St. Louis All City Boxing Offers At-Risk Kids Free Lessons, Vegan Grub

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Ray Downs
DeMarcus Murphy and Marcus Luther in a friendly spar at STL All City Boxing.
It's almost 6 p.m. at a south-city boxing gym and young folks -- boys and girls ranging in ages from eight to seventeen -- are warming up by throwing shadow punches, practicing their footwork, or catching their breath from a run. In a few moments, two youngsters will lace up some gloves and enter the ring for a friendly spar to practice the skills they learned from their coaches.

Marcus Luther and DeMarcus Murphy, both eight years old, strap on their head gear and get into their corners. One of their coaches, a burly, no-nonsense man, holds a stopwatch. "Go!" he yells, and the two young fighters move toward each other with a boxer's swagger well beyond their age, each maintaining a well-structured stance, ready to strike.

Murphy throws a punch, causing his dreadlocks to fly back. Luther ducks and returns a swing that barely misses his opponent. They back up, do it again, this time connecting more than the last, and again.

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St. Louis GateKeepers: Men's Roller Derby Reps STL at RollerCon in Las Vegas

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Caroline Yoo
Roller derby players from St. Louis' top male and female teams practice together at the St. Louis Skatium.
It's a good time to be a dude on roller skates in St. Louis -- especially if you're the kind of dude that likes to hit people.

For the members of The St. Louis GateKeepers, the city's top male roller derby team, these past five months have gone by in a blur of lopsided victories. They're ranked third in the Men's Roller Derby Association, just behind The New York Shock Exchange, but this weekend could change that. The two rivals will be going head-to-head in Las Vegas on Saturday.

"There's very few moments in life where you feel like you're a part of something special, that you know that you're in it," says GateKeepers coach Scott Meyer (a.k.a "Magnum P.I.M.P"), who wrangled a practice Wednesday night with the players still in town. About half the team had already arrived in Vegas for RollerCon, a worldwide derby convention that hosts tournaments and attracts thousands of skaters.

"It's fun as hell," says Meyer, a bearded 33-year-old from Ladue who co-founded the GateKeepers in 2009.

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Yadier Molina Leaves Brother Jose a Present on Home Plate, Cracks Himself Up

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Oh, Yadi!
Yadier Molina may have broken our hearts when his injured thumb put him on the DL for up to twelve weeks, but he quickly reminded St. Louis Cardinals fans why we love him with a cute little gag at the expense of his brother and Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Molina.

Before the bottom of the first inning, Molina had third base coach Jose Oquendo leave two packages of peanut butter cheese crackers on home plate for his brother.

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Blues Let Fans Ask Coach Ken Hitchcock Questions on Twitter, Things Get Crazy

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Ken Hitchcock be like, "What?"
It's summer. There's no hockey anywhere, and puck fans are desperate for hockey news. So the Blues decided to do their fans a solid and hold a Q&A on Twitter allowing their fans to ask head coach Ken Hitchcock questions by using the hashtag #AskHitch.

But instead of asking about hockey, many Blues fans mostly decided to crack wise, asking "Hitch" about everything from how to get butter out of one's hair to how the appropriate number of balloons for a birthday party.

And it was great because it offered scientific evidence that non-hockey months are not good for society.

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Michael Sam Admits Thinking He Shouldn't Have Come Out During NFL Draft

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Michael Sam in his Mizzou days.
As the 2014 NFL draft went into its third and final day, Michael Sam says he was afraid his decision to come out publicly would mean he'd never hear his name called.

The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year admits he feared his sexuality would stop him from achieving his dream of playing professional football during an interview with Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts.

"I was kind of second-guessing myself, whether, you know, maybe football turned its back on me," Sam says. "I was like, 'Maybe I shouldn't have done what I did.'"

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St. Louis Cardinals Fans Blame Jonathan Lucroy, Star Wars for Yadier Molina Injury

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Barbra Moore on Flickr
Get well soon, Yadi.
Fans of the St. Louis Cardinals, a.k.a. the best fans in baseball, were devastated to hear the team's linchpin and catcher Yadier Molina will be out for months after tearing a ligament in his thumb.

Molina was sliding into third base foot-first when he injured his hand, ending his hopes of playing in Tuesday's All-Star Game. The ball club announced that Molina will return after surgery and months of recovery.

See also: The 6 Best Yadier Molina Quotes From That New York Times Profile

When the news broke that Molina needs up to twelve weeks off, St. Louis sports took to Twitter with their wails of despair:

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St. Louis Cardinals, These are the Star Wars Fans You've Been Looking For [PHOTOS]

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All photos by John Gitchoff
The Force is with you, Cardinals.
The Force was with the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night.

The Redbirds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2, but the real excitement was in the stands, where fans of George Lucas' famous sci-fi franchise celebrated the second annual Star Wars night at Busch Stadium.

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How to Feed Your Soccer Addiction in St. Louis When the World Cup is Over

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John Gitchoff
Sergio Aguero, one of the top players in the English Premier League, plays Bosnia-Herzegovina at Busch Stadium.
So you're a St. Louis sports fan.

You celebrate Opening Day at Busch Stadium like it's a holiday. You know that #LGB stands for "Let's Go, Blues!" (Not lesbian, gay and bisexual). You may even root enthusiastically for the Rams, which makes you dedicated indeed.

But then came the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and something about Tim Howard's miraculous saves, America's dedicated "I believe" chant and Teddy Goalsevelt's very existence is turning you on to soccer like a college freshman experimenting sexually for the first time.

Could you be soccer curious?

Daily RFT has great news for you, newbie: There's even more where that came from.

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Blues Sign Hometown Boy Paul Stastny, Make "Welcome Home" Video with P. Diddy Song

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St. Louis Blues/Youtube
The Blues got better offensively by signing center Paul Stastny, arguably the best player available out of this summer's unrestricted free agent crop. And it doesn't hurt that he's considered a St. Louisan, either.

Adding Stastny, who signed a 4-year, $28 million contract Tuesday, would be a big deal for any team, but for the Blues, it's especially sweet because of his St. Louis connections. So sweet that the Blues organization made a video, accompanied by P. Diddy's hit song, "Dirty Money," to welcome Stastny home.

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8 Reasons to Skip Work Today and Watch the U.S. Play Germany in the FIFA World Cup

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Elvert Barnes on Flickr
These guys have a clear case of World Cup fever.
Uh oh, you don't look so good. You aren't feeling well, huh? Looks like you've come down with Soccer-itis. Time to call in to work.

Now that that's done, let's talk about the only cure for the fever you've caught: watching the U.S. take on Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup at 11 a.m. Thursday. If you're feeling guilty about taking time off work to watch the game, we have a few motivational reminders:

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