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Chiefs add long-snapper Winchester as overhaul continues


March 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have signed long snapper James Winchester to a two-year contract, yet another move in what has turned into a massive roster overhaul this offseason. The signing Friday came one day after the Chiefs traded a fifth-round draft pick to New Orleans for Pro Bowl offensive guard Ben Grubbs and signed offensive lineman Paul Fanaika, a former Cardinals starter.

Kansas City also signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and safety Tyvon Branch this week, and released veteran wide receiver Dwayne Bowe in a cost-saving move. Kansas City now has three long snappers on the roster in Winchester, Brandon Hartson and Jorgen Hus, which means the club appears to be moving on from incumbent Thomas Gafford.

(Podcast) KJAN Sports report, 3/13/2015

Podcasts, Sports

March 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.


Friday Boys State Basketball Schedule


March 13th, 2015 by Jim Field

Class 1-A Consolation

  • Earlham 63, Danville 52

Class 2-A Consolation

  • Pella Christian 64, Aplington-Parkersburg 51

Class 4-A Semifinals

  • North Scott 57, Iowa City West 51
  • Pleasant Valley 42, Des Moines Hoover 40

Class 1-A Championship

  •  Gladbrook-Reinbeck 64, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 52

Class 2-A Championship

  • Treynor 51, Iowa City Regina 46

Thursday Boys State Basketball Results


March 13th, 2015 by Jim Field

Class 1-A Semifinals:

  • Gladbrook-Reinbeck 60, Earlham 45
  • Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 59, Danville 57

Class 2-A Semifinals:

  • Treynor 74, Aplington-Parkersburg 70 (OT) – All five Treynor starters scored in double figures and both Trey Robinson (16 pts/13 reb) and Jacob Flathers (12 pts/13 reb) had double-doubles to lead the Cardinals to the title game.
  • Iowa City Regina 55,  Pella Christian 33

Class 3-A Semifinals:

  • LeMars 64, Williamsburg 57 (2OT)
  • Dubuque Wahlert Catholic 67, Cedar Rapids Xavier 54

Morris hits game-winner, No. 13 Cyclones beat Texas 69-67


March 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Monte Morris rose up and hit an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer, capping a 12-0 closing run that lifted No. 13 Iowa State to a 69-67 victory over Texas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night. Morris finished with 24 points for the second-seeded Cyclones (23-8), who trailed by 16 points before clawing back into the game. Still, Iowa State trailed 67-57 with less than 4 minutes to go when it unleashed a full-court press that helped it draw even.

Morris’s 3-pointer with 1:42 left tied it at 67, and the teams swapped empty possessions before Texas (20-13) got the ball back with 38.1 seconds left. Isaiah Taylor allowed the shot clock to melt down before driving the lane and missing a running jumper. Texas ( 20-13) got the rebound and kicked it out to Javan Felix, but he misfired on a long 3-pointer and the Cyclones’ Dustin Hogue grabbed the long rebound and called timeout.

With 5.8 seconds left, Hogue took the inbounds pass and race dup court, found Morris in the corner, and the sophomore guard calmly rose up over the Longhorns’ Demarcus Holland for the game-winning shot — sending the Cyclones streaming off the bench into a jubilant pile. Georges Niang added 22 points for the defending tournament champion Cyclones, who advanced to play the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State winner in the semifinals Friday night.

Penn State rallies past Iowa 67-58 in Big Ten tournament


March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — D.J. Newbill scored 18 points, and Penn State shut down Iowa in the second half of a 67-58 victory on Thursday in the Big Ten tournament. Ross Travis added 17 points and seven rebounds for the 13th-seeded Nittany Lions, who advanced with a 68-65 victory over Nebraska on the first day of the tourney. Geno Thorpe scored seven of his 11 points in the second half.

Next up for Penn State (18-15) is a quarterfinal matchup with Purdue on Friday at the United Center. It’s the best Big Ten run for the Nittany Lions since they lost to Ohio State in the 2011 final. Aaron White had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Iowa (21-11), which had won six in a row and eight of 10. Jarrod Uthoff finished with 17 points and seven boards.

AP sources: Saints trade Grubbs to Chiefs for 5th-rounder


March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Two people familiar with the deal say the New Orleans Saints have traded starting left guard Ben Grubbs to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a fifth-round draft choice. The people spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because neither club had announced the trade. The move gives the Chiefs a veteran offensive lineman who was named to Pro Bowls in 2011 and 2013, while giving the Saints not just an additional draft pick, but also more flexibility under the NFL’s salary cap.

Grubbs, an eight-year veteran out of Auburn, is due a base salary of $6.5 million this season. He began his NFL career in Baltimore in 2007, starting 12 games as a rookie. Grubbs joined New Orleans in 2012.

Chiefs release former Pro Bowl WR Dwayne Bowe


March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs released wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on Thursday, parting ways with a fan favorite who will finish his career as the franchise’s third-leading receiver. Bowe would have counted $14 million against the salary cap this season, a massive number for a player whose production has been on the decline. Bowe still had 60 catches for 754 yards last season, but he was part of a wide receiver corps that failed to catch a touchdown pass.

Bowe signed a $56 million, five-year contract just two years ago, one of the first big moves for general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid after taking over the franchise. The Chiefs have already signed a replacement in Jeremy Maclin, who was introduced during a news conference Wednesday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Reynolds homers off Norris, Cardinals beat Orioles


March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Mark Reynolds hit his first home run of the spring, connecting off Bud Norris as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 Thursday. Reynolds, who signed a one-year, $2 million free agent contract in the offseason, hit a three-run homer in the third inning.

Tony Cruz doubled and singled for St. Louis, making him 5 for 8 in exhibition play. Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia gave up one run and two hits in four innings.

Iowa Senate OKs bill to let fantasy sports players win

News, Sports

March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill that would allow a person in Iowa to win money in fantasy sports contests. The Senate voted 32-16 to approve the bill Thursday. It now heads to the House, where lawmakers are considering a similar bill. Current law allows people in Iowa to participate in fantasy sports contests, but they can’t win prizes. This bill would allow winnings.

Fantasy sports contests typically let participants build teams online that compete against other user-generated teams. A similar bill failed in the Senate last year. Democratic Sen. Jeff Danielson, chairman of the state government committee, says the bill would align with laws in over 40 other states.

Some lawmakers expressed concern about the out-of-state companies running fantasy sports contests and the amount of money they may collect.