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Posted on March 8, 2014 at 6:03 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The perfect season keeps on rolling for No. 2 Wichita State. The Shockers set a Missouri Valley tournament record with 11 blocked shots and beat Evansville 80-58 in the quarterfinals. Wichita State is now just two wins short of the record 34 straight to start a season by UNLV in 1990-91. Next up for the Shockers is Missouri State in today's semifinal.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It took overtime for Kansas to oust in-state rival Kansas State in the opening round of the Big 12 women's basketball tournament. Chelsea Gardner scored 29 points, including six in overtime. The Jayhawks won 87-84. Kansas will be heavy underdogs in today's quarterfinal matchup with top seed Baylor.

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals lost a game and lost a pitcher to season-ending surgery. The San Francisco Giants and Tim Lincecum beat the Royals in spring training, 5-0. But the bigger setback was in the training room. Luke Hochevar, the former No. 1 overall draft pick, will require Tommy John surgery on his elbow, ending his season.

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Henderson Alvarez ended last season with a no-hitter. He began this year's spring training with no-hit stuff. Alvareze retired all nine batters he faced as the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals' split squad 7-3. Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was equally efficient in his first start of spring training. Wainwright faced the minimum in two innings while striking out one.

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