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St. Louis FC v Phoenix Rising FC

St. Louis FC midfielder Lewis Hilton passes the ball while being defended by Phoenix Rising FC midfielder Gladson Awako in a game between St. Louis FC and Phoenix Rising FC on May 30, 2018, at Soccer Park in Fenton. (Post-Dispatch photo by Chris Lee)

St. Louis University recruit and STLFC Academy goalkeeper Patrick Schulte came up with three saves in penalty kicks, helping St. Louis FC get past the host Des Moines Menace on Wednesday in U.S. Open Cup action in Iowa.

Lewis Hilton, Guy Abend and Russell Cicerone converted PKs for STLFC, which outscored the home team 3-1 in PKs.

STLFC took the lead in the 14th minute as Kyle Greig headed in a corner from Audi Jepson. But Des Moines tied it with a penalty kick in the 39th minute.

STLFC will play host to Forward Madison FC in the tournament’s third round on May 29. (Joe Lyons)

Kareem Hunt says conduct was 'pretty bad' • NFL running back Kareem Hunt finally watched the infamous video of him shoving a woman then kicking her while she was on the floor. He, like millions of others, was disturbed.

“I was like, ‘Wow, it’s pretty bad. That’s not me,’” he said, recalling his reaction. “I didn’t really watch the video for a long, long time.”

Hunt insists he since has changed. Given a second chance by his hometown team and the NFL, Hunt spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since being signed in February by the Cleveland Browns, who are hoping the 23-year-old has learned from his mistakes.

It’s been an embarrassing and humbling five months for Hunt, who was released in December by Kansas City after a surveillance video showed him physically abusing a woman during an argument in February 2018. But Browns general manager John Dorsey, who drafted him in 2017 while with the Chiefs, decided Hunt deserved a shot at redemption. Hunt said he’s determined to make the most of it and said he promised Dorsey his violent days are over.

“I told him, ‘You can trust me.’ I’ve got to earn his trust,” he said.

Hunt, who has been undergoing counseling, must serve an eight-game league suspension for “physical altercations” before he can play. (AP)

Jets fire GM: Mike Maccagnan helped lead the New York Jets’ coaching search this offseason, spent big money in free agency and oversaw the team’s draft. Now, stunningly, he was fired as the NFL team’s general manager. Coach Adam Gase will be acting general manager while the Jets search for a replacement. Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas is believed to be a primary candidate to replace Maccagnan. (AP)

WNBA hires commissioner: Cathy Engelbert, CEO of professional service firm Deloitte, will be the commissioner of the WNBA beginning July 17. She will report to NBA commissioner Adam Silver. The NBA owns half the WNBA, with the rest of the ownership divided among the league’s 12 teams. (AP)

McLaren struggles in Indy 500 practice: McLaren’s highly anticipated return to the Indianapolis 500 got off to a brutal start, with Fernando Alonso’s crash on the second day of practice. He hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway wall three times and heavily damaged the car McLaren built in England. McLaren spent most of opening day battling electrical issues. (AP)

Sharapova to miss French Open: Two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova pulled out of this year’s tournament, which begins May 26, because she said she has not sufficiently recovered from surgery on her right shoulder. Sharapova, who has won five major tennis titles, hasn’t competed since late January, when she withdrew from a tournament in Russia. (AP)

Rain delays Italian Open: Play at the Italian Open was wiped out by rain, meaning Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will have to wait until Thursday to play their opening matches in the clay-court tennis event. (AP)

Ajax cleans up: Ajax won its 34th Dutch league soccer title, one week after a last-minute loss to Tottenham in the Champions League semifinals. A 4-1 win at struggling De Graafschap secured Ajax’s first league title since 2014. Even as title winner, Ajax must again enter the Champions League qualifying rounds, needing to eliminate two opponents to reach the group stage. (AP)

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