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Thursday Volleyball Results


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Hawkeye 10:

  • (2-0) Shenandoah 26-25, Southwest Valley 24-17
  • (3-0) St. Albert 25-27-25, Clarinda 11-25-22

Western Iowa Conference Tournament Finals:

  • 1st – (3-0) Treynor 25-25-25, IKM-Manning 22-14-13
  • 3rd – (3-2) Tri-Center 19-25-20-25-15, Griswold 25-17-25-23-8


  • (2-1) CB Thomas Jefferson 18-25-15, Southwest Valley 25-16-3
  • (3-1) Dallas Center-Grimes 25-20-25-25, A-D-M 12-25-14-20
  • (3-0) Earlham 25-25-25, West Central Valley 22-17-18
  • (3-0) Fremont-Mills 25-25-25, Nishnabotna 13-19-13
  • (3-0) Stanton 25-25-25, Sidney 15-21-22
  • (3-0) Woodward-Granger 25-25-25, Guthrie Center 14-22-22

Ishikawa 3-run homer sends Giants to World Series


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the San Francisco Giants to the World Series with a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

These every-other-year Giants clinched the NL Championship Series in Game 5 and now will face the Royals in an all wild-card Fall Classic that begins Tuesday night in Kansas City.

Pablo Sandoval singled to start the ninth against Michael Wacha, making his first appearance of the postseason for the Cardinals. After an out, Brandon Belt walked to bring up Ishikawa, who drove a 2-0 pitch into the elevated seats in right field.

Warriors beat Nuggets 104-101


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — James Michael McAdoo scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors rallied to beat the Nuggets 104-101 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory. Golden State’s Klay Thompson added 18 points in the first NBA exhibition game in Des Moines since 1997.

The Nuggets led by 13 heading into the fourth quarter. But the Warriors (4-0) retook the lead, 100-99, on Jason Kapono’s 3-pointer with 1:47 left, and Harrison Barnes sealed it with a jumper with 6.8 seconds left. Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov each scored 18 points for Denver (1-4), which dropped its third straight game.

The game marked Barnes’s return to his native Iowa. He finished with five points.

Wisconsin picked to win Big Ten in media vote


October 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) – Wisconsin is the unanimous pick to win the Big Ten, and the Badgers’ Frank Kaminsky is the Preseason Player of the Year.

Wisconsin returns four starters after going 30-8 and reaching the Final Four. In the vote by conference media announced Thursday, the Badgers beat out Michigan State, last year’s Big Ten tournament champion, and Ohio State.

Kaminsky averaged 13.9 points and 6.3 rebounds as a junior last season. He is joined on the all-conference team by Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Michigan’s Caris LeVert, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker.

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. KJAN Sports w/Jim Field, 10/16/2014

Podcasts, Sports

October 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson


Royals hold off Orioles 2-1, finish ALCS sweep


October 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — With more dominant defense, an opportunistic offense that plated two runs in the first inning and a bullpen that shut down the Baltimore Orioles once again, Greg Holland and the Kansas City Royals wrapped up a sweep of the AL Championship Series with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday. Next stop: the Royals’ first World Series since 1985, when they last made the playoffs.

Kansas City hosts the first two games beginning Tuesday against the winner of the NLCS between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals. Jason Vargas combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, with Holland earning his fourth save of the ALCS. It was the first time the AL East champion Orioles have been swept in 21 postseason series.

Giants beat Cardinals 6-4, move 1 win from Series


October 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of some clunky defense by St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams, beating the Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night to move within one victory of the World Series. Chasing their third title in five years, the Giants lead the best-of-seven NL Championship Series 3-1 after poor throws cost the Cardinals yet again.

October ace Madison Bumgarner can pitch San Francisco to another pennant Thursday night at home in Game 5. Struggling All-Star Adam Wainwright starts for St. Louis, now facing the same daunting deficit the Giants overcame to beat the Cardinals in the 2012 NLCS.

Kansas City awaits the winner after completing its ALCS sweep of Baltimore earlier in the day. The wild-card Royals will host Game 1 of the World Series next Tuesday night.

ISU’s Hogue confident about the season


October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Kansas was picked to finish first in the Big 12 by the league’s coaches. If it comes to fruition, that would be 11 straight titles for the Jayhawks. But not everyone is convinced Kansas will dominate. “We actually had a practice and the next day we saw the preseason rankings,” Iowa State forward Dustin Hogue said. “We realized we were No. 5 and that took the whole team by surprise. … In trying to dethrone who everybody thinks is the best team, it starts off the court.”

Hogue added, “We have to have a good season record before we even get to Kansas. If we do that, we will be a good contender.” The Jayhawks, meanwhile, are accustomed to having the league shooting for them.

“It’s a long race to the championship,” Kansas forward Jamari Traylor said. “As long as we take it one game at a time, respect our opponents, not take anything for granted, just do our thing every night, I feel that we shouldn’t lose.”

Big Slim: Niang


October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State forward Georges Niang lost about 25 pounds in the offseason, which he said was a byproduct of working out and eating right — with a little outside motivation. “Someone (tweeted) I had bigger breasts than their girlfriend,” Niang said. “I think I had a salad after that.”

He said that he had issues with fatigue last year and thought losing some weight would help. Hoiberg also met with him after a foot injury and told him to get in better shape if he wanted to improve his game.

“That’s when things took a turn for the best and I started eating right,” Niang said. “I’m healthier than I’ve ever been. I think that working on my body every day will be key for me.”

Big 12 coaches express concern about autographs


October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After every home game at Kansas, players file out of the locker room at Allen Fieldhouse and spend about 15 or 20 minutes signing autographs. Sometimes, there will be hundreds of fans — many of them children — waiting for their favorite player. These days, a seemingly innocent way to connect with fans is triggering red flags.

High-profile cases of college football players signing autographs for money, a violation of NCAA rules, has coaches on edge in all college sports — including basketball. Johnny Manziel was investigated last year, though no wrongdoing was found, and Georgia’s Todd Gurley was suspended recently as the NCAA investigates him, too.

“We’ve run it through our compliance in the past and have ways to handle it,” Kansas coach Bill Self said Wednesday during the Big 12’s annual basketball media day. “Somebody asks for an autograph, the perfect thing to say is, ‘Who do you want me to make it out to?’ If they say, ‘Don’t — just sign your name,’ well, then you automatically know it could be for sale, and with you having no knowledge of it,” Self said.

Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg said coaches talk to their players “all the time, until you’re blue in the face,” but that it’s still hard to monitor everything. “They’re 18- and 19-year old kids,” Hoiberg said. “They spend a lot more time on their own than they do with the coaches. You do as much as you possibly can by trying to educate them.”