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Cards closer to have Tommy John surgery…Vanderbilt stays alive…Hockey Hall grows by 6

ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks is set to undergo Tommy John surgery today after an MRI showed a torn ulnar collateral. The 22-year-old Hicks was previously diagnosed with tendinitis in his right triceps. He was 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA in 29 games for the Cardinals, converting 14 of 15 save opportunities.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Vanderbilt has forced a third and final game in the College World Series. Kumar Rocker struck out 11 while pitching 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball in the Commodores’ 4-1 victory over Michigan. Vanderbilt scored an unearned run in the fifth inning before scoring twice on wild pitches by Jack Weisenberger. Philip Clarke’s ninth homer made it 4-0.

UNDATED (AP) – Sergei ZubovĀ  and Guy Carbonneauare among the six-member class elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame, along with Canadian women’s hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser. Zubov put up 888 points in 1,232 NHL games, and Carbonneau was a three-time Selke Trophy winner as the league’s best defensive forward. Czech hockey star Vaclav Nedomansky and sport builders Jim Rutherford and Jerry York round out the Class of 2019.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Blues have stripped the interim tag off Craig Berube and signed him to a three-year contract. Berube took over as interim coach last November and led the Blues to their first Stanley Cup championship. The Blues had the NHL’s worst point total the morning of Jan. 3 before reeling off 11 straight wins to move back into playoff contention.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Track and field’s governing body says it met a Swiss supreme court deadline to explain why rules limiting female runners’ testosterone levels should be re-imposed during Caster Semenya’s appeal. The IAAF had until yesterday to respond to a federal judge’s grant of a special interim order this month which suspended the rules. The judge must now decide whether the two-time Olympic champion can continue competing over 800 meters without taking testosterone suppressing medication pending the full appeal.

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