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The Lady Zizzers took on Reed’s Spring last night in the Reed’s Spring Tournament. West Plains showed no problems dealing with the Wolves, winning 51-25.

Nate Cooper has the details: 

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The Hall of Fame on Thursday announced cap selections that will appear on the plaques for the six-man 2014 class that will be inducted on July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Left-hander Tom Glavine and manager Bobby Cox will be inducted as Braves, first baseman Frank Thomas as a White Sox, and manager Joe Torre as a Yankee. Manager Tony La Russa and right-hander Greg Maddux will have no team logo on their plaques.

Nine Hall of Fame players — Yogi Berra, Catfish Hunter, Andy Cooper, Frank Grant, Pete Hill, Biz Mackey, Luis Santop, Ben Taylor and Cristobal Torriente — do not have cap logos on their plaques.

“The Museum staff works with each inductee by suggesting an appropriate logo option, or no logo at all,” Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said. “For those whose most compelling contributions clearly took place with one team, a logo makes sense. For those whose careers were built significantly among multiple teams, not having a team logo is equally acceptable. Regardless of the selection, a Hall of Famer belongs to every team for which he played or managed, as well as every fan who followed his career.”

Each inductee explained his reasoning for their selections:

La Russa: “The Chicago White Sox gave me my start in the game as a big league manager for my first eight seasons in my 33-year managerial career. In Oakland, we recorded four first-place finishes in 10 years, winning three pennants and a World Series. And in St. Louis, our clubs won three pennants and two titles in 16 years. It’s the totality of the success of each of those three teams that led me to Cooperstown, so I am choosing to not feature a logo so that fans of all clubs can celebrate this honor with me.”

Maddux: “My wife Kathy and I grew up in baseball in Chicago, and then we had just an amazing experience in Atlanta with the Braves. It’s impossible for me to choose one of those teams for my Hall of Fame plaque, as the fans of both clubs in each of those cities were so wonderful. I can’t think of having my Hall of Fame induction without support of both of those fan bases, so, for that reason, the cap on my Hall of Fame plaque will not feature a logo.”

Cox: “I was fortunate to manage 29 years in the Major Leagues in two wonderful cities in Toronto and Atlanta. I can’t imagine two better places for me to spend my managerial career. With 25 of those years in Atlanta, my Hall of Fame election is a direct result of all the success of those great Braves teams that were assembled.”

Glavine: “During the course of my Major League career, I had the opportunity to play for two great organizations. Though I spent five great years with the Mets, my baseball life has been defined by the city of Atlanta, from the club selecting me out of high school to where my family makes our home today. My path to Cooperstown was largely determined by my 17 Major League seasons in a Braves uniform. I’m proud my Hall of Fame plaque will feature a Braves logo.”

Thomas: “I was drafted by Chicago in the first round, and for 16 of my 19 seasons, I was fortunate to play there. I had wonderful seasons in Oakland and Toronto as part of my career, but my Hall of Fame election is celebrated most by the fans of Chicago and the priceless memories I will always treasure on the South Side, which is why my plaque will feature a Sox logo.”

Torre: “I was lucky that my career took me only to great baseball towns. Every place where I played or managed is special to me because of the memories and the friendships that each afforded me. When I became the manager of the New York Yankees, it was an opportunity to realize my lifelong dream of winning the World Series. We were fortunate enough to succeed in our first season in 1996, and in the years that followed, we wrote some great new chapters in Yankee history. I am honored that I will wear the Yankee logo on my cap in Cooperstown to represent what our teams achieved together.”

 

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tyonna Snow

Tyonna Snow had 14 points, including four in the final minute

NORMAL, Ill. – Missouri State’s Katie Palmer scored the go-ahead basket with 58.7 seconds to play and Tyonna Snow added four points in the final minute Monday night as the Lady Bears (8-10, 3-4 Missouri Valley Conference) grabbed a 75-72 win over Illinois State (4-13, 3-4) inside Redbird Arena.

After the Redbirds had overcome a 48-36 second-half deficit to lead 70-69, Palmer swung the lead back in MSU’s favor with a layup just after the clock got under a minute. Tyonna Snow then nabbed a steal and turned it into two free throws with 47.3 seconds left for a 73-70 advantage and hit a driving jumper with 11.2 ticks remaining to secure the win. Illinois State’s heave at the buzzer missed the iron.

A close first half saw seven lead changes in the first nine minutes before Kenzie Williams hit two free throws and Bry Snow converted a 3-point play with 6:42 remaining for a 24-19 MSU lead, the largest for either team to that point.

Palmer hit back-to-back jumpers to make it 30-23 Missouri State with 3:54 to play, and Tyonna Snow’s jumper with 35 seconds left regained that seven-point advantage after the Redbirds closed to 30-28.

Missouri State shot 56 percent in the period and both teams committed 13 turnovers, though ISU held an 18-6 margin in points off those miscues.

The Redbirds made it a one-possession game twice in the first two minutes of the second half before the Lady Bears rattled off a 9-0 run that included two layups from Tyonna Snow and a long 3-pointer from Hannah Wilkerson to lead 48-36 with 15:35 left in the game.

It took the Lady Bears exactly five minutes to score again after that as ISU pulled within four points before Tyonna Snow’s driving layup made it 50-44 with 10:35 remaining.

MSU held its lead between four and nine points until 4:45 remained when Illinois State’s Chloe Nelson poured in nine points over the next 91 seconds to hand the Redbirds a 68-67 lead with 3:14 on the clock.

Nelson added two more free throws with 2:46 to go to cap ISU’s 9-0 run with a 70-67 score before Palmer’s two free throws made it 70-69 with 1:39 to play.

Tyonna Snow led the MSU scoring with 14 points while Williams added 13, Bry Snow had 11 and Palmer had 10. Hughes scored nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Nelson netted 25 points for the Redbirds.

The Lady Bears shot 51.9 percent (28-54) for the game to overcome 24 turnovers that resulted in 31 ISU points. MSU shot 14-for-17 from the foul line, 5-for-10 on 3-pointers and held a 35-26 rebounding edge.

Missouri State plays its next four games at JQH Arena, beginning Friday (Jan. 31) at 7 p.m. against Evansville (7-11, 2-5).

Press Release Prepared By Missouri State Women’s Basketball

By Brandon Moree, Denver Broncos

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The AFC Champions have arrived.

Sunday evening, the Denver Broncos arrived in New Jersey in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII, to be played Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

“Our team’s excited,” quarterback Peyton Manning said. “We’ve worked hard to earn this opportunity and we couldn’t be more excited. The Super Bowl, it’s a big deal. I know how hard it is to get here. I know how much time and sacrifice our team has made in order to have this opportunity to play in this game. So we were excited getting on that plane, we were excited getting off that plane and we’re looking forward to being here all week and hopefully playing a good game next Sunday.”

Getting on the plane and flying across the country cemented the reality of the mission that the Broncos have been on all season long.

“I think once you start packing and you walk out of the house with your suitcase, that’s when you realize what’s in front of you,” cornerback Champ Bailey said. “You know, it’s a good feeling. Like I said, I’m not going to get too hyped about it. I’m just ready to get down to work and prepare and do the things I need to do to make sure we win this game.”

Leaving Dove Valley, several fans sent off the team with banners, flags and cheers. Upon arrival the team was greeted at the airport by dozens of media and fans before boarding the busses.

At the hotel, positioned right on the Hudson River, hundreds of Broncos fans lined the street to welcome the team.

“It was cool getting a warm welcome,” linebacker Wesley Woodyard said. “We got sent out from Denver by some great fans waving outside. It feels great.”

For some Broncos, the trip to New Jersey is also a trip back home. Safety David Bruton said that fellow safety Mike Adams was excited about getting back to his hometown and would be their advisor for finding the right restaurants to go to.

But Bruton added that he’s not as worried about finding the best food as he is just soaking in the environment.

“I don’t have anything specific I really want to do,” Bruton said. “I’ve been here a few times but nothing like this. I just want to enjoy the process. It’s not every day I get a chance to play in the Super Bowl.”

Some of the players looked more like tourists as they were taking pictures and videos while getting off the plane and settling into the hotel.

While there is plenty of excitement to take in, the Broncos have made it clear that this is no vacation.

“I definitely feel very blessed,” wide receiver Wes Welker said. “To have this opportunity and to be in this situation is very rare and you can’t take it for granted. You just want to make the most of it, have fun with it, but at the same time understand that we’re here on a business trip and ready to play this game.”

 

Saturday was the conclusion of the 43rd Liberty Invitational Tournament, and a pair of very close games.

Gary Lee has the details: 

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Once again it was Doniphan winning the consolation bracket beating Houston 49 – 42. Alton had a victory over Eminence for Third. And the Championship Game had the Thayer Bobcats winning over Liberty 47-46.

Gavin Thurman
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of MSU Bears)

SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State (14-6, 4-4 MVC) got 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds from Jarmar Gulley to turn back visiting Southern Illinois, 69-63, here Saturday to help move the Bears into a three-way tie for third place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.

It was Gulley’s second straight double-double, making him the first Bear since Kyle Weems in February 2010 to post double-figure points and rebounds in back-to-back games.

Gavin Thurman added 14 points for the Bears, who improved to 10-1 at home this season, while Dorrian Williams contributed 13 points and 6 assists.Austin Ruder was also in double figures with 12 points for Paul Lusk’s side.

The Salukis (6-15, 2-6) got a game-high 18 points from Desmar Jackson, while freshman Tyler Smithpeters added 16 points behind 4 3-pointers, and Anthony Beane added 11.

 

After the Bears led by two at the break, the lead changed hands four times in the second half before MSU took charge for good on a 3-pointer by Ruder with 7:36 to go. Gulley added a jumper on MSU’s next possession to stretch the home club’s advantage to 56-51 with 6:24 remaining.

Southern Illinois got within three points twice more over the next three minutes, but the Bears responded by making 9-of-10 foul shots in the final four minutes of the game.  Still, it was Gulley and Thurman who made the game’s biggest plays down the stretch. After Williams made one of two foul shots to push the Bears ahead 61-56 with just over two minutes showing, Gulley snagged the miss on his second attempt and scored off the glass to give MSU its biggest lead of the night, 63-56.

With just over a minute to go and leading by four, Thurman backed down an SIU defender and scored in heavy traffic on a turn-around move to stretch the lead back to six. Williams and Nathan Scheer made four straight free throws from there, and MSU got back to the .500 mark in the league standings for the first time since Jan. 5.

Beane knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and made a free throw in the final 97 seconds to keep the Salukis in the contest. Aside from a career scoring high, Smithpeters dished out 5 assists, while Bola Olaniyan posted a team-high 8 rebounds – 6 on the offensive end – for Barry Hinsons’ club, which dropped its third straight.

MSU finished an even 21-for-42 from the field and 7-of-14 from 3-point distance, while posting its third-best free throw effort of the year on 20-of-23 (.870). The Bears were out-rebounded 30-24, but owned a 13-9 advantage in the second half. MSU also committed just 8 turnovers after committing 3 in the game’s first four minutes and outscored the Salukis from the bench by a 24-4 margin.

SIU was 23-for-50 from the field and 6-of-14 (.429) from bonus distance while contributing 11-of-18 (.611) at the line.

In the first half, the lead changed hands 11 times, but SIU was the team in charge early as the Salukis reeled off the game’s first 8 points and played nearly-perfect defense for the first four minutes.  MSU climbed back with a 10-2 run to knot the score at the 11:51 mark on a 3-pointer by Ron Mvouika.

Neither team led by more than two until a 3-pointer by Williams and a pair of free throws by Thurman pushed Missouri State ahead 26-22 with just under three minutes left in the opening half. SIU ended the half on a 5-3 run and made it a 29-27at the break.

Missouri State will hit the road for a 7 p.m. game at Drake on Wednesday before returning home on Feb. 1 for a 2:05 p.m. tipoff against Bradley on Hall of Fame weekend at JQH Arena. Tickets for the Bradley game are available at MissouriStateBears.com/tickets and during regular box office hours at JQH Arena and (417) 836-7678.

Release prepared by Missouri State Men’s Basketball

(Photo Courtesy of MUTigers.com)

Missouri Basketball hits the road for the fifth time this season as the Tigers travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to face the Arkansas Razorbacks for the 40th time in series history … Missouri is 2-2 on the road this year and is looking for its second road win in league play … The Tigers have been close in each of their last two road games, dropping games at Vanderbilt and LSU by a combined nine points.

Missouri is looking for its first victory in Bud Walton Arena … The Tigers are 0-6 in the facility and each of the last three meetings in Fayetteville have been decided by a combined eight points.

Of course Mike Anderson spent five seasons at Missouri and helped the Tigers to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, with a Big 12 Tournament title in 2009 … Anderson was 111-56 in his five years in Columbia.

Has anyone in college basketball been better than Jabari Brown in the month of January? … The junior has scored 20 points in four consecutive games, including a career high 28 points last Tuesday night at LSU, and since moving into “2014” (seven games), the Oakland native is averaging 22.0 points on 56 percent shooting from the floor, 55 percent shooting from three-point range and 83 percent shooting at the charity stripe … Since the start of league play Brown paces the conference in scoring (22.0), field goal percentage (.539), three point percentage (.553) and three-point makes per game (3.5) … Last week the Oakland, Calif., native averaged 26.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists on 61 percent shooting from the floor and 75 percent shooting from three-point range.

The tandem of Brown (19.5) and Jordan Clarkson (18.8) continue to lead the Tigers offensively this season  … The pair combined for 46 points against South Carolina and are the top scoring tandem in the Southeastern Conference … The duo has reached double figures in all-19 games played this season … The last Tiger to open a season with 19 consecutive double-figure scoring games was Kareem Rush (21 consecutive) in 2000-01.

With Brown surging into league play the Tigers have a pair of award candidates in the backcourt … Last Wednesday Jordan Clarkson was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list … Clarkson was one of college basketball’s Top 25 players through the first half of the 2013-14 season and ranks among the SEC’s leaders in scoring (18.8) and assists (3.3), which includes a team-leading 10 20-point games.

Mizzou is 15-4 on the season and its four losses are by a combined 16 points to Illinois (1), Vanderbilt (3), Georgia (6) in overtime and at LSU (6) … The Tigers are accustomed to playing close ball games this year, with 11 of their last 12 outcomes being decided by 10 points or less.

Earnest Ross continues to move up the SEC’s career active leader board for scoring and rebounding … The Cary, N.C., native began his collegiate career at Auburn and ranks No. 4 among active scorers in the league with 1,114 points and No. 3 among active rebounders with 600 … So far this season Ross is averaging a career high 14.0 points and is logged his second double-double of the year with 16 points and 11 rebounds at LSU.

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Thursday night was the semi-final games for the winner’s bracket of the 43rd Liberty Invitational tournament. The first game was the #1 Seed Liberty Eagles took on the #4 seed Alton Comets for a place in the final. The Eagles won over the comets, 84 to 53.

Then the second game for a spot in the Championship game was the #3 seed Thayer Bobcats matched up with the #2 seed Eminence Redwings. The Bobcats took home a win in that matchup with a score of 59 to 31.

Gary Lee has the details: 

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This Saturday the Liberty Eagles will meet once again for the Liberty invitational Championship Saturday at 5:30PM.

Friday night the Summersville Wildcats will meet the Doniphan Dons for the  consolation bracket at 8PM.

You can hear all the action from both games on 96.9 the Fox.

The Cabool Bulldogs returned home last night to face the Couch Indians.

Brad McNew has the update: 

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This week features Liberty High School, Thayer, West Plains, and Willow Springs.

Liberty High School

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Thayer

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West Plains

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Willow Springs

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Be sure to listen to Q94 JackFM Friday mornings during Gary Lee’s “Morning Zoo” segment to hear more.