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Iowa defense struggles in opener

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The hope for Iowa was that a deep and talented defensive line would help mask its inexperience at linebacker and in the secondary. A line can only do so much.

The back end of the Hawkeyes defense was exposed in last weekend’s 31-23 win over FCS rival Northern Iowa. Quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen threw for 380 yards, and nearly half of that total came on three short throws to running back David Johnson over the middle.

Iowa (1-0) knows it’ll have to get those glaring mistakes corrected this week as it prepares to host Ball State (1-0) on Saturday.

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. Sports, 9/2/2014

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN Sports Director Jim Field.

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Armed with new deal, Chiefs’ Smith looks forward

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith didn’t have much choice when he was traded from San Francisco to Kansas City last year. He had the final say when it came to staying with the Chiefs, though. One day after signing a four-year extension that should solidify his future through the 2018 season, Smith expressed relief at being able to focus solely on football — rather than negotiations that had been going on for months, and that were threatening to bleed into the regular season.

Smith said he made it clear to his agent, Tom Condon, he wanted an agreement done before the start of the season. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said that was also his goal. The Chiefs open the regular season against Tennessee on Sunday.

A-P High School Football Poll after week 1 (released 9/1/14)

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September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Top Ten teams in the first Associated Press Iowa high school football polls of the 2014 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:
Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. West Des Moines Dowling (8) 1-0 89 –
2. Waukee (1) 1-0 80 –
3. Bettendorf 1-0 70 –
4. Cedar Rapids Washington 1-0 52 –
5. Ankeny Centennial 1-0 46 –
6. Johnston 1-0 36 –
7. West Des Moines Valley 0-1 28 –
8. Eldridge North Scott 1-0 27 –
(tie) Cedar Falls 1-0 27 –
10. Iowa City West 1-0 16 –

Others receiving votes: 11, Sioux City East (1-0) 13. 12, Urbandale (1-0) 3. 12, Marion Linn-Mar (1-0) 3. 14, Council Bluffs Lincoln (1-0) 2. 14, Ankeny (1-0) 2. 16, Ottumwa (1-0) 1.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Pella (3) 1-0 80 –
2. Solon (3) 1-0 73 –
3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (3) 1-0 67 –
4. Manchester West Delaware 1-0 48 –
5. Harlan 1-0 46
6. Sioux City Heelan 0-1 33 –
(tie) Waverly-Shell Rock 1-0 33 –
8. Davenport Assumption 0-1 29 –
9. Gilbert 1-0 25 –
10. Humboldt 1-0 24 –

Others receiving votes: 11, Carroll (1-0) 23. 12, Bondurant Farrar (1-0) 8. 13, Boyden-Hull-RV (1-0) 3. 14, Huxley Ballard (1-0) 2. 15, Dallas Center-Grimes (1-0) 1.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. Clear Lake (6) 1-0 85 –
2. New Hampton (1) 1-0 61 –
3. West Union North Fayette 1-0 58 –
4. Central Lyon-GLR (2) 1-0 57 –
5. Spirit Lake 1-0 53 –
6. Williamsburg 1-0 43 –
7. Cascade 1-0 39 –
8. Albia 1-0 31 –
9. Sioux Center 1-0 21 –
10. Mediapolis 1-0 16 –

Others receiving votes: 11, Hampton-Dumont (1-0) 12. 12, Dyersville Beckman (1-0) 10. 13, Baxter CMB (1-0) 5. 14, Tama South Tama (1-0) 3. 15, Clarion-Goldfield (1-0) 1.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Iowa City Regina (7) 0-1 81 –
2. Calmar South Winneshiek (1) 1-0 76 –
3. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (1) 1-0 70 –
4. West Branch 1-0 56 –
5. Dike-New Hartford 1-0 47 –
6. St. Ansgar 1-0 38 –
7. Emmetsburg 1-0 31 –
8. Manson-NW Webster 1-0 20 –
9. Sigourney-Keota 1-0 16 –
10. Ogden 1-0 14 –

Others receiving votes: 11, Sumner-Fredericksburg (1-0) 13. 12, Hinton (1-0) 10. 13, Inwood West Lyon (0-1) 7. 14, IKM/Manning (1-0) 6. 15, Stanwood North Cedar (1-0) 4. 16, Jewell South Hamilton (1-0) 2. 16, Madrid (1-0) 2. 18, Pella Christian (1-0) 1. 18, South Central Calhoun (1-0) 1.

Class A
Record Pts Prv
1. Delhi Maquoketa Valley (2) 1-0 83 –
2. Council Bluffs St. Albert (6) 1-0 81 –
3. Logan-Magnolia 1-0 55 –
4. Ackley AGWSR 1-0 52 –
5. Packwood Pekin (1) 1-0 47 –
6. Fairbank Wapsie Valley 1-0 36 –
7. Nashua-Plainfield 1-0 34 –
8. Lawton-Bronson 1-0 31 –
9. Lone Tree 1-0 16 –
10. Algona Garrigan 0-1 14 –

Others receiving votes: 11, Gladbrook-Reinbeck (0-1) 10. 12, Audubon (1-0) 8. 13, Mount Ayr (0-1) 7. 14, Earlham (1-0) 6. 14, Brooklyn BGM (0-1) 6. 16, Montezuma (1-0) 4. 17, Belmond-Klemme (1-0) 2. 18, Danville (1-0) 1. 18, Belle Plaine (1-0) 1. 18, Hawarden West Sioux (1-0) 1.

Class 8-Man
Record Pts Prv
1. Gilbertville-Don Bosco (1) 1-0 74 –
(tie) Elk Horn-Kimballton Exira (4) 1-0 74 –
3. Fremont Mills, Tabor (2) 1-0 63 –
4. East Mills (2) 1-0 50 –
5. Janesville 1-0 49 –
6. Marcus MMC 1-0 40 –
7. HLV, Victor 1-0 30 –
8. Jackson Junction Turkey Valley 1-0 27 –
(tie) Glidden-Ralston 1-0 27 –
10. West Bend-Mallard 1-0 21 –

Others receiving votes: 11, Springville (1-0) 8. 12, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire (1-0) 7. 12, Melcher-Dallas (1-0) 7. 14, Elkader Central (1-0) 6. 15, Guthrie Center (1-0) 4. 15, Coon Rapids-Bayard (1-0) 4. 17, Anita CAM (1-0) 3. 18, Adair-Casey (0-1) 1.

Holliday, Wong lead Cardinals past Pirates, 5-4

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September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Matt Holliday had the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning after Kolten Wong’s pinch-hit homer tied the score, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. St. Louis took sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time this season with its third straight win. The Cardinals moved one game ahead of Milwaukee, which lost to the Chicago Cubs.

St. Louis scored three in the seventh. Wong homered off Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole (7-5) to tie the score at 4-all. Jon Jay followed with a triple and scored on Holliday’s single to left. Holliday, who also had a two-run double in the third, is 7 for 11 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in the last three games.

Seth Maness (6-3) picked up win in relief. Trevor Rosenthal got the last three outs for his 41st save.

Iowa State football off to another awful start

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September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — One of the defining qualities of Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is his ability to generate optimism in lieu of success. It’s going to be tough to keep selling hope after another awful start.

The Cyclones (0-1) didn’t just drop their first game for the second year in a row. They fell at home, 34-14, to North Dakota State — an FCS program with 22 fewer scholarships, a new coach and a new quarterback.

Considering what lies ahead for the Cyclones in the coming weeks, starting Saturday against Kansas State (1-0), Rhoads’ stated goal of a bowl win this season already seems a bit out of reach.

ISU WR Bundrage out for season

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September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State wide receiver Quenton Bundrage is out for the season with a knee injury. Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads said Monday that Bundrage tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Saturday’s loss to North Dakota State. Bundrage, who led the Cyclones with 48 catches for 676 yards and 9 TDs last season, injured his knee just four plays into a 34-14 loss to the Bison.

Rhaods says freshman Allen Lazard and transfer D’Vario Montgomery will likely get more playing time in Bundrage’s absence. Iowa State (0-1) hosts Kansas State (1-0) on Saturday.

(Podcast) 7:18-a.m. Sports, 9-1-2014

Podcasts, Sports

September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Kemper, Frederiksen win Des Moines triathlon

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September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — American Hunter Kemper finally won the Hy-Vee Triathlon Sunday in Des Moines after finishing as the runner up three years in a row. The Des Moines Register reports Kemper, who is a four-time Olympian, finished the race in 1 hour, 44 minutes, 43 seconds. It was the 38-year-old’s first win this year.

Helle Frederiksen of Denmark won the women’s race 1 hour, 54 minutes, 44 seconds. Both winners claimed $100,000 for finishing first.

Cardinals overcome 5-run deficit to beat Cubs 9-6

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August 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Matt Holliday hit his third home run in two games and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single, rallying the St. Louis Cardinals past the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on Sunday. Holliday had three hits and four RBIs for the Cardinals, who began the day one game behind first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.

St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong left in the top of the eighth after falling backward when he tried to catch a popup in short right field. He appeared to hurt his head and shoulder, and was replaced by Pete Kozma.

Kozma, in his third stint with St. Louis this season, led off the bottom half with a double. It was his second hit in four at-bats this year. After failing to get down two bunt attempts, Daniel Descalso got the third one down and beat Carlos Villanueva’s throw to first for a single.