September 16, 2014

Violence follows vigil in St. Louis suburb, Nixon calls for investigation (VIDEO)

UPDATE: The family of Michael Brown and their attorney will speak with members of the media this afternoon at the Jennings Mason Temple Church of Christ in Jennings. Missourinet will have more from that conference later today.

Governor Jay Nixon has asked the federal Justice Department to launch an independent investigation of a shooting in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson that has triggered demonstrations and some looting.  In a tweet sent Monday, Nixon stated he, “asked DOJ to conduct a thorough, transparent & impartial review of the shooting.”

United States Attorney General Eric Holder had already announced the department would monitor the situation involving the death of 18-year old Michael Brown Saturday afternoon near an apartment complex. Brown was shot several times following a scuffle with a Ferguson police officer.

The St. Louis County police department will investigate and says the FBI will launch a parallel investigation.

A vigil for Brown on Saturday turned into a demonstration Saturday night, with some looting of local businesses and car damage reported.

Authorities report a large number of disturbance and burglary calls last night.  County Police Chief  Jon Belmar has told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch it was a “miracle” that nobody was shot last night.

Looting at local QuikTrip convenience store in Ferguson Sunday night. (Video courtesy LiveLeak)

Ferguson’s police chief, Tom Jackson, says his department is prepared for more trouble tonight  but is expecting a quiet night.

Moustakas, Ventura lead Kansas City to win over Diamondbacks

Yordano VenturaMike Moustakas homered and drove in four runs, as the Kansas City Royals took down the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3.

Moustakas had two of Kansas City’s five hits, helping the Royals move to 11-3 over their last 14 games and stay within a half-game of the Blue Jays for the final wild card spot in the American League. Toronto took down Baltimore on Wednesday.

Yordano Ventura (9-8) struck out eight, yielding two runs on eight hits to earn the win. The hard-throwing righty improved to 5-2 on the road this season.

“They were swinging the bats really well against Ventura,” said Royals manager Ned Yost. “I mean, Ventura really had to grind it out tonight.”

The Royals passed their 2013 interleague win total, improving to 10-4 against the National League this season. They also won a sixth straight interleague road game.

Aaron Hill, David Peralta and Mark Trumbo drove in runs for Arizona, losers in four of five.

Josh Collmenter (8-6) took the loss, allowing three runs on three hits with six strikeouts in six innings of work.

Lorenzo Cain singled with two outs in the top of the second inning, leading to Moustakas’ two-run shot to right field.

Arizona got the runs back in the home third. Ender Inciarte tripled to right to lead things off, and Hill drove him in two batters later with a single to center. After Trumbo advanced Hill to third and Miguel Montero struck out swinging, Peralta tied the score with a base knock up the middle.

A half-inning later, Moustakas had the Royals back in front. Collmenter struck out the first two batters in the inning before issuing consecutive walks to Alex Gordon and Cain. Moustakas stepped in and delivered the go-ahead single to right.

Billy Butler doubled against Matt Stites in the ninth inning and advanced to third when Cain lined out. After Oliver Perez took over on the mound, Moustakas grounded into what appeared to be an inning-ending double play, but Moustakas dove headfirst into first base. He was initially ruled out, however a video review determined that he beat the throw. Butler scored on the play to make it 4-2.

“The run we gave up in the top of the ninth was a killer,” said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson. “We didn’t execute pitches in that inning, Butler hit the double … and the pitch to Moustakas just wasn’t a good pitch.”

Trumbo hit a sacrifice fly to deep left in the ninth off Greg Holland to cut it to 4-3, but Andy Marte struck out swinging to end it. Holland picked up his 32nd save.

Cardinals waste great start from Miller in loss to Red Sox

Shelby Miller (photo/MLB)

Shelby Miller (photo/MLB)

Xander Bogaerts knocked in both of Boston’s runs, including a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, as the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1, in the middle test of a three-game series.

The Cardinals sent Trevor Rosenthal (1-6) to the mound in the ninth. Yoenis Cespedes singled, Mike Napoli doubled and pinch-hitter David Ortiz was intentionally walked to load the bases with no outs. Bogaerts followed with a sacrifice fly to center.

Boston sent out Koji Uehara to close things out in the bottom half. He put men on first and second with two outs before getting Jon Jay to ground into a fielder’s choice to end it. Uehara picked up his 23rd save of the season.

Former St. Louis pitcher Joe Kelly gave up one run on three hits with four walks over seven innings in his Boston debut. Kelly was traded to the Red Sox last week in the deal that sent John Lackey to the Gateway City.

“Definitely good to get that win in there,” Kelly said. “I had a good time, I enjoyed it, I had fun. Especially pitching against the Cardinals.”

Junichi Tazawa (2-3) tossed a perfect eighth to get the win for Boston, which snapped a three-game skid. [Read more...]

Missouri football completes day three of fall camp



The Mizzou Football team wore shoulder pads for the first time as the squad made its way through its third day of fall camp practices on Wednesday. The Tigers took to the Kadlec Athletic Fields for the second day in a row, working out for two hours. Mizzou’s Thursday practice will also be of the shoulder pads-only variety for the team’s first fully-padded practiced on Friday.

A couple highlights from today’s scrimmaging included: [Read more...]

Mizzou draws Arizona as first opponent for Maui Invitational

maui-invitational-197x300The bracket for the 2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational was announced on Wednesday and Mizzou Basketball, under the direction of new Head Coach Kim Anderson, will open the tournament against the Arizona Wildcats on Monday, Nov. 24. Game time between the Tigers and Wildcats is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
Mizzou and Arizona will meet for the third time in series history. The Tigers won, 76-73, on Dec. 29, 1984, in the Hawaii Pacific Invitational in Honolulu and most recently fell in the Elite Eight to the Wildcats, 92-72, on March 26, 1994, in Los Angeles. The Tigers and Wildcats are also scheduled to meet in 2015-16 and 2016-17 as part of a home and home series.
In addition to Mizzou and Arizona, the 2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational features tournament host Chaminade, as well as BYU, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Purdue and San Diego State. The event will be played Nov. 24-26 at the Lahaina Civic Center. Missouri will be making its first appearance in the Maui Invitational since 1997 and won the event in 1989. It’s Mizzou’s fourth appearance at the Maui Invitational overall.

Head Coach Kim Anderson’s Tigers will be one of the youngest squads in college basketball this season. The Tigers have nine newcomers entering the program and the club’s 2014 recruiting class was ranked among the Top 15 nationally by various recruiting outlets. Three freshmen, Jakeenan Gant, Montaque Gill-Caesar andNamon Wright, were each ranked among the Top 75 players in their class and give Mizzou Basketball its largest incoming group of freshmen since 2008-09.