December 19, 2014

Tables turn on Blues as Kings rally to take back end of home and home

blues logoJeff Carter, Jake Muzzin and Dwight King each scored in the third period, as the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 6-4 on Thursday night.

The Kings surrendered four goals in the third period of Tuesday’s 5-2 loss at St. Louis, but earned a split in the home-and-home set with their own third- period surge.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and four assists for a career-high five points against the Blues. Carter registered three assists and Marian Gaborik scored twice and set up another one for the Kings, who put an end to a three-game losing streak.

Jonathan Quick finished with 24 saves in the Kings’ 11th straight win over the Blues at Staples Center (including playoffs).

David Backes, Dmitrij Jaskin and Kevin Shattenkirk scored in a 2:48 span in the first period for St. Louis, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.

“We were careless at times and that’s a big part of it,” said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. “We did a really poor job of managing the puck as the game went on so we turned it into a track meet.”

Martin Brodeur was beaten six times on 37 shots. [Read more…]

Royals adding pitching agreeing to contracts with Medlen and Volquez

royalsThe Kansas City Royals have signed pitcher Kris Medlen to a two-year contract with a mutual option for the 2017 season, with the hope that the Tommy John surgery recipient will be able to contribute during the second half of the upcoming year.

Medlen put together a strong 2013 campaign for the Atlanta Braves, winning a career-best 15 games with a 3.11 earned run average in 32 games (31 starts). The right-hander missed all of last season, however, after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow during a spring training outing.

The Braves declined to offer Medlen a contract earlier this month, in large part due to his injury history. The 29-year-old also underwent a Tommy John procedure that sidelined him for the majority of the 2011 season.

Medlen has been a quality pitcher when healthy. His .674 winning percentage (31-15) since 2010 ranks only behind a pair of Cy Young Award honorees, Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer, over that stretch, and he sports a 2.95 ERA over 152 appearances (61 starts).

According to the Kansas City Star, Medlen will receive $8.5 million guaranteed over the life of the deal. He is slated to earn $2 million next season, but can earn an additional $4 million based on games started and innings pitched.

Medlen will make $10 million in 2017 if he and the Royals both exercise the option year. Kansas City will pay a $1 million buyout if either side declines. [Read more…]

My first duck hunt and I froze. No, I was dressed warm. I meant I wasn’t ready to pull the trigger (Google Hangout)

Here I am on my first duck hunt with Jim Low (L) and his retriever Willa

Here I am on my first duck hunt with Jim Low (L) and his retriever Willa

I was determined.  My goal, when I set out to begin this series on Adult Onset Hunting with the Missouri Department of Conservation, was to get a deer and a duck on my first two hunts.

I came through on the first half, harvesting a doe.  On the duck hunt?  A different story.  To my defense, the weather was warm and the conditions weren’t ideal to see many ducks, however, I had a chance…a great chance to reach my goal and I just watched as my mentor Jim Low did all the work.

It happens quite often with a new hunter.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I would see or how I should react.  While I thought everything was happening so fast, Jim actually told me this was an ideal situation for us.  Shows you the difference between an experienced hunter and a newbie!

Enjoy our visit with Jim on this next Google Hangout as he describes the differences between duck and deer hunting and answers some questions most first time hunters have.

Blues will be without Schwartz for an extended period of time. Second leader scorer out with a foot injury

Jaden Schwartz (photo/NHL.com)

Jaden Schwartz (photo/NHL.com)

St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz is week-to-week because of a right-foot injury, general manager Doug Armstrong announced.  Schwartz sustained the injury in the Blues’ 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. The Blues put Schwartz on injured reserve and recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

Schwartz, 22, is second on the Blues with 11 goals, tied for second in points (27) and tied for third in assists (16).  He was part of the “STL” line along with Victor Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera.  They’ve combined for 38 goals this season.  Schwartz did not play on that line on Tuesday, with the absence of T.J. Oshie who was away from the team due to a death in his family.

Shane Ray becomes Mizzou’s 13th consensus All-American. Picks up four of the five major All-American accolades (AUDIO)

Shane Ray is now the fifth Tiger defender to win the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Week award in the last three seasons.  He joins SS Kenronte Walker (2012 vs. Arizona State), LB Kentrell Brothers (2013 at Georgia), DE Michael Sam (2013 at Vanderbilt) and CB E.J. Gaines (2013 vs. Texas A&M)...photo/Mizzou Athletics

Shane Ray 

Just hours after being named a First Team All-American by both the American Football Coaches Association and The Sporting News, Mizzou junior DE Shane Ray (Kansas City, Mo.) was named a First Team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 17). The FWAA honor gives Ray First Team All-America distinction from four of the major five All-America teams. He was a consensus pick earlier this morning and is Mizzou’s second consensus All-America pick in as many seasons after Michael Sam was a unanimous pick a year ago.

Ray is now the 13th Consensus All-American in program history and the fifth under the direction of head coach Gary Pinkel. The other Consensus First Team All-Americans are Martin Rucker (2007), Jeremy Maclin (2007, 08), Chase Coffman (2008), Michael Egnew (2010) and Sam (2013).

Continuing a trend of quality play along the defensive line at Mizzou (#DLineZOU), Ray is the latest star pupil under Mizzou defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski. Under Kuligowski’s tutelage, Ray reset the school’s single season sack record with 14.0 this season while also totaling 21.0 tackles for loss. Both of those figures are the third-most nationally and lead the SEC. He is second in the SEC in tackles for loss per game and sixth nationally in tackles for loss per game. Ray also finished fifth on the team in total tackles with 61.

Listen to Shane Ray, post practice comments