Kim English led the way with 27 points and Marcus Denmon followed with 24 as fifth-ranked Missouri cruised past Oklahoma State 88-70 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday. Denmon added eight rebounds, while Michael Dixon netted 13 points and handed out seven assists for the Tigers (28-4). Phil Pressey played the role of facilitator with 12 assists as second seeded Missouri advanced to the semifinal round, where they will face Texas tonight. The pre-game gets started at 8:30 tonight, and if Missouri wins they will play the winner of the Kansas/Baylor game in the Big 12 Championship game Saturday at 4:30. Both games will be on KSMO Radio.
Patrik Berglund and David Backes scored goals within 2:01 of each other early in the third period Thursday, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Blues moved to 7-1 in their last eight games for an NHL-best 93 points, two more than the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers. They also took a four-point lead over idle Detroit for first place in the Central Division. Backes also scored the first goal for the Blues, who rattled off three unanswered after falling behind early in the second period. Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves in the win. The Blues will host the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night at 7:00 and you’ll be able to hear it on KSMO.
Shane Robinson and Matt Adams knocked in three runs apiece as the St. Louis Cardinals used a six-run burst in the bottom of the eighth to down the Boston Red Sox, 9-3, in exhibition play on Thursday. Jaime Garcia struck out four and did not allow a hit in a two-inning start for the Cardinals. The Cardinals play the Minnesota Twins today at 12:05.
Yuniesky Betancourt and Max Ramirez each smacked solo home runs as the Kansas City Royals blanked the Colorado Rockies, 5-0, on Thursday. Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Felipe Paulino allowed three hits and a walk in a two-inning start for Kansas City. The Royals will play the Cincinnati Reds today at 2:05.
Funeral services for Jeanne Lynn Mertz of Cherryville, age 56, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Martin-Trask Cemetery in Cherryville. Memorials may be made to the Center Ridge Pentecostal Church.
Funeral services for Velma P. Harlan of Rolla, age 86, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Hooker Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Diagnostic Center.
Graveside services for Clarence W. Farley of Rolla, age 75, will be held Tuesday at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem with Full Military Honors. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.
Memorial services for Barbara Marie Pickett of Steelville, age 72, will be held Wednesday at 10:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Internment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.
Funeral services for Lester McBenge of Steelville, age 79, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00. Internment will be in the Steelville Cemetery in Steelville.
Funeral services for Maxine Evelyn Paulsmeyer of Rolla, age 87, are incomplete at this time but are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.
Funeral services for Joyce A. Goone of Rolla, age 62, are incomplete but are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.