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Texans different team than in playoff loss to Chiefs


September 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Texans certainly aren’t dwelling on their 30-0 wild-card playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs as they prepare to face them again Sunday. However, it’s impossible to forget the embarrassing home defeat in January in their first playoff game since 2012.

“When that was our last loss of last season, it’s a tough one,” Houston’s J.J. Watt said. “It’s definitely a little bit on your mind, but I think it’s a new year, new season. We’re really excited about this one.”

Though that game wasn’t very long ago, a lot has changed for the Texans since. The biggest difference is an upgrade at quarterback in Brock Osweiler after Brian Hoyer had five turnovers in the playoff loss. Houston also added running back Lamar Miller and drafted receiver Will Fuller in the first round to add more weapons to an offense featuring DeAndre Hopkins.

“They’re a better football team now than when we played them the last time, and they are healthier,” Kansas City coach Andy Reid said. “They’ve added some new additions, so I think we’re going up against a better football team.”

This will be the third time these teams have met in just more than a year after they opened the season against each other in 2015. The fact that all three games have been in Houston adds to the oddity.

You can hear the game beginning at Noon Sunday, here on KJAN.

Area football & volleyball scores from Thu., 9/15


September 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Football: Lewis Central vs. Sioux City/East – cancelled.


(3-1) A-D-M, Adel 21-25-25-25, Boone 25-12-16-19
(3-0) Bondurant-Farrar 25-25-25, Winterset 16-21-18
(3-0) CAM, Anita 25-25-26, Boyer Valley 23-15-24
(3-0) Coon Rapids-Bayard 25-25-25, Woodbine 8-14-17
(3-0) Creston 25-25-25, Denison-Schleswig 17-9-23
(2-0) Des Moines Christian 21-21, Mount Ayr 16-19
(3-2) Earlham 25-25-25-24-16, Lenox 17-18-27-26-14
(3-0) East Sac County 25-25-25, St. Mary, Storm Lake 8-8-9
(3-0) Essex 25-25-25, Heartland Christian 3-9-11
(3-0) Harlan 25-25-25, Atlantic 11-14-15
(3-0) IKM-Manning 25-25-25, Griswold 15-13-9
(3-1) Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 25-25-18-25, St. Albert, Council Bluffs 18-22-25-17
(3-2) Lewis Central 23-22-25-26-15, Clarinda 25-25-15-24-12
(3-0) Missouri Valley 25-25-25, Riverside, Oakland 19-18-13
(3-1) MOC-Floyd Valley 24-25-25-25, Sheldon 26-14-20-20
(2-0) Mount Ayr 21-21, Grinnell 10-17
(2-0) Mount Ayr 21-21, Newton 10-15
(3-0) Mount Ayr 23-21-15, Van Meter 25-11-11
(3-0) Stanton 25-25-25, Bedford 15-9-14
(3-1) Treynor 25-16-25-25, Audubon 21-25-22-17
(3-0) Tri-Center, Neola 25-25-25, Logan-Magnolia 5-17-22

Right-hander Trevor Rosenthal activated by St. Louis


September 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Right-hander Trevor Rosenthal was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. He had been sidelined since July 26 with inflammation in his throwing shoulder, that after losing his job as closer in late June.

He is 2-4 with a 5.13 ERA and 14 saves in 18 chances in 40 appearances this season, though manager Mike Matheny had said before the DL stint that he wouldn’t be used in key moments. Rosenthal led the majors with a combined 93 saves the last two seasons. He had a 2.11 ERA in April and May this year, but then gave up 15 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings in June and July.

Cubs clinch NL Central title with Cardinals loss


September 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have won the NL Central, becoming the first major league team this season to clinch a division title when St. Louis lost 6-2 at San Francisco. The Cubs lost 5-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers earlier Thursday night, but captured their first NL Central crown since 2008 when the Giants finished off their victory over the Cardinals.

Wrigley Field was empty when Matt Adams made the final out on the West Coast, but a loud cheer went up in the neighborhood around the iconic ballpark and several people honked their car horns.

Johnny Cueto pitches 5-hitter, Giants beat Cardinals 6-2


September 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fist-pumping Johnny Cueto pitched a five-hitter and retired his final 17 batters, and the San Francisco Giants gained ground in the playoff race with a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night. The Cardinals’ loss clinched the NL Central title for the Chicago Cubs.

Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer, Cueto (16-5) had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fourth and Angel Pagan followed with an RBI single. Denard Span added a two-run single in the seventh for San Francisco.

The Giants gained a game on the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, who are ahead by four after losing at Arizona. San Francisco also moved a game ahead of the Mets in the chase for the top NL wild card and two games up on the Cardinals. St. Louis opened a 10-game road trip, its last of 2016.

High School Football Schedule – Week 4 – 09/16/2016


September 16th, 2016 by Chris Parks

2016 High School Football Schedule
Week 4 – September 16th

Class 3A, District 7

Atlantic @ Winterset
ADM @ Carroll
Creston @ Denison-Schleswig
Glenwood @ Harlan

Class 2A, District 7

Underwood @ East Sac County
South Central Calhoun @ Shenandoah
Kuemper Catholic @ Clarinda
Red Oak @ Southeast Valley

Class 1A, District 7

Treynor @ Missouri Valley
Logan-Magnolia @ IKM-Manning
OA-BCIG @ Tri-Center

Class A, District 7

Nodaway Valley @ Riverside
Griswold @ Southwest Valley
Earlham @ Martensdale St. Marys
Southeast Warren @ St. Albert

Class 8-man, District 6

Bedford @ Lamoni
East Union @ Mormon Trail
Lenox @ Murray
Stanton @ Wayne

Class 8-man, District 7

CAM @ East Mills
Clarinda Academy @ Woodbine
Exira-EHK @ Essex
Fremont-Mills @ Sidney

Class 8-man, District 8

Ar-We-Va @ Coon Rapids-Bayard
Audubon @ West Harrison
Boyer Valley @ Charter Oak-Ute
Glidden-Ralston @ River Valley

Atlantic looks to find a way to win at Winterset


September 15th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Trojans Football team is hoping to get over the hump this week as they travel to take on the Winterset Huskies.  The Trojans have suffered two straight close losses to Shenandoah and Denison-Schleswig and hope they can finish this week to get a win.  Head Coach Mike McDermott said an emphasis for his team this week has been to find a way to win.

The Trojans will playing a Winterset team that has the same thoughts on their minds as they have come up just short in their last two games as well, including a 17-13 loss to ADM last week.  Coach McDermott knows that the Huskies are a tougher challenge than their 0-3 record suggests.

Atlantic mixed up the offense last week against Denison-Schleswig by moving Jaxson Eden up under center and Garrett Franken out on the edge, which resulted in a big passing touchdown. Coach McDermott knows they will have to pick their spots to try to hit the big play against a strong Huskies defense led by Conner Van Pelt and Noah Larson.

Winterset Head Coach Zach Sweeney talked about establishing the run as being a focus for his team with Running Back Brad Benshoof already carrying the ball 56 times for 296 yard and a score for his team this year. Coach Sweeney also talked about setting the down on defense by shutting down Atlantic’s run game.

Both teams will obviously be hungry to get a win after losing close games last week and Coach Sweeney talked about his team needing to improve in some of the intangible categories to get in the win column.

We’ll have coverage of the Trojans and the Huskies on Friday night on KJAN. Catch our weekly pick ’em show Who’s Gonna Win? at 6:00pm, followed by the Dvorak Tire and Service Pre-Game Show at 6:30pm, and Kickoff will be at 7:30pm.  Chris Parks and Mike Smith will have the call on AM1220, FM101.1, online at kjan.com, and on the KJAN app.  You can also check out live streaming video on the TV page at kjan.com.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 9/15/2016

Podcasts, Sports

September 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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


Week 3 High School Cross Country Rankings


September 14th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Boys 4A

Rank School
1 Dowling WDM
2 Pleasant Valley
3 Valley WDM
4 Prairie CR
5 Iowa City West
6 Dubuque Hempstead
7 Iowa City City High
8 Cedar Falls
9 Johnston
10 Waukee
11 Linn-Mar
12 Ankeny
13 Urbandale
14 Indianola
15 Muscatine

Teams to Watch
Ankeny Centennial
Cedar Rapids, Washington
Davenport West
Dubuque Senior
Sioux City, North

Girls 4A

Rank School
1 Johnston
2 Iowa City West
3 Iowa City City High
4 Cedar Falls
5 Dowling WDM
6 Ankeny Centennial
7 Waukee
8 Dubuque Senior
9 Pleasant Valley
10 Bettendorf
11 Dubuque Hempstead
12 Linn-Mar
13 Muscatine
14 Ankeny
15 Roosevelt DM

Teams to Watch
North Scott Eldridge
Sioux City East
Valley WDM

Boys 3A

Rank School
1 Mount Vernon-Lisbon
2 Dallas Center-Grimes
3 Gilbert
4 Grinnell
5 Marion
6 Mount Pleasant
7 Carlisle
8 Decorah
9 Dubuque Wahlert
10 Cedar Rapids Xavier
11 Spirit Lake
12 Oskaloosa
13 Pella
14 Humboldt
15 Webster City

Teams to Watch

Clear Creek Amana
Sioux City Heelan
Waverly Shell Rock

Girls 3A

Rank School
1 Gilbert
2 Decorah
3 Charles City
4 Pella
6 Wahlert
7 Assumption
8 Bishop-Heelan
9 Ft. Madison
10 Denison-Schleswig
11 Humboldt
12 Marion
13 Spencer
14 Ballard
15 North Polk

Teams to Watch
Center Point-Urbana
Mt Vernon Lisbon
Xavier, Cedar Rapids
Spirit Lake

Boys 2A

Rank School
1 Garner Hayfield Ventura
2 Unity Christian
3 Mid Prairie Wellman
4 South Hamilton
5 Western Christian
6 Aplington Parkersburg
7 Clear Lake
8 George Little Rock
9 East Marshall LeGrand
10 South Winnesheik
11 Tipton
12 Shenandoah
13 Anamosa
14 Dike New-Hartford
15 Moticello

Teams to Watch
Davis County
Grundy Center
Sioux Center

Girls 2A

Rank School
1 Monticello
2 Pocahontas
3 South Winneshiek
4 Okoboji
6 Springville Central City
7 Cascade
8 Emmetsburg
9 Unity Christian
10 Mid Prairie
11 Osage
12 Shenandoah
13 Western Christian
14 Clear Lake
15 Aplington-Parkersburg

Teams to Watch
Dike-New Hartford
Iowa City Regina
Missouri Valley
North Cedar

Boys 1A

Rank School
1 Nodaway Valley
2 Pekin
3 Denver
4 Eagle Grove
6 Panorama
7 Boyer Valley
8 West Central
9 Trinity Christian
10 Calamus Wheatland
11 Tri Center
12 Marquette
13 Bellevue
14 West Fork
15 Hudson

Teams to Watch
Central Elkader
Newman Mason City

Girls 1A

Rank School
1 Central Elkader
2 Pekin
3 North Linn
4 St. Edmond
5 Hudson
6 Newman
7 Panorama
8 Alta Aurelia
10 Eagle Grove
11 Jesup
12 Denver
13 West Fork
14 Marquette
15 Tri Center

Teams to Watch
Colo Nesco
Logan Magnolia
Saint Ansgar

Rizzo’s 2 HRs help Cubs beat Cardinals, clinch playoff spot


September 14th, 2016 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of home runs and Jon Lester pitched eight dominant innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-0 on Wednesday to clinch at least a wild-card playoff berth.

The Cubs improved their MLB-best record to 93-52 and their magic number is one to clinch their first National League Central title since 2008. Chicago secured a playoff berth because St. Louis and San Francisco are the only teams that could pass them in the standings, but since those teams open a four-game series on Thursday both teams wouldn’t be able to do so.

The Cardinals began the day a half-game behind the New York Mets and a full game behind the Giants for one of the two wild-card spots.

Lester (17-4) allowed four base runners, none of which got past first. Cubs catcher David Ross threw out two Cardinals trying to steal second and Lester faced just two batters over the minimum.

St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez (14-8) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings.