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.


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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Freshman Cross Country Runner Julia McIntyre from New Haven High School. Julia finished sixth in the state meet in Jefferson City with a time of 20:58.40 at the Oak Hills Golf Course in Jefferson City earlier this month. She helped her team to a 12th place finish. Julia was a straight A student at Franklin County R-2 and she continues to get A's in high school.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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Football players strike. A university president resigns. Suddenly, the University of Missouri is in the eye of a media firestorm. Mizzou has now supplanted Ferguson as the hash tag known round the world.



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Alex Collins ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns as the Missouri Tigers fell to Arkansas, 28-3, Friday afternoon at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The defense for Mizzou could have hardly started any better, as they allowed positive yardage on just one of Arkansas' first eight plays. In all, five of those eight plays went for negative yardage, including a Ricky Hatley sack to give the defense two three-and-outs to start the game.