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Blues envision defensive tweaks to help solve playoff shortfalls

ST. LOUIS -- When Blues coach Ken Hitchcock reviewed the past two seasons, he found himself confronted with a harsh reality. Even though St. Louis had been at or near its best in the Stanley Cup playoffs, it simply wasn't good enough. It's clear that injuries and challenging first-round matchups played a factor, but those excuses don't really interest the veteran coach...
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Cardinals' Kozma is earning a roster spot with his play and professionalism

His teammates don't have to wake up Cardinals infielder Pete Kozma before games. They don't have to talk any louder to him than any other teammate, either. As cool and as calm as Kozma appears, he's listening. He's as excited as the next guy, too. Well, maybe. Watch his comically no-nonsense interview after the Game 5 comeback at Washington in 2012, and you might...
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Matt Holliday is getting hot at the perfect time for the Cardinals

Thanks in part to a strong stretch by their rotation, the St. Louis Cardinals are closing in on a second straight NL Central title. Red-hot Shelby Miller looks to continue that success Tuesday night, though runs may come at a premium against Kyle Hendricks and the last-place Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals (88-69), who have secured a fourth straight playoff berth and...
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Cardinals dominate Cubs, celebrate Wainwright's 20th win

Adam Wainwright did not rev up his fastball past 91 mph against the Cubs on Monday night at Wrigley Field. He didn't need to. Even without the 96-mph heater he flashed in his previous start, Wainwright was plenty sharp enough to dominate the Cubs in an 8-0 victory that made him the majors' second 20-game winner. His curve was snapping, his command was precise and he encountered...
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Stars rally in third period to beat Blues, 4-3

DALLAS -- Jordie Benn and rookies Curtis McKenzie and Jason Dickinson scored third-period goals and the Dallas Stars rallied to defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Monday night. St. Louis led 2-1 entering the third period before the Stars struck three times within 8 minutes. Dallas' third-period goals were against Niklas Lundstrom. Benn, who had only three goals last season, broke...
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Wainwright wins 20th, Cardinals beat Cubs 8-0

CHICAGO -- Adam Wainwright joined Clayton Kershaw as the majors' only 20-game winners, pitching three-hit ball over seven innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-0 on Monday night. Wainwright hit the 20-win mark for the second time while matching his career-high for victories, and the Cardinals moved a step closer toward their second straight division title...
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Rams' cheerleaders help give Cardinals' rookies a new look

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After Rams' stunning loss, Fisher accentuates positives

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams enter their bye at 1-2, and seemingly with a lengthy to-do list. They've been sloppy in critical times both of their home games. About the only good news after blowing a 21-point lead against the Cowboys is no one got hurt. Rather than rant, coach Jeff Fisher's strategy in the wake of a dispiriting 34-31 loss is that the Rams remain a franchise...
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Streak or no streak, turnovers are key to Mizzou's defensive identity

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Since November 2010, Missouri's defense hasn't always been great. The Tigers have given up 35 points or more 10 times during that stretch, and even during last year's spectacular 13-2 season, they weren't exactly dominant. But through it all, turnovers remained a constant. For 47 consecutive games, Missouri got at least one takeaway, the longest active...
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Missouri makes changes after injuries

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri (3-1) will unveil a new-look offense Saturday at No. 13 South Carolina. Brad McNulty is listed atop the depth chart at left guard after fifth-year senior Anthony Gatti tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in the team's 31-27 loss to Indiana last weekend. Connor McGovern will move back to right guard after starting at the position in all 14 games...
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Cardinals baseball for the first time: What a 94th birthday present

ST. LOUIS -- For many at Busch Stadium, Sunday was a special night. It was the Cardinals' last home game of the regular season, a beautiful fall evening with an air of excitement all around after news broke earlier in the day of St. Louis clinching a spot in the postseason with Milwaukee's 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh. For one Cardinals fan and her family, it was special, too,...
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Rams' vaunted D-line is sitting on one sack after three games

ST. LOUIS -- Of all the problems the Rams have had on defense this season, one sticks out like a burned-out string of lights on a Christmas tree. Sack City has been deserted. After bringing down opposing quarterbacks 53 times last season, St. Louis has three times as many roughing-the-passer penalties as sacks through three games. Their only one came a week ago, when E.J. Gaines...
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Waino goes for win No. 20 as Cardinals keep pushing for division title

Clayton Kershaw's record-setting season figures to be enough to keep Adam Wainwright from winning his first Cy Young Award, but the Cardinals' ace is still on the cusp of his 20th victory. He's more worried about getting sickly St. Louis closer to the NL Central title Monday night as he takes the mound in the opener of this three-game set with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley...
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Stomach bug, loss to Reds put damper on clinch celebrations at Busch

ST. LOUIS -- When the Pirates beat the Brewers on Sunday afternoon, the Cardinals were assured of making the postseason long before they took the field to face the Reds on Sunday night. But the only festivities in the Cardinals' clubhouse involved a group of rookies donning skimpy cheerleader-like outfits for the trip to Chicago. For numerous reasons, the Cardinals chose not...
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Cardinals clinch playoffs, then collapse in 7-2 loss to Reds

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals clinched a playoff spot on Sunday, and then lost 7-2 to Jay Bruce and the Cincinnati Reds. St. Louis secured its fourth consecutive postseason appearance when Milwaukee lost to Pittsburgh earlier in the day. But the Cardinals' lead in the NL Central was sliced to 2 1/2 games over the Pirates. Bruce hit two of Cincinnati's four homers as...
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Blues drop first exhibition game 4-3 in OT

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Dillon Heatherington scored from the blue line at 2:36 of overtime to give a Columbus Blue Jackets split squad a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in an exhibition game Sunday night. Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist, Kerby Rychel and Alexander Wennberg also scored and Dalton Prout added two assists for Columbus. Also Sunday, a Blue Jackets split squad beat...
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Rams offensive team makes progress, but falters in game's biggest moments

ST. LOUIS -- A lot of pressure rests on the big, experienced shoulders of the Rams offensive line. Austin Davis is a young, still unproven quarterback who looks to have the arm to be successful, but it's unfair to ask him to do too much just yet. At least three running backs have proven they can get downfield and even pick up extra yards after contact when given a decent head...
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Davis, Cook say no hard feelings after dropped TD pass, sideline shove

ST. LOUIS -- Austin Davis and Jared Cook quickly dismissed any lingering bad feelings between them after a brief incident caught by television cameras during Sunday's loss to the Cowboys. Cook dropped a relatively easy touchdown pass on third down with St. Louis leading, 21-17, and on the sideline Davis appeared to reach out his hand to offer some encouragement to his tight end...
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Rams blow 21-point lead, lose to Cowboys 34-31

ST. LOUIS -- Tony Romo matched the biggest comeback in Dallas Cowboys history. Terrance Williams scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and Bruce Carter returned an interception 25 yards for a TD on the next snap, capping the Cowboys' comeback from a 21-0 deficit to stun the St. Louis Rams 34-31 on Sunday. DeMarco Murray's 1-yard run late in the first half...
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Cardinals can nail down a playoff berth by beating the Reds

Lance Lynn seems to be the ideal person to have on the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals with an opportunity to secure a fourth consecutive playoff appearance. The problem is that they haven't been able to score much during his recent starts. St. Louis looks to provide Lynn with some support as it seeks an eighth victory in nine games Sunday night against the visiting Cincinnati...
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Tony Cruz is a hero again as Cardinals hit three homers to beat Reds

ST. LOUIS -- Tony Cruz hit a three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals connected three times, beating the Cincinnati Reds, 8-4, on Saturday night and moving closer to their fourth straight playoff berth. The Cardinals cut their magic number to one for clinching a postseason berth. The magic number is six for their second NL Central title in a row. Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk...
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Mizzou loses battle in the trenches and, in a stunner, the game to Indiana

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball has been a staple of Missouri's rise to prominence in the SEC. The Tigers' dominance up front figured to continue against an Indiana team known for its quick-strike offense, not a relentless pass rush. No one could mistake the Hoosiers' offensive line -- average weight: 295 -- for some of the...
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Indiana upsets No. 18 Missouri, 31-27

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- D'Angelo Roberts scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 22 seconds remaining and Nate Sudfeld passed for 252 yards and a touchdown to help Indiana upset No. 18 Missouri, 31-27, on Saturday. After giving up 10 consecutive points to Missouri in the fourth quarter, the Hoosiers (2-1) traveled 75 yards on six plays to reclaim the lead. Tevin Coleman ran 44 yards to...
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Mizzou's Golden misses start because of hamstring injury

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri defensive end Markus Golden injured his left hamstring in practice this week and did not start against Indiana (1-1) on Saturday. The senior is considered "day to day," according to a team spokesman. Golden appeared on the field before the game wearing a gray shirt and black athletic shorts. He gave a hug to defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski...
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For Wacha, will third post-injury start be the charm?

Outstanding pitching has the St. Louis Cardinals inching closer to another trip to the postseason, but Michael Wacha's shoulder could derail his involvement. Wacha will attempt to shake off his recent troubles in his first start in 11 days and lead the Cardinals to another home victory over the skidding Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night. St. Louis (86-68) is atop the NL Central...
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