KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:06:16 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Jays avoid Royal sweep in Kansas City http://www.komu.com/news/jays-avoid-royal-sweep-in-kansas-city/ http://www.komu.com/news/jays-avoid-royal-sweep-in-kansas-city/ Sports Sun, 25 Jun 2017 9:35:25 PM Associated Press Jays avoid Royal sweep in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Back on the mound, Roberto Osuna settled into his comfort zone.

The Toronto closer struck out three in a scoreless ninth inning a day after saying he was dealing with anxiety issues, and the Blue Jays avoided a sweep by beating the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Sunday.

"I felt really good and I felt better than yesterday and the day before," Osuna said through a translator. "I'm just ready to work on that and get over it."

Jose Bautista homered and drove in a season-high four runs and Francisco Liriano earned his 100th career victory.

Osuna didn't pitch in a save situation on Friday night, and the Blue Jays' bullpen let a game get away. On Saturday, the 22-year-old reliever said he was out of sorts mentally and feeling lost.

Osuna has received an outpouring of support on social media.

"I didn't read everything, but I hear about it," he said. "I really appreciate the support of the people, but I have other stuff to think about right now. I just thank the fans for that, but I'm just trying to work on that by myself."

"I'm just trying to do my best when I go out there and I'm trying to follow directions, whatever the doctors and trainers here tell me to do. I just follow directions and hopefully it's going to get better," he said.

Osuna, who has 19 saves, returned to the mound in a non-save spot and gave up an infield single while getting the last three outs.

"If there comes a time or day he doesn't feel he could, he would let us know," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "But that's personal stuff. You guys need to stay out of that."

Bautista hit a two-run, 450-foot homer in the fifth that tied it. He walked with the bases loaded in a five-run sixth and singled home Kevin Pillar, who had three hits, in the seventh.

Bautista did a little celebration dance with Osuna after the final out.

"Hopefully he can continue to come out there when we need him," Bautista said. "It's encouraging to see him just go out and pitch well."

Liriano (4-3) allowed two runs on six hits while pitching into the seventh. He improved to 100-95 in 12 seasons with Toronto, Minnesota, the White Sox and Pittsburgh.

The Blue Jays scored five runs off relievers Scott Alexander (0-2) and Peter Moylan, who combined to face six batters and retire none. Josh Donaldson's two-run double was the key hit in the sixth.

Royals starter Jason Hammel left after five innings and 105 pitches. He gave up five hits and struck out six.

Jorge Bonifacio homered in the first for the Royals. He doubled in the fourth and scored on Eric Hosmer's single.

"You win the first two games, you're obviously disappointed you don't sweep," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "The fact we won the series is a little bit of a consolation."

After Moylan was pulled in the sixth, he had a few choice words on the way to the dugout for plate umpire John Tumpane and was ejected. Moylan had issues with Tumpane's strike zone.

"I don't know whether you noticed my reaction, but I felt a couple of them could have been called strikes in that situation," Moylan said when he walked Bautista. "A 2-2 count as opposed to a 3-1 count changes the whole at-bat and the whole game really."

The Royals will play their next seven games against AL Central opponents Detroit and Minnesota. Kansas City is 9-18 within the division. The Royals are 12-7 against AL East clubs, 11-10 against AL West and 5-2 against the National League.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (right oblique strain) made his first minor league rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Omaha. He allowed two runs on three hits, including a home run, struck out three and walked one. "He felt good. His stuff was good," Yost said. Duffy threw 48 pitches. His next scheduled start will be Thursday at Colorado Springs.

Blue Jays: After an off-day Monday, RHP Kevin Gausman (3-7, 6.47) will start Tuesday against visiting Baltimore.

Royals: LHP Matt Strahm (2-4, 4.80) will start Tuesday at Detroit.

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Mercer, Harrison homer in Pittsburgh's win over St. Louis http://www.komu.com/news/mercer-harrison-homer-in-pittsburgh-s-win-over-st-louis/ http://www.komu.com/news/mercer-harrison-homer-in-pittsburgh-s-win-over-st-louis/ Sports Sat, 24 Jun 2017 9:35:29 PM The Associated Press Mercer, Harrison homer in Pittsburgh's win over St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison homered and starter Gerrit Cole pitched six innings, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

Cole (6-6) extended his winning streak to three games, allowing five hits and one run with five strikeouts and two walks.

In Cole's four losing starts from May 22 through June 8, he surrendered 23 runs in 19 1/3 innings. Since then, he has reeled off three solid starts. Before Saturday, he allowed just three hits and one run in seven innings in each of his previous two starts.

Pittsburgh has won four of its last six games.

Slumping St. Louis has dropped eight of its last 11. The 33-40 start for the Cardinals is their worst since 2007.

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Frankie Hughes Transfers to Duquesne http://www.komu.com/news/frankie-hughes-transfers-to-duquesne/ http://www.komu.com/news/frankie-hughes-transfers-to-duquesne/ Sports Sat, 24 Jun 2017 7:28:05 PM Eric Kelly, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Frankie Hughes Transfers to Duquesne

COLUMBIA - Former Missouri Guard Frankie Hughes announced on Twitter Saturday that he will transfer to Duquesne University to continue his basketball career.

Hughes came to Missouri as a three-star recruit from Cleveland, Ohio.

In one season with the Tigers, Hughes averaged 7.6 points per game, inlcuding a career high 24 points against Xavier in November.

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Vargas earns 11th win as Royals top Blue Jays 3-2 http://www.komu.com/news/vargas-earns-11th-win-as-royals-top-blue-jays-3-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/vargas-earns-11th-win-as-royals-top-blue-jays-3-2/ Sports Sat, 24 Jun 2017 7:20:40 PM The Associated Press Vargas earns 11th win as Royals top Blue Jays 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Vargas earned his major league-leading 11th victory, pitching seven efficient innings to lead the surging Kansas City Royals over the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Saturday.

The Royals won for the 11th time in 13 games and moved over .500 for the first time this season at 37-36.

Vargas (11-3) allowed two runs on eight hits, walked none and striking out two. Troy Tulowitzki and Pillar homered off Vargas.

Alcides Escobar had three hits and scored twice, including the go-ahead run in the seventh. He singled with one out and scored on Alex Gordon's triple down the right-field line off Marco Estrada (4-6).

After Joakim Soria struck out two in the eighth, Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 20 chances.

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Cheerleaders give back to "People who risk their lives everyday" http://www.komu.com/news/cheerleaders-give-back-to-people-who-risk-their-lives-everyday-/ http://www.komu.com/news/cheerleaders-give-back-to-people-who-risk-their-lives-everyday-/ Sports Sat, 24 Jun 2017 3:51:10 PM Jasmyn Willis, KOMU 8 Reporter Cheerleaders give back to

JEFFERSON CITY - Cheerleaders rolled up their sleeves and got dirty while washing cars Saturday as athletes at Capitol City Cheer held their Second Annual First Responders Day.

First responders from seven counties were served lunch while their car was washed. First responders were invited to bring their personal or work vehicles.

Cole County Hazmat Communications Technician, Kyle Renick, said it’s great to see the kids give back.

“It’s really amazing that these girls have the time and the courage to put on all of this for us because you don’t see that a lot from people,” Renick said. “This is the second year they’ve done it for us.”

Capitol City Cheer Owner, Ron Swanson said he instills character development and positivity in his athletes.

“It was important to teach our athletes that character development and being someone that’s a strong presence in their community was important,” Swanson said.

Capital City Cheer wanted to recognize first responders for the sacrifice they make every day.

“I’ve always been a person that felt that giving back to our community, especially the hardworking men, women and our first responders, was an important part of being a part of community," Swanson said.

The athletes delivered mint-themed care packages to first responders to show appreciation for their “Commit-MINT”.

Capitol City Cheerleader Claire Thurnau said she’s been cheering competitively for five years and Capitol City is a great environment.

“You’re not only building yourself as an athlete but you’re building yourself as a character,” Thurnau said.

Thurnau, 13, helped coordinate the event and said it’s a way to appreciate first responders.

“The least we can do is cook them a hamburger and wash their vehicles for people who risk their lives every day,” Thurnau said.

Swanson said he has coached cheerleaders for over 20 years. He said he does it for the athletes.

“Anybody that does what I do, we do what we do, mainly for the kids," Swanson said. "Seeing them not just want to give back, but have fun doing it and creating fun environments for them to do it in. That’s why we appreciate so much the fire department and everybody coming out and giving these kids and opportunity, a fun opportunity to give back to them.”

Jefferson City fire fighter Brian Leivian said it’s great to have the athletes give back.

“It’s nice to have the recognition even though we don’t look for it,” Levian said.  “It feels good to have somebody do something for us once and a while.”

Jefferson City fire fighter Billy Bolden said days like Saturday are one of the best parts of his job.

“To watch the kids is probably one of the best parts of the job," Bolden said. "Just being able to watch the kids have fun and be around the fire trucks. When we are driving down the road to see little kids wave from the back seat and see them smile, it’s always a good thing.”

Capitol City Cheer said there were over 25 first responders who attended the event last year.

“It’s just nice,” Renick said. “We get to sit down eat barbecue, while they wash our trucks. They really give us a break from our day to day life and careers.”

Renick said Capital City Cheer set an example for others to give back to the community.

“In today’s age people are started realizing maybe we should recognize some of our public servants,” Renick said. "I think it’s great that some of these girls are doing this for us and it’s really taking a step to get other people to do it as well.”

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Chiefs agree on extension with Reid, part ways with GM Dorsey http://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-agree-on-extension-with-reid-part-ways-with-gm-dorsey/ http://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-agree-on-extension-with-reid-part-ways-with-gm-dorsey/ Sports Thu, 22 Jun 2017 3:43:30 PM Evan Lachnit, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Chiefs agree on extension with Reid, part ways with GM Dorsey

KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Chiefs announced Thursday afternoon they reached a deal to extend head coach Andy Reid's contract. 

Ried has coached in Kansas City for the past four years and was about to enter his fifth and final year in his contract. 

The 19-year veteran coach thanked the organization for the oppourtunity to contnue coaching the Chiefs in a statement from the team. 

"We’ve made quite a bit of progress over the last four seasons, but we are not done yet," Reid said in the statement. "We are going to continue to work towards our ultimate goal of winning championships. I’ve been blessed by the support of the community, our fans, the Hunt family and the entire Chiefs staff. I’m looking forward to the years ahead as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs." 

Not long after, Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt released a statement announcing the team and GM of the past four years, John Dorsey, were parting ways. 

In that statement, Hunt said the team notified Dorsey they would not be renewing his contract at the end of 2017 and both sides desided it was best for them to part ways at this time. 



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Cardinals score seven unanswered to storm past Phillies 7-6 http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-score-seven-unanswered-to-storm-past-phillies-7-6/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-score-seven-unanswered-to-storm-past-phillies-7-6/ Sports Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:24:53 PM Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals score seven unanswered to storm past Phillies 7-6

PHILADELPHIA - Tommy Pham went deep twice Wednesday night and the Cardinals bullpen allowed only one earned run as St. Louis rallied to overcome the Phillies 7-6. The Cardinals were able to secure the win despite three errors throughout the game. 

The Phillies came out of the gates swinging in this game. After 3B Maikel Franco brought home LF Howie Kendrick via a fielder's choice in the bottom of the first, CF Odubel Herrera was right behind him with a two-RBI double to deep center. That made the score 3-0 in favor of the Phillies just one inning into the game.

Cardinals SP Michael Wacha would get a bit more comfortable on the bump after the first inning, allowing no more runs until midway through the bottom of the fourth. Phillies OF Aaron Altherr grounded into a fielder's choice allowing C Andrew Knapp to score. The damage would have been limited to a trade-off of one run for one out, but a throwing error by Cardinals 2B Greg Garcia allowed another run to score. The lead had now ballooned to 5-0 Phillies.

Wacha would end the night with a line of four innings pitched, nine hits and two earned runs. 

The Cardinals batters must have had enough. Pham led-off the fifth inning with a solo home run to center, but the Birds still had a long way to go, staring at a 5-1 deficit. That deficit would begin to look more manageable as the Cards continued to pour it on. 

Third baseman Jedd Gyorko slapped a two-run long-ball to right an inning later to bring the Cardinals within two at a score of 5-3. This would knock Philadelphia SP Nick Pivetta out of the game after six innings of three-run ball, earning him a quality start. The Phillies bullpen couldn't stop the bleeding. 

In the top of the eighth inning, OF José Martinez struck a ball well that sailed into the seats in right for a solo home run, making the score 5-4.

While the Cardinal hitters were doing all they could to get their team back into the game, the bullpen was holding up their end of the bargain as well. Tyler Lyons, who relieved Wacha, blanked the Phillies for three innings and struck out five. 

With the Cardinals still needing one run to avoid a loss, Pham dug in once again in the top of the ninth inning. He got hold of a pitch and drove it over the fence in center, tying the game at five. With the Phillies unable to respond in the bottom half of the frame, these clubs went into extras for the second night in a row. 

Martinez led-off the inning for the Cardinals and was able to reach base on a double to center, he advanced to third on a balk by Phillies RP Edubray Ramos. Ramos would give the Cards another gift two batters later when he attempted to pick off a runner at first but sailed the ball to the home dugout, allowing Martinez to score the go-ahead run on the error. 

The Cardinals would get one more run in the top of the tenth to push the lead to 7-5 and while the Phillies would respond with a run of their own in the bottom of the tenth, they came up one run short and fell to the Birds 7-6. 

Game three of this series will be played tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. CT. 



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NHL Expansion Draft takes David Perron from St. Louis http://www.komu.com/news/nhl-expansion-draft-takes-david-perron-from-st-louis/ http://www.komu.com/news/nhl-expansion-draft-takes-david-perron-from-st-louis/ Sports Wed, 21 Jun 2017 8:15:16 PM Hannah Husmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer NHL Expansion Draft takes David Perron from St. Louis

LAS VEGAS - The Vegas Golden Knights named David Perron to its roster for the 2017-2018 season Wednesday at the NHL awards. The former St. Louis Blues forward rounds out the Knights inaugural 30-man roster.

The Blues drafted Perron in 2007, but a trade landed him with Edmonton, Pittsburgh and Anaheim before he returned to St. Louis in July 2016.

The 29-year-old forward signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract with St. Louis in 2016, so his absence will open up room in the Blues' salary cap for the 2017-2018 season.

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Royals can't figure out Sale, get blown out by Red Sox http://www.komu.com/news/royals-can-t-figure-out-sale-get-blown-out-by-red-sox/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-can-t-figure-out-sale-get-blown-out-by-red-sox/ Sports Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:03:05 PM The Associated Press Royals can't figure out Sale, get blown out by Red Sox

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Chris Sale shut down the Kansas City Royals while pitching into the ninth inning, and a rag-tag bunch of Boston Red Sox filling in for injured starters pounded their way to an 8-3 victory Tuesday night.

The win moved the Sox into first place in the AL East.

Sale (9-3) gave up a homer to Mike Moustakas in the second and a two-run shot to Jorge Bonifacio in the ninth before departing two outs shy of his second consecutive complete game.

He allowed four hits and fanned 10, pushing his major league-leading strikeout total to 146 this season.

More importantly, he got a win after going the distance in a 1-0 loss to Philadelphia last week.

Xander Bogaerts and Sandy Leon each drove in a pair of runs for Boston.

The Red Sox got plenty of production from a lineup missing Pablo Sandoval, Dustin Pedroia and Mitch Moreland to various injuries.


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Seven-run 11th fuels Cardinal's blowout win http://www.komu.com/news/seven-run-11th-fuels-cardinal-s-blowout-win/ http://www.komu.com/news/seven-run-11th-fuels-cardinal-s-blowout-win/ Sports Tue, 20 Jun 2017 9:56:32 PM The Associated Press Seven-run 11th fuels Cardinal's blowout win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham both homered in a seven-run 11th inning to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 Tuesday night.

Stephen Piscotty had a two-run double off Casey Fien after Edubray Ramos (0-5) started the inning with two walks.

Molina and Pham followed with homers as the Cardinals scored the most runs in one inning so far this season.

Fien gave up both homers and then a single to Chad Huffman and double to Carpenter before the pitcher was removed.

Philadelphia has now lost 12 of its last 13 games.

Kevin Siegrist (1-1) pitched one inning in relief to earn the win.

Mike Leake started the game for St. Louis and allowed one run and three hits in six innings.

Jeremy Hellickson gave up six hits and a run in seven innings.

His only blemish was a solo homer for Jedd Gyorko in the second inning.

Philadelphia scored its lone run of the game on a Maikel Franco RBI single after Leake walked the first two batters in the fourth inning.


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Royals' Hosmer, Perez in position for All-Star Game starts http://www.komu.com/news/royals-hosmer-perez-in-position-for-all-star-game-starts/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-hosmer-perez-in-position-for-all-star-game-starts/ Sports Tue, 20 Jun 2017 6:01:46 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Royals' Hosmer, Perez in position for All-Star Game starts

KANSAS CITY - Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez led American League All-Star voting at their respective positions as of the latest update from Major League Baseball on Tuesday.

Hosmer (936,734 votes) passed both Oakland's Yonder Alonso (887,645 votes) and Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (831,289 votes) in the time since the last update was released. Batting .308 with 81 hits thus far in 2017, Hosmer leads AL first baseman in both categories. He has added eight home runs and 30 RBI in 69 games. 

Perez (1,453,088 votes) has a slim lead on Houston's Brian McCann (1,051,138 votes) and New York's Gary Sanchez (1,045,471 votes) at the catcher position. Should he make the team, it would be the fifth consecutive All-Star Game appereance for Perez. 

In last year's All-Star Game at Petco Park, Hosmer and Perez combined for all four American League RBIs in a 4-2 victory over the National League. Hosmer took home game MVP honors, becoming the Kansas City player to win the award since Bo Jackson in 1989. 

Voting for the 88th Major League Baseball All-Star Game ends on Thursday, June 29. The game will be played on Tuesday, July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami. 

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Incoming Missouri freshman basketball center Tilmon arrested http://www.komu.com/news/incoming-missouri-freshman-basketball-center-tilmon-arrested/ http://www.komu.com/news/incoming-missouri-freshman-basketball-center-tilmon-arrested/ Sports Mon, 19 Jun 2017 5:12:09 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Incoming Missouri freshman basketball center Tilmon arrested

COLUMBIA - Incoming Missouri freshman center Jeremiah Tilmon was arrested on a minor in possession charge by MUPD on Friday morning. 

Tilmon, a 6'10" top-50 recruit, was one of the late additions to Mizzou's top-10 recruiting class of 2017 following the signing of coach and fellow East St. Louis native Cuonzo Martin in April.

The Missouri Men's Basketball program released a statement saying it is aware of the incident and will handle matters internally.

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Royals winning streak ends with loss to Angels http://www.komu.com/news/royals-winning-streak-ends-with-loss-to-angels/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-winning-streak-ends-with-loss-to-angels/ Sports Sat, 17 Jun 2017 11:26:36 PM The Associated Press Royals winning streak ends with loss to Angels

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA (AP) — Albert Pujols, Cameron Maybin and Luis Valbuena each homered and Alex Meyer dominated for six innings, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat Kansas City 9-0 Saturday.

The Royals' loss snapped their six-game winning streak.

Maybin hit a leadoff homer in the first inning, Pujols had a two-run shot in the fifth and Valbuena added a three-run homer in the seventh.

Meyer (3-3) pitched the best game of his young career, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out nine.

Rookie right-hander Jake Junis (2-1) got the first loss of his career, surrendering five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Junis did not walk a batter and struck out six.


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Cards give up 15, fall to Baltimore http://www.komu.com/news/cards-give-up-15-fall-to-baltimore/ http://www.komu.com/news/cards-give-up-15-fall-to-baltimore/ Sports Sat, 17 Jun 2017 11:06:40 PM The Associated Press Cards give up 15, fall to Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jonathan Schoop homered twice and drove in four runs, Manny Machado went deep in a seven-run second inning against Adam Wainwright and the Baltimore Orioles beat the St. Louis Cardinals 15-7 Saturday.

Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo got Baltimore started with successive first-inning shots, and Schoop finished the long-ball display with drives in the fourth and seventh.

In dropping eight of their previous nine games, the Orioles absorbed lopsided losses of 8-2, 16-3, 14-3 and 11-2.

In this one, they flipped the script by bolting to a 12-3 lead in the fourth inning and cruising to the finish.

Wade Miley (3-4) picked up his second win since April 14 despite allowing six runs, five earned, in 5 2/3 innings.

Wainwright (7-5) gave up nine runs and seven hits, including three home runs, over 1 2/3 innings — the shortest of his 268 career starts.

The nine runs and three homers matched the most he's allowed in any outing.


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Show-Me-State games adds a new event http://www.komu.com/news/show-me-state-games-adds-a-new-event/ http://www.komu.com/news/show-me-state-games-adds-a-new-event/ Sports Sat, 17 Jun 2017 6:56:19 PM Amanda Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter Show-Me-State games adds a new event

COLUMBIA – The annual Show-Me-State games debuted a new competition Saturday for grade school students.

The Missouri National Archery and School Program, or MONASP, allowed students ranging from the fourth grade to 12th grade to participate in groups or as individuals in the new archery event. It marked the first group archery competition in the Show-Me-State games.

Participant Anna Reinkemeyer first got involved with archery three years ago when she learned she was going to Helias and “[the school] had an archery team and my grade school didn’t have one, so I figured I’d give it a try.”

Now, Reinkemeyer is participating in national level tournaments and placing among some of the very best. “I [placed] third at nationals [out of 6,000 girls],” Reinkemeyer said.

The event officially began Saturday morning at 9:00. at Battle high school. It had two major heats, one at 10 meters and another at 15 meters. Each archer would be shooting at an Olympic style target and would get a practice round before shooting for points. A perfect score for the heat would be a 300.

Katie Fredrickson, also a participant, said archery “help with my grades and school and it keeps me, keeps a lot of kids, in school. It helps with a lot of your life skills.”

Fredrickson, a double state champions, learned to first shoot the bow and arrow after helping her family on their farm.  After doing chores, she would go to practice. She credits working on the farm for helping her to build up enough muscle to get better at aiming towards the target.

The MONASP archery event was first brought to the games thanks in part to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The organization provided both supplies and support.

Emily Lorenz, media coordinator for Show-Me-State games, said the Department of Conservation is looking to grow their NASP events over the next few years, which led to the addition of the archery event this year.

Eric Edwards, Missouri Department of Conservation education outreach coordinator, explained archery isn’t just a one-time thing. “Archery is a lifetime skill. It’s something you can start at a very early age and you can go on forever,” Edwards said.

Edwards believes participation in the NASP is key for students because they are able to pick up another team sport. “Kids that do NASP, they’re not part of a basketball, or baseball or football team or band or something like that. So this is their first real experience enjoying and learning what team is all about and how to work with your fellow teammates,” Edwards said.

While the archers participate in several different tournaments a year, they enjoy getting to participate in this one with their classmates and friends.

The Show-Me-State games is an Olympic-style competition for Missouri state amateur athletes. It is held in Columbia and is the largest state games in the Unites States. It takes place during three weekends in the summer. This year they are June 16-18, July 21-23 and July 28-30.

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U.S. Open sees surprising first round cuts http://www.komu.com/news/u-s-open-sees-surprising-first-round-cuts/ http://www.komu.com/news/u-s-open-sees-surprising-first-round-cuts/ Sports Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:04:59 PM Amanda Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter U.S. Open sees surprising first round cuts

HARTFORD, WI—The U.S. Open concluded Friday with some surprising first round cuts.

After the first cut, 55 players will tee off on Saturday. However, some familiar names will not be on the green Saturday.

Jason Day and Dustin Johnson both missed the first cut. Day has not missed a first round major cut since 2012 and Johnson won the U.S. Open in 2016.

Four golfers are currently tied for first. Paul Casey, Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka will head into Saturday with the best standing.

The tournament has been held annually since 1895.

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Cardinals bash 5 HRs in 11-2 rout of sinking Orioles http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-bash-5-hrs-in-11-2-rout-of-sinking-orioles/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-bash-5-hrs-in-11-2-rout-of-sinking-orioles/ Sports Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:51:17 PM The Associated Press Cardinals bash 5 HRs in 11-2 rout of sinking Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) — Carlos Martinez struck out eight over six sharp innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals hit a season-high five home runs in an 11-2 rout of the struggling Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

Rookie Paul DeJong homered, singled twice, scored three runs and had three RBIs to help St. Louis snap a three-game skid.

Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler connected in succession to cap a four-run sixth inning, Tommy Pham hit a two-run drive in the seventh and Jedd Gyorko added a solo shot in the ninth.

Coming off a four-hit shutout against Philadelphia, Martinez (6-5) gave up one run and four hits. The right-hander has 45 strikeouts over his last five starts.

Kevin Gausman (3-6) allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

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Blues add three assistant coaches http://www.komu.com/news/blues-add-three-assistant-coaches/ http://www.komu.com/news/blues-add-three-assistant-coaches/ Sports Thu, 15 Jun 2017 8:49:26 PM Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Anchor Blues add three assistant coaches

ST. LOUIS - The Blues announced three new additions to their coaching staff Thursday, according to their team page.

St. Louis added Craig Berube as associate coach, Daniel Tkaczuk as an assistant/skills coach, and David Alexander as the team's goalie coach.

Alexander will be succeeding goalie legend Martin Brodeur as the team's goalie coach.

Brodeur is not returning to the position so he can focus on his role as assistant general manager.

Alexander is coming off four years as the goalie coach for the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, a minor league affilliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"He's a younger coach but current with today's players and we think he's going to be really good for this organization," General Manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement.

Alexander knows goalie Jake Allen well. The two work together in the summer.

The pair of Berube and Tkaczuk are being brought up from St. Louis's AHL affillate, the Chicago Wolves.

Last year, Berube led the Wolves to their best record since the 2009-10 season.

"He's very consistent in his approach and I think the players like that," Armstrong said. "He understands right from wrong, he has values that are non-negotiable."

Tkaczuk served as an assistant coach on the team.

"Tkaczuk was great for us as young players," Blues forward Ivan Barbashev said in a statement."He shared his experience and taught us a lot about what it means to be a pro."

The additions should fill out the coaching staff for the 2017-2018 season, according to the team site.

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Royals hit 3 home runs in 7-2 win over Giants http://www.komu.com/news/royals-hit-3-home-runs-in-7-2-win-over-giants/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-hit-3-home-runs-in-7-2-win-over-giants/ Sports Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:52:13 AM Associated Press Royals hit 3 home runs in 7-2 win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO - Royals slugger Mike Moustakas didn't care to get caught up in a debate concerning whether or not his latest home run landed in the waters of McCovey Cove.

With Kansas City finally finding a comfortable groove after a rocky start to the season, Moustakas is thinking big picture.

Moustakas hit his 18th home run leading off the second inning, Jorge Bonifacio and Lorenzo Cain followed with back-to-back shots in the third and the Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 on Wednesday to complete a two-game sweep.

The win was Kansas City's fourth straight and left the Royals at 30-34 - not bad for a ballclub that was nine games under .500 one month into the season.

"We're trending in the right direction," Moustakas said. "We've been playing great baseball on this road trip and if we keep this going we're going to be in a good spot after the end of this month."

Moustakas, one of Kansas City's top hitters over the past two weeks, stayed hot with his home run off former Royals pitcher Johnny Cueto (5-6) that initially appeared to land in McCovey Cove. Officials later determined that the ball landed on a walkway and bounced into the water.

It was the fifth homer in 12 games for Moustakas, who is already just four shy of his career-high.

"It's all good, a homer's a homer," Moustakas said.

Bonifacio finished with two hits and three RBIs, Whit Merrifield added three hits and three runs while Alcides Escobar singled three times to help Jason Hammel end an eight-game winless stretch on the road that dated to 2016.

Hammel (3-6) allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings to beat the Giants for the first time in 12 starts. The right-hander gave up eight hits, struck out four and walked one.

"He commanded the ball really well, he changed speeds, he used his slider effectively, got some big swings and misses," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "His last couple of starts, he's really come on for us."

Bonifacio homered in the third after Merrifield opened the inning with a bunt single. Two pitches later, Cain lined an 0-1 pitch over the fence in left-center that put the Royals up 4-0.

Cueto struggled in his first appearance against his former team since signing with San Francisco after helping Kansas City to the 2015 World Series. He allowed five runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings with three walks and five strikeouts.

Kansas City has scored seven or more runs in each of its last four games, all wins.

Eduardo Nunez had two hits and an RBI for San Francisco. The Giants have lost 11 of 15.

San Francisco had two on and two outs twice but failed to score each time. Hammel fanned Brandon Crawford to end the fourth and reliever Peter Moylan got Buster Posey to ground out to end the seventh.

"The way we're swinging, it's a steep climb," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "This is humbling to go through something like this. It's a tough time for these fellows."

Brandon Belt's walk in the seventh inning was the first free pass issued by Hammel since May 29. It also was the last batter the right-hander faced, as Yost came scurrying out of the dugout to replace him with Moylan. Hammel hardly resisted. "I don't ever want to say I was getting tired but that inning the pitches were up," he said. "Probably the right move there."

Giants: 2B Joe Panik returned to the lineup after being sidelined for four games with a sprained left thumb he injured last week in Milwaukee diving for a ground ball. He went 2 for 4.

Royals: LHP Matt Strahm (1-3, 4.05) makes his first career start Thursday in Anaheim against the Angels. Strahm has made 20 appearances out of the bullpen this season.

Giants: LHP Matt Moore (2-7, 5.28) faces the Rockies for the third time this season when the teams play at Colorado in the opener of a four-game series Thursday. Moore is winless in his previous five starts.

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Five Missouri Tigers selected in MLB Draft http://www.komu.com/news/five-missouri-tigers-selected-in-mlb-draft/ http://www.komu.com/news/five-missouri-tigers-selected-in-mlb-draft/ Sports Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:20:18 AM Austin Hough, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Five Missouri Tigers selected in MLB Draft

COLUMBIA - Five former Missouri Tigers baseball players were taken in the MLB Draft this week.

Pitcher Tanner Houck was taken in the first round (24th overall) by the Boston Red Sox. Houck went 4-7 with a 3.33 ERA, 95 strikeouts and just a .220 opponent batting average. He is the seventh player in Missouri history to be selected in the first round.

The next Mizzou player off the board was Bryce Montes De Oca, who went in the 15th round (463rd overall) to the Washington Nationals. De Oca had a career year for the Tigers, allowing just a .205 opponent batting average across 61 innings pitched.

Six rounds later, junior infielder Robbie Glenndinning was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates (628th overall). Glenndinning only played one season for Missouri, batting .274 with 13 doubles. He was SEC Player of the Week in March during the Tigers' 20-game winning streak.

Junior catcher Brett Bond went in the 23rd round (691st overall) to the Houston Astros. Bond batted .308 for the Tigers with 10 home runs. He had career highs in batting, slugging, OBP, hits, doubles, homers, RBI's and runs scored.

Finally, starter Cole Bartlett went in the 25th round (742 overall) to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He made 19 appearances in 2017, including five starts. He posted a 6-3 record with a 3.19 ERA in 79 innings pitched.

The five players selected ties a program high with the 2006 team, which also produced five draft picks.

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