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 “That was my past. I’ve got a new chapter and I’m happy to be a Ram now.” – St. Louis Rams second-round draft pick Janoris Jenkins


INSIDE Family feud in the NBA? ~ See ‘Claib’s Call’ page B4 ~ B3

MAY 3 – 9, 2012



With Ishmael H. Sistrunk

With Palmer L. Alexander III

On the ‘Money’ Mayweather and his mouth move up to super welterweight If the Nevada State Athletic Commission allowed it, Floyd Mayweather Jr. would likely wear a diamond-encrusted, platinum mout piece during his bouts. His mouth, after all, is the “Money” maker. Not to disregard the flamboyant boxer’s skills, the uber-talented, undefeated, multi-division champion stands alone as the sport’s best pure boxer. His defensive discipline, amazing quickness and tremendous conditioning have allowed the boxer to rack up 42 consecutive victories. Or as Mayweather likes to put it, “Forty-two have tried, forty-two have failed.” It seems like yesterday when a younger, faster version of Mayweather was only drawing 6k fans for his fight with “Chop Chop” Corley, 4k for his bout with Henry Bruseles and 7k versus Sharmba Mitchell. These days, the boxer formerly known as “Pretty Boy” fills up arenas and living rooms for every fight. His status as boxIshmael H. ing’s top pay-per-view draw now allow him Sistrunk to routinely pull out wads of cash for the See CLUTCH, B4

Appalachian State receiver Brian Quick, who the Rams selected with their first pick in the Second Round, finished his college career with 31 touchdown catches.

Rams draft score: B minus Grumbling and a good ‘Roger Goodell hug’ By Palmer L. Alexander III For The St. Louis American

Mr. and Ms. Show-Me Basketball Coaches Association honor Cameron Biedscheid and Taylor Manuel By Earl Austin Jr. Of The St. Louis American Basketball stars Cameron Biedscheid of Cardinal Ritter College Prep and Taylor Manuel of Incarnate Word Academy were selected Mr. and Ms. Show-Me Basketball by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association. The annual award is given to the top basketball player in the Earl state of Missouri. Austin Jr. The 6’7” Biedscheid concluded a spectacular career at Ritter by averaging 31.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.4 assits and 2.2 steals to lead the Lions to a 21-8 record and a Class 3 district championship. Biedscheid finished his career with more than 2,000 points. Manuel was one of the most versatile post players ever to play basketball in the St. Louis metro area. The 6’4” senior averaged 15.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.9 blocks and See SHOW-ME, B5

Photo by Leon Algee

Basketball stars Cameron Biedscheid of Cardinal Ritter College Prep and Taylor Manuel of Incarnate Word Academy were selected Mr. and Ms. Show-Me Basketball by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.

The NFL Draft has now come and now has gone. And everyone, well most of us except my longtime friend/colleague Mike Claiborne, likes to give out their draft grades. So maybe, for the first time since never, I’m ready to give out a heartfelt grade for the St.Louis Rams NFL 2012 draft class. I’m going to give the St.Louis Rams a B- for the draft. I could never give a team an A for the draft only because these draft picks have yet to play a game at the NFL level. Nevertheless, Rams coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead were active on days two and three of the draft. There was a little bit of grumbling about the Michael Brockers pick on day one. Snead knew they had to make some moves or they would quickly alienate the fan base. The cries of having weapons for franchise quarterback Sam Bradford did not go unnoticed, on the second and thirds day of the draft. The Rams added Palmer L. Alexander Brian Quick (WR Appalachian St.), Isaiah Pead (RB Cincinnati), and Chris Givens (WR Wake Forest). Depending on how fast they adjust to the new offense scheme by Brian Schottenheimer, the Rams should improve on last season repulsive 12 points a game on offense. Brain Quick is a smooth route runner and can get yards after the catch. Isaiah Pead runs strong to be 197 pounds and is hard to bring down. He has an extra gear and you can line him up in the slot and have both he and Steven Jackson on the field at the same time. Chris Givens is a flat out burner. He ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the combine and went over 1,300 yards this past season on 16 yards a catch. The Rams also drafted a kicker and kicked Josh Brown out the door. Greg Zuerlein really impressed the Rams with his range and accuracy. Josh Brown was a Rams killer while with the Seattle Seahawks, and continued the trend, only thing he was wearing navy and gold. Also the Rams added an offensive lineman and a running back. See RAMS, B5 Page designed by Mike Terhaar