Ozark Off-Road Challenge around the corner

The Ozark Off-Road Challenge triathlon is scheduled for Aug. 28 at Lake of the Ozarks. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Registration fees are $50 per individual, $120 per team. Registration is available online only, at The last day to register is Aug. 26.

Carpenter aces test at Busch

ST. LOUIS — To Chris Carpenter, facing Dontrelle Willis was not a Cy Young preview. It was just another stingy outing.

Carpenter is coming out on top against all of the National League’s aces. He threw a three-hitter Tuesday night to become the major leagues’ first 16-game winner in a 3-1 victory over Willis and the Florida Marlins.

Chiefs’ defense feeling pressure

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — The hard-driving and perpetually sleep-deprived defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs trudged slowly up the long flight of stairs toward the lunchroom.

Sorry, Gunther Cunningham said through heavy eyelids, no time now to chat. Maybe later. Too many things to think about. Too much to do.

Missouri players honored

MU senior safety Jason Simpson was named a preseason third-team All-American by on Monday.

Simpson, an MU football co-captain, finished his junior season in 2004 with career-best performances in tackles (98), tackles for a loss (15), forced fumbles (two), passes broken up (six), quarterback hurries (three), and interceptions (one).

Charitable advice

Professional golfers from across the country gathered Monday at the Country Club of Missouri to play golf to benefit a local organization.

The Rainbow House Golf Classic, in its 15th year, has been the undertaking of PGA instructor and former MU golfer Stan Utley.

Finally, some rest for weary Mavs

The Mavericks have gone 19 days without a day off, not counting that rainout in Rockford last week.

They wouldn’t have complained if it came even a day sooner.

Palmeiro violates steroid policy

NEW YORK — Rafael Palmeiro poked his finger in the air for emphasis and raised his voice with all the indignation of a man falsely accused.

“I have never used steroids. Period,” he told a congressional panel in March.

Harris boosts Florida

ST. LOUIS — Career pinch-hit leader Lenny Harris had a three-run go-ahead double in the sixth inning, helping the Florida Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Monday night.

Mike Lowell hit his second road home run of the season and had three RBIs for the Marlins, who have won five of six. Juan Encarnacion had three hits and scored twice.

St. Louis’ defensive line ready to shine

ST. LOUIS — In recent years the St. Louis Rams have placed an emphasis in the draft on building a strong interior defense, taking Damione Lewis and Ryan Pickett in 2001 and then choosing Jimmy Kennedy in 2003.

Now, the team hopes, it’s time for an overdue payoff.

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.

O’Neal timeline connects reports

The MU Athletic Department released a timeline Friday morning detailing the events leading up to the death of MU football player Aaron O’Neal after a voluntary practice on July 12.

The release confirms some earlier reports and helps fill in the 25-minute gap that existed between the time O’Neal was taken to a locker room at Faurot Field and when the MU athletic training staff called paramedics at University Hospital after O’Neal arrived at the Tom Taylor Athletic Facility.