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(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 4/9/2018

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April 9th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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United States Wins 2018 UWW World Cup

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April 9th, 2018 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The United States men’s freestyle wrestling team defeated Azerbaijan 6-4 to win the gold medal match at the 2018 UWW World Cup on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Kyle Snyder’s 14-3 technical superiority win at 97 kg clinched the dual for Team USA, giving the United States its first World Cup title since 2003, its eighth overall.

The United States was 4-0 in the two-day international dual meet championship, earning wins over Azerbaijan, Japan, Georgia, and India. Japan placed third at the tournament.

Team USA won 31 of 40 individual matches, and outscored its opponents 300-78 in total match points.

Complete results and standings from the UWW World Cup are available at hawkeyesports.com/ worldcupiowacity.

USA 6, AZERBAIJAN 4
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Giorgi Edisherashvili (Azerbaijan) decision over Thomas Gilman (USA), 8-7
61 kg/134 lbs. – Kendric Maple (USA) decision over Afgan Khashalov ( Azerbaijan), 6-2
65 kg/143 lbs. – Logan Stieber (USA) decision over Haji Aliyev (Azerbaijan), 6-3
70 kg/154 lbs. – Joshgun Azimov (Azerbaijan)  decision over James Green (USA), 4-4
74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs (USA) fall over Gasjimurad  Omarov (Azerbaijan), 3:15
79 kg/174 lbs. – Kyle Dake (USA) decision over Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan), 5-3
86 kg/189 lbs. – David Taylor (USA) tech fall over Aleksander Gostiev (Azerbaijan), 12-2
92 kg/202.5 lbs. – Aslanbek Alborov (Azerbaijan) decision over J’den Cox (USA), 4-4
97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyle Snyder (USA) tech fall over Roman Bakirov (Azerbaijan), 14-3
125 kg/275 lbs. – Jamaladdin Magomedov decision over Nick Gwiazdowski (USA), 4-3

Attendance Day 1: 6,388
Attendance Day 2: 6,378
Total: 12,766

Hawkeyes Blast Badgers, Sweep Series

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April 9th, 2018 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Three Hawkeye home runs lifted the University of Iowa softball team to a 5-3 victory over Wisconsin on Sunday at Pearl Field. Iowa picked up the series sweep after winning both games of a doubleheader on Saturday.

The win gives Iowa its first Big Ten series victory this season and moves the Hawkeyes’ record to 18-17 overall and 4-4 in Big Ten play.

Wisconsin opened the game with two runs in the first inning. The Badgers leadoff hitter doubled to left before a walk put two runners on. The pair eventually scored on a single to left by Melanie Cross.

Senior Allie Wood stepped to the plate as the leadoff hitter in the third inning for the Hawkeyes and sent a long ball over the fence in right center to put Iowa on the board.

Three at-bats later, freshman Aralee Bogar tied the game with a homer over the center field fence. The home run was the first of Bogar’s career.

“I didn’t see the ball any more, and when I realized it went over I was ecstatic,” said Bogar. “I’ve never hit one over the fence before. It was a great feeling and it was even better because I could do it for my team.”

With the game knotted at two runs in the fifth inning, Cross hit another RBI single to left to give Wisconsin the 3-2 advantage.

The bottom of the sixth began with sophomore McKenzie Schneider reaching base on a hit by pitch and advancing to second on a Bogar single. Senior Angela Schmiederer stepped to the plate as Iowa’s third batter of the inning and knocked her first home run of the season over the left field fence.

“Every time you get to round the bases and get a high five from Coach Looper is amazing,” said Schmiederer. “Jumping on home plate with all of my teammates surrounding me felt so good not only for myself but for my teammates as well.”

Sophomore pitcher Allison Doocy (11-8) collected the win. She allowed three runs on nine hits and threw six strikeouts in the contest. The Ankeny, Iowa, native tossed 18 strikeouts in two games against the Badgers this weekend.

Iowa Wins Rubber Match, Wins 6th Straight B1G Series

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April 9th, 2018 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — With snow falling in the bottom of the eighth inning, sophomore Grant Judkins hit a two-out RBI double down the left field line, sending the University of Iowa baseball 2-1 series-clinching victory over Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.

“I was trying to put something in play and give us a chance to score,” said Judkins, whose early season has been hampered by a hamstring injury. “This is a crazy game and you just have to stay confident and locked in and be ready for when the opportunity comes.”

The victory gives the Hawkeyes their sixth straight Big Ten series win dating back to the 2017 season and moves Iowa’s record to 19-10 overall, 5-3 in league play.

The game was tied at one heading to the eighth when sophomore Kyle Crowl drew a two-out walk and sophomore Justin Jenkins followed with a single to left field.  Ohio State summoned closer Seth Kinker and Judkins went the other way, blooping a double down the left field line to give Iowa the lead.

The Hawkeyes struck first, scoring an unearned run in the second inning against starter Adam Niemeyer.  Senior Austin Guzzo was plunked to lead off the inning and Lorenzo Elion reached off a fielding error by the Buckeyes’ first baseman. Crowl delivered a sacrifice fly to center field, giving Iowa a 1-0 lead.

The Buckeyes tied the game in the fourth on a solo home run from Noah McGowan.  It was the only run surrendered by junior starter Cole McDonald.  The right-hander went six innings, scattered three hits and had a career-high eight strikeouts.

“Cole gave us a really good start,” said UI Head Coach Rick Heller. “It has been a progression with him and today was a really good sign. He pitched in a tough situation last weekend against Illinois, similar to this weekend and I thought he was the best he has been as a Hawkeye.”

Junior reliever Zach Daniels (4-1) allowed one hit and fanned three over the final three innings. He struck out three.  Ohio State’s Kyle Michalik (0-1) suffered the loss.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 4/9/2018

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April 9th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

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

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Midwest/Regional Sports Headlines: 4/9/18

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April 9th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

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

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Arizona manager Torey Lovullo complained about strike calls given because of pitch framing by Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, setting off a benches-clearing incident in the Diamondbacks’ 4-1 win over St. Louis. Arizona opened the season with three straight series wins for the first time, and its 7-2 start matched the franchise best accomplished four previous times.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Yan Gomes hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Brandon Maurer in the ninth inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 3-1 win over the Kansas City Royals in the coldest game in Progressive Field history. Gomes drove a 3-2 pitch barely over the 19-foot wall in left field, ending another tough day for Cleveland’s offense on a high note. Gomes was mobbed by his teammates at home plate after just the fourth hit of the day for the Indians.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The United States won wrestling’s World Cup for the first time in 15 years on Sunday, beating Azerbaijan in the final. The victory marked the second consecutive major international tournament won by the Americans, who won the team title at last year’s world championships.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have added a veteran defensive lineman a day before kicking off their offseason program under new coach Mike Vrabel. The Titans agreed to terms on a deal with Bennie Logan. The 6-foot-2, 315-pound Logan has started 63 of his 74 games in the NFL with Philadelphia and Kansas City. He has 218 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered in his career.

Diamondbacks beat Cards 4-1 after benches clear, start 7-2

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April 8th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Peralta hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Dominic Leone in the eighth, A.J. Pollock went deep later in the inning and Arizona Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Sunday in a game marred by a benches-clearing incident in the second inning.

Arizona opened the season with three straight series wins for the first time, and its 7-2 start matched the franchise best accomplished four previous times. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo was ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons in the second inning. Lovullo was arguing a called third strike on Pollock and got into a shouting match with St. Louis catcher Yadi Molina during the argument with Timmons. Molina appeared to lunge at Luvollo and made contact as players ran onto the field.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny stepped between Molina and Lovullo. With three losses in its last five games, St. Louis dropped to 4-5. Arizona also started 7-2 in 2000, 2007, 2008 and 2017.

In related news, Cardinals LHP Ryan Sherriff was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a broken right big toe. RHP John Brebbia was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

Next up for St. Louis,  RHP Miles Mikolas (1-0, 6.35) is scheduled to start Monday in the first of three games against Milwaukee and RHP Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 7.00) start for the Brewers. Listen for the pre-game at 5:10-p.m., Monday on KJAN, followed by the first pitch at 6:05-p.m.

Midwest/Regional Sports Brief: 4/8/18

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April 8th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon scored his first goal in 10 games, Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots and the Colorado Avalanche earned the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Defensemen Samuel Girard and Tyson Barrie scored, while captain Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Nieto added empty-netters for the Avalanche, who earned the West’s second wild card and head to the postseason for the first time since 2013-14.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the coldest home start in Cardinals’ history, Jose Martinez homered and drove in four runs as St. Louis ended the Arizona Diamondbacks’ four-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory. It was 37 degrees at gametime with a wind chill of 29. The previous recorded low in St. Louis was 38 degrees for the first pitch on April 16, 1961, against Cincinnati.

UNDATED (AP) — Frigid temperatures all over the big leagues have forced players, fans and even pooches to bundle up. It’s been a pattern across the majors so far this season, with a wintry mix blanketing baseball. It was a record-low of 27 degrees for the first pitch at Target Field, so frigid the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners abandoned the bullpens. Ski masks were in style at Busch Stadium, and it was wicked cold at Fenway Park when the Red Sox limbered up.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians starter Trevor Bauer complained about baseball’s new rules to speed up the game following a 1-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Bauer allowed a home run to Lucas Duda on the first pitch in the seventh inning. Bauer said he wasn’t loose before throwing the pitch to Duda. Ian Kennedy pitched six shutout innings and combined with three relievers on a six-hitter.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — This year’s wrestling World Cup was supposed to be one of the most intriguing tournaments outside of the Olympics in years. The powerhouse Russian and Iranian teams were looking to topple the Americans. They were the team winner at last year’s world championships. Unfortunately for fans, the Russians and Iranians failed to show up in Iowa.

Scorecard from games played Saturday, 4/7/18

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April 8th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Pacific Coast League Baseball (PCL)

Omaha 2, Colorado Springs 1

Colorado Springs 3, Omaha 2

Oklahoma City 6, Iowa 5, 11 innings

Major League Baseball (MLB)

INTERLEAGUE

Final Houston 1 San Diego 0, 10 Innings
 
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Final Boston 10 Tampa Bay 3
Final N-Y Yankees 8 Baltimore 3
Final Seattle 11 Minnesota 4
Final Detroit 6 Chi White Sox 1
Final Kansas City 1 Cleveland 0
Final Texas 5 Toronto 1
Final Oakland 7 L-A Angels 3
 
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Final N-Y Mets 3 Washington 2
Final St. Louis 5 Arizona 3
Final Chi Cubs 5 Milwaukee 2
Final Philadelphia 20 Miami 1
Final San Francisco 7 L-A Dodgers 5, 14 Innings
Final Cincinnati 7 Pittsburgh 4
Final Colorado 3 Atlanta 2, 10 Innings
 
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Denver 134 L.A. Clippers 115
Final Milwaukee 115 N-Y Knicks 102
Final Brooklyn 124 Chicago 96
Final New Orleans 126 Golden State 120
Final Oklahoma City 108 Houston 102
Final San Antonio 116 Portland 105

Absence of Russia, Iran mars US-held wrestling World Cup

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April 7th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — This year’s freestyle World Cup could have been one of the most intriguing wrestling tournaments outside of the Olympics in years. The powerhouse Russian and Iranian teams were looking to topple the Americans — last year’s team winner at the world championships — in Iowa’s fabled Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Unfortunately for fans, the Russians and Iranians failed to show up and the U.S., fresh off its first world team championship in 22 years, appears to be in position for a crown that likely would ring a bit hollow. The U.S. beat India 10-0 and Japan 7-3 in Saturday’s opening rounds. Russia dropped out a week ago, saying it didn’t have enough time for the visa interviews needed to get the team cleared for the trip to Iowa City.

But officials held out hope that the Russians would get those issues resolved, including them as a ninth team in the official program for the eight-team event. The absence of Russia and Iran was a blow to a sport that prides itself on getting oft-disparate nations to come together.

In their place, UWW invited Mongolia and India to the annual meet that’s considered the second-biggest international event outside of the world championships, which will be held in Budapest in October. Mongolia looked impressive in knocking off Kazakhstan 6-4 in its opening match.

But the Indians were clearly outside of their comfort zone against the Americans, who were second in 2017 but haven’t won a World Cup since 2003. The U.S swept all tens of its matches with India and outscored it 87-7 in bonus points. Worse yet, the Americans closed the match with 48 consecutive points.

Japan put up a much tougher fight. But four-time world champion and London 2012 gold medalist Jordan Burroughs, who qualified for the last two Olympics by winning the team trials in Iowa City, thumped Yuhi Fujinami 7-1 to help the U.S. take control after some early stumbles.