St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles for March 2012

March 18, 2012

Kurt Busch Aims to Snap Streak of Tough Luck; MOTOR SPORTS
BRISTOL, TENN. If Kurt Busch had any doubt he's stuck in a run of bad luck, it probably was confirmed when he hit a bird in one of the final practices for the Daytona 500. "It was like hitting a six-pound bowling ball," he said, grimacing, on Saturday....
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Tigers Break out against Redbirds; Notebook; Pitchers Garcia, Swindle Can't Contain Potent Lineup; Cardinals
LAKELAND, FLA. Part of spring training for players is to learn from mistakes made so that those errors won't be as prevalent when the games count. But, whether it's in March or July, it became apparent Saturday that the power-packed Detroit Tigers don't...
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Baseball Notebook
Ailing Utley says he hopes to get into a game next weekChase Utley is so private about his injuries that players on other teams ask reporters for updates on the five-time All-Star. Good luck with that. Utley still hasn't played in a game for the Philadelphia...
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Women's NCAA Tournament Roundup
KINGSTON REGIONAL Top-seeded Connecticut wins big Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points to help top-seeded Connecticut beat Prairie View A&M 83-47 on Saturday in Bridgeport, Conn., in the opening round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Bria...
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Sports Digest
Isner stuns Djokovic, Federer stops NadalJohn Isner fired 20 aces, including one at 135 mph on his fourth match point, to beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7), 3-6, 7-6 (5) on Saturday in the BNP Paribas Open semifinals in Indian Wells, Calif. The...
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NFL Notebook
Manning's decision is expected soonPeyton Manning worked out for Tennessee on Saturday in Knoxville, Titans general manager Ruston Webster said, adding that the free- agent quarterback "looked comfortable throwing the ball and we had a good visit." Manning...
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Home Court Helps Gonzaga in Upset; Gonzaga 86, Rutgers 73; Crowd Noise, Scarlet Knights Poor Shooting Aid Zags First-Round Victory; WOMENS NCAA TOURNAMENT
SPOKANE, WASH. Playing Gonzaga on its home floor in the first round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament ended up posing a lot of problems for Rutgers. The crowd noise kept the sixth-seeded Scarlet Knights from communicating effectively with each...
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Marquette Gets Past Murray St; Marquette 62, Murray St. 53; Jae Crowder Nets Six Points in Decisive Run against Racers; WEST REGION - MEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT
LOUISVILLE, KY. o Marquette has perfected the art of the comeback. Down late again, Jae Crowder scored six points in a decisive 14- 2 run, and the third-seeded Golden Eagles pulled away from Murray State for a 62-53 victory Saturday and advanced into...
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Indiana Rallies to Win; Indiana 63, VCU 61; Rams Fall Short of Another NCAA Upset Run; SOUTH REGION - MEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT
PORTLAND, Ore. Four years after hitting rock bottom, Indiana is making noise again in the NCAA Tournament. Will Sheehey made a 15-footer from the baseline with 12.7 seconds left and the fourth-seeded Hoosiers rallied to beat 12th-seeded VCU 63-61 in...
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Orange Win Handily; Syracuse 75, Kansas St. 59; They Look Sharper Than against Asheville; EAST REGION - MEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT
PITTSBURGH It had been a while since Syracuse played like the team that spent all season ranked in the top five. In the second half Saturday, the top-seeded Orange looked like that group and maybe even better, pulling away to a 75-59 victory over eighth-seeded...
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'He's the Guy Who Sells Tickets in the Future'; Cards Prospect Taveras Gets High Praise from Former Redbirds Amateur Scouting Head Luhnow
JUPITER, FLA. - A year ago, Albert Pujols invited one of the youngest players in the Cardinals' minor-league camp into the major- league clubhouse and over to his locker. From the top shelf, Pujols, then the Cardinals' star first baseman, pulled down...
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A Star Rises as Mizzou Tumbles; Norfolk State Center OQuinn Wows Omaha
OMAHA, NEB. Cinderella has arrived at the NCAA Tournament and in case you hadnt heard, there have been a few adjustments.The more traditional March Madness script calls for some scrappy little guard to dazzle us with long-range jumpers. Think Bryce...
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Billikens Are Daring to Dream; Theres No Backing Down against Tough Spartans
COLUMBUS, OHIO St. Louis U. players honestly think they can take on No. 1 seed Michigan State in a hard game of tackle basketball and win.Go ahead and ridicule the Billikens if youd like, but that would also be rather un-American. The NCAA Tournament...
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The Wow Factor; Blues 3, Lightning 1; Club Hits 100 Points, Reaches the Playoffs by Dispatching Tampa Bay
TAMPA, FLA. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock referred to the losses last week as his young teams wow moment recognition that as the top team in the NHL, the Blues would face lesser teams playing with desperation and urgency.On Saturday, the Blues took on...
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Langford to Boost the Rams' Defense; Lineman Has Been Full-Time Starter for the Dolphins, Gets Deal Worth $24 Million (Half of It Guaranteed)
A couple of head coaches ago, the Rams thought enough of Kendall Langford to set up a private workout for him at Hampton (Va.) University. Four years later, the defensive lineman is a Ram. "I guess it was meant to be," Langford chuckled in a brief telephone...
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Green Following Spartans Tradition; Big 10 Player of the Year Is Focused on Winning; WEST REGION; MEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT
COLUMBUS, OHIO There is a pedigree in the Michigan State basketball program, one that starts with a guy named Magic Johnson, a two-time All-American who redefined the point guard position and led the Spartans to an NCAA title in 1979. Twenty years later,...
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LOOKING FORWARD; Billikens Concentrate on the Task at Hand, Which Helps Them Overcome Their Mistakes; WEST REGION; MEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT
COLUMBUS, OHIO In the locker room for the winning team in the NCAA Tournament, there are nothing but silver linings, which is why St. Louis University forward Brian Conklin could look at his most bizarre stat line of the season and see a bright side....
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THE LONG ROAD BACK; after Two Serious Knee Injuries, Purdue's Hummel Wants to Keep Playing; MEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT
OMAHA, NEB. An ice pack strapped to each knee, Purdue's Robbie Hummel strolled the halls of the CenturyLink Center on Saturday. Yet, despite being encumbered, he walked like someone who had done this many times. Two years have passed since the senior...
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MU Faces Fuzzy Future; Move to SEC, Loss of Seven Seniors, Haith's Status Now Come into Focus; WEST REGION; MEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT
OMAHA, NEB. One of the most-anticipated NCAA Tournaments in Mizzou basketball history ended precipitously and stunningly Friday at the CenturyLink Center. Just days after MU triumphantly punctuated its departure from the Big 12 by winning the conference...
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Arnott Takes Time off; Notebook; Hitchcock Gives Veteran Week off to Recover from General Soreness, Recharge
TAMPA, FLA. When Ken Hitchcock saw Jason Arnott trying to avoid an in- jury, the coach realized the veteran for- ward was more likely to find one. When I watched him play (last week), I saw a guy who was protecting himself on the ice and to me he was...
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Joy and Sorrow for Area All-Americans; Mango Musters a Comeback in His Match, While Lester Loses a Tightly Fought Contest; NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The area's pair of All-Americans sought a quiet spot in sold-out Scottrade Center after their finals matches in the NCAA Division I wrestling championships. Ryan Mango ended up crouching alone in a corner. Nick Lester leaned quietly in a doorway. It...
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Penn State Retains Title; Illinois Finishes the Tournament in Seventh Place; Mizzou Ends 26th; NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Penn State successfully defended its title Saturday night before a boisterous record-breaking crowd of 18,819 in the 82nd annual NCAA wrestling championships at Scottrade Center. The Nittany Lions, who finished the final session with three undefeated...
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Goosen, Furyk Tied at Innisbrook; Goosen Shoots 65 despite Battling Back Injury, While Field Is Tightly Bunched Going to Final Round
PALM HARBOR, FLA. Retief Goosen felt so much pain in his lower back that he decided to pull out of next week's tournament and get treatment. One day later, he found himself atop the leaderboard in the Transitions Championship. Goosen ran off three straight...
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MATHENY STEPS UP; Baseball Preview; Son of Cardinals' New Manager Had Breakthrough Season Last Year for Westminster's Title-Winning Team, Looks for Big Finish before Heading to Missouri State; STLHighSchoolSports.com
It took a couple months for the reality to sink in for Tate Matheny. Mike Matheny, father of the Westminster Christian Academy senior center fielder, was tabbed as Tony La Russa's successor as the manager of the Cardinals in mid-November. That same weekend,...
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PLAYERS TO WATCH; Baseball Preview; STLHighSchoolSports.com
WILLIAM DUPONT Sr. Lafayette A lefthanded hitting shortstop/third baseman, DuPont was the co- Suburban West Conference player of the year and a Post-Dispatch first-team All-Metro selection as a junior, when he batted .528 with nine doubles, two triples,...
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New Haven Falls 43-32 in Class 2 Title Game; STLHighSchoolSports.com
COLUMBIA, MO. The New Haven girls basketball team's incredible postseason run took the Shamrocks all the way to the Class 2 state championship game. But Harrisburg and senior guard Chelsey Kroese were just too much to overcome on Saturday afternoon...
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Nhl Roundup
Penguins rack up 11th win in a row Matt Cooke scored two goals, Evgeni Malkin had one and Sidney Crosby added three assists to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to their 11th consecutive win, 5-2 over the host New Jersey Devils on Saturday. With the surge,...
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NBA Roundup
Watson rallies Bulls past 76ers C.J. Watson scored 20 points and Joakim Noah added 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead Chicago to a 89-80 win over visiting Philadelphia. The Bulls overcame an early 14-point deficit without Derrick Rose, who missed his...
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Saturday's Results - NCAA Wrestling Championships
125Winner Loser Result1st: Matt McDonough, Nicholas Megaludis, Penn St. dec. 4-13rd: Zachary Sanders, Minnesota Frank Perrelli, Cornell dec. 6-4 OT5th: Ryan Mango, Stanford Nicholas Bedelyon, Kent State dec. 6-4 OT7th: Jesse Delgado, Illinois Steve Bonanno,...
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