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02 April 2014

The darkest-blue counties experienced no recession—the lighter blue ones recovered by 2013.

Ryan Miller!

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues acquired Ryan Miller for moments such as these. Miller stopped 31 shots and kept the net empty in a shootout, too. He was precisely as advertised, a goalie that can be a difference-maker when there's no room for mistakes. "Millsy standing on his head -- that's what we brought him here to do," forward T.J. Oshie said after the Blues outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on Tuesday night and matched the franchise record with their 51st win. "There were some saves where you feel like you're about to put your head down because it's going to go in the net, and he seems so calm and just sticks his pad out and saves it." Miller is 10-3-1 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .920 save percentage since coming in a trade with Buffalo. Oshie and Kevin Shattenkirk scored in the shootout for the Blues, who have 109 points -- one fewer than Boston for the top spot in the NHL. They're 9-3 in the shootout largely because of Oshie, who's an uncanny 9 for 12 after converting a backhand, and also put on quite a show at the Sochi Olympics.

12 January 2014

Mizzou tops Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Earnest Ross hit four free throws down the stretch and Rodney Clarkson scored 20 points to lead No. 21 Missouri to a 70-68 victory over Auburn on Saturday.
Ross, who spent two seasons at Auburn before transferring in 2011, scored 16 points for Missouri (13-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference).

Unable to get off a tying 3-pointer, Chris Denson missed a layup with 5 seconds left but drew the foul for Auburn (8-5, 0-2). He made one free throw then Torren Jones stepped on the baseline after rebounding the missed second attempt.

Wes Clark batted away Tajh Shamsid-Deen's long inbounds pass to end the game and Jabari Brown collected the ball just before time ran out.

Brown added 15 points for Missouri.

KT Harrell led Auburn with 27 points.

05 January 2014

A Record

As much of the nation huddles in a dangerous deep freeze, vacationing President Obama on Saturday wrapped up his two-week Christmas vacation by playing his 160th round of golf in his sunny birth state, Hawaii. The temperature: 79 degrees.
His latest round means that Obama has played golf an average of once every 11 days in office.

Tribute to Stan by Bob Costas