Furcal is working his way back from a strained elbow ligament suffered near the end of last season and may not be ready to go for the Cardinals on opening day.
With only one team ranked in the Top 25, the No. 5 Florida Gators, the SEC could have three or fewer teams in the NCAA tournament for only the second time in 23 years.
Lawmakers in both Missouri and Illinois would have to approve the name. The bridge is expected to open sometime next year.
The Blues beat the Canucks 4-3 on Sunday night in Vancouver.
Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session Sunday and covered the 2½-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph.
The Rams finally settled on the 41-year-old Tim Walton, whose top selling point for Jeff Fisher was familiarity with the system.
The St. Louis Cardinals had a rainy day of training on Friday. Rain prevented field practice, but hitters took to the batting cages for practice.
Jeff Francoeur, who had a disappointing season last year, expects to play better this year and reverse Royals fans' frustrations.
Elliott Johnson, who was also a high school basketball star, played in the Tampa Bay Rays organization for 11 years.
Cardinals chairman William DeWitt said he hopes the contract extensions help the team continue contending for World Series titles in the near future.
The struggling St. Louis Blues managed an overtime win Wednesday night. The Blues topped the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on an Alexander Steen goal.
Adam Wainwright, 31, who is in the final year of a contact plus extension that will have paid him $36 million over six years, said he hopes talks will not become drawn out.
Viktor Fasth became the first goalie in eight years to win his first five starts, leading Anaheim to a 6-5 shootout win over St. Louis.
With Freese's agreement intact, the Cardinals have come to terms with all arbitration-eligible players.
Ballpark Village was part of the development agreement between the city and the Cardinals when the new stadium was built.
In his first start in net for Detroit, 20-year-old goalie Petr Mrazek made 26 saves and allowed only one goal in Detroit's 5-1 win over St. Louis.
Brad Smith of the Buffalo Bills is excited to try something different and test his comfort zone with Men's Health Magazine.
General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny announced Tuesday that Chris Carpenter almost certainly won't pitch in 2013 and that his star-crossed career is probably over after a recurrence of a nerve injury that cost him most of last season.
Ryan Ellis, Rich Clune and Nick Spaling scored in the opening period for Nashville, which won its third consecutive game in a commanding 6-1 victory over the Blues.
Joe Flacco of the Ravens, who was voted the MVP, threw three first-half touchdown passes to cap an 11-TD, zero-interception postseason.