November 24, 2014

Chiefs’ Eric Berry’s season is over after a mass is found in his chest. Further tests will be done to determine if it’s lymphoma

Eric Berry (photo/Kansas City Chiefs)

Eric Berry (photo/Kansas City Chiefs)

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that safety Eric Berry will be out for the rest of the season for an illness not related to football.

After the Oakland game, Berry went to head coach Andy Reid and complained of a pain in his chest.  He underwent an MRI on Friday where it a mass on the right side of Berry’s chest was discovered. Additional tests and blood work indicated the possibility Berry has lymphoma.

This afternoon, Berry released a statement through the team.

“I am truly thankful for all of the support from family, friends, coaches, teammates and the entire Chiefs kingdom. At first I was in shock with the diagnosis on Saturday and did not even want to miss a game, but I understand that right now I have to concentrate on a new opponent. I have great confidence in the doctors and the plan they are going to put in place for me to win this fight. I believe that I am in God’s hands and I have great peace in that. I know my coaches and teammates will hold things down here the rest of the season and until I am back running out of the tunnel at Arrowhead. I am so thankful and appreciative of being a part of this franchise and playing in front of the best fans in the NFL. I will be back!”

Berry is 25 years old.

Missouri Valley wins opening round NAIA football playoff game

photo courtesy: Missouri Valley athletics

photo courtesy: Missouri Valley athletics

Heart of America Athletic Conference co-champion Missouri Valley escaped with a 20-17 double-overtime win against Northwestern (Iowa) Saturday at Gregg-Mitchell Field. The win is the second-consecutive victory for the Vikings against Northwestern in the FCS and improves the club to 3-0 in head-to-head playoff meetings.

After a first overtime featured touchdowns by both teams, Northwestern took the first possession of the second overtime and drove down to the Viking 1-yard line. The Red Raiders were stuffed on a third down run and their fourth-down pass attempt fell incomplete to open the door for Missouri Valley.

The Vikings handed the ball to running back Malachi Daniels, who ended the contest with a game-high 93 rushing yards rushing, on three-straight plays to set up the game-winning field goal. Daniel Mouro converted the 35-yard field goal attempt to give Missouri Valley the win and its third-straight trip to the FCS Quarterfinals.

Quarterback Bruce Reyes led the way for the Vikings with 140 yards passing and one touchdown, while also running for 28 yards.

Craig Bruinsma was the top offensive performer for Northwestern, completing 24-of-42 attempts for 169 yards and two touchdowns.


Central Missouri’s soccer run at a Final Four comes up short

Grand Valley State celebrates their win over Central Missouri (photo/

Grand Valley State celebrates their win over Central Missouri (photo/

The 10th-ranked Jennies soccer team’s Final Four aspirations came to an end on Sunday afternoon, falling to No. 11 Grand Valley State, 3-1 in the Elite Eight at Wood Field.  The loss snapped a 23-game unbeaten streak dating back to November 15 of last season.

Grand Valley State struck first in the 19th minute courtesy of Jenny Shaba, who collected a rebound off her own shot.  The Laker’s second score of the game came on a penalty kick by Gabriella Mencotti in the 39th minute.   In the 72nd minute Mencotti found Shaba towards the middle of the field, who scored from about 25 yards out to put the Jennies in a 3-0 hole.

A goal by freshman Mikala Modiri who lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper’s head from 10 yards on the right, cut the deficit to 3-1. The goal was Modiri’s eighth this season.

The Jennies were outshot, 20-8, including 11-3 in the first half.

The 21 victories for Central Missouri this season were the most in program history.

Rams set up inside the five to win, but Hill throws an interception in closing seconds

St. Louis Rams

St. Louis Rams

Marcus Gilchrist intercepted Shaun Hill at the goal line with 56 seconds left to preserve the San Diego Chargers’ 27-24 victory against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Hill was looking for Kenny Britt on second-and-goal from the 4. The Rams got back in the game with 7-yard TD pass from Hill to Stedman Bailey with 2:04 left that pulled the Rams within three points.

The Rams were up 10-3, on a Janoris Jenkins 99 yard pick six.  The Chargers scored 17 straight points including Ryan Mathews’ 32-yard touchdown run and former Missouri linebacker Andrew Gachkar scoring on a 13-yard fumble recovery just 21 seconds later.

Philip Rivers  threw a 29-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Keenan Allen extend San Diego’s lead to ten.

Mauk’s two fourth quarter touchdown passes helps Tigers overcome sloppy offensive line play and shaky special teams

The Missouri Tigers are one win away from reaching the SEC Championship game for the second year in a row.  Maty Mauk threw two touchdown passes and Marcus Murphy ran for two other scores Saturday night as 20th ranked Missouri won at Tennessee 29-21.

For the Tigers (9-2, 6-1), it was a school record 10th straight road win and now sets the stage for next Friday, when Missouri can clinch the East Division by beating Arkansas next Friday at home.

Tennessee led 10-7 when they faked a field goal and got a 31 yard touchdown pass from holder Patrick Ashford to Alex Ellis in the second quarter.  The Volunteers ran 24 of their first 32 plays inside Mizzou territory thanks to great punting and multiple penalties that stymied quite a few Missouri drives and kept the field flipped in Tennessee’s favor.  Despite the advantage in field position, The Tigers took a 13-10 lead after Murphy scored on a touchdown but Andrew Baggett missed the first of two extra points.

Andrew Baggett’s 43-yard field goal broke a 13-13 midway through the third quarter and Mauk put the Tigers up by two scores by throwing a 73-yard touchdown pass to Jimmie Hunt and a 13-yard TD to Bud Sasser in the fourth quarter to make it 29-13 with 6:22 to play.

The Volunteers cut the lead to 29-21 when Joshua Dobbs threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jason Croom with 1:52 remaining and scored a two-point conversion on a rollout to his right.

Tennessee tried an onside kick and recovered its first attempt, but an offside penalty forced the Vols to kick again. On Tennessee’s next kick, officials ruled the Vols had touched the ball before it went the required 10 yards.z

After two impressive wins with Dobbs at quarterback, the Missouri defense shut him down most of the night, limiting the Vols to just 279 total yards with 79 of those coming on the final drive.

They also sacked Dobbs six times.  He had been sacked just three times in the previous three games.  (Dobbs entered after the second series in the game with Alabama, before his two starts)  The Tigers also forced two turnovers.