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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 9:00 am

Was the baseball expansion era committee trying to make a statement?

Picking Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox for the Hall of Fame Monday definitely sends a message.

While Torre was the National League MVP in 1971 while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, and had a solid career, he probably will be remembered for his managerial prowess.

All three won at least 2,000 games in the dugout as managers. Two of them, La Russa and Torre, managed the Cardinals. Cox led Atlanta to 14 consecutive division titles.

All three were deserving of the honor, although it’s surprising to see them all picked in the same year.

For years, baseball scholars have lamented the lack of managers in the Hall of Fame. It would appear that the expansion era committee is doing what it can to right that wrong.

Now if baseball can only address the lack of closers in the Hall of Fame...

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While the U.S. Men’s National Team hasn’t been eliminated from the 2014 World Cup yet, last Friday’s draw did some serious damage to American soccer hopes.

Amidst hoopla and hype during the extravaganza to draw the teams, the Americans were pulled for Group G. While that may not sound so awful, they were placed in there with Germany, Ghana and Portugal, three teams which historically have done well beyond the group stages.

It’s very likely that two good teams will be watching the knockout phases of the tournament.

The Americans open the tournament June 16 against Ghana, a team which has been their nemesis in recent World Cups. But, if the Black Stars aren’t a challenge, the other two Group G teams, Germany and Portugal, aren’t going to take it easy on the Americans either.

The Germans probably would like to beat their old coach, current American Mentor Jurgen Klinsmann. And Portugal is another strong team looking for any edge it can get to advance.

While it’s not impossible, the Americans face a very strong challenge to make it out of the group stage this time around.

Unfortunately, most Americans probably won’t care anyway. It probably will fall in somewhere behind Major League Baseball, the NBA finals, the NHL Stanley Cup finals and maybe even NASCAR.

The draw, in itself, was something of a circus. Imagine the BCS Bowl show, the NCAA Basketball draw and any major Hollywood event combined and you have the World Cup draw.

Other nations have a tough time as well. In Group D, England and Italy are in the same group with Uruguay and Costa Rica. The sporting press in England and Italy probably are having a field day speculating on their teams’ woes.

One of the first-round games will be between Argentina and Bosnia, repeating a friendly contest played in St. Louis in November.

Another first-round game is a rematch of the championship of the last World Cup between Spain and the Netherlands.

For most of the world, it should be an interesting World Cup.

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I think a lot of the Mizzou football faithful aren’t going to be too thrilled about being selected for the Cotton Bowl to take on Oklahoma State Jan. 3 in Arlington, Texas.

Again, Mizzou probably will have to battle a partisan crowd (as Stillwater, Okla., is much closer than Columbia) while playing a team it used to face on a regular basis not many years ago.

The game will be played at AT&T (Cowboys) Stadium in Arlington (the place with the stadium built around the massive video monitor) rather than at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, so if you’re making the trip, don’t go to the wrong venue.

Actually, the Heart of Dallas Bowl between UNLV and North Texas is being played at the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day and that could be extra entertainment for anyone heading down early.

I know Mizzou fans would prefer to be in a bigger and better game, but with two losses, that just wasn’t going to happen.

Hopefully the trip won’t be as adventurous as the one Mizzou fans faced last weekend going to Atlanta for the SEC championship. As long as the weather is decent, Dallas isn’t a tough drive.

Hopefully, this will be a building block season for the Tigers. Mizzou made major strides in its second SEC campaign. It will take massive work to continue to stay at the top of the league though.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Washington at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Union at Borgia     7 p.m.

St. Clair at Ozark    7 p.m.

Potosi at Pacific    7 p.m.

Cuba at Hermann    7 p.m.

Blair Oaks at Owensville    7 p.m.

Houston at St. James    7 p.m.

Troy at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Wright City at Orchard Farm    7 p.m.

Volleyball

Friday, Aug. 22

@Neosho Co def. ECC, 26-24, 25-14, 25-23

Marquette def. Washington 25-19, 25-20

@ECC def. Labette, 25-15, 13-15, 25-20, 25-18

Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. St. Louis Panthers    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

@ECC vs. Fort Scott    11 a.m.

@ECC vs. Pratt    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Windsor Tny    TBA

Monday, Aug. 25

Steelville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Pacific at Seckman    4:15 p.m.

Union at Potosi    5 p.m.

Washington at Francis Howell C    5 p.m.

Pacific at Farmington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Central Methodist JV at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Notre Dame at Borgia, 5 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    5 p.m.

Battle at Union    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Friday, Aug. 22

Rolla at St. James    7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

New Haven Tournament    8 a.m.

Lutheran South at Sullivan    10 a.m.

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Notre Dame at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Warrenton at Union    6 p.m.

Duchesne at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City at St. Clair    6 p.m.

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    4:30 p.m.

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Fulton St. Albans at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Friday, Aug. 22

Crosspoint at ER    4:30 p.m.

Festus at Union PPD, Rescheduled for Oct. 13

#Washington 2, Bishop DuBourg 1

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 23

#Rockwood Summit 8, Washington 0

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Sunday, Aug. 24

Heartland at ECC    1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union at St. James    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Fredericktown    5 p.m.

Pacific at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union    7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Washington at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

*Borgia at Kennedy    TBA

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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