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7AM Sportscast 01-02-2016

Podcasts, Sports

January 2nd, 2016 by Chris Parks

w/ Chris Parks


Two men plan to complete marathons in 99 counties in 2016

News, Sports

January 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two men from eastern Iowa plan to complete a remarkable feat in the New Year. Dennis Lee of Walford and Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids are running marathons in all 99 Iowa counties. They spoke with KCRG-TV during their recent 26.2 mile long run through Cerro Gordo County. “The best run…my favorite was Chickasaw County, maybe partly because I’m from there,” Lee said. Schumaker added, “The worst run was in Taylor County. It was raining that day and it was probably 38 degrees.”

Their journey began in 2009. Marathon runnersThey have about a dozen more counties left and Lee said they’ve scheduled Delaware County for their final marathon in mid-September. “It’s almost a bitter-sweet thing because we’ve done so many and had a lot of fun, but we’re looking forward to the end,” Lee told KCRG. The two men conceived the idea many years ago as a way to raise money for the American Heart Association.

(KCRG/Radio Iowa)

McCaffrey leads Stanford’s 45-16 Rose Bowl romp over Iowa


January 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Stanford barely missed out on the College Football Playoff, and Christian McCaffrey almost won the Heisman Trophy. McCaffrey and the mighty Cardinal didn’t miss a thing in their Rose Bowl romp over Iowa.

McCaffrey caught a 75-yard touchdown pass on the opening snap and returned a punt 66 yards for another score while setting the Rose Bowl record with 368 all-purpose yards, propelling No. 5 Stanford to a 45-16 victory over the sixth-ranked Hawkeyes on Friday.

Kevin Hogan passed for 223 yards and three TDs in his final game for the Cardinal (12-2), who won the Rose Bowl for the second time in three trips over the past four years for this unlikely football powerhouse. McCaffrey was sublime in his debut at the Granddaddy of Them All, breaking the all-purpose yards record set by Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis in 2012.


Chiefs’ Houston returns to practice, could play vs Browns


January 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston returned to practice for the first time in more than a month on Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Fellow linebacker Tamba Hali is also questionable after missing a game with a broken thumb.

Houston has not played since hyperextending his knee against Buffalo on Nov. 29. The Chiefs have considered him day to day ever since, though he has not participated in any workouts.

Even if Houston or Hali does not play Sunday, the fact that they are questionable increases the likelihood they’ll be available for the playoffs. Kansas City (10-5) has already secured a wild-card spot and could still win the AFC West.


Iowa coach remains atop salary list of state’s workers

News, Sports

January 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa’s head football coach remains atop the list of the state’s highest-paid employees. Database information provided by the state shows Kirk Ferentz made almost $4 million in the fiscal year ending June 30. The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa State head basketball coach Fred Hoiberg made $2.1 million over the same period. He’s since departed for professional basketball’s Chicago Bulls.

In third place on the list is Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads at $1.85 million. He was fired in November. The highest-paid person on the list who isn’t a coach is Kenneth Kates, chief executive officer of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He was paid more than $1.6 million in fiscal 2015.

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

Podcasts, Sports

January 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Chris Parks.


Rose Bowl Game Day is here


January 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The New Year begins with the Iowa Hawkeye’s first appearance in the Rose Bowl in 25 years. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and the rest of the team have been in California since Christmas Eve preparing for this game. He was asked this week about the long drought since the Hawkeyes have played in this game. He says it is a bit of a factor, but says the team has played in a lot of big games, especially this season.

Thousands of Hawkeye fans started pouring in around midweek, and there’s expected to be a healthy amount of black and gold in the stadium. Ferentz says the atmosphere could be similar to what they saw in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship game. “We anticipate a really enthusiastic following here, our fans have been tremendous historically,” Ferentz says.

Stanford was in back-to-back Rose Bowls in 2013 and 2014, but Coach David Shaw says that doesn’t diminish the excitement of playing in this one. He got a laugh after saying he expects there will be a few Stanford fans at the game. Shaw says being in the game more recently than Iowa won’t be any big advantage today, as it will be the same atmosphere. “There’s an energy in the air, there’s an excitement in the air. There’s clear lines of delineation based on the apparel of which side is for which team, and both sides are energetic and passionate,” Shaw says. “I’ve run out on the field in a couple of big games before — there’s still nothing like running out on the field in the Rose Bowl.”

He says it will be the same for the players, they will feel the emotion of the stadium and the moment. “There’s nothing that’s old hat — so whether you’ve been here once or you’ve been here three times — you feel how special it is on that game day,” Shaw says. Former Iowa quarterback and now Big Ten Network analyst, Chuck Long knows what it will be like when Iowa’s C.J. Beathard goes under center to take a snap for the first time in the Rose Bowl.

“It’s an adrenalin rush, he’s going to feel that adrenaline rush, he’ll feel it in pre-game warmup, that’s when you start to feel it with the crowd coming in, and just the scene from the Rose Bowl floor is not like any other nationally,” Long says. “He’s a first year starting quarterback going to a big bowl game, not like my case where I started off with the Peach Bowl…and then the Gator Bowl and the Rose Bowl.” But Long expects Beathard to handle that initial adrenaline rush and play well.

“Just being around him, he’s going to handle it well. He’s got great demeanor, he’s been around football all his life,” according to Long. Former Hawkeye and now radio analyst Ed Podolack, is expecting a rugged game. He says it will be similar to the game with Michigan State where both teams will try to make the other give up. “There’s not going to be too much in the way of fancy football, it’s going to be who wants it, who has trained the best. So, I think it ends up being an exciting type of football for me to watch, because it is blocking and tackling,” Podolack says. He say his one big concern is the return game of Stanford.

“At times I think we have been inefficient at punting the ball this year. I don’t think that you can punt the ball to their team and not expect to get hurt,” Poldolack says, He says the coaches have probably addressed that and will likely punt the ball toward the sidelines. Fifth ranked Stanford will be looking for their 12 win against two loses. While the sixth-ranked Hawkeyes are looking for their 13th win against one loss. Kickoff is at 4:10 p-m Iowa time. Pregame coverage on KJAN begins at 2-p.m.

(Radio Iowa)

Thousands attend USS Iowa pep rally


January 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Thousands of Iowans traveled to Long Beach, California Thursday for a pep rally on board the U-S-S Iowa. Many kids toured the ships with their parents, including ten-year old Zander Schuett. “It’s very cool to see all the cannons and everything,” Zander says. Brother Nile Shuett says it’s a piece of history. He says it’s amazing that the ship is in the same shape that it was in when it was used in World War Two. Their father Clay Schuett had much the same reaction.

“I think it is fantastic to see the size of the 16 inch guns, it’s just amazing, just very impressive, very cool. Great to see the crowd out here too, see all the Hawkeye fans,” Clay Schuett says. Jim from the Quad Cities was walking along the deck with some friends. “Oh it’s really neat, it was worth the trip alone,” he says. Cory Kusick of North Liberty brought her kids to California for the game, and said they had to see the battleship too. “It’s amazing, it’s massive, amazing, the whole thing has been a really neat experience,” Kusick says. Her son Ben Kusick was also impressed.

He says he can’t imagine being on the ship for the amount of time sailors were aboard. Zack Kusick says the size of the ship stood out. Battleship Larry is a tour guide aboard the U-S-S Iowa. He got his name from his service on another battleship. “I served on the Missouri, so that kind of drew me to the ship,” he says. People who tour the ship can learn all about its history. He says you can see the 16 inch guns, and see where the three presidents who were carried on the ship stayed, as well as a list of all the crew members who served on board the ship through 1990. He says the Iowa was a first of its kind.

“This is the prototype of the Iowa class, this is the Iowa class that started the other ships, the Iowa, New Jersey, Missouri, Wisconsin,” according to Larry. The Iowans enjoyed food and music along with the tours of the ship, and got to witness the firing of one of the smaller guns on the ship. The State of Iowa help save its namesake battleship from the scrap heap and the U-S-S Iowa is open free to Iowa residents throughout the year.

(Radio Iowa)

National Sports Headlines: 1/1/16


January 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Top-ranked Clemson has worked its way into the CFP title game by dominating the second half of a 37-17 win over No. 4 Oklahoma. Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson ran for a touchdown and threw for another while rolling up 332 total yards. He completed 16 of his 31 throws for 187 yards, and also ran for 145 yards on 24 carries as part of Clemson’s 312-yard ground attack.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Tide have moved into the CFP championship game by posting a 38-0 pounding of Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl. Jake Coker completed 25 of his 30 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry had a pair of TD runs while carrying 20 times for 75 yards.

HOUSTON (AP) — Klay Thompson poured in 38 points and the Golden State Warriors bounced back from Wednesday’s blowout loss in Dallas by downing the Houston Rockets 114-110. Thompson nailed six 3-pointers to lead the Warriors’ long-range shootouts while NBA scoring leader Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry missed his second straight game with a sore left lower leg. Draymond Green had 10 points and a career-high 16 assists as the Warriors improved to a league-best 30-2.

UNDATED (AP) — A pair of top-10 men’s basketball teams were knocked off by ranked squads on New Year’s Eve. Rodney Bullock scored a career-high 25 points and Kris Dunn contributed 20, seven rebounds and nine assists as 12th-ranked Providence topped No. 9 Butler 81-73. Ryan Arcidiacono (ahr-chee-dee-ah-KAH’-noh) hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 27 points as No. 16 Villanova beat sixth-ranked Xavier 95-64.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have cooled off the NHL’s hottest team, stopping Washington’s nine-game winning streak by downing the Capitals 4-2. Eric Staal snapped a 1-1 tie 51 seconds into the third period before Jeff Skinner tallied 4:25 later. Staal also had an assist and Eddie Lack stopped 30 shots in the Hurricanes’ third victory in four games.


Wichita State beats Drake 67-47 for 8th straight win


December 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Ron Baker scored 14 points, Fred VanVleet added 13, and Wichita State beat Drake 67-47 on Thursday for its eighth straight victory. Baker was 3 of 4 from 3-point range as Wichita State made 8 of 24 from distance. Zach Brown added 10 points for Wichita State (7-5), which has won six straight Missouri Valley Conference openers.

Kale Abrahamson hit a 3-pointer for Drake to tie it at 25-all before Wichita State closed on an 8-0 run, with a Baker 3-pointer, for a 33-25 halftime lead. The Shockers started the second half on a 13-2 run, with balanced scoring from VanVleet, Brown and Anton Grady, as Drake only made one field goal in the first six minutes.

Abrahamson and Graham Woodward scored 12 points apiece for Drake (5-8). The Bulldogs were held to 16-of-43 shooting (37 percent), were outrebounded 38-28 and turned it over 18 times.