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Morning Sports Report - July 2, 2014

U.S. soccer fans were thrilled and disappointed by Tuesday's match with Belgium. Missouri State football players are honored in the pre-season. And the Royals and Cardinals both lose.
The United States stepped onto the soccer pitch in Brazil yesterday hoping to beat Belgium and advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in a dozen years.        
Team USA was the underdogs going into the match against a Belgian squad that was 3-and-0 in the qualifying round.
The United States was 1-1-and-one in pool play.
And the Belgians would attack the whole game, this shot is stopped by the USA's Demarcus Beasley.
It was scoreless at the half.
Second half, Belgium with the head ball, tipped over the cross bar by Tim Howard.
Late in regulation, Kevin Mirallas on the breakaway, Howard boots it clear.
The game would go into two 15 minute overtime periods.
Early in the first, Belgium would score it's Kevin de Browner gets the pass, circles around the defense, then shoots and scores; it's 1-0.
Then later in the first OT, it's Belgium again, this time it's Romelu Lakakoo who shoots and scores; it's 2-0.
Team USA would score in the second overtime period, Julian Green one times it home, 2-1.
But that's as close as the U.S. could get Belgium wins 2-1 and eliminates team USA.      


It's early July, and believe it or not, the college football season is right around the corner.
And in our Bear Nation report today, two players were named to the preseason All-America team. 
Senior safety Caleb Schaffitzel and junior center Robert Booker were put on the sports network team.
Scaffitzel is a two time All-Valley player from Fair Grove who led the Bears with 111 tackles last season.
Booker is a junior from Ozark who started all 12 games at center last season.
The Bears kick off the season at northwestern Louisiana state on August 28th.


The Kansas City Royals continued their series in Minneapolis last night, and were looking to continue their dominance of the twins.
Minnesota came into the game losers of six of their last seven games.
KC had ace James Shields on the hill.
The Royals got him some offense in the second inning, it was 1-0 Twins when Mike Moustakas singles to right, Omar Infante scores; it's a 1-1 game.
Minnesota retakes the lead in the in the third, two outs the pop up behind third, Moustakas and Alex Gordon.  But the ball drops. 
And Kendry Molares makes 'em pay, grounds this toward center, Alcides Escobar can't make the play.
The infield single scores Eduardo Nunez.
Twins up 2-1.
Then in the fourth, Joe Mauer with the bases loaded, takes this over third into the left field corner, that scores two more.
Twins up 5-1 in the 4th.
And the Twins go on to take the game, 10-2.

The St. Louis Cardinals played out in San Francisco Tuesday night, losing to the Giants, 5-0.

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