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Iowa State lands McKay


December 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Standout junior college forward Jameel McKay has committed to Iowa State. McKay, a 6-foot-8 forward, spent two seasons at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. He was a two-time, first-team NJCAA All-American who averaged 16.8 points last season.

McKay committed to Marquette in his native Milwaukee, but he quit the team before playing in a game this season. McKay signed his admission acceptance letter Monday at Iowa State. He’ll be eligible to play 1½ years for the Cyclones starting on Dec. 20, 2014.

NFL says officials erred on KC’s missed field goal


December 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The NFL says referees erred in not penalizing the San Diego Chargers for an illegal formation on a missed 41-yard field goal attempt by Ryan Succop of the Kansas City Chiefs with four seconds left in regulation on Sunday. Succop was wide right on the kick, and the Chargers went on to win 27-24 in overtime to claim the AFC’s final playoff spot.

The NFL says in a statement released Monday that had the penalty been assessed by referee Bill Leavy’s crew and the ball moved up 5 yards, it would have allowed the Chiefs to attempt a 36-yard field goal. San Diego lined up with seven men on one side of the snapper. The rule says no more than six players can be on the line of scrimmage on either side of the snapper.

Chiefs praise former TE Gonzalez’s retirement


December 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Even though Tony Gonzalez is retiring as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, the Kansas City Chiefs still view the 13-time Pro Bowl tight end as one of their own. Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said Monday that he’ll “always be considered a part of the Chiefs family” after Gonzalez reaffirmed Sunday that he doesn’t plan to play another NFL game.

Gonzalez was drafted by the Chiefs and spent his first 12 seasons in Kansas City. He was traded to the Falcons in 2009, when it appeared that Atlanta was going to give him a better shot at playing in the Super Bowl that eluded Gonzalez his entire career. Gonzalez was presented with a half Chiefs, half Falcons commemorative helmet during halftime of Atlanta’s 21-20 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.

Rested Chiefs turn attention to playoffs


December 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It appears the Kansas City Chiefs will be near full strength when they visit the Indianapolis Colts for an AFC wild-card playoff game on Saturday. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was going through the protocol Monday to be cleared from a concussion that he sustained against Indianapolis two weeks ago. Reid also said that linebacker Tamba Hali was progressing from inflammation in his knee.

Linebacker Justin Houston, who’s been out with a dislocated elbow, and left tackle Branden Albert, who’s missed time with a hyperextended knee, are also expected to be back for the Colts. The Chiefs rested most of their starters in a 27-24 overtime loss at San Diego on Sunday

The Top Twenty Five


December 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 29, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

                                                               Record      Pts         Prv

              1.  Arizona  (60)                      13-0          1,620      1

              2.  Syracuse  (5)                      12-0          1,550      2

              3.  Ohio  St.                             13-0          1,462      3

              4.  Wisconsin                          13-0          1,408      4

              5.  Michigan  St.                     11-1          1,364      5

              6.  Oklahoma  St.                    11-1          1,278      7

              7.  Duke                                  10-2          1,144      9

              8.  Wichita  St.                        13-0          1,067    10

              9.  Baylor                                10-1          1,013    11

            10.  Oregon                               12-0             987    12

            11.  Villanova                           11-1             943      8

            12.  Florida                               10-2             915    13

            13.  Iowa  St.                            11-0             869    14

            14.  Louisville                          11-2             812      6

            15.  Kentucky                           10-3             753    18

            16.  Kansas                                 8-3             666    16

            17.  UConn                               11-1             647    15

            18.  Memphis                             9-2             625    17

            19.  North  Carolina                   9-3             413    19

            20.  Colorado                           11-2             373    21

            21.  San  Diego  St.                  10-1            371    20

            22.  Iowa                                  11-2            258    22

            23.  UMass                               11-1            160    23

            24.  Gonzaga                            11-2              78    24

            25.  Missouri                            11-1              76    25

     Others receiving votes: Illinois 57, Texas 40, George Washington 37, Oklahoma 36, Toledo 32, Florida St. 24, UCLA 19, Harvard 10, Michigan 7, Creighton 5, Kansas St. 3, Pittsburgh 2, LSU 1.

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Drake University says bulldog mascot has died

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December 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials say the Drake University bulldog mascot has died.  The university says the owners of Porterhouse, Kevin and Erin Bell, announced his death through his blog  on Sunday. They’d shared Porterhouse with the school since he was crowned Beautiful Bulldog during the Drake Relays-week competition in 2009.

Drake athletic director Sandy Hatfield Clubb says “no bulldog has had such a meaningful and lasting impact on the Drake community.”

No. 14 Iowa State women cruise past William & Mary


December 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Brynn Williamson and Jadda Buckley scored 19 points each to help No. 14 Iowa State remain perfect with an 85-65 victory over William & Mary in the championship game of the Cyclone Challenge on Sunday. Nikki Moody added 14 points and Hallie Christofferson had 11 for the Cyclones (11-0). Kyla Kerstetter scored 12 points, and Marlena Tremba and Latrice Hunter each had 11 to lead the Pride (3-8).

Iowa State used an 8-0 run to take a 10-2 lead less than 3 1/2 minutes into the game, then closed the first half with a 15-0 spurt to extend the lead to 55-23 at the break. Moody’s jumper in the opening minute of the second half put the Cyclones up 34 — their largest advantage of the game. The final margin was the smallest of the second half.

Caird scores 17, leads Drake over IUPUI 75-52


December 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Caird scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half to lead Drake to a 75-52 victory over IUPUI on Sunday. Drake (9-3) took a 12-0 run and led 25-14 with 10:08 remaining in the first half. Caird hit three 3-pointers in the first half. Aaron Hawley’s tip-in gave Drake a 54-34 lead with 14:31 remaining. The Bulldogs led by as many as 31 points and held IUPUI to 34.5 percent shooting from the field.

Jordan Daniels scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and had six assists. Blake Danielak, the freshman who missed the previous eight games due to illness, finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Mitch Patton led IUPUI (4-12) with 13 points. Ja’Rob McCallum scored 12 points and Marcellus Barksdale added 11 for the Jaguars, who have lost five straight.

Chargers claim final AFC playoff spot with OT win


December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nick Novak kicked a 36-yard field goal with 5:30 left in overtime and the San Diego Chargers, who trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter, beat the Kansas Chiefs 27-24 to claim the AFC’s final playoff spot.

The Chargers (9-7) ended a three-year postseason drought. The winning drive was kept alive by a 2-yard gain by Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle on a fake punt on fourth-and-2 from the Chargers 28. The game ended when Kansas City couldn’t convert on fourth-and-15 from the San Diego 41 with 3:16 left.

With the Chargers on the verge of an embarrassing collapse against a team resting 20 of 22 starters, Philip Rivers threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Royal early in the fourth quarter and Novak kicked a 22-yard field goal to tie it. Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop was wide right on a potential game-winning, 41-yard field goal try with 4 seconds left in regulation.