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Chiefs will start title defense at home against Houston, 2020 schedule revealed


May 8th, 2020 by Chris Parks

The National Football League announced on Thursday the regular season schedule for the 2020 season. The Kansas City Chiefs will play five primetime contests, including two nationally televised home games at Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas City will kick off its Super Bowl title defense on the NFL’s opening night against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 10. The contest will be a rematch of last year’s AFC Divisional playoff game where the Chiefs overcame a 24-0 deficit to defeat the Texans 51-31. The Chiefs will celebrate their Super Bowl LIV title that night by raising their championship banner.

Other primetime matchups include a Monday Night Football game at Baltimore on September 28th,  a Thursday Night Football trip to Buffalo on October 15th, and Sunday Night Football matchups at Las Vegas on November 22nd and a hosting the Denver Broncos on December 6th.


Date | Opponent | Time | Network

Aug. 13-17 | Cincinnati Bengals | TBD | KSHB
Aug. 20-24 | at Arizona Cardinals | TBD | KSHB
Aug. 27-30 | at Dallas Cowboys | TBD | KSHB
Sept. 3-4 | Green Bay Packers | TBD | KSHB 


Date | Opponent | Time | Network

Thursday, Sept. 10 | Houston Texans | 7:20 p.m. | NBC
Sunday, Sept. 20 | at Los Angeles Chargers | 3:25 p.m. | CBS
Monday, Sept. 28 | at Baltimore Ravens | 7:15 p.m. | ESPN
Sunday, Oct. 4 | New England Patriots | 3:25 p.m. | CBS
Sunday, Oct. 11 | Las Vegas Raiders* | 12:00 p.m. | CBS
Thursday, Oct. 15 | at Buffalo Bills | 7:20 p.m. | FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Sunday, Oct. 25 | at Denver Broncos* | 3:25 p.m. | CBS
Sunday, Nov. 1 | New York Jets* | 12:00 p.m. | CBS
Sunday, Nov. 8 | Carolina Panthers* | 12:00 p.m. | FOX
Sunday, Nov. 15 | BYE WEEK
Sunday, Nov. 22 | at Las Vegas Raiders* | 7:20 p.m. | NBC
Sunday, Nov. 29 | at Tampa Bay Buccaneers* | 3:25 p.m. | CBS
Sunday, Dec. 6 | Denver Broncos* | 7:20 p.m. | NBC
Sunday, Dec. 13 | at Miami Dolphins* | 12:00 p.m. | CBS
Sunday, Dec. 20 | at New Orleans Saints* | 3:25 p.m. | CBS
Sunday, Dec. 27 | Atlanta Falcons* | 12:00 p.m. | FOX
Sunday, Jan. 3 | Los Angeles Chargers* | 12:00 p.m. | CBS

Home games in boldall kickoffs are Central Time.
* Subject to Flexible Scheduling

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 5/8/20

Podcasts, Sports

May 8th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast with Jim Field.


Prairie Meadows still hoping to offer 31st year of horse racing


May 8th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — Prairie Meadows is still hoping to offer a 31st season of horse racing. The meet was scheduled to start May first but has been delayed according to CEO Gary Palmer.

Palmer says they are looking at several options as they wait for the all clear.

Palmer says once they get permission to open it won’t take long to start racing.

Palmer says they are still planning on a mixed thoroughbred/quarter horse meet.

Midwest Sports Headlines: 5/8/20


May 8th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

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

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The NCAA struck back at the University of Kansas and its men’s basketball program Thursday, calling five Level I violations that are alleged to have occurred “egregious” and arguing that they undermine and threaten” college athletics. It was the latest in a series of back-and-forth filings that set up a likely infraction hearings. The case came out of an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption. It centers on whether two Adidas representatives were acting as boosters for the Jayhawks when they paid prospective recruits to lure them to the program.

UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will open defense of their Super Bowl championship by hosting Houston on Sept. 10 in the NFL’s annual kickoff game — pending developments in the coronavirus pandemic, of course. The Texans won a regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium in 2019, then blew a 24-0 lead in the divisional round of the playoffs. Another highlight of the opening weekend will have Tom Brady’s regular-season debut with Tampa Bay against Drew Brees at New Orleans on Sept. 13 — the first matchup of 40-plus quarterbacks in NFL history. The opening of SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles area that Sunday night has the Rams hosting the Cowboys.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals had an entire offseason and most of spring training to get to know Mike Matheny. But one unintended consequence of the coronavirus pandemic is they’ve gotten to know their new manager better than they could ever have imagined. Their virtual meetings, often several times a week, touch on baseball but also on the bigger picture of life in general. And when the Royals do gather again, Matheny hopes that they will be a closer-knit group because of it.

Iowa Athletics and Athletics Development announce virtual Hawkeye events


May 7th, 2020 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa Department of Athletics and Athletics Development are pleased to present a virtual Hawkeye Events series – Hawkeye Events LIVE – to replace the annual outreach schedule featuring Hawkeye coaches and student-athletes, along with Herky the Hawk and Iowa Spirit Squads.

In an effort to maintain this nearly 50-year tradition of traveling across the state of Iowa to meet with Hawkeye fans in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hawkeye Events LIVE series, featuring a question and answer session with coaches, student-athletes, and friends of the program, has been created for this spring and summer.

“We are excited to continue our annual tradition of reaching out to our Hawkeye fans across Iowa,” said Matt Henderson, senior associate athletics director for revenue and external relations. “Doing so virtually this summer now allows us the opportunity to connect our coaches and student-athletes with even more fans across Iowa and the nation.”

The weekly series will be hosted by Laura VandeBerg, host of, and broadcast live on the Iowa Hawkeyes Facebook page. The weekly schedule is as follows:


Friday, May 15
4 p.m., CST
Select Hawkeye senior student-athletes

Thursday, May 21
Noon, CST
Gary Dolphin, Voice of the Hawkeyes

Thursday, May 28
5:30 p.m., CST
Kirk Ferentz, football

Thursday, June 4
Noon, CST
Lisa Bluder, women’s basketball

Thursday, June 11
5:30 p.m., CST
Tom Brands, wrestling

Tuesday, June 16
Noon, CST
Fran McCaffery, men’s basketball

Thursday, June 25
5:30 p.m., CST
Vicki Brown, volleyball

For more information on Hawkeye Events and the LIVE series please visit

Auto racing returns to Hamilton County this weekend, but without spectators


May 7th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — There will be auto racing this weekend — but without fans in the stands — at one of the oldest tracks in Iowa. Officials with the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City have announced the first night of racing will be this Saturday evening. The race track will adhere to several rules and guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic with all participants asked to observe social distancing and the wearing of face masks.

For the first time in its history, the grandstand to the speedway will be closed to the public. Spectators will not be allowed to watch the racing on Saturday. Fans can watch the races via their computer or smart phone by logging on to RacinDirt.TV for a charge. The half mile dirt oval track is the oldest in Iowa when the first race was held in July of 1910.

The semi-banked half mile track was completed in the spring of 1939 with the first races held on the track in September of that year.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 5/7/20

Podcasts, Sports

May 7th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast with Jim Field.


Midwest Sports Headlines: 5/7/20


May 7th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

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

UNDATED (AP) — Four Major League Soccer teams have taken the first small step toward returning to play by allowing players to use team training fields for individual workouts. Sporting Kansas City, Atlanta United, Orlando City and Inter Miami had players in on the first day they were allowed by the league. Nashville, LAFC, Real Salt Lake, Houston and Portland are among the league’s 26 teams that plan to start Thursday, with more lined up next week.

UNDATED (AP) — All 10 schools in the Big 12 Conference expect their campuses to be open in the fall, a key step toward launching fall sports. Conference commissioners have stressed to Vice President Mike Pence that college sports cannot return until campuses reopen. The football season is slated to begin Aug. 29, though Big 12 schools don’t begin play until the following week.

UNDATED (AP) — It is less than four months before the scheduled kickoff of the college football season. Not one of the 14 schools in the Big Ten Conference can say for sure they will have students back on campus this fall. That is a crucial step for sports. The most resolute about having students back has been Purdue President Mitch Daniels. He says he expects students will be back on campus “in typical numbers.” No other school has gone even that far.

UNDATED (AP) — All but one of the 14 schools in the Southeastern Conference have indicated they plan to reopen their campuses for the fall semester. That step is widely believed to be needed to resume football and other sports. South Carolina and Tennessee became the latest schools in the nation’s top football conference to announce their plans, joining Alabama, LSU and others. Vanderbilt hasn’t announced its plans for the fall. Schools across the nation are largely closed through the summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Iowa Games remain scheduled for July


May 6th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Iowa Games officials are still planning on holding their summer games in July but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced several sports to be cancelled or adjusted. Spokesman Cory Kennedy says air gun competition has been cancelled. District qualifying for bowling has been moved to July and the bowling finals have been moved to August.

The first of three weekends of competition is July 11th and 12th.

Kennedy says a lot will depend upon when the Iowa State University campus reopens.

Kennedy is advising Iowans to register online.

The main weekend of competition, which includes the opening ceremonies, is July 16th through the 19th.

Iowa’s Ojemudia ready to get started in Denver


May 6th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) Iowa’s Michael Ojemudia (oh’-jay-moo-dee-uh) feels experience will help him transition to the National Football League. Ojemudia was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos after a senior season in which he was named second team All-Big Ten.

He joins a Bronco team that includes former Hawkeye linebacker Josey Jewell and tight end Noah Fant.

Ojemudia says a talented group of receivers will help him improve in training camp.