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AP source: Chiefs sign RB Hyde to $2.8M contract for 2019


March 9th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The Kansas City Chiefs bolstered their young, relatively unproven backfield Saturday by signing veteran running back Carlos Hyde to a $2.8 million contract for the 2019 season. The deal includes $1.6 million guaranteed, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not disclosed. The 28-year-old Hyde was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, and the Chiefs moved swiftly in inviting him for a visit. They were seeking help behind Damien Williams and Darrel Williams, who became their top two running backs when Kareem Hunt was released last season.

“We certainly like a bigger back,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said during last week’s scouting combine. “I certainly have a thing for 220-pound backs that can run and catch and block.” The 6-foot, 229-pound Hyde certainly fits that mold. He was a second-round pick of the 49ers in 2014, and he came within 50 yards of eclipsing 1,000 twice during his four-year stay in San Francisco. Hyde signed a $15 million, three-year deal with the Browns last season, but he appeared in just six games before a midseason trade to Jacksonville. Hyde wound up making two starts and appearing in eight games for the Jaguars, though he never made much of an impact. He finished with 58 carries for 189 yards and never reached the end zone, and the Jaguars decided Friday to release him when no trade opportunities materialized.

Still, he represents a low-risk, high-upside addition to a dynamic Chiefs offense. With league MVP Patrick Mahomes under center, the Chiefs shattered just about every franchise record — and quite a few NFL marks — while reaching the AFC title game last season. And while most of their pressing issues lie on defense, Veach and Chiefs coach Andy Reid said they’d be open to any offseason moves that could potentially put them over the hump. Damien Williams is expected to remain the starter after he assumed Hunt’s job, and he gouged Indianapolis for 129 yards rushing in the playoffs. In fact, Williams was so steady that Kansas City signed him in December to a two-year extension worth up to $8.1 million.

“He just needed an opportunity. And when the opportunity presented itself, he kind of took it and ran with it. That is why we extended him,” Veach said. “He’s always been a talented player. He can run, catch and block. He can really do everything. He was great on special teams. I would say going into the offseason and going into the 2019 season, it’s Damien’s job to lose.”
He’ll have a little more competition now, though.

No. 8 Texas Tech beats Iowa State 80-73, clinches Big 12


March 9th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Jarrett Culver scored a career-high 31 points, Davide Moretti added 20 and No. 8 Texas Tech clinched its first Big 12 regular-season title Saturday by beating Iowa State 80-73.

Matt Mooney added 13 points for the Red Raiders (26-5, 14-4 Big 12), winners of nine straight heading into the postseason. Their last league crown came in the defunct Southwestern Conference in 1996.

Lindell Wigginton and Marial Shayok each scored 17 points for the Cyclones (20-11, 9-9), who have lost six of eight. The Cyclones tweaked their lineup after a 90-75 loss at West Virginia on Wednesday. Freshman George Conditt got the rotational front court minutes typically given to sophomore Cam Lard, and senior Zoran Talley was a much bigger part of the game plan.

Coach Steve Prohm likes to settle on a rotation in December and stick with it, so it’ll be interesting to see if those changes remain in the Big 12 tournament.
The league tournament starts Wednesday in Kansas City.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 3/9/19

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March 9th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast with Ric Hanson.


Northern Iowa, Drake meet in MVC semis


March 9th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

A spot in the MVC championship game is up for grabs as Northern Iowa and Drake are set to face off this (Saturday) evening, in St. Louis. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Feb. 9, when Northern Iowa made only four foul shots on six attempts while the Bulldogs hit 17 of 18 en route to a six-point victory. Tip-off at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis is at 5:05 p.m. CST

Drake’s Nick McGlynn has averaged 15.2 points and 8.3 rebounds while Tremell Murphy has put up 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds. For the Panthers, AJ Green has averaged 14.9 points while Wyatt Lohaus has put up 9.9 points. Green has connected on 34.2 percent of the 193 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 21 over his last five games. He’s also made 85.7 percent of his foul shots this season.

The Bulldogs have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Panthers. Drake has 41 assists on 75 field goals (54.7 percent) across its previous three contests while Northern Iowa has assists on 30 of 63 field goals (47.6 percent) during its past three games. Drake is rated first among MVC teams with an average of 76 points per game.

Murphy leads Drake past Illinois St. 78-62 in MVC tourney


March 9th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tremell Murphy had a season-high 26 points as Drake got past Illinois State 78-62 in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tourney on Friday night. Anthony Murphy had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Drake (24-8). Noah Thomas added 13 points. Liam Robbins had three blocks for the hosts. Illinois State put up 17 points in the first half, a season low for the team. Phil Fayne had 18 points for the Redbirds (17-16). Milik Yarbrough added 11 points and seven rebounds.

N. Iowa beats S. Illinois 61-58; Barry Hinson will step down


March 9th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wyatt Lohaus had 21 points as Northern Iowa narrowly beat Southern Illinois 61-58 in the Missouri Valley Conference Tourney quarterfinals on Friday night. Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson announced he would be stepping down after the loss. Hinson coached the Salukis since the 2012-13 season and spent nine years at Missouri State before that. Hinson never made an NCAA Tournament appearance in his 17 years as a Division I coach. He and the chancellor agreed last March that he would step down if the Salukis didn’t make the NIT or NCAA tourney this year.

Trae Berhow had 11 points for Northern Iowa (15-17). Luke McDonnell added seven rebounds. Kavion Pippen had 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Salukis (17-15). Armon Fletcher added 14 points and six rebounds.

Midwest Sports Headlines: 3/9/2019


March 9th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Megan Gustafson scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to help No. 10 Iowa pull away late for a 70-61 victory over Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. The regular-season runner-up Hawkeyes have won nine of their last 10 and will make their first semifinal appearance since 2014 on Saturday. Tenth-seeded Indiana was led by Ali Patberg with 25 points.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State star Marial Shayok is a game-time decision for a matchup against No. 8 Texas Tech because of a sprained pinkie toe. Shayok, who is averaging a team-high 18.7 points per game, injured his foot at practice. Texas Tech has won eight in a row and five of its last six by at least 15 points. The Red Raiders can clinch at least a share of their first Big 12 title with a win.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton and TCU have placed assistant basketball coaches on administrative leave after they allegedly took $6,000 bribes from an aspiring sports agent to send clients his way. Creighton’s Preston Murphy and TCU’s Corey Baker are on leave pending internal reviews by their schools. Yahoo Sports reported Christopher Dawkins is accused of paying the bribes. Neither is expected to be charged.

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina went 1 for 2 as a designated hitter, the 36-year-old’s first game since left knee surgery in mid-December. Molina is likely to be behind the plate on Saturday, catching Adam Wainwright against Houston _ about a week ahead of the original projection for him to catch. Molina is a nine-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wyatt Lohaus had 21 points as Northern Iowa narrowly beat Southern Illinois 61-58 in the Missouri Valley Conference Tourney quarterfinals. Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson announced he would be stepping down as coach of the Salukis after the loss.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Darrell Brown had 20 points as Bradley edged past Missouri State 61-58 in the Missouri Valley Conference Tourney quarterfinals. Brown, who converted all 10 of his foul shots, made two free throws with 8.3 seconds left for a four-point edge.

Iowa Boys State Basketball Scores from 3/8/19


March 8th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Class 1A State Championship

Grand View Christian 43, Alburnett 24

Class 2A State Championship

North Linn, Troy Mills 60, Boyden-Hull 41

Class 3A State Championship

Oskaloosa 48, Norwalk 44

Class 3A State Third Place

Winterset 67, Clear Lake 49

Class 4A State Championship

Cedar Falls 44, Dubuque, Senior 41

Class 4A State Third Place

Waukee 66, North Scott, Eldridge 57

Gustafson stands tall as No. 10 Iowa holds off Indiana 70-61


March 8th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Megan Gustafson scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds Friday to help No. 10 Iowa pull away late for a 70-61 victory over Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. The Hawkeyes (24-6), the Big Ten regular-season runners-up, have won nine of their last 10 and will make their first semifinal appearance since 2014 on Saturday.

Tenth-seeded Indiana (20-12) was led by Ali Patberg with 25 points. Grace Berger added 13 points of the bench for last year’s WNIT champions. The 6-foot-3 Gustafson was simply too much for the smaller Hoosiers. She produced the highest point total in the tournament’s first nine games by going 11 of 19 from the field and matched the fifth-highest single-game rebounding total in tourney history. Gustafson also contributed four steals and four blocks.

The Hawkeyes stayed in control most of the game but struggled to put away the scrappy Hoosiers until the closing minutes. It was not a good look for a team trying to make a case to move up at least one seed line. But they still have a chance to improve their standing as they pursue their first Big Ten Tournament crown since 2001.

Gustafson drew nine fouls. … Makenzie Meyer scored all 12 of her points on 3s. … Hannah Stewart finished with nine points and 13 rebounds. … The Hawkeyes were 7 of 16 on 3s and 11 of 13 from the free-throw line.
Iowa: Faces third-seeded Rutgers in Saturday’s semifinals at 6:30-p.m.

4th through 7th grade Baseball clinic offered again in Atlantic

News, Sports

March 8th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund say they are once again proud to bring Sean O’Brien back to Atlantic to put on a baseball pitching clinic for area 4th through 7th graders.  The clinics will be held each Sunday March 3rd through April 7th.  The Atlantic Trojan Baseball coaching staff will also help work with these kids that have an interest in pitching.  Baseball was Trevor’s favorite sport so we absolutely love to see kids enjoying the sport.

Sean O’Brien (left)

Fund spokesperson (Trevor’s mom) Melanie Petty says “Everything we are able to do for the community is because of people supporting us at our annual golf tournament.  The 11th Annual TFred Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Nishna Hills Golf Club in Atlantic on Saturday, August 11th.  If you’re not a golfer there is a silent auction held all day in the clubhouse so come out and see us!  All monies raised are given back to things that Trevor had an interest in.  We are blessed that we have had such wonderful support since Trev passed away and we look forward to doing more amazing things this coming year in his memory!”

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization.