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Niese helps Mets’ split squad beats Cardinals 7-2

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March 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jon Niese struck out six in four innings, and a New York Mets’ split squad defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 Thursday. Niese allowed one run and three hits and walked none in his third and longest outing of spring training. Daniel Murphy singled and scored on John Mayberry’s single in the first inning, then left between innings with what the Mets said was right hamstring tightness.

David Wright and Lucas Duda also made the trip. Jaime Garcia struck out seven in four innings but also gave up four hits, including Wilmer Flores’ third-inning homer. Peter Bourjos broke a 1-for-24 spring training start with a solo homer in the eighth against Jon Velasquez.

 

Stage set for Sweet 16 trip for Iowa?

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March 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Hawkeyes have never had a better chance to reach the Sweet 16 under coach Lisa Bluder than they do this weekend. Despite reaching the NCAA Tournament 12 times in 15 seasons under Bluder, Iowa has never broken through with a trip to the regional semifinals.

Iowa (24-7) is seeded third and will serve as the host school — in a gym it hasn’t lost in all season — for the opening two rounds of the Oklahoma City Region. The Hawkeyes open tournament play Friday when they face American (24-8). Miami (19-12) and Washington (23-9) will open the doubleheader.

You can hear the action beginning at 1:15-p.m. Friday, on KJAN.

Northern Iowa in the spotlight preparing to face Wyoming

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March 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SEATTLE (AP) — Now it’s Northern Iowa’s turn to carry the flag for the Missouri Valley Conference into the NCAA Tournament. After Wichita State and Creighton got the spotlight in recent seasons, it’s the fifth-seeded Panthers getting the attention this time around as they to face No. 12 Wyoming on Friday.

The Panthers (30-3) were the beneficiaries of all the attention focused on their Missouri Valley competitors in previous years. The Panthers were ranked as high as No. 10 in The Associated Press Top 25 this season because of their performance but also the high regard the Valley has earned.

Wyoming (25-9) needed to win the Mountain West Conference tourney to reach the NCAAs, but the Cowboys’ similarities to the Panthers led Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson to say he wished for a different style matchup in the opener.

14th-Seeded UAB Blazers Upset 3rd-Seed Iowa State 60-59

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March 19th, 2015 by Jim Field

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — William Lee scored the last four points for 14th-seeded UAB, and the Blazers upset ninth-ranked Iowa State 60-59 on Thursday in their opening game in the NCAA Tournament.

The Blazers (20-15) came in with the youngest team in the NCAA Tournament and with nobody having played in this tournament before. They wound up winning the program’s first NCAA game since 2005 by notching the first big upset of this tournament.

The Cyclones (25-9) came in seeded third in the South Regional looking for a much longer run than a year ago when they reached the Sweet 16 without top scorer Georges Niang due to injury. But they just couldn’t match the scrappy Blazers on the boards in a second half where the Cyclones couldn’t hold onto a 55-51 lead with 3:13 left.

The Blazers, who outscored Iowa State 9-4 down the stretch, will play either SMU or UCLA on Saturday.

 

(Podcast) KJAN morning Sports report, 3/19/15

Podcasts, Sports

March 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

With Jim Field.

(Podcast) KJAN morning Sports report, 3/18/2015

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March 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast, with Jim Field.

Iowa hoping to reclaim NCAA Wrestling title

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March 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa wrestling team will be chasing their first NCAA team championship since 2010 in St. Louis this weekend. The Hawkeyes have their entire 10-man lineup in the NCAA Wrestling Tournament, which begins Thursday morning and runs through Saturday. Iowa Coach Tom Brands believes his wrestlers are physically AND mentally prepared. “That’s the going to be the difference in close matches…is, really, how bad do you want it? That’s an old sports cliché,” Brands said. “But, how bad do you want it?”

Iowa has eight wrestlers that are seeded 9th or better at their weight classes. But, the Hawkeyes have NO competitors seeded first or second. Brands was asked what he’ll tell his team before they step on the mat. “The things that matter, matter. The things that don’t matter, don’t matter,” Brands said. “It’s like, control what you can control. If there is a hole you’ve dug yourself in, then get out of that hole as quick as possible, so that clock does not become a factor. That’s what ‘peaking’ is…so, we’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’ve got the guys to do the work too, if they perform to their ability.”

Penn State has won the last four NCAA Wrestling Championships, but this year, the teams that are expected to battle for the title include the top five ranked teams: Missouri, Iowa, Cornell, Minnesota and Ohio State. The 8th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones have seven wrestlers in the tournament, while Northern Iowa has four.

(Radio Iowa)

Griswold Earns Iowa Pride Challenge Honor

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March 17th, 2015 by Jim Field

The Griswold girls basketball team was awarded a $500 prize for the student government program as part of the Iowa Pride Challenge.  The “Hoops 4 Hounds: A Fight Against Type 1 Diabetes” program placed in the top five of the Iowa Pride Challenge, an effort to promote positive opportunities for Iowa students to have a positive impact in their communities.  The top prize of $1000 was given to Fort Madison.  Central Clinton, Mason City and Fairfield were awarded $500 prizes along with Griswold.  More than 90 schools statewide participated in the challenge.  Click the attachment below to see more details.

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Peralta’s 3 hits leads Cards over Marlins’ split squad 7-1

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jhonny Peralta had three hits, including his first homer of spring training, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over a Miami Marlins’ split squad 7-1 Tuesday. Peralta, who entered in 1-for-14 slide, homered on a fifth-inning slider from Bryan Morris for a 5-1 lead. He singled in his first two at-bats.

Marco Gonzales, trying to win the fifth spot in the Cardinals’ rotation, allowed his first run of spring training. He gave up four hits and two walks in 4 2-3 innings, striking out three. The Cardinals’ 2014 minor league pitcher of the year threw 41 of his 67 pitches for strikes and also looped an RBI single over first baseman Jeff Baker in a three-run fourth.

Matt Holliday had a bases-loaded, two-run single in the fourth off Jarred Cosart, who allowed four runs, eight hits and three walks in 3 2-3 innings. Cosart yielded three earned runs in two innings against Minnesota in his previous outing.

 

Cardinals say Adam Wainwright to make 1st start Saturday

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals say ace Adam Wainwright is to make his first spring training start on Saturday against Atlanta. Wainwright sustained a mild abdominal strain early in spring training. He has thrown a pair of bullpen sessions since the injury, including about 40 pitches in a simulated game Monday. Wainwright is to throw another bullpen session on Thursday, and manager Mike Matheny expects him to make 50-60 pitches Saturday.

Matheny said Tuesday that if all goes well, Wainwright would start every five days for the remainder of spring training, a timetable that may allow Wainwright to pitch the major league season opener at the Chicago Cubs on April 5. Wainwright was 20-9 with a 2.38 ERA last year, then underwent offseason elbow surgery to remove cartilage from his throwing elbow. He began the year 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA and started the All-Star Game for the NL, then went 8-5 with a 3.24 ERA.