Bizarre Ending Results in 26-24 Loss Against Saints

The Rams got their preseason off to a decent, relatively healthy start, dropping a 26-24 contest to the Saints on Friday night. As an exhibition game -- especially the first one -- the score does not matter as much as the way the teams played, and the individuals who made an impression. Veteran defensive end Chris Long is firmly entrenched as one of the most important pieces of the Rams’ defensive attack. But new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has said that he’d like for Long to get his hands up more when he’s rushing the passer. Apparently, the big defensive end has been listening. On the first drive of the game, Long came rushing from the left side, got his arms up, and picked off a short Luke McCown pass to give the Rams the ball at the New Orleans 47. Cornerback E.J. Gaines had a particularly strong first half, especially tackling. The sixth-round pick made a big stop near the goal line early, and another nice tackle on the sideline later in the half. The rookie lit up Twitter as well, with plenty of fans happy about how the rookie looked in his first NFL action. Gaines finished with a team-leading six total tackles on the game. And it would be remiss not to mention seventh-round pick, Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay athlete to play in an NFL preseason game. Sam played at left defensive end for most of the game and had a couple moments, including a QB hit in the second quarter.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Sophomore Baseball Player Drew Reed with the Union Wildcats. Drew is off to a terrific start to the season. In ten official at bats, Drew has an average of .700, seven hits, five singles and two doubles, and leads the team with six runs batted in. He pitches and catches.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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On March 24, 2015, Lufthansa Airlines pilot Andreas Lubitz steered a planeful of passengers into the French Alps, killing 150 people in a grisly act of murder/suicide.

The logical first question the world is asking is why? We ask this not only to make some sort of rational sense out of the irrational act, but also so that we can try to prevent something like it from happening again.

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SPORTS CORNER

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The Cardinals fell to the Mets 3-2 in Grapefruit League play. St. Louis mustered little offense except for the third inning when Jason Heyward notched an RBI triple and Matt Holliday added a sac fly. Lefty Marco Gonzales calmed down after a rough start, pitching four-and-two thirds innings and allowing a run on three hits. Five spring games remain for the Cards, who host the Nationals today.