April 24, 2014

Better things to do than follow NFL schedules and coaching rumors. How about watching some playoff hockey? (VIDEO)

Torren Jones

Torren Jones

Depending on what you read or hear…one rumor has former UCLA coach Ben Howland as the front runner for the Mizzou basketball coaching job. You may hear Central Missouri coach Kim Anderson is the front runner for the job. Nobody knows at this point. However, freshman basketball player Torren Jones is working out with his teammates and he says regardless of who the new coach is…the current Tigers are sticking around. I’ve got video from an interview he did on Wednesday night in Jefferson City.

Plus, there had to have been something better to watch on TV than the NFL releasing the football schedule that is still 4.5 months away from playing. Yeah…how about some playoffs?

Watch the Torren Jones video below.

St. Louis native has an outstanding homecoming as Fairbanks pitches Mizzou to a win over Illinois at Busch Stadium

Peter Fairbanks delivers a  pitch at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night. (photo/Mizzou athletics)

Peter Fairbanks delivers a pitch at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night. (photo/Mizzou athletics)

Peter Fairbanks, a St. Louis native, pitched a career-best eight innings, and held the Illinois Illini to just two runs as the Mizzou baseball teams pulls out the major league ballpark sweep, with a 5-2 win at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night. The win comes one night after the Tigers first ever win at Kauffman Stadium.

Fairbanks threw 84 pitches, 57 for strikes and was backed by an offense that pulled away in the middle innings, opening up a 5-1 through five innings.  Dylan Kelly went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, both coming on a double to left field in the fifth inning. The two RBI gave Kelly nine two-out RBI on the season.

Mizzou, at 19-21 overall, will head to Gainesville, FL this weekend to take on the No. 1 Florida Gators.

For the third time in this playoff series, a 3-3 game goes to overtime. Kane nets winner for Hawks sending series back to St. Louis tied

Patrick Kane celebrates a goal with his teammates as Ryan Miller looks on in the second period. (NHL photos)

Patrick Kane celebrates a goal with his teammates as Ryan Miller looks on in the second period. (NHL photos)

Patrick Kane beat goalie Ryan Miller with a wrist shot just under the crossbar at 11:17 of the first overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Blues. The series has had three of the four games go to overtime, with seven goals scored in each of those games.

The Blues rallied from a 2-0 deficit by scoring two goals just 1:45 apart in the second period after Kane gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead with just under four minutes to play in the period.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored a power play goal after Kane was whistled for a delay of game and then with four seconds left in the second, Maxim Lapierre knotted the game with goal that hit the post, then goalie Corey Crawford before going in the net.

Tarasenko scored his fourth goal of the series (tops in these NHL playoffs) with a wrist shot past Crawford’s glove at the 12:29 mark of the third. Chicago got the tying goal at 16:08 when Bryan Bickell tipped a shot in past Miller from the point.

Kane assisted on the Hawks first goal, a powerplay tally from Andrew Shaw. Kane, with his game winner, has now scored three goals in this series, adding three points on the night.

Game five of the series shifts back to St. Louis on Friday with a 6:30 puck drop.

Cardinals rally cut down short in the ninth when the tying run gets thrown out at home plate

Matt Carpenter is gunned down at home plate (MLB photo)

Matt Carpenter is gunned down at home plate (MLB photo)

The New York Mets threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Wednesday night. Shortstop Ruben Tejada cut down Matt Carpenter for the second out of the ninth on a strong relay from center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Mike Matheny challenged the call but the replay showed catcher Travis d’Arnaud getting Carpenter with a sweep tag near his armpit.

Carpenter had four hits and Yadier Molina added three for the Cardinals, but Jhonny Peralta’s hitless streak reached 21 at-bats. Peralta popped out with runners at second and third in the eighth before pinch-hitter Matt Adams flied out to end the inning.

Jonathan Niese improved to 4-1 in six career starts against St. Louis. Michael Wacha (2-2) set career highs with 10 strikeouts and five walks in the shortest outing as he went just four innings.

Royals give up runs in the seventh and eighth innings and have their two-game winning streak snapped

Nick Swisher points after scoring a run in the seventh inning. (MLB photos)

Nick Swisher points after scoring a run in the seventh inning. (MLB photos)

Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher from first base with a two-out double in the seventh inning, helping the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win over the Royals on Wednesday night.

Michael Bourn had three hits and two RBIs for the Indians. Bourn, Nick Swisher and Kipnis, Cleveland’s 1-2-3 hitters, combined for six hits and three RBIs.

Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit back-to-back homers in the second for Kansas City.