Last night’s game began, much the same way a number of them have for the Blues. Edmonton took an early 1-0 lead with a goal at the 3:29 mark. But this time, the Blues battled back with offense and tight goal tending to top Edmonton 4-1. Rookie Curtis Sanford was able to stop every other shot he saw, finishing with 21 saves. Justin Papineau tied it in the second and the Blues took the lead in the 3rd with a goal from Dallas Drake. Pavol Demitra had three assists. The win allowed St. Louis to keep pace with first place Detroit who beat Toronto 7-2. The Blues trail by two points.
Archives for February 2003
Trent Green has a new deal and the Chiefs have some more money under the salary cap. Not a bad day for both parties. Green agreed to a seven-year $50-milllion dollar deal, which includes cap-friendly bonuses of over $11-million. The deal allows the Chiefs to avoid paying him an $8-million roster bonus, which would have gone against the cap. Wit the freed up money they signed linebacker Mike Maslowski and defensive end Gary Stills to long term contracts of six and four years.
The Rams made four roster cuts yesterday. They released to cornerbacks Aeneas Williams and Dexter Mc Cleon, fullback James Hodgins and quarterback Jamie Martin. Just because the Rams cut Williams doesn’t mean they don’t want him back next season. They’d like to re-sign him to a less expensive contract.
Brandon Berger hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Royals beat the Rangers 6-3 in their Cactus League debut. The Cards topped the Mets by a count of 6-3 as well.
The Springfield Kickapoo girls’ basketball team won their district last night with a 66-57 win over Springfield Parkview. The Lady Chiefs ranked 14th in the nation are 27-0 and headed back to the state tournament. The Kickapoo boys, also ranked 14th in the land, will face Neosho in their district final. Neosho’s only loss this season came to Kickapoo.
The Kansas City Zoo wants to add as many as 300 new animals soon, giving it about one-thousand animals representing about 275 species. It’s part of a big renovation of the Zoo, where some customers have complained of a shortage of animals and animals being too far away for good viewing. Zoo officials hope to have most of the new animals by the end of the year.
Governor Bob Holden has carried out his threat to cut the budget some more if the Legislature didn’t come up with enough money to plug a state budget hold for the next four months. He’s ordered cuts of $82-Million in education -three-fourths of them for elementary and secondary schools. He’s also cut another $75-Million for state agencies.
University of Missouri students are facing another tuition increase and the University is looking at cutting its central adminstration costs. University President Elson Floyd suggests a 3.2-percent tuition hike for next year, putting the tuition at more than $5,000 for 30 credit hours in the next school year. Floyd also says the university will cut more than $5-Million from its central adminstration by leaving some job vacancies open, wiping out financial reserves and digging into contingency funds.
A State Senate committee is being asked to take steps to eliminate the loss limits at Missouri’s casinos. Two bills aim to do away with the limits. Senator Ken Jacob of Columbia sponsors one of them. He believes gamblers who would exceed the current loss limit are generally wealthy individuals who would not be harmed by losing several hundred or several thousand dollars. Missouri is the only gaming state in the country with a loss limit. That limit is $500 per person per two-hour session, which is called an excursion.
Conservation officials expect bigger-than-normal crowds at the state’s four trout parks tomorrow for the opening day of trout fishing season. George Kromrey with the Conservation Department says it’s an annual rite of spring for many fishermen, although the calender and the weather say it is definitely winter. He says bundle up and make sure you have the proper licenses. Kromrey suggests getting your regular fishing license today, the day all licenses expire, instead of creating more of a wait tomorrow morning at the trout park.