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

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January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A check of the latest State and National Sports news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….


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.

Iowa Upsets No. 11 Wisconsin 72-65


December 31st, 2011 by Jim Field

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Much is made — and rightly so — of Wisconsin’s defense. When the Badgers’ offense misfires, their defense suffers, too.

Freshman Aaron White scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and fellow reserve Bryce Cartwright added 17 as the Hawkeyes stunned No. 11 Wisconsin 72-65.

The Badgers (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) had their second-worst shooting game of the season (34.8 percent), including a dismal 3-for-28 performance on 3-pointers, on the same day their top-ranked defense allowed a season-high for points. Wisconsin hadn’t allowed more than 61 points in its first 14 games and came in leading the nation in scoring defense, yielding an average of 44.4 points.

“If you hit shots, it’s amazing how much better your defense looks,” Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said after his team had its six-game winning streak ended.

Sophomore Melsahn Basabe pitched in with 14 points for the Hawkeyes (9-6, 1-1), who snapped the Badgers’ 23-game home winning streak against unranked opponents — the last unranked team to beat Wisconsin at the Kohl Center was Illinois, a 63-56 winner on Feb. 9, 2010.

“Any time you win on the road in this league, there’s a celebration, there’s an incredible sense of accomplishment,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said after his team beat the Badgers for just the third time in the past 15 meetings. “(But) this is the 11th-ranked team in the country, on the road, with a fabulous winning percentage here. I think our players know and understand what they had to overcome to make this happen.”

Cartwright, a senior who came in averaging 5.9 points and has been coming off the bench as he returns from a hamstring injury, said: “We just came in with a definite mindset today to defy all the odds.”

Cartwright scored 10 points in the second half, the last two a layup with 1:55 remaining that put Iowa ahead 68-60 and sent many in the crowd of 17,230 to the exits.

Wisconsin (12-3, 1-1), though, made one last surge.

Senior Jordan Taylor hit a 3-pointer and sophomore Ben Brust had a steal and layup that pulled the Badgers within 68-65 with 47 seconds to go.

The Hawkeyes worked the shot clock on their next possession and sophomore Roy Devyn Marble hit a jumper from the right of the lane with 21 seconds remaining, and Jared Berggren missed a 3 on the other end to seal Iowa’s surprising victory.

“All we needed to do was get a stop,” said Taylor, who had 17 points to lead four players in double figures for Wisconsin. “We had them where we wanted … and Marble made a tough runner-floater right there off the right side. That was a tough shot, and he made it.”

The Badgers, meanwhile, didn’t make nearly enough shots.

“Our guys made a comeback that probably should have never happened, by all percentages. But you also say, percentages (say) we’re not going to shoot like this,” said Ryan, whose team came in shooting 46 percent. “But the percentages don’t always go that way.

“I guess the Big Ten’s going to be like this the whole year. I just think there’s so many teams that are kind of equal, and if you have a cold night, you’re not going to walk away (with a win) on the left-hand side.”

Iowa raced out to a 10-2 lead and led throughout the first half before Wisconsin used a 9-0 run spanning halftime to take a seven-point lead. White ended the Hawkeyes’ barren stretch with a 3-pointer and went on to score 11 of Iowa’s first 15 points of the second half. His output was double that of his season average and he scored his 18 points in just 20 minutes.

“He was a little bit sideways in the first half, I thought,” McCaffery said of White. “He came in and he got tired quick and he got a foul and he didn’t get a rebound when he should have. He put his head down, and that’s what freshmen do. So we just said, ‘Play through it, be ready, and you’ll get your shot in the second half.’ He’s just a really good basketball player.”

Insight Bowl Camera incident…more


December 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Flying cameras have been providing unique perspectives on everything from golf to college and professional football for more than a decade, becoming so commonplace that fans rarely notice the whizzing remote-controlled devices. At the Insight Bowl on Friday night, no one could miss the overhead camera when it came crashing down to the field late in the fourth quarter, nearly taking out one of the players. The ESPN camera narrowly missed Iowa receiver Martin McNutt Jr., who became entangled in the guide wire but wasn’t hurt.

“First, I looked: What is it that fell from the sky?’” McNutt said after Iowa’s 31-14 loss to No. 19 Oklahoma. “The next thing I know, the camera kind of scratched me a little bit. It was just pulling me and I knew I didn’t want to keep going with it.” ESPN has consistently used the cameras for football coverage, making it a staple of “Monday Night Football.” The cameras also have been used occasionally in the NBA, NHL, NASCAR, NCAA basketball, baseball and at the island-green 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass during The Players Championship.

The cameras, despite flying over the playing field, have rarely interfered with the action. In 2007, a cable camera was forced to make a controlled decent during an NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks from what was called human error. At the 2009 Las Vegas bowl between BYU and Oregon State, the overhead camera reportedly had to be taken down due to wind gusts of around 40 mph. The incident at the Insight Bowl occurred with Iowa trying to rally from a 10-point deficit in the closing minutes.

While lining up for a play near the 20-yard line at the south end of Sun Devil Stadium, two Hawkeyes had to jump out of the way when the camera fell when the wire appeared to snap with 2:22 left. McNutt dodged the camera as it fell behind him, but became entangled in the guide wire after it thudded to the ground. McNutt suffered only a minor scratch, but the game was delayed for about five minutes as crews dragged the camera off the field and made sure the wire was out of the way. McNutt was able to joke about the incident.

“I fell like somebody was trying to kill me on their (Oklahoma’s) staff,” he said. “If you are looking, I’m looking for you. No. It was lucky it didn’t hit me.”

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