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Long-distance runner travels Hwy 6 “Coast to Coast for Kids”

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July 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is excited to help Aprylle Gilbert, an accomplished folk-rock musician and long-distance runner,image001(8) as she makes her way through Iowa on her coast-to-coast run across historic U.S. Route 6. Her goal is to inspire youth and to raise funds for a youth center in a troubled neighborhood in San Jose, California. Gilbert intends to run an average of 30 miles per day as she makes her way from Long Beach, California, to Provincetown, Massachusetts, along Route 6 — an overall distance of 3,652 miles.

At various locations, she will also be doing concerts, as time allows. She’s expected to arrive in Council Bluffs on July 22nd. Follow her progress and get more information at www.route6tour.com. The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a National Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) Public Charity dedicated to the cultural preservation and economic development of inner cities, small towns, and rural communities located along all 3,652 miles of the Grand Old Highway – Route 6.

Cubs recall rookie Schwarber to start against Braves

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July 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ATLANTA (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have recalled rookie catcher Kyle Schwarber from Triple-A Iowa and placed catcher Miguel Montero on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Schwarber, the fourth overall pick of the 2014 draft, is making his first start at catcher and hitting second in Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves. He hit .364 with one homer and six RBI in six games with Chicago last month, including five starts as the team’s designated hitter.

Asked about his first start at catcher, Schwarber said he’ll be “the most confident person back there.” Montero’s stint on the disabled list is retroactive to July 12. He was examined by a hand specialist in Chicago on Friday and is expected to start his rehab in Arizona this weekend.

Team Penske looks to snap IndyCar skid in Iowa

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July 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Team Penske’s eight-year IndyCar winless skid at Iowa Speedway is hard to figure out. This might be the year that one of the circuit’s powerhouse programs finally knocks a win at Iowa off its to-do list.

Penske will enter Saturday’s race with three of the top five drivers in IndyCar, including series leader Juan Pablo Montoya. And all of those drivers will be powered by Chevrolet engines and aero kits, which have proven to have quite the advantage over their Honda counterparts this season.

Steele leaves UNI for Iowa St

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July 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Northern Iowa head track coach Dan Steele has resigned to become the associate head coach at Iowa State. Steele spent the past six seasons with the Panthers, who won 49 individual conference titles under his tutelage.

The move will reunite Steele with Martin Smith, the men’s and women’s cross country director for the Cyclones. Steele and Smith worked together at Oregon from 2001-05.

Former youth coach sentenced to prison for child porn

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July 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A man who had spent years a volunteer youth sports coach in West Des Moines has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for having more than 100 images of child pornography. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that Frank Burns, of Urbandale, was sentenced Thursday in Federal Court in downtown Des Moines.

The judge called Burns’ crimes serious because in about half of the 121 pornographic images, Burns had edited his face onto the pictures. Burns also admitted to authorities that he had sexually abused a teenage girl. Besides coaching youth sports, Burns had worked on committees for Special Olympics Iowa and Reach Out and Read Iowa.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 7/17/2015

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July 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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District Semi-final Baseball Scores from 7/16/15

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July 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Class 1A- District 13
Van Meter 6 Guthrie Center 3
Nodaway Valley 11 Earlham 8
Class 1A- District 14
Lenox 7 Bedford 5
Martensdale-St. Mary’s 11 Murray 0 (6 inn)
Class 1A – District 15
Nishnabotna @ Sidney – PPD to 7-p.m. Friday (7/16)
Council Bluffs/St. Albert 11 Tri-Center 1 (5 inn)
Class 1A- District 16
Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 4 West Harrison 0
Coon Rapids-Bayard 9 Gildden-Ralston 1
Class 1A – District 1
Remsen, St. Mary’s 4 Woodbury Central 0
Lawton-Bronson 7 West Monona 0

Hunter-Reay limps into Iowa on cold streak

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July 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The finale of last year’s IndyCar race in Iowa showed what Ryan Hunter-Reay can do when he’s in peak form. A similar showing this weekend would help erase some of the sting of a rough season.

In 2014, Hunter-Reay blew past half the field in just 10 laps to become the only active driver with multiple wins on Iowa’s short oval. This year, the 2012 series winner heads back to Newton mired in 14th place. Hunter-Reay and the rest of the IndyCar series will run for the ninth straight year at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night.

Lead has dwindled, but Cardinals remain pace setters

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July 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals enter the second half of the season with the best record in baseball. But their once-imposing lead in the National League Central Division has dwindled to 2 1/2 games. The Cardinals hope to have slugger Matt Holliday back from the 15-day disabled list in time for their series against the New York Mets at home beginning Friday.

The Cardinals are 56-33 despite injuries to ace Adam Wainwright, Matt Adams, Jon Jay, Jordan Walden, Marco Gonzales and Holliday, out since early June with a quadriceps injury. St. Louis still has a 2.71 ERA, best at the break in the majors since the 1981 Astros posted a 2.81 ERA, according to STATS. They landed three pitchers on the National League All-Star team.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 7/16/2015

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July 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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