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Chiefs get Sean Smith back, lose Phillip Gaines to torn ACL


September 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs got Sean Smith back from his three-game suspension on Wednesday, the same day they found out that fellow cornerback Phillip Gaines will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Smith was suspended for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy after getting arrested last year for drunken driving. That is normally a two-game suspension for first-time offenders, but Smith was given an extra game for crashing into a light post.

His return couldn’t come at a better time. Gaines had been playing in his place until Monday night in Green Bay, when he tore his ACL while defending a pass in the end zone. The Chiefs struggled to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ passing offense after he left the game, losing 38-28.

Kansas City visits Cincinnati on Sunday.


Pirates top Cardinals 8-2 in Game 1 of doubleheader


September 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Francisco Cervelli hit his second career grand slam, Gerrit Cole pitched seven solid innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 in a doubleheader opener to put St. Louis’ NL Central title hopes on hold. The Cardinals’ magic number remained at two for their third straight division championship after the Pirates jumped on Michael Wacha (17-7).

Cervelli delivered the big blow, a shot to left field with the bases loaded in the fourth. Neil Walker also homered for the Pirates, who moved within three games of St. Louis for first and inched closer to homefield advantage in next week’s wild-card game.

Cole (19-8) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings in likely his final regular-season start.


Prosecutor: Man held in shooting of fan after Cardinals game


September 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Prosecutors say a man is being held in connection to a shooting and robbery after a St. Louis Cardinals game that may have left an Army veteran paralyzed. Susan Ryan of the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office said Wednesday that the person of interest is being held on an unrelated charge in St. Louis County while St. Louis police investigate the shooting.

Forty-three-year-old Christopher Sanna and his girlfriend had just left the Cardinals game Friday night and were in a parking lot a few blocks from Busch Stadium when two men demanded the couple’s belongings. The woman gave up her purse and the couple turned to run when one of the gunmen shot Sanna in the back. Sanna’s mother says doctors told the family her son probably won’t walk again.

Cardinals activate Wainwright from DL


September 30th, 2015 by Chris Parks

PITTSBURGH, Pa., – The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to today’s double-header against the Pittsburgh Pirates that they have activated right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright from the 60-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) on the 60-day disabled list.

Wainwright, 34, who suffered a left Achilles injury on April 25, has missed 141 games since injuring himself while batting in a game at Milwaukee.  Prior to the injury, he was 2-1 with a 1.44 ERA (25.0 IP) in four starts.

The team plans to use Wainwright out of the bullpen.  He last pitched in relief during the 2006 season when he was on the mound to close out both the World Series and National League Championship Series.   He has made 221 consecutive appearances as a starter since that time.

The two-time 20-game winner and three-time All-Star owns a career mark of 121-67 with a 2.90 ERA.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 9/30/2015

Podcasts, Sports

September 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

Area Volleyball Scores from Tue., Sept. 29, 2015


September 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(3-0) Adair-Casey 25-25-25, Woodbine 18-16-9
(3-1) A-D-M, Adel 21-25-25-25, Winterset 25-12-21-24
(3-0) Audubon 25-25-25, Riverside, Oakland 11-9-8
(3-0) Bedford 25-25-25, Lenox 21-18-11
(3-0) Boyer Valley 25-25-25, Charter Oak-Ute 23-21-23
(3-1) CAM, Anita 25-21-25-25, Paton-Churdan 14-25-19-19
(3-0) Carroll 25-25-25, Perry 12-19-19
(3-1) Clarinda 25-25-20-25, Denison-Schleswig 15-18-25-15
(3-0) Creston 25-27-25, Atlantic 10-25-6
(3-0) East Mills 25-25-25, South Page 12-3-11
(3-1) East Union 23-26-25-25, Southwest Valley 25-24-16-16
(3-2) Essex 18-22-26-25-15, Stanton 25-25-24-16-11
(3-1) Glenwood 25-25-20-25, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 23-17-25-8
(3-0) Glidden-Ralston 25-25-25, Coon Rapids-Bayard 23-23-23
(3-2) Harlan 23-25-24-25-15, Red Oak 25-23-26-22-12
(3-0) Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 25-25-25, Shenandoah 8-13-6
(3-1) Lewis Central 25-22-25-25, Creston 20-25-21-20
(3-0) Lewis Central 25-25-25, Atlantic 23-7-11
(3-1) Logan-Magnolia 17-26-25-25, Griswold 25-24-11-22
(3-2) Mount Ayr 25-25-16-23-15, Nodaway Valley 20-21-25-25-12
(3-0) North Tama 25-25-25, Meskwaki Settlement School 14-12-22
(3-0) Sidney 25-25-25, Clarinda Academy 1-2-13
(3-0) Treynor 25-25-25, AHSTW 9-11-11
(3-1) Tri-Center, Neola 25-25-25-25, IKM-Manning 27-21-15-15
(3-1) Underwood 26-23-25-25, Missouri Valley 24-25-19-13
(3-1) Van Meter 14-25-25-25, Panorama 25-23-19-13

Cardinals vs. Pirates double-header today on KJAN


September 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The St. Louis Cardinals were forced to wait a day before resuming their charge toward the NL Central title. The Redbirds and second-place Pirates were rained out Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, keeping the Cards’ magic number at two. The two teams will play a day-night doubleheader today, with the first game getting underway at 12:35. We’ll begin our coverage with the pre-game show at 11:40-a.m., here on KJAN.

The Cardinals will start Michael Wacha (17-6, 3.15 ERA) in the opener against Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole (18-8, 2.60). St. Louis will send Tyler Lyons (2-1, 3.96) in the second game against Charlie Morton (9-8, 4.54). The second game is slated to start at 6:05-p.m.  The Cardinals will take the division with a victory in either game.

St. Louis is expected to activate right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright today. The three-time All-Star has been on the disabled list since April after tearing the Achilles tendon in his left leg.


Cowboys add defensive end Irving from Chiefs’ practice squad


September 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Cowboys have signed defensive end David Irving off Kansas City’s practice squad a day after releasing defensive tackle Davon Coleman. Irving is an undrafted rookie free agent out of Iowa State. Dallas also released guard Ronald Patrick from its practice squad Tuesday, replacing him with defensive end Lavar Edwards.

Dallas was missing defensive end Jeremy Mincey because of a concussion last weekend against Atlanta, but Mincey is expected to return against New Orleans on Sunday. The Cowboys also get free agent pass rusher Greg Hardy back next week following his four-game suspension in a domestic violence case.


Ferentz previews Wisconsin


September 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Wisconsin opened this season as the favorite to win the Big Ten West Division and that won’t draw an argument from Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. The Badgers have made a habit of appearing in the Big Ten Championship game and have won three league titles in the past five years. Ferentz says the Badgers have been the dominant team in the division and one of the top programs in the Big Ten.

Paul Chryst is the third different Badger coach in four years but Ferentz says the style remains the same. Ferentz says the players did a good job of bouncing back after a disapointing season in 2014 and now need to show they can handle success after a 4-0 start.

Ferentz says running back Jordan Canzeri is one of several seniors who have stepped up their game this season. The native of New York has eight touchdowns already this season after failing to reach the end zone all of last year. Iowa’s red zone production is off the charts this season. The Hawkeyes have converted touchdowns on 14 of 16 opportunities for an 88 percent clip. That compares to 64 percent a year ago.

With top running back Corey Clement sidelined with an injury the Badgers have been riding the arm of quarterback Joel Stave. The Redshirt senior is completing 66 percent of his passes and is 24-8 as a starter.

(Learfield Sports)

Northern Iowa seeks to replace star Seth Tuttle


September 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Northern Iowa broke into the top 10 last season thanks largely to the play of forward Seth Tuttle, arguably the best player in the school history. Tuttle has moved on and replacing him won’t be easy.

Tuttle’s departure will be the biggest challenge for the Panthers to overcome in 2015-16. Tuttle, a second-team All-American, anchored a team that won a school-record 31 games and was a dark horse Final Four candidate before falling to Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.

Tuttle isn’t the only frontcourt player the Panthers need to replace either. All three starters have moved on after combining for 27.7 points and 13.5 rebounds a game in 2014-15.