Tuesday January 16th Local Sports

AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Mason City High at Ankeny — girls 6:15, boys follow

AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Clear Lake vs. Hampton-Dumont — girls 6:15, boys follow



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP and Minnesota Twins first baseman whose career was derailed by concussion symptoms, is retiring after 1,603 hits and 247 home runs in 14 major league seasons.

The Twins confirmed Morneau’s retirement on Monday. They scheduled a news conference with Morneau and team officials for Wednesday.

Morneau didn’t play in 2017. He appeared in 58 games for the Chicago White Sox in 2016.

After the Twins drafted the Canadian in 1999, Morneau became a four-time All-Star. His MVP-caliber performance in 2010 was halted by a knee to the head he took during a slide that cost him half of that season. He produced one more strong year, winning an NL batting title with the Colorado Rockies in 2014.



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Right-handed reliever Addison Reed and Minnesota have finalized a $16.75 million, two-year contract, putting another pitcher with closing experience in the back of the Twins’ bullpen.

The deal, agreed to over the weekend, was announced Monday. The Twins agreed to a deal with right-hander Fernando Rodney in the offseason.

Reed has 125 saves in seven major league seasons. He started last season with the New York Mets, then was traded to the Boston Red Sox. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2010 and took over the ninth inning for them two years later.

Reed had a career-best 40 saves in 2013, with 72 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings and a 3.79 ERA. He was dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks the following offseason, then to the Mets in 2015. He served as their primary setup man for two years, filling in as the closer when Jeurys Familia was suspended or injured.



MASON CITY — A reminder that tickets are still available for the Minnesota Twins Caravan stop at Music Man Square in Mason City on Wednesday night.

Twins infielder Jorge Polanco, designated hitter Robbie Grossman, Twins Radio Network announcer Cory Provus and mascot TC Bear will all be at the event, which takes place from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. Tickets are $10 and include a ballpark-style meal.

You can purchase tickets at the Alpha Media Radio Park studios or at Mason City Nissan during regular business hours.



EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The day after their divisional-round thriller, the Minnesota Vikings were still coming to grips with the way they beat New Orleans to advance to the NFC championship game.

After becoming the first team in NFL history to score a touchdown on the final play of regulation in the postseason, the Vikings have quickly turned their attention toward Philadelphia.

They realize they made several mistakes against the Saints they probably won’t be able to get away with and beat the Eagles.



CEDAR FALLS — When Drake visits Northern Iowa on Tuesday night it will be a homecoming of sorts for Bulldog assistant coach Ali Farokhmanesh. The Iowa City native was a key figure in UNI’s upset of top ranked Kansas in the 2010 NCAA Tournament and a trip to the Sweet 16. He is in his first season on Niko Medved’s staff at Drake.

Drake is 5-1 in the Valley and Medved says the Bulldogs need to keep the Panthers from dominating in the paint. Medved expects to play a Panther team that was one of the favorites in the Valley race and not the one that is 1-5 in conference play.

UNI coach Ben Jacobson says Farokhmanesh is a key part of the history of the program.

Six-nine freshman Austin Phyfe is expected to get a second straight start. He had 20 points and eight rebounds in the Panther’s 81-76 win over Valparaiso. Jacobson says experience has been a big part of Drake’s fast start in the Valley.

Tipoff in Cedar Falls is scheduled for 7 o’clock.



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