KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 6 May 2016 16:05:05 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Officials arrest Mexico residents after finding methamphetamine http://www.komu.com/news/officials-arrest-mexico-residents-after-finding-methamphetamine/ http://www.komu.com/news/officials-arrest-mexico-residents-after-finding-methamphetamine/ Sports Thu, 5 May 2016 7:11:51 PM Amber Smith, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Officials arrest Mexico residents after finding methamphetamine

MEXICO - Officials arrested two people Thursday after finding methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia while searching a Mexico home.

The East Central Drug Task Force, the Mexico Public Safety Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Audrain County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant on Morris St. in Mexico.

Officials arrested 36-year-old Dennis Ayo of Mexico and 31-year-old Darin Barnes of Mexico for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and a Boone County warrant for distribution of a controlled substance.

Authorities acted on a tip from the Centralia Police Department about active Boone County warrants for the arrest of both Ayo and Barnes.

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Columbia College Volleyball team receives shining gift http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-volleyball-team-receives-shining-gift/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-volleyball-team-receives-shining-gift/ Sports Thu, 5 May 2016 8:40:15 PM Patrick McGovern, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Columbia College Volleyball team receives shining gift

COLUMBIA - Five months after the Columbia College volleyball team took home the 2015 NAIA Championship by defeating Missouri Baptist University in Sioux City, Iowa, the Cougars were honored with championship rings.

The rings were helped funded by Columbia College Board of Trustees.

"It just means a lot for them to be so generous," Coach Melinda Wrye-Washington said. "For them to present us these rings, it means the world to the girls, and it's something we will hold on to forever."

Wrye-Washington credits the team's work ethic to make this dream of theirs become a reality.

"This group had a lot of opportunities to give it up this year, and they didn't. They chose to resist and find a way to win as a family."

For Junior Outside Hitter Sofija Ivanovic, the Cougars have been a family away from home. Ivanovic is from Serbia and credits the family environment for the team's success.

"They are my family, they're the only people I hang out with. My family is far away, and I don't know what I would do without my teammates."

It may be tough to top winning a championship, but Ivanovic and Wrye-Washington said the team still has room to improve.

"We need to work harder than this. We need to prove we are good champions," Ivanovic said.

"Our core is back and in tact for next year, we have some great recruits and transfers coming in, so we're hoping for another great showing."

Wrye-Washington also admired the work the seniors who will not be around next season did for the team.

"I've had a lot of teams throughout the years, and this one knew exactly how to win together as a team and never to give up, so I want to thank all of them."

Those seniors are not only leaving Columbia College as champions, but now have something to show off on their fingers.

Although the team is looking to get back to work, Ivanovic said she doesn't want this feeling to go away.

"It's been amazing, my emotions are everywhere. It has just been so nice."



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Local Scores: Thursday, May 5, 2016 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-may-5-2016/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-may-5-2016/ Sports Thu, 5 May 2016 5:54:24 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Thursday, May 5, 2016

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some local scores from around the area for Thursday, May 5, 2016:

College Softball (American Midwest Conference Tournament, Final Four, Conway, Arkansas):

Columbia College 4, William Baptist College 3

Columbia College 7, No. 24 Park University 0

College Softball (Heart of America Conference Tournament, First Round, Marshall, Missouri):

No. 21 Central Methodist University 8, Missouri Valley College 0

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Columbia College softball wins twice, advances in AMC Tournament http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-softball-wins-twice-advances-in-amc-tournament/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-softball-wins-twice-advances-in-amc-tournament/ Sports Thu, 5 May 2016 5:31:39 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia College softball wins twice, advances in AMC Tournament

CONWAY, Ark. - The sixth-seeded Columbia College softball team defeated second-seeded Williams Baptist College 4-3 and the top-seeded, No. 24-ranked Park University 7-0 at the American Midwest Conference softball tournament Thursday afternoon.

In the first game, Columbia fell behind Williams Baptist 3-0 after the top of the fifth, before rallying for four unanswered runs. The Cougars collected two runs in the bottom of the fifth as junior Carly Spalding drew a bases-loaded walk and freshman Molly Carter added an RBI single.

After three straight singles in the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Allyson Metz hit a game-winning two-run double to end it. Junior pitcher Paxton Welch picked up her 14th win of the season, throwing a complete game allowing seven hits and four runs with four strikeouts.

The second game was scoreless until Olivia Denslow hit a two-run single for the Cougars in the top of the fourth. Carter and Metz struck for three RBIs in the fifth and Columbia added two more runs in the sixth to finish the scoring.

Welch threw her second complete game of the afternoon in the circle, allowing five hits and three walks en route to shutting out the Pirates.

With the victories, the Cougars advance to the AMC Championship Game on Friday at 2 p.m. CDT needing one win to secure the title.

Williams Baptist and Park play Friday at noon CDT with the winner advancing to play Columbia. If the Williams Baptist/Park winner defeats Columbia in Game 1, there will be an if-necessary, winner-take-all Game 2 for the conference championship.

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Garcia goes 7, Moss hits long HR as Cardinals beat Phillies http://www.komu.com/news/garcia-goes-7-moss-hits-long-hr-as-cardinals-beat-phillies/ http://www.komu.com/news/garcia-goes-7-moss-hits-long-hr-as-cardinals-beat-phillies/ Sports Thu, 5 May 2016 4:03:08 PM The Associated Press Garcia goes 7, Moss hits long HR as Cardinals beat Phillies

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaime Garcia pitched seven sharp innings, Brandon Moss hit a long home run and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Thursday.

Stephen Piscotty drove in two runs and also made an outstanding catch in right field to help preserve the shutout.

St. Louis won three of four in the series.

Garcia (2-2) gave up two hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out five.

Moss launched a drive estimated at 462 feet to right field in the first off Jerad Eickhoff (1-4). It was the longest homer by a left-handed hitter in the history of the new Busch Stadium, which opened in 2006.


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Nationals rout Royals 13-2 to take interleague series http://www.komu.com/news/nationals-rout-royals-13-2-to-take-interleague-series/ http://www.komu.com/news/nationals-rout-royals-13-2-to-take-interleague-series/ Sports Wed, 4 May 2016 4:20:39 PM The Associated Press Nationals rout Royals 13-2 to take interleague series

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Daniel Murphy finished a triple shy of the cycle, slumping slugger Bryce Harper also went deep and the Washington Nationals routed the floundering Kansas City Royals 13-2 on Wednesday.

Murphy and Clint Robinson drove in three runs apiece, and just about everyone else in a gray jersey did something at the plate to help the Nationals post one of their best offensive performances in years.

Stephen Strasburg merely had to show up to push his career-best start to 5-0. The big righty wound up allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven in six tidy innings.

Kris Medlen (1-3) allowed nine runs, six of them earned, and six hits in two-plus innings for Kansas City. His home ERA rose to 20.65 in two starts at Kauffman Stadium this season.


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Local Scores: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-tuesday-may-3-2016/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-tuesday-may-3-2016/ Sports Tue, 3 May 2016 10:11:54 PM Stephanie Lorenc, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

MID-MISSOURI- Here are some local scores and cancellations from around the area for Tuesday, May 3, 2016:


Girls High School Soccer

Southern Boone 8, Mexico 1


High School Baseball

Fatima 12, North Callaway 7

Moberly 6, North Callaway 4


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CMU sweeps baseball, softball players of the week awards ahead of postseason play http://www.komu.com/news/cmu-sweeps-baseball-softball-players-of-the-week-awards-ahead-of-postseason-play/ http://www.komu.com/news/cmu-sweeps-baseball-softball-players-of-the-week-awards-ahead-of-postseason-play/ Sports Mon, 2 May 2016 5:33:20 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer CMU sweeps baseball, softball players of the week awards ahead of postseason play

FAYETTE - Central Methodist's Brad Cuyos and Lauren Geringer each earned the Heart of America Athletic Conference baseball and softball player of the week awards, respectively, the league announced Monday.

Cuyos had big performances against Harris-Stowe in a non-conference affair and Culver-Stockton in a tough four-game series. The senior catcher went 6-for-18 at the plate with four home runs, nine RBIs and four runs scored on the week. He hit safely in four of the five games and improved his batting average to .330 and his home run and RBI totals to 16 and 52.

"Brad had some big moments for us with his arm and his bat this season," CMU head coach Nate Breland said. "None are bigger than the walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth to win the Eastern Division of The Heart."

Likewise, Geringer helped her team to a 5-1 record last week. She went 8-for-16 at the dish with 11 runs, two doubles, six home runs and 16 RBIs. The O'Fallon native is batting .355 on the year with 20 homers, which stands at second in the NAIA. She currently ranks third all-time on NAIA's home run list.

"Lauren had a great power week," CMU softball coach Pat Reardon said. "She set the school record for single season home runs and climbed up in the NAIA ranks. She really picked us up at Missouri Vallery to help us clinch the conference title. Lauren has had a great year and this was a great week for her and the program."

Both Eagles teams return to the diamond later this week as the men open up postseason play in Joplin, Missouri as the No. 2 seed, while the women clinched the top seed in the postseason conference tournament and will face off against Missouri Valley College on May 5, at 2 p.m.

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Lincoln University earns fifth straight weekly track award http://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-university-earns-fifth-straight-weekly-track-award/ http://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-university-earns-fifth-straight-weekly-track-award/ Sports Mon, 2 May 2016 3:32:32 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Lincoln University earns fifth straight weekly track award

JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln distance runner Jhevere Hall posted two of the league's fastest times at the Drake Relays this weekend to earn her third MIAA Women's Track Athlete of the Week award this season and the team's fifth consecutive week of claiming the honors.

Racing against some of the top athletes in the nation, Hall placed first in the 4x400m relay and in the 800m circuit. She teamed up with Ebony Rose, Kimona Shaw and Kissi-Ann Brown in the relay and chalked up a league-leading time of 3:42.94.

Her gold medal in the 800m run clocked in at 2:09.88, good for another MIAA-leading time that also ranks eighth nationally.

Hall won this honor back in late January and early February, and she now joins Kimberly Bailey and Venicha Baker to extend the team award streak to five straight weeks dating back to April 4.

Lincoln will compete for its fifth league title this weekend in the MIAA Outdoor Championships hosted by Missouri State University.

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MU Football season ticket renewal rates compare favorably to 2015 http://www.komu.com/news/mu-football-season-ticket-renewal-rates-compare-favorably-to-2015/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-football-season-ticket-renewal-rates-compare-favorably-to-2015/ Sports Mon, 2 May 2016 12:40:16 AM Caileigh Peterson, KOMU 8 Sports MU Football season ticket renewal rates compare favorably to 2015

COLUMBIA- After finishing with a 5-7 overall record and a 1-7 SEC record the Missouri Football Team is looking forward to its season.

In his first year as head coach Barry Odom will take to Faurot Field alongside his new coaching staff on September 10 for the home opener. The Tigers just wrapped up Spring Camp.

The deadline to renew season tickets was April 15. The Missouri Athletic Department is looking at renewal rates to assess how they compare to years past. 

"We're tracking a little bit behind. We're at about a 75 percent renewal rate right now which isn't bad. We certainly want more." Missouri Athletic Director, Mack Rhoades said.

Rhoades and the Missouri athletic department expect the final numbers to compare favorably to past renewal rates.

"We think that at the end of the day we'll reach somewhere around 85 percent." Rhoades said.

That is similar to renewal rates across the county.

"When you talk about renewal rates, great spectacular renewal rates are 90 percent and above and dismal renewal rates are 60 percent and below. We also compare it to coming off the 2012 season where we were 5 and 7 and we are ahead of that mark." Rhoades said. 

Coming off back to back SEC east titles, the Tigers didn't sell out a single home game last season. Rhoades and the Athletic Department are looking to find ways to consistently sell out more home football games.

"We need to adopt a professional sports model where we've got a team of folks that's all they're doing everyday, making phone calls from 9 to 7 o'clock, 8 to 8 o'clock asking people to buy tickets. That's something we will plan to implement as we go into the new year." Rhoades said. 

Tickets can be purchased at the MUTigers webpage.



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Missouri Golf Association opens "first 9-hole handicap accessible course in the nation" http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-golf-association-opens-first-9-hole-handicap-accessible-course-in-the-nation-/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-golf-association-opens-first-9-hole-handicap-accessible-course-in-the-nation-/ Sports Sun, 1 May 2016 10:01:57 PM Louie Kaczmarek, KOMU 8 Sports Missouri Golf Association opens

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Golf Association officially opened what they say is America's first handicap accessible 9-hole golf course Saturday at the Turkey Creek Golf Center.

The Ken Lanning Golf Center was built on flat land so people in wheelchairs and electric chairs can drive up on the green of each hole. It also features synthetic turf that will allow wheelchairs, handicap supports and carts on the greens and tee boxes.

Saturday's ribbon cutting was an emotional day for MGA Executive Director Scott Hovis, the golfer that came up with the idea five years ago.

"A lot of sleepless nights, a lot of back and forth a lot of questioning, 'Is this right, is this wrong?'" Hovis said.

Golf coach and avid player Dany Baker traveled from Illinois to try the first hole of the course.

"I've been in a wheelchair for 23 years," Baker said. "I definitely can't say I've seen anything like it, it's really amazing."

Professional golfer Stan Utley also played the first hole with Baker. Utley said he believes the Ken Lanning Golf Center is setting a trend for golf courses across the nation.

"This is certainly just the beginning," Utley said. "It may take years for it to catch on, but the ease and accessbility this course offers for people with certain disabilities, it's going to get a lot of attention."

President of the Missouri Junior Golf Foundation Jon Sundvold said he worked closely with Hovis to create this accessible course. He said Hovis' work ethic earned him the nickname of "Madman."

"He was always worried about or working on making this happen," Sundvold said. "I'd be at a game or working on something else, or sometimes it would be 1 a.m., and I'd get a text from Scott about an idea or change he was thinking of."

The course is named after Missouri Sports Hall of Famer Ken Lanning. Lanning devoted most of his life to playing golf and mentoring younger golfers. Utley said Lanning was one of his main mentors.

"This is the perfect way to remember an incredible golfer and a great teacher," Utley said.

Both Hovis and Sundvold said Saturday marked one of the best accomplishments in their golfing careers.

"Something you dream of, something you wish, you hope," Hovis said. "And you know it's going to happen, but until you see it in real life, and see it come to fruition, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I couldn't describe it in words."

For more information or to donate to the Ken Lanning Golf Center, visit GolfForeAll.org.

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No. 16 Mizzou Softball Wins Eighth Straight http://www.komu.com/news/no-16-mizzou-softball-wins-eighth-straight/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-16-mizzou-softball-wins-eighth-straight/ Sports Sun, 1 May 2016 7:40:30 PM Hannah Husmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No. 16 Mizzou Softball Wins Eighth Straight

STARKVILLE, Miss. - No. 16 Mizzou Softball (37-12, 12-9 SEC) sealed its eighth-straight victory on Sunday against Mississippi State with a 9-2 win.

The Tigers recorded its second straight series sweep in SEC play and made school history after setting the new single-season record for team stolen bases. Mizzou tallied two stolen bases on the afternoon, setting the new record at 143.

The Tigers scored 15 runs with sophomore Amanda Sanchez, junior Chloe Rathburn and junior Kirsten Mack producing three-hit appearances at the plate.

Additionally, sophomore Paige Lowary allowed zero runs in six innings pitched.

The Tigers return home to University Field and host South Carolina on May 6-8 for the 2016 regular season home series finale. First pitch is scheduled for Friday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on SEC Network.

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Royals snap losing streak with 4-1 win against Mariners http://www.komu.com/news/royals-snap-losing-streak-with-4-1-win-against-mariners/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-snap-losing-streak-with-4-1-win-against-mariners/ Sports Sun, 1 May 2016 6:46:36 PM The Associated Press Royals snap losing streak with 4-1 win against Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) — Eric Hosmer homered, Ian Kennedy took a shutout into the sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals ended a long scoreless streak and a five-game skid with a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

Lorenzo Cain had an RBI single and scored a run, Alex Escobar had three hits and also scored for the Royals, who had been shut out in the first two games of this series.

Kennedy gave up four hits and struck out six in five-plus innings. He loading the bases in the sixth on two singles and a walk. Danny Duffy got two quick outs before Chris Iannetta hit a run-scoring single. However, Jarrod Dyson easily threw out Robinson Cano at home trying to score a second run.

Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Taijuan Walker (2-1) gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings for Seattle.


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Blues even series on Backes' OT game-winner, beat Stars 4-3 http://www.komu.com/news/blues-even-series-on-backes-ot-game-winner-beat-stars-4-3/ http://www.komu.com/news/blues-even-series-on-backes-ot-game-winner-beat-stars-4-3/ Sports Sun, 1 May 2016 5:45:31 PM The Associated Press Blues even series on Backes' OT game-winner, beat Stars 4-3

DALLAS (AP) — Blues captain David Backes scored off a rebound during a power play 10:58 into overtime and St. Louis beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 in Game 2 on Sunday to get even in the second-round series.

St. Louis was on its second power play of overtime after Antoine Roussel was called for interference.

Vladimir Tarasenko took a slap shot that defenseman Alex Goligoski blocked. But the Blues kept charging and Backes scored on the rebound of Alexander Steen's shot.

The series matching the Western Conference's top two teams switches to St. Louis for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Antti Niemi had stopped 19 consecutive shots since relieving Kari Lehtonen after the first period until Backes scored.

Blues goalie Brian Elliott had 31 saves.


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Scherzer, homers help Nationals sweep Cardinals, 6-1 http://www.komu.com/news/scherzer-homers-help-nationals-sweep-cardinals-6-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/scherzer-homers-help-nationals-sweep-cardinals-6-1/ Sports Sun, 1 May 2016 4:45:00 PM The Associated Press Scherzer, homers help Nationals sweep Cardinals, 6-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched seven strong innings to beat his hometown team for the first time, and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-1 victory Sunday.

Clint Robinson and Danny Espinosa hit back-to-back home runs, providing the power for Washington on a day when NL MVP Bryce Harper struck out all four times up.

Scherzer (3-1), who grew up in suburban St. Louis, struck out nine and scattered four singles. He didn't allow a runner past first base, earning his first win in five career starts against the Cardinals.

By finishing the weekend sweep, the Nationals emphatically ended years of frustration at Busch Stadium. It was their first series win in St. Louis since May 2007. Washington improved to 17-7 overall, the best start in club history through 24 games.


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Nelson, Howard and Lavy drive in six runs, lead Tigers 8-3 over Vols http://www.komu.com/news/nelson-howard-and-lavy-drive-in-six-runs-lead-tigers-8-3-over-vols/ http://www.komu.com/news/nelson-howard-and-lavy-drive-in-six-runs-lead-tigers-8-3-over-vols/ Sports Sun, 1 May 2016 3:57:26 PM James Stanley, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Nelson, Howard and Lavy drive in six runs, lead Tigers 8-3 over Vols

COLUMBIA – Mizzou baseball [24-21, 7-14 SEC] defeated the Tennessee Volunteers at Taylor Stadium on Sunday 8-3 completing Mizzou’s first SEC sweep of 2016 and capping off the month of April with a four game win streak.

Freshman 3B Ian Nelson, junior SS Ryan Howard and senior 1B Zach Lavy combined for six of the Tigers eight runs, each with two RBIs. Lavy, leading the SEC in extra base hits with 30, drove in his two runs on a homerun shot over the right field wall in the fifth inning bringing his RBI total to 46.

Freshman LHP Michael Plassmeyer was awarded his fourth win of the season after going 5.1 innings pitched, allowing three runs, two of them earned, on seven hits fanning four Vols.

Missouri’s bullpen had a strong outing between RS sophomore RHP Cole Bartlett and senior LHP Austin Tribby. Between Bartlett and Tribby no runs were allowed on two hits, a walk, and four strikeouts.

On the flip side for Tennessee, freshman RHP Will Neely picked up his first collegiate loss giving up six runs, all six earned, on six hits, two walks, two hit batters and three strikeouts.

The last time Missouri had a 3-game sweep was more than a year ago on March 14th, 2015 against the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Tigers are set to travel to Sauget, Ill. to take on the Illinois Illini at GCS Ballpark in non-conference action on Tuesday, May 3. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST.

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Carlos Martinez rejoined Cardinals, started Sunday against the Nationals http://www.komu.com/news/carlos-martinez-rejoined-cardinals-started-sunday-against-the-nationals/ http://www.komu.com/news/carlos-martinez-rejoined-cardinals-started-sunday-against-the-nationals/ Sports Sun, 1 May 2016 3:01:03 PM The Associated Press Carlos Martinez rejoined Cardinals, started Sunday against the Nationals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez started Sunday against the Washington Nationals after leaving the team briefly to address a personal matter.

The 24-year-old Martinez is the object of a civil lawsuit filed against him by a woman in West Palm Beach, Fla., near the team's spring training site in Jupiter.

General manager John Mozeliak said Saturday he was aware of the case.

Martinez is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA. He was to oppose Washington ace Max Scherzer.

The lawsuit filed in Miami seeks more than $1.5 million and accuses the pitcher of a negligent transmission of a sexual transmitted disease, It seeks actual and special damages along with mental anguish and exemplary damages. It also seeks punitive damages because of outrageous actions.


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Cardinals 3B coach Oquendo to have knee surgery, miss season http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-3b-coach-oquendo-to-have-knee-surgery-miss-season/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-3b-coach-oquendo-to-have-knee-surgery-miss-season/ Sports Sun, 1 May 2016 2:57:03 PM The Associated Press Cardinals 3B coach Oquendo to have knee surgery, miss season

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo will undergo right knee replacement surgery next month and won't return to the team this season.

The 52-year-old Oquendo was in town Saturday to have the knee examined. He said the recovery time for the surgery is about six months.

Oquendo has been the third base coach for 16 seasons. He was placed on medical leave just before the season opener because of problems with the knee.

Oquendo is selling his house in St. Louis and moving to Florida, near where the team trains in Jupiter.

Chris Maloney is now coaching third base, with Bill Mueller moving to first, Maloney's old spot.

Oquendo had a 17-year career in the majors that included 10 seasons with St. Louis.


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Werth's bat, Ross' arm lead Nationals past Cardinals http://www.komu.com/news/werth-s-bat-ross-arm-lead-nationals-past-cardinals/ http://www.komu.com/news/werth-s-bat-ross-arm-lead-nationals-past-cardinals/ Sports Sun, 1 May 2016 2:50:20 PM The Associated Press Werth's bat, Ross' arm lead Nationals past Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jayson Werth's three-run home run capped a four-run first inning and Joe Ross had another stingy outing for the Washington Nationals in a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

Ross (3-0) allowed one run on six hits in six innings, raising his ERA to 0.79. He has given up only two runs in 22 2/3 innings.

Werth added an RBI single in the eighth, his fifth in the first two games of a weekend series and 10th of the year. Washington goes for a sweep Sunday after raising its record to 8-24 at 11-year-old Busch Stadium.

Opponents had been 2 for 13 with no runs in the first against Jaime Garcia (1-2) before the Nationals jumped on the lefty for four runs on three hits. Daniel Murphy had an RBI single before Werth hit his fourth over the left-field wall.

Garcia struck out six and walked three in 6 1/3 innings.

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Miley, Seager lead Mariners past Royals 6-0 http://www.komu.com/news/miley-seager-lead-mariners-past-royals-6-0/ http://www.komu.com/news/miley-seager-lead-mariners-past-royals-6-0/ Sports Sun, 1 May 2016 2:36:12 PM The Associated Press Miley, Seager lead Mariners past Royals 6-0

SEATTLE (AP) — Wade Miley scattered five hits for his first career shutout and Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning off an ineffective Yordano Venture and pace the Seattle Mariners to a 6-0 victory over Kansas City on Saturday night, the Royals' fifth consecutive loss on their current road trip.

Miley (2-2) struck out four and walked none for his second complete game in 139 starts. His only other complete game was last September with Boston in a 9-2 victory over Philadelphia, when he allowed two runs and five hits.

Seth Smith, whose homer accounted for the Mariners' only hit in a 1-0 victory Friday night, homered in the first inning, a one-out solo shot, his fourth.

The Mariners capitalized on two walks in the first off Ventura (2-1), who allowed five runs, three hits with six walks in four-plus innings.


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