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LaRussa elected to National Baseball HOF
Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has been unanimously elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the sixteen member Veteran's Committee. In 33 seasons, La Russa compiled a 2,728-2,365 record which places him third all-time in wins among managers. He also led his teams to six pennants and three World Series titles. La Russa spent 16 seasons at the helm with the Cardinals, during which he compiled a 1,408-1,182 record - his 1,408 wins as a manager are a franchise best. He guided the club to nine postseasons, three National League pennants, and two World Series titles in 2006 and 2011. Also unanimously elected today were Joe Torre, who managed the Cardinals from 1990 to 1995, and former Braves manager Bobby Cox. Torre also played for the Cardinals from 1969-74, winning the '71 NL MVP award during his time in St. Louis. Between Torre, La Russa, and the previously inducted Whitey Herzog, the team was led by a Hall of Fame manager for all or parts of every season from 1980 to 2011.
Cards notes: Matheny's contract extended; Carpenter retires; Freese and Salas to Angels; Peralta signs four-year deal
Citing the on-field success manager Mike Matheny has helped provide the St. Louis Cardinals in his two seasons, and the continuity he has brought the team since his playing days, the club announced they have signed him to a three-year contract extension, keeping him in a Cardinals uniform through 2017. The Cardinals also announced that veteran pitching ace Chris Carpenter is retiring. Carpenter was 95-44 for the Cardinals over nine seasons. He was the NL Cy Young Award winner in 2005, when he went 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA, seven complete games and four shutouts. Carpenter, 38, is the Cardinals all-time leader in postseason wins at 10. Additionally, The Cardinals acquired outfielders Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for third baseman David Freese and pitcher Fernando Salas. Bourjos, 26, is a career .251 batter with 24 home runs, 18 triples and 89 RBI and 41 stolen bases in 354 games. He is considered to be a Gold Glove caliber defender, having made just seven errors in over 2,500 innings played. Grichuk, 22, spent the 2013 season playing for Double-A Arkansas. In 128 games, he picked up 57 extra-base hits including 27 doubles and a team-high 22 home runs. Finally, and what is to be considered the biggest move of the offseason so far, Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the Cardinals have agreed on a four-year contract, worth $52 million. The Cards filled a need by getting a top-hitting shortstop. Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso, while generally good fielders, are light hitters. The 31-year-old Peralta was suspended 50 games last season as a result of MLB's investigation in the Biogenesis case involving performance-enhancing drugs. He returned to the Detroit Tigers in late September and played in the postseason, both in left field and at shortstop. Peralta hit .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 107 games during the regular season, then batted .333 with one homer, four doubles and six RBIs in 10 playoff games. The two-time All-Star is a career .268 hitter with 156 homers and 698 RBIs in 11 seasons with Cleveland and Detroit.
Titans signs former Cardinals QB Skelton
The Tennessee Titans have signed former Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton. Tennessee has been short-handed at quarterback since Jake Locker suffered a season-ending foot injury on November 10 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Locker against the Jaguars and started in the loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Rusty Smith, who has appeared in three games in his NFL career, was listed as Fitzpatrick's backup. Skelton, 25, spent his first three seasons with Arizona, throwing for 15 touchdowns and 25 interceptions in 20 games.
New place, old face...After strong first half, Manning silences Titans and playoff hopes
The freezing cold didn't bother Peyton Manning and it certainly was no problem for Matt Prater. The Broncos kicker lashed a record-setting 64-yard field goal through the icy air Sunday to highlight a 51-28 victory over the Tennessee Titans. The Broncos (11-2) wrapped up a playoff berth, putting Manning in the postseason for the 13th time. Manning, whose ability in the cold has been a topic of debate all month in Denver, showed very few signs of distress in clear, 18-degree weather. Denver's quarterback completed a team-record 39 passes and matched the franchise high with 59 attempts. He finished with 397 yards, and led the Broncos past the 50-point mark for the third time this year. The special teams gave up a 95-yard kickoff return - the second return of 90-plus it has allowed in the last two games. The Titans (5-8) burned the Denver defense frequently, most notably when Ryan Fitzpatrick (13 for 24, 172 yards) picked on rookie cornerback Kayvon Webster on the first drive for a 57-yard completion to Justin Hunter that set up the game's first touchdown. There were about a half-dozen dropped passes and the Broncos had a whale of a time punching the ball in from the 1. They snapped the ball 11 times from that distance in order to get two touchdowns and a field goal. Manning led the Broncos on an 80-yard scoring drive to open the third quarter and the Broncos didn't trail again. The quarterback's 4,522 yards and 45 touchdowns this season remain on pace to break the NFL records of 5,476 and 50. With the chance to play in late January all but gone, it's all about finishing December strong and finishing the season at .500 as the Titans return to the friendly confines of LP Field next Sunday and play host to the Arizona Cardinals (8-5). Pregame at 11:00 am, kickoff at noon on K95.7 WCCK Sports.
Texas Size Heartache...UK's "Lone Star's" not enough as Bears takes 2nd straight over Cats
Kenny Chery scored 18 points, including six in the go-ahead run, and No. 20 Baylor defeated No. 3 Kentucky 67-62 on Friday night in the same building where the NCAA Final Four will be played in April. The young Wildcats (7-2) had a 50-41 lead when Julius Randle, one of three Kentucky freshmen playing in their home state, had a slam dunk with 13 minutes left. Baylor (8-1) responded with a 15-5 run when Chery, the junior college transfer who is now the point guard, came up big. His two free throws with 6 minutes left put the Bears up 56-55 and they never trailed again. Randle had 16 points for Kentucky while Aaron Harrison had 15 and James Young 14 with four 3-pointers. Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson had 13 points each for the Bears. While the record looks nice and the young talent has a bright future, the Cats are feeling dreary as they are 0-2 against ranked teams this year and will go head-to-head with a formidable opponent in the Boise State Broncos (8-0) on Tuesday as they return to the friendly confines of Rupp Arena. Tipoff at 8:00 pm.
There's always next year...Cats look to bright future as dreadful year ends with loss to UT
Joshua Dobbs threw two touchdown passes and ran 40 yards for another, and Tennessee broke a four-game losing streak with a 27-14 over rival Kentucky on Saturday night. The Volunteers (5-7, 2-6 SEC ) bounced back from their heartbreaking last-minute loss to Vanderbilt by scoring first-half touchdowns on long plays en route to their first victory since upsetting South Carolina in October. Tennessee avoided its first eight-loss season in program history and improved to 76-24-9 against the Wildcats. After throwing five interceptions without a touchdown, freshman quarterback Dobbs hit Jason Croom for a 43-yard TD and a 7-yarder to Devrin Young. Tailback Raijon Neal meanwhile capped his senior season with 1,124 yards by rushing for 134 on 20 carries including a 60-yard TD on the game's second play. Kentucky (2-10, 0-8 SEC) finished winless in the SEC in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1941-42. Tennessee finished the season by outgaining Kentucky 417-393 for its third-highest offensive output. A defense that recorded just one sack during the losing streak dropped Wildcats quarterback Maxwell Smith five times. Tennessee defensive end Corey Miller, who entered the game with five career sacks, had a record 4.5 to pass Reggie White, who had four against The Citadel in 1983. Dobbs finished 14 of 23 passing for 199 yards and an interception. Wildcats rookie coach Mark Stoops first season ended in another 2-10 finish and extended their SEC losing streak to 16 games, capped by back-to-back league losses in which the Wildcats regressed on both sides of the ball. The Wildcats managed a second-quarter touchdown through trickery including quarterback Smith going in motion on one play and running back Dyshawn Mobley taking a direct snap from the wildcat formation on another. Smith completed the 75-yard drive by hitting Anthony Kendrick with a 19-yard touchdown pass to bring Kentucky within 20-7. He added a 14-yard TD pass to Javess Blue in the fourth quarter. Before that Tennessee scored three big-play touchdowns, compiling 281 first-half yards that surpassed last week's total (237) in a loss to Vanderbilt.
Ragin' Cajuns turn mild as red hot Cards run wild over the boys from the Bayou
Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points and seventh-ranked Louisville beat the Ragin' Cajuns 113-74 on Saturday. What looked like a challenge midway through the first half for the Cardinals (8-1) ended with them achieving a season high for points and the most ever in their three-year-old arena. In fact, Louisville scored its most in a game since drilling Western Kentucky-its next opponent-114-82 nearly three years ago. The Cardinals were helped by 38-of-62 shooting from the field (61 percent). The Ragin' Cajuns (6-3) rallied from an 18-9 deficit to grab the last of several small leads at 41-39 before Louisville turned up the intensity on both ends. The Ragin' Cajuns cooled off from 61 percent in the first half to shoot 7 of 31 in the second half. Harrell was 9 of 10 from the field with eight rebounds in leading six Cardinals in double figures. Chris Jones added 19 points, Russ Smith 16, Wayne Blackshear 15, Terry Rozier 11 and Luke Hancock 10 to reach 1,000 in his career. Shawn Long's 25 points led ULL, which finished 9 of 26 from 3-point range but just 26 of 62 from the field (42 percent). Kasey Shepherd added 18 and Elfrid Payton 12 for the Ragin' Cajuns, who were outscored 60-34 in the paint. After another shellacking of an inferior opponent, the Cards will get a week off before they welcome in-state rival WKU (5-3) into the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday. Pregame at 9:30 am, tipoff at 11:00 am on K95.7 WCCK Sports.
Cards put final "Nail" in 2013 with OT thriller in the Queen City...again!!!
Teddy Bridgewater made several great escapes to help No. 19 Louisville get to overtime, and Dominique Brown's 2-yard run gave the Cardinals a 31-24 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday night. The comeback clinched the first American Athletic Conference title for Central Florida, which had a one-game lead over Cincinnati (9-3, 6-2 AAC) heading into the final weekend. For the second year in a row, the Ohio River rivals went to overtime to decide who gets the Keg of Nails, this time for the foreseeable future with Louisville (11-7, 7-1 AAC) leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference next season. The Cardinals won 34-31 in overtime in the rain in Louisville last season. This one went to overtime on a wet, raw night when Cincinnati's Tony Miliano kicked a 26-yard field goal with 7 seconds left. An interference penalty in the end zone set up Brown's 2-yard run to open overtime. The Bearcats wound up with a fourth-and-14 at the 29, and Brendon Kay's pass went off the hands of Anthony McClung at the 6, ending Cincinnati's first overtime game at Nippert Stadium since 2003. Bridgewater was 23 of 37 for 255 yards with three touchdowns, two of them in the fourth quarter. He eluded three tacklers on a 14-yard run on a third-and-12 play to keep one touchdown drive going, and finished it by scrambling away from defenders and throwing an off-balance pass for a 22-yard score. He was 22 of 40 for 304 yards with two interceptions and two touchdown scrambles. With a second consecutive BCS berth out of the question, the Cards will await their bowl game invitation, which is sure to be on New Year's Day as they sport a one-loss record and top-20 ranking. Listen live on K95.7 WCCK Sports.
Racers hold off late rally from Bisons to take 2nd straight home win behind Moss, Fields
Jeffery Moss scored 14 points with three assists and grabbed five rebounds to help Murray State defeat Lipscomb 73-69 on Saturday. Moss joined five other Murray State players in double digits including Jonathan Fairell, Cameron Payne, Dexter Fields and C.J. Ford all with 11 and Jarvis Williams with 10 and a team-high 13 rebounds. The Racers (4-5) sank 42 percent from the field overall and 59.5 percent from the line. Murray State was up by as many as 10 points in the first period to lead 33-28 at the break. Lipscomb closed the gap to three at 17:49 in the second but would never get closer. Moss and Fields combined for four 3-pointers within 10 minutes to give the Racers a 10-point advantage with 6:52 left to play. Martin Smith scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Bisons (4-5). Knowing there's no place like home, as the Racers stand at 4-1 in "The Bank," MSU will gladly welcome the SIU-Carbondale Salukis (2-7) into the CFSB Center on Tuesday, December 17. Tipoff at 7:00 pm.
Wild ride ends with MSU on a high as they end year, and streak, with win against EKU
Jesse Blackburn caught nine passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns, the last one in overtime to secure a 34-27 victory for Murray State over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. It was the first time the Racers have beaten Eastern Kentucky in eight tries. Mackhail Miller completed 14 of 28 passes for 467 yards with two TDs for Murray State (6-6, 4-4 Ohio Valley). Miller also rushed for a team-high 28 yards and two more TDs in a game that saw four lead changes and a tie. Thomas Owens rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns for the Colonels (6-6, 4-4). His second TD came on a run from the 1 to force a 27-27 tie with 46 seconds left in regulation. Eastern Kentucky's possession in overtime ended at fourth-and-goal when Jared McLain, who passed 15-27 for 119 yards, was tackled at the 1. This was the first win for the Racers over EKU since 2004, and the first win at home since 1999.
HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD
2013 MARSHALL COUNTY HOOPFEST
Boys Basketball: Oak Hill Acad., VA 88 Atlanta Sports Acad., GA 41 Final (12/7)
Boys Basketball: Arsenal Tech, IN 54 V. Huntington Prep, WV 51 Final (12/7)
Boys Basketball: L'Ville Ballard 92 Moss Point, MS 71 Final (12/7)
Boys Basketball: Dallas Prime Prep, TX 67 Quality Education Acad., NC 50 Final (12/7)
Boys Basketball: Hopkinsville 79 Marshall Co. 60 Final (12/7)
Boys Basketball: Huntington Prep, WV 72 Atlanta Sports Acad., GA 46 Final (12/7)
Boys Basketball: Arsenal Tech, IN 87 L'Ville Ballard 84 OT Final (12/7)
Boys Basketball: Marshall Co. 53 St. Mary 47 Final (12/5)
Boys Basketball: Graves Co. 75 Massac Co., IL 65 Final (12/5)
Girls Basketball: Marshall Co. 53 Massac Co. 41 Final (12/5)
KHSAA CLASS A FOOTBALL FINALS
Football: Mayfield 42 Williamsburg 0 Final (12/6)
KHSAA CLASS AA FOOTBALL FINALS
Football: DeSales 34 Newport Cen. Cath. 26 Final (12/7)
KHSAA CLASS AAA FOOTBALL FINALS
Football: Belfry 3 Wayne Co. 0 Final (12/6)
KHSAA CLASS AAAA FOOTBALL FINALS
Football: Collins 37 Highlands 34 Final (12/7)
KHSAA CLASS AAAAA FOOTBALL FINALS
Football: Bowling Green 49 Pulaski Co. 14 Final (12/8)
KHSAA CLASS AAAAAA FOOTBALL FINALS
Football: Scott Co. 21 Meade Co. 14 Final (12/7)
Boys Basketball: Marshall Co. 87 Ballard Mem. 59 Final (12/3)
Boys Basketball: Christian Co. 77 Hopkins Co. Cen. 59 Final (12/3)
Boys Basketball: Daviess Co. 52 Madisonville-NH 48 Final (12/3)
Boys Basketball: Evansville Day, IN 48 Webster Co. 46 Final (12/3)
Boys Basketball: Graves Co. 64 Livingston Cen. 34 Final (12/3)
Boys Basketball: Henderson Co. 57 Evansville Harrison, IN 56 Final (12/3)
Boys Basketball: Murray 64 Fulton City 33 Final (12/3)
Boys Basketball: Tilghman 85 Fulton Co. 55 Final (12/3)
Boys Basketball: St. Mary 74 Carlisle Co. 51 Final (12/3)
Boys Basketball: Trigg Co. 80 Dawson Springs 22 Final (12/3)
Boys Basketball: UHA 75 Union Co. 72 Final (12/3)
Girls Basketball: Marshall Co. 80 Ballard Mem. 67 Final (12/3)
Girls Basketball: Caldwell Co. 75 Lyon Co. 73 OT Final (12/3)
Girls Basketball: Apollo 58 Hopkins Co. Cen. 50 Final (12/3)
Girls Basketball: Graves Co. 66 Livingston Cen. 27 Final (12/3)
Girls Basketball: Murray 85 CCA 21 Final (12/3)
Girls Basketball: Tilghman 81 Calloway Co. 66 Final (12/3)
Girls Basketball: St. Mary 58 Carlisle Co. 42 Final (12/3)
Girls Basketball: Trigg Co. 60 Dawson Springs 37 Final (12/3)
Girls Basketball: Webster Co. 46 Hopkinsville 45 Final (12/3)
Boys Basketball: Big Sandy, TN 60 CFS 23 Final (12/2)
Boys Basketball: Hickman Co. 72 CCA 40 Final (12/2)
Girls Basketball: Big Sandy, TN 62 CFS 41 Final (12/2)
Girls Basketball: Calloway Co. 62 Mayfield 42 Final (12/2)
Girls Basketball: CCA 57 Hickman Co. 38 Final (12/2)
Girls Basketball: Henderson Co. 69 McCracken Co. 29 Final (12/2)
Girls Basketball: Muhlenberg Co. 67 Christian Co. 46 Final (12/2)
Girls Basketball: Ohio Co. 73 Ft. Campbell 13 Final (12/2)
Girls Basketball: St. Mary 59 Crittenden Co. 43 Final (12/2)
Girls Basketball: UHA 78 Clarksville Northeast, TN 57 Final (12/2)
Girls Basketball: Union Co. 70 Junction, IL 17 Final (12/2)
KHSAA CLASS A FOOTBALL SEMI-FINALS
Football: Mayfield 35 Frankfort 7 Final (11/29)
Football: Williamsburg 34 Raceland 7 Final (11/29)
KHSAA CLASS AA FOOTBALL SEMI-FINALS
Football: DeSales 39 Murray 0 Final (11/29)
Football: Newport Cen. Cath. 49 Somerset 48 2OT Final (11/29)
KHSAA CLASS AAA FOOTBALL SEMI-FINALS
Football: Belfry 21 Bourbon Co. 13 Final (11/29)
Football: Wayne Co. 34 Tilghman 10 Final (11/29)
KHSAA CLASS AAAA FOOTBALL SEMI-FINALS
Football: Collins 50 Owensboro Sr. 14 Final (11/29)
Football: Highlands 49 Lexington Cath. 35 Final (11/29)
KHSAA CLASS AAAAA FOOTBALL SEMI-FINALS
Football: Bowling Green 33 John Hardin 28 Final (11/29)
Football: Pulaski Co. 20 Anderson Co. 17 Final (11/29)
KHSAA CLASS AAAAAA FOOTBALL SEMI-FINALS
Football: Meade Co. 34 Butler 28 Final (11/29)
Football: Scott Co. 24 Male 10 Final (11/29)
KHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL FINALS
Volleyball: Assumption 3 Notre Dame 0 (25-18, 25-13, 28-26) Final (11/10)
KHSAA STATE SOCCER FINALS
Boys Soccer: Paul Laurence Dunbar 2 Trinity (L'Ville) 1 Final (11/9)
Girls Soccer: Notre Dame 2 Sacred Heart 0 Final (11/9)