Ben Adams scored on a ten-yard run in the first quarter and Jonathan Hambacker grabbed a 21-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Smith just before half as the Salem Tigers held on to beat Ava Friday night, 14-6. Adams rushed for 90 yards in the defensive struggle as Salem improves to 4-2 on the year and in the SCA. The Tigers will host Cabool Friday night.
The Salem Lady Softball Tigers will be at Mountain View today to face the Liberty Lady Eagles in the final regular season softball game. Salem enters the game with an 11-9 record and the game will begin at 4:30 today.
Matt Pagnozzi drove in two runs and Jeff Suppan tossed six scoreless innings, as the St. Louis Cardinals handled the Colorado Rockies, 6-1, in the season finale. Joe Mather and Brendan Ryan each had an RBI for the Cardinals (86-76), who ended the year with a five-game winning streak. Suppan (3-8) gave up five hits to go with five strikeouts and one walk.
Rocco Baldelli scored the game-deciding run on a fielding error by Wilson Betemit, giving AL East champion Tampa Bay a 3-2 victory over Kansas City in the season-finale for both clubs from Kauffman Stadium. Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer for the Royals (67-95), who finished with a losing record for the seventh straight year. Royals starter Sean O'Sullivan turned in six-plus scoreless frames, yielding two hits with three strikeouts and as many walks. Dusty Hughes (1-3) was charged with the deciding unearned run over 1 2/3 relief frames.
Sam Bradford passed for 289 yards and two touchdowns, as the St. Louis Rams snapped a 10-game losing skid to the Seattle Seahawks with a 20-3 win at the Edward Jones Dome. Bradford completed 23-of-41 throws with a pick while Brandon Gibson and Kenneth Darby each had a touchdown grab for the Rams (2-2), who defeated Washington last Sunday. The Rams won consecutive games for the first time since October 12-19, 2008.
Jonathan Toews finished with a goal and an assist, as the Chicago Blackhawks held off the St. Louis Blues, 4-3, in the preseason finale last night. T.J. Hensick and Patrik Berglund had third-period goals for St. Louis, which hosts Philadelphia on Saturday in its opener. B.J. Crombeen also lit the lamp in the loss, while Ty Conklin allowed all four goals on 24 shots.