September 1, 2015

As teams head into the final month of the MLB season, time to start the magic number countdown for Royals and Cardinals

The Royals celebrate their wild card win over Oakland (photo/MLB)

The Royals celebrate their wild card win over Oakland (photo/MLB)

As of today, August 31st, there are only two teams in all of Major League Baseball that have 80 or more wins.  The St. Louis Cardinals at 84-46 lead all of baseball with the best record and the Kansas City Royals have the best record in the American League at 80-50.

Despite having a four-game edge on their neighbors to the west, the Cardinals are in a bigger division battle than the Royals.  There is no question that each team is going to make the playoffs.  According to MLB’s probability charts, both clubs have a 100% chance of playing in the postseason.  That is determined by  the probabilities based on thousands of Monte Carlo simulations of the remaining season schedule incorporating each team’s year-to-date run differential, current roster composition, playing time projections and remaining schedule.

The bigger focus is winning the division and for that we turn to the magic numbers to clinch.  That is the number of combined wins for our teams and the losses of those chasing them in their respective divisions.

With the Royals off day on Monday, their magic number to clinch the A.L. Central is 20.  Any combination of Royals wins and Minnesota losses will lower that number.

St. Louis Cardinals players celebrate on the mound after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on October 18, 2013. The Cardinals will now advance to the 2013 World Series. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Cardinals celebration. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Cardinals host Washington and own a 4.5 game lead over Pittsburgh.  There is a little more work ahead for the Cardinals, with their magic number at 29.

To determine a club’s magic number, take the total number of games played in a season (162) add (1).  Then subtract the wins from the division leader and the losses from the second place team to determine the magic number.

Example for the Royals
163-80 Royals wins = 83, minus 63 Twins losses = 20

For the Cardinals
163-84 Cardinals wins = 79, minus 50 Pirates losses = 29

Former Tiger L’Damian Washington among the Chiefs weekend cuts as NFL teams trim rosters

L'Damian Washington has been waived by the Chiefs

L’Damian Washington has been waived by the Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Sunday that the club has waived 11 players to prepare for the NFL’s mandated 75-player roster limit by Sept. 1. The league’s final roster cutdown to 53 players must take place before 3 p.m. CT on Sept. 5. The following players were waived.

Player                                 Pos.       Ht.         Wt.             College

L’Damian Washington      WR        6-4         204         Missouri
Kenny Cook                         WR        6-4         218          Gardner-Webb
Anthony Dima                      T           6-6         295         Massachusetts
Andrew East                         LS         6-2         220         Vanderbilt
Aaron Hester                       CB         6-1          207         UCLA
Vaughn Martin                    DE        6-4         300         Western Ontario
Kenneth Penny                    CB        5-11         173          UNLV
Marcus Reed                        G           6-3         345          Fayetteville State
Adam Schiltz                        TE         6-4         256          Emporia State
Jeret Smith                          WR        6-0         215          McMurry
Charles Tuaau                      OL         6-5         310          Texas A&M Com.

 

Mizzou and Missouri State volleyball starts 3-0. Southeast hosted Saint Louis and UMKC finish. D-I volleyball recap

Mizzou wins their first tournament of the season (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Mizzou wins their first tournament of the season (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

–Mizzou Volleyball closed out its 2015 Tiger Invitational Saturday evening inside the Hearnes Center with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-17) sweep of North Texas.

Junior Carly Kan, redshirt sophomore Kira Larson, and freshman Alyssa Munlyn were each named to the All-Tournament Team for their standout weekends.  Kan was named MVP of this weekend’s tournament, as she earned 50 kills on .430 hitting with 31 digs in three matches.

Tiger Invitational All-Tournament Team

Carly Kan – Junior – Missouri – Outside Hitter *Named MVP*
Alyssa Munlyn – Freshman – Missouri – Middle Blocker
Kira Larson – Redshirt Sophomore – Missouri – Right Side / Middle Blocker
Jenni Fassbender – Senior – North Dakota State – Outside Hitter
Brianna Rasmusson – Sophomore – North Dakota State – Setter / Outside Hitter
Carnae Dillard – Senior – North Texas – Outside Hitter
Lourdes Rosario – Redshirt Freshman – Winthrop – Outside Hitter / Opposite

–The Missouri State volleyball team earned a 3-2 win over Western Michigan and a sweep of host Milwaukee Saturday to finish the Pepsi Panther Invitational with their first 3-0 start since the 2010 season.

Senior Kinsey Batten was named tournament MVP, while sophomores Lily Johnson and Lynsey Wright joined her on the all-tournament team.

Missouri State hosts the annual Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational at Hammons Student Center Sept. 4-5. The Bears open with Miami (Fla.) on Friday, and play Oral Roberts and Marquette on Saturday.

Southeast Missouri State volleyball (photo/GoSoutheast.com)

Southeast Missouri State volleyball (photo/GoSoutheast.com)

–The UMKC volleyball team (2-1) closed out its opening weekend of play at the Redhawks Invitational with a 3-0 win over host Southeast Missouri State (0-3).

Tournament Results
1st – Arkansas State (3-0)
2nd – Missouri-Kansas City (2-1)
3rd – Saint Louis (1-2)
4th – Southeast Missouri (0-3)

All-Tournament Team
Drew Jones (MVP) – Arkansas State
Markie Schaedig – Arkansas State
Darby Graff – Arkansas State
Sydney Crimmins – Missouri-Kansas City
Taryn Miller – Missouri-Kansas City
Meredith Boe – Saint Louis
Nzingha Clarke – Southeast Missouri

 

Missouri-Kansas City used a late first set rally to fuel a 3-0 (26-24, 25-15, 25-14) win over Southeast Missouri Saturday, the final day of the Drury Hotels Redhawks Invitational.

Southeast had a 23-18 lead in the opening set, but couldn’t close it out. Missouri-Kansas City erased the deficit with an 8-1 run to edge the Redhawks, 26-24.

That boost was all the Roos needed.

Missouri-Kansas City took control with a 10-5 lead early in the second set and went on to win 25-15. The Roos, who were ahead by one (11-10) in the final set, mounted a six-point surge to polish off their sweep with a 25-14 victory.

Clarke led Southeast with 12 kills and a .632 attack percentage. She played strong from the get-go, recording five kills and a .714 hitting percentage in the first set alone. Clarke finished the tournament, hitting .267 with an average of 1.10 blocks per set. She was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts.

Afterwards, Redhawks coach Julie Yankus commented on the tournament. “We were happy to host for the first weekend and our staff did a great job of running the tournament. We had some great home crowds to play in front of and we appreciate all of the support. It was a very competitive weekend and we deinitely got better by playing some highly competitive teams.”

Southeast heads to the Gardner-Webb Tournament on Sept. 4-5.

Tournament Results
1st – Arkansas State (3-0)
2nd – Missouri-Kansas City (2-1)
3rd – Saint Louis (1-2)
4th – Southeast Missouri (0-3)

All-Tournament Team
Drew Jones (MVP) – Arkansas State
Markie Schaedig – Arkansas State
Darby Graff – Arkansas State
Sydney Crimmins – Missouri-Kansas City
Taryn Miller – Missouri-Kansas City
Meredith Boe – Saint Louis
Nzingha Clarke – Southeast Missouri

Ten-year old swimmer and high jumper named 2015 Show-Me STATE GAMES Athletes of the Year

Danika Osman

Danika Osman is the 2015 Show-Me STATE GAMES Female Athlete of the Year

This summer, 24,375 athletes took part in the Show-Me STATE GAMES Olympic-style sports festival, many taking home gold, silver and bronze medals.  Only two athletes receive the GAMES highest honor – Male and Female Athlete of the Year.  The Show-Me STATE GAMES is pleased to announce Andy Gilmore and Danika Osman are the 2015 Missouri Lottery Athletes of the Year.

Danika Osman, age 10 from Columbia, is the 2015 Missouri Lottery Female Athlete of the Year.  In her 6th year competing in the Show-Me STATE GAMES swimming event, Osman swept all of her races on her way to winning 10 gold medals and setting two new Show-Me STATE GAMES records.   While achieving her great results, Danika maintains a positive attitude and encourages her competitors with a “good luck” before each race.   Osman also takes part in road races and triathlons, as well as playing soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball and hip hop dance.

Andy Gilmore, age 34 from Columbia, is the 2015 Missouri Lottery Male Athlete of the Year.  Gilmore set a new Show-Me STATE GAMES record in the High Jump, with an all-time best of 7’3”.  Gilmore has participated in the Show-Me STATE GAMES for 15 years in various sports.  His high jump achievement in 2015 puts him on the bubble of qualifying into the 2016 Olympic Trials!   Gilmore also volunteers for the Missouri Valley Association of USA Track & Field and also serves as a coach for a number of aspiring high jumpers in Missouri.

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Week two Missouri high school football results

8/28 Adrian 41, Drexel 8
8/28 Afton (Okla.) 48, Miller 20
8/28 Aurora 56, McDonald County 21
8/28 Ava 45, El Dorado Springs 16
8/28 Battle 55, Holt 12
8/28 Belton 26, North Kansas City 7
8/28 Benton 20, Grain Valley 15
8/28 Bishop LeBlond 31, Van Horn (Independence) 20
8/28 Blair Oaks 48, Owensville 19
8/28 Blue Springs South 38, Liberty North 6
8/28 Bolivar 52, Branson 6
8/28 Braymer 29, Slater 6
8/28 Brentwood 54, John F. Kennedy 18
8/28 Brookfield 49, Highland 7
8/28 Buffalo 36, Pleasant Hope 0
8/28 Butler 46, Sherwood 6
8/28 Carl Junction 49, Mt. Vernon 14
8/28 Carthage 36, Lafayette (St. Joseph) 0
8/28 Center 31, Nevada 6
8/28 Central (Cape Girardeau) 33, St. Charles West 12
8/28 Central (Park Hills) 43, Jefferson (Festus) 0
8/28 Centralia 40, Clark County 0
8/28 Chaminade 48, Timberland 6
8/28 Chillicothe 41, Kirksville 6
8/28 Christian 40, Festus 21
8/28 Christian Brothers College 49, Jefferson City 14
8/28 Clopton 42, North Shelby 14
8/28 Cole Camp 43, Warsaw 0
8/28 Concordia 22, Orrick 8
8/28 Crest Ridge 42, Santa Fe 14
8/28 Crystal City 65, Kelly 33
8/28 DeSoto 28, Bishop DuBourg 21
8/28 East Buchanan 44, South Harrison 18
8/28 East Prairie 48, Grandview (Hillsboro) 12
8/28 Eureka 18, Oakville 14
8/28 Excelsior Springs 14, Cameron 7
8/28 Farmington 34, North County 6
8/28 Fayette 41, Harrisburg 6
8/28 Fort Osage 30, Blue Springs 16
8/28 Fox 33, Riverview Gardens 12
8/28 Francis Howell 23, Ft. Zumwalt East 7
8/28 Francis Howell 28, Nixa 0
8/28 Ft. Zumwalt North 36, Ft. Zumwalt West 14
8/28 Ft. Zumwalt South 41, Francis Howell Central 7
8/28 Fulton 56, Versailles 22
8/28 Glendale 62, Hillcrest 28
8/28 Grandview 38, Oak Park 0
8/28 Hallsville 37, Salisbury 0
8/28 Hannibal 49, Helias Catholic 35
8/28 Harrisonville 34, Savannah 6
8/28 Hayti 36, Charleston 14
8/28 Hermann 40, Cuba 14
8/28 Hillsboro 53, Fredericktown 28
8/28 Holden 28, Southwest Early College Campus 20
8/28 Hollister 22, Cabool 13
8/28 Houston 36, St. James 35
8/28 Jasper 20, Diamond 14
8/28 Joplin 29, Parkview 28
8/28 Kearney 49, Liberty 14
8/28 Kennett 54, Confluence Prep Academy Charter 14
8/28 Kickapoo 43, Rolla 6
8/28 King City 14, Milan 12
8/28 Kirkwood 35, McCluer North 22
8/28 Knox County 22, Scotland County 8
8/28 Lafayette (MS) 55, Clayton 14
8/28 Central Lafayette (Wildwood) 19, Hazelwood Central 14
8/28 Lafayette County 47, Boonville 19
8/28 Lamar 56, Seneca 6
8/28 Lebanon 35, Waynesville 21
8/28 Lee’s Summit 20, Hickman 7
8/28 Lee’s Summit North 14, Winnetonka 0
8/28 Lee’s Summit West 34, Park Hill South 21
8/28 Lexington 20, Trenton 19
8/28 Springfield Catholic Liberty (Mountain View) 49, Springfield Catholic 12
8/28 Lighthouse Christian HAS 48, Knob Noster 7
8/28 Lincoln 56, Wentworth Military Academy 0
8/28 Lockwood 48, Rich Hill 0
8/28 Lutheran South 42, Herculaneum 0
8/28 St. Charles 46, Father Tolton Regional Catholic 44
8/28 Macon 26, Monroe City 22
8/28 Malden 29, Caruthersville 28
8/28 Marceline 63, Schuyler County 6
8/28 Marionville 46, Willow Springs 7
8/28 Mark Twain 43, Paris 15
8/28 Marquette 42, Northwest (Cedar Hill) 0
8/28 Maryville 56, St. Pius X (Kansas City) 7
8/28 Mexico 35, California 0
8/28 Mid-Buchanan 42, Maysville 16
8/28 Midway 33, Archie 14
8/28 Monett 42, East Newton 0
8/28 Mountain Grove 15, Cassville 6
8/28Neosho 46, Logan-Rogersville 0
8/28 North Callaway 22, Tipton 8
8/28 North Platte 14, University Academy Charter 6
8/28 Odessa 42, Clinton 12
8/28 Orchard Farm 14, Wright City 12
8/28 Osage 14, Moberly 0
8/28 Osceola 54, Appleton City 22
8/28 Ozark 24, St. Clair 14
8/28 Palmyra 52, Bowling Green 0
8/28 Park Hill 35, Smithville 6
8/28 Parkway North 33, McCluer 12
8/28 Parkway South 14, Hazelwood West 7 (3ot)
8/28 Parkway West 27, Affton 21
8/28 Pattonville 44, Lindbergh 12
8/28 Penney 19, Gallatin 8
8/28 Perryville 56, St. Pius X (Festus) 7
8/28 Pierce City 54, Liberal 12
8/28 Platte County 41, Central (St. Joseph) 34
8/28 Plattsburg 26, Northeast (Kansas City) 20 (5ot)
8/28 Polo 48, Lathrop 45
8/28 Poplar Bluff 51, Dexter 14
8/28 Portageville 49, Chaffee 14
8/28 Potosi 27, Pacific 7
8/28 Princeton 34, Putnam County 25
8/28 Reeds Spring 27, Salem 21 (ot)
8/28 Republic 47, Marshfield 0
8/28 Richmond 44, Lawson 32
8/28 Rock Bridge 47, DeSmet 17
8/28 Ritenour 51, Mehlville 7
8/28 Rockwood Summit 52, Seckman 7
8/28 Scott City 33, St. Vincent 6
8/28 Aikeston 55, Central (New Madrid Co.) 6
8/28 Skyline 60, Fair Grove 21
8/28 Smith-Cotton 41, Marshall 14
8/28 South Shelby 60, Louisiana 28
8/28 Southern Boone 48, South Callaway 0
8/28 St. Charles 49, Windsor 28
8/28 St. Francis Borgia 31, Union 19
8/28 St. Louis University 48, Lutheran North 13
8/28 St. Paul Lutheran (Concordia) 32, Sweet Springs 14
8/28 Staley 35, Raymore-Peculiar 10
8/28 Stockton 21, Ash Grove 7
8/28 Sullivan 26, Washington 21
8/28 Thayer 44, Strafford 16
8/28 rinity Catholic 40, Duchesne 19
8/28 Truman 25, Raytown South 22
8/28 alle Catholic 51, Ste. Genevieve 22
8/28 Van-Far 40, Missouri Military Academy 0
8/28 Vianney 52, Jackson 28
8/28 Warrensburg 39, Pleasant Hill 13
8/28 Warrenton 37, Troy Buchanan 13
8/28 Webb City 49, Rockhurst 20
8/28 Wellington-Napoleon 42, West Platte 22
8/28 West Plains 13, Camdenton 12
8/28 Westran 26, Carrollton 0
8/28 Willard 46, Central (Springfield) 24
8/28 William Chrisman 34, Raytown 14
8/28 Winfield 48, Montgomery County 14

8/28 Pembroke Hill Ruskin delayed to Sat. 8/29
8/29 Central Panthers HAS Barat Academy
8/29 Carnahan Cleveland NJROTC
8/29 East (Kansas City) African Centered College Prep. Acad.
8/29 Confluence Prep Academy Charter Kennett
8/29 Hogan Prep Academy Charter Eldon
8/29 Jennings Ladue Horton Watkins
8/29 John Burroughs Roosevelt
8/29 Lafayette (Wildwood) Hazelwood Central
8/29 McCluer South-Berkeley University City
8/29 MICDS Transportation and Law
8/29 Miller Career Academy Vashon
8/29 Normandy Collaborative Parkway Central
8/29 Principia Sumner
8/29 Priory St. Mary’s (St. Louis)
8/29 Summit Christian Academy Lone Jack
8/28 Hazelwood East Webster Groves
8/29 Westminster Christian Academy St. Dominic
8/29 Christ Preparatory Acad. (Kan.) Windsor