Cardinals, Dodgers Take 1-0 Series Leads

The Cardinals and Dodgers have taken leads in their respective National League Division Series. Carlos Beltran belted a three-run homer to jump start a seven-run third inning as the Cardinals crushed the Pirates 9-1 in Game One of their NLDS at Busch Stadium. Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and Clayton Kershaw fired seven innings of one-run ball with 12 strikeouts as the Dodgers beat the Braves 6-1 in Atlanta.

All eight playoff teams will be in action on Friday. The Pirates and Cards play Game Two in St. Louis followed by the Tampa Bay Rays and Red Sox opening their American League Division Series in Boston. The Dodgers and Braves will battle in Game Two in Atlanta, while the Detroit Tigers take on the Oakland Athletics in Game One of their ALDS in the final contest of the night.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

1 day 8 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Senior Taylor Covington with the New Haven Track and Field Team. Taylor earned All-State honors medaling in four events at the state track meet at Lincoln University in Jefferson City Friday and Saturday. She ran anchor on the 4X800 relay team that finished in sixth place.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

6 days 4 hours ago

Commencement, it is said, is a beginning. Yet graduations are also the end of an era--for students and their parents. For the kids, it's a time of excitement and promise. For parents, it's a bit more bittersweet.

What will the future hold for the Class of 2015? Time will tell.

My youngest has now graduated from high school. Back in 1980, I was the youngest of my family who graduated.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

8 hours 54 sec ago

The Cardinals and Diamondbacks play the finale of their three-game series tonight at Busch Stadium. Lance Lynn starts for St. Louis. He's 3-and-4 with a 3.46 ERA this season. Josh Collmenter gets the ball for Arizona. He's 3-and-5 with a 5.19 ERA. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m.