19-3, 8-1 Big 12) padded their lead in the Big 12 race to 1½ games.

Georges Niang had 24 points for Iowa State (16-5, 6-3), which dropped out of a second-place tie with West Virginia. Leading 35-28 after a seesaw first half, the Jayhawks reeled off a 14-6 run the first 4 minutes, 45 seconds after intermission, with Selden scoring eight points, including two uncontested 3-pointers. Iowa State called time out and tried to regroup after Selden’s second 3-pointer put Kansas on top 49-34 but never got the lead under nine points.

A-P IA Boy’s high school basketball poll (2/2/2015)


February 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:
Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. Iowa City, West (15) 15-0 150 1
2. Pleasant Valley 15-0 122 2
3. Ankeny Centennial 14-1 118 3
4. Des Moines, Hoover 15-0 115 4
5. North Scott, Eldridge 12-3 68 7
6. Dubuque, Hempstead 13-2 67 6
7. Linn-Mar, Marion 12-3 64 8
8. Waukee 12-4 61 5
9. Urbandale 12-4 22 NR
10. Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 15-2 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 9. Epworth, Western Dubuque 6. Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 5. Valley, West Des Moines 5. Ames 1.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Williamsburg (5) 14-1 124 3
2. Le Mars (4) 13-2 120 2
3. Pella (2) 13-2 113 4
4. Spirit Lake (2) 14-2 101 1
5. Waverly-Shell Rock 15-2 96 5
6. MOC-Floyd Valley 14-2 80 6
7. Wahlert, Dubuque (2) 9-6 65 7
(tie) Fort Madison 14-2 65 8
9. Algona 14-2 20 NR
10. Gilbert 14-2 8 NR

Others receiving votes: Carroll 5. Xavier, Cedar Rapids 5. Assumption, Davenport 5. Denison-Schleswig 4. Dallas Center-Grimes 4. Chariton 4. Keokuk 3. Marion 2. Clear Creek-Amana 1.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. Aplington-Parkersburg (10) 18-0 139 1
2. New Hampton (3) 17-1 130 3
3. Western Christian, Hull (2) 15-2 113 4
4. Monticello 18-2 96 7
5. Regina, Iowa City 16-1 88 5
6. Cascade,Western Dubuque 17-2 79 2
7. IKM-Manning 15-1 77 6
8. Treynor 14-2 37 8
9. Forest City 15-2 34 9
10. Anamosa 12-5 10 10

Others receiving votes: Northeast, Goose Lake 8. West Fork, Sheffield 8. Pella Christian 2. Des Moines Christian 2. Notre Dame, Burlington 1. Central Decatur, Leon 1.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (9) 18-0 141 1
2. Danville (6) 16-0 138 2
3. Colo-Nesco 17-0 105 5
4. Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 17-1 88 6
5. Central Lyon 14-3 83 3
6. Boyden-Hull 14-3 65 8
7. Gehlen Catholic, Le Mars 15-1 61 4
8. Ar-We-Va, Westside 17-0 43 9
9. Earlham 15-2 25 7
9. Meskwaki Settlement School 15-1 24 10

Others receiving votes: Janesville 20. West Hancock, Britt 13. Belle Plaine 6. South O’Brien 6. Jesup 3. Grand View Christian 3. Fremont Mills, Tabor 2.

(Podcast) KJAN morning Sports report, 2/2/2015

Podcasts, Sports

February 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. sportscast with Jim Field.


Athletes taking a stand against domestic violence

News, Sports

February 2nd, 2015 by Chris Parks

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A group of athletes from Dakota Wesleyan University is challenging all the other male athletes in the Great Plains Athletic Conference to take a public stand against domestic violence. The Sioux City Journal reports the pledge idea began with a small group of students and a social justice class Luke Bamberg took.

Bamberg and four classmates decided to ask Dakota Wesleyan athletes to take the pledge. But the idea took off once Great Plains Athletic Conference Commissioner Corey Westra heard about it. So now the group is challenging the more than 2,500 male athletes at the conference’s 11 universities in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

Bamberg acknowledges that signing a pledge may not make a huge difference, but he says it’s better than doing nothing.