The High School Softball Championship tournaments get under way today. Lots of action on the schedule. In Class One: Norborne puts their 23-0 record on the line in Montrose. Elswhere: Brunswick is at New Franklin and Polo hosts King City. In Class two: Brookfield will host Highland. In Class three: Chillicothe is at Liberty North and Booneville hosts Pleasant Hill and in Class four: Liberty is at Truman and Belton hosts Blue Springs. All the winners will continue to the second round of brackets to be played on Saturday.

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High School Volleyball last night: The Lincoln Lady Cards won a tough three-set match over Northwest 24, 25 and 13. Chandra Schaffer with 13 kills, Kelsey Ward with 10 points and 13 digs, Morgan Renno added 14 digs and Allyson Morris had 10 points and 24 assists.
A tough match for the Crest Ridge Lady Cougars as well. They outlasted Lone Jack at home 19, 25 and 22 last night. Brandi Locke had 13 kills and 5 digs. Bre Wonderly added 10 kills and 6 digs. Crest Ridge will host St Paul tomorrow night. Elsewhere; Carrolton upended Knob Noster in straights 15 and 20.

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Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta and Miguel Cabrera each popped solo home runs to back seven-and-a-third stellar innings of duty from Doug Fister as the Tigers topped Texas, 5-2, in Game Three of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday night.  Fister struck out three and gave up two runs on seven hits to register the victory. Fister says he tipped his cap to the fans after his outing to show them his appreciation.
Jose Valverde worked past a leadoff double in the ninth to nail down the save. Colby Lewis was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs through five-and-two-third frames. The Series now stands 2-1 for Texas.  The two teams are right back on the diamond for Game Four this afternoon at Comerica Park.  Matt Harrison is slated to be on the hill for the Rangers, while Rick Porcello will get the nod for the Tigers.

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The Cardinals and Brewers continue the National League Championship Series tonight in St Louis. Cardinals Game Three starting pitcher Chris Carpenter says he is looking forward to competing against the Brewers.
Yovani Gallardo takes the ball for the Brewers tonight. The series is even at a game a piece.

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Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is about to help another franchise try to end a long World Series drought. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Epstein is likely to join the Chicago Cubs within the next 48 hours. Boston won two World Series under Epstein after going 86 years without a title, and the Cubs have gone 103 years without a championship.

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NFL owners have awarded the 2015 Super Bowl to the Phoenix area, which beat out Tampa. It will be the third time the region hosts the game, which will be played in Glendale, Ariz. The league also announced at the owners meetings Tuesday that the 2014 Super Bowl at the Meadowlands will take place February 2.

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Interim Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas says the conference is set with ten teams for next year with the addiction of TCU. Neinas says if Missouri decides to leave for another league, it wouldn’t be for the 2012 season. Missouri is investigating whether to join the SEC, though the school hasn’t ruled out remaining in the Big 12.

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No. 17 Kansas State won’t face running back Eric Stephens when they take on Texas Tech on Saturday. The Red Raiders announced yesterday that Stephens is done for the season after dislocating his knee last weekend. Stephens was the nation’s 15th-ranked rusher.