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Iowa State holds off Central Michigan 59-52


December 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Royce White had 14 points and eight rebounds and Iowa State held off Central Michigan 59-52 on Sunday for its third straight win. Chris Babb scored 11 points for the Cyclones (8-3), who survived a second-half scare from the Chippewas (5-6). Central Michigan took its first lead, 48-47, with 6:48 left. Iowa State grabbed the lead back on a breakaway dunk from Tyrus McGee, and White gave the Cyclones the ball back with a block with 42 seconds left. The Cyclones would have likely put the game away earlier, but they shot just 13 of 21 from the free-throw line in the second half. Trey Zeigler had 19 points for Central Michigan, which lost its fourth game in five tries.

Packers perfect season ends with 19-14 loss to KC


December 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers’ perfect season came to a crashing halt on Sunday against the beleaguered Kansas City Chiefs, who rallied behind interim coach Romeo Crennel and new quarterback Kyle Orton to a shocking 19-14 victory. Orton finished 23 of 31 for 299 yards in his first start for the Chiefs (6-8), who fired coach Todd Haley last Monday with the team having lost five of its last six games. The loss also ended the Packers’ 19-game winning streak. But behind an inspired performance by the defense, four field goals by Ryan Succop and Jackie Battle’s short touchdown run with 4:53 left in the game, Kansas City managed to hand the Packers (13-1) their first loss since Dec. 19, 2010, at New England — exactly one day shy of a full year. Aaron Rodgers was just 17 of 35 for 235 yards and a touchdown, and he also scampered eight yards for another touchdown with 2:12 left in the game. But the Packers were unable to recover the onside kick and then pick up a couple of first downs to secure the victory.

U. of Northern Iowa pledges broad sex bias review

News, Sports

December 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Northern Iowa has announced plans for a wide-ranging review of the way its athletics department and other offices handle sexual harassment and assault complaints. All three of Iowa’s public universities are reviewing policies for preventing and reporting child abuse after coaches at Penn State and Syracuse have been accused of using their positions to meet victims. But UNI is going further than the others, performing a review and audit to determine whether its practices comply with the federal law known as Title IX that bans gender discrimination in public education. A Davenport woman suing the university for the way she was treated after two football players sexually assaulted her in 2004 has been seeking precisely such a review in her pending lawsuit, which was filed in 2007. 

Saturday’s area high school basketball scores (from 12-17-11)


December 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Boy’s Basketball

Audubon 55, Westside Ar-We-Va 51

Denison-Schleswig 55, Creston 48

Harlan 67, Council Bluffs Lincoln 48

IKM-Manning 72, South Central Calhoun 41

Logan-Magnolia 47, Charter Oak-Ute 37

Mondamin West Harrison 81, Missouri Valley 70

Treynor 48, Council Bluffs St. Albert 37

Woodward-Granger 47, Coon Rapids-Bayard 44

Girl’s basketball

Coon Rapids-Bayard 38, Woodward-Granger 26

Denison-Schleswig 54, Creston 29

Harlan 45, Council Bluffs Lincoln 35

IKM-Manning 73, South Central Calhoun 26

Missouri Valley 64, Mondamin West Harrison 26

Treynor 42, Council Bluffs St. Albert 23

Westside Ar-We-Va 61, Audubon 55

Women’s college basketball scores (Midwest Division) from Sat., Dec. 17th


December 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Bradley 96, Iowa 88

North Dakota 74, N. Iowa 70

SW Minnesota St. 75, Upper Iowa 59

IA beats Drake 82-68 in men’s hoops, Saturday (12-17)


December 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — After a pair of tough road losses, Iowa needed senior Matt Gatens to provide leadership, stability and, above all else, a strong game against rival Drake. Gatens was brilliant on both ends of the floor on Saturday night. Gatens led five Hawkeyes in double figures with 20 points and shut down Drake star Ben Simons as Iowa knocked off the Bulldogs 82-68 to snap a two-game losing streak. Bryce Cartwright added 12 points for the Hawkeyes (6-5), who also avoided their first sweep at the hands of their instate rivals Drake, Iowa State and Northern Iowa. Melsahn Basabe, Aaron White and Marble each scored 10 points for Iowa.

Rayvonte Rice led Drake (6-4) with 23 points, 19 of those coming in the second half.  Iowa capitalized on Drake’s poor shooting – just 11 for 30 in the first half – into open looks at the other end. The Hawkeyes shot 57.6 percent in the first 20 minutes and got 26 of their 44 points inside the paint. The Hawkeyes had been humbled on the road in their last two games, decisive losses at Northern Iowa and Iowa State. The Panthers beat Iowa by 20, and the Cyclones led by as many as 24 points before cruising to an 86-76 win. But the Bulldogs have never had much success at Iowa, and Saturday night wasn’t any different. Jordan Clarke had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Drake, which committed 19 turnovers and lost for the 29th time in 32 trips to Iowa City. 

Iowa wrestler Marion arrested on traffic violation


December 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa wrestler Montell Marion has again been arrested on suspicion of a traffic violation. The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reports that Marion was arrested Friday for driving while barred – his third traffic-related arrest in Johnson County. A Johnson County Jail staffer told the newspaper that the 23-year-old Marion was stopped by campus police earlier Friday afternoon.

Marion was suspended from the wresting team in 2010 after he was arrested for drunken driving that spring, but was reinstated in January. A jail staffer said Marion was released Friday afternoon on a promise to appear in court.

Omaha, Council Bluffs Mayors to Build House

News, Sports

December 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The mayors of Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa, will build a Habitat for Humanity home this weekend to settle a friendly wager over the Nebraska-Iowa football game.The men placed the bet on Nov. 18 on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge over the Missouri River between the two states. Under the terms of the deal, the mayor that backed the losing team would have to build a house in the winning mayor’s city.The Nebraska Cornhuskers beat the Hawkeyes 20-7 on Nov. 25, so Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan will be building a house in Omaha on Saturday. Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle plans to lend a hand.

Saturday Sports 12-17-11 (podcast)

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December 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


Iowa Men Host Drake Tonight in College Hoops


December 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The (5-5) Iowa Hawkeyes are looking for their first win over an instate opponent this season when they hosts Drake (6-3) tonight. The Hawkeyes lost at Northern Iowa 80-60 and lost at Iowa State 86-76. Drake beat the Cyclones 74-65 in Des Moines on Nov. 15th, but the Bulldogs are still looking for their first true road win.

Iowa’s Devyn Marble has led the Hawkeyes in scoring in each of their last two games since moving to the starting point guard spot. Iowa leads the series with Drake 55-10 overall, but the Bulldogs have won three of the last five meetings. Pre-game coverage of tonight’s action at Carver Hawkeye Arena begin at 7-p.m., on KJAN, with the tip-off at 8.