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Morning Sports Report - May 8, 2014

A big win for the Missouri State Bears over Kansas....and a Mizzou Tiger is honored for his courage. Dan Lucy has your Thursday morning sports report.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Missouri State Bears were back in action at Hammons Field Wednesday night against Kansas.

And Keith Guttin's troops hoping that a little home cooking can get them well.

In our Bear Nation report, Missouri State has lost six of its last eight games.

Missouri State beat Kansas two weeks ago in Lawrence and the Bears have won the last two times they've played at Hammons Field.

The Bears led 1-nothing in the fourth when Dakota Smith singles to right Justin Protacio scores it's 1-1.

Top of the fifth and the Bears flashing the leather, Matt Hall on the hill, gets Tucker Tharp leaning the wrong way, and over to second for the out.

Then Arron Hernandez lines out to Aaron Meyer at second for one, over to first for the double play.

Bottom of the fifth, and Missouri State takes the lead, Tate Matheny takes this deep to left, over the fence and over the bullpen, a two run shot, 3-1 Bears.

Kansas would rally in the sixth, Colby Wright singles to left, that scores a run it's 3-2.

Then Smith hits into this fielder's choice, that makes it 3-3.

But Missouri State wins 5-3 to sweep the Jayhawks.

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In the big leagues,  the St. Louis Cardinals take it to Atlanta, winning 7-1.
And the Royals shut out San Diego, 8-0.

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NEW YORK, NY--Former Mizzou Tiger Michael Sam hopes to hear his name this week as the NFL draft takes place in New York City.

He found out Wednesday that he's won the Arthur Ashe Courage award.

That courage award is given to an athlete who transcend's sports and it will be handed out at the espy's on July 16th.

Michael Sam announced prior to the NFL draft that he's gay.

That will make him the first openly gay player in the NFL.

ESPN says the Ashe award goes to Sam because of his courage and honesty that resonates beyond sports.

Michael Sam was the co-SEC defensive player of the year and had 31 solo tackles last season.

He had 11 and a half sacks and 18 tackles for loss.

NFL draft pundits say Sam could get picked late in the draft, or not even at all.

We'll wait and see.
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