Rams get their wish in preseason opener

Brian Leonard rushed for a touchdown, Adam Carriker helped stop Minnesota up the middle, and the Rams beat the Vikings 13-10 on Friday night in Minneapolis. Jonathan Wade contributed some tackles in the secondary.

Picture of the week

After competing in the Sport 40-90 mountain biking race in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Mike Sutherland, Myron Michael and Scott Henson rest. Many of the racers have met in previous races and compete together during the season.

Patton settling down

“There’s more responsibility now that I’m married,” the quarterback said after Thursday’s morning practice. “I feel like I’m more on top of things, and maybe that followed onto the football field.”

Rams' rookies ready for first taste of NFL

The important players from both teams will soon be on the sidelines, and the fans at today’s preseason contest between the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings will quickly remember they’re watching an exhibition, not a game that counts.

Ankiel returns to Cards as outfielder, hits 3-run homer

After flopping in his attempt to rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher, Ankiel was called up from the minors and hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off San Diego’s Doug Brocail.

Royals’ Davies dominates Twins

Kyle Davies pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, combining with three Kansas City relievers to beat the Minnesota Twins 1-0 on a steamy Thursday afternoon.

Spiezio undergoing treatment for abuse of unknown substance

­ Cardinals utility player Scott Spiezio voluntarily sought treatment for “possible problems related to substances” that the team did not specify.

Tigers volleyball preseason No. 3

The Tigers started volleyball practice this week after being ranked third overall in the Big 12 Conference preseason coaches poll.

Youth team heads to Cooperstown

The Columbia Rockhounds will play in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament on Saturday in Cooperstown, N.Y.

History of success

MU linebacker Van Alexander has somebody watching his every move during practice, standing in the shadows off of the field.

Wells protects early Cardinals’ advantage

Kip Wells limited San Diego to an unearned run in seven innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals got first-inning RBIs from Juan Encarnacion and Albert Pujols in a 2-1 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night.

Mizzou’s Temple injures knee, but not seriously

The sight was shocking: Starting MU tailback Tony Temple carted off the practice field. The Tigers, however, received good news Tuesday evening after Temple’s MRI.

Giant moment

Barry Bonds hit No. 756 over the right-center field wall Tuesday night, and hammered home the point: Like him or not, legitimate or not, he is baseball’s new home run king.

MU swimmers achieved personal bests at Nationals

MU swimmers Colleen Gordon and Bennett Clark were in Indianapolis, Ind., Saturday, competing in the final day of the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championship, the final course of Nationals before the 2008 Olympic Team Trials in swimming.

Schriewer thinks about future

For the third time in her amateur career, she hadn’t made it past stroke play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Schriewer’s second-round 75 at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., earlier in the day put her at plus 11, and four strokes over the cut.

Whirlwind weekend for Wehrli

In 1990, Roger “the Dodger” Wehrli entered the MU Football Hall of Fame. Friday, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame along side Charlie Sanders, Bruce Matthews, Thurman Thomas, Gene Hickerson, and Michael Irvin.

MU running back Tony Temple bruises knee

MU running back Tony Temple bruised his right knee at Tuesday's practice. He is listed as day-to-day and will miss Wednesday's practice.

Safety has ballhog mentality

Pig Brown is eager to feast on interceptions. Last season, he didn’t have any for the Tigers. It was the first time in his career, including his childhood, when he didn’t get a taste of the pigskin.

Fifth-inning onslaught lifts Cards to victory

The Cardinals tied a major league record with 10 straight hits in a 10-run fifth inning, with pitcher Braden Looper and Aaron Miles getting two apiece in a 10-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.

Royals ‘glad to get out’ of NY

Hideki Matsui handled his 100th major league home run the way he usually handles success — staying mostly quiet and trying to deflect attention.