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

4 days 11 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

1 week 2 days 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

13 hours 1 min ago

Ben Stephens pitched into the ninth inning leading Warrenton to a 5-0 win over Washington at Ronsick Field. Stephens struck out 10 and walked three before leaving the game. Washington loaded the bases in the ninth, but the game was called when heavy rain and lightning moved in. Warrenton scored single runs in the first, sixth, and seventh and added two insurance runs in the ninth.