Smith looking ahead to NFL career

Sitting around his Youngstown, Ohio home on Saturday afternoon, Brad Smith waited for the call.

No doubt, Palmer set to earn roster spot with St. Louis

Even though 242 players had been drafted before him, Tony Palmer had no doubts.

Priday saves the day for Tigers

Several key offensive plays were all the Missouri baseball team needed to beat Baylor on Sunday at Taylor Stadium.

Minner’s hits get Tigers even

Micaela Minner got her revenge.

Bruins hope to keep unbeaten streak alive

The Rock Bridge girls’ soccer team is finally starting to play like coach Marc VanDover has wanted them to all season.

Rock Bridge fails to capitalize in sloppy, penalty-filled game

The beauty of lacrosse lies in finesse. The intricate game has players weaving in and out, playing with symphonic synchronization. The ball zips from net to net, always in constant motion.

Edwards rises in Busch standings

Carl Edwards finished 10th in Saturday’s Busch Series race. Martin Truex Jr. won the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Edwards, a Columbia native, moved into third in the Busch point standings with the finish, 372 behind leader Kevin Harvick.

Scherzer family gives MU fan support

Rain or shine, the Scherzer family drives from St. Louis to watch the Missouri baseball team’s home games.

Extra points

Micaela Minner seems to be a friendly person.

Rainbow Connection

Dan Vestal has been umpiring slow-pitch softball for 15 years, four of which have been behind the plates at Cosmopolitan Park.

Hickman 10, Owensville 4

The Hickman baseball team defeated Owensville 10-4 on Friday night in the Sells Development/Red Weir Classic Tournament.

Fair play stressed in steroid talk

Thomas Murray says the most valuable attributes in sports are natural talent and the way in which an athlete works to perfect that talent. Steroid use undermines the spirit of sports and disrupts the beauty of hard work and natural ability, Murray said in a Thursday lecture at MU.

New beginning

A lone temporary tent was erected on the north concourse of Memorial Stadium in mid-April for an autograph session before the Black and Gold game. Brad Smith, Missouri’s star quarterback over the past four years, was making his last public appearance before this weekend’s NFL draft.

Unusual relays excite Missouri

At a recent Missouri track and field practice, coach Rebecca Wilmes brought out a golden baton. Although the baton itself was nothing out of the ordinary, its familiarity depends on the carrier. On Wednesday, even the distance runners were practicing handoffs in preparation for the Tigers’ trip to the 97th-annual Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

extra points

The Columbia College softball team won its first two games of the American Midwest Conference Tournament on Thursday at Springfield-Illinois.

MU players want to talk after their quiet finish

The Missouri volleyball team learned a lesson in communication from a team whose language they could not understand.

Kewps, Bruins will have to share

The Hickman track team is used to walking out the back doors of its school and down a small grassy hill for practice on the track at Hickman Stadium. On Wednesday, though, the team traveled by bus across town and up a slightly larger hill to the Rock Bridge track for its daily practice.

Gridiron girth

Tony Palmer has always been large. His mother, Adrianne Gaines, said she noticed that when Palmer was just days old.

Bruins’ rally saves streak

When two undefeated teams face each other, strange things can happen.

Friends meet in rivalry matchup

For Thomas Schuenemeyer and Kyle Kovar, Wednesday’s round of golf together was typical. Schuenemeyer and Kovar go out to play golf with each other, usually once a week. They play even more in the summer.