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Morning Sports Report - August 22, 2014

A new broadcast home for MSU basketball - remembering an Ozarks baseball great - and the heat affects the Springfield Cardinals
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State University athletics has a new home for local television on KOLR10 and KOZL for the next five years.

An agreement between the university and Nexstar, the parent company of KOZL, includes high-definition broadcasts of 17 MSU basketball games annually (nine Bears and eight Lady Bears games) 42 weekly highlight shows for football and season preview shows for all three sports.

The agreement takes effect for the 2014-15 academic year and goes through the 2018-19 academic year.

The games will not only be shown in the Springfield market, but will also be carried in Joplin and TV outlets in St. Louis, Kansas City and central Missouri.

"We are excited about our new relationship with Missouri State University and its Athletics program," says Leo Henning, Vice President and General Manager for KOLR10, KOZL, OzarksFirst and Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. "We are looking forward to providing Bears fans, including the Springfield and Joplin television markets and surrounding areas, with high-definition men's and women's basketball games and special programs."

Missouri State Sports Properties representative Frank Cuervo says the new partnership will help tell the MSU story to its wide range of fans and followers.

"The exposure for Bears and Lady Bears basketball, as well as the institution as a whole, will allow Missouri State a platform from which to tell its story to a statewide audience," says Cuervo.

"We're really excited about it," adds MSU Athletic Director Kyle Moats.  "The HD part of it, and the excitement KOLR10 and KOZL brings to the partnership, the digitial component and online component, and the promotional punch we will get working with one another will be good for both sides-- and we are just really excited to be partners."

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The Springfield Cardinals have moved the game time for Sunday's game at Hammons Field from 2pm to 5pm.
The forecast of excessive heat is the reason.    

Springfield was in Northwest Arkansas last night and it was a 5-5 game in the 11th inning.  The Cards scored 3 in the 12th and went on to win 8-5.

St. Louis and Kansas City had the night off. 


Funeral services were held Thursday for  a Southwest Missouri State Bear and professional baseball player.

Jerry Lumpe was beloved not only here in the Ozarks where he grew up, but also all around the country when he played in the major leagues.

Lumpe died last Friday at the age of 81.
His services were at 1st and Calvary Presbyterian Church.

Lumpe was on Southwest Missouri State's two NAIA national championship teams in the early 50's.

After serving his country in the Korean War, he joined the New York Yankees.

That was the start of a 12 year Big League career that saw him play in two World Series with the Yankees, he also played for the Kansas City A's and the Detroit Tigers.

But he was always a Bear at heart, says Bill Rowe, retired MSU Athletics Director.  "He was on the national championship teams in 1952 and 53 with the Bears.  And some of our most prized history and heritage.  He was a very, very loyal fan.  He's one of those rare persons, that we've all heard it said, I never heard someone say a bad word about him.  That's Jerry Lumpe."


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