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eaglesThe Liberty Eagles finished the season with a home game against the Houston Tigers on Friday night. It was senior night as well, and the Eagles had an even bigger night on the field.

The voice of the Eagles Dave Quinn has your Friday Night Football Follow-Up:

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Once again the score for the night was Liberty:66, Houston:0. This win improves the Eagles season record to 9-0!

Z-LogoThe West Plains Zizzers traveled to Rolla and the game started out slow with no touchdowns until late in the the first half. The game really opened up by the 3rd Quarter, but it was the Bulldogs who kept the win at home and sent the Zizzers home with nothing winning the game with a final score of 24-21.

The voice of the Zizzers Travis Smith has you Friday Night Football Follow-Up:

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Once again the score for the night for 24-21 Rolla. This lose leaves the Zizzers at a 3-6 record for the season at the end of week nine!

WS FB 01-500x500On Friday night the Willow Springs Bears celebrated Senior Night and played against a very talented Ava Bears team.

The voice of the Bears Larry Spence has your Friday Night Football Follow-Up:

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Once again it was the Willow Springs Bears falling to the Ava Bears with a final score of 14-0. This loss leaves Willow Springs sitting at a 5-4 record for the season.

bulldogsAfter a losing season record of 0-8, the Cabool Bulldogs went to their field tonight with the determination to make tonight’s game against the visiting Salem Tigers theirs. However, the Tigers stole the first touchdown and had gathered a numbers of touchdowns before the Bulldogs could get their head in the game. Even as Cabool gave it all they had in the second half the lead of Salem was just too much to advance upon, which left the victory in their visitors hands with a 35-20 win.

The voice of the Bulldogs Brad McNew has your Friday Night Football Follow-Up:

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Once again the score for the night was 35-20 Salem for the ninth game in the season against the Bulldogs; who now hold the record of 0-9 for the season.

(West Plains) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team will go into the Nov. 1-2 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 16 Championship Tournament as the No. 1 seed after defeating Mineral Area College 25-15, 25-20, 24-26, 25-22, Thursday night, Oct. 24, in Park Hills, Mo.

As the No. 1 seed, the Grizzlies, now 18-12 on the season, automatically advance to the championship game at noon Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Joe Paul Evans Arena at the West Plains Civic Center. They will play the winner of the semifinal match between Mineral Area and Jefferson College, Hillsboro, Mo., set for 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the civic center.

The Grizzlies still have three regular season matches to play before the Region 16 tournament. Today, they will face Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College at noon and Illinois Central College, East Peoria, at 4 p.m. in the Jefferson College Halloween Classic in Hillsboro, Mo.

Monday, they will host Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, Iowa, in the final regular season game of the year at 6 p.m. in Joe Paul Evans Arena. The game is being sponsored by Physical Therapy Specialists Clinic (PTSC). The evening also has been dubbed “Dig for a Cure Night,” with proceeds from fundraisers hosted by PTSC officials going to the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. Breast cancer survivors will be admitted free and will be recognized during the evening. Those who make a $5 donation will receive a free ticket to the game.

For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit the team’s website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/vb/.

Jon Jay celebrates with Matt Carpenter and Pete Kozma after scoring in seventh inning of Game 2. (Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Jon Jay celebrates with Matt Carpenter and Pete Kozma after scoring in seventh inning of Game 2. (Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

(Boston) (AP) – Craig Breslow couldn’t find the plate.

Then he couldn’t find third base.

The Red Sox reliever gave up a walk to load the bases and then committed one of two errors during a two-run sacrifice fly as Boston squandered David Ortiz’s go-ahead homer and lost 4-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night in Game 2 of the World Series.

“On this stage you don’t get too many mistakes back,” said Breslow, who retrieved a ball that got away from catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia but threw it over third base and into the stands. “It just kind of sailed on me. I looked up and I saw I definitely had a play there and didn’t make a good throw. Not a throw that I make too much, but one that I needed to make there.”

One night after the Cardinals made three errors – and a bunch of other mistakes – in an 8-1 loss to open the Series, it was the Red Sox who threw away Game 2. Breslow and Saltalamacchia each made an error on Matt Carpenter’s seventh-inning fly ball that turned a one-run deficit into a 3-2 St. Louis lead.

“It was a couple of misplays. It happens,” said Ortiz, who homered for the second straight night but lost for the first time in 10 World Series games. “That’s part of the game, man. Nobody can dictate that you’re going to win four straight games every time you go out there for the World Series. This is baseball, and you’re playing the best team in the National League.”

Game 3 is Saturday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

“Things are going to happen. This team’s really good at not dwelling on it, and moving past it,” Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew said. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s the same thing (as) yesterday. We capitalized on it, and they capitalized on it tonight.”

Ortiz’s two-run homer off Michael Wacha gave the Red Sox the lead in the bottom of the sixth, but John Lackey walked David Freese with one out in the seventh and then Jon Jay singled to chase the Red Sox starter. In came Breslow, who had not yet allowed a run in seven postseason appearances this year.

With David Descalso up, Jay and pinch-runner Pete Kozma worked a double steal without drawing a throw because Saltalamacchia had trouble getting the ball out of his glove. After Descalso walked on a full-count pitch to load the bases, Carpenter hit a medium-depth fly ball that Jonny Gomes moved over to field.

The throw home was up the first-base line, and Saltalamacchia couldn’t handle it. That allowed Kozma, who had two errors in Game 1, to score, and Jay to take third.

Breslow was backing up the play and took an extra step or two before sailing his throw to third over Drew’s head; it bounced into the stands to allow another run to score and give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead. Descalso was left at third, and he scored on Carlos Beltran’s single to make it 4-2.

“I’m sure Craig would like to have that ball back and hold it with a chance to shut down the inning right there,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “Uncharacteristic of the way I think we’ve taken care of the baseball this year. And it contributed to the three runs.”

The meltdown cost Lackey the chance for a win and his first World Series victory since he pitched the clincher of the Angels’ 2002 win against the San Francisco Giants as a rookie. He would be in line to start Game 6, if necessary.

“Brez has been awesome for us this year,” said Lackey, who left with a 2-1 lead but took the loss. “I can’t wait to see him get back out there, because he’s been so good for us and you can’t go wrong with putting that guy on the mound.”

(St. Louis) (AP) – The Rally Squirrel hasn’t retired, he’s just caught up in litigation.

When a squirrel bounded through the batter’s box during the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 postseason, an array of Rally Squirrel merchandise quickly sprang up.

The rodent – and all that he wrought – is a memory now, as the Cardinals have made it to another World Series, this time against the Boston Red Sox. But a trademark dispute lingers at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The Cardinals are contesting an application for a federal trademark on the Rally Squirrel for shirts and other memorabilia by suburban St. Louis businessman Phil Rideout, an application filed in October 2011 as the team marched toward a World Series title.

Rideout said he wanted to build a sports brand around the Rally Squirrel, but the Cardinals said in their December 2012 opposition filing that the Rally Squirrel had become an “integral part” of the team’s identity. The two parties are trying to negotiate a settlement.

Rideout was among many shirt manufacturers who got in on the squirrel action two years ago, which, at the time, was seen as fair game because no one clearly owned the rights to the animal, unlike other protected marks such as the team’s logo.

The Cardinals also began marketing squirrel merchandise, such as a T-shirt with the slogan “Got Squirrel?” and even handed out squirrel-related rally towels to 40,000 fans at a 2011 National League Championship Series game against the Brewers.

The Cardinals, in their filing, argued that Rideout is trying to trade on the goodwill of the team and its World Series victory that year.

Cardinals spokesman Ron Watermon said the team doesn’t typically comment on legal matters. But he said in an email to the newspaper that the “Cardinals Rally Squirrel is alive and well.”

Rideout did not return requests for comment. His attorney declined to comment specifically on the case.

Speaking generally, attorney David Howard said a federal trademark would not necessarily trump “common law” trademarks for people who actively use the mark in a certain geographic region.

(Boston) (AP) – Carlos Beltran thought he would miss Game 2 of the World Series after bruising his ribs when he banged into a fence in the opener.

Turned out he was wrong, and all was right with the Cardinals.

The 16-year veteran playing in his first Series singled twice and drove in a run to help St. Louis tie it at one game apiece with a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

“When I left the ballpark yesterday, I had very little hope that I was going to be in the lineup,” Beltran said. “Tomorrow, I know for sure I’m going to wake up feeling sore.”

But there’s no game on Friday, so he has a day to recover before the Series resumes in St. Louis on Saturday night.

“We feel confident and we feel good about ourselves because we know how well we play at home,” Beltran said. “Having the fans on your side is a big factor.”

An eight-time All-Star, Beltran had waited a long time to finally get to the World Series. And he arrived with a bang, smacking into the low right-field wall and reaching into the Cardinals’ bullpen to rob David Ortiz of a grand slam in the second inning of Boston’s 8-1 win in Game 1.

Beltran walked slowly back to his position, rubbed the right side of his rib cage and finished the inning. But he was replaced when the Cardinals took the field in the third.

“For all the years he played and the first World Series game he comes out in the second inning, I’m just glad he’s OK,” Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso said. “It could have been a lot worse”

Especially without the pain-killer Toradol. Beltran said an injection he received before the game was expected to block the pain for five or six hours.

“Carlos is such a pro,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “He knows how to handle when he doesn’t feel completely 100 percent, which he probably hasn’t felt since February. But he’s the kind of guy that knows how to make the best of what he has.”

Descalso didn’t find out until the lineup was posted that Beltran would play. In the seventh, Descalso walked and scored on Beltran’s single.

“I was pretty sure if the guy could swing he was going to be in the lineup,” Descalso said. “The guy is just a competitor and a gamer and nobody wants to be out there more than him. So I was keeping my fingers crossed that he would be in the lineup.”

And Beltran delivered right away.

He singled in the first inning and then singled again to drive in the final run in the three-run seventh when St. Louis capitalized on fielding blunders by Boston to erase a 2-1 deficit.

“I didn’t know what was going on today,” center fielder Jon Jay said about Beltran. “He was doing his deal to get ready. You can’t talk enough about him. Just after he’s in some pain last night and even when he showed up to the ballpark, for him to go out there and he contributed. It’s not like he just played just to play.

“He really drove in that big run for us.”

Throughout his career, Beltran has displayed a rare combination of power and speed. In 2,064 regular-season games, he has a .283 batting average, 358 homers and 308 steals. His numbers are even more impressive in the playoffs.

But in 45 postseason games, he had never reached the World Series.

Until Wednesday.

The 36-year-old struck out in the first inning before leaving Game 1. He was taken to a hospital for X-rays and a CT scan, which were negative.

“The news that I received was encouraging,” he said.

Fortunately for Beltran, he didn’t have any balls hit to him in right field Thursday.

And when Trevor Rosenthal struck out pinch-hitter Daniel Nava to end the game, Beltran trotted toward Jay and left fielder Matt Holliday. They slapped hands and congratulated each other.

“We were all just happy,” Jay said. “You could tell by our smiles. It was a big win.”

(Boston) – The victims of the Boston Marathon bombing have been honored with a tribute during Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park.

Bombing survivors stood on the field during the seventh inning stretch Thursday night as singer James Taylor led the crowd in “America the Beautiful.”

Three people were killed and more than 260 wounded in the April 15 bombings near the marathon’s finish line.

The Red Sox have repeatedly honored the victims and survivors over the course of the season. Players visited the injured in hospitals and a giant “B Strong” logo was cut into the outfield grass.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia told reporters before the game that the team has tried to help the city through what he called “the toughest of times.”

Wearing “Dig for the Cure” T-shirts are Grizzly Volleyball players, front row from left, Alyssa Aldag, Victoria Williams, Paris Witte, Brianna Zebert and Grace Kiely; back row: Ashley Bishton, Leondra Barrett, Laiz Novaes, Adrijana Mazulovic, Kaili Simmons, Nella Ioramo, Torika Baleilekutu and Helena Peric.  (Photo provided)

Wearing “Dig for the Cure” T-shirts are Grizzly Volleyball players, front row from left, Alyssa Aldag, Victoria Williams, Paris Witte, Brianna Zebert and Grace Kiely; back row: Ashley Bishton, Leondra Barrett, Laiz Novaes, Adrijana Mazulovic, Kaili Simmons, Nella Ioramo, Torika Baleilekutu and Helena Peric. (Photo provided)

(West Plains) – Everyone is invited to help the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team “Dig for a Cure” at Monday night’s final regular season home match against Indian Hills Community College of Ottumwa, Iowa, at the Joe Paul Evans Arena in the West Plains Civic Center.

For the sixth year in a row, Physical Therapy Specialists Clinic (PTSC) is hosting the fund-raiser for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. PTSC representatives will be selling T-shirts, pink bracelets and cancer ribbons and providing information about their services. Breast cancer survivors will be admitted free and will be recognized during the evening.

Those who make a $5 donation will receive a free ticket to the game, which begins at 6 p.m.