>>Cards Dump Reds
(Cincinnati, OH) -- Allen Craig was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to help the Cardinals beat the Reds, 8-2, on Sunday at the Great American Ball Park. Matt Holliday was 4-for-5 with four
RBI, while Adam Wainwright improved to 13-and-10 after allowing just two runs
across five-and-two-third innings. St. Louis took two of three from
Cincinnati. The Redbirds start a three-game set in Pittsburgh tonight against
the Pirates. Kyle Lohse gets the start against A.J. Burnett in the opener.
>>Cubs Blank Rockies
(Chicago, IL) -- Darwin Barney knocked in two runs and scored another as the Cubs blanked the Rockies, 5-0, in a rain-shortened rubber match of a three-game set. The game was called after
eight innings. Chris Volstad tossed six-and-two-thirds shutout innings to snap
a 24-outing winless streak. Volstad won for the first time since July 10th,
2011. The Cubs open a four-game series with Milwaukee tonight at Wrigley
Field. Justin Germano gets the start for Chicago against Marco Estrada.
>>White Sox Edge M's
(Chicago, IL) -- Tyler Flowers hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning on Sunday as the Chicago White Sox wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 4-3, rain-shortened
win at U.S. Cellular Field. Play was stopped in the seventh inning and the game
was called following a wait of nearly two hours. Kevin Youkilis added an RBI
triple and Jordan Danks had a sacrifice fly for the AL Central-leading White
Sox, who concluded a perfect six-game homestand. It was their seventh perfect
homestand in franchise history. Nate Jones was credited with the win. The
Southsiders kick off a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles this
evening at Camden Yards. Francisco Liriano will toe the rubber against Wei-Yin
Chen in the opener.
>>Rams Edged By Cowboys
(Arlington, TX) -- Sam Bradford completed 6-of-17 passes for 64 yards as the Rams were edged by the Cowboys on Saturday night, 20-19. Daryl Richardson ran for 51 yards on 10 carries and
Chase Reynolds ran for a touchdown. Austin Pettis caught a touchdown pass in
the loss for the Rams.
>>Bears Place Hardin On IR; Knox On PUP
(Lake Forest, IL) -- The Chicago Bears placed rookie safety Brandon Hardin on injured reserve and put
wide receiver Johnny Knox on the physically unable to perform list. Hardin, a
third-round pick in the 2012 draft, sustained a neck injury August 18th in the
Bears' preseason win over the Washington Redskins. Knox will be forced to miss
the first six weeks of the regular season. Last December in a game against the
Seahawks, Knox suffered a serious back injury. He needed surgery to stabilize a
vertebra in his mid-to-lower back.
>>Notre Dame Suspends Leading Rusher
(South Bend, IN) -- Notre Dame senior running back Cierre Wood has reportedly been suspended for the first two games of the upcoming season. According to the "South Bend Tribune," Wood
will miss Saturday's game against Navy in Ireland and a September 8th contest
against Purdue due to a violation of team rules. The same report indicated
defensive end Justin Utupo will also miss the first two games for a violation of
team rules. Wood rushed for a team-high 1,102 yards last season and scored nine
times on the ground. He also caught 27 passes for 189 yards. Notre Dame will
also be without junior quarterback Tommy Rees and senior inside linebacker Carlo
Calabrese against Navy due to previously handed-down suspensions.
>>SLU Basketball Coach Majerus Takes Medical Leave
(St. Louis, MO) -- Saint Louis Billikens men's basketball coach Rick Majerus [[
muh-JARE-us ]] is taking a medical leave of absence and will not coach this
season. Athletic Director Chris May issued a statement Friday saying Majerus is
in a California hospital undergoing evaluation and treatment for an ongoing
heart condition. Assistant Jim Crews has been named interim coach. The
64-year-old Majerus has been at SLU the last five years. He previously resigned
at the University of Utah over health concerns in 2004. Majerus also missed one
game last season for health reasons.