Two sexual assaults reported Saturday

Columbia police are investigating two sexual assaults that occurred in central Columbia within hours of each other early Saturday.

Police said a woman was sexually assaulted and robbed in her home in the 100 block of West Ash Street at around 4:20 a.m. Saturday after a man forced entry through the front door.

Gunshots are fired outside nightclub

Gunfire was reported near a nightclub in north central Columbia early Saturday after a fight broke out between several people.

Columbia police were responding to a report of people fighting outside the Silhouette Nightclub, 3405 Clark Lane, when shots were fired, police Sgt. John Worden said.

Man found wounded by single gunshot

An adult Columbia man received a single gunshot wound to the side of the leg Sunday night. Columbia Police officers found the victim in the 2700 block of Quail Drive after being dispatched at 5:54 p.m.

Police declined to give the victim’s name. Sgt. Brian Richenberger said evidence at the scene showed signs that the wound may have been accidentally self-inflicted.

Prosecutor looks for mistakes in old cases

ST. LOUIS — After landing a job at a prestigious law firm, Jennifer Joyce was making good money with an office overlooking the Gateway Arch — and was miserable.

So, she took a job at half the pay as an assistant prosecutor, sharing a dingy office with three other lawyers and one computer.

Errors continue to hurt Mavs

Until the Washington Wild Things came to town, it hadn’t been customary for Mavericks’ right-hander Steve Soja to fraternize with the opposition.

He might want to reconsider his habits. Soja’s teammates haven’t been particularly supportive of his win-loss record this season.

Major splash for little swimmer

Three months ago, Meghana Bharadwaj of St. Louis didn’t know how to swim.

That, however, didn’t stop the 5-year-old from winning a medal in Sunday’s Show-Me State Games synchronized swimming competition.

Shooting for medals, good times

Joe Powell and Byron Ollendike walk the same narrow path every Thursday. After a good meal, with two different desserts, they join a small group of retirees and spend a couple hours skeet shooting.

But on Sunday, the two walked the same path for another reason.

Playing hardball

Jim Ducoulombier is going to remember his trip to Columbia for the Show-Me State Games.

The 16-year-old Park Hill native hit three home runs in five games, helping his team to an undefeated run in the 16-and-under baseball division.

Edmonds lifts Cardinals in 11th

LOS ANGELES — Jim Edmonds was supposed to get a day off. He knew better and kept himself prepared for anything.

Edmonds drove in three runs with a pinch RBI double in the seventh inning and a two-run home run in the 11th, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-5 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

The Big Green wins the big gold medal

Steven Campbell, 20, picked up the soccer ball as it rolled toward the goal.

With a quick glance down the field, he took three steps and booted the ball as his teammate, Steven Reineke, 20, sprinted past the defense, trailing in the shadow of the ball as it flew high overhead.

Hendrickson has Royals’ number

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mark Hendrickson took a new mental approach into his latest start, and wound up keeping his spot in Tampa Bay’s rotation.

Hendrickson took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and Travis Lee hit a home run as the Devil Rays completed a four-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 6-2 victory Sunday.

Playing for her mother

Vanessa Van Bleisem held the ball tightly as her eyes rapidly searched for an open purple jersey. The coach and crowd yelled for someone to get open.

But one voice was missing from the crowd.

A volley of fun

The players on Team Key Sport don’t hesitate to make fun of each other.

“My last name is Pickup,” said Robin Pickup, organizer of Team Key Sport. “You know, like the truck.”

Striding to another medal

David Couts takes the “race” part of racewalking seriously.

As a gunshot signaled the beginning of the Show-Me State Games racewalk at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Couts was off with a look of concentration on his face.