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8AM Sportscast 03-31-2014

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March 31st, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Defending champ Cards open against depleted Reds

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March 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CINCINNATI (AP) – No waiting for one of the NL Central’s longstanding rivalries to resume. The defending NL champion St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds open the season against each other on Monday for only the second time in the last 20 years. The Cardinals won the season series 11-8 last year and held off the Reds, who had to settle for a wild card. They lost the one-game playoff in Pittsburgh and fired manager Dusty Baker.

The Cardinals are stocked for another title run. The Reds open the season with eight players on the disabled list, including starter Mat Latos, closer Aroldis Chapman and catcher Devin Mesoraco.   Adam Wainwright, who won 19 games and finished second in the NL Cy Young voting last season, faces Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto.

Iowa State has breakout season in 2013-14

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March 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg and the Cyclones look ready to be nationally relevant for years to come, even after their breakout season ended in a Sweet Sixteen loss to Connecticut.

The Cyclones won 28 games and the Big 12 tournament title and reached the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in 14 years. Iowa State (28-8) also put a pair of players on the All-Big 12 first team, including Player of the Year Melvin Ejim.

The season came to an end Friday night with an 81-76 loss to Connecticut in New York in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. Sports, 3/29/2014

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March 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Cards’ exhibition against Triple-A team rained out

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March 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The scheduled exhibition game between the St. Louis Cardinals and their Triple-A Memphis farm club has been rained out.  A near-capacity crowd of 13,000 had been expected Friday night at AutoZone Park in Memphis for what would have been the Cardinals’ first game there since 2009. The team did take batting practice and players such as outfielder Matt Holliday and infielder Matt Carpenter stopped on the dugout steps to sign autographs for fans.

The grounds crew placed the tarp on the field about 40 minutes before the scheduled start, and rain began falling soon afterward. Thunder and lightning followed and there was standing water on the warning track when the game was canceled.  Joe Kelly, who was 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA last season, had been scheduled to start for St. Louis. The Cardinals open the season Monday afternoon in Cincinnati.

The Cardinals announced they will schedule an exhibition game against the Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park next season.

UConn holds off Iowa St 81-76 in Sweet 16 at MSG

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March 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) – DeAndre Daniels scored 27 points, 19 in the second half, and UConn held off Iowa State 81-76 on Friday to reach the East Regional final a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament.

The Cyclones rallied late, pulling within 67-63 with 2 1/2 minutes remaining. But senior Niels Giffey hit a 3 in the corner for his first points since the game’s opening moments, and when the Huskies (29-8) made their free throws in the final minute, the UConn fans packing Madison Square Garden could celebrate.

Dustin Hogue scored a career-high 34 points for third-seeded Iowa State (28-8).

Cardinals close deal to buy Triple-A Memphis team

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March 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals now own their top minor-league team. The Cardinals on Friday closed on the purchase of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. As part of the deal, the city of Memphis, Tenn., acquires AutoZone Park and will lease the stadium to the Cardinals. Both are buying from Fundamental Advisors LP, the sole bondholder of the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation.  Financial terms were not disclosed. Plans for the purchase were first announced late last year.

The Cardinals say the purchase agreement includes a significant investment in AutoZone Park, but did not elaborate.  The Memphis franchise has had financial struggles in recent years. The team drew more than 800,000 fans when the stadium opened in 2000, but has drawn fewer than 500,000 in recent seasons.

8AM Sportscast 03-28-2014

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March 28th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Wacha pitches 5 strong innings for Cardinals

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March 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Michael Wacha looked sharp in his final spring start Thursday, giving up a run in five innings of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 6-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. Wacha gave up four hits and struck out six. He is scheduled to start the Cardinals’ second game of the season, on Tuesday at Cincinnati. He will start the home opener in St. Louis on April 7.

Wacha did struggle in the fifth. Derek Dietrich led off with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on Marcell Ozuna’s single and scored on Brian Bogusevic’s sacrifice fly to right. Marlins infielder Ed Lucas broke his left hand when he was hit by a pitch. His injury should make room for Donovan Solano, who was sent to Triple-A New Orleans earlier in the day.

Iowa State meets UConn in Sweet 16 at Garden

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March 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — Iowa State and UConn meet in the Sweet Sixteen with similar NBA-inspired offenses. The third-seeded Cyclones play the seventh-seeded Huskies on Friday in the NCAA tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden. Both are coached by alums who enjoyed long pro careers.

Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg and UConn’s Kevin Ollie first met as high school basketball stars more than two decades ago when they went on the same recruiting trip to Arizona.

The two were teammates for part of a season with the Chicago Bulls in 2001-02. Six years later, when Hoiberg was an assistant general manager for the Minnesota Timberwolves, he lobbied to sign Ollie because he knew the veteran could provide needed leadership. Those sorts of intangibles are why both lasted in the NBA so long, and why it’s little surprise the friends landed in coaching.