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Posted on December 5, 2013 at 5:03 AM


No. 7 Louisville routs Missouri-Kansas City, 90-62

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Montrezl Harrell scored 14 points to lead five Louisville players in double figures as the seventh-ranked Cardinals routed Missouri-Kansas City 90-62 on Wednesday night.

Facing first-year Kangaroos coach Kareem Richardson, Louisville reminded the former Cardinals assistant what he left behind to take the UMKC job. Though less dominant on offense than in last December's 99-47 victory over the Kangaroos, the Cardinals (7-1) controlled the game throughout and steadily pulled away in the second half.

They manhandled UMKC 44-24 in the paint, forced 20 turnovers that led to 29 points and outrebounded the Kangaroos 49-29.

Chane Behanan came off the bench to score 11 points and grab 11 rebounds. Chris Jones, Russ Smith and Luke Hancock each added 10 points and combined for five of Louisville's 10 3-pointers. The Cardinals shot 33 of 77 from the field (43 percent).

Nelson Kirksey and Martez Harrison had 14 points apiece for UMKC (1-6).


Missouri State runs away from Cameron, wins 81-57

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Ron Mvouika scored a career-high 18 points and Missouri Southern never trailed in an 81-57 win over Cameron Wednesday night.

Missouri Southern (7-1) used a 21-6 run capped by a Christian Kirk layup with 56 seconds left in the first half to open up an 18-point lead. Cameron never got closer than down 13 from that point.

The Bears had just six turnovers, while forcing 14 from the Aggies, and had 17 assists on 28 field goals.

Jamar Gulley had nine points, nine rebounds and two steals for Missouri Southern. Tyler McCullough added 11 points and Austin Ruder scored 10.

Craig Foster and Sean McGary each scored 10 points to lead Cameron. Foster added five assists.

Cameron (3-4) shot just 37.3 percent from the field, hitting 19 of 52 shots and converted just 13 of 24 free throws.


Rams C Barnes set to make first career start

ST. LOUIS (AP) — For a change, Tim Barnes has the upper hand when it comes to trash-talking with fellow St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Barrett Jones.

Barnes is set to make his first career start at center Sunday at Arizona in place of injured Scott Wells.

He plans on watching alma mater Missouri play Auburn in the SEC championship game while Alabama, where Jones starred on three national title teams, is an unexpected outsider.

Barnes was a three-year starter at center for Missouri from 2008-10.

Before playing the second half of Sunday's loss at San Francisco after Wells broke his left ankle, he'd gotten only special teams duty in 26 games the past two seasons with St. Louis.

Jones was a fourth-round pick by the Rams this April after a highly decorated career at Alabama, but has not yet been active on game day.

The Crimson Tide were No. 1 in the BCS before losing on Chris Davis' game-ending 100-plus yard return of a missed field goal that put Auburn in the SEC title game.


Guard Dahl returns to practice for Rams

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Offensive guard Harvey Dahl has returned to St. Louis Rams practice after missing four games with a left knee injury and expects to play Sunday at Arizona.

Dahl was injured in the third quarter of Week 8 against Seattle. The Rams (5-7) lost a starting lineman when center Scott Wells broke his left ankle Sunday at San Francisco.

Running back Zac Stacy (foot) did not practice Wednesday along with offensive tackle Jake Long and backup linebacker Darren Bates, both with concussions.

Defensive end Eugene Sims (neck) was limited.


Dropped passes an epidemic for stumbling Chief

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was almost like adding injury to insult when Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano banged his head off the turf so hard that he sustained a concussion after dropping a pass.

He wasn't the only one who let the ball slip through his fingers last Sunday.

The Chiefs have finally started to put up some offense the last three weeks, but bobbled balls and drops have kept them from putting even more points on the board — maybe even avoiding becoming the first team to start 9-0 and then lose three straight games.

As the Chiefs head to Washington on Sunday, coach Andy Reid said everyone has to do a better job of making plays when they're put in the position to do so.


Cardinals purchase of Memphis affiliate delayed

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals must wait another week to find out if their bid to purchase a minor-league affiliate in Memphis is approved.

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday night delayed a vote on the proposed agreement between the Cardinals and the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that elected officials want more time to review the purchase contract.

The agreement calls for the city to purchase AutoZone Park and then lease it to the Cardinals for $300,000 annually as part of a 17-year lease with options for another 10 years. The Cardinals would pay $15 million to purchase the Class AAA franchise and pay for stadium improvements.

The Cardinals already own three of their minor-league affiliates.


St. Louis court gets 2006 World Series ticket case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Court of Appeals has returned a dispute over police use of 2006 World Series tickets to a St. Louis court.

The appeals court on Tuesday said the trial court should resolve disputes over records concerning an investigation of police officers who used World Series tickets that had been seized from scalpers.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing for access to the police records, while some officers are suing to keep the records closed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that in 2010, a St. Louis judge ordered 59 sealed investigative documents to be released. After the officers sued, the judge placed his ruling on hold and the police board agreed to keep the records closed.

The appeals court said the trial court should reconcile the two decisions.

T25-Missouri's Rise

Pinkel, No. 5 Tigers thrive in SEC Year 2

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A year ago, Gary Pinkel was in no mood for holiday cheer.

Missouri had gone a dispiriting 5-7 in its SEC debut season, the program's first losing record since 2005.

There has been no sophomore slump for the fifth-ranked Tigers, who surprised nearly everyone by advancing to the SEC championship game against No. 3 Auburn.

Missouri (11-1, 7-1 SEC) is a remarkable bounce-back story, at the least on par with Auburn (11-1, 7-1). No matter what happens in the SEC championship game on Saturday, the Tigers have shown they do indeed belong in the conference that's produced the last seven national champions.