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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.

(Podcast) KJAN Sports report, 3/12/2015

Podcasts, Sports

March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

AP Source: Chiefs agreed with OL Fanaika on 3-year deal


March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs and offensive guard Paul Fanaika have agreed to terms on a three-year deal, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the Chiefs have not announced the deal. Fanaika still must pass a physical for it to be complete.

The Chiefs were looking for help on the offensive line after losing three starters to free agency last offseason, and then watching starting center Rodney Hudson sign a five-year, $44.5 million deal with AFC West rival Oakland this week. Fanaika was a seventh-round draft pick of the Eagles in 2009, when Chiefs coach Andy Reid was in charge. He’s come into his own in Arizona, starting all 30 games he played in over the past two seasons.

Boys State Basketball Scores/Schedule


March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Wednesday Games

Class 4-A Quarterfinals:

  • Des Moines Hoover 38, Ames 29
  • Iowa City West 69, Sioux City North 60
  • North Scott 63, Waukee 54
  • Pleasant Valley 58, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 51

Thursday Games

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.
  • 3:45 pm –  Pella Christian (17-7) vs. Iowa City Regina (21-4)

Class 3-A Semifinals:

  • 6:35 pm – Williamsburg (24-1) vs. LeMars (21-4)
  • 8:15 pm – Dubuque Wahlert Catholic  (16-9) vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier (17-8)

Chiefs announce signing of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin


March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have signed Jeremy Maclin to a five-year deal, adding the down-the-field threat that their wide receiver group was sorely lacking last season. The contract is worth up to $55 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because those details were not announced.

Maclin started all 16 games for the Eagles last season. He set career highs with 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns, and showed no lingering effects from the torn ACL that caused him to miss the entire 2013 season. His addition could mean the end of Dwayne Bowe’s tenure in Kansas City. The veteran wide receiver is due to count $14 million against the salary cap.


Gonzales, Cardinals topple Braves 6-2


March 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Left-hander Marco Gonzales strengthened his bid for a spot in the St. Louis rotation by allowed one hit over four scoreless innings in the Cardinals’ 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Gonzales, who didn’t give up a run over two innings in his first spring start, struck out three and walked one. The only hit off the 23-year-old was a two-out double by first baseman Freddie Freeman in the first inning.

A first-round draft choice in 2013, Gonzalez came up to the Cardinals late last year and won twice in relief during the Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 regular-season games, including five starts. Braves starter Alex Wood allowed two unearned runs in the third inning before leaving with two outs. The left-hander gave up three hits, walked two and struck out one.

First baseman Matt Adams had a sacrifice fly off Wood and catcher Yadier Molina followed with a run-scoring single in the third.

ISU AD Jamie Pollard has Successful Heart Surgery


March 11th, 2015 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard underwent successful open heart bypass surgery Tuesday night at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Dr. Christopher Komanapalli, a cardio and vascular surgeon from Iowa Clinic, performed the triple bypass procedure.

Pollard is resting today in the Intensive Care Unit and is expected to remain hospitalized at Iowa Methodist Medical Center for several days.

The Pollard family wishes to offer its gratitude to the many individuals who prayed for Jamie and sent supportive messages as well as the outstanding medical teams which have been treating him.