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Up-and-coming bull riders to compete at Iowa venue

News, Sports

January 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The Professional Bull Riders will showcase some of its rising stars in a weekend of bull riding in Council Bluffs. The Omaha Invitational PBR Touring Pro Division will be held March 16 and 17 at the Mid-America Center. Up-and-coming bull riders will have a chance to compete alongside veterans in PBR-sanctioned events. Tickets cost $12 to $40.

For details, go to www.frontierrodeo.com.

No. 11 South Carolina beats No. 21 Nebraska 30-13


January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Connor Shaw threw two touchdown passes and No. 11 South Carolina had six sacks as the Gamecocks shut out the Nebraska in the final three quarters of 30-13 win in the Capital One Bowl on Monday. The victory gave South Carolina 11 wins for the first time in school history and snapped a string of three straight bowl losses. Nebraska lost its second consecutive bowl game and drops to 12-6 all-time in bowl matchups against SEC foes. Both teams lost standout players in the third quarter when Gamecocks’ leading receiver Alshon Jeffrey and Cornhuskers’ cornerback Alfonso Dennard were ejected for a post-play skirmish in which both players threw punches. Jeffrey had four catches for 148 yards and a touchdown before the incident.

Iowa women start fast in 84-71 loss to No. 8 OSU


January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For the first 15 minutes of their game at No. 8 Ohio State, the Iowa Hawkeyes played almost flawlessly. But then the Buckeyes awakened and coach Lisa Bluder’s team never recovered in an 84-71 loss on Monday. “When they did make the run, we did address it: Every good team makes a run at you,” Bluder said. “We just didn’t move on or handle those game swings very well.” The Hawkeyes (9-6, 1-1 Big Ten) had taken control at the outset, cycling passes around the perimeter to open shooters while the Buckeyes (15-0, 2-0) struggled to guard them. Even when they missed, Morgan Johnson, who finished with 25 points, was there to score on a putback.

Johnson made two free throws to cap a 6-0 run for a 9-4 lead. Then on consecutive possessions Kelly Krei and Jaime Printy, who finished with 13 points, had 3-pointers pushing the Iowa advantage to 22-12. Another 3 by Krei and Printy’s driving layup boosted the led to 37-22 — with the Hawkeyes in control of the ball and under 5 minutes left in the half. But just that quickly, the game swiveled Ohio State’s way. “Their crowd got into it,” Johnson said. “They hit a 3, we hit a layup and then they hit another 3. We got back on our heels and they started lighting it up.”

Samantha Prahalis, who led the Buckeyes with 30 points, and Tayler Hill, who chipped in with 28, were the main culprits for Ohio State, off to its best start in the NCAA era. “For them to account for 58 of their team’s points is amazing,” Bluder said. The Buckeyes scored 23 of the next 26 points to take the lead and then pulled away. Shooting 35 percent behind the arc coming in, Ohio State made 10 of 15 3-pointers, including 4 of 6 by Prahalis and 5 of 7 by Big Ten scoring leader Hill. Prahalis had 13 points in the 23-3 run, with Hill scoring eight and Ashley Adams two. Prahalis, who finished with seven assists, had the helping pass on three of her teammates’ buckets in the streak.

“They started hitting their shots in transition,” said Iowa’s Kamille Wahlin, who had 17 points. “Transition is really their game. Prahalis and Hill push it so well. Once they got that confidence going, it’s hard to stop them.” Hill, who finished the half with 15 points, had eight straight points for the Buckeyes at one point — including back-to-back 3-pointers that seemed to energize the Buckeyes. Ohio State didn’t let up to start the second half, either. Prahalis put the Buckeyes ahead to stay with a 3 at the 18:45 mark. Amber Stokes followed with a stepback baseline jumper before Prahalis converted a free throw and then popped in a jumper to make it 47-40. The Hawkeyes had mustered just three points over more than 8 minutes.

“I thought we shot the ball well enough to win,” Bluder said. “We just didn’t defend tonight.” The Hawkeyes, who have lost 16 of the last 18 meetings with Ohio State, closed within eight points with 90 seconds left but the Buckeyes pulled away again. Substitute guard Melissa Dixon left the game after playing just a minute. She injured a knee in a collision with Ohio State’s Amber Stokes, further diminishing the Hawkeyes’ depth. “We’re not going to quit,” Bluder said. “It hurt us losing Dixon. That was a big loss. She’s giving us 8 points a game and she is one of our best defensive players on the perimeter. We just didn’t have anybody to go to at that point. She’s been a spark for us.” The severity of Dixon’s injury was yet to be determined.

7-a.m. Sports (Podcast) 1-2-2012

Podcasts, Sports

January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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IA Women take on Ohio State in Big 10 today (Monday)


January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Hawkeyes take on Ohio State this morning in women’s college basketball. The Hawks are 9-and-5 on the season, 1-and-0 in the Big Ten Conference, while the Buckeyes are 14-0 & 1-0. Top point makers for the Hawkeyes inlcude: Jaime Printy, 17.4 ppg; Morgan Johnson 14.1 ppg; and, for the Buckeyes:  Tayler Hill 21.1 ppg, Samantha Prahalis 17.5 ppg, Kalpana Beach 6.3 rpg. Iowa will have to limit Hill, a 5-foot-10 junior guard from Minneapolis who was Minnesota’s all-time leading high school scorer with 3,888 points.

The Hawks have improved their 3-point shooting by 20 percentage points over the past two games to 34.2 percent. They drained 14 for a school record against Mississippi Valley State and 12 against Northwestern. Ninth-ranked Ohio State beat Wisconsin 77-61 in its Big Ten Conference opener. Hill shoots 50 percent from the field. Ohio State has won 15 of the last 17 meetings against Iowa.

Tip-off for today’s game at the Value City Arena, in Columbus, Ohio, is 11-a.m., and will be televised on the Big 10 Network.


Iowa adds JUCO quarterback


January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Cody Sokol, a junior college quarterback from Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, told the world on Saturday he was going to join Iowa. On Dec. 31st, Sokol Tweeted he was “Happy to be a Hawkeye!” Sokol is 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds and has two years of competition remaining. He could also redshirt one season. This past season he threw for 3,807 yards and 43 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Sokol was born in Des Moines but moved to Arizona when he was young. Iowa will have two senior quarterbacks next fall — James Vandenberg and John Wienke. Jake Rudock will be a redshirt freshman. The quarterback depth chart thinned out when sophomore A.J. Derby moved from quarterback to linebacker during the past season.

(Information from www.hawkcentral.com)

Precautions to be used for cameras at bowl games after Insight Bowl incident


January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A review has determined a camera that fell from an overhead wire during the Insight Bowl was an isolated incident. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Sunday that the cause of the crashing camera during Friday night’s game has been addressed and extra precautions will be taken for the six remaining bowl games. He said the Fiesta Bowl will not have an aerial camera Monday night because of a compressed schedule due to an NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday.

The overhead camera, operated by Oklahoma-based SkyCam, fell with 2:22 left in the Insight Bowl between Oklahoma and Iowa. The camera didn’t hit anyone, but Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt Jr. became tangled in the guide wire and sustained a minor cut on his arm.

Evansville beats Northern Iowa 76-65


January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Colt Ryan had 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead Evansville to a 76-65 victory over Northern Iowa Sunday night. Ryan made all 14 of his free-throw tries for the Purple Aces (7-5, 2-0 Missouri Valley), who trailed 22-8 early but bounced back and now have won three in a row. He also made three 3-pointers.

Denver Holmes had 16 points and Kenny Harris scored 11 as Evansville won at Northern Iowa for the first time in 10 seasons. The Aces were 24 for 26 from the free-throw line — and Ryan and Holmes were 14 for 14 in the last 1:02. Holmes made all six of his attempts in the game in that stretch. Seth Tuttle had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers (10-4, 0-2), who have lost three in a row. Marc Sonnen and Deon Mitchell scored 14 points apiece for UNI.

Broncos in playoffs despite 7-3 loss to Chiefs


January 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DENVER (AP) — Tim Tebow fell short in his latest comeback bid, yet his Denver Broncos are still going to the playoffs. Former Bronco Kyle Orton got his revenge in leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 7-3 win over Denver on Sunday, but it’s the Broncos who clinched the AFC West and is headed to the postseason. After congratulating their former starting quarterback, the Broncos celebrated the end to their six-year playoff drought once San Diego beat Oakland 38-26 later Sunday. Losers of their last three games, the Broncos finished 8-8, same as the Raiders. They win their first division title since 2005 on a tiebreaker.

Late run fuels Missouri State past Drake 72-61


December 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Kyle Weems scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to boost Missouri State to a 72-61 victory over Drake on Saturday. Missouri State (9-5, 2-0 Missouri Valley) also got 14 points from Jarmar Gulley and 11 points from Anthony Downing. Missouri State held a 47-46 lead with 10:53 left in the game and took control with a 15-2 run over the next 6:18. Gulley scored seven points during that span. Weems put the final stamp on the victory by converting a basket with 35 seconds to go. Drake (8-5, 1-1), which held an eight-point lead early in the game, got 16 points from Rayvonte Price, 14 from Ben Simons and 10 from Jordan Clarke.