Morning Sports Report - August 14, 2014

By Dan Lucy |

Published 08/14 2014 05:24AM

Updated 08/14 2014 05:26AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Springfield Cardinals continued their second to last homestand of the season Wednesday night at Hammons Field.

In town, the Frisco RoughRiders.

Frisco won the first half in the south, and lead in the second half by a game.

Springfield has won 5 of the 11 games played so far against Frisco, but the Cards have dropped three of the last four.

But Springfield flashing the leather early, top of the first and David Popkins robs Guilder Rodriguez of a base hit with this sliding catch.

Then not to be outdone, Cards right fielder Rafael Ortega bounces off the boards in right to rob Jorge Alfaro of extra bases.

Then Kurt Heyer would end the first by striking out Joey Gallo on this nasty curve, it's scoreless after one.

Frisco's Jerad Eickhoff throwing b-b's as well, he strikes out Charlie Tilson with the breaking ball.

Scarey moment in the fifth when Normar Mazara's single bounces off the grass into Breyvic Valera's face, he's o-k.

Springfield scores in the bottom half, Popkins singles to right, Patrick Wisdom scores it's 1-nothing.

Frisco tied it up at one, but Springfield wins on a 11th inning homer from Curt Smith, Cards win 2-1.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark--The Arkansas Razorbacks will practice Wednesday night down in Fayetteville as they continue their preseason drills.

Bret Bielema's Hogs will not enjoy a cupcake start to the football season.

Arkansas kicks off the 2014 football season in confernce play against the defending SEC champion Auburn Tigers.

That game is Saturday afternoon, August 30th in Fayetteville.

Arkansas did not win an SEC game last year, and to upset the Tigers will need a strong defense.

The Hogs are counting on juco transfer linebacker Josh Williams.

He comes to Fayetteville after one year at Dodge City junior college.

"Today I think was his best practice that he's had in summer camp," said linebacker coach Randy Shannon.  "He started off a little rugged but he's coming along and coming along.  The running game he's been fitting pretty good.  The passing game today really, really showed improvement.  That's the one thing that he improved on today."

"I was trying to do something really fast.  I was running around like a blind chicken.  I have to study the plays and I have to read before I react to anything," said linebacker Josh Williams. 


ST. JOSEPH, Mo--The Kansas City Chiefs will hold their last practice at training camp in St. Joseph Thursday morning.

In our KC Blitz report, the Chiefs are going to have their annual military appreciation day.

Soldiers from Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley, Kansas have been invited to training camp in St. Joe.

Then after the morning practice, they'll go out on the field for a post practice huddle.

As for the Chiefs themselves, the last couple of days are critical for position coaches evaluating talent.

They say the biggest need on the Chiefs is to have quality depth at all positions.

"The first thing you need to do is know this offense.  It's a very complicated deal," said receiver coach David Culley.  "For our quarterback and wide receiver, for our young guys its the toughest to be able to know what to do.  You have to be able to know what to do.  And the next thing is you have to be able to catch the ball.  That's the first thing you need to be able to do in this offense.."

"Anytime you have good players, guys who can rush the quarterback.  You have that skill set.  It's going to help you," said linebacker coach Garry Gibbs.  "Obviously this league they're throwing the football more and more.  So fresh people who can go in there and make a play for you is critical."

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