CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Jarekious Bradley scored 15 points and Southeast Missouri picked up its first victory with an 86-49 victory over Hannibal-LaGrange on Tuesday night.
Josh Langford added 13 points, and Nino Johnson and Isiah Jones had 10 apiece for the Redhawks (1-2), who made 30 of 53 shots for 56.6 percent. Bradley made 4 of 8 3-point attempts and the Redhawks hit 8 of 18 from the arc for 44.4 percent.
Both teams had trouble with turnovers. The Redhawks had 23 and the Trojans 24. However, Southeast Missouri enjoyed a 40-22 rebounding advantage.
Jay Jones was the only Trojans player in double figures with 15 points.
The Redhawks, who led 42-29 at halftime, outscored the Trojans 22-4 to open the second half and lead 64-33 with 11:02 remaining.
The game was an exhibition for the NAIA Trojans, who came into the contest 0-4.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Milik Yarbrough contributed nine of his 11 points during a key run and Achraf Yacoubou finished with 15 points, helping Saint Louis get past Indiana State 69-56 on Tuesday night.
Marcus Bartley added 10 points, combining with Yarbrough to shoot 8 of 10 from the field. Yacoubou was 4 of 13 overall, but went 7 of 9 from the free throw line.
The Billikens used a 13-5 run fueled by three layups and a three-point play from Yarbrough to pull away. Mike Crawford’s 3-pointer made it 58-44 with 4:55 remaining.
Saint Louis (2-0) had a balanced scoring attack with 10 of 12 players scoring, leading to a 46-8 advantage in bench points.
Devonte Brown led the Sycamores (1-1) with 16 points and Justin Gant had 12. Indiana State led by 12 in the first half, but Saint Louis reeled off a 14-1 run to lead at halftime.
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Once again the final score for the evening was 82-70 with the MSU-WP Grizzlies getting the win over the Redlands Cougars.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals will face four teams that made the playoffs this year and five American League squads as part of a 28-game spring training slate that begins on March 5.
The Cardinals will play 18 games at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, their offseason home since 1998. That includes three games as the “road” team against the Miami Marlins, their fellow stadium tenant.
Pitchers and catchers report to Florida on February 19 and start work the following day. Workouts for the rest of the team are scheduled to begin on February 25.
The exhibition season concludes on April 3 in Tennessee against their Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds. The Cardinals released their 2015 spring training schedule Tuesday.
(West Plains) – The West Plains School District is congratulating the following cross country athletes who were recently voted to the “All District South West High School Cross Country Team” by the Southwest Coaches Association.
1st Team Honors
Boys Coach of the Year
Joe Bill Dixon
Girls Coach of the Year
(West Plains) – Recently, the West Plains High School Lady Zizzer softball team and Domino’s Pizza of West Plains partnered together for the Delivering the Dough Fundraising campaign.
Members of the Lady Zizzer Softball team raised $1,000 with the help from Domino’s Pizza.
Money raised during the campaign will help with travel expenses and equipment for the team.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson was suspended without pay for at least the rest of the season by the NFL on Tuesday.
The league said it informed the Minnesota Vikings running back in a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell that he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for violating the NFL personal conduct policy — the first example of the league’s crackdown on players involved with domestic violence.
The NFL Players Association quickly announced its plan to appeal, sharply rebuked the league’s alleged inconsistency and unfairness in the process. The NFL’s words were even stronger, with a nearly 1,600-word statement spelling out his path to a return to the field and describing the reasons for the punishment.
Peterson pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault in Texas for injuries to his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. He said he intended no harm, only discipline. Peterson was on a special exempt list at the sole discretion of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, essentially paid leave while the case went through the legal system.
The NFLPA said Peterson was told that would count as time served for any suspension levied, citing an unnamed NFL executive. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said by email the stay on the exempt list was taken into account.
“There were aggravating circumstances that led to the discipline announced,” McCarthy said.
Peterson’s salary for the season was $11.75 million. He will keep the pay accrued while on the exempt list.
Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, told The Associated Press he and his client were scheduled for a conference call Tuesday with the NFLPA to discuss options.
“We look forward to filing an immediate appeal and coming to a resolution for Adrian Peterson that would be appropriate under the circumstances,” Dogra said.
The Vikings don’t practice Tuesdays. The organization issued a brief statement: “We respect the league’s decision and will have no further comment at this time.”
Goodell announced on Aug. 28 that the league would toughen punishment for players involved with domestic violence. That action stemmed from a torrent of criticism for the initial leniency toward Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following a caught-on-camera knockout punch of the woman who is now his wife.
The Vikings (4-6) have six games left this season. The league’s enhanced policy calls for a six-game suspension for first offenses of assault, battery or domestic violence. Aggravating circumstances warrant higher levels of discipline, and Goodell’s letter to Peterson spelled that out.
Goodell pointed to the child’s age and the significant physical difference between Peterson and his son.
“Further, the injury inflicted on your son includes the emotional and psychological trauma to a young child who suffers criminal physical abuse at the hands of his father,” Goodell wrote. “Second, the repetitive use of a switch in this instance is the functional equivalent of a weapon, particularly in the hands of someone with the strength of an accomplished professional athlete.”
Goodell also came down on Peterson for showing “no meaningful remorse” for hurting the boy and expressed concern that he “may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.”
The union has accused the league of overstepping bounds spelled out in the collective bargaining agreement.
“The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take. Since Adrian’s legal matter was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary disciplinary proceeding,” the NFLPA said.
MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins persuaded Giancarlo Stanton to say yes. He couldn’t afford to say no.
Stanton agreed to terms Monday on a $325 million, 13-year contract, team owner Jeffrey Loria said. It’s the most lucrative deal for an American athlete and averages $25 million per season.
“It’s a landmark moment for the franchise and Giancarlo,” Loria said.
The deal includes a no-trade clause, and Stanton can opt out after six years, Loria said. A news conference was planned Wednesday.
The Marlins right fielder and centerpiece wasn’t due to become eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season, and signing him to a long-term deal was considered a long shot. The Marlins haven’t reached the playoffs since 2003, and he was distrustful of the franchise’s direction.
Miami’s 2014 payroll of $52.3 million was the lowest in the majors. The last time they spent big was before the 2012 season, the first in their new ballpark. Then came a disastrous season and salary purge, intensifying fan animosity toward Loria.
That sell-off and subsequent roster rebuilding set the stage for the Stanton deal, Loria said.
“Unfortunately people didn’t understand that two years ago, we had no choice,” the owner said. “I had to get to today.”
Loria’s frugal ways in the past angered the players’ union and made the franchise the butt of jokes. Given such thriftiness, the generosity toward Stanton becomes even more stunning.
His contract tops the $292 million, 10-year deal Miguel Cabrera agreed to with the Detroit Tigers in March. Alex Rodriguez signed the largest previous deal, a $275 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees before the 2008 season.
Stanton, who turned 25 on Nov. 8, is perhaps the game’s most feared slugger. He has 154 career homers, including 37 this year, despite playing home games in spacious Marlins Park.
The two-time All-Star right fielder recently won the NL Hank Aaron Award and was voted the NL’s outstanding player in balloting by his fellow major leaguers. He won a Silver Slugger Award and finished second to Clayton Kershaw in NL MVP voting.
“Giancarlo Stanton has come of age, and he’s going to be here a long time,” Loria said. “It’s wonderful to have a young man this caliber, integrity and ability, and I’m very happy.”
Loria said he doesn’t expect Stanton to opt out when he’s 31, and sees a positive side to the no-trade clause.
“There will be no distraction about, ‘Will he be traded?’” Loria said.
Stanton’s 2014 season ended Sept. 11 when he was hit in the face by a pitch and suffered fractures in his face and other injuries. Despite missing the final 17 games, he led the NL in homers and slugging for the Marlins, who went 77-85 but ended a three-year streak of last-place finishes in the NL East.
The Marlins have said they’re not concerned the injuries will have lingering effects. They made locking up Stanton their top offseason priority and overcame his skepticism about their efforts to fielding a winning team.
The Marlins believe they’re poised to contend next year with a young roster than includes right-handers Jose Fernandez and Henderson Alvarez, Gold Glove left fielder Christian Yelich, center fielder Marcell Ozuna and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA filed a criminal complaint against unnamed individuals on Tuesday over the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests won by Russia and Qatar.
FIFA said president Sepp Blatter asked Switzerland’s attorney general to investigate the behavior of the unnamed people involved in the bid campaigns.
In an apparent move to avert criticism of FIFA, Blatter acted on a request by FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert, whose summary last week of an investigation by American prosecutor Michael Garcia was widely denounced as a “whitewash” of Russia, Qatar and FIFA officials.
Eckert concluded that any corrupt acts in the 11-nation bidding process did not justify reviewing the December 2010 votes by FIFA’s executive committee.
On Tuesday, Eckert said in an interview released by FIFA that he submitted his advice of a criminal complaint “more or less at the same time” as his 42-page summary was published.
He said the complaint concerns “suspected unlawful activity in connection with Switzerland.”
No details were given as to which financial or business laws might have been broken.
A FIFA statement noted that “in isolated cases, international transfers of assets with connections to Switzerland took place, which merit examination by the criminal prosecution authorities.”
Eckert maintains “there is insufficient incriminating evidence” to question the FIFA board’s choice of Russia and Qatar in December 2010.
Still, “there are indications of potential illegal or irregular conduct in certain areas,” he said.
The criminal complaint is the latest twist in a chaotic drama playing out since Thursday.
Garcia has himself appealed to FIFA, challenging Eckert’s decision to close the case against Russia and Qatar, and stating that his team’s 430-page investigation reports were misrepresented by the German judge.
Garcia and Eckert are expected to meet Thursday at an undisclosed location.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The old offensive line coach in Andy Reid could appreciate the way the Kansas City Chiefs pried open holes for Jamaal Charles to run free against Seattle on Sunday.
He could appreciate the way their defensive front stepped up, too.
Given a lead thanks largely to the legs of their dazzling running back, the Chiefs held the Seahawks on fourth down three times in the final quarter. The result was a tense 24-20 victory that pushed Kansas City into a first-place tie with the Denver Broncos in the AFC West.
“We’re sitting there with three fourth-down plays late in the game,” Reid said, “and they stepped up and did a phenomenal job there getting off the field.”
As for Charles, who finished with 159 yards and two touchdowns?
“He’s Jamaal Charles,” Reid said. “He’s a special player.”
Russell Wilson threw for 178 yards and two TDs for the Seahawks, and Marshawn Lynch had 124 yards rushing. But Lynch, fresh off a four-touchdown game, was stuffed twice by the Kansas City defense with the outcome hanging in the balance.
The Seahawks’ last-chance drive ended when Wilson threw incomplete on fourth-and-18 at their 20-yard line with 1:13 left.
“They had a great defense,” Wilson said. “They just made a great play.”
The Chiefs’ first fourth-down stop came with about 6 minutes to go. Lynch was tackled after a 2-yard gain on third down, and coach Pete Carroll elected to gamble at the Chiefs 2. Wilson saw Doug Baldwin in the corner of the end zone but badly overthrew him.
Seattle (6-4) held to get the ball back and appeared to convert a third down with a completion at the Chiefs 35. Reid wisely challenged the spot, though, and replays showed wide receiver Jermaine Kearse was a full yard short. The Seahawks again went for it, and Lynch was stuffed for no gain with less than 4 minutes to go.
By the time the Seahawks got the ball back one last time, they were pinned so deep in their own territory with such little time on the clock that it hardly mattered.
Lynch left without speaking to reporters.
“Every game we’ve lost this season it seems like it’s come down to the last play, whether it’s defense or offense,” Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said. “That’s the name of the game.”
It made sense the two playoff contenders would wage an old-school, back-and-forth affair. Both are built in the same mold, featuring stout defenses and strong running games.
Kansas City struck first with a relentless 15-play drive that took up more than 9 minutes of the first half and ended with Charles’ 1-yard touchdown run. Seattle answered with its own 16-play drive, chewing up exactly 9 minutes and ending with Wilson’s TD pass to Baldwin.
Nothing really changed the rest of the half.
Charles broke two long runs on the Chiefs’ next possession, including a 16-yard touchdown. Lynch came back with a punishing series of carries to help set up a field goal.
The Chiefs overcame two fumbles that led to Seattle scores. Travis Kelce lost the ball near midfield late in the first half, and the Seahawks capitalized with a field goal.
Then Charles was fighting for extra yardage again near midfield in the third quarter when he was stripped of the ball.
“I was doing too much,” Charles said. “I just lost it as I was going down.”
Five plays later, Wilson hit tight end Tony Moeaki – who spent most of his first four injury-plagued seasons with Kansas City – with a short touchdown toss for a 20-17 lead.
Once again turning to Charles, the Chiefs answered. The elusive running back put a nifty juke on Earl Thomas and scampered 47 yards before getting pushed out of bounds. Gassed, Charles watched as Knile Davis capped the drive to give the Chiefs a 24-20 lead.
Then he watched his defense make it stick.
“It was a heartbreaking loss,” Wilson said. “We thought we could have or should have won it.”