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Morning Sports Report - July 9, 2014

Former Missouri State basketball players mentor the next generation and Pat Neshek is counting his blessing. Dan Lucy has your morning sports report.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Summer time is sports camp time around the Ozarks.

And this week a couple of former Missouri State basketball players are giving back to their community.

In our Bear Nation report, Deven Mitchell and Anthony Shavies are conducting their basketball camp.

It's the second year for this camp that's being held at the Courts on East Kearney.

Both Shavies and Mitchell played for the Bears starting in 2004.

And both have played professionally in Europe for years.

But in the summer they return to the Ozarks to visit friends and conduct these camps.

"We've been pretty fortunate, we've had good basketball players and good people," said Anthony Shavies who played in Austria.  "And that means a lot.  We have a good group of guys who are still around here giving their time and effort to Springfield basketball.."

"Everything is about giving back to the kids. The fact that we can do it here in my hometown," said Deven Mitchell who played in France.  "I grew up watching older people.  And now they look up to us now.  It's a good feeling.  It's a blessing to be able to come back and do something like this."

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The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is a week from tonight in Minneapolis. And four St. Louis Cardinals will represent the NL  along with Mike Mathney who will manage the team.
Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter will be there and so will Pat Neshek.

Neshek is the Cardinals right handed middle relief pitcher. The 33-year old is 3-and-0 with a 0.75 earned run avearage.
After arm surgery, he was out of a job, but the Cardinals found him and ressurected his career.

And now he's an All-Star.
"I shook my head there for awhile.  I couldn't believe it.  It meant a lot to me to make it a few years back.  You want to know how close you are.  Then to go through the Tommy John and stuff it's tough," Neshek says.

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The St. Louis Cardinals beat Pittsburgh last night 5-4 on a Kolten Wong walk off homer to right.
Wong had three RBI's in the victory.
It was the second straight night that the Cards won on a walkoff homer.

And Kansas City is in Tampa, and the Rays held off a late Royals rally to win 4-3.
K-C All-Star Salvador Perez drove in all three Royals runs.   

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