Midwest Sports Headlines: 3/14/2019


March 14th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — James Palmer Jr. tied a career high with 34 points, and Nebraska beat Rutgers 68-61 in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Palmer matched a personal best set against Ohio State last season and scored 27 in the second half to carry Nebraska.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jordan Geist scored a career-high 30 points and No. 12 seed Missouri outlasted No. 13 seed Georgia 71-61 in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Missouri (15-16) won for the third time in its last four games to advance to a second-round matchup Thursday with No. 22 Auburn (22-9).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs began free agency by cutting one of their most popular players in strong safety Eric Berry, who was a dynamic presence when he was healthy but had missed significant time throughout his career. While other teams were touting new additions, the Chiefs announced Berry’s release shortly after the start of the new league year. He would have been guaranteed $7.5 million of salary on Friday.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis pitcher Carlos Martinez will begin the season on the injured list as the two-time All-Star tries to work his way back from shoulder weakness. Martinez will not appear in an exhibition games. He is to throw on flat ground for the next week before moving to a mound. St. Louis has not announced a timetable for Martinez’s strengthening program. The pitcher received a platelet-rich plasma injection two weeks ago, and manager Mike Shildt said treatment improved Martinez’s condition.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — All-Big 12 forward Dean Wade is expected to miss the entire Big 12 Tournament for No. 15 Kansas State because of a foot injury that has lingered for much of the season. Wildcats coach Bruce Weber said after Wednesday’s practice at Sprint Center that the 6-foot-10 Wade would spend most of his time this week getting treatment.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers opened the new league year by acquiring the defensive playmaker the team was sorely lacking in edge rusher Dee Ford. His agent says the 49ers are sending a 2020 second-round pick to Kansas City for Ford and are giving him a five-year, $87.5 million contract.