March 2, 2015

Multiple sources reporting that, as expected, Chiefs apply franchise tag to linebacker Justin Houston

KCChiefsMultiple media outlets are reporting the Kansas City Chiefs have nabbed Justin Houston with the franchise tag.  The Chiefs and Houston have until July 15 to work out a new deal.  The question is whether or not the Chiefs have used the exclusive or non-exclusive tag.

The best way to describe that is to share Terez Paylor’s article from the Kansas City Star.  Houston will make a guarantee salary that is the average of the top five salaries at his position or in the neighborhood of $13 million if no other teams makes an offer.

Depending on the type of tag that is applied and how the Chiefs move forward, the team could also let Houston sign for another with the compensation being two, first-round draft picks.

 

March Madness begins as the calendar turns. Boys and Girls Class 1 basketball brackets are set. Classes 2 and 3 wrap up tonight (Google Hangout)

Weather forced six district finals in Class 2 and four district finals in Class 3 to be rescheduled for this week after weather forced the cancellations of the championships on Saturday.  Mother Nature should cooperate and Jason West, Communications Director with MSHSSA says that will help as districts begin for Classes 4 and 5.  That will alleviate pressure on finding enough officials to cover all the classes.

Plus, today marks the start of spring sport practices.  If student-athletes did not play a winter sport, they are required to get in 14 practices before being eligible to play in a game.  Also, Jason talks with us about the importance of raising concussion awareness, especially for those parents and athletes who haven’t played in a sport yet this school year.

Check out this week’s video and the Class 1 brackets below.

Class 1 Boys Bracket

Class 1 Boys Bracket

Class 1 Girls Bracket

Class 1 Girls Bracket

 

Missouri State and Southeast Missouri ready for men’s conference tournaments. Schedules attached

Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis (photo/Bill Greenblatt, UPI)

Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis (photo/Bill Greenblatt, UPI)

2015 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament – Scottrade Center, St. Louis

Thursday, March 5 — Session I 

Game 1 — #8 Missouri State (11-19, 5-13) vs. #9 Southern Illinois (11-20, 4-14), 6:05 p.m.
Game 2 — #7 Drake (9-21, 6-12) vs. #10 Bradley (8-23, 3-15), 8:35 p.m.

Friday, March 6 — Session II 

Game 3 — #1 Wichita State (27-3, 17-1) vs. Winner Game 1, 12:05 p.m.
Game 4 — #4 Illinois State (19-11, 17-7) vs. #5 Evansville (19-11, 9-9), 2:35 p.m.

Friday, March 6 — Session III 

Game 5 — #2 UNI (27-3, 16-2) vs. Winner of Game 2, 6:05 p.m.
Game 6 — #3 Indiana State (15-15, 11-7) #6 Loyola (18-12, 8-10), 8:35 p.m.

Saturday, March 7 — Session IV

Game 7 — Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 1:35 p.m.
Game 8 — Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 4:05 p.m.

Sunday, March 8 — Session V 

Championship — Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 1:05 p.m.

Ohio Valley Conference

Ohio Valley Conference

2015 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament — Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN

Wednesday, March 4 — Session I

Game 1 — #5 Moorehead State vs. #8 Southeast Missouri, 6:00 p.m.
Game 2 — #6 Eastern Illinois vs. #7 Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 5 — Session II

Game 3 — Game 1 winner vs. #4 UT Martin 6:00 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 2 winner vs. #3 Belmont 8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 6 — Session III

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. #1 Murray State 6:30 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. #2 Eastern Kentucky 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 7 — Session IV
Game 7 — Game 5 winnver vs. Game 6 winner 6:00 p.m.

Blues rally to salvage a point after rallying for three goals in the third to force a shootout

Jake Allen is beat during the shootout (photo/NHL.com)

Jake Allen is beat during the shootout (photo/NHL.com)

The Blues had a strong start and an even better finish to grab a point on the back end of back-to-back games against a well rested Vancouver Canucks team that was off since Thursday.

After scoring two goals in the first 5:59 of the game, the Blues stumbled as the fresher looking Canucks had a 5-2 lead, just over six minutes into the third.

However, the Blues rattled three goals past Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack in a seven minute span and then rattled the posts twice in OT. Lack made the only save in the shootout, making a left pad save of T.J. Oshie for Vancouver’s 6-5 win.

Dmitrij Jaskin started the comeback with a power-play goal 8:18 into the third period, and Petteri Lindholm and David Backes scored 1:12 apart with five minutes left to help the Blues rally late.

“A lesser team would have folded it up,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said, “but we came back and pounded on it hard in the third period and then should have won it in overtime with the two we drilled by him and hit the post. We played a whale of a hockey game. We did a heck of a job.”

All momentum lost. After snapping 13-game losing streak, Tigers come back out flat at Georgia

For the Georgia Bulldogs, it was the largest margin of victory in a SEC game under coach Mark Fox. For the Missouri Tigers, another bad road loss in a dreadful season.  68-44 was the final

Mizzou, now (8-21, 2-14), held a 3-2 lead, on a Namon Wright three-pointer, but they couldn’t build any momentum in looking for a second straight win after the Florida 64-52 win on Tuesday night. The Tigers, last in the SEC, trailed by double figures most of the game.

Mizzou  made only 14 of 49 shots from the field (28.6 percent). The second worse this season behind the 86-37 loss at Kentucky in which it made only 27.1 percent of its shots (16 of 59).

“To their credit, (Georgia) came out today ready to play and it’s frustrating,” Mizzou head coach Kim Anderson said. “In the first half especially, our front line really struggled to score. You can’t do that.”

Georgia led 41-23 at halftime and stretched the lead to 28 points at 55-27.  The Tigers were outrebounded 47-30.