Kennedy, D-backs beat Wainwright, Cardinals 6-2
PHOENIX (AP) — Ian Kennedy struck out eight in seven strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks used 15 hits to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 in their season opener Monday night.
Kennedy (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits with one walk.
St. Louis' Adam Wainwright (0-1) went six innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on 11 hits. He struck out six with no walks.
Arizona's Gerardo Parra matched his career best with four hits, three of them doubles. Rookie A.J. Pollock was 3 for 4, including a two-run double, and Martin Prado doubled twice with an RBI and two runs scored for the Diamondbacks.
Matt Holliday had an RBI double and Daniel Descalso a run-scoring single for St. Louis.
Sale outpitches Shields, White Sox beat Royals 1-0
CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale outpitched James Shields, Tyler Flowers homered and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 1-0 in the season opener on Monday.
A dominant performance by Sale and Flowers' drive leading off the fifth against Shields were just enough to beat a team that's trying to make a big jump after finishing with a losing record 17 of the past 18 seasons. It also gave the White Sox a rare win over the Royals, who took 12 of 18 from them a year ago.
Sale (1-0) showed the form that made him a 17-game winner and an All-Star in his first season as a starter. On a chilly day when the game-time temperature was 44, he allowed just seven hits and struck out seven while walking one, and he left to a standing ovation after Alcides Escobar's single with two outs in the eighth.
Blues beat Wild 4-1 to end 3-game losing streak
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jaden Schwartz and Andy McDonald each had a goal and an assist, Brian Elliott stepped in and made 19 saves, and the St. Louis Blues snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Monday night.
Kevin Shattenkirk and Barret Jackman also scored for St. Louis.
Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, whose home winning streak ended at four games. Minnesota lost for just the sixth time in its last 21 games overall.
St. Louis began the day out of the playoffs and staring at a stretch with six of its next seven games coming on the road.
Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester traded to Blues
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames traded defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.
In return, the Flames got a first-round pick and two prospects — defenseman Mark Cundari and goaltender Reto Berra.
If St. Louis does not qualify for this year's playoffs, the Flames will receive St. Louis' fourth-round selection in this summer's draft, with the first-round pick being deferred to 2014.
The move comes after Calgary started to rebuild by trading captain Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh last week.
The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Bouwmeester, who has an annual cap hit of $6.68 million through to the end of next season, has six goals and nine assists in 33 games in 2013.
Bouwmeester joined Calgary in 2009 after being drafted third overall by the Florida Panthers in 2002. He has 71 goals and 229 assists in 10 seasons with the Flames and Panthers.
Pressey mulls move from Missouri to NBA
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri point guard Phil Pressey says he's weighing whether to return for his senior season or leave school for the NBA draft.
The Columbia Daily Tribune (bit.ly/16mHRyx ) reports that Pressey remained uncertain when asked about his future shortly after the Tigers' 84-72 NCAA tournament loss to Colorado State on March 21. He has until the April 28 draft-entry deadline to make up his mind.
The 5-foot-11 playmaker had an erratic junior season, averaging a career-best 11.9 points and 7.1 assists but also 3.5 turnovers.
He made only 37.6 percent of his field-goal attempts and struggled with late-game decision-making late in losses to UCLA, Louisiana State, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Shockers not surprising Louisville coach Pitino
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Wichita State hasn't surprised Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
The Shockers (30-8) face the top-seeded Cardinals (33-5) in the Final Four on Saturday night in Atlanta, just the fifth time a team seeded ninth or greater has reached the national semifinals since seeding began in 1979.
Pitino, though, said he was talking to his son at the onset of the tournament about teams that had a chance of making the Final Four, and Wichita State popped into their heads.
Pitino said he sees similarities between the Shockers and the 1987 Providence team he took to the Final Four, though he conceded, "Wichita State has more talent than we had at Providence."
COLLEGE HALL OF FAME
Keady, Massimino headline Hall of Fame class
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Longtime coaches Gene Keady and Rollie Massimino, and former U.S. congressman Tom McMillen, headline the 2013 class that will be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Keady began his career at Western Kentucky before going 512-270 during 25 years at Purdue, while Massimino spent 30 years coaching Stony Brook, Villanova, UNLV and Cleveland State.
McMillen starred for Maryland in the 1970s before serving in Congress from 1987-93.
Joining them in the Hall of Fame will be George Ravling of Nike, Bob Hopkins of Grambling, George Killian of FIBA and the 1963 team from Loyola University of Chicago, which broke through racial boundaries and eventually defeated Cincinnati in the national championship game.
The class will be inducted during a ceremony Nov. 23 in Kansas City, Mo., as part of a three-day celebration that also includes the CBE Classic at the nearby Sprint Center.
CHIEFS-BACK TO WORK
Nearly all Chiefs report for start of offseason
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Franchise left tackle Branden Albert was the only player absent as the Kansas City Chiefs gathered Monday for the start of voluntary offseason workouts.
Albert would have become a free agent this offseason had he not received the franchise designation from the Chiefs. He signed the contract worth $9.82 million late last month.
The Chiefs mainly spent their first day of workouts in meetings, where coach Andy Reid laid out the groundwork for the offseason program and the coaching staff handed out playbooks, though several players said they already feel a more positive vibe at Arrowhead Stadium.
Kansas City struggled to a 2-14 finish last season.
The Chiefs also announced they've re-signed reserve linebacker Edgar Jones and released linebacker Andy Studebaker, who contributed mostly on special teams.