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Day’s blast sends #15 Iowa past Ohio State


May 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Senior Nick Day slammed a dramatic two out homer to left field in the bottom of the ninth as the 15th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes edged Ohio State 3-2 in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in Target Field. It was a huge hit for the Solon native who sat out a portion of the season with an injury. And it was Iowa’s 39th win of the season as they advance to play Michigan on this (Thursday) afternoon. Iowa coach Rick Heller says he will send junior Blake Hickman to the mound against the Wolverines.

(Learfield Sports)

Cardinals tag Colon, knock Mets out of 1st with 9-0 rout


May 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Adams hit a long three-run homer, Jason Heyward also connected and the St. Louis Cardinals enjoyed their second consecutive offensive outburst, roughing up Bartolo Colon in a 9-0 rout of the New York Mets on Wednesday night. Matt Holliday and Kolten Wong both had three hits to back Carlos Martinez (4-2), who pitched 6 1-3 innings of four-hit ball in ending his two-game skid. Following a 10-2 victory Tuesday night, the Cardinals improved the best record in the majors to 27-13.

Pitching four days before his 42nd birthday, Colon (6-3) finally began to show his age. Trying again to become baseball’s first seven-game winner, he was hit hard all game and even walked two batters — one more than he had all season. And coupled with Washington’s victory over the New York Yankees, the Mets’ loss dropped them out of first place in the NL East for the first time since April 14.


Michigan cruises past reigning champion Indiana 4-1


May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pitcher Brett Adcock retired the first seven batters he faced, helping Michigan beat defending champion Indiana 4-1 Wednesday in the opener of the Big Ten Conference tournament. Adcock didn’t give up a hit until Logan Sowers doubled to lead off the fifth inning. Adcock gave up one earned run and three hits and threw six strikeouts to advance the third-seeded Wolverines (33-23). Michigan will face the winner of Ohio State vs. Iowa on Thursday.

Michigan’s Johnny Slater hit a three-run home run in the second inning. Carmen Benedetti had a one-run double in the sixth inning, scoring Jackson Glines, who had a game-high three hits in his four at-bats.

The sixth-seeded Hoosiers (32-20) won the Big Ten title in 2013 and 2014.


(Podcast) KJAN Sports report, 5/20/2015

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May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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


Boys Soccer Rankings


May 20th, 2015 by Jim Field

Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association

Class 1-A
1. Iowa City Regina 9-5
2. Beckman Catholic 11-0
3. MOC-Floyd Valley 12-2
4. Clear Lake 10-2
5. Kuemper Catholic 11-1
6. Danville 12-0
7. Gilbert 12-3
8. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 9-3
9. Benton Community 14-3
10. Des Moines Christian 10-3
11. St. Albert 10-4
12. Solon 9-8
13. West Central Valley 9-2
14. Bellevue Marquette 8-3
15. West Liberty 7-6
16t. Albia 8-5
16t. Holy Trinity 11-4

Class 2-A
1. Norwalk 11-3
2. Cedar Rapids Xavier 10-2
3. Waverly-Shell Rock 13-0
4. Sioux City Heelan 11-1
5. Perry 12-2
6. Central DeWitt 13-1
7. Pella 11-4
8t. Storm Lake 11-1
8t. ADM 13-4
10. Spencer 10-5
11. Glenwood 9-5
12. North Scott 10-6
13. Decorah 9-4
14. Webster City 12-4
15. Knoxville 9-3
16. South Tama 13-3

Class 3-A
1. Johnston 16-0
2. Ankeny Centennial 16-0
3. Dubuque Hempstead 12-1
4. Linn-Mar 13-3
5. Sioux City West 14-0
6. Cedar Rapids Prairie 11-2
7. Iowa City High 13-3
8. WDM Valley 12-4
9. Ames 9-4
10. Dowling Catholic 11-8
11. Des Moines Lincoln 11-5
12. Iowa City West 10-6
13. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 7-7
14. Pleasant Valley 10-4
15. Muscatine 10-4
16. Ankeny 8-8

Tuesday Soccer Results


May 20th, 2015 by Jim Field

Underwood 10, Riverside 0
Tri-Center 2, Denison-Schleswig 0
Winterset 10, Creston 0
Thomas Jefferson 4, Treynor 0

St. Albert 13, Nodaway Valley 0
Underwood 5, Riverside 1
Sioux City West 4, Abraham Lincoln 1

Seattle sends Yoervis Medina to Cubs for Welington Castillo


May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners bolstered their depth behind the plate, acquiring catcher Welington Castillo from the Chicago Cubs for right-handed relief pitcher Yoervis Medina. Castillo will back up Mike Zunino, who brought a .179 batting average into Tuesday night’s game against the Orioles.

Castillo appeared in 24 games with the Cubs this season, including eight starts, as one of two backups to Miguel Montero. He played parts of six seasons with the Cubs, appearing in 223 games during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Castillo is a .252 hitter with 29 home runs and 110 RBIs in 310 career games, all with the Cubs.

Medina will report to Triple-A Iowa with the Cubs organization. Medina was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 relief appearances with Seattle before being optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on May 3. Medina has made 141 relief appearances with the Mariners the past three seasons.


Chiefs sign 4 players, waive 3 others after rookie minicamp


May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have signed four players from their rookie minicamp this past weekend and waived three other players to make room for them on their roster. With a big need for depth on the offensive line, the Chiefs kept former Kansas center Daniel Munyer, South Alabama offensive guard Melvin Meggs and Baylor offensive tackle Kelvin Palmer. The Chiefs also signed Sam Houston State running back Keshawn Hill.

To make room for them, the Chiefs waived offensive lineman Charles Sweeton along with fullback Manasseh Garner and tight end Earnest Pettway. The Chiefs begin their optional full-squad workouts next week.


Grichuk, Cardinals rough up Niese in 10-2 win


May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — Randal Grichuk had three extra base hits and drove in three runs a night after striking out five times, Mark Reynolds homered among his three hits and the St. Louis Cardinals teed off on Mets starter Jonathon Niese for a 10-2 victory over New York on Tuesday night.

Michael Wacha (6-0) gave up a two-run homer to Daniel Murphy in seven innings of four-hit ball to join the Mets’ Bartolo Colon and Seattle’s Felix Hernandez for most wins in the majors. The six wins are a career-high for the 23-year-old right-hander.

After his team went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position in a 2-1, 14-inning loss Monday night, Cardinals manager Matheny loaded his lineup with right-handers to face the lefty Niese, leaving Jason Heyward, Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams on the bench.


Chastain’s No. 4 Xfinity team penalized after Iowa incident


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The No. 4 NASCAR Xfinity Series car driven by Ross Chastain at Iowa has been penalized following a scary incident during practice last week. Crew chief Gary Cogswell has been fined $15,000 because a weight flew off of Chastain’s JD Motorsports car on Saturday. The ballast crushed the window of Jamie Dick, who was behind Chastain, and struck Dick in the helmet.

Cogswell and crew chief Charles Kent were also put on probation through the end of the year. Chastain finished Sunday’s race in 32nd place.