>>Red Sox Thank St. Louis With Full-Page Ad

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The champion Boston Red Sox are saying thank you to the fans of their World Series opponents. The ad lauds the “warm Midwestern welcome” extended to the Red Sox and Boston fans. It reads, “Your region, its people, and the entire Cardinals organization represent everything that’s great about baseball.”

>>Cardinals Clear Roster Space

(St. Louis, MO)  —  The season is over, but the Cardinals are already making moves to push ahead.  The Redbirds have cleared space by removing three players from the 40-man roster in outfielder Adron Chambers, first baseman Brock Peterson and catcher Rob Johnson.

>>Cards Await Decision From Carpenter

(St. Louis, MO)  —  The Cardinals are waiting for pitcher Chris Carpenter to make a decision about his future.  GM John Mozeliak [[ mo-ZAY-lack ]] tells the “Post-Dispatch” that the 38-year-old could join the front office if he decides to retire.  Carpenter missed all of 2013 due to injury.

>>Hosmer Named Royals’ Player Of Year

(Kansas City, MO)  —  First baseman Eric Hosmer is the Royals’ Player of the Year.  He was selected by the Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association.  Hosmer overcame a slow start to the season to bat .302 with 17 home runs and 79 RBI.

>>Chiefs Off This Weekend

(Kansas City, MO)  —  The Chiefs will enjoy some down time this weekend as they hit their bye week.  KC is off on Sunday with a chance to relish its perfect 9-and-0 start to the season.  The Chiefs return to action Sunday night, November 17th at Denver.

>>Surgery Delayed For Rams’ Bradford

(St. Louis, MO)  —  Surgery for injured Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is being delayed.  He was slated to have his torn ACL repaired on Tuesday, but the procedure has been pushed back to allow for greater range of motion in the knee before going under the knife.  The Rams return to the practice field today as they prepare to play the Colts Sunday in Indianapolis.  The Rams have lost three straight to fall to 3-and-6 on the season.  The Colts have won five of their last six and lead the AFC South at 6-and-2.

>>Mizzou’s Franklin Questionable For Kentucky

(Columbia, MO)  —  Missouri QB James Franklin is questionable for Saturday’s game at Kentucky.  He’s been out since October 12th with a shoulder sprain.  Head coach Gary Pinkel said earlier this week Franklin could have played a minimal reserve role this past Saturday.

>>KU Cruises Past Fort Hays State In Final Exhibition

(Lawrence, KS)  —  Jamari Traylor tallied 11 points as Kansas cruised to a 92-75 exhibition win over Fort Hays State at Allen Fieldhouse.  Andrew Wiggins had 10 points in 20 minutes.  KU opens the season Friday at home against Louisiana-Monroe.