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T.J. Oshie's Game-Winning Shootout Goal vs. Russia Was Not "Best Winter Olympic Moment"

Categories: Blues, Sports

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When the United States Olympic Team began asking people to vote for the "Best Winter Olympic Moment," it seemed like a no-brainer to many people that T.J. Oshie's dramatic game-winning shootout goal against Russia should be the clear winner. Those people are wrong.

Oshie became a national hero, darling and sensation all rolled into one when he scored that goal. Even non-hockey fans were proclaiming their love for the Blues winger, including President Barack Obama, even gave Oshie a shout-out on Twitter.

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Sam the Ram? St. Louis Football Fans Would Welcome Michael Sam: Study

Categories: Sports

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via mutigers.com
Michael Sam.
St. Louis football fans would welcome Michael Sam to the Rams, according to a new study out of Emory University.

But Sam better hope he isn't the Rams pick, or the Kansas City Chiefs', for that matter. In Missouri, there's no rule prohibiting businesses from firing employees because they're gay.

Sam made international headlines last month when he came out as gay. The all-star defensive player and University of Missouri graduate would be the first openly-gay man in the NFL if he gets drafted in May -- which he probably will.


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Schedule: Ballpark Village to Open With Third Eye Blind Concert, Six Days of Parties

Categories: Sports

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Ballpark Village
Ballpark Village will hold a grand opening March 27.
Ballpark Village is in the home stretch.

Before the Cardinals take the field in St. Louis for the first time this season, the long-awaited, $100 million restaurant/entertainment district bordering Busch Stadium will officially open with six days of watch parties, grand openings and a free concert featuring Third Eye Blind.


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5 Things Blues Fans Need to Know About Ryan Miller

Categories: Blues, Sports

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Ryan Miller/Twitter
Meet your new goalie, Blues fans.
If you're a Blues fan, you already know that the Blues just acquired one of the best goalies in the game. The team is obviously serious about making a Stanley Cup run this year, and they got themselves a goalie with the stats and pedigree to take them all the way.

But there's a lot more to know about Ryan Miller other than his puck-stopping ability. Here's what we all should know about the bearded, beanie-wearing goalie who has just made the Blues a serious contender...

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St. Louis Soccer: Bosnia Will Play Ivory Coast in World Cup Warm-Up Game

Categories: Sports

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Jon Gitchoff
The Bosnian soccer team is coming back to St. Louis before the World Cup.
Remember those rumors that the United States national soccer team would take on Bosnia-Herzegovina this month in St. Louis?

Well, the rumor was kind of right. The Bosnian national team, including St. Louis native Vedad Ibisevic, will play a big international friendly at the Edward Jones Dome May 30 against the Ivory Coast.


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Wrestling Legend Harley Race Draws New Generation Of Brawlers To Troy, MO

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All photos by Danny Wicentowski
The Harley Race Wrestling Academy has a new location, but the training is still decidedly old-school.

Now in Troy, the academy is known worldwide for its namesake, Harley Race, a superstar and world champion during his heyday in the '60s, '70s and '80s. As chronicled in a 2012 Riverfront Times cover story, after Race's in-the-ring career ended he fell down a hole of alcoholism and ruin that he barely escaped.

Race opened the academy in 1999 near the Lake of the Ozarks in Eldon, Missouri. Last month, it finished relocating to a much larger facility in Troy.

"It's hard to believe that these boys would want to travel from around the world to come here to learn how to wrestle," says Race "It's just something that you have to physically love, as they do."

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Winter Olympics: Five Absurd St. Louis "Sports" We'd Rather Watch Than Curling

Categories: Lists, Sports

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We think the Winter Olympics are great. That overtime shootout when Blues forward T.J. Oshie scored a crazy between-the-knees goal to win it all for team U.S.A.? Wow. Just, wow. Instant classic.

Alas, other "sports" at the Winter Olympics are decidedly less exciting. (We're looking at you, curling, ice dancing, luge, biathlon and bobsleigh.)

If the International Olympic Committee really wants to ensure sports greatness for the 2018 winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, they should tap the same source that provided Sochi with Oshie -- St. Louis, that is.


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One Step Closer to the MLS? St. Louis Soccer Club Owners Want USL Pro Team by 2015

Categories: Sports

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Jon Gitchoff
Sergio Aguero, one of the top players in the English Premier League, plays Bosnia-Herzegovina at Busch Stadium.
Two St. Louis soccer club owners are working together to bring a professional outdoor soccer team back to town with lofty hopes of attracting a Major League Soccer franchise.

Tony Glavin, owner and coach of the St. Louis Lions, and Andrew Haines, owner of the St. Louis Ambush indoor soccer team, say they're submitting an application and rounding up investments for a new professional United Soccer Leagues team in 2015.


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Rumor Alert: Kroenke's Los Angeles Stadium is For Rams and New Soccer Team, L.A. Gunners

Categories: Sports

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Aleksandr Osipov on Flickr
Will Stan Kroenke move the Rams to L.A. and start another soccer team?
Whispers in the British media say St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke wants to turn his newly-purchased land in Los Angeles into a stadium for both kinds of football.

The billionaire sports mogul wants to move the Rams back to California and start a Major League Soccer team called the Los Angeles Gunners, according to an anonymous tipster quoted in The Sun. That 60 acre plot of land Kroenke recently purchased would be the site of a 75,000-seat stadium.


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Why Won't McCaskill and Blunt Stand Up to the NFL Over Its Non-Profit Status?

Categories: Politics, Sports

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Cropped image via Daniel X. O'Neil on Flickr
This Sunday is the Super Bowl, a day that's supposed to be about football but is really a celebration of American excess. If history is any indication, Americans on Sunday will gulp down 50 million cases of beer and devour 104 million pounds of avocados. And its not just the folks watching the game who'll be buzzed and bloated by halftime. The FOX television network stands to make hundreds of millions of dollars off the Super Bowl with 30-second commercial spots selling for $4 million. But that's chump change compared to the real winner Sunday (neither of which will be the Denver Broncos or the Seattle Seahawks). No, the organization that stands to make the most on Sunday is that favorite non-profit organization of yours, the National Football League.

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