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Chiefs beat Broncos 30-27 in overtime


November 28th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DENVER (AP) — Cairo Santos’ 34-yard field goal hit the left upright and bounced through as the overtime period expired Sunday night to give the Kansas Chiefs a 30-27 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. That avoided the third tie in the NFL this season, something that hasn’t happened since 1973 before the league introduced overtime.

The winner followed a risky move by Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, who sent his kicker out for a 62-yard try with 1:01 left only to see Brandon McManus — who has hit from 70 yards in training camp — come up short. McManus practically begged to get a crack at the 62-yarder.

“That’s still well within my range. I just kind of hit the ground,” he said. “From that distance, everything kind of needs to be perfect just because of how far you are away. It didn’t happen for me.”

Instead of having to go 80 yards or more, however, the Chiefs got the ball at the Denver 48 with one timeout and just over a minute remaining. The Chiefs reached the Denver 16 before Santos ended the snoozer-turned-thriller in perfect fashion. Even his teammates hesitated as they ran out to celebrate, unsure if the ball had clanked through or not with the stadium rocking as if it hadn’t.

The Chiefs (8-3) kept up with the Oakland Raiders (9-2) in the AFC West race and the Broncos (7-4) could find themselves fighting for a wild card now.

Up next for Kansas City: The Chiefs continue a brutal road swing with a trip to Atlanta next weekend.

Williams-Goss scores 18, Gonzaga beats Iowa State 73-71


November 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nigel Williams-Goss scored 18 points as No. 11 Gonzaga nearly blew an 18-point second-half lead before beating No. 21 Iowa State 73-71 in Sunday’s championship game at the AdvoCare Invitational. Josh Perkins added 12 points and Przemek Karnowki had 11 for Gonzaga (6-0). Iowa State (5-1) got 29 points from Deonte Burton, including 21 in the second half.

Iowa State played the invitational without Solomon Young, who could miss four weeks with a left hand injury. The freshman forward is averaging 8.7 points and 5.3 rebounds. The Cyclones face Cincinnati Thursday night, a team that received votes in the AP poll.

No. 19 West Virginia rolls past Iowa State 49-19


November 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Skyler Howard threw for 330 yards and tied a career high with five touchdowns and No. 19 West Virginia rolled past Iowa State 49-19 on Saturday.
Freshman Martell Pettaway burned his redshirt and ran for 181 yards in his debut for the Mountaineers (9-2, 6-2 Big 12), who outscored Iowa State 28-3 in the second half.

Howard’s 71-yard TD toss to Shelton Gibson and Pettaway’s 4-yard touchdown run, the first of his career, made it 35-19 late in the third quarter. Gibson followed with a 40-yard TD catch to give West Virginia to 23-point cushion. Justin Crawford, who ran for 331 yards against Oklahoma last week, was replaced by Pettaway after two series.

Kene Nwangwu had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Cole Netten kicked four field goals to lead Iowa State (3-9, 2-7). But settling for three instead of converting for seven points – and losing the turnover battle 4-0 – killed the Cyclones chances. Jacob Park threw for 371 yards and David Montgomery ran for 141 yards for Iowa State.

The improvement the Cyclones made from September to November was impressive, even though the game snowballed out of control Saturday. It figured to take a few years for Iowa State to become respectable in the Big 12. With a full offseason, a year of conference play under his belt and an emerging quarterback in Park, young coach Matt Campbell might get the Cyclones near bowl contention in 2017.

National Sports Headlines: Sun., 11/27/16


November 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Curtis Samuel scored on a 15-yard touchdown run in double overtime to give second-ranked Ohio State a 30-27 triumph over No. 3 Michigan. Samuel’s run came after J.T. Barrett barely extended the drive on a fourth-and-one plunge. The Wolverines led 17-7 in the third quarter before the Buckeyes improved to 11-1.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State has nosed out Ohio State for a spot in the Big Ten title game against Wisconsin. Trace McSorley completed 17 of 23 passes for 376 yards and four touchdowns as the eighth-ranked Nittany Lions ripped Michigan State, 45-12 to win the Big Ten East. Andre Robinson added 14- and 40-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to help Penn State outscore the Spartans 35-0 in the second half.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jalen Hurts shook off a pair of first-half interceptions by throwing for 286 yards and running for a pair of TDs to send top-ranked Alabama to a 30-12 win over No. 16 Auburn. Hurts completed 27-of-36 and threw for two touchdowns as the Crimson Tide improved to 12-0 heading into the SEC title game. ArDarius Stewart had 10 catches for 127 yards and a TD, and Bo Scarbrough ran for 90 yards to help the Tide finish with a 501-182 advantage in total yards.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Fifth-ranked Wisconsin bolstered its CFP hopes by shutting out Minnesota in the second half of a 31-17 triumph over the Golden Gophers. Corey Clement rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and the Badgers picked off Mitch Leidner four times in the second half to improve to 10-3 overall, 7-2 in the Big Ten. Backup quarterback Bart Houston completed 9 of 14 passes for 123 yards while playing the entire second half for Wisconsin because of an injury to starter Alex Hornibrook.

UNDATED (AP) — University of Texas officials have announced that Tom Herman is replacing Charlie Strong, who was dismissed as head football coach after going 16-21 over three seasons. Herman led the Cougars to a 22-4 record over two seasons. In Baton Rouge, the LSU Tigers have promoted Ed Orgeron (OH’-jur-ahn) to head coach and he led them to a 5-2 record on an interim basis following the firing of Les Miles.


Lawson scores 35, Memphis beats Iowa 100-92


November 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Dedric Lawson scored 35 points and Jeremiah Martin hit a pair of three-pointers that brought Memphis from behind and put the Tigers ahead to stay Saturday for a 100-92 victory over Iowa in the Emerald Coast Classic consolation game.

Lawson dueled Iowa’s Peter Jok, who scored a career high 42 to lead Hawkeyes. The game featured three ties and 15 lead changes before Martin’s two long-distance shots put the Tigers (5-1) up for good 68-65 after trailing Iowa (3-3) by a point early in the second half. K.J. Lawson had 17 points, Markel Crawford scored 16, Craig Randall II added 15 points and Martin scored 14 for Memphis.

Jok, the Big 10’s scoring leader, rebounded after No. 7 Virginia, which boasts the nation’s top scoring defense, held him to only 13 points in Iowa’s Friday’s 74-41 semifinal loss. Jok was averaging 24.3 points per game going into Saturday’s contest. Tyler Cook was the only other Hawkeye scoring in double figures with 17.

Alaska Anchorage beats Drake in Great Alaska Shootout


November 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Sekou Wiggs scored 24 points and added five assists as tournament host Alaska Anchorage defeated Drake 74-69 on Saturday in the seventh place game of the Great Alaska Shootout. The loss sends Drake to a 0-3 record at the tournament.

Wiggs finished 7 of 17 from the field. Spencer Svejcar finished an efficient 5 of 9 from the field and 7 of 7 at the line for 20 points for the Seawolves. Reed Trimmer led Drake with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting. The Bulldogs (1-4) outshot Alaska Anchorage 48.1 percent to 42.3 but finished in a minus-9 hole at the free throw line (19-10).

The game was tied at halftime, but the Seawolves gained some breathing room in the second half. Wiggs hit a 3-pointer and jumper on back-to-back possessions for a 38-33 lead. A Svejcar 3-pointer with 11:40 left made it 55-40 and Drake never recovered.

Iowa player says Nebraska player hurled racial slurs at him


November 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa football player says a Nebraska player directed racial slurs at him as the Big Ten rivals played in Iowa City on Friday. The Des Moines Register reports Iowa defensive tackle Faith Ekakitie says he was the target of racial slurs from a Nebraska offensive lineman. Ekakitie, who is black, declined to name the player during postgame interviews Friday evening.

Asked Saturday by The Associated Press about Ekakitie’s allegation, Nebraska football spokesman Keith Mann sent a one-sentence written statement saying the Nebraska athletic department and team officials are aware of Ekakitie’s comments. Mann did not respond to follow-up questions asking whether team officials had spoken to Nebraska players about the allegations or whether Nebraska plans to investigate.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Ekakitie is a native of Brampton, Ontario, and went to high school in Lake Forest, Illinois. He finished with five tackles in Iowa’s 40-10 win over Nebraska.

No. 9 Xavier dominates in 64-42 win over Northern Iowa


November 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CINCINNATI (AP) — J.P. Macura scored 18 points, and Xavier’s defense dug in during a dominant first half, sending the ninth-ranked Musketeers to a 64-42 victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday. Xavier (6-0) completely controlled a rematch of teams playing for the second time in six days. The Musketeers beat Northern Iowa 67-59 for championship of Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando last Sunday.

The Musketeers looked very comfortable in their second go-round against the Panthers (3-2). Northern Iowa had trouble finding open shots while Xavier raced ahead 30-10, going 4 of 13 from the field with seven turnovers. The Musketeers led 35-12 at halftime — the fewest points they had allowed in any half for 34 years.

Xavier pushed the lead to 26 points early in the second half and was never threatened. Jeremy Morgan scored 14 points — all in the second half — for Northern Iowa.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 11/26/2016

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Women’s college b-ball: Iowa Downs James Madison, 90-75


November 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The University of Iowa women’s basketball team reached 90 points for the second time in seven games and downed James Madison, 90-75, on Friday in the Cancun Challenge in the Hard Rock Hotel. The Hawkeyes improved to 5-2 overall and split two games in Cancun. James Madison is 3-3.UI sophomore Megan Gustafson was named to the all-tournament team. She scored a game-high 23 points against James Madison on 11-of-16 shooting from the field. Gustafson also led the Hawkeyes with eight rebounds.

The Hawkeyes are now 8-2 all-time playing in Cancun. Iowa closes the month of November with a home game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge against No. 1 Notre Dame on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. (CT).