November 29, 2015

Chiefs win fifth in a row, but pay the price with big injuries

The Kansas City Chiefs won their fifth straight as Alex Smith threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, and Spencer Ware ran for 114 yards and a score, in their 30-22 win over the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead.

Jeremy Maclin had nine receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown, and Cairo Santos hit three field goals for the Chiefs (6-5), who own the tiebreaker over the Bills for an AFC wildcard spot.

All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston was tripped by a teammate in the first half and did not return with a knee injury. Left tackle Eric Fisher hurt his neck while center Mitch Morses ustained a concussion.

Foles returns as Rams starting quarterback and gets picked off three times for Rams’ fourth straight loss

The Rams (4-7) have now dropped four in a row, losing to the Bengals in Cincinnati by a final of 31-7.  Nick Foles, who started the first nine games, returned after being benched last week and threw three interceptions.

Case Keenum was limited in practice after a head injury late in the loss at Baltimore.

Foles went 30 of 46 for 228 yards. He has seven touchdowns and nine interceptions this season.  Wide receiver Tavon Austin had a team-high 63 yards on four runs. He also caught six passes for 33 yards. Todd Gurley was held to 19 yards on nine carries.

The Rams offense, ranked at the bottom of the league, was held to 13 or fewer points for the third straight game.

Interesting match ups and rematches for the 2015 Show Me Bowl this weekend in St. Louis

This weekend’s seven games feature some interesting matchups with long time rivalries hooking up again, some newcomers, a few familiar faces back on the sidelines in St. Louis and one team hoping to get over the hump.  The journey that started with practices over a mild summer in August has made its way to the dome for the high school football championships for the 14 remaining teams in Missouri.

Valle Catholic in Class 1 and Webb City in Class 4 are vying for their 14th state championships.  Each have won the last five years and are facing opponents who beat them in the finals in 2009.  Valley Catholic will face Penney and Webb City will take on Kearney.

John Burroughs has been to the finals in every year except one since 2010 and they have been unable to get over the hump.  Will this year be the Bombers’ season to come out on top?

In Class 2, Lamar is going for their fifth straight championship, but will face a tough newcomer in Malden.

When it comes to 8-man football, there are two teams that have built a dynasty.  Kicking off the Show Me Bowl on Friday morning at 9:30 will be longtime rivals Stanberry and North Andrew.  This is their fifth straight championship showdown.

Jason West joins me to preview and offer fans tips for this weekend’s Show Me Bowl.

Third period goals by Brouwer and Fabbri push Blues past Sabres

Blues rookie Robbi Fabbri takes a shot against Buffalo. (photo/NHL)

Blues rookie Robby Fabbri takes a shot against Buffalo. (photo/NHL)

Robby Fabbri scored his third goal of the season with 6:34 left in the third period to break a tie and give the Blues a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on Monday.

Fabbri put a rebound of a Jay Bouwmeester shot off a Sabres defenseman that got past goalie Linus Ullmark.

David Legwand gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead with 3:15 left in the second period with his first goal of the season after a loose put from behind the net came to Legwand who stuffed it past Jake Allen, who made 24 saves for the win.

Troy Brouwer made it 1-1 at 5:07 with his fifth goal of the season. He tipped a shot from the point by Kevin Shattenkirk and backhanded the rebound past Ullmark.

Mizzou outplayed by K-State. Puryear, “We just didn’t come out ready”

Kevin Puryear guards a K-State player Carlbe Ervin II (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Kevin Puryear guards a K-State player Carlbe Ervin II (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Kansas State freshman Dean Wade put together a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds and Justin Edwards added 13 points and the Mizzou Tigers were pounded by the Wildcats 66-42 in the semifinals of the CBE Classic in Kansas City on Monday night.

The Tigers, now 3-2, will face Northwestern Tuesday night after they lost to number one North Carolina in the second game.

Coach Kim Anderson was O.K. with the fact his team was getting open looks, but the shots weren’t falling, much like the Xavier game. Missouri was just 5 of 27 from the field at halftime.

The Tigers got away from driving and getting the ball inside and then Anderson said the team quit guarding as things got away in the first half.

Credit Bruce Weber’s game plan.  He knew the Tigers would try to come inside and packed down in a zone defense, forcing Missouri to try jump shots.  The looks were there, but this team has shown the inability to hit those shots.  Until that changes, these Tigers will continue to struggle.

Freshman forward Kevin Puryear (Blue Springs, Mo.) led the Tigers in scoring for the second time this season, scoring nine points while grabbing three rebounds in 31 minutes, but he wasn’t happy with the effort.

“We just didn’t come out ready,” said Puryear. “They played harder than us in all aspects of the game.”