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No. 21 Iowa races away from North Dakota 88-62

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December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Melissa Dixon sparked a key run before halftime and Samantha Logic heated up in the second half as Number 21 Iowa rallied from as many as nine down to roar past North Dakota 88-62 on Saturday. Logic, the reigning Big Ten player of the week after a triple-double against Drake, had six points at halftime. She finished with a game-high 21 with eight assists. Dixon scored 10 of her 13 points as the Hawkeyes (12-2) closed the first half with a crushing 25-4 run that included five of their six first-half 3-pointers, two from Dixon. Iowa was 9-for-25 from 3-point range.

The Bison (6-4) had led through much of the opening half, until Iowa started dropping 3-pointers. North Dakota was led by Madi Buck’s 19 points with Mia Loyd adding 13 and Emily Evers 10. North Dakota committed 21 turnovers, 12 on Iowa steals and shot just 39.7 percent (23-58) in Iowa City.

No. 14 Iowa State handles Holy Cross 72-50

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December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Nikki Moody scored 14 points and had 10 assists to lead Number 14 Iowa State over Holy Cross 72-50 on Saturday. The Cyclones (10-0) shot 47 percent from the floor, including 11 of 32 (34 percent) from beyond the arc. Jadda Buckley added 12 points, while Hallie Christofferson and Nicole Blaskowski both chipped in with 11 points.

Holy Cross (7-3) was led by Raquel Scott’s 14 points and Molly Hourigan added 10 points. The Crusaders scored the first six points of the game, but Iowa State quickly took over. Tied at 10, the Cyclones outscored Holy Cross 31-12 the rest of the half to take a 19-point lead at 41-22 into the break.

Iowa State used a 15-0 run at the start of the second half, pushing the lead to 60-25, to ensure the blowout. Holy Cross managed an 11-2 run in the final 4:23 to make the final more respectable.

N. Iowa tops Iona 90-78

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December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Seth Tuttle scored seven of his 11 points in the final 4:28 to help Northern Iowa hold off Iona 90-78 Saturday night. Tuttle also grabbed 15 rebounds. UNI’s Deon Mitchell scored 20 points, Nate Buss 19 and Chip Rank 14.

A 19-2 Panthers run resulted in a 68-53 lead with 11:27 remaining. Iona (5-6) responded with an 11-3 run with eight points from Sean Armand before Armand was called for a personal and technical and fouled out at 8:12. Five straight free throws rebuilt UNI’s lead to 12. The Gaels got within six with 4:40 left but no closer thanks in large part to Tuttle.

The teams both had nine 3-pointers in a hot-shooting first half that left UNI (6-6) ahead 49-47 in Cedar Falls. Iona freshman Ryden Hines, with a previous high of six points, scored 19. Armand added 18, DaShawn Gomez 14 and Mike Poole 11. Iona has lost four straight.

8AM Sportscast 12-28-2013

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December 28th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Chiefs Sending 8 to Pro Bowl

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December 28th, 2013 by Chris Parks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Chiefs are sending eight players to the Pro Bowl after going from 2-14 last year to 11-5 this year and the No. 5 seed in the playoffs heading into Sunday’s regular-season finale in San Diego.

The NFL announced the rosters Friday night for the Jan. 26 game at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.

Kansas City will be represented by running back Jamaal Charles, left tackle Branden Albert, safety Eric Berry, cornerback Brandon Flowers, defensive tackle Dontari Poe, linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, and punt returner Dexter McCluster.

That’s the highest number of Chiefs going to the Pro Bowl since the 2003 season, when they had nine. The Chiefs started 9-0 that year, just as they did this season, and lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to Indianapolis.

8AM Sportscast 12-27-2013

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December 27th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Chiefs’ Daniel, other backups ready for chance

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December 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs are paying Chase Daniel more than $4 million in salary and bonuses this season, yet the backup quarterback has not taken a meaningful snap in a game. There’s an argument to be made that fact won’t change Sunday, when the Chiefs head to San Diego to play a game that can’t affect their playoff situation. Kansas City is already locked into the No. 5 seed and is merely waiting to find out who it will face the following weekend.

But there’s also an argument to be made that every snap Daniel takes — and it stands to reason there will be many — is very important. After winning their first nine games, the Chiefs have lost four of their last six. And any positive vibes that came with back-to-back wins over Washington and Oakland may have evaporated in a 23-7 rout last weekend by the Colts, a potential first-round playoff opponent.

So while most of the starters will likely sit out the majority of this one, it could be up to Daniel and a slew of backups to give Kansas City some momentum headed into the postseason.

Iowa’s Lisa Bluder agrees to contract extension

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December 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Hawkeyes women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder has agreed to a one-year contract extension. University of Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta’s announcement Thursday means Bluder will be head coach of the women’s basketball program through the 2019 season.

The school says Bluder is one of 13 active Division One coaches with 600 or more wins. She has coached the Hawkeyes to the NCAA tournament in each of the last six seasons. Bluder is in her 14th season as Iowa’s head coach and her 30th year overall. She said in a statement Thursday that she was honored by the extension.

8AM Sportscast 12-26-2013

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December 26th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Chargers expect Mathews to play Sunday vs Chiefs

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December 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Chargers rookie coach Mike McCoy says he expects running back Ryan Mathews to play against the Kansas City Chiefs despite missing practice Wednesday because of an injured left ankle. Mathews wore a walking boot to protect his ankle. He has played in all 15 games despite leaving one game with a concussion and two others with a hamstring injury.

Says Mathews: “There’s a big difference between being injured and being hurt. I’m just trying to work hard and be there for my teammates, and that’s all that matters.”  For Mathews, drafted 12th overall in 2010, it would be his first season without missing a game. He has rushed for a career-high 1,111 yards in helping the Chargers (8-7) stay in playoff contention.