Thursday September 14th Local Sports

AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox — pre-game 6:00, first pitch 6:40



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Randy Arozarena hit a tiebreaking home run for Tampa Bay with two outs in the ninth inning to help the Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 heading into a four-game weekend series with AL East leader Baltimore. The Rays are two games behind the Orioles in the division race. They reached 90 wins for the ninth time in their last 15 full seasons. The AL Central-leading Twins have a 7½-game advantage on Cleveland as the Guardians also lost Wednesday. Arozarena’s home run helped the Rays recover from a blown four-run lead.




IOWA CITY — Iowa is heavily favored but the Hawkeyes say they are not taking Western Michigan lightly as they get ready for Saturday’s game. The Broncos are 2-1 against Kirk Ferentz coached Iowa teams. Senior defensive end Joe Evans.

Middle linebacker Jay Higgins on what they expect to see from Western Michigan.

Western Michigan is 1-1 after a 48-7 loss at Syracuse.

Hawkeye linebacker Nick Jackson says they are preparing for a tough game.

Western Michigan coach Lance Taylor says his players are excited with the opportunity to play a Big Ten foe. Taylor is in his first year as Western Michigan coach after serving as offensive coordinator at Louisville.

Taylor says the challenge is even more difficult this week.

Taylor says the Broncos need to be ready for a low possession, grind it out game.

Kickoff on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium is scheduled for 2:40 PM with the pre-game starting at 12:30 on AM-1300 KGLO





AMES — Iowa State tight end Easton Dean says the first road game of the season is always a challenge. The Cyclones take a 1-1 record into Saturday’s game at Ohio.

Dean says as a former coach at Toledo, Matt Campbell knows this kind of opportunity Ohio will view this as with a chance to host a power five team.

Dean says despite struggling in the loss to Iowa the offense is making strides under redshirt freshman quarterback Rocco Becht.

Kickoff in Athens Ohio is scheduled for 11 o’clock on Saturday.



EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Kirk Cousins has typically performed well on plays with an extra pass rusher. All it takes is one colossal mistake on a blitz and the whole game can go awry. The Minnesota Vikings were reminded of that in their season opener against Tampa Bay. Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. knocked the ball away from Cousins on a sack and recovered it at the 18-yard line to set up a field goal that proved to be the winning margin. The Vikings play at Philadelphia tonight. The Eagles led the NFL in sacks per pass attempt last season.




IOWA FALLS — The NIACC volleyball team was swept at Ellsworth in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest last night, 25-8, 25-16, 25-20. Ellie Hanna had five kills and four blocks, while Jaida Hansen had four kills and four blocks. NIACC drops to 8-8 overall and 0-3 in the conference and will travel on Friday and Saturday to the Heartland Community College Invitational in Normal Illinois.




WEST BURLINGTON — The NIACC women’s soccer team beat Southeastern Community College 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference contest in West Burlington. Karly Holm and Gabriella Medeiros scored for the Trojans, who improve to 2-3 overall and will open conference play Saturday afternoon at Northeast Community College.




UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — DeWanna Bonner scored 17 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds as Connecticut opened the playoffs with a 90-60 rout of Minnesota. Alyssa Thomas added 15 points and 10 assists for the Sun, who earned the WNBA’s No. 3 seed after going 27-13 in the regular season. Tiffany Hayes hit four of her six 3-point attempts and finished with 14 points. The Sun made 16 of their 30 attempts from behind the arc and held Minnesota to 35 % shooting. Connecticut led by 14 at halftime and closed the game on a 17-3 run. Kayla McBride had 16 point and Napheesa Collier added 14. for Minnesota, which also lost three of their four regular-season meetings with Connecticut.