Mike Matheny's Failproof Tips for Becoming the Most Hardass Little League Coach Ever

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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny expanded his "manifesto" into a full-blown memoir, which goes on sale today.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny didn't know what to expect the first time he read his "manifesto" on coaching to the parents of a little league team.

It was 2009, and Matheney knew that before he could agree to sign on as coach, he'd have to be upfront with the team moms and dads about his tough-love approach -- including his belief that, as he says in his five-page, 2,556-word manifesto, "the biggest problem with youth sports has been the parents."

"As I am writing this, I sound like the little league Nazi, but I believe that this will make things easier for everyone involved," Matheny wrote.

Six years and a new job leading the Cardinals later, Matheny publishes a memoir today called The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager's Old School Views on Success in Sports and Life based on the manifesto that made such a splash in baseball circles across the country. Billed as an inspirational look at how sports can teach everyone to win on and off the field, Matheny has filled his new book with the same throwback beliefs about discipline, faith and respect.

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Kurt Warner Pretends Not to Hate the Patriots Long Enough to Give Them Super Bowl Trophy

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Tom Carlson
Kurt Warner may not have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he'll always be in the Hall of Fame of our hearts.
Why'd it have to be the Pats?

That's what we think St. Louis' beloved Kurt Warner, quarterback and MVP during the Rams' 1999 Super Bowl win, must have been thinking as he marched the Vince Lombardi trophy to last night's Super Bowl winners, the New England Patriots, at the pace of a flower girl walking down the aisle.

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Busch Adds More Tickets for US Women's Soccer After First Round Sells Out in Two Hours

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Jon Gitchoff
Chelsea F.C. and Manchester City F.C. played at Busch Stadium in 2013.
Well, that was quick.

After selling more than 23,500 tickets for the women's soccer friendly between the U.S. and New Zealand national teams in just two hours, soccer officials said the St. Louis game is on track to be largest home game in eleven years.

The U.S. women's team, which includes two St. Louis natives, originally limited seating for the April 4 game to the lower levels of Busch "Baseball Heaven" Stadium, but after selling those seats in a couple of hours, officials are opening the upper level sections for ticket sales.

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U.S. Women's Soccer Team to Play at Busch Stadium Before World Cup

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Jon Gitchoff
Chelsea F.C. and Manchester City F.C. played at Busch Stadium in 2013.
If you liked watching the World Cup last summer but wish America had a real shot at the title, then you'll love the U.S. women's national soccer team.

And if you love U.S. women's soccer, then we've got big news: The team will play a friendly at Busch Stadium against New Zealand in their only Midwest stop before the women's World Cup starts in Canada this summer.

More details are expected Monday, but here's what Daily RFT knows so far: Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for the Saturday, April 4, game. Seating will be limited to Busch Stadium's lower sections, putting capacity at about 23,000 people.

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Inside St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny's Dream Home [PHOTOS]

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Photos via Coldwell Banker Gundaker
The Wildwood mansion Cardinals manager Mike Matheny built with his wife before selling it to pay off debts.
The seventeen-room Wildwood mansion St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny sold to pay off his real estate debts is back on the market.

Matheny and his wife Kristen, a St. Louis native, built the rustic 7,500-square-foot house Matheney called his "dream home" before he signed on to coach the Redbirds. But when the economy tanked in 2008, the value drained out of his real estate venture in Chesterfield Valley, leaving him stuck with millions of dollars of debt.

Matheny sold the house at 2034 Joes Way to pay the bank and moved his five children into his wife's parents' home. Fast-forward to October 2011, when Tony LaRussa retired from managing the Cardinals after a World Series win. Matheny interviewed for the job, and the rest is history.

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MLB Commissioner Bud Selig: St. Louis Is the "Best Baseball Town in America"

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Bud Selig says St. Louis is the best baseball town in America.
A week before stepping down from his post, Bud Selig, the outgoing commissioner of Major League Baseball, took a moment to praise the best baseball town in America: St. Louis.

Selig admitted that he's not supposed to say which MLB city is his favorite, but that didn't stop him from heralding the St. Louis Cardinals as "the blueprint" for all other professional sports teams.

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Saint Louis FC Partners with Chicago Fire in MLS, Signs First Players

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Danny Wicentowski
The execs behind St. Louis' new pro soccer team (from left to right): USL Pro vice president Jake Edwards, Jim Kavanaugh and Tom Strunk of SLSG, USL Pro president Tim Holt
Worry not, St. Louis sports fans. Just because Saint Louis Football Club is partnering with Major League Soccer team Chicago Fire doesn't mean you have to like Chicago sports.

"We still want people to hate the Cubs," says Saint Louis Football Club general manager Jeremy Alumbaugh. "We still want people to boo the Blackhawks when they come here. We're not asking them to be Chicago Fire fans. We're asking them to be Saint Louis Football Club fans."

The partnership between Chicago's MLS franchise and STLFC, St. Louis' new professional outdoor soccer team, resembles Major League Baseball's farm system, Alumbaugh tells Daily RFT. Chicago will send MLS players here to play in St. Louis, and the two teams will share scouting initiatives and ideas, both on and off the field.

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Andy Cohen Asks St. Louis: Is It Just Me, or Is Stan Kroenke An Asshole?

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"SIlent" Stan Kroenke -- is he or isn't he an asshole? (Spoiler alert: He is.)
By now you must have heard the news that Stan Kroenke, the millionaire owner of the St. Louis Rams, is planning a new stadium in Los Angeles.

It's the first time since he bought the land in Inglewood, California, that Kroenke has shown his intentions to own an LA-based team. Kroenke still hasn't spoken about it publicly, living up to his nickname, "Silent Stan."

See also: Rams Owner Kroenke's NFL Stadium in Los Angeles Will Be Ready by 2018: Report

Andy Cohen, a St. Louis native and producer who now runs his own Bravo entertainment talk show Watch What Happens: Live, followed along with Monday morning's big sports news and had a question for the residents of his hometown:

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VIDEO: St. Louis All City Boxing Gym Students Sweep State Championships

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Ray Downs
Training at St. Louis All City Boxing.
St. Louis has a rich history with boxing; it stretches back to the 1904 Olympics. But in the last several decades, the number of gyms where at-risk youth can learn to spar for little (or no cost) shrunk to six from almost twenty.

That's where St. Louis All City Boxing comes in. Named for its regional approach to helping young boxers, All City gives students the boxing moves (and life skills) they need to succeed.

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5 Things We Learned During a Day with Slick Willie Shaw of the Harlem Globetrotters

Categories: Basketball, Sports

Steve Truesdell
Slick Willie Shaw of the Harlem Globetrotters is pretty darn tall. Not quite as tall as the Gateway Arch, but tall. See more photos.

St. Louis doesn't have a professional basketball team, so it's not every day that a 6'6" dude invites us to visit the Gateway Arch with him. But we certainly weren't going to turn down Slick Willie Shaw, a forward with the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters.

Shaw was in town last week to speak to schools and check out the facilities at Scottrade Center, where the Globetrotters will play the Washington Generals on January 2. "We haven't played the Washington Generals in over five years, and the last time we lost to them was in 1971 at a buzzer-beater," Shaw says. "Those guys really think they can relive 1971 all over again?"

That kind of smack talk was what made us anxious to hang with Shaw during his downtime. A frequent St. Louis visitor, the ball-spinning expert was eager to explore downtown and take the cramped tram ride to the top of the Gateway Arch. Here's what we found out about this brilliant basketball buff:

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