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Wainwright shutout, 19th win as Cards beat Brewers


September 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright posted his 19th win, pitching a shutout Wednesday night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 to hold their 2½-game edge in the NL Central. Wainwright worked around seven hits and tied for the major league lead in wins and shutouts.

St. Louis has won four of five and kept its advantage over second-place Pittsburgh. Milwaukee dropped 2 1/2 games behind the Pirates for the second NL wild-card spot. Mike Fiers held the Cardinals hitless until Wainwright singled up the middle with two outs in the sixth. It was Fiers’ first start since beaning Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton last week, ending his season.

Chiefs QB Smith takes responsibility for offense


September 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The past two weeks, when the Kansas City Chiefs have struggled to score touchdowns in the red zone, Andy Reid has insisted that he needs to put his players in better position to succeed. What happens when he puts the Chiefs in a bad position, though? Well, the Chiefs are paying quarterback Alex Smith a bunch of cash to get them out of it.

Smith said Wednesday that while his coach often takes responsibility for the shortcomings of the offense, the burden lies on the players to execute on the field. For Smith, who just signed a new contract extension, that means making wise decisions with the ball — and checking out of bad plays that Reid may have called.

Iowa youngsters set to take first aim at deer

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Around 10,000 young Iowans, 15 and under, are expected to take part in the state’s youth deer hunting season, which opens Saturday. Jim Coffey, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says participation in the season has been growing, even though only one-third of those young hunters are forecast to harvest a deer. An adult “mentor” must accompany the child, who can continue to hunt in future deer seasons if they don’t fill their tag in the youth season.Youth deer season

“A youth hunter’s tag is valid for all other deer (gun) seasons if it’s not filled during the youth season,” Coffey says. “So, we’re seeing more hunters shift to buying a youth tag for those youngsters because they can continue to go out and use that license until it’s filled.” The deer must be harvested by the youth with the tag. Coffey encourages the mentors, often the child’s parent, to focus on teaching hunting ethics, sportsmanship, and safety.

“And, realize that success is not harvesting the animal. Success is being out there, watching the woods, learning the animals, and really just starting to build that base of a good sportsman,” Coffey says. The September 20 to October 5 period allows youngsters to be the first Iowans to take a shot at deer.

Coffey says the early season usually features slightly warmer temperatures, so the experience is less stressful for a young hunter. The youth season coincides with the disabled hunter deer season. Last year, nearly 300 disabled hunters reported harvesting 120 deer.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. Sports, 9/17/2014

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN’s Jim Field.


Tuesday Volleyball Results


September 17th, 2014 by Jim Field

Hawkeye 10:

  • (3-0) Harlan 25-25-25, Kuemper Catholic 22-20-13
  • (3-0) Red Oak 25-25-25, Lewis Central 20-19-16
  • (3-1) Glenwood 25-18-26-25, Shenandoah 21-25-24-13
  • (3-2) Creston 15-24-25-26-15, St. Albert 25-26-19-24-10

Western Iowa:

  • (3-0) IKM-Manning 25-25-25, Riverside 7-15-11
  • (3-0) Missouri Valley 25-25-25, Logan-Magnolia 19-11-13
  • (3-0) Tri-Center 25-25-25, Griswold 21-23-22
  • (3-0) Underwood 25-25-25, Audubon 18-18-21

Rolling Valley:

  • (3-0) Adair-Casey 25-25-25, CAM 13-19-18
  • (3-0) Ar-We-Va 25-25-25, Charter Oak-Ute 23-15-17
  • (3-2) Coon Rapids-Bayard 30-15-25-8-15, Boyer Valley 28-25-19-25-10
  • (3-1) Exira/EHK 25-25-25-25, Paton-Churdan 13-27-22-15
  • (3-0) Woodbine 25-25-25, Glidden-Ralston 14-20-21


  • (3-1) CB Abraham Lincoln 25-25-21-25, Bishop Heelan Catholic 18-22-25-17
  • (3-0) CB Abraham Lincoln 25-25-25, Sioux City East 16-16-15
  • (3-0) Earlham 25-25-25, Panorama 22-20-21
  • (3-0) Fremont-Mills 25-25-25, South Page 10-6-8
  • (3-1) Nodaway Valley 25-23-25-25, East Union 17-25-21-9
  • (3-2) Sidney 11-25-23-25-15, Essex 25-17-25-18-10
  • (3-0) Southwest Valley 25-25-25, Lenox 12-16-14

A-H-S-T-W Viking Cross Country Invitational Results


September 17th, 2014 by Jim Field

Girls Team Scores:

  1. Underwood  29
  2. St. Albert  71
  3. Treynor  78
  4. A-H-S-T-W  123
  5. Audubon  129
  6. Woodbine  134
  7. Riverside  154

Girls Top 5:

  1. Karley Larson, Underwood
  2. Jacey Martin, St. Albert
  3. Krisann Stephany, St. Albert
  4. Megan Maaske, Woodbine
  5. Erin Shapcott, Underwood

Boys Team Scores:

  1. St. Albert  43
  2. Riverside  85
  3. Underwood  95
  4. Logan-Magnolia  102
  5. Audubon  104
  6. A-H-S-T-W  114
  7. Treynor  155
  8. Woodbine  175

Boys Top 5:

  1. Tim Brink, Riverside
  2. Max Ross St. Albert
  3. Mitchell Nelsen, Audubon
  4. Garrett MArtin, St. Albert
  5. Darik Collins, Underwood

Click the link below for complete results:

2014 Viking XC Meet results (1)

UNI prepares for homecoming game


September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Back from a long trip to Hawaii the UNI Panthers prepare for Saturday’s homecoming contest against Northern Colorado. The Panthers are 0-2 following a 27-24 loss to Hawaii. UNI coach Mark Farley who says the Panthers need to learn how to make plays at key times. There have been many positives in the first two games but the ground attack is not one of them. Senior running back David Johnson has only 80 yards of rushing to date.

Farley says the ground game needs to improve as the Panthers look down the road at the start of Missouri Valley Conference play. Northern Colorado opened with a 13-12 loss at UNLV and followed that up with a 28-20 win over Houston Baptist.

(Learfield Sports)

Iowa prepares for Pitt


September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three weeks into the season the Iowa Hawkeyes rank 92nd in the country in rushing and are tied for 89th in total offense. While those numbers may seem alarming for an offense that returned a number of starters from last year, they apparently aren’t to head coach Kirk Ferentz, who told the weekly Big Ten teleconference that he is not surprised by his teams lackluster start. The Hawkeyes are 2-1 as they get set to visit Pitt and Ferentz says the offense is trying to find the right rhythm and right mix.

Ferentz defended third year offensive coordinator Greg Davis who has been heavily criticized for his love of the horizontal passing game. Ferentz says there is no obvious solutions to fixing the offensive woes. Since beating Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl after the 2009 season the slide to mediocrity has been steep. In the last four plus seasons the Hawkeyes are 29-25 overall and just 15-17 in the Big Ten and while the negativity has grown even louder in the wake of another loss to Iowa State Ferentz says it is something they need to put behind them.

The challenge this week is preparing for their first road test at 3-0 Pitt. Pitt’s James Conner ranks second in the nation with 544 yards of rushing. In his third year at the helm Paul Chryst has developed the Pitt offense into one of the best running attacks in the nation. The Panthers have averaged 344 yards on the ground in their 3-0 start, which ranks fourth in the country. Despite the gaudy numbers Chryst says there is plenty of room for improvement.

Chryst says the run game will get a challenge from an Iowa defense that has always prided itself on stopping the run under Kirk Ferentz.

(Learfield Sports)

Brewers knock off Cardinals 3-2 in 12 innings


September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carlos Gomez walked, stole second and third and scored the go-ahead run on a bloop hit by rookie Hector Gomez in the 12th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers ended the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals’ three-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.

Brandon Kintzler got the last out in the 11th and Francisco Rodriguez closed for his 42nd save in 47 chances. The third-place Brewers have won five of six and are four games back of St. Louis, which has a 2 1/2-game lead on Pittsburgh with 11 to go.

Gerardo Parra homered and rookie Matt Clark’s sacrifice fly tied it against Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth. The Cardinals were blanked on four hits over the last 11 innings after jumping on Wily Peralta for two quick runs in the first.


NEW YORK (AP) — St. Louis right-hander Yeison Medina has been suspended for 50 games without pay after a positive test for the banned stimulant heptaminol under baseball’s minor league drug program. Medina turns 22 on Oct. 2. He was 4-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 19 relief appearances this year for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

The suspension will begin at the start of next season. There have been 57 suspensions this year under the minor league program and five under the big league program.

Chicago Cubs extend contract with Triple-A Iowa


September 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Triple-A Iowa agreed Tuesday to a two-year player development contract extension that will guarantee the partnership between the two teams will continue through the 2018 season. In announcing the deal, the teams noted it would ensure the affiliation between the teams would stretch to at least 38 years.

The affiliation began in 1981, and the next year Iowa changed its nickname to the Cubs. It’s the eighth-longest current affiliate relationship between a major league team and the 160 minor league clubs.

The Iowa Cubs play in Principal Park in downtown Des Moines.