After tying the game in the ninth, the Royals coughed up a chance at victory after Aaron Crow balked allowing Juan Pierre to score a walkoff win for the White Sox, 5-4. Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer says this one hurts.
Adam Dunn drilled a two-run homer for Chicago to hand them a 4-3 lead in the eighth but Eric Hosmer hit a solo shot in the ninth to tie things up at four, before the unfortunate finish. Jeff Francoeur had a two-run homer for Kansas City, which has lost six of seven. Game two tonight in Chicago: Filipe’ Paulino against Jake Peavey.

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Mark Hamilton drove in a run on a pinch-hit infield single in the eighth to help the Cardinals nip the Reds, 1-0.  Each team had just six hits in the pitchers duel, which was won by Chris Carpenter, who went eight innings to improve to 4-and-7. Carpenter, who has now won his last three decisions, says it’s nice to get the win in such a close game.
Fernando Salas pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save as the Cards stopped a two-game slide. Game 2 tinight in St. Louis. Lefty Jaime Garcia aginst Edinson Volquez.

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St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa could be able to pencil Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) into the lineup as early as tonight. Pujols says he had no pain in his broken left wrist after taking batting practice and fielding grounders before the Cardinals game with Cincinnati last night. He’s scheduled to be examined this morning before the team decides whether to activate him.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE
Final     Toronto     9     Boston     7
Final     Minnesota     7     Tampa Bay     0
Final     Seattle     2     Oakland     1
Final     Cleveland     6     N-Y Yankees     3    (Jeter back. Went 0-4)
Final     Chi White Sox     5     Kansas City     4
Final     Texas     13     Baltimore     4
Final     L.A. Angels     5     Detroit     1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Final     Washington     5     Chi Cubs     4, 10 Innings
Final     Pittsburgh     5     Houston     3
Final     Arizona     8     Milwaukee     6
Final     San Diego     5     San Francisco     3
Final     Philadelphia     1     Florida     0
Final     St. Louis     1     Cincinnati     0
Final     Atlanta     4     Colorado     1
Final     N-Y Mets     5     L.A. Dodgers     2

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Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) officially became the top-ranked men’s tennis player yesterday, one day after beating Rafael Nadal for his first Wimbledon title. Djokovic actually clinched the No. 1 ranking by winning his semifinal match. Nadal drops down a notch to second, while Roger Federer remains No. 3.

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A celebrity golf tournament hosted by ESPN broadcaster and University of Missouri graduate John Anderson will raise money for teachers and students at Joplin schools.

The tournament is scheduled July 10 and 11 in Columbia, with proceeds to help buy school supplies and repair damaged classrooms in Joplin. The tornado which struck the city May 22 destroyed three school buildings — including the high school — and left seven others badly damaged.

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Missouri State senior Jordan Chiles (Hillsboro, Ill.) has been named to the College
Football Performance Awards Preseason Watch List for Division I punters in the
NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision. The list of 42 of the nation’s top punters
was compiled to highlight players whose performances merit preseason recognition and
may ultimately be considered for the CFPA Performer of the Year honors at the end of
the season.

In 2010, Chiles averaged 38.3 yards per punt which ranked sixth in the Missouri
Valley Football Conference and 56th nationally.