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Royals pay tribute to 2 firefighters killed in KC blaze


October 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals honored two firefighters who were killed while fighting a massive blaze that engulfed an apartment building. Two other firefighters were injured when the building collapsed in Kansas City, Missouri, on Monday night, shortly after fire crews evacuated its residents and rescued two people from the second story. The two injured were hospitalized in stable condition.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, whose father Mike is a retired Miami firefighter, wore a Kansas City Fire Department shirt during batting practice on Tuesday. So did third baseman Mike Moustakas, while pitcher Jeremy Guthrie wore a hat honoring the department.

The Royals forced Game 5 in their AL Division Series against the Houston Astros with a dramatic late-inning comeback. The decisive game is tonight (Wednesday).


Area high school Volleyball scores from Tue., 10/13/2015


October 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Hawkeye 10 Conference

(3-0) Glenwood over Lewis Central
(3-0) Harlan 25-25-25, Creston 16-22-17
(3-0) Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 25-25-25, Clarinda 18-13-23
(3-1) Red Oak 25-25-23-25, Shenandoah 12-14-25-15
(3-0) Red Oak 25-25-25, Atlantic 12-9-16
(3-0) St. Albert, Council Bluffs 25-25-25, Denison-Schleswig 15-20-14

Western Iowa Conference Tournament

(3-0) Tri-Center, Neola 25-25-25, IKM-Manning 23-15-15
(3-0) Treynor over Underwood
Consolation: IKM-Manning vs. Underwood Thursday at 6:00pm at Avoca
Championship Tri-Center at Treynor 2nd Match Thursday at Avoca

Rolling Valley Conference

(3-0) Adair-Casey 25-25-25, CAM, Anita 19-13-16
(3-0) Boyer Valley 25-25-25, Exira-EHK 22-19-21
(3-0) Coon Rapids-Bayard 25-27-25, Paton-Churdan 10-25-20

Corner Conference

(3-2) Essex 21-25-18-29-15, Fremont-Mills 25-16-25-27-13
(3-0) Nishnabotna 25-25-25, South Page 15-7-14
(3-0) Sidney over Hearland Christian

(3-0) Stanton 25-25-25, Clarinda Academy 4-6-6

Pride of Iowa Conference Tournament

Semifinal: (3-2) Lenox 11-25-22-25-15, Bedford 25-16-25-19-9
Semifinal: (3-0) Mount Ayr 25-26-25, Nodaway Valley 15-24-14
Consolation: Bedford vs. Nodaway Valley
Championship: (3-0) Mount Ayr 25-25-25, Lenox 9-7-19

Other Scores

(3-0) Bondurant-Farrar 25-25-25, A-D-M, Adel 23-22-18
(3-0) Carroll 25-25-25, Winterset 19-10-21
(3-0) Kingsley-Pierson 27-25-25, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto 25-18-16
(3-0) Ogden 25-25-25, Panorama 20-12-14
(3-0) Van Meter 25-25-25, Guthrie Center 15-18-14
(3-1) Woodward-Granger 18-25-25-25, Earlham 25-15-9-11

Cubs win NL Division Series, beat Cardinals 6-4 in Game 4


October 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field for the first time ever, getting home runs from Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez in beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Tuesday to win the NL Division Series in four games. A day after hitting a postseason-record six homers, the Cubs hammered their way into the NL Championship Series by taking the best-of-five set before a rollicking crowd.

Manager Joe Maddon’s bunch of wild-card Cubs will face the winner of the Los Angeles Dodgers-New York Mets matchup. The Mets took a 2-1 lead into Game 4 Tuesday night. The Cubs last reached the NLCS in 2003, when they lost in seven games to the Marlins. Chicago dropped those final two at home, including the infamous Bartman defeat in Game 6.

Wrigley Field hosted its first Cubs game in 1916, eight years after they last won the World Series.


No. 17 Iowa loses DE Drew Ott for season with knee injury


October 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa senior defensive end Drew Ott has torn the ACL in his right knee and is done for the season. Ferentz says tests confirmed Ott’s injury on Monday. Ott left last week’s 29-20 win over Illinois in the third quarter. He came back out for the fourth quarter on crutches.

Ott is one of the best players for the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten). He ranks sixth in the Big Ten with five sacks despite an arm injury earlier this season. Freshman Parker Hesse will start in place of Ott on Saturday against No. 20 Northwestern.

Pair of Cyclones On Award Watch Lists


October 13th, 2015 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State Men’s Basketball duo of Monté Morris and Georges Niang have earned spots on a pair of preseason award watch lists, announced today by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Morris, a junior from Flint, Michigan, is on the Bob Cousy Award watch list, which honors the nation’s top point guard. Morris was a finalist for the award last season after finishing second on the team with 11.9 points and leading the Big 12 with 5.2 assists and a nation-best 4.63 assist-to-turnover ratio. Along with Jameel McKay, Morris also was named preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention.

Niang has been listed on the Karl Malone Award watch list, an award given to the nation’s best power forward. He was a finalist for the honor last season while averaging 15.3 points and earning All-America accolades. Niang has also been named to the preseason All-Big 12 team. The Methuen, Massachusetts, native, returns for his senior season fifth among active NCAA Division I players in scoring (1,510) and the only player with 1,500 points, 450 rebounds and 300 assists.

The Cyclones open the regular season on Nov. 13 against Colorado in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Autopsy: Former NFL player Tyler Sash overdosed on pain meds


October 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An autopsy has determined that former NFL and Iowa football player Tyler Sash died from an accidental overdose involving two pain medications. The Iowa state medical examiner’s office said Tuesday that a recent shoulder dislocation and a history of chronic shoulder pain were “significant conditions” in the 27-year-old’s death.

Additional studies will look at whether Sash suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease caused by repetitive trauma that has been found in former NFL players. The results will be available in several months.

Sash was found dead in his Oskaloosa, Iowa home Sept. 8. The autopsy determined the death was from an “accidental mixed drug toxicity involving methadone and hydrocodone.” Sash was a standout safety at Iowa and won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 2012.

Iowa’s Canzeri Big 10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week


October 13th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Big 10 Conference announced there player of the week honorees following games on October 10th.  Iowa Running Back Jordan Canzeri won the Offensive Player of the Week Honor.

Offensive Player of the Week
Jordan Canzeri, Iowa
Sr., RB, Troy, N.Y./Troy

  • Set a school record with 43 carries for a career-best 256 rushing yards in Iowa’s victory over Illinois.
  • His 256-yard performance ranks third in school history and included a 75-yard touchdown run
  • Added two catches for 15 yards and one touchdown
  • Earns the first Offensive Player of the Week award of his career
  • Last Iowa Offensive Player of the Week: C.J. Beathard (Sept. 14, 2015)

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 10/13/2015

Podcasts, Sports

October 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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


Area high school Volleyball scores from Mon., 10/12/15


October 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Western Iowa Conference Tournament

(3-2) Griswold over AHSTW
(3-0) Tri-Center, Neola 25-25-25, Griswold 14-16-14
(3-0) IKM-Manning over Missouri Valley(3-0) Logan-Magnolia over Riverside
(3-1) Treynor over Logan Magnolia
(3-2) Underwood over Audubon

Tuesdays Semifinals
Tri-Center vs. IKM-Manning (2nd Match in Avoca)Treynor vs. Underwood (in Avoca at 6:00pm)

Pride of Iowa Conference Tournament

Region 1 at Central Decatur

  • Lenox 2 Central Decatur 1
  • Lenox 2 Pleasantville 0
  • Pleasantville at Central Decatur

Region 2 at Bedford

  • Bedford 2 Martensdale-St. Mary’s 0
  • East Union 2 Martensdale-St. Mary’s 0
  • Bedford 2 East Union 0

Region 3 at Southeast Warren

  • Southeast Warren 2 Nodaway Valley 1
  • Nodaway Valley 2 Interstate 35 0
  • Interstate 35 2 Southeast Warren 1

Region 4 at Mount Ayr

  • Mount Ayr 2 Southwest Valley 0
  • Wayne vs. Southwest Valley
  • Mount Ayr 2 Wayne 0

Lenox, Bedford, Nodaway Valley, and Mt. Ayr move on to the semifinals.

Rolling Valley Conference

(3-0) AR-WE-VA, Westside 25-25-25, Coon Rapids-Bayard 15-19-15

Other Scores
(3-0) West Monona 25-25-25, OA-BCIG 19-23-17

IA DCI and IRGC investigate drugged dogs at Bluffs Run

News, Sports

October 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) and Iowa DCI (Division of Criminal Investigation) are continuing to investigate positive performance-enhancing drug tests at Bluffs Run Greyhound Park in Council Bluffs. According to the Daily NonPareil, in late September, two dogs tested positive for ractopamine, a drug believed to increase muscle mass, open airways for oxygenation and decrease fat. Officials have not determined how the dogs ingested the drug.

Brian Ohorilko, administrator with the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, said the two greyhounds that tested positive for ractopamine, following a race.The positive test at Bluffs Run followed failed tests by 12 greyhounds at Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque. The Iowa State University diagnostic lab found the drug in dry food given to the dogs in eastern Iowa.

Officials in the greyhound community said that would be the case in Council Bluffs as well, but tests on dry food used at Bluffs Run came back negative. After the positive tests, both Council Bluffs dogs were taken out of competition while veterinarians determined the adverse affects of the drugs. Ohorilko said the drug – normally administered to livestock, including hogs and cattle – is known to cause heart tissue damage to greyhounds.

The administrator said both dogs were found to be healthy and have returned to racing.