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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 4:03 AM

BLUES-OILERS

Blues top Oilers 5-2 for 6th straight win

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist, and the St. Louis Blues won their season-high sixth straight game by beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Chris Stewart, Maxim Lapierre, David Backes and Patrick Berglund also scored for the Blues (30-7-5), who are 11-1-2 in their last 14 games. They are two points behind the Central Division-leading Chicago Blackhawks.

Nail Yakupov and Mark Arcobello had goals for the Oilers (14-27-5), who have lost five of six games and 11 of 14.

St. Louis controlled the pace early, outshooting Edmonton 9-1 through the first eight minutes.

Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was forced to make a number of big saves, but Edmonton had the best scoring chance of the opening half of the first period. Jordan Eberle picked up a rebound in the blue paint before goalie Brian Elliott dove across the crease to make a pad save.

T25-KANSAS ST-TCU

No. 25 Kansas State beats TCU 65-47

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Thomas Gipson scored 19 points, Marcus Foster added 16 and No. 25 Kansas State ran its winning streak to 10 games with a 65-47 victory over TCU on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (12-3, 2-0 Big 12), who made their way into the Top 25 for the first time this season on Monday, played their first true road game of the season.

Amric Fields scored 14 points and Kyan Anderson added 12 for TCU (9-5, 0-2), which trailed 31-21 at halftime.

The Horned Frogs used a 10-2 run to get within 36-33 with 13:45 to play, but Kansas State responded with a 9-3 run — keyed by a wide-open 3-pointer by Shane Southwell — and the Wildcats' lead wouldn't dip below seven points for the rest of the game.

Foster, the reigning Big 12 newcomer of the week, hit two 3-pointers in a one-minute span late in the second half. The Wildcats hit 7 of 15 3-pointers overall.

SAINT LOUIS-RHODE ISLAND

Saint Louis battles past Rhode Island 59-58

KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Jordair Jett poured in a career-high 31 points, but St. Louis had to sweat out a pair of his missed free throws with 1 second remaining to edge past Rhode Island in a conference opener Tuesday night.

The Billikens (14-2, 1-0 Atlantic 10) are riding an eight-game winning streak and beat Rhode Island (9-7, 0-1) for the first time in five tries.

Jett hadn't scored more than 17 this season, 19 career, but went off on 10-of-18 field-goal shooting, 2-for-2 on 3-pointers. He extended an early lead to 33-21 after halftime. The Rams battled into a tie at 41 and the last 10 minutes were a tug-of-war with five ties and five lead changes.

Xavier Munford, 16 points, put Rhode Island up 58-57 with 17 seconds remaining. Jett sank a pair at 7 seconds, but missed twice from the line at 1 second. Rhode Island called time but couldn't score.

T25-MISSOURI-JOSEY NFL

Missouri RB Henry Josey declares for NFL draft

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri junior running back Henry Josey has declared for the NFL draft.

Tuesday's announcement comes four days after Josey was the offensive player of the game for the Tigers' Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma State. Josey ran for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score. Josey called it a "bittersweet decision."

Junior defensive Kony Ealy announced after the game that he'd be leaving for the NFL.

Josey missed all of 2012 with a left knee injury, and rebounded this year with 1,166 yards rushing while ranking second in the SEC with 16 touchdowns. He and Tony Temple are the only Missouri running backs to post two 1,000-yard seasons.

Missouri has depth at running back, with Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy returning next season.

ILLINOIS-KANSAS-SERIES

Illinois, Kansas to play football in 2023, 2024

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois and University of Kansas will play each other during both the 2023 and 2024 football seasons.

The Illini and Jayhawks announced the home-and-home series on Tuesday. The Illini will travel to Lawrence, Kan., to play the Jayhawks on Sept. 9, 2023. The Jayhawks will come to Champaign to play the Illini on Sept. 7, 2024.

Illinois and Kansas have played each other five times in the past. The Illini hold a 3-2 series edge over the Jayhawks. But Kansas won the last time the teams played. That was in 1968. The other games were all played before 1930.

GEORGIA-SEC OPENER

Georgia to open SEC schedule at No. 21 Missouri

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has used better balance to more than make up for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's scoring.

Caldwell-Pope's rebounding and defense, however, have proved to be more difficult to replace for Georgia, which plays at No. 21 Missouri on Wednesday night in its Southeastern Conference opener.

Caldwell-Pope left Georgia following his sophomore season and was the No. 8 overall pick in the NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons.

Coach Mark Fox says everyone talked about replacing Caldwell-Pope's team-leading average of 18.5 points per game last season. Georgia has struggled even though its scoring average and shooting percentage have improved.

The Bulldogs have lost back to back games to Colorado and George Washington by double-digit margins to fall to 6-6.

Fox says the good news is the rebounding and defense can improve with practice.

ROYALS-HERNANDEZ

Royals add former All-Star catcher Hernandez

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.

The 37-year-old is a career .263 hitter in 15 seasons in the major leagues. His 757 RBIs since the start of the 1999 season are fifth among major league catchers during that span, and his 169 homers are seventh-most among big league catchers.

Hernandez played in 17 games last year for the Los Angeles Dodgers, batting .208 with two doubles, three home runs and six RBIs. He was released June 22.

He was an All-Star in 2003 with Oakland, hitting 21 home runs. He also has played for San Diego, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Colorado.

Kansas City announced the agreement Tuesday.

CARDINALS CARAVAN

Schedule for Cardinals Caravan announced

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals fans in four states can get close-up meetings with some of their favorite players later this month.

The Cardinals on Monday announced the schedule for the popular "Cardinal Caravan," a 19-stop tour taking place Jan. 17 through Jan. 20. A combination of current and former players will make stops at various communities in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Tennessee.

There are actually five separate caravans that are part of the tour. Current players from the National League champions making the trips include Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly, Matt Adams, Shane Robinson, Seth Maness, Kevin Siegrist and Tyler Lyons.

A complete schedule is available on the teams' website..

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