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The West Plains High School boys golf team captured fourth place with a total score of 644 in the Class 3 state championship held on May 13 & 14 at the Sedalia Country Club.  Junior Ben Charles also won All-State Honors following the team’s finish in the state tournament.

Congratulations to Trey Fierce, Jacob Womack, Cole Butler, Ben Charles, Issac Burroughs and Coach Seth Huddleston.


WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Bryan Bender, video coordinator with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers men’s basketball program, has been selected to serve as a volunteer assistant coach with the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball Team.


Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said Bender will replace Drew Richards, who recently left the Grizzlies to be an assistant coach at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.


“Bryan was high on our list of people to talk to about this position,” Walker said.  “His experience at the highest level of collegiate basketball will only enhance our program.  He is a professional and is eager to get going.”


“I am thrilled to be working for such a great school with a great reputation and a proven head coach,” Bender said.  “Coach Walker is very well respected in coaching circles, and I look forward to being able to learn from him and continue the tradition of excellence already established by this program.”


Bender recently completed seven seasons with the Golden Gophers program and his second as the team’s video coordinator, overseeing film exchange, student managers and all video duties.  He spent four seasons as a student manager with the program, including two as the head student manager and film coordinator.  He spent the 2009-10 season as a graduate manager.


He gained additional experience serving on the support staff of the 2008 USA Basketball U18 Junior National Team and served as assistant director of Tubby Smith Basketball Camps.


Bender graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota in 2008 and received a Master’s in Education degree in Applied Kinesiology with a Sports Management and Coaching emphasis in 2010.  He is a native of Cambridge, Wis.


“Bryan is exceptional at the little things that every program does,” Walker said.  “With the contacts he already has, I am certain he will be an exceptional recruiter and coach.  I believe he and Assistant Coach Chad VanRiessen will make up the best tandem of assistant coaches in the NJCAA.”


Bender pointed out he has worked with former Grizzly basketball player Paul Carter and become friends with former head coach Brian Ostermann.  “Both Paul and Coach Ostermann have spoken very highly about the program, the administration and the great Missouri State-West Plains fans.  I want to thank Coach Walker for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to many great years here.”


For more information about the Grizzly Basketball program, visit the team’s website at or call the Grizzly Basketball office at 417-255-7993.

ST. LOUIS – May 21, 2013 – Two of the most storied English Premier League clubs, Chelsea and Manchester City, will be in St. Louis this week for a historic exhibition match at Busch Stadium on Thursday, May 23rd.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST.  This will be the first international soccer match at Busch Stadium, as well as the first non-baseball sporting event at the ballpark that opened in downtown St. Louis in April 2006.  Following is a schedule of official activities and information to help fans enjoy international soccer in St. Louis this week.  Fans may also join the social media conversation on Twitter with #socceratbusch.


Ticket Availability

Thursday’s match is sold out, but fans should continue to monitor as tickets may be made available up until game time.  Tickets to Chelsea’s training session event on Wednesday are available for $20 at, the Busch Stadium box office and by phone at 314.345.9500.  The public training event includes a free concert by indie rock band Cracker, fireworks and a unique crossbar soccer challenge that will end with one fan in attendance winning a trip for two to travel to England next year to see Chelsea play at home.


From Baseball to Soccer – The Busch Stadium Transformation

On Monday, the Cardinals grounds crew began the process of reconfiguring the ballpark for soccer by removing the pitcher’s mound and installing sod in the infield and along the infield warning track.  The soccer field will be finished by Wednesday. The 100 x 65 meter soccer playing field will span from just in front of the visitor’s dugout to the edge of the outfield in front of the home bullpen.


Wednesday, May 22nd – Chelsea Training Session Event

As the designated home team, Chelsea will conduct a public training session at Busch Stadium for St. Louis fans.  The training session event promises to be an affordable and special evening for soccer fans.  Not only will fans be able to see one of the greatest international soccer teams prepare for their historic match with Manchester City, they may also enjoy a free concert by indie rock band Cracker, fireworks, and have a chance to participate in a unique crossbar soccer challenge that will end with one fan in attendance winning a trip for two to travel to England next year to see Chelsea play at home.


Gates for the training event open at 5 p.m.  Before fans enter Busch Stadium, they may want to visit one of three Chelsea fan-tents set up around the ballpark where they can pick up a complimentary Chelsea flag, sign up for information about the club and take a photo with a championship trophy.  The Chelsea fan-tents located at 8th & Clark, Gate 1 and Gate 2 will be open from 3:00 to 8:30 p.m.


Chelsea’s training session will commence at 7 p.m.  The session is expected to last just over an hour.   The Cross Bar Challenge will start around 8:30, followed by the Cracker concert.  The evening will end with fireworks around 9:30 p.m.


Thursday, May 23rd – Chelsea vs. Manchester City Match

Fans will want to plan to be downtown early to soak up all the soccer excitement.  Budweiser will kick off the formal activities at 4 p.m. with the Budweiser March to the Match Pep Rally at Kiener Plaza.  A full schedule of activities follows:




4 P.M. – 6 P.M.        Budweiser March to the Match Pep Rally at Kiener Plaza

The Cardinals and Budweiser will host a pre-match pep rally in Kiener Plaza, located between Broadway, 7th, Chestnut and Market.  Local rock band Griffin and the Gargoyles will perform.  Budweiser will have their Build-A-Bars and Pool Ball games as well as other soccer-themed activities.  Both teams will distribute free items for fans (Chelsea flags & Manchester City megaphones), and the team mascots and a Budweiser Clydesdale will be on hand for photo opportunities.  Team officials are scheduled to address the crowd at 5:30 p.m. and invite fans to “March to the Match,” led by the Budweiser Clydesdale and the team mascots down 7th Street to Gate 3 of Busch Stadium.


5 P.M.                        Gates open


7:00 P.M.                   Pre-match ceremonies begin with an appearance by Chelsea’s mascot, Stamford the Lion, and Manchester City’s brother and sister mascots, Moonbeam and Moonchester.

Chelsea and Manchester City will be introduced. Each team will enter the field with 12 local children dressed in team attire.  The 24 children are between the ages of six and eight.  The referees will be introduced and will conduct a coin toss ceremony with the two teams.


The National Anthem will be performed by Brian Owens of the Missouri Air National Guard Band, Sidewinder.


                                    Flyover by Commemorative Air Force


7:30 P.M.                   Match Commences


Half-time                    Ceremony honoring six St. Louis members of United States Soccer Hall of Fame (Frank Borghi, Bob Herman, Bob Kehoe, Denny Long, Pat McBride and Al Trost)


Watching on TV

Fans can watch the match on ESPN 2.
Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) to hear coverage of the match.


Online or On the Go

Fans may also get unique content from the game via the Cardinals’ Twitter account, @Cardinals.


Getting to the Game — Roadwork & Alternative Transportation Reminders
MoDOT will not have any scheduled additional lane closures on state highways inside the city limits for Wednesday or Thursday. There are projects under construction at I-64 and Jefferson and Tower Grove.  MoDOT will continue to have three lanes open in each direction of I-64 Wednesday and Thursday to accommodate soccer fans.


MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving, allowing fans to avoid the cost of parking and game day traffic.  To avoid the traffic congestion and the cost of parking on game day, fans can use one of 19 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line and take the train to Stadium Station, right across the street from the ballpark.  Check the Metro website for schedules and the Park-Ride lot nearest you. 


Soccer Merchandise Available in Cardinals Team Store

Fans will want to stop by the Busch Stadium Team Store to purchase a variety of soccer-related retail items connected with the historic match.  The Team Store has team specific merchandise, as well as special items commemorating the historic match such as t-shirts and scarves.  The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, and offers free, 15-minute street parking next to the store entrance at Clark and 8th Street, between Gates 3 and 4.  Merchandise will also be available at locations throughout the ballpark on both Wednesday and Thursday.


Media Credentials

Media credentials can be picked up at the Media Will Call Window by Gate 2 under the Interstate 64/US Route 40 overpass, beginning at 3:30 p.m., on both Wednesday and Thursday.


Media Entrance

The Media/VIP Entrance is located to the immediate right of the Media Will Call Window by Gate 2 with access to the press box via elevator in the Media/VIP Lobby.


Media Interviews

A post-match press conference with the coach and players from both clubs will be held in the Press Dining/Media Interview Room on Thursday.  A 20-30 meter Mixed Zone will be stanchioned off between the Media Interview Room and the Manchester City/St. Louis Cardinals Home Clubhouse area for player interviews.  Chelsea will host a pre-training press conference at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday with Branislav Ivanovic and Juan Mata.  No media will be provided access to playing field other than properly credentialed still photographers.


About Chelsea Football Club

Chelsea is one of the most successful teams in England with four Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.  The Blues also boast two UEFA Cup Championships, one UEFA Super Cup and one UEFA Champions League title. In 2012 Chelsea, with the help of Spaniards Juan Mata and Fernando Torres, as well as English International and three-time Chelsea Player of the Year, Frank Lampard, became the first London club to win the Champions League. On May 15, 2013, Chelsea won the Eurpoa League Trophy, beating Benfica 2-1.


About Manchester City Football Club

Informally known as “The Blues” or “The Citizens”, Manchester City FC is an English Premier League side, founded in 1880 as St Mark’s West Gorton. The Club won the 2011-2012 Premier League title and has won 25 major trophies. It counts the European Cup Winners’ Cup, three League Championship titles, and five FA Cups amongst its honors. The Club plays its domestic home fixtures at the Etihad Stadium, a spectacular 47,500 seat arena, which the Blues made their home following the successful Commonwealth Games in 2003. For more information, please visit


About Relevent Sports

Relevent Sports brings the excitement and intensity of international soccer to the United States by showcasing the best clubs in the world through premier tournaments and events. Going beyond the game, Relevent provides an innovative approach to building international soccer presence by utilizing brand development, grassroots planning, corporate sponsors, international touring and philanthropic initiatives for the soccer organizations.



Bag Inspections Policy

  • The standard game-day bag inspection policies for Busch Stadium will be in effect. Bags will be allowed that meet Major League Baseball’s standard size restriction (16”x16”x8”), and all bags will be inspected prior to entry. 
  • Fans will be permitted to bring small personal cameras and will be subject to inspection.  No professional-sized photography equipment will be allowed except for members of the media with proper credentials.  
  • Non-alcoholic beverages such as water and soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.
  • Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers; hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted.
  • Small banners and signs are allowed.  Banners may be displayed as long as they do not hinder or interfere with play or distract or interfere with the view of another guest. Banners may not be obscene or in poor taste, attract abuse or cause a disturbance among other guests. They should be soccer-oriented and not commercial in nature.
  • Please minimize items you bring into the stadium to speed up the inspection process. 
  • Expect long lines upon entry. Allow plenty of time to go through the inspection process. 


Exit/Re-entry Policy

Standard Exit/Re-entry Policies are in effect.  Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must have their hand stamped at Gates 1, 2 or 4 as they exit the stadium. Guests must show ticket upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.


No Smoking Policy

Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect.  Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Exit/Re-Entry turnstiles will be set up at Gates 1, 2 and 4 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Fans will get their hand stamped as they exit the stadium. Guests must show ticket upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.

Tom Benyo Class A GCSAA
Willow Springs Municipal Golf Course

I know I said last week that I wouldn’t have an article this week because I was in Florida, but I made it anyway.  I was delighted to return home to a beautiful golf course that was kept up very well by my assistant Dave Guyll.  After looking at his time sheet, it was obvious why everything was so nice.  It does take hours to keep this course at the level that everyone has come to expect.  Well done, Dave.


I received results from all 3 leagues this week.  The Casual League had a record turnout of 18 players.  The winners with a 4 under par 31 were the teams of Adam Carter,Patsy Wyatt, and Michael and Michele McDaniel.  Also with a 31 was the team of Rainy, Hudson and Brent Roberts and Dylan Gale.

The McDaniels’ made it a clean sweep by winning the Cat and Dog league with a 33.  Second place went to Beth and Dan Sherbo who shot a 26.  Beth Sherbo won closest to the pin on # 2.

The Men’s League played a Shambles and the winners at 2 under were Matt Coatney, Jim Cox, Howard Carter, Obie Bunch and Rick Scarbrough.

Senior Tournament

Calling all Seniors…this Saturday is just for you golfers 55 and older…male or female.  Our 2-person scramble tournament will begin at 10 AM.  Cash prizes for winners in each flight and gift certificates for hole prize winners.  Cost is only $40 per player.  Call the course at 469-1214 to sign up or just show up Saturday before 10.  Hope to see you there.

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(Las Vegas) (AP) – Former baseball slugger Jose Canseco Jr. has been accused of sexual assault in Las Vegas, in an investigation that the former baseball slugger made public with postings on a social media website claiming that a woman falsely accused him of rape.

No arrest was made and police said no charges were immediately filed against the 48-year-old former Oakland Athletics rookie of the year who played for six other teams from 1985 to 2001 and later wrote a tell-all book admitting that he used performance-enhancing steroids.

Officer Bill Cassell, a police department spokesman, wouldn’t say Wednesday where the alleged attack took place.

Word about the investigation became public after Canseco posted information about it on the social media network Twitter. He said Las Vegas police had just left his house.

The postings — including the name and workplace of a woman — generated an immediate outcry from others who posted comments deriding Canseco. Some of the information was later removed.

The Associated Press does not normally identify possible victims of sexual assault.

Attempts to reach Canseco weren’t immediately successful. Another Twitter post said he was on his way to the airport to fly Texas, to play with the Fort Worth Cats, an unaffiliated team in the independent United League.

Team spokesman Nathan Dwelle confirmed that Canseco was scheduled to play during the team’s season home opener on Thursday.

“Right now, we’re not commenting until we have all the facts,” Dwelle said.

A Canseco spokeswoman, Susan Haber in Los Angeles, said she had no immediate information about the case.

Dwelle said Canseco’s agent, Jose Melendez, was traveling with Canseco. Melendez didn’t immediately respond to a message from AP.

Canseco hit 462 career home runs and was a six-time all-star while playing with the Athletics, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox.

His book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, was published in 2005.

In recent years, Canseco played for various teams in California, Arizona, Mexico and Canada.

He declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy last year in Las Vegas, reporting less than $21,000 in assets and almost $1.7 million in liabilities, including more than $500,000 owed to the Internal Revenue Service. He listed a post office box as his address.

Attorney Mark Segal, who represented Canseco in the bankruptcy, said the case was discharged and he hasn’t spoken with Canseco in several months. Segal said he doesn’t know where Canseco lives now.

garcia(San Diego) (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will have surgery on his left shoulder this week and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

The Cardinals announced Wednesday that Garcia will have surgery to repair tears in his rotator cuff and labrum. Team doctor George Paletta will perform the operation on Friday in St. Louis.

Garcia is 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA in nine starts this year. He was put on the disabled list Sunday after feeling pain that increased over the course of three starts.

“This isn’t surprising news to us,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “We anticipated that surgery was a real possibility. I think it’s a relief for him to go in get the shoulder cleaned up and allow him to move forward and be healthy for spring training.”

Garcia was sidelined with shoulder soreness twice last season. He chose rest over surgery during the offseason, but the latest recurrence of shoulder pain led to a recommendation that he have surgery.

Garcia is 39-25 lifetime with a 3.45 ERA and has been a mainstay in the Cardinals’ rotation since 2010.

(Kansas City) (AP) – Missouri-Kansas City basketball coach Kareem Richardson has completed his first coaching staff by hiring Angres Thorpe as associate head coach and Sean Bledsoe and Jason Sautter as assistant coaches.

Connor Hampton was promoted director of basketball operations, while former `Roos star Spencer Johnson was hired to be a graduate assistant.

Richardson, one of Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s top assistants, was hired by UMKC in March to replace the fired Matt Brown. He officially announced his staff on Wednesday.

Thorpe has spent the past two seasons as associate head coach at Toledo. Bledsoe has extensive experience running camps and AAU programs, and Sautter joins the program from Seward County (Kan.) Community College.

(Hoover, AL) (AP) – Ray Parker pitched eight-plus innings to lead Texas A&M to a 5-0 victory over top-seeded Vanderbilt on Wednesday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.

The Aggies (32-25) produced three solo homers and Parker made sure it was plenty in the double-elimination tournament.

Making his fifth start of the season, Parker (1-1) allowed three hits and walked three while throwing 110 pitches. He left after walking the leadoff batter in the ninth.

Vandy (48-8), which had lost only three SEC games, didn’t manage an extra base hit and was shut out for the first time this season. The Commodores came in leading the league in hitting.

Cole Langford, Hunter Melton and Troy Stein homered for Texas A&M while Daniel Mengden had three hits and Krey Bratsen added two. Melton also homered in the opening win over Florida.

(St. Louis) (AP) – Chelsea players seem pleased Jose Mourinho appears headed back for a second stint as manager, even after he failed with Real Madrid.

Midfielder Juan Mata said Wednesday prior to the first of two U.S. friendlies against rival Manchester City that the 50-year-old Mourinho has been a winner in several countries.

The move has been widely reported, although there’s has been no official announcement.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen but if he comes he’s welcome because he’s one of the best,” Mata said. “Chelsea always wants to be a top squad and I think if he comes we’re going to be happy to have him.”

Mata wasn’t about to judge Mourinho’s shortcomings with Real Madrid. He won two major titles, the 2011 Copa del Rey and the 2012 league championship, but couldn’t produce a European Cup.

“You have to be there to understand everything,” Mata said. “What I know is Madrid is a massive club and there’s a lot of pressure, and I think it shouldn’t be easy. All I can say is if he comes, we’re going to try to do our best with him or with whoever to win the title.”

Whatever happens, defender Branislav Ivanovic said it was important to finish strong and “in the moment.”

“We’ll see what will happen with Chelsea next,” Ivanovic said. “For every player it’s a big challenge to play for the big managers and to do everything, but all these things are with one aim – for Chelsea to be one of the best teams.”

The Cardinals anticipate standing-room attendance of about 46,000 for Thursday night’s match and a two-day conversion process got the seal of approval from the Chelsea groundskeeper. The second game is Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Attendance was announced as 10,259 with fans paying $20 for the practice session followed by a concert by Cracker and fireworks display in a nearly empty stadium.

Mata and Ivanovic, the only players made available to reporters, promised they’d be playing to win and took note of hundreds of fans who showed up in team regalia. Three hours before the practice, fans lined up 20 deep to pose with Chelsea’s Europa championship trophy.

“It’s a huge stadium, it’s a pleasure for us to play here and we are expecting a great atmosphere,” Mata said. “All we can do is try to do our best.”

If there were complaints about the extended season, they kept them to themselves.

“We’ll have our rest in the summer,” Mata said. “Now it’s time to enjoy it here in the States, try to enjoy these two friendly games.”

They had limited knowledge of the Cardinals, who have the best record in the National League. Chelsea is using the visitor’s clubhouse.

“The Cardinals, yeah they’re famous,” Mata said. “But I don’t follow too much the sport.”

Mourinho left Real Madrid after winning two major titles, the 2011 Copa del Rey and the 2012 league championship, but falling short of taking a European Cup.

Manchester City arrives on game day Thursday also set for changes. Roberto Mancini was fired after one season and it has been reported Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has been lined up as a replacement.

The Busch Stadium soccer layout is just shy of FIFA dimensions. Sod covering the pitcher’s mound, which was taken out with a back hoe, and the infield dirt, stripped with a machine that mimics a wood planer, was a lighter shade of green.

Seams appeared evident at ground level, but Joe Abernathy, director of stadium operations, said Chelsea had no complaints.

Perhaps the biggest challenge in the makeover was dealing with a quagmire of mud in the infield after a 10-foot stretch of tarpaulin ripped open during violent storms Monday night.

Chelsea worked out Tuesday at Saint Louis University as the team watched. The Billikens, whose uniforms are the same shade of blue as Chelsea, toured the field and posed for a group photo while sporting a Chelsea flag.

(Ladue) (AP) – The longtime home of St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial is on the market, but the price isn’t cheap.

Musial died in January at age 92, and his wife, Lillian, died in 2012. The couple’s 10-room, four-bedroom home in Ladue is now for sale for about $1.8 million.

The red-brick home is 5,300 square feet and includes a concrete swimming pool on three acres. It was built in 1962 and the Musials moved in a few years later.