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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

ALL-STAR LOGO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The official logo for the 2012 All-Star game has been unveiled.

Next year's game is at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, and the Royals were well-represented when the logo made its debut Tuesday. All-Star relievers Aaron Crow and Joakim Soria and manager Ned Yost all attended the unveiling.

Kansas City has not hosted the All-Star game since 1973, leading mayor Sly James to declare "I just want to say to Major League Baseball: We've missed you."

The Royals' blue and metallic gold are in the logo, which has a family crest, accompanied by flags and adorned with stars.

RAMS-NORWOOD

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Running back Jerious Norwood has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the St. Louis Rams, who need a backup for Steven Jackson.

The 28-year-old Norwood is on the sideline Tuesday night as the Rams practice in 102-degree heat.

Norwood spent almost all of last season on injured reserve with the Atlanta Falcons after injuring his right knee on a kickoff return. Norwood missed six games in 2009 when he had a career-low 252 yards rushing in 10 games, including four starts.

He had a career high 633 yards rushing as a rookie in 2006 and 613 in 2007.

Jackson made his third Pro Bowl last year, rushing for 1,241 yards for third-best in the NFC. He's the franchise's career leading rushing leader with 7,948 yards.

Also, the Rams and linebacker Brady Poppinga, released by the Packers last week, have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.

The 31-year-old Poppinga played his first six seasons and was a backup the past two years. He's coming off a knee injury that limited him to six games last season.

Poppinga is expected to compete for an outside linebacker spot.

RAMS-KENDRICKS

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- While the St. Louis Rams wait for top pick Robert Quinn to recover from a knee injury, their second-rounder is fitting in nicely.

Tight end Lance Kendricks has been working with the first unit.

The former Wisconsin star said coming out of a complicated system in college has helped him pick up new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' playbook pretty quickly. He has both size and speed at 6 feet 2 and 240 pounds and with a 4.49 40-yard dash time, so could stretch defenses from the middle of the field.

"I'm kind of used to the terminology and lingo. They're kind of the same, so I try to take the similarities and apply them," McDaniels said.

JAGUARS-GABBERT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Blaine Gabbert's first week of training camp has included impressive throws, nifty runs and deft decisions, making him look more like a regular than a rookie.

It's exactly what the Jacksonville Jaguars expected when they selected the former Missouri quarterback 10th overall in April's NFL draft.

Seeing Gabbert in person has only reinforced Jacksonville's decision. After not being able to get on the field for three months because of the NFL lockout, Gabbert needed just a few days to dazzle coaches, teammates, front office personnel and fans.

Back-shoulder throws, perfectly placed seam passes and scrambling runs have been among Gabbert's highlights.

The Jaguars plan to give Gabbert some work with the first-team offense during the preseason, but nothing he does will change the plan for the team's future quarterback.

BUSCH-METAL PLATES

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- More than 100 decorative black steel plates will be removed from Busch Stadium after one of the 170-pound plates fell from the ballpark.

Vice President of Stadium Operations Joe Abernathy told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/r4P1pO ) that inspectors believe rusted anchor bolts holding the panel eroded. It fell about 80 feet to the sidewalk Monday. No one was hurt.

Abernathy says the recent hot weather could have caused the rusted bolts to expand and forced the panel loose. He was disappointed something like that would happen in a stadium that opened in 2006.

Workers will remove 102 plates over the next few days. The work should be finished before the Cardinals' next home game on Tuesday against Milwaukee.

Molina ejected in 10th against Brewers

MOLINA-EJECTED

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was ejected for arguing balls and strikes and appeared to hit plate umpire Rob Drake with spittle in the 10th inning of St. Louis' game at the Milwaukee Brewers.

Molina was unhappy with a called strike three Tuesday night and immediately began yelling at Drake. Drake immediately ejected Molina and had to wipe his face while a furious Molina continued arguing. Molina later had to restrained by Daniel Descalso to keep from getting back in the umpire's face.

ST. LOUIS RECRUIT

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus has reached out for a couple more recruits, signing 6-6 forward Grandy Glaze from Toronto, Canada and 6-4 guard Emmanuel Tselentakis (SELL-in-tah-kiss) from Thessaloniki, Greece. Both will have four years of eligibility beginning next season.

Majerus often has had success signing foreign players, including junior forward Cody Ellis of Australia and sophomore forward Rob Loe of New Zealand.



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