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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No NFL Team, Not Even St. Louis Rams, to Move to LA in 2015 (UPDATE)

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Theo Welling
Don't worry, St. Louis Rams fans. Rumor has it the team will stick around for a while.
The chances of the St. Louis Rams or another NFL franchise moving to Los Angeles next season and ending that city's two-decade-long football drought are becoming increasingly unlikely, according to a new report from the New York Times.

St. Louis has been fighting to keep its NFL team in town even as rumors spread that owner and Walmart heir billionaire Stan Kroenke committed to moving to LA after buying a 60-acre plot there for a brand-new stadium.

The Rams move to a year-to-year lease on the Edward Jones Dome in 2015 after negotiations over stadium improvements stalled. But even though St. Louis' blue-and-gold could leave for Los Angeles, news coming out of the NFL seems to indicate they won't...yet.

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Angry Rams Fans to Donate Jerseys to the Homeless After Players Support Ferguson

Categories: Ferguson, Sports

Rams player Kenny Britt Instagramed this photo before last Sunday's game, saying it was dedicated to "#MikeBrown, his family and the Community of #Ferguson."
Are you pissed off that players for the St. Louis Rams are supporting protests against the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner? Ready to boycott the team and get rid of your jersey?

We know just what you should do.

The group Boycott St. Louis Rams is organizing a jersey and clothing drive Saturday for the homeless, accepting donations of Rams gear from fans (or ex-fans) who don't want to sport the team's logo after players publicly supported the Ferguson protest movement.

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Rams' Davin Joseph Writes "I Can't Breathe" on Cleats for Eric Garner: Ex-Fans Burn Jerseys

Categories: Rams, Sports

Rams player Davin Joseph may have been inspired by his teammate Kenny Britt , who last week posted this photo of his Michael Brown wrist tape before the game.
Last week, it was five members of the Rams' high-flying receiving corp who made a public show of support for the Ferguson protests by making the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture as they took the field.

But if their critics -- such as the St. Louis Police Officers Association -- assumed Rams players had gotten their fill of social commentating, they'd be wrong.

This past Sunday, Rams starting guard Davin Joseph made his own statement by writing the recently coined rallying cry against police brutality, "I can't breathe," on his cleats. The words serve as a tribute to Eric Garner, who was recorded saying "I can't breathe" repeatedly after being placed in a fatal choke-hold by a New York City police officer in July. Joseph Tweeted a photo of his cleats prior to the game against Washington.

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