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Missouri Valley gives major programs major workout

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September 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — If the Big 12 ever wants to expand to 12 members again, the league’s powerbrokers might want to take a look at poaching a couple schools from the Missouri Valley Conference. Of course, Kansas and Kansas State might quickly object. Both of them had to work against schools from the Football Championship Subdivision in their season openers Saturday. They weren’t alone, either: Wisconsin had to make a late defensive stand to beat Northern Iowa, Indiana State took Indiana to the brink, and Pittsburgh was embarrassed by Youngstown State in Paul Chryst’s debut as Panthers coach. Yes, it was a banner day for the Missouri Valley, a league better known for its hoops but one that now has 11 football wins against members of BCS conferences since 2000.

Gomez, Norden win Des Moines triathlon

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September 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Spain’s Javier Gomez and Sweden’s Lisa Norden won the 5150 U.S. Championship Elite Cup triathlon on Sunday. Gomez and Norden each earned just over $150,000, the biggest prizes in international triathlon competition. Gomez, the silver medalist at the London Olympics, fought through temperatures in the high 80s to beat American Hunter Kemper by 38 seconds. London Games winner Alistair Brownlee was 14th. Norden, also the Olympic silver medalist, upset favored American Sarah Haskins to win the Des Moines women’s event for the second year in a row.

Freese powers Cardinals to win over Nationals

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September 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) – David Freese homered, drove in three runs and had a go-ahead single in the ninth inning Saturday as the St. Louis Cardinals ended a four-game skid with a wild, 10-9 win over the Washington Nationals.  Matt Holliday also homered and Matt Carpenter smacked a three-run double for the Cardinals, who had scored only one run during their four losses while allowing 32. Freese, John Jay and Allen Craig each had three of the Cardinals’ 14 hits. The NL East-leading Nationals led 6-2 in the second inning and, after falling behind by two runs in the fourth, rallied for three in the sixth to take a 9-8 lead. Adam LaRoche and Danny Espinosa each homered for Washington.  St. Louis tied it in the eighth on Carlos Beltran’s pinch-hit single off Nationals reliever Sean Burnett. Craig led off the ninth with a single against Drew Storen (1-1). One out later he stole second base and later raced home on Freese’s looping hit over the Nationals infield.

Iowa State holds off Tulsa 38-23

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September 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Steele Jantz threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as Iowa State beat Tulsa 38-23 Saturday to win its ninth opener in 10 years.  Shontrelle Johnson added a career-high 120 yards rushing for the Cyclones, who scored 24 straight points and held off a late rally by the Golden Hurricane. Jantz threw and ran for second-quarter touchdowns to help Iowa State move ahead 24-16 at halftime.  Cody Green’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Keyarris Garrett brought Tulsa within 31-23 in the fourth quarter. But the Golden Hurricane’s final drive fizzled when Deon Broomfield intercepted Green with 2:04 left.  Johnson’s 5-yard TD run on the next play sealed the win for Iowa State.  Green had 198 yards passing and two touchdowns in his first career start for Tulsa.

Bullock TD gives Iowa 18-17 win over NIU

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September 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) – Damon Bullock ran for 150 yards and scored on a late 23-yard touchdown run to lead Iowa to an 18-17 victory over Northern Illinois in the season opener on Saturday. The Hawkeyes simply got all they could handle from the reigning Mid-American Conference champions but came out on top after trailing most of the way.  They were down 17-12 when Bullock ran untouched around the left end to put them ahead by one. That happened after Iowa downed a punt at the NIU 1, pinning the Huskies against the goal line.  Rather than take a safety, Northern Illinois punted. Iowa took over on the 24 and Bullock ran it in on third down. The 2-point conversation failed, but the defense held its ground, giving Iowa a tense victory at Soldier Field.

No. 12 Wisconsin survive N Iowa scare, win 26-21

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September 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Montee Ball rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, and No. 12 Wisconsin needed a big defensive play to survive a fourth-quarter scare from Northern Iowa in a 26-21 victory Saturday.  Wisconsin’s defense didn’t allow Northern Iowa on its side of the 50-yard line until the 4:27 mark in the third quarter – but then the Badgers nearly melted down. Leading 26-7 in the fourth quarter, Wisconsin allowed Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen to throw a pair of long touchdowns to David Johnson, cutting the lead to five. With the Panthers facing fourth-and-1 at the Wisconsin 41-yard line, defensive lineman Ethan Hemer tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage to stop the drive.

Cardinals activate Berkman, recall LHP Freeman

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September 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals activated OF-1B Lance Berkman from the 15-day disabled list and recalled left-hander Sam Freeman from Triple-A Memphis.  Berkman, out since Aug. 3 with a right knee injury, will initially be limited to a pinch-hitting role, manager Mike Matheny said Saturday before the Cardinals game against the Washington Nationals.  In 28 games this season for St. Louis, Berkman is batting .267 with two homers and 13 RBIs. He finished 4 of 17 (.235) in six games during his rehab stint with Memphis.  In 13 appearances this season for St. Louis, Freeman is 1-0 with 6.00 ERA over 12 innings.

Chiefs sign 8 to practice squad roster

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September 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Chiefs signed eight players to the practice squad Saturday, including wide receiver Junior Hemingway and defensive lineman Jerome Long, their seventh-round picks in April’s draft.  All the players signed to the practice team were waived the previous day, when the Chiefs had to trim their roster from 75 players to 53 by the NFL’s deadline. The Chiefs technically have 54 players under contract because linebacker Tamba Hali, suspended for the opener next Sunday against Atlanta, does not count against the roster limit. Hali will be eligible Week 2 after violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. The other players signed to the practice squad were wide receivers Jamar Newsome and Josh Bellamy, offensive linemen Lucas Patterson and David Mims, fullback Patrick DiMarco and defensive back Neiko Thorpe.

Saturday Sports (Podcast) – Sept. 1st, 2012

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September 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(Podcast) Area, State and National Sports news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

Chiefs cut Gordon, Williams to reach 53-man limit

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September 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have cut defensive tackle Amon Gordon and linebacker Leon Williams, a pair of veterans, while trimming their roster to the 53-man limit. Kansas City also put defensive back De’Quan Menzie, a fifth-round draft pick who missed nearly all of the offseason with a hip injury, and quarterback Alex Tanney on injured reserve. Other players waived by the Chiefs include fullback Patrick DiMarco, offensive linemen Darryl Harris and David Mims, and fourth-year safety Donald Washington. Safe for now is running back Nate Eachus, a rookie out of Colgate. He won over players and fans with his spirited play throughout training camp and the preseason. Still, more roster moves are possible as the Chiefs consider other players who’ve been waived.