Blues knock off first-place Predators in shootout
ST. LOUIS -- Kevin Shattenkirk scored the winner in the shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. Jaden Schwartz, T.J. Oshie, Steve Ott and Ryan Reaves all scored in regulation for the Blues (30-13-4), who improved to 8-0-1 over their last nine games. Brian Elliott made 33 saves for St. Louis...
NFL players who started young show more thinking problems
BOSTON -- NFL veterans who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to have cognitive difficulties after their careers, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Neurology. Researchers tested 42 former players on their short-term memory, mental flexibility and problem solving and found those who picked up the sport before they were 12 years old functioned about 20 percent worse. ...
Brodeur calls it a career
ST. LOUIS -- Martin Brodeur, one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history, is retiring. The 10-time All-Star and four-time Vezina Cup Trophy winner finished his career with St. Louis after a standout career with New Jersey, and will join the Blues in a management role in hockey operations. A news conference was set for Thursday morning before the Blues return from the All-Star break to play Nashville...
Rams notify city of shift to annual lease agreement
ST. LOUIS -- The Rams took a step toward lame-duck status in St. Louis and a possible move back to the West Coast, notifying the city's Convention and Visitors Commission on Monday that they intend to shift to a year-to-year lease agreement for their use of the Edward Jones Dome...
Texas A&M stages comeback, tops Missouri 62-50
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Following its third consecutive comeback from a halftime deficit, Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy vowed Wednesday his team needs to excel in both halves to seriously compete in the Southeastern Conference. But he'll take A&M's solid play only after halftime for now if it means another victory, as it did in a 62-50 triumph over Missouri in Reed Arena...
Blues grab win before All-Star break
ST. LOUIS -- It was the perfect way for the St. Louis Blues to glide into an extended All-Star break. Lots of positive energy with nine days between games. "We've been rolling and we wanted to keep it going," forward Alexander Steen said after the Blues dominated at both ends of a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. "Tonight I think was probably our best game this year, from goalie out."...
Seahawks stun Packers with late rally to reach Super Bowl
SEATTLE -- The loudest stadium in America was silent. A return trip to the Super Bowl was slipping away. Time for the Seattle Seahawks to show why they are champions. "You have the belief these guys have in one another, there is nothing you can't do," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after an implausible comeback for a 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game Sunday...
Patriots, Brady return to Super Bowl with rout of Colts in AFC title game
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are headed to a special place where no coach or player has gone more -- the Super Bowl. They earned their trip with the second most lopsided AFC championship victory ever. The New England Patriots dominant duo earned a sixth trip to the Super Bowl with a 45-7 wipeout of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game before a raucous, rain-soaked crowd Sunday night...
Mozeliak says Cardinals not actively pursuing starting pitcher
ST. LOUIS -- After undergoing yet another MRI exam on top of countless X-rays and CT scans, Michael Wacha joked that if there were many more medical tests in his immediate future his body might start to glow. The right-hander, a top-of-the-rotation talent when healthy, is the St. Louis Cardinals' biggest offseason question mark on the pitching staff because of unknowns that come with an unusual injury called a stress reaction...
Fans get rare glimpse of 2015 Cardinals
There's no doubt fans of the St. Louis Cardinals are regarded as some of the best in baseball and will go to whatever lengths to meet their favorite players, no matter if they're old legends or bright, young stars that will frame the franchise for years to come...
Cardinals sign Lynn to three-year deal
ST. LOUIS -- Pitcher Lance Lynn, among baseball's winningest pitchers over the last three seasons, and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $22 million, three-year contract. Lynn's 48 wins since 2012 is third-most in the National League and he's been part of a rotation that's made it to the postseason a franchise-record four consecutive seasons...
Datsyuk scores late in OT to lift Red Wings over Blues
ST. LOUIS -- Pavel Datsyuk scored at 4:57 of overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Detroit won for the fourth time in five games and completed a six-game road trip with a 4-2 mark. Petr Mrazek made 25 saves and improved to 3-0 in four career appearances against St. Louis...
St. Louis stadium plan likely requires public approval
ST. LOUIS -- A proposed open-air football stadium that backers hope will persuade St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke to keep the team from returning to Los Angeles will likely require voter approval of its public financing component. A St. Louis municipal ordinance and a St. Louis County charter amendment each prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars on pro sports stadiums without the consent of voters, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported...
Kentucky thumps Missouri, 86-37
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Call it swagger, mojo or simple confidence, top-ranked Kentucky displayed it often against Missouri.
Wilson and Chancellor lead Seattle past Carolina 31-17
SEATTLE -- This time Russell Wilson did it with his arm, passing the Seattle Seahawks into the NFC championship game for the second straight year with a big assist from Kam Chancellor. The Seahawks are one step closer to defending their Super Bowl title...
Oshie helps Blues beat Hurricanes 5-4 in shootout
ST. LOUIS -- Vladimir Tarasenko tied it early in the third period and T.J. Oshie had the lone goal in a shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a tougher-than-expected 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. Jake Allen allowed one goal after replacing Brian Elliott after the Hurricanes scored on three of their first 10 shots and took a 3-1 lead...
Winner of Luck vs. Manning III gets trip to AFC championship
DENVER -- When Colts owner Jim Irsay scans the field today, he'll see in the Denver Broncos the kind of team he admittedly couldn't surround Peyton Manning with nearly enough during their 14 years together in Indianapolis. Equilibrium on offense, dominance on defense -- a team that doesn't necessarily have to ride Superman's cape in its Super Bowl quest...
Cowboys, Packers aim to extend spotless streaks in playoffs
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- An impressive streak will come to an end today at Lambeau Field. The winner of the marquee playoff matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers advances to the NFC championship game. The loser is relegated to a footnote in a first-of-its-kind meeting in the postseason...
Brady throws 3 TD passes, Patriots beat Ravens 35-31
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady wasn't going to lose a playoff game to the Baltimore Ravens in his home stadium. Not again. And, thanks to three touchdown passes by Brady and one by college quarterback turned receiver Julian Edelman, the resilient New England Patriots are headed to the AFC championship game for the fourth straight year...
St. Louis' scoring spree continues vs. Sharks
Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues scored the final four goals to turn a one-goal lead into a 7-2 rout of the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night. Alexander Steen, Jay Bouwmeester, Paul Stastny, Jori Lehtera, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and David Backes all scored for the Blues, who have now 20 goals in three games. Jaden Schwartz added three assists and Brian Elliott made 25 saves...
Missouri defeats LSU in overtime 74-67
Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Johnathan Williams III scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Keith Shamburger converted four free throws in the final minute of overtime to help Missouri defeat LSU 74-67 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams...
QB on Rams' list of needs
ST. LOUIS -- All three seasons under Jeff Fisher, the St. Louis Rams have been near contending status but have fallen short with one of the youngest teams in the NFL. Adding veterans might be just what's needed to end a string of 11 years without a winning record. Another theory is that the Rams (6-10) need the players they've been nurturing to continue to improve...
St. Louis leaders: Rams owner won't return our calls
ST. LOUIS -- City officials said Wednesday that the owner of the Rams isn't returning their calls, so they plan to work directly with the NFL on efforts to keep a team -- any team -- in St. Louis amid speculation the Rams are headed back to Los Angeles...
Backes scores 4 goals to lead Blues in 6-0 win over Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- David Backes scored four goals to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 6-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night. Paul Stastny and Jayden Schwartz also scored for St. Louis and Brian Elliott stopped 23 shots. The Blues outshot the Coyotes 39-23 and won in Arizona for the sixth straight time with a 29-8 scoring in those games...
Rams owner plans to build stadium in Los Angeles County
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- A development group that includes a company controlled by the owner of the St. Louis Rams announced plans Monday to build an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs that could become home for an NFL team.