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Share the Road, It’s Bike to Work Week in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

May 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa motorists will notice more two-wheelers on the road this morning as part of Bike to Work Week. Whether it’s for exercise, to save money or to live a greener lifestyle, Iowa Bicycle Coalition executive director Mark Wyatt says plenty of people are turning to pedal power, and not just for a week. He encourages Iowans to give biking to work a spin.  “A lot of times your commute is much shorter than you can even imagine and it’s pretty comparable by car,” Wyatt says. “It’s easy. If you really want to start, give it a try it on a weekend and get out there and see how long your commute’s going to be and help with your timing and such.” Common complaints are that people don’t want to be all sweaty when they get to work, or that their hair will be messed up from wearing a bike helmet.

“You can take your clothes to work,” Wyatt says. “Hair products are portable so it’s really easy to set up there at work, towel off and change clothes before you go on about your day.” One study found that biking to work instead of driving a car can save six-to-seven-thousand dollars a year. While the winter months pose a challenge in Iowa, Wyatt says there’s no valid excuse to not try biking to work this spring — and this week. “We have 1,600 miles of trails available for people to use and countless number of bike lanes that are starting to pop up in urban areas,” Wyatt says. “As far as bike friendliness, we’re ranked #6 so there’s plenty of opportunities you can get out and bike on facilities designated for bicycles.” In the ten years since his organization started promoting Bike to Work Week in Iowa, Wyatt says the number of participants has grown from a few hundred to several thousand statewide. He says it’s easy to get involved and before you get on the road, you can start online.

“Go to www.bikeiowa.com or www.iowagoesbybicycle.com,” Wyatt says. “We have a national bicycle challenge that we’re participating in so users can log their miles and keep track of how long it takes to get to work and how much fun you’re having along the way.” There are a host of rides, races and other bike-related events over the coming weeks as part of National Bike Month.

Braves Beat Cardinals 7-4, Complete Sweep

Sports

May 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jason Heyward ended a 10-pitch at-bat with a bases-clearing double in third inning, helping the Atlanta Braves give rookie Lance Lynn his first loss and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. Tommy Hanson (4-3) allowed one run in five innings with nine strikeouts and Martin Prado, Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla each had an RBI in a three-run seventh. The Braves had lost seven in a row in St. Louis before Friday and swept the Cardinals for the first time since Sept. 11-13, 2009, also in St. Louis. Lynn (6-1) missed a chance to become the franchise’s first pitcher to win his first seven starts of the season dating to 1920, according to STATS LLC. Carlos Beltran homered for the sixth time in six games with his league-leading 13th of the season and Allen Craig hit a three-run homer off Cristhian Martinez in the ninth for his third hit of the game.

The Cards take on the Chicago Cubs this (Monday) evening. Pre-game coverage begins at 5:10, with the first pitch at 6:05, on AM 1220 and FM 101.1, KJAN.

Beachy, Bourn Lead Braves to 7-2 Win Over Cards

Sports

May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brandon Beachy pitched six innings of one-run ball and helped himself with an RBI single, Michael Bourn added a solo homer and the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 Saturday night. Beachy (4-1) allowed only two singles and lowered his ERA to 1.60, fifth best in the NL. He struck out six and walked four. Bourn went 3 for 6 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and the homer was his first since Aug. 19, 2011, against Arizona. Atlanta did most of its damage against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (2-4). Wainwright had won all six career starts he’d made against his former team, but he lasted just 4 1-3 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, with five walks and five strikeouts. The Cards and the Braves face off again Sunday afternoon, beginning at 12:20, on AM 1220 KJAN.

Iowa Girl Gets Tebow Jersey After Prom

Sports

May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KINGSLEY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa high school senior who took a cardboard cutout of Tim Tebow to her prom at Kingsley-Pierson High School has received a signed jersey from the NFL quarterback. Rachel Bird decided the Tebow cutout was a better date than no date for last month’s prom. FRS, an energy drink company Tebow endorses, heard about Bird’s “date.” Bird told The Sioux City Journal  that the company emailed her and said a signed Tebow jersey was on the way. It arrived on Friday. Bird says she was surprised by all the attention but is focusing on a more important task. She has a speech to deliver on Sunday as the valedictorian for her class of 28 students.

Cubs Place Marmol on DL with Injured Hamstring

Sports

May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Cubs placed right-hander Carlos Marmol on the 15-day disabled list because of an injured hamstring. The Cubs made the move Saturday and called up righty Casey Coleman from Triple-A Iowa. Marmol was hurt Friday night while pitching during the seventh inning in a game against Milwaukee. He returned to Chicago to have an MRI, which revealed the injury. Marmol is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA in 15 games this season. “He was really sore when he was walking out last night and it seemed to actually be getting worse,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. Coleman was 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA in seven appearances at Iowa, including six starts. He is expected in Milwaukee on Saturday, but not in time for the first pitch against the Brewers.

Don Nelson an Iowa Graduate 50 Years Later

Sports

May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Hall of Fame basketball coach Don Nelson returned to the University of Iowa on Saturday to receive his bachelor’s degree in physical education, 50 years after leaving school for the NBA. Nelson left school in 1962 needing to finish eight hours of Spanish and a student-teaching requirement. Meanwhile, Nelson took classes as a player with the Celtics and coach in Golden State. This year, the university finally agreed to waive his student-teaching requirement because of Nelson’s three-plus decades coaching in the NBA. Nelson, the all-time winningest coach in NBA history with 1,355 wins, says it’s never too late to get a degree. He said he was inspired to get his degree by Shaquille O’Neal, who recently went back to LSU and got his degree.

Saturday Sports Podcast, May 12th 2012

Podcasts, Sports

May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

National and Local Sports News, with KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

Dullahan Passing on Preakness, Will Await Belmont

Sports

May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The owners of third-place Kentucky Derby finisher Dullahan say the colt won’t be running in the Preakness Stakes on May 19.  Trainer Dale Romans says the Preakness would be Dullahan’s third race in just five weeks and the horse would be “best served” by sitting it out.  Dullahan will run next in the Belmont Stakes on June 9, the final leg of the Triple Crown races.

Braves Outlast Cardinals 9-7 in 12 Innings

Sports

May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning and the Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis 9-7 on Friday night, ruining the Cardinals’ celebration honoring former manager Tony La Russa. Dan Uggla homered and Michael Bourn had three hits for the Braves. Craig Kimbrel gave up a hit but struck out two for his NL-leading 11th save in 12 chances. Carlos Beltran homered twice during a four-hit day for the Cardinals that also included a two-run triple. Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig also went deep. A sellout crowd was on hand to watch the Cardinals retire La Russa’s No. 10 in a pregame ceremony that included several of the managers’ former players.

State Track & Field Qualifiers Announced

Sports

May 11th, 2012 by Jim Field

The full list of qualifiers for the boys and girls state track championships were announced Friday afternoon.  Many of the qualifiers earned automatic bids Thursday night at the district meets.  The rest were determined by the next best efforts statewide.  Click on the links below to see the full list in each class.