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Ohio State clinches first national wrestling title


March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Ohio State clinched its first NCAA wrestling title before the final round began.
The Buckeyes had 94 points and a 10-point lead over Iowa with an event-high three competitors remaining after lower places were decided earlier Saturday. Iowa had one competitor remaining and could earn no more than six points. Edinboro was third with 75 1-2 points followed by Missouri with 69 1-2, Cornell with 67 1-2 and four-time defending champion Penn State with 63 1-2. Sixteen schools had at least one competitor in the finals.

The match order starts at 149 points and concludes at 141 pounds, where Logan Stieber of Ohio State was attempting to be just the fourth to win four individual titles. He would join Kyle Dake of Cornell (2010-13), Cael Sanderson of Iowa State (1999-2002), and Pat Smith of Oklahoma State (1990-92, 1994).

Wainwright pitches 4 scoreless in first spring start


March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched four innings of four-hit ball in his spring training debut, and the St. Louis Cardinals scored in the bottom of the ninth to beat an Atlanta Braves’ split squad 1-0 Saturday. Wainwright walked one and struck out three. His first start was delayed after he sustained a mild abdominal strain early in camp.

Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward grounded into a double play and singled to right against his former team. Carlos Martinez, bidding for a spot in the Cardinals’ rotation, followed Wainwright with three solid innings. Atlanta’s Chien-Ming Wang allowed three hits in 4 2-3 innings. Wang, a 19-game winner with the New York Yankees, is trying to make the Braves after not pitching in the majors since 2013.

Joey Terdoslavich turned an unassisted double play in the seventh when he picked up a slow roller and tagged out Yadier Molina between home and third and then tagged Dean Anna sliding into third.


Hawkeyes 1 win away from elusive Sweet 16 berth


March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — After 15 years at Iowa, coach Lisa Bluder is just a win away from her first trip to the Sweet 16. But if the Hawkeyes don’t play better against Miami than they did against American, their season might end just like the previous 14 have.

Iowa (25-7) will host the 11th-seeded Hurricanes (20-12) on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Miami pulled off an upset Friday when it knocked off Washington 86-80. The Eagles nearly did the same to Iowa, which needed nine 3s to hold off American 75-67.

(Podcast) KJAN morning Sports report, 3/21/2015

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March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Cuddyer hits 4th homer, helps Mets beat Cardinals 5-4


March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Michael Cuddyer hit his fourth home run of spring training, his second in two days, helping the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 Friday. Cuddyer had two hits, including a two-run drive off Sam Tuivailala in the sixth inning for his third home run this week.

Mets starter Bartolo Colon allowed two runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings, struck out five and walked one. Cardinals starter Michael Wacha gave up three runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings. Curtis Granderson went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Scott Moore was 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs.


IA pounds Davidson 83-52, will take on Gonzaga Sunday evening


March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Aaron White scored 13 straight points as part of an 18-3 run early in the second half of Iowa’s 83-52 pounding of Davidson in the second round of the NCAA South Division . White delivered 26 points for the seventh-seeded Hawkeyes Friday evening in Seattle, while Mike Gesell added 15 to help Iowa advance to play second seed Gonzaga. Game time in Seattle Sunday is 6:10-p.m. Central Time. Pre-game coverage on KJAN begins at 5-p.m.

The (Gonzaga) Bulldogs were 86-76 winners against North Dakota State behind Kyle Wiltjer’s 23 points. Kevin Pangos had 18 points to help Gonzaga move within one victory of their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2009.

Iowa women, on home court, hold off American 75-67


March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Ally Disterhoft scored 18 points, freshman Whitney Jennings had 16 and third-seeded Iowa held off American 75-67 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Iowa City. Melissa Dixon had 15 points with four 3s for the Hawkeyes (25-7), who will host 11th-seeded Miami in the second round on Sunday.

It wasn’t easy for Iowa though. American had the game tied at 36-all at halftime, and the Hawkeyes needed a 15-6 run after the break to start feeling comfortable. American rallied within 69-64 with 2:47 left, but couldn’t get any closer. Jen Dumiak had a game-high 23 points for the Eagles (24-9), who were making their NCAA Tournament debut.

N. Iowa into the round of 32 with 71-54 win over Wyoming


March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SEATTLE (AP) — Paul Jesperson led five Northern Iowa players in double figures with 16 points, Seth Tuttle added 14 and the fifth-seeded Panthers held off the comeback of No. 12 seed Wyoming for a 71-54 victory in an East Region matchup on Friday. The Panthers (31-3) built a 21-point lead after scoring 11 of the first 12 points to start the second half. That huge lead was whittled to seven points twice but the Cowboys could get no closer. Wes Washpun scored eight of his 10 points in the final 9 minutes to help the Panthers advance.

Larry Nance Jr. led Wyoming (25-10) with 16 points, but was mostly invisible in the first half. Nance had one point and one shot in the first half before coming alive in the second half to try and lead Wyoming’s comeback bid.

Malott helps No. 7 Dayton beat 10th-seed Iowa State 78-66


March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Ally Malott had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help seventh-seeded Dayton beat No. 10 Iowa State 78-66 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. Nicole Kidd Blaskowski’s 3-pointer cut Iowa State’s 17-point deficit to seven with 2:32 remaining. But that was as close as the Cyclones would come before succumbing to Dayton. Iowa State also had nine of its 12 turnovers in the second half.

First in the Atlantic-10 conference this season in field goal percentage, Dayton continued that trend into the post-season; it shot 48 percent, including 16-of-28 in the first half. Malott was efficient in scoring her game-high 18 points, going 7-of-13 from the field.

Dayton will move on to the second round Sunday to play the winner between No. 2 Kentucky and No. 15 Tennessee State. The Cyclones finish their season 18-13.

Des Moines officials head to Omaha for NCAA tourney tips

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March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A delegation from Iowa’s largest city is in Nebraska’s largest city today (Friday) for the N-C double-A men’s basketball tournament, but they’re not at the CenturyLink Center just to watch the games. Deb Ward, with the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau, says it’s a learning experience for everyone involved in putting on the Big Dance. “We’ve got a contingency from Des Moines coming in,” Ward says. “Des Moines is going to host this thing next year. They’ve never done that before so they’re sort of looking to Omaha for some expertice. Same thing with Wichita. We’ve had a contingency from Wichita. They’re hosting it in a couple of years.”

Omaha has hosted several big sporting events in recent years, including the U-S Olympic swimming trials in 2012. With huge crowds expected this weekend, Ward says it’s an opportunity for the Omaha-Council Bluffs area to shine — and to enjoy an economic boost.  “Back in 2012, we saw a 31% increase in hotel demand over the year prior,” Ward says. “I can imagine it’s going to be that and more.” Ward says most of the 93-hundred hotel rooms in Douglas County, Nebraska, are booked this weekend and those in surrounding areas are filling up. She says area businesses are preparing for large crowds.

“The beauty of this is, of course, there’s things to do between the games and there’s the Saturday off day when we’ll have a lot of visitors looking for things to do,” Ward says. “They’ll be out exploring the bars and restaurants and shops and attractions which is a bonus.” The Henry Doorly Zoo and the Durham Museum are expecting an increase in visitors, along with Omaha’s Old Market area, and the casinos on the Iowa side of the river.

(Radio Iowa)