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St. Louis Cardinals look to get key hitters going vs. Minnesota Twins

St. Louis Cardinals look to get key hitters going vs. Minnesota Twins

Sports
Matt Carpenter returned to the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup Tuesday night after getting a few days off to regroup. Now, it's Dexter Fowler's turn to get back on track. Fowler is expected back among St. Louis' starting nine Wednesday when the Cardinals wrap up a two-game interleague series with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. The center fielder was expected to be a sparkplug atop St. Louis' lineup this season, but both he and Carpenter got off to the worst offensive starts of their careers. Carpenter was batting .145 and Fowler .146 when the Cardinals arrived in Minneapolis. Carpenter went hitless on Tuesday and his average is down to .140. Fowler went 0-for-6 in St. Louis' 2-1 victory Saturday night and spent nearly an hour in the batting cage after the game, ...
A look inside Mars

A look inside Mars

Science
The InSight mission, launched today from California's Vandenburg Air Force Base, is now on a six-month cruise to Mars. It is expected to arrive in November, but what will it find?Mars may appear to be getting crowded, thanks to its growing robotic population, so why send another lander?Illustrator and planetary scientist James Tuttle Keane takes us inside the Red Planet to explain why InSight is such a unique mission.Nasa probe blasts off to study Mars quakesMars mission: ready to rumbleSet to land in Elysium Planitia, InSight will take up residence just north of the boundary between Mars' older, cratered southern highlands and northern lowland plains. Also in the neighbourhood, not far to the south, is Gale Crater, where the Curiosity rover is currently exploring. Once landed, InSight wil...
Golden Knights look to shake off adversity vs. Sharks

Golden Knights look to shake off adversity vs. Sharks

Sports
The unprecedented success enjoyed by the Vegas Golden Knights in their inaugural season carried over into the second round of their first playoff run. Now that the San Jose Sharks have home-ice advantage after a dramatic win, the question is how will Vegas bounce back from its first taste of postseason adversity? The best-of-seven series between the Golden Knights and the Sharks shifts to Silicon Valley, starting with Game 3 on Monday night. Vegas blanked the Los Angeles Kings twice and limited them to three goals in a first-round sweep. The winning ways continued as three-time Stanley Cup winner Marc-Andre Fleury posted his third shutout during this postseason, 7-0 over the Sharks in Game 1 on Thursday. San Jose evened the series with a 4-3 victory in double overtime on Saturday. Fleury p...
Hornets look to move up with win over Knicks

Hornets look to move up with win over Knicks

Sports
The Charlotte Hornets are focused on taking another positive step to keep alive their remote playoff hopes when they host the New York Knicks on Monday night in Charlotte, N.C. The Hornets (33-41) will take the court in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, but they could move up a notch with a win and a loss by Detroit (33-40) to the Los Angeles Lakers. Catching Milwaukee (39-34) or Miami (39-35) will be more difficult, especially with just eight games remaining. A Hornets win over the Knicks would move them within five of the Heat. To add to the Hornets' improbable odds, they were swept in the season series by the Heat, meaning Miami would get the playoff spot in the case of a tie. The Hornets might never reach the No. 8 spot, but they're sure making an impressive run at it. They've won ...
Orange-tinted snow makes ski resort look like Mars

Orange-tinted snow makes ski resort look like Mars

World
The snow that fell on a mountainous ski resort in Russia last week had an unusual hue -- and made the getaway destination look like a scene from Mars. The Rosa Khutor Resort in Sochi -- home to the 2014 Winter Olympics -- was covered in orange-tinted snow. The slopes, which looked more like desert dunes, made for some apocalyptic-looking photos, prompting people on social media to claim the photos had a sepia filter on them. Meteorologists say the reason behind the orange phenomenon is dust that blew into the atmosphere from the Sahara and Arabian Deserts to the south. It then made its way toward Russia. That dust in the atmosphere, mixed with the already forming snow, gave it the orange appearance, meteorologists added. Meanwhile, yesterday at Mount Elbrus, more than 100 miles from R...