Morning Sports Report – August 24, 2018

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OZARK, Mo–The Evangel Crusaders kicked off the college football season Thursday night for the entire country.

Evangel and Southwestern Assemblies of God out of Texas played the first game in the nation at any level. 

The Crusaders looking to improve on last year’s seven win campaign.

And Evangel would strike first in the first quarter, Cam Hardesty with the play action pass to Jansen Acklin, this is a 40 yard touchdown pass and it’s 7-nothing Crusaders.  

In the second quarter, Evangel’s special teams step up, the SAGU punt is blocked by Jacob Eden, scooped up by Maurice Downey and he takes it in and it’s a 14-nothing Crusader lead.

The Lions kicked a field goal to make it 14-3.

But the Crusaders answer with Hardesty, he rolls to his left, and hits Brady Collier tip toeing along the sideline for a first and ten.

Then Hardesty hits Noah Pierce on this crossing pattern, he takes it 15 yards in for a touchdown it’s 21-3.

And Evangel wins the AG Bowl, 28-9.    

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In Tampa last night, the Rays swept their four game series against the Kansas City Royals 4-3.
The Rays scored the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a botched play at home plate.
          
St.Louis had the night off.  

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The Springfield Cardinals were in Springdale Thursday night and the Cards win 4-3 in 11 innings, that snaps a two game losing streak.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo–And former Missouri State Lady Bear Aubrey Buckley will take her talents to Denmark.

The Parkview product signed to play for a team in suburban Copenhagen.

Buckley says signing a professional contract was a dream of hers since the third grade.

The 6-2 forward started 104 of her 108 career Lady Bear games and finished with 838 total points and 502 rebounds.       

As a senior, Buckley earned the team MVP, and was the defensive player of the year.

She drew 28 charges in 33 games her final season.

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