Minnesota Lynx star forward Maya Moore is sitting out a second straight WNBA season to help push for the prison release of a Missouri man. Moore tells The New York Times she believes 39-year-old Jonathan Irons is innocent. Irons is serving a 50-year sentence for a burglary and assault conviction from when he was just 16 years old.
Moore will also skip the upcoming Tokyo Olympics but says she is not retiring. The former first-overall draft pick has guided the Lynx to four WNBA titles and six Finals appearances in eight seasons in the league. She also helped Team USA to back-to-back gold medal wins at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
A resolution condemning the NCAA for its sanctions against the University of Missouri has been filed by the top Democrat on the Missouri House Higher Education Committee.
State Rep. Greg Razer, D-Kansas City, tells Missourinet the university did everything right.
“There was a tutor helping student-athletes. The tutor cheated for them,” Razer says. “The University found out, fired the tutor, suspended the students and then notified the NCAA.”
Razer’s resolution notes the NCAA says Mizzou provided “exemplary cooperation” in the case. Razer is upset with the NCAA for upholding sanctions against Mizzou’s football, baseball and softball teams, including a one-year postseason ban for the programs.
The resolution urges Mizzou and the Southeastern Conference to lead in reforming the NCAA, to ensure fairness and integrity. Representative Razer says student-athletes and member institutions must be served equally and fairly.
“And so what my resolution does would express the will of the General Assembly to the university, the (MU) athletic department, the Southeastern Conference, that they take the lead in reforming this part of the NCAA,” says Razer.
Razer notes the athletes being punished with sanctions were not involved in the infractions.
Razer, who graduated from Mizzou, also says the sanctions have created a chilling effect on member institutions which self-report violations. He describes the NCAA’s decision as “appalling.”
“And if it’s not reformable, then maybe it’s time we look at forming a new intercollegiate athletic association that we can trust,” Razer says.
A Missouri House committee hearing for Razer’s resolution has not been scheduled yet.
The measure is House Concurrent Resolution 73.
His effort has bipartisan support. State Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, tells Missourinet he wants to co-sponsor Razer’s resolution. Basye’s district includes a portion of Columbia.
And Missouri Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, has also criticized the NCAA, describing the organization as a “fraud.”
Click here to listen to the interview between news director Brian Hauswirth and State Reps. Greg Razer, D-Kansas City, and Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, which aired live on Missourinet on January 15, 2020:
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The Kansas City Royals signed outfielder Alex Gordon to a one-year contract for the 2020 season valued at $4 million according to sources. In a corresponding move, right-handed pitcher Heath Fillmyer has been designated for assignment.
Gordon, 35, won his seventh Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2019, one behind Frank White for the most in franchise history. He committed just one error in 146 games in the outfield, posting a .996 fielding percentage, while collecting seven outfield assists, tying him for third among Major League left fielders. Offensively, he batted .266 (148-for-556) with 31 doubles, 13 homers and 76 RBI and led the American League, being hit-by-pitch 19 times. The left-handed hitter batted an even .300 (33-for-110) with a .398 on-base percentage over his last 32 games of the season (Aug. 20-season’s end).
Along with being a seven-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner, he’s a three-time All-Star (2013-15), a three-time Wilson Defensive Player of the Year (2014, 2017-18), and was named the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winner in 2014.
Gordon completed his 13th Major League campaign in 2019, which have all been with Kansas City. He ranks among the Royals’ all-time top 10 in several categories, including first in hit-by-pitches (118), third in walks (666), fourth in homers (186), fifth in doubles (353) and sixth in hits (1609), runs scored (852) and RBI (738). He’s one of three positions players to play 13 seasons or more with the Royals, joining George Brett (21 years) and White (18). Since moving to the outfield in 2010, Gordon’s 98 career outfield assists are tied for the most in the Major Leagues.
A native of Lincoln, Neb., Alex currently resides in Leawood, Kan., with his wife, Jamie, and children, Max, Sam and Joey.
Mizzou Men’s Basketball set an NCAA Division-I record with 54 consecutive made free throws, but fell as the Tigers lost to Texas A&M, 66-64, Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena.
Mizzou held the Aggies (9-8, 3-3 SEC) to 35-percent (6-of-17) from deep in a defensive showdown. Torrence Watson had a chance to win the game for Mizzou (9-9, 1-5 SEC) in the waning seconds of a two-point game. Mark Smith heaved a full-court inbound pass to Parker Braun, who shoveled the pass to Watson for a solid look, but the attempt rimmed out at the buzzer.
The Tigers continued their success from Saturday’s program and SEC record 31-for-31 performance at the charity stripe, going 25-for-26. The effort was led by Dru Smith, who was a perfect 11-of-11 at the line. He finished with 18 points, adding eight rebounds and eight assists. His eight assists helped feed a Mizzou offense led by Mark Smith’s game-high 19 points – including five buckets from beyond the arc.
Andy Reid blew up social media on Monday with his two-second response to how he celebrated the Chiefs AFC Championship.
Joe Montana, who won four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, tweeted some love to the Chiefs.
Patrick Mahomes topped Tom Brady once again!
A look back at what I thought would be the key moments of the game and how it really played out. Spoiler alert…I was pretty much right.
Plus a conversation with Pack Da Brew, our Vision Grills NFL Pick ‘Em winner!
Much of the focus in the week leading up to the AFC Championship Game between the Chiefs and Titans was on running back Derrick Henry and Tennessee’s strong running game. An area most overlooked was the Chiefs running game and in particular the scrambling ability of Patrick Mahomes. It was something I touched on this week on Missourinet sports and on my podcast “Bill Pollock Show.”
In the first matchup between these teams in Week 10, Patrick Mahomes was playing in his first game since a leg injury and it was the only game this season that Mahomes did not attempt a run or scramble past the line of scrimmage. His stat line read “0 rushing attempts.”
In that Chiefs 35-32 loss in Nashville, Mahomes was dropped twice on sacks and threw the ball 50 times. Whether he couldn’t run or coaches gave him strict orders to not take off given his recovery over his knee and ankle issues, the Titans defense had yet to see a fully healthy Mahomes on the move. That proved to be beneficial to the Kansas City and Patrick’s long touchdown run put the Chiefs in front and on their way to Super Bowl 54.
Reid talks about Mahomes’ great vision on the game turning touchdown run.
Patrick Mahomes with the RUN OF HIS CAREER! pic.twitter.com/0MkGBulSwb
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Mahomes’ 27 yard touchdown run at the end of the first half had a little bit of everything. He showed as much patience as he could looking for a receiver downfield, then was flushed to his left and out ran two Titans who took swipes at him and missed. While receivers were still covered, Mahomes wisely took off down the sideline knowing at any moment he could then step out of bounds to stop the clock. Yet, the field was wide open and Mahomes kept trucking along until Titans safety Tramaine Brock tried to wrap up Mahomes at the six. Titans cornerback Amani Cooper made a weak attempt at going low on Mahomes and missed, and 322 pound defensive tackle DaQuan Jones chased Mahomes from behind to the four, but to no avail as Mahomes slipped and pounded and spun his way past Brock again who tried to strip the ball. The run resulted in the go-ahead score with 11 seconds left in the half.
Mahomes discusses the two-minute drive:
Mahomes rushed eight times for 53 yards with his touchdown, just 16 yards less than Derrick Henry.
The state Senate leader says the Stanley Cup will be coming to the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City by the end of January.
Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, made the announcement during a live interview on Missourinet, after the governor’s State of the State Address.
“We may not get the Blues (to the Capitol), obviously they’re in the middle of the season,” Schatz says. “But I do believe we’re going to see the Stanley Cup, will be sitting in this building towards the end of the month.”
Pro Tem Schatz predicts fans will want to head to the Statehouse, to see the Cup.
“I don’t know the exact day, but it’s coming,” says Schatz. “And I’m kind of hesitant to put it out there (on a live statewide radio interview) because you know what, a lot of people could show up that day if we told them exactly what day it’s going to be here.”
The Blues beat the Boston Bruins last year, to capture the Stanley Cup for the first time in their 52-year history.
Meantime, thousands of hockey fans from North America will be traveling to St. Louis for this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game at the Enterprise Center.
The game, which will be broadcast nationally on NBC, will be played Saturday night at 7 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
All-Star weekend will also feature a Fan Fair at Union Station, and a 5K run Saturday morning in downtown St. Louis.
There will also be an NHL learn-to-play skills jamboree this weekend at the Winterfest Rink in Kiener Plaza.
Click here to listen to Brian Hauswirth’s full interview with Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, which was live on Missourinet on January 15, 2020. The discussion about the Stanley Cup and the Blues is near the end of the interview:
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