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. () () Thu, 25 Aug 2016 02:08:18 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Garcia struggles, Mets take down Cardinals http://www.komu.com/news/garcia-struggles-mets-take-down-cardinals/ http://www.komu.com/news/garcia-struggles-mets-take-down-cardinals/ Sports Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:36:37 PM The Associated Press Garcia struggles, Mets take down Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wilmer Flores and Justin Ruggiano homered as the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 on Tuesday night.

Jose Reyes reached four base times and scored three runs. Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits, drove in a run and scored once.

The offense helped Robert Gsellman (1-0) get the decision in his major league debut. Gsellman, pressed into action after starter Jonathon Niese left with an injury in the first inning, pitched 3 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run.

Jeurys Familia earned his 42nd save, one shy of the Mets' season record set by Familia last year and Armando Benitez in 2001.

Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia (10-9) gave up a season-high six runs at home, in just four innings. New York broke a 22 1/3-inning streak in which Garcia hadn't given up an earned run at home to the Mets.


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Ventura, Royals extend winning streak http://www.komu.com/news/ventura-royals-extend-winning-streak/ http://www.komu.com/news/ventura-royals-extend-winning-streak/ Sports Tue, 23 Aug 2016 9:36:49 PM The Associated Press Ventura, Royals extend winning streak

MIAMI (AP) — Yordano Ventura escaped two threats while pitching six innings, and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to nine games by beating the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Tuesday night.

Ventura (9-9), who reached 101 mph on the scoreboard radar gun, allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six. Royals starters have an ERA of 1.69 during the winning streak, Kansas City's longest since June 2014.

Three relievers closed out the win and extended the bullpen's streak of 32 consecutive shutout innings since Aug. 10. Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

The Marlins had won three straight but were shut out despite totaling seven hits. They went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.


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Columbia gymnastics reaps the benefits of the Final Five's Olympic success http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-gymnastics-reaps-the-benefits-of-the-final-five-s-olympic-success/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-gymnastics-reaps-the-benefits-of-the-final-five-s-olympic-success/ Sports Tue, 23 Aug 2016 1:28:32 PM Desiree' Evans, KOMU8 Reporter Columbia gymnastics reaps the benefits of the Final Five's Olympic success

COLUMBIA - Since the Olympics, Authority Gymnastics and Cheer has seen an increase in enrollment for its fall gymnastics classes.

“For our business, I think it will increase about 25 percent,” Shari Mann said.

Mann and Jonathan Liddle have been the owners of Authority Gymnastics and Cheer for six years and say they are excited for the future of their gym and for the future of gymnastics as a whole.

Liddle said he believes the diversity on the U.S. gymnastics team will increase representation within the sport. Laurie Hernandez is Hispanic, while Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas are black.

"It’s going to just widen the base for the entire gymnastics community,” he said.  

Enrollment for gymnastics can be done over the phone and online. Fall classes begin next week.

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Former Tigers QB starts new journey in Columbia with Rock Bridge http://www.komu.com/news/former-tigers-qb-starts-new-journey-in-columbia-with-rock-bridge/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-tigers-qb-starts-new-journey-in-columbia-with-rock-bridge/ Sports Sun, 21 Aug 2016 8:29:32 PM Chris Turner, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Former Tigers QB starts new journey in Columbia with Rock Bridge

COLUMBIA - Alex Demczak left Columbia as a Missouri Tiger.

He returns as a Rock Bridge Bruin. 

The former Missouri Tiger quarterback is back in Columbia as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Rock Bridge High School. 

"My wife grew up in Columbia," Demczak said. "We loved it. I loved going to Mizzou, playing for coach Pinkel and the rest of the staff there. We really view Columbia as home, and it's been a great few months back here."

Demczak was hired back in May to join new head coach Joe Collier's staff, with a recommendation from former Rock Bridge coach, A.J. Ofodile.

"He was actually a reference from coach Ofodile," Collier said. "That was a coach Ofodile pick-up. Good kid, good background, high character guy."

Collier has noticed the impact Demczak has had on the Rock Bridge players during his first few months in his position. 

"He's good for the kids," Collier said. "High energy guy, takes care of his quarterbacks, understands them. He's with them all the time. He's right along their age so he looks out for them."

Demczak played for Missouri from 2011-2014 under both former head coach Gary Pinkel and current assistant coach Andy Hill. He takes the lessons learned from the Tigers coaching staff to help mold the next generation of football talent here in Columbia. 

"I would view a guy like Andy Hill, coach Pinkel, or coach Odom as my role models," Demczak said. "Those guys are my mentors, and I've learned so many things from them." 

"He brings a wealth of knowledge (to Rock Bridge)," Collier said. "The guys that come around from Mizzou, they can relate because they just stopped playing. It's a good deal for the kids to be able to bounce things off of him."

Demczak's playing career ended at Faurot Field in 2014.

A new journey begins just down the street at Rock Bridge Field. 

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Hernandez, Hellickson lift Philies over Cardinals, 4-2 http://www.komu.com/news/hernandez-hellickson-lift-philies-over-cardinals-4-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/hernandez-hellickson-lift-philies-over-cardinals-4-2/ Sports Sat, 20 Aug 2016 9:17:23 PM Associated Press Hernandez, Hellickson lift Philies over Cardinals, 4-2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cesar Hernandez homered, doubled and singled, and Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings in the Philadelphia Phillies' 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

Maikel Franco had two hits, including a double and the winning RBI, and Aaron Altherr homered for the Phillies. They have hit home runs in 14 straight games.

Jeremy Hazelbaker homered and Jhonny Peralta had three hits for St. Louis, which had won five in a row. The Cardinals are 1 1/2 games head of Miami for the second wild-card spot in the National League.

St. Louis fell short of setting a major league record of 10 straight games with multiple home runs. The Cardinals tied the mark with a pair of homers Friday night.

Hellickson (10-7) skipped his last start because of back tightness. The right-hander looked healthy and sharp, allowing two runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. He pumped his fist into his glove after striking out pinch-hitter Greg Garcia to finish the seventh.

Franco put the Phillies ahead for good with a two-out single to left in the fifth that scored Hernandez from third.

Jeanmar Gomez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 33rd save in 37 opportunities.

The Phillies jumped on rookie Luke Weaver (0-1) with a pair of runs in the first.


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Gordon hits 2 HRs, Royals win 7th straight, rout Twins http://www.komu.com/news/gordon-hits-2-hrs-royals-win-7th-straight-rout-twins/ http://www.komu.com/news/gordon-hits-2-hrs-royals-win-7th-straight-rout-twins/ Sports Sat, 20 Aug 2016 9:10:29 PM Associated Press Gordon hits 2 HRs, Royals win 7th straight, rout Twins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon hit two home runs and a double, Ian Kennedy pitched eight sharp innings and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to seven games, beating the Minnesota Twins 10-0 Saturday night.

The Royals' string is their best since they won seven straight in April 2015. The World Series champions have won 12 of 14 to move back into the AL wild-card race.

Gordon has homered five times in five games. He connected in the fourth inning and again in the fifth for his fourth career multihomer game and his first since May 18, 2014.

Kennedy (8-9) gave up four hits, walked none and struck out six. He allowed only one runner past second base and has an 0.79 ERA in his past five starts.

Salvador Perez and Gordon hit back-to-back home runs in a four-run fifth, chasing Hector Santiago (10-8).


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How to watch J'den Cox wrestle in Rio Saturday http://www.komu.com/news/how-to-watch-j-den-cox-wrestle-in-rio-saturday/ http://www.komu.com/news/how-to-watch-j-den-cox-wrestle-in-rio-saturday/ Sports Fri, 19 Aug 2016 6:54:55 PM Lauren Petterson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer How to watch J'den Cox wrestle in Rio Saturday

RIO DE JANIERO - Columbia native J'den Cox will take the mat on Saturday. Here's how you can watch:

  • You can watch the livestream of Cox wrestling in the 86 kg qualification round on Mat A. The livestream of the round starts at 8 a.m.
  • If Cox wins that round, he'll move on to another qualification round, which can be watched on the same livestream.
  • If Cox wins his second qualification round, he'll move on to a third qualification round, which will be on Mat B on the same livestream.
  • The final round for the 86 kg weight class will be livestreamed by NBC at 2 p.m., which will be followed by the medal ceremony.

KOMU 8 News will have updates on Cox's progress in all of the day's newscasts.

NBC has posted a profile of Cox on its Olympics website.

You can also follow the action on Twitter:

  • #RioWrestle
  • @USAWrestling
  • @FloWrestling
  • @SuperstarW14T  (Cox's Twitter Handle)

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Gee, Gordon's grand slam lift Royals past Twins http://www.komu.com/news/gee-gordon-s-grand-slam-lift-royals-past-twins/ http://www.komu.com/news/gee-gordon-s-grand-slam-lift-royals-past-twins/ Sports Thu, 18 Aug 2016 8:29:02 PM Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Gee, Gordon's grand slam lift Royals past Twins

KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 8-1 Thursday behind a gem from starting pitcher Dillon Gee and a grand slam by Alex Gordon.

Twins' starter Tyler Duffey (8-9) held the Royals hitless through three innings before Kansas City got to Duffey for five runs in the fourth inning.

Duffey hit Salvador Perez with a pitch with the bases loaded to score the Royals' first run of the game and tie the score at 1-1.

Then the big blow of the inning came one at bat later from Gordon, whose grand slam blast put the Royals in front of Minesota 5-1.

On the mound, Gee (5-6) bounced back from allowing a solo home run to Brian Dozier to lead off the game and turned in a masterful start for the Royals. Gee went seven innings and allowed only five hits and one run while striking out seven Twins.

Chris Young tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Gee to nail down the win for Kansas City.

The win pushed the Royals' record above .500 for the first time since July 22.

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J'Den's Journey: Rio http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-s-journey-rio/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-s-journey-rio/ Sports Thu, 18 Aug 2016 4:35:49 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter J'Den's Journey: Rio

COLUMBIA - If J'Den Cox is on the wrestling mat in a match, you can count on at least one of his parents watching in the stands.

"Whenever he has one, if I have the ability, I'm there," J'Den's father Michael Cox said.

Michael and J'Den's mother, Cathy Cox, have been attending J'Den's meets since he was five-years-old. The early wake-up calls for weigh-ins and rides to matches wasn't special treatment from the parents. 

"For years, I did it with my older kids and J'Den was no different," Michael Cox said. 

J'Den said he appreciates his parents continuing to have a steady presence at his meets.

"I'm blessed to have good parents. I'm very grateful for them, because they didn't have to do those things. They didn't have to take time out of their day," he said.

Michael Cox believes he and his wife's presence gives J'Den a little extra motivation to compete hard.

"When he sees us there physically, I think that makes him feel good to know that 'hey, my dad or my mom or the whole family took the time out just to come watch me,'" Michael Cox said. 

The parents wanted to bring that emotional support to Rio when they found out J'Den qualified to wrestle in the 2016 Summer Olympics. 

"We just want J'Den to know how much we support him and how much we love him, how much we're there for him," Cathy Cox said.

She, her husband and other family members will be going to the Olympics in part because of donations from the Columbia community.

"For them to be in the stands means a lot to me as a person and I'll cherish it," J'Den said.

When the parents are in Rio watching J'Den wrestle, they won't be looking for too much acknowledgement from their son while he's on the mat. Both Cathy Cox and J'Den said they want wrestling to be the focus.

"I'm more than happy in that my family gets to come and see me on the biggest stage and the biggest match of my career. I mean that's a blessing, but that won't be where my mind is at during the thing," J'Den said. 

He said he looks forward to meeting up with his family once he gets off the mat.

"Just wait till the end of duals, give them hugs and show them love and tell them I'm grateful for them to be there," J'Den said.

His parents will be focused on their own role: being his number one fans.

"I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to hold my heart in my chest the whole time he wrestles," Cathy Cox said. 

J'Den will wrestle in the 86-kg weight class on Saturday. Coverage of the meet starts at 8 a.m. on the USA Network.

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Gyorko's three-run shot lifts Cardinals past Astros http://www.komu.com/news/gyorko-s-three-run-shot-lifts-cardinals-past-astros/ http://www.komu.com/news/gyorko-s-three-run-shot-lifts-cardinals-past-astros/ Sports Tue, 16 Aug 2016 9:02:49 PM Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Gyorko's three-run shot lifts Cardinals past Astros

HOUSTON - Jedd Gyorko's three-run blast in the sixth inning proved to be the difference in an 8-5 St. Louis Cardinals win over the Houston Astros Tuesday.

The Astros took a 4-2 lead into the fifth inning, but a two-run home run by Tommy Pham tied the score at 4-4. The Cardinals took the lead in the sixth inning thanks to an RBI ground out by Yadier Molina that scored Matt Carpenter and made it a 5-4 game.

Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta stood on base when Gyorko lifted the three-run shot to deep left field to break the game open for St. Louis at 8-4.

Cardinals' starting pitcher Jaime Garcia (10-8) allowed five runs and seven hits over five innings of work, but the St. Louis offense helped him claim his 10th win of the year.

Seung Hwan Oh tossed a scoreless ninth inning for his 12th save of the season. The St. Louis bullpen threw four scoreless innings and allowed only two hits.

The Cardinals' final game of a two-game set with the Astros is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Wednesday.

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Duffy, four solo home runs boost Royals over Tigers http://www.komu.com/news/duffy-four-solo-home-runs-boost-royals-over-tigers/ http://www.komu.com/news/duffy-four-solo-home-runs-boost-royals-over-tigers/ Sports Tue, 16 Aug 2016 8:29:24 PM Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Duffy, four solo home runs boost Royals over Tigers

DETROIT - The Kansas City Royals hit four solo home runs in a 6-1 win over the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night.

Raul Mondesi provided the first blast of the game for the Royals in the third inning, his first career major league home run.

Alex Gordon knocked the second Royals' home run of the night to right field in the fifth inning to make it 2-0 Kansas City.

Eric Hosmer hit the third solo home run for the Royals with a deep shot to center field in the seventh inning to extend the Royals' advantage to 3-0.

Kendrys Morales rounded out the power display for Kansas City with a solo shot in the ninth inning that padded the Royals' lead to 6-1.

Royals' starting pitcher Danny Duffy (10-1) spun a gem to win his 10th game of the season. Duff lasted seven innings and allowed only three hits while collecting four strikeouts.

The rubber game of the Royals' three-game set with the Tigers is scheduled for Wednesday night at 6:10 p.m.



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Dozier, Duffey lead Twins past Royals http://www.komu.com/news/dozier-duffey-lead-twins-past-royals/ http://www.komu.com/news/dozier-duffey-lead-twins-past-royals/ Sports Sat, 13 Aug 2016 9:33:18 PM The Associated Press Dozier, Duffey lead Twins past Royals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier hit his 25th home run of the season and the 100th of his career, leading Tyler Duffey and the Minnesota Twins over the Kansas City Royals 5-3 Saturday night and ending a four-game losing streak.

Dozier has 17 homers since June 25, most in the majors over that span. He also doubled and scored twice. Robbie Grossman added three hits, including a home run.

For the second time this season, the Twins homered three times off Royals starter Dillon Gee (4-6).

Eddie Rosario's two-run shot in the fifth inning put the Twins ahead 4-1. Dozier followed him with a towering drive deep into the second deck in left.

Duffey (8-8) won for the third time in three starts this month. He allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings, striking out six.

Ryan Pressly pitched a scoreless eighth and Brandon Kintzler allowed an unearned run in the ninth but held on for his 11th save in 12 chances.


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Cubs' 11-game win streak ends, Grichuk slam propels Cards http://www.komu.com/news/cubs-11-game-win-streak-ends-grichuk-slam-propels-cards/ http://www.komu.com/news/cubs-11-game-win-streak-ends-grichuk-slam-propels-cards/ Sports Sat, 13 Aug 2016 7:37:46 PM Associated Press Cubs' 11-game win streak ends, Grichuk slam propels Cards

CHICAGO (AP) — Randal Grichuk hit a grand slam that capped a six-run burst in the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals stopped the Cubs' 11-game winning streak, beating Chicago 8-4 Saturday.

After a run-scoring wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the eighth put the Cardinals ahead 4-2, Grichuk connected.

Brandon Moss and Jedd Gyorko also homered for St. Louis.

Addison Russell hit his 14th homer for the NL Central-leading Cubs.


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Duffy throws complete game, Royals beat White Sox 2-1 http://www.komu.com/news/duffy-throws-complete-game-royals-beat-white-sox-2-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/duffy-throws-complete-game-royals-beat-white-sox-2-1/ Sports Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:04:12 PM The Associated Press Duffy throws complete game, Royals beat White Sox 2-1

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Danny Duffy pitched his first complete game to win his eighth straight decision, Cheslor Cuthbert had two hits and drove in a run and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Thursday night.

Duffy (9-1) limited the White Sox to seven singles, struck out six and walked none. He has not lost since June 6 and has a 1.73 ERA in his past five starts. Duffy threw 98 pitches, 71 for strikes.

Cuthbert tripled home Jarrod Dyson in the sixth and is second among AL rookies with 93 hits, 24 multihit games and a .303 batting average. Dyson was initially called out trying to steal second, but the Royals appealed and the call was overturned.

Cuthbert then scored the go-ahead run on Eric Hosmer's single off Carson Fulmer (0-2). Fulmer has an 8.47 ERA in eight relief appearances.


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Rizzo walks with the bases loaded, Cubs beat Cardinals 4-3 in 11 http://www.komu.com/news/rizzo-walks-with-the-bases-loaded-cubs-beat-cardinals-4-3-in-11/ http://www.komu.com/news/rizzo-walks-with-the-bases-loaded-cubs-beat-cardinals-4-3-in-11/ Sports Thu, 11 Aug 2016 7:19:56 PM Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Rizzo walks with the bases loaded, Cubs beat Cardinals 4-3 in 11

CHICAGO - The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs, familiar rivals in the National League Central Division, needed extra innings Thursday to settle the first game of a four game series in Chicago.

The Cardinals scored early in the top of the first inning thanks to a Yadier Molina single down the right field line that scored Matt Holliday and gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead.

Chicago failed to score in the bottom of the fifth inning despite putting two runners on base, and St. Louis would make the Cubs pay in the top of the sixth inning.

Brandon Moss lifted a solo home run to right field in the top of the sixth inning to extend the Cardinals' advantage to 2-0.

But the 2-0 lead wouldn't last long as the Cubs came storming back in the bottom of the sixth inning. Chris Coghlan singled home Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded and two outs to even the score at 2-2. Chicago would then grab their first lead of the game on a bunt single by David Ross that scored Jason Heyward and made it 3-2 Cubs.

St. Louis answered in the top of the seventh inning with a pinch-hit solo home run off the bat of Randal Grichuk to tie the score at 3-3.

The game would remain tied at 3-3 until the 11th inning. The Cubs won the game in the 11th inning on a bases loaded walk issued by Zach Duke to Chicago's Anthony Rizzo. Wilson Contreras scored the winning run and the Cubs beat the Cardinals 4-3 in 11 innings.

Duke, who allowed the game-winning walk, took his first loss of the year.

Mike Montgomery, who pitched two scoreless innings in relief, got the win for the Cubs to even his record on the season at 1-1.

Game two of the Cardinals' four-game weekend series with the Cubs is scheduled for Friday at 1:20 p.m.

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Mizzou's new athletic director, Jim Sterk, talks about his plans, goals http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-new-athletic-director-jim-sterk-talks-about-his-plans-goals/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-new-athletic-director-jim-sterk-talks-about-his-plans-goals/ Sports Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:41:28 AM Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director Mizzou's new athletic director, Jim Sterk, talks about his plans, goals

COLUMBIA - New Mizzou Athletic Director Jim Sterk said Thursday he will focus on students' academic, athletic and personal development and will work to ensure the university can "compete for championships on a high level."

"We'll reach new heights of success," he said.

Speaking to the media, Sterk said he is proud to be working for the flagship university of Missouri.

Interim Chancellor Hank Foley introduced Sterk, saying it is a new day and a new year for the athletic department. When asked how he convinced Sterk to come to a school recovering from turmoil with temporary leadership in place, Foley said he "expressed pride in the people and the school."

Foley said he wanted someone "who wasn’t so concerned about me," but had the confidence to come here and make a difference.

Sterk said he isn't worried about what's happened in the recent past.

“I have a fresh start,” he said.

Sterk said his talks with Foley made him think “I can go to war with that guy.”

He and his family have made a decision to stay at the university for a long time.

“This is a destination spot. I would love to have the tenure of Mike Alden,” he said.

Sterk most recently served as athletic director at San Diego State University. He was the athletic director at Washington State University from 2000-2010 and Portland State University from 1995-2000.

He was named the NACDA athletic director of the year in 2015-2016, and is currently a member of the NCAA Division 1 men's basketball committee.

Sterk said he will really dive into the work at Mizzou on Aug. 22.







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Frazier homers in 10th, White Sox beat Royals 7-5 http://www.komu.com/news/frazier-homers-in-10th-white-sox-beat-royals-7-5/ http://www.komu.com/news/frazier-homers-in-10th-white-sox-beat-royals-7-5/ Sports Tue, 9 Aug 2016 10:36:16 PM The Associated Press Frazier homers in 10th, White Sox beat Royals 7-5

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and Justin Morneau had four hits to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 7-5 on Tuesday night.

Frazier is tied for the major league lead with 31 homers, and his latest came on the first pitch from Kelvin Herrera (1-4) after a single by Jose Abreu and a double by Morneau.

David Robertson (3-2) blew a save in the ninth when Alcides Escobar's two-out single scored pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson.

Dan Jennings struck out Eric Hosmer to end the game, logging his first career save.

White Sox All-Star left-hander Chris Sale is 0-3 in five starts since a July 2 victory over Houston. He gave up three runs and seven hits in the first 2 1/3 innings but did not allow a hit after that. He threw 115 pitches in seven innings, striking out seven and walking one.


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Reds pull away from Cardinals with three runs in the eighth inning http://www.komu.com/news/reds-pull-away-from-cardinals-with-three-runs-in-the-eighth-inning/ http://www.komu.com/news/reds-pull-away-from-cardinals-with-three-runs-in-the-eighth-inning/ Sports Tue, 9 Aug 2016 7:43:55 PM Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Reds pull away from Cardinals with three runs in the eighth inning

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds went back-and-forth for seven innings Tuesday before the Reds broke the game open with three runs in the top of the eighth. All three Reds' runs scored in the inning came with two outs on their way to a 7-4 win.

Cardinals' catcher Yadier Molina put St. Louis on the scoreboard with a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the second inning.

The Reds came back and took the lead 2-1 in the top of the third inning on an Adam Duvall two-run single that scored Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart. Cincinnati added a third run in the inning when Tucker Barnhart grounded out to Cardinals' starter Mike Leake and Scott Schebler scored to push the Reds' advantage to 3-1.

St. Louis trimmed Cincinnati's edge to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jedd Gyorko hit into a double play with the bases loaded and Brandon Moss came home to score from third base.

The Cardinals' climb back continued into the fifth inning when Matt Holliday knocked a solo home run to left field to tie the score at 3-3.

But the Reds responded in the seventh inning thanks to an RBI single from their star Joey Votto. Votto's hit brought in Hamilton to put Cincinnati on top by a count of 4-3.

St. Louis tied the score for the second time in the game in the seventh inning, this time at 4-4, on a Brandon Moss RBI single to right field that sent home Holliday from second base.

But the game unraveled for the Cardinals and relief pitcher Matt Bowman with two outs in the top of the eighth. Bowman allowed a two-out double to Barnhart who was brought home one batter later on an RBI double by Tyler Holt. Holt's hit put the Reds in front for good at 5-4. Cincinnati added two more runs in the inning, first on an RBI infield single from Hamilton that brought in Holt, then on a Cozart RBI single to score Hamillton. The Reds led 7-4 after seven and a half innings and they would go on to win the game by that score.

The loss did provide the Cardinals with a chance to look toward the future as St. Louis' top prospect, pitcher Alex Reyes, threw a scoreless ninth inning in his major league debut.

Michael Lorenzen, who allowed one run in two innings of work, earned his second win of the year to boost his season mark to 2-0.

Bowman took the loss for the Cardinals to fall to 1-4 on the season.

Raisel Islesias, who tossed a scoreless ninth inning for the Reds, picked up his first save of the season.

The rubber game of the Cardinals' three-game series with the Reds is set for Wednesday night at 6:15 p.m.

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Missouri hires Jim Sterk as new athletic director http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-hires-jim-sterk-as-new-athletic-director/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-hires-jim-sterk-as-new-athletic-director/ Sports Mon, 8 Aug 2016 2:46:06 PM Mark Kim, KOMU Sports Reporter and Jared Koller, KOMU Sports Digital Producer Missouri hires Jim Sterk as new athletic director

COLUMBIA, MO -- Jim Sterk has been hired as the new athletic director for the University of Missouri, sources tell KOMU 8's Chris Gervino.

Sterk has served as athletic director at San Diego State University for the past six years. He also served as the athletic director at Washington State University from 2000-2010 and Portland State University from 1995-2000.

He was named the NACDA athletic director of the year in 2015-2016, and is currently a member of the NCAA Division 1 men's basketball comittee.

Since his arrivial at San Diego State in 2010, 50 teams have advanced to NCAA championships.

The football teams at San Diego State reached new heights under Sterk's watch, with the football team reaching a bowl game every year. The Aztecs recieved 18 top 25 votes in the NCAAF preseason coaches poll, and are coming off a 42-7 win over Cincinnati in the Hawaii Bowl.

The Aztec basketball team has also experienced great success, with their teams making the NCAA tournament each season under Sterk. They advanced past the first round in four of the six years, and made it to the sweet 16 in 2011 and 2014.

Since Sterk's arrival, San Diego State has the third highest combined winning percentage in basketball and football in the NCAA. Sterk's previous contract at San Diego State ran through 2020.

Sterk takes over for interim AD Sarah Reesman, making him the fifth athletic director for Mizzou this year. Reesman began her tenure last friday, taking the place of interim chancellor Hank Foley who also briefy held the position.

Mizzou's athletic director position initially opened up on July 13, when former AD Mack Rhoades left for the same position at Baylor University. Rhoades' tenure at Mizzou lasted only 15 months, after taking over for Mike Alden who stayed at Mizzou from 1998 to 2015.

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Freeman, Garcia shots boost Braves past Cardinals http://www.komu.com/news/freeman-garcia-shots-boost-braves-past-cardinals/ http://www.komu.com/news/freeman-garcia-shots-boost-braves-past-cardinals/ Sports Sat, 6 Aug 2016 9:48:13 PM The Associated Press Freeman, Garcia shots boost Braves past Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia had three-run home runs and the Atlanta Braves got enough from Roberto Hernandez in his first start this season for a 13-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

The 35-year-old Hernandez (1-0), who previously pitched under the name Fausto Carmona, was the 14th starting pitcher used by the Braves this season, one off the franchise record in 1975. He allowed three runs in five-plus innings in his first start since July 19, 2015 with the Astros.

Carlos Martinez (10-7) surrendered a season-worst seven runs, and his six earned runs matched his season worst. He entered with a 2.99 ERA and had won six of his previous seven decisions.

Ender Inciarte and Matt Kemp each had two-run homers during a six-run ninth. Inciarte had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 17 games.


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