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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – The University of Arkansas women’s track and field team has taken over the top spot in the outdoor national rankings.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll released Monday has the Razorbacks No. 1 in the outdoor rankings for the first time in the program’s history. The highest the team had climbed before this season was No. 4 in 2011.
The Razorbacks moved up one spot from last week’s poll.
The ranking follows six top-30 efforts by the team during a California competition, including two school records. Arkansas begins postseason play May 14-16 at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Starkville, Mississippi.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs placed four players on waivers Tuesday, including former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who had been signed in the offseason and was trying to earn a backup job.
The Chiefs did not choose a quarterback in last week’s draft, but they already have Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray on the roster. They are also expected to add a couple of undrafted quarterbacks as free agents in the coming days.
Pryor was 3-7 as a starter over three seasons in Oakland. He has not played since 2013.
The Chiefs also waived linebacker JoJo Dickson, wide receiver Corbin Louks and long snapper Jorgen Hus on Tuesday.
(West Plains) – West Plains Soccer Association is hosting Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp July 6-10 at the West Plains Soccer Complex on South Highway 63.
Kids ages 3 to 16 can attend. Officials say Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country based upon one of the most innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the US and Canada. With programs for each age, the curriculums includes a variety of foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, freestyle soccer, small-sided games, coached scrimmages, and a mini tournament play.
To pre-register for Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp visit http://www.challengersports.com/ or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/westplainssoccer.
(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs High School Spring Sports Banquet will be held Monday, May 11th at 6 PM in Frank Hicks Multipurpose Room at the high school. Boys and girls awards will be presented for baseball, track, golf, and tennis immediately after dinner.
The prestigious Sambo Hine Athlete of the Year Award and Greg Leach Scholarship will also be presented.
There is no cost for the meal which will be catered by the cafeteria staff. Everyone is welcome to attend.
by Harlin Hutchison
(Park Hills, Mo.) – There will be a familiar face on the Missouri Tiger bench next basketball season.
Cory Tate, who has served as head coach at Mineral Area Community College for the past 11 years, is expected to be named as Kim Anderson’s new assistant this week.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Tate, a former player at Mizzou, will take the place of former assistant Tim Fuller, who recently left the program.
by RB Fallstrom, AP
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong went up there hacking. Starting a rally wouldn’t satisfy.
“I didn’t want to bloop something in or anything like that,” Wong said after he homered in the 14th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Pittsburgh in extra innings for the third straight time, 3-2 on Sunday.
“I wanted to drive something and either score myself or get in scoring position,” he said.
Starter Michael Wacha, who’d been three outs away from becoming the majors’ second 5-0 pitcher, returned to the dugout just in time to watch the winner.
“Myself and all the other relievers that had already thrown, we were like, `We’ve got to go out there and support these guys,’” Wacha said. “Sure enough, Wong comes through.”
The Cardinals swept a three-game series all in extra innings for the first time in franchise history. They’re the first team to do it since June 4-7, 1925, when the Cincinnati Reds beat the Boston Braves, according to STATS.
The Cardinals posted three extra-inning wins in a row for the first time since July 2006, when they twice beat Houston before the All-Star break and then won at Dodger Stadium when play resumed.
“Wow. I think that’s all I’ve got,” manager Mike Matheny said. “I love how they keep playing.”
The NL Central leaders are a major league-best 18-6, matching the franchise’s best 24-game start since 1900. They had the same record in 1941 and 1944.
“We’re playing arguably the team that’s playing the best baseball in the league,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “And we went with them for three straight days. We came up one run short each day.”
Pedro Alvarez homered in the Pittsburgh 12th inning before the Cardinals tied it on a bases-loaded single by Peter Bourjos in the bottom half. St. Louis left the bases loaded in the 11th and again in the 12th.
The finale of a three-game series that totaled 35 innings lasted 4 hours and 28 minutes. The Cardinals scored seven runs, the Pirates four.
Wong hit his second homer with one out, sending a pitch from Radhames Liz (1-2) into the home bullpen in right. Both of his game-winning homers have come against Pittsburgh, the other on July 8, 2014 off Ernesto Frieri.
“It’s pretty special, especially against the Pirates because they’re in our division,” Wong said. “I guess I’m lucky against them.”
Rookie Miguel Socolovich (1-0) worked a perfect 14th to earn his first career victory.
After walking in four straight at-bats, Alvarez hit his fifth homer, connecting against rookie Sam Tuivailala.
Bourjos’ infield hit against Liz ticked off the glove of diving third baseman Josh Harrison. He’s 6 for 12 his last five games.
Jung Ho Kang’s first homer came on the first pitch of the ninth from Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal. It’s the first blown save in nine chances for Rosenthal and first homer allowed.
Pirates starter Vance Worley gave up a run on four hits in six innings. Wacha allowed five hits in 6 2-3 scoreless innings.
Matt Carpenter hit his fourth homer leading off the fourth. He was removed in a double switch after seven innings after experiencing light-headedness.
Center fielder Andrew McCutchen’s glove popped off as he attempted to reach over the wall for Carpenter’s fourth homer. The shot ended a run of 95 consecutive innings in 11 games by Pirates pitchers without allowing a longball.
McCutchen lost his mitt again just missing a diving catch on Jhonny Peralta’s bloop single in the seventh.
Pirates: Pitcher Charlie Morton, rehabbing from offseason hip surgery, threw 93 pitches in extended spring training on Saturday.
Cardinals: Set-up man Jordan Walden was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right biceps inflammation.
Pirates: Jeff Locke (2-1, 4.76) didn’t make it out of the fourth inning in his last game. On Tuesday, he’ll oppose the Reds to open a six-game homestand.
Cardinals: Carlos Martinez (3-0, 1.73) is among the league leaders in ERA and has won his last three starts, surrendering three runs in 19 innings.
Alvarez drew a career-high four walks the previous four at-bats before homering. He has 16 homers against St. Louis, topped only by 17 against Milwaukee among opponents.
Harrison was 0 for 7 with two strikeouts and only two balls hit to the outfield. Shortstop Jordy Mercer flubbed two popups that dropped in for gift singles, the first perhaps lost in the sun but the second after shadows had descended on Busch Stadium.
by Dave Skretta, AP
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals manager Ned Yost has seen enough of Jeremy Guthrie over the years that he is willing to give his veteran right-hander plenty of time to work things out.
Guthrie didn’t make much progress in that endeavor on Sunday.
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Alex Avila drove in three runs off him, and the Detroit Tigers went on to beat Kansas City 6-4 to salvage a split of their four-game series.
Guthrie (1-2) allowed all six runs on 11 hits in six innings, striking out just one. He has been pounded for at least four runs in four of his five starts this season, and gave up all the runs in a 3-0 loss to Minnesota the only time he fared any better.
“It’s the third day of May,” Yost said. “These guys work really hard. When they’re going through periods like this, they continue to work hard. They’ll figure it out.”
Kansas City nearly bailed out Guthrie by scoring two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth. But Tom Gorzelanny struck out Eric Hosmer to leave a runner aboard, and Joakim Soria shut down his former team in the ninth for his 10th save.
“I felt much, much better than I have in a couple of starts,” Guthrie said. “I wish it could have translated into getting more outs and being more effective.”
The Tigers dropped the first two games of the series before squeaking out a 2-1 win behind David Price’s masterpiece Saturday night. Anibal Sanchez (2-3) followed that by carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning Sunday, and allowing three runs on four hits in 7 1-3 innings.
“That’s the big key, when you throw your first pitch for strikes,” Sanchez said. “They’re pretty hot right now, so that’s why I had to keep the ball down.”
Guthrie struggled from the start, giving up an RBI single to Avila in the second inning and loading the bases for him in the fourth. Avila followed with a two-run single that cleared the bases when Paulo Orlando fumbled the ball.
Ian Kinsler added a single in the fifth before Cabrera hit his sixth homer this year.
Guthrie ended up allowing all six runs and 11 hits in six innings. The poor outing came after a dazzling start to the series by Kansas City pitchers, who had allowed Detroit’s potent offense to score just four runs total in the first three games.
It would have taken a similarly strong outing to hang with Sanchez, who has struggled this season – the Tigers had lost his last four starts – but has owned the Royals. He’d been 5-2 with a 1.07 ERA in his previous seven starts against the reigning American League champions.
With a crowd of 38,326 packed inside Kauffman Stadium, the third straight sellout, the right-hander calmly mowed through the Royals lineup for most of the afternoon.
Kansas City did not have its second runner until Sanchez walked Kendrys Morales with one out in the seventh. The Royals went on to score on Erik Kratz’s sacrifice fly and Omar Infante’s single, then added runs in the eighth on a single by Morales and Mike Moustakas’s groundout.
“We know the Royals pretty well. They know us pretty well,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said, when asked to sum up the first series of the season between AL Central contenders. “I don’t think there was any eureka moments. Just two pretty good teams.”
The Royals welcomed 143,609 fans, the seventh-best attendance for a four-game set at Kauffman Stadium. It was a record for a four-game series since the 2009 renovation decreased capacity.
Tigers: SS Jose Iglesias left in the sixth inning with tightness in his left groin, and is listed as day to day. Andrew Romine replaced him in the lineup.
Royals: All-Star closer Greg Holland (strained pectoral muscle) is expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday. He reported no problems after a simulated game Saturday.
Tigers: RHP Shane Greene will take the mound after a day off to open a three-game set against the White Sox. The series beginning Tuesday night wraps up a 10-game trip.
Royals: LHP Jason Vargas tries to solve his early season struggles in the opener of a three-game series against Cleveland on Tuesday night. Kansas City is off Monday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals setup man Jordan Walden has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an inflamed right biceps. Reliever Sam Tuivailala was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.
Walden stopped warming up in the eighth inning Saturday. He’s 0-1 with an 0.87 ERA in 12 games with 12 strikeouts in 10 1-3 innings.
The Cardinals also said they would recall lefty Tyler Lyons from Memphis to start Tuesday against the Cubs.
The 22-year-old Tuivailala has three saves and has not allowed an earned run in eight appearances covering nine innings at Memphis. The saves have come in his last three appearances.
Tuivailala was a third-round draft pick in 2010.
by Tim Dahlberg
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The pressure of a $180 million payday never got to Floyd Mayweather Jr., even if the richest fight ever wasn’t the best.
Using his reach and his jab Saturday night, Mayweather frustrated Manny Pacquiao, piling up enough points to win a unanimous decision in their welterweight title bout. Mayweather remained unbeaten in 48 fights, cementing his legacy as the best of his generation.
After the fight, it was disclosed that Pacquiao injured his right shoulder in training and that Nevada boxing commissioners denied his request to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before the fight.
Pacquiao chased Mayweather around the ring most of the fight. But he was never able to land a sustained volume of punches, as Mayweather worked his defensive wizardry again.
Two ringside judges scored the fight 116-112, while the third had it 118-110. The Associated Press had Mayweather ahead 115-113.
“I take my hat off to Manny Pacquiao. I see now why he is at the pinnacle of boxing,” Mayweather said. “I knew he was going to push me, win some rounds. I wasn’t being hit with a lot of shots until I sit in a pocket and he landed a lot of shots.”
The bout wasn’t an artistic triumph for either fighter, with long periods where both men fought cautiously.
Pacquiao threw far fewer punches than he normally does in a fight, with Mayweather actually throwing more.
That was largely because Pacquiao didn’t throw his right hand often. Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao injured his shoulder sometime after March 11.
Arum said Pacquiao’s camp thought he would be allowed the anti-inflammatory shot because he had gotten them during training and they had been approved by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. But he said paperwork filed with the commission didn’t check the injury box, and the Nevada commission ruled against the request for a shot.
“The ruling made tonight affected the outcome of the fight,” Arum said.
Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar said Pacquiao’s camp wanted shots that included lidocaine, a drug that numbs the affected area. But he said Pacquiao’s representatives didn’t check the injury box after the weigh-in Friday, and the commission had no way of knowing how serious the injury was or what it could be treated with.
“I have no proof an injury actually exists and I can’t make a ruling based on what they’re telling me,” Aguilar said.
Still, Pacquiao thought he had won the bout, largely on the basis of a few left hands that seemed to shake Mayweather.
“I thought I won the fight. He didn’t do nothing except move outside,” Pacquiao said. “I got him many times.”
There were no knockdowns, and neither fighter seemed terribly hurt at any time. Pacquiao landed probably the biggest punch in the fight in the fourth round — a left hand that sent Mayweather into the ropes — but he wasn’t able to consistently land against the elusive champion.
The fight was a chess match, with Mayweather using his jab to keep Pacquiao away most of the fight. Pacquiao tried to force the action, but Mayweather was often out of his reach by the time he found his way inside.
“He’s a very awkward fighter, so I had to take my time and watch him close,” Mayweather said.
Mayweather fought confidently in the late rounds, winning the last two rounds on all three scorecards. In the final seconds of the fight he raised his right hand in victory and after the bell rang stood on the ropes, pounding his heart with his gloves.
“You’re tough,” he said to Pacquiao, hugging him in the ring.
It was vintage Mayweather, even if it didn’t please the crowd of 16,507. They cheered every time Pacquiao threw a punch, hoping that he would land a big shot and become the first fighter to beat Mayweather.
But a good percentage of what he threw never landed. Mayweather often came back with straight right hands, then moved away before Pacquiao could respond.
“I thought we pulled it out,” Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach said. “I asked my man to throw more combinations between rounds. I thought he fought flat-footed too many times.”
Ringside punch stats showed Mayweather landing 148 punches of 435, while Pacquiao landed 81 of 429. The volume for Pacquiao was a lot lower than the 700 or more he usually throws.
Five years in the making, the fight unfolded before a glittering crowd of celebrities, high rollers and people who had enough money to pay for ringside seats going for $40,000 and up. Before it did, though, it was delayed about a half hour because cable and satellite systems were having trouble keeping up with the pay-per-view demand.
They paid big money to watch two superstars fight for their legacies — and in Pacquiao’s case his country — in addition to the staggering paydays for both.
Pacquiao had vowed to take the fight to Mayweather and force him into a war. His camp thought Mayweather’s 38-year-old legs weren’t what they once were.
“He is moving around, not easy to throw punches when people moving around,” Pacquiao said. “When he stayed, I threw a lot of punches. That’s a fight.”
But Mayweather moved well. His only real moment of trouble came in the fourth round when Pacquiao landed his left hand and then flurried to Mayweather’s head on the ropes, but he escaped and shook his head at Pacquiao as if to say he wasn’t hurt.
In the corner, Mayweather’s father, Floyd Sr. kept yelling at his son to do more. But Mayweather was content to stick with what was working and not take a risk that could cost him the fight.
“I’m a calculated fighter, he is a tough competitor,” Mayweather said. “My dad wanted me to do more but Pacquiao is an awkward fighter.”
Mayweather said that his fight in September against a yet-to-be-determined opponent would be his last.
“I’m almost 40 years old now. I’ve been in the sport 19 years and have been a champion for 18 years. I’m truly blessed.”
Mayweather is also very rich, getting 60 percent of the approximately $300 million purse, depending on pay-per-view sales. The live gate alone was more than $70 million, and the bout was expected to easily smash the pay-per-view record of 2.48 million buys set in 2007 when Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya.
But while the frenzy over the fight pushed up tickets to 3-4 times their retail price the week of the fight, prices dropped dramatically as the fight neared and some tickets were being resold for less than face value.
Boxing fans called for the fight to be made five years ago, when both men were in their undisputed prime. But squabbles over promoters, drug testing and a variety of other issues sidelined it until Pacquiao beat Chris Algieri in November and immediately launched a campaign to get the fight made.
When they finally got it, it wasn’t the fight it might have been five years ago. But it was enough to settle the question that boxing fans had asked for years — who would win the big welterweight matchup of the best fighters of their time.
by Steve Overbey, AP
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter takes pride in giving St. Louis baseball fans their money’s worth.
The Cardinals’ third baseman hit a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 11th inning Saturday and the Cardinals once again beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 in extras.
The Cardinals, who have won five in a row, beat the Pirates 2-1 Friday night on Matt Adams’ single in the 10th.
Pittsburgh left a season-high 18 runners on base and the Cardinals stranded just four. St. Louis has won 15 of its last 18 against the Pirates at Busch Stadium.
Thrilling walkoff endings are getting to be the norm for St. Louis, especially against NL Central rival Pittsburgh.
The Cardinals’ last three home wins over the Pirates came in walkoff fashion. Five of their last eight wins over Pittsburg ended that way as well.
“Both teams really want to win so bad and you can see it in the way they play,” Carpenter said. “It seems like every time we play them, we give the fans free baseball.”
It was the case again Saturday as St. Louis got its 14th walkoff win since the start of the 2013 season, and the seventh against the Pirates.
Peter Bourjos doubled to start the St. Louis 11th. He was trapped off second by Jared Hughes (0-1) and caught stealing third. Pete Kozma and Jon Jay singled and Carpenter hit a deep fly to left that easily scored the winning run.
“Every time we play these guys it’s like a chess match,” Pittsburgh infielder Josh Harrison said. “It always comes down to a big hit, a big play. We just need to get one in our favor every once in a while.”
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny was pleased with the way his club took advantage of its limited opportunities.
“I’m really happy about how the guys have been playing. Somebody is always coming up big,” Matheny said. “It’s fun when you can pull these out like this.”
Carlos Villanueva (3-1), the seventh St. Louis pitcher, went one inning. He induced Francisco Cervelli to ground out with two on to end the 11th.
St. Louis starter John Lackey gave up one run and six hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked three.
“My arm felt as good as it has all season,” Lackey said.
Pittsburgh started Francisco Liriano was even better. He gave up one run on three hits over eight innings. He did not allow a hit until the sixth.
“The whole key is not to try to do too much and stay calm,” Liriano said. “Location-wise everything was (good).”
Harrison hit an RBI single in the third that put Pittsburgh ahead. Gregory Polanco began the inning with a single, stole second and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Yadier Molina.
St. Louis tied it in the sixth on a run-scoring ground out by Jay. Bourjos and pinch-hitter Jason Heyward led off the inning.
“When you play the game every day for six months, you’re going to go through some stretches where you get challenged,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “You either meet the demands of the game or you don’t. When you don’t, you can’t really expect (good) results.”
Pirates: OF Andrew McCutchen was in the starting lineup after he appeared to hurt his leg while breaking up a double play in the ninth inning Friday night.
Pirates: RHP Vance Worley (2-2, 4.50) will make his fifth start of the season in the final game of the series on Sunday. The Pirates have been shut out in each of his losses.
Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (4-0, 2.42) allowed five hits and one run in each of his first four starts this season. He is 9-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 21 career appearances at home.