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Associated Press

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 3:02 AM

AVALANCHE-BLUES

Blues beat Avalanche 3-1, clinch playoff spot

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chris Stewart reached career milestones of 100 goals and 100 assists and the St. Louis Blues clinched a playoff berth with two games to spare, beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Brian Elliott had to make just 17 saves two nights after getting yanked in a 5-3 loss at Colorado that squandered the Blues' first chance at clinching. St. Louis, which entered the game needing a point to qualify, scored two power play goals for the first time in 32 games since Feb. 15 in the home-and-home rematch.

Patrik Berglund and Andy McDonald beat Semyon Varlamov on consecutive shots in the second period to make it 3-0. Together, that duo had mustered two assists in 14 games.

CARDINALS-NATIONALS

Wainwright leads Cards past Nats 2-0

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Wainwright extended his sterling start to the season — and Washington's mediocre one — by coming within two outs of his second shutout, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the Nationals 2-0 Tuesday night.

The right-hander (4-1) lowered his ERA to 1.93 by going 8 1-3 scoreless innings, allowing only five hits.

Edward Mujica got the final two outs for his third save.

Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran drove in runs in the fourth off Nationals lefty Ross Detwiler (1-1), who gave up eight hits across six innings.

The Nationals, who led the majors with 98 wins last season and were a popular pick to do well in 2013, lost for the eighth time in their past 11 games to fall to 10-10.

ROYALS-TIGERS PPD

Tigers, Royals postponed by rain

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers' game Tuesday night against the Kansas City Royals has been postponed because of rain. No makeup date was announced.

The game was delayed at the start and was called off about 15 minutes later. It was supposed to be the opener of a three-game series at Comerica Park.

Detroit has lost four straight, and this was to be the first chance to see how Kansas City matches up with the Tigers, who have won the AL Central the last two years.

DRAFT-CHIEFS

Chiefs hold No. 1 pick in draft for first time

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have been on the clock since the end of last season.

The Chiefs went 2-14 to land the No. 1 choice in the NFL draft for the first time in franchise history. But there's no clear-cut player available this year, and certainly no star quarterback such as Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III to make the pick an easy one.

Kansas City is likely going to shore up its offensive line with the selection Thursday night. Most draft experts believe the Chiefs will go with Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan's Eric Fisher, a pair of left tackles who could protect quarterback Alex Smith.

The Chiefs are also open to trading out of the No. 1 pick.

US SWIM TRIALS-2016

3 cities bidding for 2016 US Olympic swim trials

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — USA Swimming will choose between Omaha, Neb., San Antonio and St. Louis as the site for the 2016 Olympic swimming trials.

The national governing body says it will announce the host city on Saturday.

Omaha has hosted the last two trials, in 2012 and 2008. Last year's eight-day event was attended by more than 164,000 fans and the meet was broadcast live in prime time on network television. Two temporary pools were built inside the CenturyLink Center for the event.

In 2004, the trials were held in Long Beach, Calif., the first time they were held outdoors in temporary pools.

In January, USA Swimming said six cities were bidding to host the trials. Former host Indianapolis, along with Greensboro, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla., were eliminated after an evaluation team from USA Swimming, along with an outside member of the group's board, visited each location.

BIG 12-CHANGING QBS

Lot of quarterback changes in Big 12 next fall

UNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 is facing an identity crisis at quarterback. There will be a lot of new faces next fall.

Seven of the league's 10 teams had senior quarterbacks. Five of them started every game last season.

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said Tuesday there's a "little bit of unknown" until all the new quarterbacks show what they can do for their teams. But he says there's no lack of talent.

The most experienced Big 12 quarterback is Texas junior David Ash, who has started 18 of his 25 games for the Longhorns. Casey Pachall is back at TCU, where he started 17 of 25 games, including the first four last season before leaving school for substance abuse rehabilitation.

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