HOUSTON — Julian Tavarez must have forgotten about Carlos Beltran when he said the St. Louis Cardinals didn’t think the Houston Astros were so special.

Beltran struck again Sunday, hitting a home run in a record fifth straight postseason game and lifting the Astros against Cardinals 6-5 to even the NL championship series at 2.

Rams hope to end Bucs’ dominance

ST. LOUIS — Of all times to be injured, Tyoka Jackson is about to miss playing against his biggest rivals.

Jackson a defensive lineman for the St. Louis Rams is doubtful for tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for whom he played for five seasons, because of a pulled left hamstring.

Brad Pitt to visit MU for Kerry film

Actor Brad Pitt will make an MU homecoming of his own this week.

Pitt will attend a showing of “Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry” Wednesday night, hosted by the MU College Democrats.


Texas blew out the Missouri soccer team Sunday afternoon. The Tigers fell 6-0 in Austin, Texas just two days after defeating sixth-ranked Texas A&M in Lubbock.

Missouri (6-9-1, 3-5-0) opened on the offensive, controlling the ball for much of the first half, but Texas broke free for several long runs and shots gaining a 2-0 lead at the half. Five of the Longhorns six goals came after the 40-minute mark.

Cards in search of relief

HOUSTON — Suddenly, it’s the St. Louis Cardinals questioning the quality of their middle relief in the NL championship series.

After winning the first two games by knocking around the early men in Houston’s bullpen, the Cardinals saw their set-up guys fail to bail them out of trouble Sunday for the second straight game.