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(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 12/5/2016

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December 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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


Berry’s 2 picks carry Chiefs to 29-28 win over Falcons


December 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ATLANTA (AP) — Eric Berry returned an interception for a touchdown, and then brought back another pick for a 2-point conversion that gave the Kansas City Chiefs an improbable 29-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The Falcons, rallying from a 27-16 deficit, went ahead 28-27 on Matt Ryan’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson with 4:32 remaining.

Atlanta decided to go for 2, looking to stretch the margin to a field goal. But Berry stepped in front of Ryan’s pass and ran 99 yards the other way to give the Chiefs (9-3) their winning margin. It came after Denver won a game in similar fashion last month, returning a blocked PAT for the winning points at New Orleans.

Berry had another huge play with less than a minute to go in the first half, picking off Ryan’s pass over the middle and bringing it back 37 yards for a touchdown. After reaching the end zone, the suburban Atlanta native handed the ball to his mother sitting in the stands at the Georgia Dome.

Forty-one-year-old Matt Bryant closed out the first half with the second-longest field goal of his career for the Falcons. Barely across midfield, Bryant booted a 59-yarder that easily clear the crossbar, cutting Kansas City’s lead to 20-16 at the break. The only longer kick for Bryant was a 62-yarder with Tampa Bay in 2006. He also tied Atlanta’s franchise record for longest field goal. Morten Andersen made a 59-yarder in 1995.

Kansas City was again missing Jeremy Maclin, its leading receiver. He returned to practice Wednesday and it was thought he’d be able to play after sitting out three straight games with a groin injury. But he didn’t dress against the Falcons.

UP NEXT: The Chiefs return home for a huge Thursday night game against AFC West rival Oakland, the first of three straight games at Arrowhead Stadium before the season finale at San Diego.

Iowa to square off against Florida in the Outback Bowl, Jan. 2 2017


December 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Hawkeyes will travel to Tampa, Florida to take on the Florida Gators Jan. 2nd, 2017, in the Outback Bowl. Bowl officials announced the pairing Sunday afternoon. Florida is 8-4 in the SEC, while Iowa is 8-4 in the Big Ten. Top players include Florida Running Back RB Jordan Scarlett, who has a record of 795 rushing yards, six touchdowns, and Iowa Running Back’s LeShun Daniels Jr. and Akrum Wadley, who have acombined 1,979 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns.

The Gators were 6-1 in September and October, and after injuries started piling up finished 2-3 but still reached the SEC title game. The Hawkeyes give up 353 yards per game, but allow only 17.92 points per game — the same scoring average given up by Florida this season.

The last time these two teams met was on Jan. 2nd, 2006, when the Gators beat the Hawks 31-24. This will be Florida’s fifth time in the Outback Bowl, and their 43rd bowl game overall. It’s also Iowa’s fifth trip to the Outback Bowl, and 30th bowl game overall.

The four schools fighting for the national championship in college football are, as they are seeded from 1 to 4, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington. The Clemson Tigers will face Ohio State’s Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl while Alabama’s Crimson Tide goes against the Huskies of Washington in the Peach Bowl, which serve as the national semifinal games. Left out from the semifinals are Penn State and Michigan, finishing fifth and sixth in the rankings. The results show three schools from the Big Ten among the top six. It all comes down to the national championship game Jan. 9 in Tampa.

In other bowl game matchups:

Michigan will face Florida State in the Orange Bowl, Southern Cal will go against Penn State in the Rose Bowl, Wisconsin will meet Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl and Auburn is playing Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

No. 6 Mississippi State rallies, tops Iowa State 85-81 in OT


December 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Morgan William scored 24 points, Victoria Vivians had 16 and sixth-ranked Mississippi State overcame a 17-pointy deficit to beat Iowa State 85-81 in overtime Saturday. Roshunda Johnson’s 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in the fourth quarter forced overtime for the Bulldogs (8-0). They trailed by 11 with 10 minutes left. Mississippi State controlled the overtime, but it took four free throws by William with the final 15 seconds to seal the win.

The underdog Cyclones (5-1) played like the favorites for much of regulation, outscoring Mississippi State 28-13 in the second quarter to go up 43-26 at halftime. But the Bulldogs cut it to 70-68 with 36 seconds left on William’s 3, and Johnson’s contested 3 from the elbow gave them a chance to steal a big win on the road.

Seanna Johnson had 21 points with eight rebounds for Iowa State. Jadda Buckley added 19 points and 11 assists. The Cyclones were 10 of 15 from 3-point range.

Wyoming sinks 16 3-pointers in beating Northern Iowa


December 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Jason McManamen was 6 of 7 from the arc in scoring 21 points and Wyoming defeated Northern Iowa 81-73 on Saturday. McManamen led a Cowboys team that made 16 of 29 3-point attempts for 55.2 percent, the third-most 3-pointers made in Wyoming history. Hayden Dalton made three triples for a career-high 19 points and dished out six assists with the Cowboys (5-2) collecting 22 assists on 26 field goals. Alan Herndon added 12 points.

Jeremy Morgan scored 20 points, Spencer Haldeman had 18 points with four 3-pointers and Jordan Ashton had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers (3-4), who lost their fourth straight game. The game was tied at halftime at 28-all. The Panthers had a three-point lead with 5:51 to go before the Cowboys went on a 17-1 run to lead 78-65 with 29 seconds remaining.

Hopkins’ late layup gives Fresno St. 78-76 OT win over Drake


December 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jaron Hopkins drove to the hoop for the winning layup with five seconds left in overtime as Fresno State took a 78-76 victory over Drake in the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge on Saturday.

Cullen Russo and Bryson Williams made back-to-back dunks to give Fresno State a 76-74 lead with 36 seconds left in the extra period. Drake’s De’Antae McMurray answered with a layup with 12 seconds remaining, followed by Hopkins’ game-winner. Russo had a steal as time expired to secure the win.

Paul Watson and Jahmel Taylor had 19 points apiece to lead the Bulldogs (5-2). Hopkins added 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Fresno State led 41-29 at the break but Drake rallied in the second half with McMurray completing a 3-point play and adding two free throws in the final two minutes to send the game to overtime. Billy Wampler led Drake (1-7) with 16 points.

Area Boys/Girls Basketball Scores from Saturday, 12/3/16


December 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson


Ankeny Christian Academy 90, West Central Valley, Stuart 53

Ar-We-Va, Westside 73, Glidden-Ralston 26

Coon Rapids-Bayard 66, Woodbine 21

IKM-Manning 73, Panorama, Panora 35

Lenox 89, Creston 81


Coon Rapids-Bayard 48, Woodbine 32

Omaha beats Iowa for 1st victory over Big Ten team


December 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Zach Jackson scored 21 points, Tra-Deon Hollins had 12 points and 11 assists and Omaha upset Iowa 98-89 on Saturday for its first win against a Big Ten team. Jackson scored seven points in the final two minutes and Tre’Shawn Thurman added 17 points for the Mavericks (4-4). The Hawkeyes (3-5) have lost four straight and are off to their worst start since 2009. Peter Jok led Iowa with 33 points and 10 rebounds.

Iowa battled back and cut Omaha’s lead to 87-84 with 1:53 left. But Jackson hit a 3-pointer on Omaha’s next possession and the Hawkeyes never got any closer Omaha was 0-11 all-time against the Big Ten going into the game. Iowa went five minutes without a field goal in the second half as Omaha turned a tight game into an eight-point lead. Later, the Mavericks pushed it to 79-68 with 7½ minutes left.

Mitch Hahn had 15 of Omaha’s 37 bench points. Iowa got nine points from its bench.

Chiefs’ Jeremy Maclin downgraded to out for game in Atlanta


December 3rd, 2016 by Chris Parks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will miss his fourth straight game Sunday at Atlanta, while cornerback Phillip Gaines was added to the injury report as questionable with a knee injury. Maclin had been questionable with a lingering groin injury on the final injury report Friday.

The Chiefs also promoted defensive lineman T.J. Barnes from the practice squad Saturday, likely as insurance in case Dontari Poe or Kendall Reyes is unable to play. Poe is questionable with back spasms and Reyes has been dealing with a knee injury.

The Chiefs are coming off an overtime victory in Denver on Sunday. After playing the Falcons, they face a short week, with AFC West rival Oakland on Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

DNR gives safety tips for deer season

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

December 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The first shotgun deer season opens today (Saturday) with thousands of hunters expected to head out into the woods. D-N-R deer biologist Andrew Norton says it’s important for hunters to make sure they can be seen by others. “The most important thing is obviously trying to cover up with a lot of orange, real solid orange so you are not breaking up your outline,” Norton says. He be sure to review your hunting plan to keep everyone safe.

“Just being really cognizant of where you are shooting. Making sure you are taking a safe, ethical shot at a deer. Just always remembering that a deer is certainly not worth putting someone’s life at risk, so just trying to keep that in mind while you are out there,” Norton says.deer_rogerhill_03

Here are some other hunting tips from the D-N-R:

  • Treat every firearm as if it were loaded
  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
  • Be sure of the target and what is beyond it
  • Keep finger off the trigger until ready to fire
  • Keep the barrel clear and choose the proper ammunition.

Winter Weather Factors:

  • Unload the firearm and open the action when crossing obstacles – if snow and ice is on the ground, the risk of slipping or falling dramatically increases
    Visibility – put the hunt on hold if visibility is poor due to fog and/or snowy conditions
  • Bundled up – keeping your finger off the trigger and muzzle control are both extremely important as bulky coats and gloves increases chances of an accidental discharge.