Mets snap 6-game skid, beat Wainwright, Cardinals
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Daniel Murphy and David Wright combined for five hits and three RBIs against Adam Wainwright and the New York Mets snapped a 6-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.
Jonathan Niese (3-4) allowed two runs on six hits in 7 1-3 innings, his longest outing of the season. He ended his 4-game losing streak over five starts since a win at Minnesota on April 12.
The Mets avoided a 4-game sweep by getting to the Cardinals ace, who was coming off a two-hit shutout in which he no-hit the Rockies for 7 1-3 innings.
Murphy doubled twice and singled with an RBI and walk and was 9 for 15 in the series. Wright singled and doubled with two RBIs.
Chiefs announce moves within scouting department
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs shook up their scouting department Thursday by hiring Will Lewis as director of pro scouting and Marvin Allen as the director of college scouting.
Lewis spent 13 years with the Seahawks, most recently as vice president of football operations. Allen spent the past four years as a national scout with the Falcons.
The Chiefs also hired Randy Ball to be their pro scouting assistant and Trey Koziol to serve as an area scout, and promoted Mike Borgonzi to assistant director of pro scouting, Dom Green to assistant director of college scouting, Brett Veach to pro and college personnel analyst and Ryan Poles to college coordinator.
Chiefs defense wins day during offseason workouts
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs defense has lived by the bend-but-don't-break mantra the past few years under Romeo Crennel. Well, that's out the window now.
New defensive coordinator Bob Sutton would prefer to attack from the word, "Hike," and during the first week of organized team activities, his players have taken quite the shine to it.
The Chiefs only intercepted seven passes a year ago, tied for last in the league, and managed to come up with six fumble recoveries. But the new system under Sutton is designed to create confusion for opposing offense and, in theory, lead to more sacks and turnovers.
Asked about the defense, cornerback Brandon Flowers said: "I love it. We're coming to get the quarterback every play, and as a defensive back, you love that."
MLS-SPORTING KC-TORONTO FC TRADE
Sporting KC sends Convey to Toronto for draft pick
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Sporting Kansas City traded forward Bobby Convey to Toronto FC on Thursday for a third-round pick in next year's MLS SuperDraft.
The 29-year-old Convey was acquired by Sporting KC from the San Jose Earthquakes in December 2011. He appeared in 20 MLS matches for the club, scoring one goal and making two assists.
Convey began his MLS career with DC United, and spent time with English club Reading. He's also made 46 appearances for the U.S. national team, scoring the deciding goal in a 3-2 victory over Costa Rica in the third-place game of the 2003 Gold Cup.
Convey has made 189 appearances with 14 goals and 33 assists in 10 MLS seasons.
Noel says knee rehab ahead of schedule
CHICAGO (AP) - Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel calls himself ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament and expects it will not keep him from being the first pick in next month's NBA draft.
Noel said Thursday at the NBA combine he doubts he'll make it for the start of the season because it would be a little over six months from his March surgery to the start of NBA camp.
If Noel doesn't go No. 1, Kansas guard Ben McLemore may become the first shooting guard since David Thompson 38 years ago to go No. 1 overall.
The lack of a dominant marquee name player like Kevin Durant or LeBron James is causing some to downplay the talent level in this year's draft.
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