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Moss, Cruz hit HRs to lead Cardinals past D-backs 5-3

Brandon Moss hit his first home run with St. Louis and Tony Cruz hit his first of the season, leading the Cardinals to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night to complete a four-game sweep.

Blair Oaks volleyball sweeps Osage

The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons swept School of the Osage in volleyball action Thursday night.

Prep Softball: Linn 12, Owensville 5

Lyndsi Vaughan tossed five innings of four-hit ball and went 4-for-5 at the plate with a two-run home run to lead Linn to a 12-5 win Thursday against Owensville.

Thursday's MLB Capsules

Games played on Aug. 27, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Daniel Murphy hit a go-ahead double in the 13th inning after making a spectacular defensive play to end the 10th, leading the New York Mets over Philadelphia for their seventh straight win.

Defense steps up in final Missouri scrimmage

Through the Missouri football team’s first two preseason scrimmages, the Tigers’ unproven passing game displayed great improvement, racking up 10 passing touchdowns without allowing an interception. The defense got its comeuppance Thursday.

Helias wins final two games to down Fatima in volleyball

The Helias volleyball team just needed to progress through the gears Thursday night. Playing their home opener and just their second match of the season, the Lady Crusaders got off to a slow start at Rackers Fieldhouse, then shifted into a higher gear before finally hitting cruising speed by the end of the night.

Credit impact unclear amid fight over new St. Louis stadium

It’s unclear whether halting payments for the current St. Louis football stadium, or refusing to make them for a potential new stadium, would hurt the state’s high credit rating, a state official told Missouri lawmakers Thursday.

Thursday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on Aug. 27, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months.

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Yordano Ventura overpowering as Royals beat Orioles 5-3

Yordano Ventura's locker sits next to that of Edinson Volquez in the Kansas City clubhouse, and two down from Johnny Cueto, who arrived last month in a trade from Cincinnati.

Cutler and the Bears thin at receiver

Jay Cutler could only smile and roll with the injuries.

Denver releases kicker Connor Barth

The load taken off Brandon McManus’s shoulders was replaced by a heavy heart.

Missouri agrees to three-game football deal with Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee has agreed to a three-game deal with Missouri with the series starting in 2016 and featuring a trip by the Southeastern Conference team to Tennessee in 2022.

Auburn counting on transfers to play well in secondary

Hard-hitting safety Tray Matthews expects to add some “boom” to Auburn’s defense. Cornerback Blake Countess, meanwhile, brings versatility and the experience that comes with starting 30 games for Michigan.

Verlander takes no-hit bid into ninth

Justin Verlander lost a bid for his third no-hitter when Chris Iannetta lined a leadoff double in the ninth inning that landed on the left-field line, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-0 Wednesday night.

Tennessee football experiments with sleep monitors

About an hour before a Tennessee football player’s scheduled bedtime, he gets a reminder via an app on his phone or a text message. That’s when he puts on orange glasses that block out the glow of smartphones or computer screens, making it easier to fall asleep.

Helias golf takes first at Old Kinderhook

The Helias Lady Crusaders claimed team honors while the Jefferson City Lady Jays were ninth Wednesday at the Camdenton Invitational at Old Kinderhook.

Chiefs’ Knile Davis could hold key to running success

There may be no more valuable player on the Kansas City Chiefs than Jamaal Charles, the game-breaking running back with the slick moves and world-class speed.

Falcons sign Grossman to compete for backup QB job

Rex Grossman believes he has a couple more seasons left in him.

Jets’ Richardson awaits legal process, ruling on suspension

Sheldon Richardson is eager to find out when he’ll be able to play this season.

Cowboys’ Scandrick out for year

Orlando Scandrick’s season is over before it started after the Dallas cornerback tore two ligaments in his right knee in practice at training camp Tuesday.