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#Sports!: Cardinals are making a serious run at things. Blues have added a big name to their front office…


The Cardinals are making a serious run at things.  They swept the Reds in Cinci and are now only 1 1/2 games back in the Wild Card race after an 8-5 win against the Reds last night.  Dexter Fowler has been on fire as he hit 2 doubles, had 2 RBI and was followed by Jose Martinez and Yadier Molina who both also had 2 RBI.  Carlos Martinez picked up his 12th win of the year.  We’re pretty safe in saying that unless there is an ULTIMATE collapse, the Cards won’t win the Central..but the Wild Card race is in sight.  Arizona and Colorado hold the two spots right now with Arizona up 6 games on everyone.   Milwaukee is just 1 game back from the Rockies and the Cards are only 1 ½ games back from the 2nd Wild Card spot.  The Cards are now in Pittsburgh for a series with the Pirates.  Michael Wacha gets the start tonight.  First pitch is at 6:05.


The Blues have added a big name to their front office.  The team announced yesterday that they have added 9 time Stanley Cup winner Larry Robinson as a senior consultant to hockey operations.   Robinson won cups while coaching the Devils in 1995, 2000, and 2003 and was involved in the Cup Finals as a coach in 2001 and 2012.   As a player, a defensemen, Robinson won 6 Stanley Cups with the Canadiens. 


The Los Angeles Rams beat the San Francisco 49ers 41-39 last night, holding off a comeback attempt by the 49ers as they gave up two late touchdowns after being up by 15 points. L.A. quarterback Jared Goff threw for 292 yards with three touchdowns and Todd Gurley scored three of the team’s TDs. 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer threw for 332 yards with two touchdowns, and ran for another score.  

Researchers said yesterday that former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in prison in April while serving a life sentence for murder, had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease CTE, which has been linked to repeated concussions and has become an issue of concern in football.  Hernandez’s attorney, Jose Baez, said he was filing a lawsuit against the NFL and the Patriots on behalf of the former player’s four-year-old daughter, accusing them of hiding the true dangers of football and failing to protect players’ safety. CTE, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders, can only be diagnosed during an autopsy, and the 27-year-old Hernandez was found to have Stage 3 of the disease, one step below the top Stage 4. Baez said, “We’re told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron’s age.” The NFL recently agreed to pay $1 billion to retired players who claimed it misled them about the dangers of playing football.


Andre Ward, the light heavyweight considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, has announced his retirement. In a post on his website titled “Mission Accomplished,” Ward wrote that his body could no longer take the punishment of boxing and that, as such, he’d lost his desire to fight. He wrote:  To the sport of boxing – I love you. You’ve been by my side since I was 10-years-old. You’ve taught me so much. You’ve humbled me. I want to be clear – I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there. The news did not come without warning. A month or so after his latest win, he told Rolling Stone in January he was possibly nearing the end of his career. Still, Ward had a rematch in June, and won again by TKO.  If he doesn’t come back—this is boxing, after all—Ward will retire with a 32-0 record.  Before winning the light heavyweight titles, he previously won world championships at super middleweight.


Raul Mondesi, who played 13 years in the big leagues, has been sentenced to eight years in prison in his native Dominican Republic for political corruption.  A three-judge panel convicted Mondesi of corruption and mishandling of public funds dating to his 2010–16 mayorship of his hometown. Mondesi was also forbidden from holding public office for 10 years, and fined $1.27 million.  Mondesi, the 1994 rookie of the year, played seven years with the Dodgers before spending the remainder of his career with the Blue Jays, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Pirates, Angels and Braves, before retiring in 2005.


And finally – the Mizzou Tiger football squad is back home in Columbia again this weekend.  They take on Auburn at Faurot Field.  Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30PM on ESPNU.