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Chiefs sign team president Donovan to contract extension


April 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Chiefs and team president Mark Donovan have agreed to a contract extension. Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were not disclosed. Donovan spent six years with the Eagles before joining the Chiefs as their chief operating officer in 2009. He was promoted to president two years later.

Donovan has been instrumental in updating the fan experience at Arrowhead Stadium, creating new membership programs, implementing new technology and building the season-ticket base. He has also helped to bring several events to the Chiefs’ stadium, including numerous college football games and concerts involving the Rolling Stones and Kenny Chesney.

Before joining the Eagles, Donovan spent several years working as the NFL’s senior director of sales and marketing. He also worked for the NHL and in the private sector.

Cardinals pound Phillies 11-5, Wacha stays unbeaten


April 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter tripled and doubled, and the St. Louis Cardinals had season highs in runs and hits to help Michael Wacha remain unbeaten with an 11-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. Matt Holliday and Matt Adams each added three hits for the Cardinals, who finished with 15 hits. Jason Heyward reached base four times and Jon Jay drove in two runs.

Wacha (4-0) drove in two runs and pitched 5 2/3 innings to win for the fourth time in four starts. Severino Gonzalez (0-1) yielded seven runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings in his major league debut. The Cardinals reworked their batting order and it paid off. Carpenter was moved out of the leadoff spot for the first time in nearly two years and, batting second, tripled and scored in the first inning and added an RBI double in the fifth.


Sports Headlines: Wed., 4/29/15


April 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 28 points and the Houston Rockets advanced to the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals for the first time since 2009 by downing the Dallas Mavericks 103-94. Terrance Jones scored 10 of his 15 points in the final period and helped the Rockets stay ahead after the Mavericks got within three with five minutes remaining. Dwight Howard had 18 points and 19 rebounds for Houston, while Josh Smith delivered 20 points.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have grabbed a 3-2 lead in the NBA’s Western Conference quarterfinals by downing the Clippers 111-107 in Los Angeles. Tim Duncan had team highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds to help the Spurs win their second straight in L.A. since dropping the series opener. Blake Griffin hit a short jumper that would have given the Clippers a 109-108 lead with about five seconds remaining, but the basket was waved off by an offensive goaltending call on DeAndre Jordan.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The rioting in Baltimore is prompting the Orioles and Chicago White Sox to play Wednesday’s game in what is believed to be the first contest without fans in major league baseball’s 145-season history. The unrest caused the first two games of the Orioles-White Sox series to be postponed and will lead the Birds to play their three-game weekend series against the Rays at Tropicana Field instead of Camden Yards. Schools were closed Tuesday and the mayor imposed a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew following Monday’s riots a few miles northeast of Oriole Park.

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson has announced he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The 1988 National League MVP was hired to broadcast Tigers games for Fox Sports Detroit after being fired as manager of the Diamondbacks last September. He had not been in the broadcast booth since opening day April 6 while undergoing tests.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals pulled off Tuesday’s best major league comeback by turning a 9-1 deficit into a 13-12 win over the Braves in Atlanta. Dan Uggla (UHG’-lah) capped his five-RBI performance by belting a go-ahead, three-run homer with one out in the ninth. Jose Lobaton (LOH’-bah-tohn) also smacked a three-run homer, and Denard Span was 5-for-6 with a solo shot and four runs scored to help the Nationals end a six-game losing streak.


Cyclones Add Guard Nick Noskowiak


April 28th, 2015 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s basketball program has announced that top-100 guard Nick Noskowiak (nuh-sko-WE-ack) has signed a financial aid agreement to join the team for the 2015-16 season.

Noskowiak, a 6-2, 180-pounder, originally signed with Marquette in the fall but was released from his letter of intent and will be eligible immediately.

The Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, native is widely considered a top-100 prep player, earning a top ranking of 75th by ESPN.com. He was also ranked 79th by 247sports.com and CBSSports.com and 90th by FoxSports.com.

“Nick possesses great size and playmaking ability from the point guard position,” assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger said. “But he isn’t locked into one spot because his ability will allow us to play him and multiple positions. He’s a really good 3-point shooter and someone that we are excited to add to our program.”

Noskowiak averaged 20 points for Sun Prairie High School as a senior. He scored a season-high 43 points in the Cardinals win against Beloit Memorial.

Noskowiak’s junior year saw him earn all-state first-team honors after scoring 23.7 points per game and helping the Cardinals to the sectional finals.

He was a member of Playground Elite on the AAU circuit.

Noskowiak joins Arkansas transfer Nick Babb as newcomers for the Cyclones. Iowa State has two scholarships available for the 2015-16 season.

NIACC’s Walter, Lentz Qualify for National Women’s Golf Tournament


April 28th, 2015 by Jim Field

!cid_ii_14cfba45adf5bed2ANKENY | The NIACC women’s golf team is sending two golfers to the 2015 NJCAA National Tournament at Longbow Golf Course in Mesa, Arizona, May 11-14.

Savannah Lentz followed up her 81 on Friday with an 85 (44-41) on Saturday at Otter Creek Golf Course, the site of the Region XI women’s golf tournament, finishing tied for eighth with former Bishop Garrigan standout and current DMACC golfer Haley Froehlich with a 166.

Meanwhile, Bailey Walter, a former Atlantic prep, finished 15th with a 182, following up her opening round of 92 with a 90 (46-44) for NIACC on Saturday, grabbing the last qualifying spot for the national tournament.

“I’m really excited for Savannah Lentz and Bailey Walter, a couple of freshmen to make it to the national tournament,” NIACC coach Chris Frenz said. “Savannah has been one of the top golfers in our region all season long and for her to play the way she did in the weather conditions we’ve had the past two days is outstanding. I believe she will do very well at the national tournament. It’s always tough there because all women’s programs – Division I, II and III – all compete against each other. So it’s an uneven playing field, but she hasn’t back down from any challenge yet, I know she’ll put forth a great effort in a couple of weeks.

“Bailey really hung in there (Saturday). She was just battling herself all day long but she kept plugging away and actually made the cut by two strokes. She has a good enough game to do well at nationals too. She just has to remain confident.”

Kaitlin Koob tied for 16th with a 184, shooting a 94 (50-44) on Saturday, Josie Leyh was 20th with a 190, including a 96 (48-48) on Saturday, and Carlie Eckenrod was 22nd with a 198, shooting a 99 (52-47) on Saturday.

“I feel for Kaitlin because she really played better than her score indicated and to be that close and know you had a good chance to make it really hurts,” Frenz said. “She’s had a great two-year run here at NIACC (making the national tournament last year) and I’m really going to miss her.”

NIACC finished fourth with a 722, shooting a 365 on Saturday after a 357 on Friday.

Iowa Western won the team title with a 630, shooting a 312 on Saturday. The Reivers finished 23 strokes ahead of DMACC.

Individually, Iowa Central’s Julie Laisney – the leader coming into Saturday’s play with a 74 – finished with a 142, four strokes better than Iowa Western’s Damla Bilgic.

(Podcast) KJAN morning Sports report, 4/28/2015

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Monday Track Results


April 28th, 2015 by Jim Field

Glenwood Ram Co-ed Relays (CLICK HERE for complete results)


  1. Glenwood  156
  2. Shenandoah  133
  3. Thomas Jefferson 95
  4. Abraham Lincoln  94
  5. Lewis Central  63
  6. Atlantic  59
  7. Red Oak  51
  8. SC North  49
  9. St. Albert  41


  1. Glenwood  136.5
  2. Harlan  110
  3. Lewis Central  81
  4. Thomas Jefferson  75
  5. Atlantic  67
  6. SC North  65
  7. Abraham Lincoln  55
  8. Shenandoah  51
  9. St. Albert  36.5
  10. Treynor  25

Johnson Cyclone Girls Relays (CLICK HERE for complete results)

  1. Harlan  182
  2. Treynor  130
  3. Denison  86
  4. Logan-Magnolia  78
  5. Tri-Center  40
  6. Kuemper Catholic  34
  7. A-H-S-T-W  28
  8. Riverside  10

Hummel Boys Relays @ Woodbine (Hummel Relays.2015)

  1. Missouri Valley  169
  2. Logan-Magnolia  146
  3. Boyer Valley  134
  4. Woodbine  52
  5. Riverside  48
  6. West Harrison  33

Monday Golf/Tennis/Soccer Results


April 28th, 2015 by Jim Field

Girls Golf:
Atlantic 208, Harlan 217 (Medalist: Brooke Newell, Atlantic 46)
Tri-Center 201, Riverside NTS (Medalist: Kara Johnson, Tri-Center 46)
A-H-S-T-W 212, Logan-Magnolia 278 (Medalist: CeCe Gray, A-H-S-T-W 47)
Treynor 198, IKM-Manning 225
Underwood 243, Missouri Valley NTS
Kuemper 194, Lewis Central 204
Cherokee 246, Denison-Schleswig 257
Southwest Iowa 236, Nishnabotna 250, Heartland Christian 309, East Mils 315
Boyer Valley 231, Charter Oak-Ute 245, Coon Rapids-Bayard 266, Glidden-Ralston 284, Woodbine NTS, CAM NTS, Exira/EHK NTS

Boys Golf:
Atlantic 154, Harlan 162 (Medalist: Jake Olsen, Atlantic 36)
Kuemper 147, Lewis Central 177
Nishnabotna 193, East Mills 196, Southwest Iowa 223, Heartland Christian 240
Riverside 175, Tri-Center 191 (Medalist: Derek Nelson, Tri-Center 41)
IKM-Manning 166, Treynor 173
Missouri Valley 173, Underwood 217
A-H-S-T-W 175, Logan-Magnolia 219 (Medalist: Erik Jorgensen, AHSTW 36)
Coon Rapids-Bayard 178, Boyer Valley 180, Charter Oak-Ute 186, Exira/EHK 188, Glidden-Ralston 189, Woodbine 201, CAM 209, Adair-Casey 274

Girls Tennis:
Harlan 8, Atlantic 1
Shenandoah 9, Southwest Valley 0
Lewis Central 5, Kuemper 4
Denison-Schleswig 9, Abraham Lincoln 0

Boys Tennis:
Atlantic 8, Harlan 1
Southwest Valley 5, Shenandoah JV 4
Denison-Schleswig 7, St. Albert 2
Kuemper 5, Lewis Central 4
Thomas Jefferson 7, Audubon 2

Girls Soccer:
Atlantic 4, Missouri Valley 1
Tri-Center 1, Harlan 0
Kuemper 4, Carroll 0

Boys Soccer:
Creston 5, Atlantic 3
Kuemper 2, Carroll 1
Sioux City Heelan 6, Denison-Schleswig 0
Underwood 3, Nodaway Valley 0

Cards ace Adam Wainwright out for season with torn Achilles


April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals say injured ace Adam Wainwright is out for the season because of a torn left Achilles. General manager John Mozeliak made the announcement Monday at Busch Stadium. Wainwright will have surgery later this week. Wainwright was hurt while batting Saturday in Milwaukee.

This is the second major injury of Wainwright’s career. The right-hander missed the 2011 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals have made it to the NL Championship Series in each of the last four seasons. They lead the NL Central this year.


Cole Hamels dominates, Phillies beat Cardinals 4-1


April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cole Hamels won for the first time in seven starts dating to last September, and Ben Revere’s two-run double in the seventh inning was the go-ahead hit for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

Hamels (1-2) and John Lackey (1-1) both went seven innings. Hamels had a season-best nine strikeouts and allowed just four hits, while the Phillies put just two runners in scoring position before their three-run seventh. Hamels had been 0-4 with a 3.23 ERA since Sept. 23, receiving four total runs of support while he was in the game. He’s 2-2 in seven career starts at Busch Stadium, the other win coming on Aug. 3, 2006, and this was his first victory over the Cardinals since 2007.