Cards trade Garcia to Atlanta, All-Star Game won’t decide home field, Cutler on IR: The Fan Headlines 12/2/16

The Jaime Garcia era is over in St. Louis.  The St. Louis Cardinals have traded veteran starter Jaime Garcia to the Atlanta Braves for three minor league prospects: infielder Luke Dykstra (son of former Phillies star Len) and right-handed pitchers John Gant and Chris Ellis. Garcia was 10-13 last season with an ERA of 4.67. This makes room for Lance Lynn to rejoin the rotation coming off Tommy John surgery, and likely keeps rising star Alex Reyes in the rotation.

Major League Baseball announced yesterday that the All-Star Game will no longer determine home field advantage in the World Series, ending an experiment that began in 2003. Instead, home-field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

Tomorrow is Saluki basketball game day for both the women and men. It’s a doubleheader at SIU Arena, as the women take on UAB at 1pm, while the men host Texas Southern at 4. Cindy Stein and crew are coming off a loss at UT-Martin on Tuesday night, while Barry Hinson’s club topped Murray State in overtime on Tuesday. Bryce Williams and Danny Valle call the SIU women at 12:50 on US 97.7. Mike Reis and Greg Starrick have the men’s pregame beginning at 3 on 105.1 VZA.

High school hoops scores:

Boys Basketball:
Marshall County (KY) 64, Massac County 45

Girls Basketball:
Anna-Jonesboro 49, Marion 48
Benton 64, Pinckneyville 40
Carmi-White County 69, Eldorado 61
Carterville 62, West Frankfort 47
Christ Our Rock Lutheran 42, Herrin 39
Christopher 44, Goreville 34
Hamilton County 35, Johnston City 25
Marshall County (KY) 47, Massac County 13
Mt. Carmel 40, Murphysboro 37
South Central 37, Webber 33
Wayne City 50, Sandoval 30

NFL: The Chicago Bears made it official, placing quarterback Jay Cutler on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season and likely his career with the Bears. Cutler will undergo surgery tomorrow. The Bears will start Matt Barkley again on Sunday versus the 49ers.

Thursday Night Football: Cowboys beat the Vikings, 17-15.

NHL: The Blues beat Tampa Bay, 5-4, Vladimir Tarasenko with the hat trick. And the Blackhawks beat New Jersey, 4-3 in overtime.

MLB agrees to new CBA, Miners hire Schaub as new hitting coach, Logan sweeps a pair from Rend Lake: The Fan Headlines 12/1/16


There will be labor peace in Major League Baseball. Last night the league and the players’ union tentatively agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement through 2021.

Is Donald Trump a Cubs fan now? The President Elect has nominated Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts to be his deputy commerce secretary. Back in February on Twitter, Trump accused the Ricketts family of spending money to run negative campaign ads against him.

The St. Louis Cardinals have named former beloved utility player Stubby Clapp as their manager for triple-A Memphis.

And the Southern Illinois Miners have named Dave Schaub to be their new hitting coach, replacing Ralph Santana. Schaub comes to the Miners from Kansas City in the American Association. He spend three seasons as Lake Erie’s hitting coach from 2009 to 2012.

College basketball, in JUCO action: John A. Logan swept a pair from Rend Lake last night in Ina.
In the men’s game, the Vols routed the Warriors 84-59 behind 23 from Chad Culbreath. Kyle Smithpeters’ club is 6-3 and 2-1 in the GRAC. The Volunteer ladies were a 63-55 winner over Rend Lake, the Logan women are 4-2 and 2-0 in conference.

Missouri Valley action from last night:
Illinois State beat IUPUI, 77-63
Evansville rolled past Wabash, 83-39
Indiana State topped Northern Illinois 63-52
Loyola beat Norfolk State, 75-62
Both the Iowa clubs were losers. Northern Iowa fell at home to George Mason, 54-50. And Drake lost at DePaul, 77-75.

The Salukis host Texas Southern at the Arena on Saturday. The Tigers are 4-3 after losing at Arizona last night, 85-63.

Top 25: 14th-ranked Louisville beat Matt Painter’s 15th-ranked Purdue, 71-64. The Salukis will visit Louisville next Wednesday night.

High school hoops scores:

Boys Basketball:
Cahokia 62, Hazelwood West (MO) 41

Carlyle Kaskaskian Classic:
Okawville 64, Hillsboro 45
Pinckneyville 51, Carlyle 44

Du Quoin Tipoff:
Carmi-White County 51, Lovejoy 35
Du Quoin 66, Cairo 64

Murphysboro Tournament:
Confluence (MO) 74, Harrisburg 68
Murphysboro 55, Roosevelt (MO) 38

Trico Tournament:
Trico 59, Sparta 26
Chester 55, Red Bud 44
Steeleville 72, Shawnee 17

Girls Basketball:
Chester 37, Steeleville 32
New Athens 47, Steeleville 40
Sesser-Valier-Waltonville 55, Woodlawn 33

NBA: The Chicago Bulls returned home from a 2-week road trip and lost to the Lakers, 96-90.

Saluki men win an OT thriller over Murray State, women lose at UT-Martin, Jay signs with the Cubs: The Fan Headlines 11/30/16


(Photo Credit: Saluki Athletics)
Saluki men’s basketball outlasted Murray State in overtime, 89-85.  The Dawgs led by 7 with 5 minutes left, but couldn’t put it away in regulation.  Murray’s Bryce Jones nailed a 3-pointer with 3-tenths of a second left to send it to overtime.  With seconds left in OT, and the game tied at 85, Sean O’Brien tipped in a Michael Rodriguez miss for the go-ahead bucket.  
Rodriguez led 4 Dawgs in double figures with 21, 17 for Leo Vincent. The 4-3 Dawgs are back at SIU Arena Saturday against Texas Southern.

The Saluki women lost at UT-Martin, 76-68.  Southern erased a 9-point first half deficit and led by 3 at the half.  But the Skyhawks shot 65% in the second half, and SIU couldn’t hit shots against UTM’s defense. Kim Nebo led 4 in double figures with 19. The women are back home Saturday to play UAB on Saturday.

High school hoops scores:

Boys Basketball:
Crab Orchard 98, Norris City-Omaha-Enfield 83
Pope County 46, Thompsonville 45
Wayne City 56, Christ Our Rock Lutheran 22

Goreville Tournament:
Benton 70, Hardin County 43
Johnston City 66, Anna-Jonesboro 56
Goreville 58, Hamilton County 53

Trico Tournament:
Chester 78, Shawnee 24
Steeleville 53, Sparta 43
Trico 52, Red Bud 51

Wesclin-Lebanon Tournament:
Columbia 65, Father McGivney 18
Nashville 65, Lebanon 33

Girls Basketball:
Belleville East 61, Alton 43
Carbondale 63, Centralia 52
Carterville 58, Du Quoin 49
Chester 47, Waterloo (Gibault) 35
Christopher 59, Cobden 32
Fairfield 42, Wayne City 32
Gallatin County 80, Eldorado 69
Hamilton County 39, Carmi-White County 28
Herrin 52, Benton 36
Marion 72, Meridian 49
Pinckneyville 51, Sparta 42
West Frankfort 81, Harrisburg 68

College Football: Four Salukis were named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer team. Safety Jeremy Chinn, running back DJ Davis, corner Craig James and quarterback Josh Straughan.

Baseball: Former Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay has signed a one-year free agent contract with the World Champion Chicago Cubs.  Jay hit .291 for the Padres this past season, he’ll platoon in center field with Albert Almora Junior.  This likely means that Dexter Fowler won’t re-sign with the Cubs.

SIU men host Murray State, SIU women on the road at UT Martin: The Fan Headlines 11/29/16


It is Saluki basketball game night. The men are at SIU Arena versus Murray State. The Dawgs are trying to bounce from their loss at Minnesota and rediscover their potent offense. Head coach Barry Hinson speaking yesterday on Saluki Basketball Live…

Both the Racers and the Dawgs are 3-3 on the season. Tipoff’s at 7, Mike Reis and Greg Starrick have the pregame beginning at 6 on 105.1 VZA.

The Saluki women are on the road at Tennessee-Martin. Southern is 3-2, the Skyhawks are off to a 1-5 start. Danny Valle has the call beginning at 5:20 on US 97.7.

High school hoops from last night:

Boys Basketball:
Carlyle Kaskaskian Classic:
Okawville 66, Flora 47
Pinckneyville 43, Greenville 29

Du Quoin Tipoff Classic:
Sesser-Valier 65, Lovejoy 57
Carmi-White County 51, Du Quoin 45

Goreville Tournament:
Johnston City 55, Hardin County 41
Benton 62, Hamilton County 32
Anna-Jonesboro 74, Goreville 69 (OT)

Trico Tournament:
Red Bud 45, Sparta 27
Trico 76, Shawnee 17
Chester 61, Steeleville 54

Girls Basketball:
Althoff 57, Marion 51
Breese (Central) 24, Red Bud 22
Century 58, Zeigler-Royalton 17
Christopher 46, Trico 26
Mt. Vernon 42, Cahokia 39
Steeleville 61, Cobden 41
Vienna 61, Chester 44

The Missouri Valley Football Conference announced their All-Conference teams yesterday. Honorable mentions go to Saluki linebacker Chase Allen, return specialist DJ Davis and offensive lineman Austin Olsen. South Dakota State quarterback Taryn Christion was named Valley offensive player of the year. Northern Iowa defensive end Karter Schult wins the league’s defensive player of the year. And South Dakota State head coach John Stiegelmeier was voted Coach of the Year.

Monday Night Football: The Packers beat the Eagles, 27-13.
More bad injury news for the Chicago Bears, linebacker Danny Trevathan suffered a ruptured tendon in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Hockey: The St. Louis Blues beat Dallas in overtime, 4-3.

Saluki Basketball Live debuts today, rough weekend for the MVC, rough day for the Bears: The Fan Headlines 11/28/16


Saluki men’s basketball had their 3-game winning streak snapped Friday at Minnesota, they’re back home tomorrow night to play Murray State at 7 at SIU Arena. And today at noon, it’s the season premiere of Saluki Basketball Live at Buffalo Wild Wings in Carbondale. Mike Reis and Barry Hinson talk Saluki hoops at noon on 105.1 VZA.

After a 1-14 holiday weekend, the Missouri Valley was 2-2 yesterday. Illinois State beat Ferris State, 81-67 in Normal. Missouri State topped North Dakota State, 64-50. Evansville lost to Middle Tennessee, 66-55 at the Music City Classic in Nashville, and Indiana State lost their tournament finale at Disney World, 80-77 to Quinnipiac.

NFL: The Chicago Bears dropped two potential game-winning TD catches and lost to Tennessee, 27-21 at Soldier Field. Matt Barkley threw for 3 TDs and 2 interceptions in his first NFL start, and could have won his first start were it not for dropped passes by Josh Bellamy and Deonte Thompson. The Bears are now 2-9, they host the Niners next Sunday.

In the Sunday Night Game, the Chiefs beat Denver in overtime, 30-27.
Monday Night Football, it’s the Packers and Eagles in Philadelphia.

College Football: Illinois State is one and done in the FCS Playoffs, they lost at Central Arkansas Saturday, 31-24. Youngstown State’s on to round 2, they beat Samford, 38-24. The Penguins go to Jacksonville State this Saturday. Top seed North Dakota State will host San Diego, while South Dakota State will host Villanova.

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