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Rain forces Chiefs’ practice to indoors Friday


August 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Fans will have to wait at least a day to see the Kansas City Chiefs’ new presumptive backup quarterback. Rain forced the team into the indoor facility on the campus of Missouri Western State University for practice Friday, which took place hours after Nick Foles signed a one-year contract with an option for a second year. The move reunites him with coach Andy Reid, who drafted him out of Arizona in 2012 while with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Pacific Coast League Baseball: Scores (8/5) & Schedule (8/6-7)


August 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Friday’s Games

Memphis 11, Omaha 5

New Orleans 3, Iowa 0

Saturday’s Games
Omaha at Memphis, 6-p.m. (CDT)

New Orleans at Iowa, 7-p.m. (CDT)

Sunday’s Games
Oklahoma City at Iowa, 4-p.m. (CDT)

Colorado Springs at Omaha, 5-p.m. (CDT)

Garcia shuts down Braves, has RBI single in Cards’ 1-0 win


August 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaime Garcia pitched eight scoreless innings and had an RBI single to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night. Garcia (8-8) struck out 11 as he topped the 100-strikeout mark for the third time in his career.

He pitched out of a two-on, no out jam in the fourth, striking out Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp before getting Adonis Garcia to ground out. Freeman and Kemp, third and fourth in the Braves’ lineup, were a combined 0 for 6 against Jaime Garcia with five strikeouts. Garcia’s two-out single in the second drove in Matt Holliday.

Garcia needed just 89 pitches to get through eight innings, facing three batters over the minimum. Seung Hwan Oh got the last three outs for his ninth save. Braves right-hander Joel De La Cruz (0-4) gave up the run and two hits with five walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Both teams are in action this (Saturday) evening at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. You can catch the pre-game at 5:20-p.m., with the 1st pitch at 6:15, on KJAN.

Ferentz talks about new season


August 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says a new season brings a new challenge. The Hawkeyes open practice with high expectations after rolling to a 12-0 regular season record in 2015. He says “Every year you try to win every game. I think every coach has that goal certainly, but rarely do you accomplish it, so it was a special year. But there are still things we can improve on, things we have to work on. The other big thing is, like every team in America, we’re a new team. We’re not the same team we were a year ago. We’ve got some new opportunities, certainly for a lot of challenges, and hopefully the next month and a half here we’ll work through some of those.”

Ferentz says last season was also proof of just how slim the margin is for the Hawkeyes. “The key thing” he says, “Is that we won 12 games…outside of one. There wasn’t one of us who was relaxed in the last four minutes, so it’s just an illustration of how close things are. Certainly in our conference they are.” The point being, he says “We’ve got a lot of work to do, just to win one game right now, let alone 12. That’s where our focus has to be, to see if we can get into position to win our first game.”

Ferentz says leadership was a key element in Iowa’s success last season and they need a new group of leaders to emerge. “We had 21 Seniors that did a fantastic job. Only one NFL draft pick in the whole group, so it gives you an idea of the collective power that those guys had. To that point, we’ve got to have other guys ascend now to take that spot. I think we have those people. What I’m most concerned about probably, is who’s going to fill the void underneath, as those guys emerge. That’s where the younger players have to step up. I think we got a glimpse of that this Spring. Certainly the next month here we’ll learn a lot more about our team and if guys are ready to step up and meet those kinds of challenges.”

Ferentz says the coaches got a glimpse of their potential during spring practice and are now looking forward to finding out how good they can be. He said “It’s interesting: you only have 15 days in the Spring. 12 of those are in pads. Now you move into [training] camp and it’s 29 practices…the concentration on football is a little bit more intense. I think we’ll learn more about our team here, and like every coach in America, just curious to see what games we’ve made, who’s ready to really step in there and do a good job, and provide and leadership, those kinds of things.”

Iowa opens at home on September third against Miami of Ohio.

(Learfield Sports)

UNI sees lots of new faces as fall practice begins


August 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Northern Iowa football coach Mark Farley met with the media today (Friday) and says with a lot of new faces, he’ll depend on his staff to bring them along. “As I look at this football team moving into a media day with only one practice behind it, I think the best opportunity that we have is going to start with the coaching staff. I think the coaching staff has been the stable part of what we’ve done over all the years,” according to Farley.

One area where there is experience is at quarterback. Aaron Bailey has the skill set and has the experience now, and his game could be as good as he develops it too…..he’s put the time in, now we know his skill set,” Farley says. Another experienced leader is on defense. He says Karter Schult is a leader and another self -made, self-developed player form Tripoli who represents what it means to be a U-N-I player. Farley says Schult has gotten a lot of preseason recognition and hopefully he can earn some post-season recognition too.

Farley says the new faces in camp will add the depth that has been missing. Farley says the team was lean in the spring due to injury and the size of the graduating class. He has filled out the roster with a mix of players. There are several freshmen, and a transfer from Fresno State, Florida State and Northern Illinois. “So we have some young men that came in with some experience and some maturity to them, and yet we have some young men who came from some great programs who have a lot of confidence,” Farley says.

The Panthers open the season September 3rd in Ames against Iowa State.

(Learfield Sports)

NVT to hold Kids Bike Ride Aug. 13th in Atlantic

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

August 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Cass County Conservation report the Nishna Valley Trails group is hosting a Kids Bike Ride August 13th, 2016 beginning at 10:30-a.m. Check-in and start of the ride both take place in the west parking lot of the Schildberg Recreation Area, in Atlantic.

There are three age groups, with each ride length according to age. The event is FREE, and all ages welcome. The ride is co-sponsored by Atlantic Parks and Recreation, Cass County Conservation, Howard’s, Fareway, and West Side Diner, in Atlantic.

If you have any questions, call Cass County Interpretive Naturalist Lora Kanning, at 712-769-2372. After the ride, you check out Atlanticfest going on in the downtown area!

Chiefs Announce Signing of Quarterback Nick Foles


August 5th, 2016 by Jim Field

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs announced the signing of quarterback Nick Foles on Friday, giving them a veteran backup to Alex Smith and alleviating one of the biggest question marks on the roster.

The sides had agreed to terms of a contract earlier this week.

Foles was granted his release from the Rams this past summer after they chose quarterback Jared Goff with the first pick in the NFL draft. Foles had been linked to the Cowboys before deciding to sign with Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who originally drafted him in Philadelphia.

Foles was expected to begin practicing with the Chiefs on Friday.

Kansas City was poised to begin the season with Aaron Murray, Tyler Bray or rookie Kevin Hogan as the No. 2 quarterback. None of them have taken a meaningful snap in the NFL.


(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 8/5/2016

Podcasts, Sports

August 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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


Brian Brown and Natasha Kaiser-Brown leaving Drake University


August 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The long-time director of the Drake Relays is leaving. Brian Brown and his wife Natasha Kaiser-Brown are taking jobs at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Brian Brown led the Relays for 11 years and is credited with expanding its scope in the Des Moines metro. Des Moines-native and Olympic silver medalist Natasha Kaiser-Brown has guided the Drake track and field program for 15 years.

Brian will be an assistant athletic director at Missouri, where he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees. Natasha will be an associate head coach for track and field at the school from which she graduated.

(Radio Iowa)

Phillips leads Reds over Cardinals 7-0 for rare series win


August 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Phillips had three hits and left-hander Brandon Finnegan allowed two hits in six innings on Thursday, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-0 victory and a rare series win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Reds took two of three, giving them only their fifth series win in the last 23 between the NL Central rivals. For the first time since 1999, the Reds have won six straight series after the All-Star break. Phillips had a single and a pair of doubles, scored three times and drove in a run against former teammate Mike Leake (8-9). Ramon Cabrera drove in three runs, and Eugenio Suarez knocked in a pair.

Finnegan (7-8) allowed a pair of singles, and the bullpen gave up three more while closing out Cincinnati’s fourth shutout, which is tied with Milwaukee and Pittsburgh for the fewest in the NL.