News from the Cardinals

Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith and Budweiser are pushing the federal government to make Opening Day a national holiday. A petition on WhiteHouse.gov will get a review from the Obama administration if it gets 100-thousand signatures. Anheuser-Busch will promote it.

The Cardinals and pitcher Carlos Martinez are doing damage control after some embarrassing "favorite" tweets went viral. Martinez's page of tweets contained dozens of pornographic photos and links. The team says Martinez and the team were spoken to about social media policies.

Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia will visit Doctor James Andrews today for a second opinion on his shoulder. Garcia has had recent pain and stiffness while recovering from surgery. Cards GM John Mozeliak says more information should be available later today.

The Cardinals open up Grapefruit League play on Friday afternoon against the Marlins in Jupiter. The two teams share the facility and Roger Dean Stadium, and will also play Saturday afternoon. The Redbirds will close out the weekend by hosting the Mets in Jupiter on Sunday.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

6 days 8 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Junior Basketball Player Hailey Diestelkamp with the Owensville Dutchgirls. She recently became the all-time scoring leader at Owensville High School surpassing Katie Davis. Hailey played volleyball her first two years of high school, but after suffering an injury playing basketball last summer, she decided to focus on basketball this year. Hailey runs track in the spring.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

1 week 6 days ago

It came as a shock to a lot of people to find out that the contract for the Union license office, which has been operated by the Union Chamber of Commerce since the 1970's, was being turned over to a for-profit company based out of Jefferson City.

What happened? It's a classic case of two all-too-common phenomena in the world of government--unintended consequences and the revolving door.

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SPORTS CORNER

17 hours 33 min ago

Saint Louis erased a nine-point second half deficit and had a shot to win it late, but fell 60-56 against UMass Saturday in a thrilling Atlantic 10 Conference game at Chaifetz Arena. It was the fourth loss in a row for the Billikens, who fall to 9-12 overall and 1-7 in league play. UMass improves to 12-9 overall and 5-3 in the A-10. The Billikens had the ball down by two with the shot clock off.