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Morning Sports Report - September 19, 2013

Cards and Royals both win - Evangel hits the road to play Avila. And women's tennis returns to Missouri State University.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Evangel Crusaders will hit the road again Saturday as they open their 2013 season with back to back road games.
Evangel will play at 2-0 Avila in a Heart of America Conference opener.
Last week, Evangel fell behind early at Kansas Wesleyan and battled back twice before finally losing 38-28.
The Crusaders defense got a baptism of fire with a number of players starting for the first time.
Evangel coach Brenton Illum says they'll improve as the season goes along.
But that defense will be tested again in the Kansas City area.
"Well they scored 80 in their first game.  And 41 in week two," says Illum.  "So they have a potent offense.  And they're much improved.  They do a great job over there.  Their head coach has been there for three years.  He works extremely hard.  They have some good players, some good Southwest Missouri players..."
"We've been working hard all week.  We struggled a little bit in that first game just having a bunch of young guys," notes Evangel linebacker Chandler Eden. "Everybody from Saturday to Sunday has buckled down and realized what they needed to do.  And we've been fixing all week."

In Major League Baseball:

The St. Louis Cardinals moved back into sole possession of first place in the National League Central with a win Tuesday night in Colorado.
Last night they sent Adam Wainwright to the hill hoping he can keep them there.
Wainwright is trying to finish the regular season strong having won his last two starts.
The Cards went into Wednesday night's game with a one game lead on Pittsburgh and two and a half on the Reds.
Only 11 regular season games left.
The Cards magic number to clinch at least a wildcard is Five.
Colorado jumps on Wainwright early, bottom of the first and Troy Tulowitski singles to right, Corey Dickerson and DJ LeMahieu score; it's 2-0 Rockies.
St. Louis chips away, Adam Wainwright doubles to left, over the outfielder and off the fence, Daniel Descalso scores; it's 2-1.
Then Matt Carpenter follows in that third with this single to right, Wainwright scores; it's 2-2.
St. Louis takes the lead in the fourth, who else, Adam Wainwright with the broken bat singles past third into left, Yadier Molina scores; it's 3-2 St. Louis.
Wainwright throwing b-b's as well, here he gets Dickerson to strike out swinging to end the fourth.
He pitched into the eighth, and the cards win 4-3.

In Kansas City last night, the Royals scored early and often in their last meeting with Cleveland.
The Royals win 7-2, it's their 80th win of the season.


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri State Board of Governor's executive committee has reinstated women's tennis to the Bears athletic lineup Wednesday.
The sport was dropped in 2006, but was brought back in order to keep MSU in line with Title IX requirements. The first matches will be in 2014.
Remember the executive committee was also looking at other womens sports like sand volleyball, bowling and lacrosse.
Missouri State may add one of those other sports at a later date.
The Bears have 17 intercollegiate sports, 11 of them are womens teams.

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