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Track and Field Results
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Thursday, April 03, 2014 7:59 PM

FROM TUESDAY (due to technical difficulties)

Shawnee at St. John’s (Scott Memorial Track and Field)

(Scoring 5-3-1 except relays 5)

Girls Team Scores: Shawnee 75, St. John’s 62.

Boys Team Scores: Shawnee 89, St. John’s 48.

Girls High Jump: 1. (tie) Winters (SH) and Baird (SH) 4-6; 3. (tie) Reinhart (SH) and Adams (SH) 4-4.

Boys High Jump: 1. Bell (SH) 5-8; 2. Dahlke (SH) 5-0.

Girls Pole Vault: 1. Ally Gerberick (SJ) 7-0; 2. (tie) Gronas (SH) and Adams (SH) 6-6.

Boys Pole Vault: 1. Thomas (SH) 12-0; 2. (tie) Eric GerbErick (SJ) and Bell (SH) 10-6.

Girls Long Jump: 1. Baird (SH) 14-8.50; 2. Ashlyn Troyer (SJ) 14-0; 3. Sanchez (SH) 13-9.

Boys Long Jump: 1. Luke MacLennan (SJ) 18-8; 2. Tatad (SH) 18-0.25; 3. Purcell (SH) 17-3.50.

Girls Discus: 1. Madison Kreeger (SJ) 119-0; 2. (tie) Paige Lucas (SJ) and Alicia Buettner (SJ) 87-9.

Boys Discus: 1. Wise (SH) 143-6; 2. Gleason (SH) 115-9; 3. Derek Anthony (SJ) 114-0.

Girls Shot Put: 1. Paige Lucas (SJ) 29-7; 2. Sidney Fischbach (SJ) 27-6; 3. Baird (SH) 25-0.

Boys Shot Put: 1. Spencer Ginter (SJ) 42-6; 2. Wise (SH) 37-2; 3. Trent Closson (SJ) 35-10.

Cardinals beat Reds 7-6 to take 2 of 3 in series
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Thursday, April 03, 2014 7:58 PM

Associated Press

CINCINNATI — The defending National League champions opened the season with a lot of waiting. And a couple of wins, too.

The St. Louis Cardinals overcame another long delay and Todd Frazier’s two homers on Thursday, holding on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 and take two out of three in their season-opening series.

The first pitch was delayed 3 hours, 42 minutes because of rain. Some of the Cardinals spent their down time by studying Cincinnati’s pitchers again and getting a little extra work in the indoor batting cages.

“It’s tough to stay mentally into it,” said Matt Adams, who had a single and a pair of doubles. “That’s what we had to do to make sure we could go out there and perform. We’re watching video and taking swings in the cage and stretching and making sure we’re ready to go.”

Finally on the field, the Cardinals emerged from their two-game hitting slump by knocking Homer Bailey (0-1) out of the game in the fifth inning. Jhonny Peralta homered to get it going.

RPM off to strong start after offseason upgrades
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Thursday, April 03, 2014 7:58 PM

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Richard Petty, still mourning the death of his wife, skipped the short trip to Martinsville Speedway to watch his team compete.

At the track located a little over an hour south from Petty’s famed race shop, his two drivers set out to capture a victory in honor of the late Lynda Petty and their boss, “The King.”

Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola fell short of driving their way into Victory Lane on Sunday. But for just the fourth time in 77 races as teammates, both Richard Petty Motorsports drivers finished inside the top 10.

Ambrose led 22 laps en route to his season-best finish of fifth and Almirola was eighth. It marked the second time in three races the duo both finished inside the top 10, and showed the RPM has turned a corner in its bid to recapture some of its glory days.

Mickelson among leaders at Houston Open
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Thursday, April 03, 2014 7:55 PM

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HUMBLE, Texas — Phil Mickelson did more than prove to just himself that he’s ready for next week’s Masters on Thursday.

The 5-time major winner showed to everyone that he’s fully recovered from last week’s muscle pull and likely to be a factor in this week’s Houston Open as well.

Without so much as a practice round this week at the 7,441-yard Golf Club of Houston, Mickelson opened with a 4-under par 68 and was among the leaders following Thursday’s opening round.

The bogey-free performance was a far cry from last week when Mickelson was forced to withdraw during the third round in San Antonio after pulling a muscle in his right side.

Waiters scores 26 as Cavs beat Magic 119-98
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Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:00 AM

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ORLANDO, Fla. — At this point in the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to make one last run at the playoffs and the Orlando Magic are looking for luck in the NBA draft lottery.

Both improved their chances of reaching those goals Wednesday night as the Cavaliers beat the Magic 119-98 behind 26 points from Dion Waiters and 20 each from Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson.

The easy win moved the Cavaliers within two games of New York and Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs play at Atlanta Friday night.

"This was a big game for us but every game is big because of the position we've put ourselves in," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "There is nothing tricky that we have to do. We just have to out and play hard and give ourselves a chance."

Waiters shot 10-for-15 from the field, including 3-for-3 on 3-pointers.