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(Joplin) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team’s season came to an end this past Friday when they lost to the Mineral Area College Cardinals of Park Hills in Joplin.

Brian Ingalls has the update.

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The Grizzlies’ season ends at 22-11.

(Ponca City) (AP) – The parents of an Oklahoma State University assistant women’s basketball coach killed in an Arkansas plane crash settled a wrongful death claim for $250,000, according to Kay County records.

The Oklahoman reported Monday the parents of Miranda Serna reached a confidential settlement with the pilot’s insurance company, but details became public when her divorced parents disagreed on how to split the money.

Kay County Judge Philip A. Ross awarded Nettie Herrera of Guadalupita, New Mexico, 70 percent, citing her constant companionship with her daughter. John Serna of Ledoux, New Mexico, did not appeal the ruling.

Serna and head coach Kurt Budke died Nov. 17, 2011, while on a recruiting trip. The pilot and his wife also died. Lawyers say Budke’s widow also reached a confidential settlement.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The St. Louis Blues didn’t get the easy ride they might have hoped for against the Oilers, but they did get out of Edmonton with the two points they needed.

Paul Stastny scored the winning goal with 5:40 left and added an assist as the Blues edged the host Oilers 2-1 on Saturday night.

“We made it a little harder on ourselves than it needed to be, but in this league, anyone can win on any night,” St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott said. “It was an unbelievable goal by (Stastny) to kind of seal it, and a couple of blocked shots at the end, guys were doing the things at the end to make us successful.”

Dmitrij Jaskin also scored for the Blues (40-18-4), who have won two in a row.

“From the 10-minute mark of the second period we really started to amp it up and started to play very well,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “I’m concerned about our slow starts.

“We don’t look like we get to our game near soon enough and we’re going to get challenged in the next three or four hockey games and we’re going to have to find a way to get into our game a little bit earlier.”

Justin Schultz had the lone goal for the Oilers (18-35-10), who have lost three of four.

“I liked the way our guys played,” Oilers interim coach Todd Nelson said. “I thought both teams played strong games. We gave ourselves a chance to win or get some points.”

Edmonton forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins agreed his team is showing progress, even if not always getting the desired result.

“That was the best we have played against them all year, but at the same time we have to find a way to get that extra goal,” he said. “That’s twice in the last few games that a team has scored late on us.”

St. Louis took a 1-0 lead with 7:49 remaining in the first period when Stastny made a nice feed across to Jaskin, who beat goalie Ben Scrivens for his 10th goal of the season.

Edmonton tied it 6:31 into the second period as Schultz put a long wrist shot past Elliott.

The shots narrowly favored the Blues 15-14 through two periods.

The Blues buzzed for the first half of the third period, but Scrivens made several huge stops – including a glove save on Stastny.

Stastny got even when he cut in front and sent a backhanded shot through Scrivens’ legs to make it 2-1.

Edmonton was awarded a late power play, and pulled Scrivens for an extra skater, but couldn’t net the tying goal.

Elliott made 21 saves for the win. Scrivens stopped 25 shots in defeat.

by Alan Eskew, AP

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Eric Hosmer hit a basketball, football and volleyball for a PlayStation commercial at Surprise Stadium, the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals.

Hosmer said the basketball was the easiest to hit because “it’s so big.”

A baseball must have looked basketball-sized to Hosmer in the postseason last year.

Hosmer hit .351 and set a franchise record with 12 RBIs in 15 games during the playoffs and World Series. He had six multihit games in the postseason, three of them with three hits.

“A lot of guys didn’t have numbers they wanted to in the regular season, but turned it up in the postseason,” Hosmer said.

Hosmer was one of them. He hit .270 with nine home runs and 58 RBIs, all career lows. Not numbers Hosmer desired.

“Definitely not,” Hosmer said.

Hosmer hit .321 with a .509 slugging percentage after July 1. But he missed 29 games with a broken right hand after being hit by a pitch from Jon Lester on July 20. He tried to play through it, but went on the disabled list Aug. 2.

The Royals’ season ended with a 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 of the World Series.

“I know the taste it left in all our mouths,” Hosmer said. “I know it made the offseason feel like it was that much longer. The way it ended, it was tough. It was tough to look at all these guys after that loss because all these guys had invested so much. We all truly believed we were going to do it, so to come up short and the feeling we had, it didn’t seem like it was time to be over.”

The Royals did end a 29-year playoff drought.

“It’s a different feel” in spring training this year, he said. “We’ve always had the confidence in our abilities as our group, but doing what we did last year and knowing how far we got with pretty much the same group of guys coming back, it definitely gets you hungry and confident as a group.”

The 25-year-old Hosmer agreed to a $13.9 million, two-year contract on Feb. 18. His agent, Scott Boras, called him as he was packing to drive to the Phoenix airport to fly to Tampa for his arbitration hearing the next day.

“It went from get your suit ready to you don’t have to go,” said Hosmer, who has won two Gold Gloves. “That’s why we hire representation, so we don’t have to sit in that room and hear how bad we are. I’m glad we’ve got it all taken care of, not only for this year, but next year. I don’t have to worry about it and just focus on that main goal. And that’s getting into October and doing what we did last year, plus one.”

Hosmer said the two-year offer came “completely out of the blue.”

“I never even thought about two years,” he said. “That kind of popped out of nowhere. I thought it was a no-brainer to do that. Not only I get this year, but the next year, I’m very happy about that.”

After hitting 19 home runs as a rookie in 2012 and 17 in 2013, Hosmer’s total sagged last season.

“Being a guy in the middle in the lineup, you’ve got to drive in runs,” Hosmer said. “It’s not so much home runs, but RBIs.”

by Charles Odum, AP

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — J.J. Frazier isn’t ready to assume a lopsided win over Missouri means Georgia is headed to the NCAA tournament.

Nemanja Djurisic scored 14 points and Georgia strengthened its NCAA tournament hopes with a runaway 68-44 win over Missouri on Saturday.

Georgia (19-9, 10-6 Southeastern Conference) has won three straight games, including road wins against Alabama and Mississippi, since back-to-back disappointing home losses to Auburn and South Carolina.

“We can’t celebrate too much about this win,” said Frazier, who had 10 points, five assists and three steals. “We gave away two games at home. We made it tough on ourselves. Our back was against the wall, but we’re fighting out of it.”

The Bulldogs, 5-3 on the road in conference games, needed to avoid a third straight home loss to one of the league’s worst teams. Georgia began the day with a No. 29 ranking in the NCAA RPI and plays host to No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday night.

Missouri (8-21, 2-14) couldn’t manage a second straight win after ending a 13-game losing streak by beating Florida 64-52 on Tuesday night. The Tigers, last in the SEC, trailed by double figures most of the game.

The Wildcats made only 14 of 49 shots from the field (28.6 percent). Missouri had worse shooting in only one other game this season, an 86-37 loss at Kentucky in which it made only 27.1 percent of its shots (16 of 59).

Missouri coach Kim Anderson said his players couldn’t match Georgia’s intensity.

“To their credit, (Georgia) came out today ready to play and it’s frustrating,” Anderson said. “In the first half especially, our front line really struggled to score. You can’t do that.”

Anderson said the Bulldogs “got every loose ball and every rebound that flew off.”

A 3-pointer by Djurisic gave Georgia an 18-8 lead. The Bulldogs led 30-18 following a 3 by Kenny Paul Geno, and they kept the lead in double figures the remainder of the game.

“We definitely made an emphasis that we wanted to come out and compete from the tip,” said forward Marcus Thornton.

Georgia led 41-23 at halftime and stretched the lead to 28 points at 55-27 on two straight baskets by Cameron Forte – a follow-up layup and a jam.

Following Forte’s jam, the Bulldogs kept the lead over 20 points despite going more than six minutes without scoring.

Forte had 10 points for Georgia. Thornton finished with eight points and seven rebounds.


Missouri: A 3-pointer by Namon Wright gave the Tigers their only lead at 3-2. Wright, a freshman who had 28 points in the win over Florida, had 10 points. … Johnathan Williams also had 10 points despite making only 3 of 13 shots. … The Tigers were outrebounded 47-30.

Georgia: It was the largest margin of victory in a SEC game under coach Mark Fox. … The 1990 SEC championship team was recognized at halftime. Former coach Hugh Durham, who was welcomed with a long “Huuuugh!” from fans – returned with his players, including Litterial Green, Rod Cole and Neville Austin. Another star of the team, Alec Kessler, died in 2007 and was recently inducted posthumously into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.


Fox said undefeated Kentucky is “one of the great teams of all time” with a front line that is bigger than most NBA teams. Asked how he will prepare for the Wildcats, who beat the Bulldogs 69-58 on Feb. 3, Fox joked he may ask for help from Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.

“I’ll call Bud over there and see if we can scrimmage the Hawks tomorrow,” Fox said.


Georgia sophomore guard Juwan Parker played for the first time since missing 11 straight games with an Achilles injury. Parker, who started in 14 of 15 games before the injury, had one point and one assist in a brief late-game appearance.


Missouri: Hosts Auburn on Tuesday night.

Georgia: Hosts No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday night.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Reese Holliday scored 24 points, including eight free throws and two key rebounds in the last 4:00 to help Missouri-Kansas City beat Grand Canyon 70-65 on Saturday night.

UMKC (13-17, 8-5 Western Athletic Conference) moves into second place in the standings, 3 1/2 games back of conference leader New Mexico State.

Sam Daly made a free throw to give Grand Canyon a 57-55 lead, but missed his second attempt and Holliday was fouled while pulling in the carom. Holliday made both free throws to tie it. Grand Canyon’s Daniel Alexander then missed a 3, and Holliday was again fouled while taking in the board and made another pair of free throws to give UMKC a 59-57 lead with 3:15 to play.

The Kangaroos made 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch, including four from Holliday, to seal it.

DeWayne Russell scored 15 points to lead Grand Canyon (16-14, 7-6).

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Isaiah Jackson scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half as George Mason built an early advantage that it rode to a 78-50 victory over Saint Louis on Saturday night.

The Patriots (9-19, 4-12 Atlantic 10), who snapped a three-game losing streak, made 15 of 21 shots for 71.4 percent in the first half to take a 43-24 lead. They cooled off only a little in the second half and finished at 60.9 percent. They made 17 of 18 free throws.

Marquise Moore added 14 points and six assists, Jalen Jenkins 13 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, and Shevon Thompson 10 points. Jenkins had his first double-double this season.

Davell Roby and Reggie Agbeko had 10 points apiece to lead the Billikens (11-18, 3-13), who have lost six of their last seven games.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Jarekious Bradley scored 28 points and Southeast Missouri State snapped a three-game losing skid heading into next week’s Ohio Valley Conference tournament with a convincing 89-65 win over Austin Peay Saturday.

SE Missouri (13-16, 7-9) claimed the final berth, the No. 8 seed in the conference tournament Thursday. The Redhawks will play the No. 5 seed in a first round game Wednesday in Nashville.

Chris Freeman gave Austin Peay the lead with 12:08 to go in the first half, 15-14, but SE Missouri went on a 9-0 run to make it 23-15 and by the time Bradley drilled 3-pointer with :42 left in the half, the Redhawks had a 14-point lead.

Bradley was 11 of 18 from the floor, including 4 of 7 from distance, and grabbed seven boards for SE Missouri.

Chris Horton scored 20 points and Freeman added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Austin Peay (8-22, 3-13).

CHICAGO (AP) — Christian Thomas tied his season-high with 21 points and added a career-high 12 rebounds to lead Loyola of Chicago past Missouri State 65-51 on Saturday.

Earl Peterson finished with 12 points for the Ramblers (18-12, 8-10), who opens the Missouri Valley Conference tourney in St. Louis on Friday against Indiana State. The win also gives Loyola of Chicago its most wins ever as a MVC member and its most since winning 10 in the Horizon League in 2006-07.

The Ramblers led 44-43 with 9:27 to play, but ripped off 10 of the next 12 points to push their lead to nine. The Bears got no closer than seven the rest of the way.

Austin Ruder scored 14 points to lead Missouri State (11-19, 5-13). The Bears play Southern Illinois in the opening round game of the MVC tournament on Thursday.

From left: John Bailey , Cornelia Ferguson and J.H. Junior Ferguson. (provided)

From left: John Bailey , Cornelia Ferguson and J.H. Junior Ferguson. (provided)

(Springfield) – Is it luck? Is it destiny? Whatever it is, the Fergusons have it.

Junior Ferguson of Raymondville was chosen as a finalist at Bailey Chevrolet in Willow Springs to go to Springfield Wednesday to have a 1 in 12 shot of winning a 2015 Chevy Cruze during the halftime of the Missouri State University Men’s basketball game against Bradley. Despite the odds, Ferguson’s name was pulled.

John Bailey, owner of Bailey Chevrolet, spoke about the win:

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The Fergusons registered at Bailey Chevrolet, and had their name drawn to be the finalist from the dealership. 11 other people from across the region also won the chance to win the car at Wednesday’s game at participating Chevrolet dealers.