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 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Russell Westbrook made a run at a triple-double in three quarters and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed ex-teammate James Harden and the Houston Rockets 120-91 on Sunday night in Game 1 of their playoff series.
     After letting Houston wipe away an 11-point deficit in the first half, the Thunder regained control with a 14-1 surge just before halftime and kept pouring it on.
     Just after a fan nailed a half-court shot to win $20,000 in the break after the third quarter, Durant drove for a two-handed slam while getting fouled and Oklahoma City was soon up by 30.
     Harden, playing against the team that traded him away just before the season started, had 20 points but the league’s second-highest scoring offense was held 15 points below its regular-season average while shooting 36 percent.
     Game 2 is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.
 By JEFF LATZKE
 AP Sports Writer
  ST. LOUIS (AP) – The pricey Robert Griffin III trade was worth it to the Washington Redskins. The St. Louis Rams consider themselves the real winners in the deal, and they’re not done getting paid off.
     The Rams gave up the second overall pick in 2012 to move down just four spots. In return, they got a massive influx of young talent including a pair of rookie starters in defensive tackle Michael Brockers and cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
     In addition to their 16th pick Thursday night,  the Rams have the Redskins’ 22nd selection plus Washington’s first-rounder in 2014.
     They still need to stockpile a 7-8-1 team that made a six-win improvement under new coach Jeff Fisher.  They could look to replace departed running back Steven Jackson, but just as easily could repeat last April’s maneuvering.
By R.B. FALLSTROM
 AP Sports Writer
     CLEVELAND (AP) – Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a tiebreaking home run in the fourth and the Boston Red Sox got their sixth straight win with a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
     The Red Sox return home to play Kansas City on Friday night, their first game at Fenway Park since Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.
     Lester (3-0) held the Indians to two runs and four hits. Daniel Nava had two RBIs while Saltalamacchia, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli and Mike Carp each drove in a run.
     Indians manager Terry Francona, who managed in Boston for eight seasons and led the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, was swept in the first series against his former team. Cleveland has lost four straight.
     Zach McAllister (1-2) allowed three runs in five innings.
     Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth for his second save.

 

cardsScoresPHILADELPHIA (AP) – Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth, Adam Wainwright pitched seven solid innings and the St. Louis Cardinals escaped a ninth-inning jam for a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.
     Philadelphia put runners at first and third with nobody out against Edward Mujica, but the fill-in closer retired three straight batters to preserve the victory.
     Yadier Molina went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Cardinals, who had seven hits one night after getting held to Beltran’s seventh-inning double in a 5-0 loss to A.J. Burnett and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

     Wainwright (3-1) wasn’t as sharp as his previous start, when he pitched a four-hitter and matched a career high with 12 strikeouts Saturday in an 8-0 win over Milwaukee, but he was still effective.

 By AARON BRACY
 Associated Press

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Here are all of the Liberty High School Tennis team’s match and tournament statistics up to today. All of the raw facts and details can be found below. If any of you would like to see the “personality of the team” visit the “Liberty Tennis” facebook page for some free entertainment. If you are unfamiliar with reading tennis match records, the overall match result can be found in the top right corner. There are 9 available points available in any varsity tennis match, 6 for singles and 3 for doubles. Each match contributes for one team match point.

Click to Download Spreadsheet of Results:

So far this season, we have a 2-4 record in regular season dual matches. We came very close to evening out our season win and loss record in our last home match against Licking, but with my top 4 players of my varsity 6 gone on senior trip, Licking was able to edge us at 5-4.

 

Comments from the coach (me):

This has been by far my easiest year coaching the Liberty Tennis team, due to the strength of the leadership from our 4 senior girls; co-captains #1 Britni Zitter and #2 Leah Moehlenbrock, joined by #3 Audrey Grosze and #4 Kayla Street. These four girls are so aware of my expectations on the court, it is sometimes almost like having 4 assistants to help coach the newer players. Our varsity team is rounded out by two younger players; #5 freshman, Cammie Cooley and #6 sophomore, Chris Wilson. With no previous tennis experience, Cammie has shown very impressive growth over these few short weeks. She is the most impressive freshman player I have ever coached, and I believe the only freshman I have ever had on the varsity team. Cammie and Chris will provide a very solid foundation for the future of this tennis program. The future of Liberty Tennis will also rest securely on our young, but solid, JV players. Our JV team has had several impressive wins over the course of this season. Our JV players are:

freshman – Cory Stanley

sophomore – Brendn Burks

freshman – Hunter Rector

freshman – Amber Reese

freshman – Emily Burton

 

As we prepare to enter the final week of our regular season play, the JV players should be very proud of what they have accomplished over this season. If our season plays out like I think it will, our varsity team will enter district play seeded around #5, entering into some very tough district play in team and individual formats. District play will take place throughout the week of May 6th-11th.

 

Our schedule for the last week of our regular season (week of April 22nd) is hectic to say the least!

4/22 @ Houston

4/23 @ Richland

4/24 – Salem Tournament (varsity only)

4/25 @ Rogersville

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Several area high school senior boys and girls basketball players will take the court one more time Sunday afternoon, April 28, in the eighth annual Grizzly All-Star Classic hosted by the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball program.

 

The girls game will get underway at 3 p.m., and the boys game will follow at 5.  Both games will be played in the West Plains Civic Center arena.  Three-point and slam dunk contests will take place between the games.

 

Players from Alton, Ava, Cabool, Doniphan, East Carter County in Ellsinore, Fordland, Gainesville, Hartville, Koshkonong, Licking, Mansfield, Mountain Grove, Norwood, Salem, Syemour, West Plains, Willow Springs, Winona and Mountain Home, Ark., will be featured in the games, Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said.

 

“We are happy to showcase the local talent again this year in our annual Grizzly All-Star Classic,” he said.  “We hope this event provides another great memory for each individual’s high school basketball career.”

 

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and under.

 

Sponsors for the event include CenturyLink, Landmark Bank, McVicker Family Healthcare of Ozarks Medical Center in Mtn. View, and the West Plains Civic Center.

 

For more information about the games, call the Grizzly Basketball office at 417-255-7993.

PITTSBURGH • Other than the fact that the Cardinals still should be hitting in the first inning, they started their 10-game trip in a mostly satisfactory manner Monday night.

Scoring seven runs or more in an inning for the third time in their last eight games, the Cardinals outlasted the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-6 despite boxing a potentially big inning in the first with some unfortunate baserunning.

Lance Lynn, who allowed the first run by a Cardinals starter in 35 innings, labored through five innings, giving up four runs. But he gained his second win, with relief from Joe Kelly, Marc Rzepczynski and Mitchell Boggs, who pitched the ninth but did not gain a save because the Cardinals were too far ahead.

Afterward, manager Mike Matheny stopped by Lynn’s locker and gave him a pat on the leg and a consoling word.

Lynn said Matheny told him, “You’ve got to love a good offense, right?”

Lynn could only agree.

“The way the offense performed tonight. … I’ve got to be better,” he said.

The signature inning for the Cardinals was the seven-run second. David Freese walked with one out and Pete Kozma bounced a double over the left-field wall. Lynn grounded out but Jon Jay, whose stoppage at third in the first inning had created quite the contretemps, rescued this inning with a two-run double to right. Jay went to third on a wild pitch and Matt Carpenter walked.

Matt Holliday, who had a sure run-scoring double turned into a non-run-scoring single in the first, reached base when Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes threw high to first after gloving a slow roller.

Jay scored and Allen Craig chased in two more runs with a double. Carlos Beltran, six for nine with runners in scoring position, singled home Craig and then, showing no signs of being bothered by his sore toe, scored from first on Yadier Molina’s double.

“That whole inning, once we got to the top (of the lineup), those were impressive at-bats they were grinding out,” Matheny said. “There’s a simplicity about every at-bat they take, like it’s going to be their last one. It was impressive to watch. I didn’t think we were going to need that many (runs).”

Righthander James McDonald was removed from the game after the seventh run of the inning, none too soon for the grumbling PNC Park fans — who numbered only 10,539 on a pleasant evening.

Craig drove in three runs for the night and Holliday two — on a third-inning double — but he should have had more.

Jay singled to right center to start the game and Carpenter got an infield hit to third. Holliday then rifled a ball high off the 21-foot-high Roberto Clemente wall in right center.

Jay had hesitated, thinking he would tag if the ball was caught and Carpenter, in turn, also hesitated after getting near second.

When the ball hit off the wall over right fielder Travis Snider and then caromed back toward the infield, everybody was in motion again. But Jay was stopped at third by third-base coach Jose Oquendo.

“I didn’t think (Jay) was going to make it,” Matheny said. “Great decision by Oquendo.”

Carpenter had rounded second but he, too, had to halt. Holliday, apparently not seeing the whole situation in front of him, headed for second which, of course, was occupied.

In the midst of this fire drill, the lead runners correctly held their positions and Holliday was the fall guy, being tagged out by first baseman Garrett Jones between first and second after a brief rundown.

Still, the Cardinals had runners at second and third and one out. Craig hit a hopper toward third that was fumbled by Pedro Alvarez. But Carpenter ran right into the play and was tagged for the second out as Jay scored.

The whole inning “was a shame, wasn’t it?” Matheny asked.

“When the outfielder turned his back, (Jay) probably had a chance to take off running. But he was being cautious to make sure he at least got to third base with one out. The next play, Matt (Carpenter) knows that ball’s got to get through. That was a mistake. Jay’s play was more cautious, almost overcautious.

“It was just kind of a perfect storm of things that could go wrong. It was one of those innings that you’d like to forget about, baserunning-wise.”

Lynn allowed a run in the first and three in the third as he needed 99 pitches to qualify for the win.

“I would have loved to have gone deeper in the game, especially with that run support,’’ Lynn said. “And I wasn’t able to do that.

“When you have a 10-1 lead, you’re trying to get quick outs and not have long innings and I wasn’t able to do that, either. That was the most frustrating part. You have a nine-run lead and you give up three. You can’t do that. But I’ll be better next time out.”

Matheny said, “He was fortunate the offense picked him up. He was close to coming out (before the end of the fifth). He’s the first one who’s going to tell you he expects more from himself.”

Pitching coach Derek Lilliquist agreed that the word “survived” best would have described Lynn’s efforts.

Kelly, who hadn’t worked since April 7, pitched two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.

“Joe Kelly was the pitching bright spot of tonight,” Matheny said.

Rzepczynski, absent from duty since April 8, wasn’t quite as efficient as Kelly, allowing two runs in the eighth to make it 10-6 before retiring dangerous Andrew McCutchen.

Boggs allowed a leadoff walk and then a two-out hit after a double play in the ninth before he ended the game on a strikeout.

“We were one hitter away from bringing in (Edward) Mujica,” said Matheny, who had said before the game there would be some adjustments in how he used his late-inning pitchers.

By Rick Hummel rhummel@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8196

          WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Several area high school senior boys and girls basketball players will take the court one more time Sunday afternoon, April 28, in the eighth annual Grizzly All-Star Classic hosted by the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball program.
          The girls game will get underway at 3 p.m., and the boys game will follow at 5.  Both games will be played in the West Plains Civic Center arena.  Three-point and slam dunk contests will take place between the games.
          Players from Alton, Ava, Cabool, Doniphan, East Carter County in Ellsinore, Fordland, Gainesville, Hartville, Koshkonong, Licking, Mansfield, Mountain Grove, Norwood, Salem, Seymour, West Plains, Willow Springs, Winona and Mountain Home, Ark., will be featured in the games, Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said.
          “We are happy to showcase the local talent again this year in our annual Grizzly All-Star Classic,” he said.  “We hope this event provides another great memory for each individual’s high school basketball career.”
          Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and under.
          Sponsors for the event include CenturyLink, Landmark Bank, McVicker Family Healthcare of Ozarks Medical Center in Mtn. View, and the West Plains Civic Center.
          For more information about the games, call the Grizzly Basketball office at 417-255-7993.
 

-        News release prepared by University Communications 

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12th  ANNUAL

SPRING GOLF CLASSIC

West Plains Sunrise Rotary Club

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Saturday, April 27th, 2013 – 1:00 PM Shotgun Start

West Plains Municipal Golf Course

Two-Person Scramble ~ $50 per person ~ $100 per team

CASH PRIZES

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

First Place – $300.00

Second Place – $250.00

Third Place – $200.00

Fourth Place – $150.00

ROTARY FLIGHT

First Place – $300.00

Second Place – $250.00

Third Place – $200.00

Fourth Place – $150.00

SUNRISE FLIGHT

First Place – $300.00

Second Place – $250.00

Third Place – $200.00

Fourth Place – $150.00

 ALL CASH PRIZES AND GIFT CERTIFICATES

 

OTHER HOLE PRIZES

Men’s Longest Drive in the Fairway – Hole #11

Women’s Longest Drive in the Fairway – Hole #9

Closest to the Pin – Hole #4

Closest to the Pin – Hole #8

   Closest to the Pin – Hole #15

  Closest to the Pin – Hole #17

FREE FOOD AND BEVERAGES

Free food and beverages available beginning 12:00 Noon and throughout the tournament while they last.

REGISTRATION FORM – Sunrise Rotary Golf Classic – April 27, 2013

Mail to: West Plains Municipal Golf Course; P. O. Box 710; West Plains, MO  65775

 

Team Member #1 _______________________     Team Member # 2 _______________________

 

Address _______________________________     Address ______________________________

 

Telephone _____________________________     Telephone _____________________________

Rental carts are available for a cost of $18 per team.  Call 256-9824 in advance if you need a cart.

 

 

This year’s proceeds from the SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB golf tournament are yet to be determined.  Previous years donations have been to Girls Scouts, Samaritan Outreach, Rotary Backpack Program and area food pantries.  Please support our efforts.